• Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014
King And Country hires Lisa Miller as managing director of networks & brands
Lisa Miller
SANTA MONICA, Calif. -- 

Design-centric production company King and Country has hired industry vet Lisa Miller as managing director of networks & brands. The appointment comes as King and Country continues to widen its footprint in the entertainment marketing business. The company recently completed projects for FOX Sports, Golf Channel, History Channel, NBC, and Travel Channel.

Prior to joining King and Country, Miller was VP of integrated marketing at Los Angeles-based entertainment creative agency mOcean, where she spent the last six years. Miller entered the media industry working in news at ABC and FOX affiliates. Searching for a more creative outlet, she left the media and spent the next few years working with various production, design and editorial companies as a producer. In 2002, she joined Citizen Pictures, a Denver-based broadcast and commercial production company, as an executive producer before being promoted to senior executive producer.

Miller has worked on high-profile 360-degree campaigns, network rebrands, show launches and advertising for broadcast clients including ABC, CBS, Discovery Communications, Dish Network, Scripps Networks and Turner Broadcasting. She was also involved in the 10th Anniversary Campaign for Ellen and Warner Brothers Television, which won a Daytime Emmy.
 

  • Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014
Cyd Wilson named executive director of SAG Foundation
Cyd Wilson
LOS ANGELES -- 

The Screen Actors Guild Foundation has appointed media marketing expert Cyd Wilson as its new executive director. Wilson, founder and president of Cyd Wilson Entertainment Marketing and long-time creative director of Time Inc’s. Style and Entertainment group of magazines, has forged philanthropic partnerships between the entertainment industry and leading corporations for more than 25 years, producing invaluable awareness and revenue for her clients and several Hollywood supported charities.

SAG Foundation president JoBeth Williams spoke for the Foundation’s Board stating, “Cyd is one of the powerhouses in the industry.  She has vision, passion and a drive to create a successful merging of corporate goals with humanitarian needs.  We look forward to working together to further the goals of the SAG Foundation.”

During her 20 year tenure at Time Inc., Wilson created and managed such high profile and press worthy annual events as the PEOPLE – Entertainment Industry Foundation SAG Awards Gala as well as InStyle’s Golden Globes, Grammy Fashion and L.A. Film Fest parties. A former hospital administrator, Wilson began her career in philanthropy in 1989, spending five years helping to establish the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation where she created the “A Time for Heroes” fundraiser, helping to put that organization on the map.

Of her new role, Wilson says, “My career in nonprofits began in Hollywood and coming to the SAG Foundation gives me an opportunity to return full circle and focus solely on the act of giving back to performing artists.  It is at once a challenge and a privilege to take the helm of an expanding philanthropic organization that is committed to providing an unrivaled level of career-enhancing programming and emergency assistance for working performers as well as advancing the cause of children’s literacy.

Wilson succeeds nonprofit veteran Jill Seltzer who served as executive director since 2011 and leaves the Foundation ready for its next chapter.

“I’ve very much enjoyed [my time at the SAG Foundation] and taken great pride in opening a new office and building the Actors Center in New York, taking the Performers Programs on the road to actors throughout the country, increasing the amount of online programming, stewarding the first-ever million dollar grant and putting an organizational structure in place. All of these accomplishments are the basis for the SAG Foundation to flourish as the national organization that it now is,” said Seltzer. “Having achieved these goals, the timing seems right to return to the broader philanthropic agenda that has been the focus of my work in the past.”

  • Monday, Aug. 11, 2014
Tom Pettus named EVP, group creative director at Deutsch LA
Tom Pettus
LOS ANGELES -- 

Deutsch LA has hired Tom Pettus as executive VP, group creative director. He will act as creative lead in charge of social platforms across all accounts, and he will also lead HTC.

Pettus comes to Deutsch LA from Innocean, where he was VP/creative director. In that role, he provided creative direction and leadership for brand work produced for the agency’s clients, with an emphasis on digital platforms.

Prior to joining Innocean, Tom has been an award-winning writer, with over ten years of experience working at some of the most prestigious agencies, including R/GA, Crispin Porter + Bogusky and Media Arts Lab. During that time, his work for Nike, Apple, Best Buy and Domino’s earned top awards at Cannes, The Clios, The ANDYs and London International Awards. 

  • Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014
NuContext for comedy writer-director Vinny Lopez
Vinny Lopez
HOLLYWOOD, Calif. -- 

Comedy writer-director Vinny Lopez has joined the directorial roster of NuContext Creative for national representation in TV promos, commercials/advertising and branded content.

