• Tuesday, Jul. 2, 2019
Grady Gamble named COO of Luma Pictures
Grady Gamble
SANTA MONICA, Calif. -- 

Luma Pictures, an independent creative studio with offices in Los Angeles and Melbourne, has hired Grady Gamble as chief operating officer where he will focus on strategic growth and manage all business operations related to the studio’s VFX work, original content, and venture fund. 

Prior to joining Luma, Gamble served as the chief operating and financial officer of Adaptive Studios, the production company behind HBO’s Emmy Award-winning Project Greenlight series. Additionally, Gamble has held key strategy, finance and business development roles at Paramount Pictures and Miramax Films.

Gamble said of Luma Pictures, “We are very well positioned to capitalize on the shifts happening in the marketplace as we continue to expand our VFX business, build out our robust original content slate and invest in high impact, early stage startups through our venture fund, Luma Launch.”

Payam Shohadai, founder and CEO of Luma, added, “Not only does Grady‘s broad expertise mirror the diverse segments of our company, but the depth of his operational know-how makes him an incredible partner in managing Luma in all our areas of focus.”

A graduate of The University of Southern California, Gamble began his career in finance with the real estate investment banking subsidiary of Wells Fargo, Eastdil Secured.

  • Tuesday, Jul. 2, 2019
Sr. VFX supervisor Chas Jarrett joins DNEG
Chris Jarrett

Visual effects, animation and stereo conversion company DNEG has hired sr. VFX supervisor Chas Jarrett. His most recent work was as production VFX supervisor on Guy Ritchie’s live-action remake of Disney’s Aladdin, which involved every type of visual effects work--from character animation, performance capture, set extensions, digital environments and FX simulations to signature moments of Genie magic.

Prior to Aladdin, Jarrett was the production VFX supervisor on director James Mangold’s gritty final chapter of the Wolverine story, Logan; on director Joe Wright’s reimagining of the fairy-tale world of Pan; and for both of Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes movies, starring Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law.

Over the course of his 20-year career in visual effects, Jarrett has received numerous accolades including an Oscar nomination for Poseidon (2006), a BAFTA nomination for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005) and a Visual Effects Society Award win for his work on Sherlock Holmes (2009).

Jarrett also enjoys a long-standing working relationship with director Tim Burton; following his work as VFX supervisor on Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Jarrett reunited with the director as production VFX supervisor on Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, and again on the Burton-directed music video for “Bones” by The Killers, which earned a VES Award nomination for its visual effects.

DNEG CEO Namit Malhotra described Jarrett as “an outstanding creative leader with a passion for storytelling, a talent for developing long-term collaborative relationships with directors, and a wealth of creative and technical experience in supervising and guiding teams through the process of creating complicated, high-end visual effects for major motion pictures.” H

Jarrett said, “I’ve admired DNEG’s work for many years and their run of Academy Awards successes is incredible--four Oscar wins in five years is a testament to the strength of their creative and technical abilities. DNEG is a force to be reckoned with and I’m excited to be a part of the vision that Namit and the leadership team are laying out for the future of the VFX industry.”

DNEG is currently in production on a slate of highly anticipated film projects, including Dune, Wonder Woman 1984, Fast & Furious 9, Chaos Walking and Last Night in Soho

  • Monday, Jul. 1, 2019
Yumi Suyama joins School Editing as executive producer
Yumi Suyama

Yumi Suyama has joined School Editing as executive producer. She had previously been at Rooster Post Production.

Suyama first entered the industry 10 years ago as an assistant editor, turning her creative passion into a producer role before earning the EP title in 2016.

Adding Suyama to the team represents a major step in School’s evolution, said editor and partner Chris Van Dyke, not just in terms of its size and capabilities, but in setting School up to work quicker and smarter to meet client needs.

She has helped such clients as Destination Ontario, Volkswagen and IKEA. More recently, she worked the on “Go Back to Africa” campaign for Black & Abroad that was a multiple winner at the Cannes Lions.


  • Thursday, Jun. 27, 2019
Jony Ive, the designer behind the iPhone, is leaving Apple
In this Monday, June 3, 2019 file photo, Apple CEO Tim Cook, left, and chief design officer Jonathan Ive look at the Mac Pro in the display room at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose, Calif. On Thursday, June 27, 2019, Apple said that Ive, chief design officer, will be leaving after more than two decades at the company to start his own firm. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

The man behind the iconic designs of the iPhone, iMac and iPad is leaving Apple.

