• Friday, Feb. 21, 2020
Framestore's Chicago office adds four to its creative team
Framestore Chicago's (l-r) Jon Rogala, Alma Kim, Isaac Spiegel and Ruairi Twohig

Framestore’s Chicago office continues to grow in its third year with the addition of four artists to the team. Coming aboard are sr. Nuke/Flame artist Ruairi Twohig, Nuke compositor Jon Rogala, jr. compositor Isaac Spiegel, and jr. designer Alma Kim. 

Twohig joins from MPC in New York, where he spent over five years as 2D lead and sr. compositor, working with clients such as Facebook, adidas, Samsung, and Verizon. Notable campaigns include Cadillac’s “Rise Above” for the 2019 Oscars, and Michelob Ultra’s “Robots” spot which aired during Super Bowl LIII. Originally from Dublin, Twohig studied animation at the Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art and Design, where he found his passion for VFX. With over a decade of experience, Twohig has worked across the globe in London, Paris, and Bangalore before moving to the U.S.

Rogala, a Chicago native, also comes over from MPC after working under the company’s Advertising division in Los Angeles on brands like BMW, Michelob, and Microsoft, followed by MPC’s Features division in Montreal on numerous projects, including the recently released film Maleficent II: Mistress of Evil as well as the Oscar nominated war epic 1917, directed by Sam Mendes. Prior to that, Rogala grew his career in Los Angeles as a freelancer before joining Picture Shop Studios as a staff compositor on episodic projects like The Walking Dead and Gotham. 

Rounding out the team are Kim, who brings award-winning illustration and motion design experience, and compositing artist Spiegel, both of whom took part in Framestore’s Launchpad Internship program where young artists gain hands-on experience by working closely with mentors on agency projects from start to finish.

“The skill and industry experience of Ruari and Jon, combined with the energy and enthusiasm of young, Framestore cultivated talent like Isaac and Alma, have taken our 2D and Design departments to the next level,” said Krystina Wilson, managing director of Framestore in Chicago. “Of all the things I’m most proud of since the launch of the Chicago studio, Framestore’s culture and the talent we attract stand out as number one.”

  • Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020
Leticia Gurjão named EP and head of film division at Los York
Leticia Gurjão

Los York Films, a creative production company focused on cross-disciplined talent, has added Leticia Gurjão as its new executive producer and head of the film division. 

Before joining Los York Films, Gurjão was EP for the bicoastal production company Station Film. Prior to that, she was director of business development at The Cavalry and Green Dot Films. While at Cavalry she helped to launch the VR/AR company Spectacle.

For Seth Epstein, founder/CEO of Los York, the addition of Gurjão comes at a time of growth for both Los York Films and Los York overall. Having someone like Gurjão that understands the ways brands and agencies are flattening typically segregated disciplines into a singular process is critical to the company’s continued growth.

“The world of advertising has changed and Los York is continuing to push collaboration with agencies and brands to create exceptional and standout work,” said Epstein. “Our directors often see jobs through from beginning to end. We are fusing together creative, production and post in a seamless way.

Los York Films is part of the larger Los York family of companies, including Los York Creative, the creative arm that most recently partnered with Motorola on the successful relaunch of the Razr phone as a luxury good.

  • Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020
Nice Shoes signs editor JK Carrington
JK Carrington

Creative studio Nice Shoes has signed editor JK Carrington for representation as part of its recently launched editorial division. With a diverse portfolio of editing and sound design work for brands and agencies--and credits across the broadcast media, documentary and advertising industries--she informs her passion for creative storytelling with her extensive arts and design education. Her editing style openly syncs with audio, fusing the edit with a unique blend of sound, music and pacing. She counts among her top-tier clients Katy Perry for “Killer Queen,” Walgreens, Always, Lil Yachty x Nautica, Nike, NFL, White House Black Market, and many more.

Carrington joins a Nice Shoes roster that includes creative director of Editorial Adam Liebowitz, who signed with the studio in January.

“When Nice Shoes first approached me for representation, I was immediately impressed by their business model. It’s the first I’ve seen of its kind that aims to help self-made freelance creative editors such as myself by providing tools and support to not just survive, but thrive--without limiting where or how I can work. I appreciate the studio’s ability to pinpoint both where the industry is going and where it is right now, to create the best work for their clients,” said Carrington.