Having collaborated with such high-profile celebrities as Jenny McCarthy, Terence Howard and Jane Lynch, Lopez has fine-tuned the craft of working with celebrity talent. A long-standing collaboration with VH1 has resulted in Lopez writing and directing a series of television promos for “The Jenny McCarthy Show,” “The Soul Train Awards,” “Do Something Awards,” as well as “Larry the Cable Guy’s Christmas Spectacular.” Lopez also writes, directs and stars in the popular web series “Two Jasperjohns.”

NuContext is headed by company founder/executive creative director Angela Guice. Earlier this year, NuContext took on the Rockhard directorial roster, including directors Robert Hales and Marc Klasfeld, for representation in TV promotion and branded content.

  • Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014
Mat Bisher promoted to exec creative director at McCann
Mat Bisher
NEW YORK -- 

Mat Bisher has been promoted from group creative director to executive creative director at McCann. In his new capacity, he will have responsibility on McCann’s global Microsoft account as well as New York’s Jose Cuervo business.

Bisher first joined McCann in 2005 as sr. art director, and was instrumental in developing the winning Microsoft pitch. In 2013, his “Have a Story” campaign helped win the Jose Cuervo account. Prior to joining McCann, Bisher was an art director at BBDO New York. His efforts at McCann have supported clients such as Verizon Wireless, MasterCard, Chevy, Nature Valley and Dentyne.

His work has been recognized by Cannes, the One Show, D&AD, the Webby awards, the AICP Show, Clio Awards, the International Andy Awards and the Favorite Website Awards (FWA). Bisher was key to the Nature Valley “Trail View” platform, ranked as one of the most-awarded digital campaigns in the world in 2013, according to The Gunn Report.
 

  • Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014
Mark Peters joins TBWA\Chiat\Day LA as creative director
Mark Peters
LOS ANGELES -- 

Mark Peters has been appointed creative director in the Los Angeles office of TBWA\Chiat\Day. He will be working across several agency accounts including Southwest Airlines, Nixon, Gatorade and NKLA (No Kill Los Angeles).

Peters joins TBWA from Deutsch LA, where he served for four years as sr. VP, creative director on the Volkswagen account. Prior to Deutsch, he was creative director at mcgarrybowen working on the Verizon account. He joined mcgarrybowen from GSD&M, where he was creative director on several brands including BMW, Kohler, AT&T, Legacy and L.L. Bean.

Earlier in his career, Peters enjoyed stints at both Ogilvy & Mather Los Angeles and The Martin Agency, working on Motorola, UPS, Olympus and Coke. A graduate of the University of Virginia,

  • Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014
Video production, casting division, new business hires at Sound Lounge
Michael Glennon
NEW YORK -- 

Sound Lounge, an audio post house in Manhattan, is continuing to expand its capabilities and areas of expertise with hires at its video production arm, casting division and new business department.

Michael Glennon will join Mister:-|Face, Sound Lounge’s creative video production arm as executive producer. An experienced integrated producer, Glennon has spent the last nine years producing content for such agencies as co:collective, Grey and JWT. Past clients include Nestle, Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson, Macy’s Diageo, Rolex, HSBC, Microsoft, Kimberly Clarke, Energizer, Cadbury Adams, Jet Blue and Bloomberg.

Anthony Pichette joins Sound Lounge as on-camera casting director of its Sidecar Casting division. With over 14 years of experience, Pichette was previously a casting director for NYC’s Kipperman Casting, where he worked on large voiceovers, industrials and commercial campaigns ranging from Coke to Capri Sun, Kraft Singles, Nintendo Wii, Olive Garden, Pizza Hut, Six Flags and more. While at Kipperman Casting, he also assisted the in-house casting departments at networks such as Nickelodeon (Blues Clues), Sci-Fi, Food Network, Spike and MTV.

Sound Lounge has also added Shirley Ramos to its business development team. Ramos will oversee sales and business development for both Mister:-|Face and Sound Lounge. Previously, Ramos was director of business development at Click 3X and Pulse Music.

Additionally Michael Gullo has come aboard Sound Lounge as a producer. With a background in music and marketing, Gullo will help oversee production, scheduling and client relations at Sound Lounge.

  • Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014
Encore ups Jay Bodnar, Tom Kendall and Morgan Strauss to sr. VPs
Jay Bodnar
HOLLYWOOD, Calif. -- 

Postproduction and visual effects company Encore has announced the promotions of Jay Bodnar to sr. VP, engineering; Tom Kendall to sr. VP, VFX; and Morgan Strauss to sr. VP, operations. In new positions designed to spearhead Encore’s next phase of growth, the executive trio remains in the company’s Los Angeles headquarters, reporting to Encore executive VP Bill Romeo.

