• Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015
Craig Miller named chair of Georgia Film, Music and Digital Entertainment Advisory Commission
Craig Miller

Craig Miller, executive producer of Craig Miller Productions in Atlanta, has been named by Governor Nation Deal to chair the newly formed Georgia Film, Music and Digital Entertainment Advisory Commission.

The advisory commission’s mission is to work with the Georgia Department of Economic Development in attracting production to Georgia and supporting other industries associated with entertainment.

Miller is a respected filmmaker and founder of Craig Miller Productions, creating award-winning projects for an extensive list of Fortune 500 clientele and advertising agencies for 30 years. He is also the current co-president for the Georgia Production Partnership (GPP), the grass-roots organization chiefly responsible for establishing and maintaining Georgia’s Film Incentive.

As chair of the advisory commission, Miller will utilize his vast knowledge of Georgia’s booming entertainment industry and tax incentives to work alongside other experienced advisory board members to help strengthen and continue to grow production in the state of Georgia.

“We are entering a Golden Age of production in Georgia.” Miller said. “The film, music and gaming industries have a significant economic impact in Georgia and continues to provide business opportunities statewide. We have shown that Georgia is the place to be to make films. Now let’s ensure we maintain a strong camera-ready workforce throughout the state and provide information about the vast locations we have available to continue to attract filmmakers and investors to Georgia.”

According to Gov. Deal’s office, Georgia filmmaking had an economic impact of over $6 billion during fiscal year 2015 (July 1, 2014-June 30, 2015).

  • Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015
Josh Olson named sr. VP of theatrical/creative director at The Refinery AV
Josh Olson
SHERMAN OAKS, Calif. -- 

Marketing agency The Refinery AV has hired Josh Olson as SVP of theatrical/creative director. Olson, who brings more than a decade of experience in entertainment marketing, will work closely with The Refinery AV partner/creative director Brett Winn on company growth initiatives and creative strategies for feature film, television, multimedia and gaming clients.

Olson’s passion for scriptwriting, film marketing and producing is evident in work he has created in partnership with top entertainment brands, including Sony, Warner Bros., 20th Century Fox, Screen Gems, EA, THQ and Square Enix. Along the way, he has collected numerous Key Art and Golden Trailer Awards for his work for “Evil Dead,” “The Vow,” “Resident Evil,” “Safe Haven,” “House at the End of the Street,” and “Black Dynamite,” among many other film and gaming properties.

Olson’s unusual creative journey began in accounting at Aspect Ratio. It wasn’t long until a producer identified his untapped talent as a copywriter. Olson eventually moved over to Trailer Park, where he took on a three-way role by adding producing to the mix. He went on to parlay his talents by launching his own boutique shop Killer Kreative, where his title of “Kreative Director” was synonymous with producing, directing and writing. Most recently, Olson worked as sr. producer at mOcean and SVP of theatrical/creative director at Seismic Productions. 

The Refinery AV’s clients include Sony Pictures Entertainment, 20th Century Fox, Walt Disney Studios, Warner Bros., Universal, Screen Gems, Fox Broadcasting, CBS, ABC, and The Weinstein Company.

  • Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015
Khoi Nguyen Truong joins Digital Pulp as UX designer
Khoi Nguyen Truong

Digital agency Digital Pulp has hired Khoi Nguyen Truong--UX design veteran, teacher and trainer--as a UX designer. She will report to Sarah Blecher, Digital Pulp partner and director user experience,

At Digital Pulp, Truong will be working with a cross-disciplinary team to develop a creative approach to interface navigation and create impactful, sustainable solutions for the agency’s broad range of clients, including The Juilliard School, NYU School of Professional Studies, MIT Sloan School of Management, and Visiting Nurse Service of New York (VNSNY).

Truong joins Digital Pulp with extensive experience in user experience strategy and design, having worked at Experience Dynamics Inc. in Portland, Ore., as an interaction designer, and as a user experience researcher and project manager at Tellum in New York. She also recently served as an educational technologist and project manager at Columbia University’s Center for New Media Teaching and Learning.