Growing up, Carrington was surrounded by art, learning to compose music on multiple instruments, and practicing her craft in sculpture, drawing, painting, and rudimentary video art. While obtaining her BA in Architecture, a professor observed that she had a natural inclination to “design in moments.” After graduation, Carrington worked as an assistant set designer on Broadway musicals, but realized a bigger passion for editing as her creative voice. She started from the ground up, at the time knowing no one in postproduction, and rapidly built a career over the years. Garnering experience at a wide range of post shops, she edited for leading production companies, agencies and brands in advertising, before joining Nice Shoes for representation.

In-between jobs, Carrington tries to give back to her local community by supporting other minority, female or non-binary, and/or LGBTQ-friendly businesses with her editorial and directorial talents. “As a queer Asian woman, I’m only now, slowly, seeing the beginnings of representation and identity-acceptance around me. So if I can help others with their endeavors with what I know how to do best, then this is my way of being able to send the ladder down.”

  • Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020
Rob Churchill joins Cutters Studios' Flavor as VFX director; new venture in offing
Rob Churchill

Rob Churchill has joined creative production studio Flavor’s Chicago staff as VFX director. The development also involves Churchill becoming a partner (along with Flavor parent Cutters Studios and other entertainment industry entities) in the launch of a production venture to be announced in the days to come.

A Chicago native, Churchill has established himself as a top-tier VFX director over the past two decades, most recently with Carbon VFX since its 2018 acquisition of Filmworkers. In partnership with leading directors and creatives, he is a key collaborator behind assorted high-profile campaigns for Capital One, Allstate, Apple, Budweiser, McDonald’s, Samsung, State Farm, and many other Fortune 100 brands. Churchill is also increasingly involved in projects as a director.

Churchill additionally designed visual effects for IFC Films’ An Acceptable Loss from Chicago’s writer/director Joe Chappelle. The dramatic feature starring Tika Sumpter and Jamie Lee Curtis currently appears on Amazon Prime and Showtime. Churchill’s focus on both short- and long-form projects aligns perfectly with recent developments at Cutters Studios; along with artists from Flavor and sound company Another Country, several Cutters editors have earned impressive narrative and documentary feature credits over the past three years.

Cutters Studios’ family of companies includes Cutters, Dictionary Films, Another Country and Flavor.

  • Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020
Effects supervisor Bill Georgiou joins Technicolor VFX
Bill Georgiou

Technicolor VFX expands its roster of VFX supervisors with the addition of Bill Georgiou, whose recent supervisor credits include Netflix’s Lost in Space, Amazon Studios' Carnival Row, and AMC’s The Walking Dead. A classically trained fine artist, Georgiou has a passion for the digital artform which is displayed in his work for both powerhouse VFX studios and on the client side for over 20 years.

“I love the puzzle of VFX.  To me it’s art, but painting with light and pixels,” said Georgiou.

As someone who has been a part of the Oscar-winning VFX teams behind The Golden Compass and Life of Pi, Georgiou is excited for the opportunity to help grow and foster new disciplines within Technicolor VFX. He related, “Visual effects is such a collaborative artform, and yet it is the integration of so many different departments and skills, whether working on an invisible effect that is seemingly unnoticeable, to a critical CG creature or environment, this continues to be an exciting craft for filmmaking.”

Georgiou joins a roster of over a dozen supervisors at Technicolor VFX, including Paul Ghezzo, Kevin Chandoo and Gary Brown.  The expanding team continues to scale as the volume of increasingly complex episodic content surges, creating more demand for visual effects and an opportunity for Technicolor VFX to further support storytellers.

Rachel Matchett, head of Technicolor VFX, said of Georgiou,  “He brings a passion and eye for stunning CG work that is a pillar to our continued growth.”

  • Monday, Feb. 17, 2020
Stink Films promotes Andrew Levene to U.K. managing director
Andrew Levene

The independent global production network Stink Films has promoted Andrew Levene from head of production to U.K. films managing director.

A longstanding member of the Stink family, Levene has run production in London for the last six years overseeing major productions for brands such as Lexus, Nike, Adidas, Barclays, Aldi, Argos, Volkswagen, Save the Children, Oxfam and Libresse, working with directing talent such as Tom Green, Traktor, Keith McCarthy, Ne-O, Anthony Mandler, and Jones + Tino, and winning awards at Cannes Lions, D&AD and Creative Arrows, among others.

