• Tuesday, Mar. 3, 2015
Venables Bell & Partners promotes four to associate partners
Lee Einhorn (l) and Michael Davidson
SAN FRANCISCO -- 

Venables Bell & Partners is promoting four to the newly defined role of associate partner: Lee Einhorn, associate partner, creative director, who along with his CD role will lead the social media and emerging creative platforms; Michael Davidson, associate partner, head of strategy, who continues to oversee the agency’s strategy department; Mary Johnstone, associate partner, head of talent and Gary Brown, associate partner, chief financial officer.

Einhorn joined VB&P in 2010 as a creative director, combining his digital experience with traditional agency work. Since then, he has been instrumental in leading some of the most innovative and talked-about campaigns VB&P has created, including Google Fiber’s “Why Speed Matters” and eBay’s “When it’s on your mind. It’s on eBay.”  Along with Google, he also currently leads the agency’s Conoco Phillips Brands and shares CD responsibilities on the Audi business.

Davidson came to VB&P in 2013 from Goodby Silverstein & Partners and has played a critical role in winning Reebok, where his strategic oversight led to the development of the “Be More Human” brand platform. For the past year, he has overseen the day-to-day management of the department’s 15 staffers and will continue to do so as Lucy Farey Jones, founder and executive strategy director, focuses on venture partnerships and future offerings.

Johnstone will now report into chairman and founder Paul Venables. Johnstone and Venables will partner to continue the agency’s mission of doing right by its people and lead the talent team, which focuses on culture, workplace happiness and talent development. Johnstone joined VB&P in 2012 after 17 years managing talent at Publicis & Hal Riney.

Brown oversees VB&P’s client and agency financials, as well as drives the agency’s progressive value-based compensation model. Since coming to VB&P in 2013, Brown has driven complete overhaul of the enterprise management systems for the agency, as well as fostered a deeper level of financial transparency focused on greater involvement and understanding of the client teams. Before VB&P, he served as VP, finance and operations, for Evolution Bureau, leading the agency’s financial operations as it evolved from a start-up to one of the fastest growing digital agencies.

  • Tuesday, Mar. 3, 2015
Elias Arts bolsters production team
Elias LA team (l-r): production coordinator Allee Futterer, executive producer Vicki Ordeshook and head of production Katie Overcash
Joey Netter and Vicki Ordeshook tabbed as EPs in NY and L.A., respectively
LOS ANGELES -- 

Bicoastal music shop Elias Arts has added Joey Netter as executive producer in its New York studio and Vicki Ordeshook as exec producer in its Los Angeles shop. Additionally, Katie Overcash has stepped up as head of production and Allee Futterer as production coordinator in Los Angeles.

With a diverse background spanning advertising, promotions and production, Netter has worked with such notable clients as Sprint, Taco Bell, Verizon Wireless, GMC and Johnson & Johnson. She comes to Elias with extensive insight into commercial music production, having spent a number of years supervising music production on the agency side, including working on the music production on songs for the Got Milk? Mother’s Day campaign with Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin and Leann Rimes.

Ordeshook brings over 15 years of experience producing every aspect of the audio production process, having lent her talents to a number of top shops including Machine Head, Comma Music, Superfad, and The Lodge Music. She joined Elias Music Library in 2013 and will now oversee all of Elias Arts’ operations, spanning original composition, to music licensing, to sound design, to its extensive music library.

Prior to Elias, Overcash spent three years at Deutsch LA, initially working on the PlayStation account team before becoming a post producer. She spearheaded the build-out of their in-house post facility and successfully curated a roster of seasoned editors and animators. She joined Elias as a producer in 2013, rising to sr. producer and now head of production while working with brands such as Audi, Google, Nike, Taco Bell, Target and Starbucks.

  • Monday, Mar. 2, 2015
Ben Keller promoted to editor at BlueRock
Ben Keller
NEW YORK -- 

Ben Keller has been promoted to editor at New York-based editorial shop BlueRock. He developed his skillset while working at BlueRock as an assistant editor, honing his talents under many of the shop’s talented editors. Over the last few years, he was mentored by editor Olivier Wicki. Keller’s editing portfolio includes work for such brands as H&M, Lindt and Crest.

“BlueRock has a long and successful tradition of nurturing young talent and providing the opportunity for them to flourish as editors — Ben is the latest in that storied succession,” said Ethel Rubinstein owner/CEO of Lively Group. “Everyone takes notice when that special talent comes along. Our editors, producers, his peers and most importantly, our clients recognized that he was the real deal at their first encounter. He’s never looked back and that is very exciting.”