Bodnar and Strauss have been with Encore since 2000 and 2001 respectively, by way of former sister company R!OT, while Kendall joined the company in 2002. Each has been actively involved in advancing their particular division within Encore Hollywood and will now extend their venerable expertise to the company’s growing worldwide network.

A leader in the company’s transition to file-based workflows, including 4K, Bodnar has overseen Encore’s talented team of engineers and ensured that clients benefit from the company’s innovative use of advanced technologies. In his expanded role, Bodnar will be working with his team to architect and deploy progressive technical solutions and optimize pipelines across the Encore locations for a cohesive, global postproduction experience.

Under Kendall’s direction, Encore’s VFX department has made a rapid ascent in episodic television. During the 2013 awards season, Encore took home both Emmy and Visual Effects Society Awards for outstanding VFX work, and looks to continue the trend through its current slate of projects, with Encore artists recently nominated for a 2014 Emmy Award. Kendall now helms worldwide VFX efforts for Encore.

As director of operations, Strauss has been the logistics expert for Encore Hollywood’s postproduction arm. From business development and strategy to workflow design and IT, Strauss and his team have provided Encore’s roster of clients with a seamless experience by ensuring technology and creativity interact flawlessly. In addition to Encore Hollywood, Strauss now oversees day-to-day operations for Encore Vancouver and will be responsible for new Encore locations as well.

Encore is a Deluxe Entertainment Services company with locations in Los Angeles, New York, Vancouver, Toronto and London. The company also offers near-set services anywhere in the world via mobilabs, a proprietary compact system for on-site color management and dailies.

  • Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014
Microsoft hires Qualcomm exec to make more deals
Microsoft sign at the company's headquarters in Redmond, Wash. (AP file photo)
REDMOND, Wash. (AP) -- 

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has lured away an executive from smartphone chip maker Qualcomm to hammer out more deals that will expand the software maker's presence in the mobile device market.

Margaret "Peggy" Johnson will serve as Microsoft Corp.'s executive vice president of business development after spending the past 24 years at Qualcomm Corp. She will report directly to Nadella in her new job.

Since succeeding Steve Ballmer as Microsoft's CEO six months ago, Nadella has been focused on ways to make Microsoft's software and other services more appealing to use on smartphones and tablets as people increasingly rely on those devices instead of desktop and laptop computers.

Microsoft Windows operating system has long been the most influential force on personal computers, but the Redmond, Washington, company has been eclipsed by Apple Inc. and Google Inc. in the mobile market. Apple has become the world's most valuable company, largely because of its trend-setting iPhone and iPad, while Google parlayed its dominance of Internet search to create Android, the mostly widely used mobile operating system.

"Peggy shares our worldview and knows what it takes to drive new growth in mobility and the cloud," Nadella said.

Johnson, 52, most recently was an executive vice president of Qualcomm Technologies and was also president of the San Diego company's global market development. With her hiring, Johnson becomes the third woman on Microsoft's 15-person team of senior executives at a time when technology companies are under intensifying pressure to diversify their leadership and lessen their reliance on men.

Besides her past stint at Qualcomm, Johnson also sits on the board of concert promoter and ticket seller Live Nation Entertainment Inc.

Johnson starts her new job at Microsoft on Sept. 1.

  • Monday, Aug. 4, 2014
Hawthorne Direct ups Klayman to associate creative director
Neil Klayman
LOS ANGELES -- 

Hawthorne Direct, a full service brand response ad agency, has promoted Neil Klayman from sr. copywriter to associate creative director. Klayman will continue to report to John Pucci, chief creative officer.

In his new position, Klayman will be more involved with new business pitches, as well as manage the creative process on a diverse range of client campaigns, from ideation through production.

Klayman joined Hawthorne Direct as a sr. writer in 2012.  In that role, he was responsible for DRTV, BRTV and digital advertising copy creation for all agency clients. Klayman came to Hawthorne Direct with over 15 years of experience as a copywriter at various advertising agencies and entertainment companies, including The Woo Agency, Rapp Worldwide, E! Networks and Mattel, Inc. He honed his copywriting and creative skills while working on campaigns for such clients as Lenovo, Samsung, Bank of America, Schwab, AAA, E! Entertainment TV, Style Network, Disney, and Pixar.

Klayman has been honored numerous times by the International Film & TV Festival of New York for his outstanding writing. He was honored by Eunice Kennedy Shriver for writing and producing several documentaries profiling New Hampshire Special Olympics athletes. He is also the author of the popular, published children’s book, “Boris Ate A Thesaurus”, which was chosen as a “Book of The Year” by both the National Education Association and the California Teachers Association. 

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