Levene’s role is to optimize Stink Films London operations, driving revenue and profit growth, while supporting and ensuring the creative and production quality of the company’s work. With a focus on leading key initiatives to support Blake Powell, managing partner, and Sophie Kluman, global head of operations, Levene will offer support and direction to the London office, ensuring its purpose and objectives are achieved.

Levene said “I first came to Stink as a freelance producer; it was always one of the companies I was most keen to work with. After two years as an in-house producer and almost six years as head of production, the idea of being even more involved in the growth and development of a company I’ve grown to love was a no brainer. Being made MD of Films in London is a huge honor and an opportunity to help steer the future of Stink, as well as giving me the chance to help develop the amazing roster of talent--both directors and in-house staff--that we’re so lucky to have.”

Starting as a runner at 2AM Films, Levene spent the next five years with the company working up the ladder, leaving the company as a production manager. Working freelance for companies like Spank, Bare, Rogue, Independent, QI, and 2AM over the next three years, The Sweet Shop came calling in 2009, offering Levene a role as a producer. There he worked with agencies such as McCann Erickson, Ogilvy and VCCP. In 2011, as a freelance producer he came to Stink Films, and over the last eight years with the company has moved up through the ranks.

2019 was one of the most successful years that Stink’s London office experienced. Starting with the launch of Guinness’ epic “The Purse” directed by Green, last year saw Stink London working back-to-back productions, culminating in six prominent Xmas season campaigns for UK retailers Asda, Aldi, Tesco, KFC, Sky and Argos. Additionally the talent roster grew with the signing of Kiku Ohe and FoodFilm last year and the further growth of Stink Rising, Stink Films global roster of up-and-coming talent.

Levene will report directly to Kluman and Powell.

  • Monday, Feb. 17, 2020
krow appoints Annie Fox as deputy executive creative director
Annie Fox

Annie Fox has joined London ad agency krow as deputy executive creative director.
Fox was previously creative director at Digitas UK. At krow, she reports to executive creative director Nick Hastings, and will work across all the agency’s clients.
Among the notable campaigns she has worked on is “Square Yo’self,” a recent TV campaign for Kellogg’s Rice Krispies Squares; and “This is the Jacket,” a social campaign for Superdry featuring Grime artist Paigey Cakey. Fox has also created award-winning work for MINI and Britvic.

Before joining Digitas UK, Fox was associate creative director at Iris Worldwide.

  • Friday, Feb. 14, 2020
mcgarrybowen promotes Shuttleworth, Ross to key strategic roles
Jamie Shuttleworth

Jennifer Zimmerman, global chief strategy officer at mcgarrybowen, unveiled changes in the agency’s U.S. strategic leadership. Jamie Shuttleworth has been promoted from chief strategy officer of the Chicago office to U.S. chief strategy officer and will have responsibility for leading strategy across mcgarrybowen’s U.S. presence, currently with offices in New York, Chicago, and San Francisco. Shawna Ross, formerly EVP of strategy, has been elevated as well and will take the strategy leadership reins from Shuttleworth as the new chief strategy officer for Chicago.

Zimmerman held the dual role of U.S. chief strategy officer and global chief strategy officer. When mcgarrybowen recently announced its new unified global structure aimed at driving growth for a growing list of global clients, it presented the ideal time to promote “our best” to serve the U.S. market, explained Zimmerman. “Jamie’s more than a brilliant strategist—he also embodies the heart of who we are as an agency and what we value. He has built and nurtured an amazing team in Chicago, including Shawna. Together, they are a killer combo. We’re lucky to have them and are so happy to be able to provide a bigger stage for them both.”

Shuttleworth’s career leading strategy for blue-chip clients spans nearly every category and includes such companies as Kraft Heinz, Disney, Quaker, Gatorade, Coors, Volkswagen, SC Johnson, Dow Chemical, Mattel, Yum!, Brown Forman, and the Chicago Cubs. Shuttleworth found his way into the advertising business through the Alaskan oil fields where he learned a little about oil and a lot about perseverance. Y&R appreciated that odd path and the stories that came with it so that is where he started his career. From there, he went to FCB Chicago, where he eventually rose to CSO.  He joined Foote, Cone & Belding and following the 2006 merger of Draft and FCB, he became the chief strategic planning officer for the combined entity. He joined mcgarrybowen Chicago as chief strategy officer in 2012, where he inspired his clients with forward-facing ideas that have earned a fair share of Effies and other awards along the way). 