Chief design officer Jony Ive is departing after more than two decades at Apple to start his own design firm, the company said Thursday.

But he's not completely severing ties with the company he has worked at for nearly 30 years. Apple said it will be one of Ive's clients at his new firm.

The Cupertino, California, company did not give an exact date for his departure.

Ive has been a fixture on Apple's design team since the early 1990s and is known for shaping Apple's signature rounded, stylish designs.

He is often pointed to as the visionary behind what set Apple apart from its competitors — technology that didn't just look like boxes of wires, but that was fashionable and trendy.

Ive joined the company in 1992 as a young senior designer. Apple's co-founder and longtime leader Steve Jobs was in the midst of his 12-year exile at the time, and upon his return he named Ive senior vice president of industrial design.

The pair were known to work closely together in the decades before Jobs' death in 2011 — once, Jobs referred to Ive as his "spiritual partner."

Walter Isaacson, who wrote the 2011 biography "Steve Jobs," quotes Jobs describing Ive as "wickedly intelligent in all ways."

"He gets the big picture as well as the most infinitesimal details about each product. And he understands that Apple is a product company. He is not just a designer," Jobs told Isaacson. "He has more operational power than anyone else at Apple except me."

The name for Ive's new design company, LoveFrom, comes from something Jobs once said to him, Ive told the Financial Times in an interview published Thursday.

Jobs said making something with "love and care" was a fundamental component and doing so meant you were "expressing your gratitude to humanity, to the species."

"I so identified with that motivation and was moved by his description," Ive said.

Ive, Isaacson wrote, is a fan of the German industrial designer Dieter Rams, who "preached the gospel of 'less but better.'" Apple's designs, led by Ive, have become synonymous with elegant simplicity.

"Simplicity isn't just a visual style," Ive told Isaacson. "It's not just minimalism or the absence of clutter. It involves digging through the depth of the complexity. To be truly simple, you have to go really deep."

Ive was eventually promoted to his head of design role, where he shaped the simplistic and people-friendly phones and computers for which Apple has become known. Ive had a say in it all, from the bright, rounded iMacs of the 1990s to the sleek, silver and black iPhones of today.

In more recent years, Ive put part of his focus into designing the company's giant spaceship-like campus, Apple Park.

Ive, who grew up outside London, was knighted at Buckingham Palace in 2012. He studied design at Newcastle Polytechnic (now Northumbria University) in Newcastle, England, and was among the first employees at a design company called Tangerine — work that would lead him to Apple.

He won't be immediately replaced. Two of his deputies will report directly to the company's chief operating officer, Jeff Williams, who has led the development of the Apple Watch.

  • Thursday, Jun. 27, 2019
Elena Robinson named EP, brand content & commercials, at Wayfarer Entertainment
Elena Robinson (photo by Brian Cooper)

Wayfarer Entertainment--the media studio founded by Justin Baldoni and Ahmed Musiol that creates scripted and unscripted storytelling fare for TV, digital and film--has named ad veteran Elena Robinson as executive producer, brand content and commercials. Her hire officially launches the commercial division of Wayfarer Entertainment where she will lead the studio’s creation of branded social impact content for consumers.

Robinson’s hire also validates the studio’s commitment to promoting diversity both on and off screen, as she is the first female and woman of color on the executive team. 

Robinson has spent nearly two decades developing commercial projects leading teams and winning awards for agencies like Leo Burnett, Havas, R/GA, and Energy BBDO  where she produced the Cannes Lion-winning brand work for Bayer Aspirin’s “HeroSmiths” campaign. Starting her career in television with Oprah Winfrey’s “Women of Brewster Place,” Robinson has worked on everything from a web-series  for Verizon to documentaries for Quaker Oats and slice-of-life stories for Flintstones. Along the way, she dedicated significant time to digital media, building apps, games and 3D experiential work for brands like Sprint and NASCAR. 

“Her dedication to impactful storytelling and her relentlessly inventive approach to production, whether it be a national brand or a local non-profit, centers Robinson at the crossroads of advertising, entertainment and brand-building content,” said Baldoni, who is also Wayfarer Entertainment’s chairman of the board.