Hailing from Columbus, Ohio, Keller attended the University of Cincinnati, graduating Magna Cum Laude with a BFA in Electronic Media. Upon graduation, he won an internship award in digital postproduction at Paramount Studios in Los Angeles. He started out his career at Lively Group as a machine assistant at Spontaneous before moving to BlueRock to pursue editorial work. 

  • Monday, Mar. 2, 2015
Rob Petrie joins MPC NY as CG creative director
Rob Petrie
NEW YORK -- 

MPC NY, headed by managing director Justin Brukman, has bolstered its 3D team with the addition of Rob Petrie as CG creative director. Petrie comes to MPC by way of The Mill where he’s built his career since 2002. Honing his skills in the London 3D department, Petrie crossed the pond to The Mill NY in 2008 where he has played a fundamental role in shaping the CG department as head of 3D, and most recently, as creative director at Mill+.

Highlights for Petrie include his work on AT&T’s charming “Birthday” spot, and concepting and directing Company of Heroes’ “Western Front Armies” live action trailer, as well as co-directing DOOM’s teaser. He has worked with such notable directors as Peter Thwaites, Fredrik Bond, Noam Murro and Nicolai Fuglsig. Petrie’s work for OFFF Paris earned him a Cannes Gold Lion in Design.

  • Monday, Feb. 23, 2015
Editor Christopher Huth joins WAX
Christopher Huth
NEW YORK -- 

WAX--a boutique film editorial company and creative collective founded last year by exec producer Toni Lipari and editor Stephen Jess--has added editor Christopher Huth to its roster. Huth’s credits include the Cannes Gold PR Lion-winning Honey Maid “This is Wholesome” campaign for Droga 5 with Academy Award-winning directors Dan Lindsay and TJ Martin; the Cannes Grand Prix-winning Mobile Lion “Demo Slam” campaign for Google via Johannes Leonardo; and AICP Best in Show spot “Dear Sophie” for Google Chrome’s “the web is what you make of it” campaign via BBH New York.

Huth joins from Lost Planet where he enjoyed collaborations with Smuggler director David Frankham on spots for Mercedes and Bank of America, and with Independent Media’s Janusz Kaminski on spots for New York Times Magazine and JBL. In addition, a fair share of Huth’s work has been outside of traditional production workflow, either sourcing material with his own team (Mazda, iStock), creating fresh concepts from existing footage banks (Visa, Belvedere) or generating spots through graphic interface/online content (Google).

Huth is currently cutting his first campaign for WAX: an AT&T job directed by the DGA Award-nominated duo The Mercadantes of Park Pictures for BBDO New York.

  • Monday, Feb. 23, 2015
Jesse Kurnit joins MPC NY as head of production
Jesse Kurnit
NEW YORK -- 

MPC NY has hired Jesse Kurnit as head of production. He comes over from Transistor Studios with more than 10 years of production experience. Working closely with MPC NY managing director Justin Brukman and executive producer Camila De Biaggi, Kurnit is responsible for overseeing production of all VFX work as well as continuing to build MPC’s client base.

Kurnit has worked across a diverse portfolio of commercial projects from Pepsi campaigns featuring Mariah Carey, Yoda, and Alex Rodriguez to various spots for Budweiser’s iconic Clydesdales and GE’s “Ecomagination.”  He has produced a variety of Super Bowl and Oscar spots, as well as work for the Olympics, MSG and the NFL. Working with leading agencies such as Ogilvy, BBDO, Grey, and Y&R.

  • Monday, Feb. 23, 2015
Michael Vamosy becomes CCO at Stun Creative
Michael Vamosy
LOS ANGELES -- 

Stun Creative, the L.A.-based creative agency, commercial and branded content production company, has hired veteran creative and design executive Michael Vamosy as chief creative officer, a new position at the company. In his role as CCO, Vamosy will lead creative work across Stun and its animation and design division Buster for all network, studio and consumer brand clients. He will report directly to Stun founders/principals Mark Feldstein and Brad Roth.

