• Monday, Dec. 15, 2014
Bodnar, Kelly join Deluxe Creative Services' sr. management team
Jay Bodnar

Deluxe has added two members to the senior management team at the Creative Services division: Jay Bodnar as chief technology officer and Lawrence Kelly as sr. VP, finance. The newly restructured Creative Services division combines subsidiary companies and services for features, entertainment television and commercials, under one umbrella. Bodnar and Kelly will report to CEO Stefan Sonnenfeld.

Bodnar served as sr. VP engineering, TV, for over a decade. He spearheaded the Television division’s  transition to file-based workflows for all post and VFX work as well as the near-set dailies service (MobiLabs) pipeline. He has been instrumental in unifying multiple engineering teams to maximize resources and efficiencies among multiple facilities.

Kelly, who joined Deluxe in October as VP of finance, Method Studios, has 20 years of experience on the studio side of the business.  He was at Warner Bros. for 12 years as VP of finance, The Americas for WB Home Entertainment Group, and previously served as VP of finance, Asia Pacific & Latin America, WBHEG. From working at Warner Bros., Universal, and Paramount Pictures collectively, Kelly was a key participant in the studios’ corporate and strategic planning, business development, international operations, talent and production budgeting, theatrical release budgeting, and complex deal structuring with a variety of studio and feature production companies as well as international partners.

“Jay and Larry round out the senior management team beautifully,” said Sonnenfeld. “Jay has done an amazing job keeping Encore and Level 3 ahead of the technology curve. Larry comes to us with an enormous amount of experience on the studio end. Together, they will help guide Deluxe Creative Services into the rapidly-changing industry for 2015 and beyond.”

Deluxe’s Creative Services division will centralize operations of color, editorial, VFX, and all other post-production services across multiple platforms, allowing all of Deluxe’s companies--Company 3, Beast, Deluxe New York, Encore, EFilm, Level 3 Post, Method Studios, and Rushes–-to work together more efficiently and maximize synergy.

  • Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014
DUCK signs director Tobias Stretch
Tobias Stretch

DUCK Studios has signed director Tobias Stretch whose expertise spans live-action, stop motion, rotoscope, puppetry, animatronics, paintings, sculpture, drawing and photography. His unique creative signature includes his affinity for shooting his stop-motion animation outdoors. Many stop-motion artists steer clear of outdoor filming because of the many limitations like the variations in lighting and weather. Stretch also employs life-size armatured puppets and models for his stop-motion endeavors. The sum of these is a beautiful style of animation that is aesthetically rich and featuring characters grounded in the fantastical against the backdrop of reality. In some of the music videos that Stretch has animated, for example, one will see his gigantic puppets wandering the forest, flying above treetops, traversing the snow-covered lands, and cavorting streams.

Stretch has done work for Radiohead, MTV Liquid Television, The War on Drugs and Hauschka. Over the past five years, Stretch’s projects have earned seven Vimeo Staff Picks. He has recently exhibited his puppet sculptures at the Honolulu Museum of Art. His music video for classical composer Christopher Bono won Stretch the “Best Music Video” award at the 2014 Ottawa International Animation Festival.

Prior to DUCK, Stretch was last with Honey Badger in the U.S. Earlier he was handled by production house aWHITELABELproduct. In the U.K., he is represented via Rumble London.

  • Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014
Michael Lumpkin named director of AFI DOCS
Michael Lumpkin

The American Film Institute (AFI) has appointed producer Michael Lumpkin--who’s been executive director of the International Documentary Association for the past six years--as director of AFI DOCS, the Institute’s annual documentary festival in Washington, DC. Also announced today is the return of AT&T as the festival’s presenting sponsor.

With nearly three decades of experience in the film community as a producer, documentarian and IDA exec director, Lumpkin brings a versatile perspective to AFI DOCS, a well-rounded appreciation for the impact of the art form and a thorough understanding of AFI.

“I’m honored to be joining one of the world’s top film organizations and expanding the rich history and proud tradition of AFI DOCS,” said Lumpkin. “Six wonderful years at IDA solidified my passion for documentary films, and I look forward to bringing that passion to AFI.”

Lumpkin had previously served for more than 25 years as both executive director of Frameline and festival director for the San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival. He has also been a member of Frameline’s board of directors and co-produced the highly acclaimed documentary The Celluloid Closet. He has participated as a juror for the Sundance Film Festival and served in an advisory capacity for numerous film festivals around the world.

  • Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014
McCoy | Meyer Directing Duo Joins Dictionary Films
Justus Meyer (l) and Eric McCoy.