Ross began her career on the account side at Y&R Chicago, where she worked on large national brands including Sears, Kraft, and Jim Beam Brands. At Chicago Creative Partnership, she leveraged her energy for strategy and consumer insights to build a planning department. This led Ross to make her way to Energy BBDO, leading strategy across multiple Bayer Healthcare brands, Shedd Aquarium, and The Art Institute of Chicago. Ross made her way to mcgarrybowen Chicago in 2010 to lead planning for Kraft and quickly found herself promoted to executive director. She has been leading strategy on Kraft Heinz and Clorox, developing smart strategies and compelling work. Ross’s experience and passion around activating brand behavior have landed her sought-after speaking engagements at Cannes and the ANA’s Masters of Marketing. She is a regular guest lecturer at Northwestern’s Medill School of Communications, a member of the 4A’s Strategy Committee, and serves as an Effie’s juror most years.

  • Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020
Erica Hoholick named chief client officer at 22squared
Erica Hoholick

Erica Hoholick has joined 22squared in the new role of chief client officer, leading the account management and business development departments, and reporting to CEO Richard Ward. Hoholick was most recently president of Phenomenon in Los Angeles, which under her watch saw new business wins with PepsiCo and TD Ameritrade, and ultimately attracted a management-desired private equity investment. The agency leadership veteran was selected by 22squared for her demonstrated ability to transform and modernize business and brands.

Before Phenomenon, Hoholick held senior leadership positions at some of the top global agency brands in the U.S. and U.K. She was global president at TBWA\Media Arts Lab (Los Angeles), leading the Apple global agency network, which she expanded from 12 to 26 countries. Prior, Hoholick was with Ogilvy & Mather (London), first as worldwide managing director on Dove, and then as CEO on the One Unilever operating unit. Her resume also includes managing director, TBWA\Chiat\Day (Los Angeles) and management director, Saatchi & Saatchi (New York and San Francisco). Hoholick’s clients have won nearly every top award in the industry, including Cannes Titanium Grand Prix, Global Effie, One Show, and D&AD honors.

22squared has been expanding with new client relationships, including Columbia Care, FridaBaby, Holiday Retirement, and SharkNinja; and organic growth from legacy clients Publix Super Markets, The Home Depot, Toyota, and Baskin-Robbins. Additionally, the agency has attracted top talent including Dave Notolli as director of strategy from Wieden (and BBH NY, Digitas, Crispin), and Chris Kyriakos as head of production from FCB (and Crispin, 72andSunny, Phenomenon). The influx of major-market and leading talent started with Matt O’Rourke joining 22squared in fall 2018 from Grey New York, where he supervised creative on the Volvo brand across the agency’s global network. Some recent creative campaigns from 22squared include the much-lauded Netflix Stranger Things “Scoops Ahoy” experience for Baskin-Robbins and the award-winning “Built In Pins” initiative for The Home Depot. 22squared is 100% employee-owned.

  • Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020
mcgarrybowen promotes Lucia Grillo to U.S. chief operating officer
Lucia Grillo

Lucia Grillo has been promoted to U.S. chief operating officer for mcgarrybowen. Grillo joined the agency as head of operations only a year ago to oversee operations across the agency’s three U.S.-based offices: New York, Chicago, and San Francisco. In her elevated role, she will take on responsibilities for resource and project management, finance, and process in support of developing a world-class creative product for clients. 

Grillo will report to Jon Dupuis, who was recently installed as mcgarrybowen’s first global president, and where he is running the global American Express account since the agency won the business two years ago.

Dupuis said. “In only a year, Lucia made a tremendous impact on bringing efficiency to our operations. Her approach was never about doing more with less, rather in finding the best ways to champion great work for our clients. She has brought value in creating excellence in how we work to drive excellence in what we create.”

Grillo joined mcgarrybowen last year from Droga5 where she was the production development director, working to create new process and working models across departments at the agency. Prior to that, she worked for sibling Dentsu agency 360i, where she was head of integrated production. Earlier, Grillo worked at VICE Media, spent 10 years as managing director of Psyop in NY, and got her start in the production department of McCann.

Grillo said, “Our clients come to mcgarrybowen for our strategic thinking and creative excellence, so everything we do, whether it’s process, workflow, etc. should serve that goal and that goal alone.  For the past year, we’ve looked at what we do best across offices, and we’ve worked to optimize that, and now we look forward to taking the effort to the next level.”

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