Vamosy brings a wealth of experience from the network side, previously as sr. VP creative services at Starz where he led campaigns on the network’s original series “Outlander,” “Black Sails,” “Power” and “DaVinci’s Demons,” as well as rebrands for Starz and Encore. Earlier he was sr. VP of design at FOX Broadcasting and VP of design at FX Networks. Vamosy was an architect of FOX’s “L for Loser” campaign for “Glee.” He also helped redesign the FOX network look and spearheaded campaigns for “Fringe,” “American Idol” and “House,” among others. While at FX, he developed the network’s in-house design team “StudioFX,” which designed the packaging for original series such as “The Shield,” “Nip/Tuck” and “Rescue Me.” He spent 2011-’12 as executive creative director at Buster, overseeing major on-air rebrands for OWN, FXM and TV One. Over the course of his career, Vamosy’s work has earned numerous PROMAX Gold and Silver Awards, TELLYs and New York Festivals honors.

Vamosy’s return to Stun comes on the heels of the shop’s Dove Men + Care Super Bowl spot “Real Strength,” the first-ever Super Bowl commercial shot and produced by Stun, and #GameDayGrubMatch, the branded entertainment reality web series Stun produced for PepsiCo which ran during Super Bowl week.

  • Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015
Seema Miller promoted to chief strategy officer at David&Goliath
Seema Miller
LOS ANGELES -- 

Seema Miller has been promoted to managing partner, chief strategy officer at David&Goliath. Previously serving as executive director, head of planning at the agency, Miller will continue to report directly to founder/chairman David Angelo and be responsible for leading strategic insights across the shop’s roster of clients and new business endeavors.

Since joining David&Goliath in 2013, Miller has worked closely with the entire agency – especially the creative department – to put strategy at the forefront and implement a planning approach that comes from a place of truth. Miller’s key areas of focus include Kia Motors, driving the agency’s new business, and building new clients like Coca-Cola’s ZICO Coconut Water, hamburger chain Jack in the Box and project work for LG Mobile.

Angelo said, “I’ve always believed that an effective strategy is the blueprint to unlocking greatness. It starts with our name, David&Goliath. In two words and an ampersand, you know exactly what we do and what we stand for. Seema is the perfect example of someone who not only understands the importance of strategy but also has the unique ability to bring it to life across all facets of our clients’ brands, as well as our own.”

  • Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015
Danilo Boer named head of art & design at BBDO NY
Danilo Boer
NEW YORK -- 

Danilo Boer, a sr. creative director, has been appointed as head of art and design at BBDO New York , a new position.  In this role, Danilo will be responsible for raising the level and quality of work across the board and will report directly to Greg Hahn, CCO New York, and David Lubars, CCO of BBDO Worldwide.

“Anybody who has worked with Danilo knows that he is a creator with impeccable taste, unbridled enthusiasm and a gift for elevating the work,” said Hahn. “He’ll be doing what he’s been doing since he started here – we’re just making it official.”

Danilo joined BBDO New York in 2009 as an art director. During this time, he has created award-winning work for clients such as AT&T, Foot Locker, Guinness, Mountain Dew and Visa. Danilo has been chosen as an ADC Young Gun of 2009, named on a 30 under 30 list and served as a juror at the Cannes Lions Festival in 2014. Over the course of his career, Danilo has won more than 20 Lions including a Cannes Lion Grand Prix for Billboard Magazine.

Prior to joining BBDO New York, Danilo was at Almap BBDO in Brazil, where he worked on a wide variety of clients and brands, from Pepsi to Volkswagen, Havaianas, Getty Images, and Billboard Magazine.

  • Friday, Feb. 20, 2015
Directorial duo Who-Fu joins Nathan Love
Magico Nakamura (left) and Masayoshi Nakamura of Who-Fu.
NEW YORK -- 

Animation and design studio Nathan Love has added the husband and wife directorial duo Who-Fu to its talent roster. Who-Fu consists of motion picture director/illustrator Magico Nakamura and art director/illustrator Masayoshi Nakamura.

“Who-Fu combines traditional animation, illustration, stop motion, and many other mediums to create their distinctive style,” said Joe Burrascano. founder and executive creative director of the New York-based Nathan Love. “Their fearlessness in expressing their vast imaginations expands Nathan Love’s capabilities and has allowed us to branch out past the traditional work for which we are known.”

Who-Fu made an initial career splash with inclusion in the 2010 Saatchi & Saatchi New Directors Showcase on the strength of its Japanese band Sour music video “Hibi No Neiro” (“Tone of Everyday”), reflecting how a webcam behaves and how to cleverly use the limits of the technology to get the most effect. 

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