Dictionary Films, headed by managing director Chris Rossiter, has signed the directing team of Eric McCoy and Justus Meyer, a.k.a. Mccoy | Meyer. Since joining together in 2012, the McCoy | Meyer duo has already directed more than 50 short-form projects (many awarded through the LA-based content sourcing company Tongal) and earned a Telly Award and a Certificate of Recognition from the U.S. Congress.  Their commercial reel includes spots for Black & Decker, Famous Footwear, P&G, Verizon and Western Union.

McCoy began his film industry studies at Columbia College Chicago in 2005 and quickly leapt into freelance production, earning his way up the crew ladder in the camera, location and production departments on commercial and feature projects including “The Dark Knight.”  He was an associate producer for The Midwest Film Festival for over five years before relocating to LA and landing the position of associate with the Sundance Film Festival.  Meanwhile, Meyer also studied at Columbia College in Chicago, earning his Bachelor’s degree in Film/Video/Cinema in 2011, and soon thereafter, he also moved to LA to form McCoy | Meyer.  Both men built their experiences independently as producers before coming together. 

Dictionary is the first official production company affiliation for McCoy | Meyer. Prior to this, the directors as a team largely created and produced their work--all as entries for crowd sourcing, content creation contest sites like Tongal.  They began entering contests as soon as they started their partnership and as they won more and more, they began to be solicited for “closed contests,” which some sites do with their more accomplished contributors.

Rossiter related, “When I reached out to the guys, we had some dialogue about their desire for greater exposure and support in order to take their work to the ‘next level.’  I think what we’re doing at Dictionary and my background in agency production at Burnett felt right to them.  For me, it’s going to be a blast helping them grow and realize what I believe is great potential.”

McCoy | Meyer join a  Dictionary directorial roster that includes Logan Cascia, Chris Hafner, Jon Moore, Jay Patton, Jesse Shamata, Adam Wells and Dan Waymack. The integrated production arm of Cutters Studios, Dictionary Films maintains offices in Los Angeles and Chicago, and represents prestigious directors through its offices in Los Angeles and Chicago, and together with its partner companies Another Country, Cutters, Flavor and Picnic Media, represents comprehensive full-service creative capabilities.

  • Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014
Producer Lauren Gray, formerly of Energy BBDO, joins Utopic
Lauren Gray

Utopic has brought Lauren Gray on board as producer. She most recently served as integrated broadcast production manager at Energy BBDO and prior to that honed her PR, marketing and social media chops at Weber Shandwick. Her experience spans such multinational accounts as SC Johnson, Unilever, Bayer, Wrigley and Quaker. Gray also has diverse experience in film production, having served as cinematographer, photographer and editor on several films through a program with the American Film Institute (AFI).

Gray will play an integral role at her new roost alongside Utopic’s executive producer, Heather Mitchell.  Gray fortifies the production department on the heels of the company adding to its editorial acumen with the hiring of principal/editor Craig Lewandowski.

Utopic is a creative consortium of artists, editors, designers and directors who offer a seamless approach to postproduction, motion design, content production and everything in between. Lately, Utopic has been telling stories and building campaigns for clients such as Samsung, Kellogg’s, McDonald’s, Nissan, NBC, Kraft, Chicago Ideas Week and Fifth Third Bank.

  • Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014
Havas Worldwide India appoints Nirmalya Sen as CEO
Nirmalya Sen
MUMBAI, India -- 

Havas Worldwide has named Nirmalya Sen as CEO of Havas Worldwide India. Sen is a key appointment within the APAC region and will report to Juan Rocamora, chairman/CEO of Havas WW Asia Pacific.

Sen’s long history in the industry includes senior leadership roles at prominent global agencies. Most recently, he served as president of TBWA in India where, in addition to his role as the agency’s head and as a director on the Board, he was also the guardian, champion and evangelist of the TBWA philosophy, “Disruption.” Over the course of his career, Sen has advised and helped to grow global and national brands including Nissan, Maruti Suzuki, Mitsubishi Motors, Nestle, Britannia, adidas, HBO, Dabur, Tata Tea, Pedigree, and Electrolux.

  • Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014
Editor Eddie Ringer joins Wildchild + bonch
Eddie Ringer

Editor Eddie Ringer has joined the creative roster at Wildchild + bonch, the bicoastal editorial, design and production collective founded by editor Yvette Piñeyro.

Ringer joins Wildchild after a six-month stint freelancing for a variety of Bay Area ad agencies, among them Goodby Silverstein + Partners, BarrettSF and Godfrey Q. Prior to that he spent over eight years at the independent Sausalito, Calif.-based agency Butler Shine Stern + Partners (BSSP), where he edited and directed many high-profile ad projects that encompassed TV spots as well as longer-format web videos and digital executions.