  • Monday, Aug. 17, 2015
Carter Nance named chief client officer at GSD&M
Carter Nance
AUSTIN, Tex. -- 

Carter Nance will take on the role of chief client officer at GSD&M. Hailing from Crispin Porter + Bogusky in Miami, Nance will oversee the account leadership department at the full-service advertising agency’s home base in Austin. Nance will report to GSD&M CEO Duff Stewart and oversee management of its clients including Southwest Airlines, Walgreens, Hilton and Chipotle.

“Any successful brand has two main things going for it—a good user experience and a strong purpose that consumers can buy into,” Nance said. “Now it’s my goal to work with the leaders at GSD&M to build a team of account people that continues to be invaluable to its clients.”

As managing director of CP+B Miami, Nance oversaw the agency’s day-to-day management in addition to leading its Domino’s and Coca-Cola Company relationships. His stint at CP+B included leading the brand launch of Coke Zero and the re-launch and re-branding of Domino’s Pizza.

Prior to CP+B, Nance’s entree into account work began at Young & Rubicam NY. In 2014, he co-founded the Mission 22 campaign designed to combat veteran suicides and which was recently awarded a Cannes Lion.

  • Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015
Jeff Wolfe named exec producer at Nathan Love
Jeff Wolfe

Motion design and animation studio Nathan Love recently added Jeff Wolfe as executive producer. The Promax BDA award-winning producer comes to Nathan Love after working with assorted studios and brands, including Nickelodeon, AMC, Dunkin’ Donuts, Sprint, Food Network, Capital One and Nivea.  He has also supervised production for direct-to-client work with brands such as Google, Sony, and Intel.

Wolfe has over 15 years of experience in traditional and pharmaceutical advertising, animation, VFX, editorial and live-action production. He produced “Skinnies” and “Viva Las Vegas” for Old Navy and “All Day” for NBC Sports/Superbowl XLIX while working as a sr. producer at MassMarket, “Everywhere” for Comcast while an EP at Tronic Studio, and supervised the CG and editorial team as director of postproduction at Cause & [Effect] for pop duo Beach House’s “Lazuli” video.

  • Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015
Coca-Cola names company veteran to new No. 2 position
In this July 2015 file photo, bottles of Coca-Cola are on display at a supermarket in Massachusetts (AP file photo).

Coca-Cola said Thursday it named company veteran James Quincey as president and chief operating officer, creating a new No. 2 position in its chain of command.

The world's largest beverage company says Quincey's appointment is effective immediately and that he will report directly to CEO Muhtar Kent. The appointment raised speculation that Quincey is being set up to succeed Kent.

In a call with reporters, Kent said it would be "inappropriate to speculate on CEO succession." Kent has been CEO since 2008, and chairman since 2009. He is 62.

The appointment means Coca-Cola's operating groups will now report to Quincey, rather than Kent. Kent said that will free him up to focus on the company's long-term strategy.

Coca-Cola Co., which makes drinks including Sprite, Powerade and Dasani, has been slashing costs as it faces sales struggles and says it's in a transitional period. As people have turned away from traditional sodas in North America, the company has regrouped to lessen its focus on merely pushing up sales volume. Instead, Coca-Cola is now putting marketing behind smaller bottles and cans that may not drive up volume, but fetch more money per ounce. The company also positions them as a way to enjoy its drinks, without feeling guilty about guzzling too much sugar.

On Thursday, the company also said that the president of Coca-Cola International, Ahmet Bozer, will retire in March and that his position will not be refilled. Bozer, 55, joined the company in 1990 as a financial control manager and has been seen as a potential successor to Kent.

Kent said the retirement was Bozer's decision.

Quincey, 50, had been reporting to Bozer as president of the company's Europe group. He is moving to Atlanta from London for his new role.

Ali Dibadj, a senior analyst with Bernstein, said he believes Quincey's appointment sets up a succession plan, but that it doesn't necessarily suggest that Kent will be leaving shortly.

"Change at Coca-Cola is not necessarily a bad thing," Dibadj said, noting the appointment was a surprise to many.

  • Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015
Shapira named lead VR visualist at Fake Love
Omer Shapira

Experiential design agency Fake Love recently tapped Omer Shapira as its new lead VR visualist. Shapira comes to Fake Love from Framestore, where he led projects for that studio’s VR software division. Previously he worked with The NYU Media Research Lab and the MIT Media Lab, and was a filmmaker/VFX artist at Channel 10.

Shapira specializes in blending programming, live-action film and experimental interaction technologies with real-time graphics, resulting in a highly unique visual experience. He has contributed this distinctive style to projects for Nike, Google, Microsoft, Disney, Universal Pictures and Samsung.

“Omer’s amazing skills with VR and game engines creates a fantastic complement to our existing team,” stated Layne Braunstein, co-founder and ECD of Fake Love. “His math and artistic background is going to help us create real-time visuals never seen before today in VR or really anywhere.”

Shapira’s work has been shown at Tribeca Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival and The Barbican and recognized by The Art Director’s Club and The Webby’s. Omer has a B.Sc in Mathematics from Tel Aviv University and a Master’s from the NYU Interactive Telecommunications Program.

  • Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015
Amber Wimmer joins Crossbeat as head of production
Amber Wimmer

Crossbeat New York, an innovation agency and creative studio, has added Amber Wimmer to its senior leadership team as head of production. Wimmer will report to Droga5 alums Becky Wang and David Justus, who founded Crossbeat in 2014.

Wimmer is an award-winning integrated producer who spent time at The Barbarian Group, Droga5, TBWA and CP+B. Over the course of her career, Wimmer has worked with clients including Absolut, American Express, Chobani, Microsoft, Pepsi, Puma, and Volkswagen.

As head of production at Crossbeat, Wimmer will be responsible for managing integrated production of all agency work, along with working in partnership with managing directors Wang and Justus to help shape agency operations and identify meaningful partnerships.

  • Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015
Barton F. Graf 9000 hires Roger Bova as its head of design
Roger Bova

Roger Bova has joined Barton F. Graf 9000 as head of design. He will report directly to founder and chief creative officer Gerry Graf. Bova will work across all accounts.

Bova joins Barton from Anomaly, where he was design director working on Budweiser, Diageo, and a variety of innovation projects. He began his career as an art director at Plexifilm, an independent DVD label with a focus on music, art and foreign films. He opened his own studio, Roger&Co, in 2007, and worked with a variety of unique clients, design firms and ad agencies, some of which included Arnell Group, Rockstar Games, Abrams Books, and A Public Space literary magazine.

“You cannot be an elite creative agency without great design. Roger and his team will give us just that,” said Graf.

  • Monday, Aug. 10, 2015
Deluxe Creative Services names Jaclyn Paris EP in Atlanta
Jaclyn Paris

Deluxe Creative Services has added Jaclyn Paris as executive producer for its growing Atlanta facility. In this role, she serves as the executive producer for Beast Atlanta, as well as oversees production for co-located sister facilities Method Studios and Company 3. Paris joins Deluxe from Cosmo Street Editorial, where she was head of production; she previously held various senior production roles at Lost Planet, Rabbit Content, Ravenswork Audio, and feature documentary outfit Isotope Films.

“As a producer, it’s a dream to work in this environment where we can offer our clients both the intimacy of a boutique shop, and the first class resources of a global company,” said Paris. “Our Atlanta tri-branded studio’s unique strength is in its interdisciplinary approach. Collectively, we’re able to execute better work on a larger scope, which ultimately strengthens the local production community.”

Billy Gabor, managing director in Atlanta, said of Paris, “She’s well-versed on all aspects of postproduction and can guide a project through every step of the process; she’ll be key in helping us further integrate our service offerings for an even more seamless client experience.”

Deluxe Atlanta provides clients with services ranging from dailies and editorial to color grading and VFX, including on-set supervision. The 35-person and growing outpost handles the bulk of projects in-house, working closely with the thriving advertising and film industries; it can also scale up and collaborate with Deluxe talent at other locations to suit project needs. Recent credits include commercials for AT&T, Toyota and Holiday Inn, the BET TV series Being Mary Jane, and feature films Selma and Goosebumps.

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