Wayfarer has helped agencies, brands, networks and studios forge powerful connections with viewers through compelling content focused on innovative brand integration with real-world social impact. Projects the company is most well-known for include My Last Days, Man Enough, commercial work for Metro PCS, Wells Fargo, Subaru, The Ad Council, Kellogg’s, Ford, and establishing CWGOOD, the first-ever broadcast platform focused on philanthropy.

Notable accolades include Wayfarer’s Telly award for Man Enough, the dinner conversation series featuring a diverse group of influential men as they explore and redefine traditional masculinity. With a viewership of over 15 million, Man Enough is at the forefront of the global conversation on the subject. Additionally, My Last Days, the uplifting documentary series about living an extraordinary life, told from the perspective of those who are dying, has also received multiple honors, garnering a Webby Award, an Addy Award, a 2018 Clio Award, and the 12th Television Academy Honors Award, which annually recognizes seven exceptional programs that have harnessed the power of television to inspire social change. 

In March, Five Feet Apart opened in theaters marking the release of Wayfarer’s first studio film. Directed and produced by Baldoni, the film featured actors Cole Sprouse and Haley Lu Richardson and grossed $63 million in its opening month. Baldoni’s feature follow up, Clouds, has been greenlit for production in 2019 at Warner Brothers. 

“I’m thrilled to be joining the passionate and innovative team here at Wayfarer to work with them as we continue to create entertainment that is a benefit to humankind,” said Robinson. “The impressive reception of their current volume of work makes clear the value of this work to the contemporary consume. I’m looking forward to  working  with the  team to pave the way for more groundbreaking, impactful branded content.”

Wayfarer Entertainment is represented in the Midwest by Nikki Weiss of Weiss and Co. 

  • Wednesday, Jun. 26, 2019
Paul Fogaca named GUT COO & partner
Paul Fogaca

Paulo Fogaca, former managing director and global chief operating officer of DAVID Miami, will join indie agency GUT as COO and partner.

Fogaca will be responsible for overseeing the entire GUT operation across its three offices in Miami, São Paulo, and Buenos Aires. He will work closely with founders Anselmo Ramos and Gaston Bigio.

Fogaca was one of the main drivers of DAVID Miami’s success in recent years, helping to elevate the creative reputation of the agency and executing breakthrough ideas for clients like Burger King, Coca-Cola, Kraft-Heinz, and AB InBev. He helped DAVID Miami open its doors in 2014 and has been key in growing the agency’s client roster, talent and business over the years, leading to the agency winning five Cannes Grand Prix honors. Prior to joining DAVID, Fogaca worked for Ogilvy in various roles in New York, São Paulo and Miami as well as for Havas in Paris. Fogaca holds a Master’s degree in Business from IAE - Universite de Nice in France.

GUT has a team of 50 across its three offices, with a roster of clients including Tim Hortons, Domino’s Pizza, Mercado Libre, Netflix and Nestlé. GUT will also announce new global brands soon. GUT opened its office in São Paulo earlier this year. GUT Miami and Buenos Aires were formed in April 2018

  • Tuesday, Jun. 25, 2019
Ludwig Ortiz named head of strategy at Nobox
Ludwig Ortiz

Nobox has brought Ludwig Ortiz on board as head of strategy, a new position at the Miami-based independent digital and social content agency.

Ortiz has been a planner and strategist for agencies such as Energy BBDO, Mindshare, mcgarrybowen, DDB and Ogilvy for clients in several different categories, including CPG, automotive, telecommunications, banking, and travel and leisure. Clients he’s worked with include Kraft-Heinz, Disney, Procter & Gamble and Kimberly-Clark. 

Jayson Fittipaldi, Nobox co-founder and chief innovation officer, said, “Not only does Ludwig come to Nobox with tremendous experience, but under his guidance we have the opportunity to focus on ideas that are truly rooted on insights, helping aim our creative and innovation guns in the right direction. Plus his experience at leading U.S. agencies working with top U.S. brands also helps our new focus on that market.”

In addition to its world headquarters in Miami, Nobox maintains roots in Latin America and Jamaica, having offices in Bogota, Sao Paulo, Mexico City and Kingston. Over the last two years the agency has expanded its offering in the U.S. as a Pepsico roster agency and through work on campaigns for such American brands as Netflix and Marriott.