He’s collaborated with such directors as Noam Murro, who directed a recent high-style Benefit Cosmetics spot Ringer cut, and Erich Joiner of Tool, who shot a comic campaign for Greyhound that bears Ringer’s timing, pacing and ear for sound design and audio.  Ringer cut MJZ director Craig Gillespie’s recent Priceline campaign starring William Shatner and @radical.media director Steve Miller’s comic Roku campaign, as well as BSSP’s talked-about Raise the River PSA online videos starring Robert Redford and Will Ferrell.

Ringer’s work reflects his talents not just in editorial but also as a director. He’s shot projects not only for BSSP clients such as Mountain Hardware and Radio Shack but also produced, directed and edited a short documentary for Vice Media as well as a music video for the hip hop artist DaVinci.

Since leaving the agency earlier in 2014 Ringer has worked on a campaign of intensely visual spots tied in with social media shorts for videogame maker 2K and World Wrestling Entertainment, and cut a series of shorts for Symantec that featured an interactive component that allowed viewers to choose alternate endings.

Ringer says he’s excited about this new phase of his advertising career as he settles in at Wildchild.  “I felt it was time to take the next step and join a company where I could rekindle many of the relationships I’ve had with creatives and start building new ones,” he said. “And I’m excited about the prospect of working on a wider range of brands and collaborating with new directors.”

Piñeyro notes that Ringer’s signing with Wildchild represents his first experience being with an independent creative editorial company, so in a sense they’re introducing him to the industry at large.  “We’ve got a long legacy of bringing in new talent with fresh, new perspectives, and that’s how we feel about Eddie,” she said. 

  • Monday, Dec. 8, 2014
Jason De Turris named CP+B’s chief strategy officer
Jason De Turris
BOULDER, Colo. -- 

Jason De Turris, who was VP, executive planning director, has been named chief strategy officer at CP+B. In his new role, De Turris will relocate to Hong Kong to oversee global strategy on the Infiniti account. He will also focus on opening CP+B’s Hong Kong office, which will be key in servicing the global leadership of Infiniti, as well as look to build the CP+B culture and brand throughout Asia and continue to provide global thought leadership across offices. In the near future a head of North American planning will be named who will be his counterpart in North America.

At CP+B, De Turris has worked across the agency’s leading brands including Hotels.com, Grey Poupon, Best Buy and Xbox One, and has played a key role, working closely with CP+B’s product innovation and brand experience designers to create two premium spirits brands: Angel’s Envy Bourbon and Papa’s Pilar Rum. During the course of his career, at Ogilvy & Mather, Deutsch and JWT, he’s managed strategy for the global launches of game-changing brands and led brand strategy for Rolex through the global recession, helping to build its first global targeting model. His experience ranges from the luxury category to necessity categories.

  • Monday, Dec. 8, 2014
Editor Christjan Jordan joins Rock Paper Scissors
Christjan Jordan

Editor Christjan Jordan has joined Rock Paper Scissors’ Los Angeles office. Best known for his comedic and character driven editing, Jordan spent the past six years as one of the original editors at Arcade Edit.

Jordan is a long-time and on-going collaborator with 72andSunny for Activision and Samsung, working alongside directors Wayne McClammy, Mark Romanek, James Mangold and Lance Acord. Most recently, Jordan edited a tie-in between Activision’s Call of Duty and Mountain Dew for 72andSunny, as well as this summer’s viral launch for EA Madden 2015--both with McClammy. Additional campaign work for Jordan includes Sonic Drive-In’s “Two Guys” with Goodby, Silverstein & Partners and Biscuit Filmworks’ director Clay Weiner.  Jordan also cut the Will Ferrell Dodge Durango campaign with Wieden + Kennedy and director Jake Szymanski , Cheetos with Ulf Johansson and Sony PlayStation with Frank Todaro.

  • Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014
Marianne Newton, Sara Cherry Join GSD&M as Executive Producers
Marianne Newton
AUSTIN, Tex. -- 

Marianne Newton and Sara Cherry have joined agency GSD&M as executive producers. Newton will lead production efforts on the Southwest Airlines account. Cherry will lead all production efforts on the agency’s Walgreens account.

“Marianne and Sara are experienced and talented producers. Marianne’s expertise and creative style will be instrumental in capturing the spirit of the Southwest Airlines brand in upcoming campaigns,” said Jack Epsteen, sr. VP/ director of production for GSD&M. “Sara has been working with our Walgreens team for some time as a freelance producer, and we’re happy to have her leading production efforts on the account full time.”

Newton comes to GSD&M from mcgarrybowen in Chicago where she led production efforts on several accounts including McDonald’s, Anheuser-Busch and Capital One. Her agency experience also includes DDB, The Focus Agency and Bozell (formerly Bozell & Jacobs).

Cherry was head of production at Fahlgren Martin and has worked on brands including Honda Power Equipment, NAPA Auto Parts, Southern Company, and Blue Cross Blue Shield. Her agency experience also includes time at Burton Campbell.

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