  • Tuesday, Jun. 25, 2019
MPC's LA studio promotes Dimitri Zola to colorist
Dimitri Zola

Dimitri Zola has been promoted from color assistant to colorist at MPC LA, bolstering its color team which includes U.S. creative director of color Mark Gethin, sr. colorist Ricky Gausis and colorist Kristopher Smale.

Zola has been in the industry for over a decade, starting out as a runner and then joining MPC as a color assistant in 2014. Since then, he has quickly become a sought-after colorist, working with acclaimed directors such as Nadia Lee Cohen and global brands including NBA, Beats by Dre, Banana Republic and FIFA. Zola’s work includes the “Yo! My Saint” campaign film for Kenzo and Kali Uchis’ music video “After the Storm,” which became a Vimeo staff pick.

The MPC color team in Los Angeles has turned out such recent notable work as episodics Atlanta directed by Hiro Murai (colorist Gausis) and Black Monday (Gausis), exclusive beauty work such as Vanity Fair’s 25th Hollywood issue directed by Emmanuel “Chivo” Lubezki (Gethin) and music videos such as Leon Bridges’ “Bet Ain’t Worth The Hand” which was shortlisted as the UK MVAs for Best Color Grading (Gausis), Childish Gambino’s “This is America” directed by Murai (Gausis) and Janelle Monae’s highly praised and culturally significant music video motion picture Dirty Computer (Smale).

  • Tuesday, Jun. 25, 2019
The Mill Chicago appoints Hilbert as managing director and Khan as head of production
Erica Hilbert (l) and Tracey Khan

Erica Hilbert will be taking on the role of managing director and Tracey Khan will become head of production at The Mill Chicago. 

The two senior appointments will work closely to ensure The Mill’s continued growth within the Midwest Market and reinforce its full-service creative production offering. 

Hilbert first joined The Mill Chicago as a sr. producer in 2015, having previously worked at Digital Kitchen and Method. Her experience within the local market propelled the development of The Mill’s Chicago offering. Before stepping into the role of managing director, Hilbert built the studio’s award-winning production team as head of production. 

With Hilbert’s new appointment, EP Khan will be stepping in to lead the production team as head of production. Khan moved from The Mill London to Chicago in 2014 to pioneer the inception of the Chicago studio, where she champions The Mill’s vast roster of directors and artists across the globe, developing end-to-end production solutions for brand and agency partners alike.

  • Monday, Jun. 24, 2019
Nick Litwinko hired as EP of Nice Shoes' new film and episodic VFX division
Nick Litwinko

Creative studio Nice Shoes has hired Nick Litwinko as executive producer, helming the launch of the New York-based company’s new film and episodic VFX division. Litwinko, who has built a career on infusing a serial entrepreneur approach to the development of creative studios, will grow the division, recruiting versatile talent to bring a boutique, collaborative approach to visual effects for long-form entertainment projects. 

The division will focus on projects spanning feature film and episodic, that are marked with highly stylized visuals as a vehicle for conceptual exploration. Since coming on board with Nice Shoes, Litwinko and his team already have three long form projects underway and will be announcing a major talent signing in the coming months. 

Litwinko noted, “While our focus will be on feature and episodic work, we’ll also be available to collaborate with agencies and brands on advertising and branded content.”

Litwinko launched his career at MTV during the height of its cultural zeitgeist, working as a sr. producer for MTV Promos/Animation before stepping up as executive producer/director for MTV Commercials. His decade-long tenure with the media giant during this transformative period led him to launch his own company, Rogue Creative, where he served dual roles as EP/director, overseeing a wide range of animated, live action and VFX-driven branded campaigns. He was later named sr, producer for Psyop New York, before launching the New York office of BL:ND. He moved on to join 1stAveMachine as executive producer/head of production as they widened their expertise at the intersection of technology and entertainment on a global scale. He was then recruited to join ShootersINC as managing director, leading a strategic rebrand and building up their NYC offices and playing an instrumental part in the rebrand to Alkemy X.

Nice Shoes managing director Justin Pandolfino cited Litwinko’s penchant for creative challenges and “wealth of knowledge and experience in building and scaling new divisions.”

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