• Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021
Editor Paul Hardcastle joins U.S. roster of Rock Paper Scissors
Paul Hardcastle

Rock Paper Scissors (RPS) has added editor Paul Hardcastle to its roster for representation in the U.S. Hardcastle is a founder and an editor/partner at Trim London where he continues to work for U.K.-based projects. Prior to connecting with RPS, he was repped by Cosmo Street in the American ad market.
Hardcastle has garnered assorted accolades over his career from Cannes Lions and D&AD Pencils to British Arrows and Clios.
Hardcastle is a frequent collaborator with director Adam Berg, for whom he edited the groundbreaking Philips’ “The Carousel” integrated campaign in 2009. The film was lauded as a technical masterpiece and became one of the first online ads to win the Cannes Lions Grand Prix, the festival’s top honor, setting the stage for the wave of online advertising in the ensuing decade.
Recently, Hardcastle edited some of the most visible global ads for Apple and TBWA\Media Arts Lab, including the highly celebrated AirPods “Bounce” for director Oscar Hudson as well as other genre-defining work for Apple with directors Sam Brown and Derek Cianfrance.  
“Paul is one of the most respected editors in our business,” said Angus Wall, founding partner at Rock Paper Scissors.“I have a lot of admiration for the innovative, forward-looking way he’s approached not only his work, but also the relationships he has with agencies and directors alike.”

Hardcastle said, “The work at Rock Paper Scissors has been at an aspirational level for decades now, I’ve been a fan my whole career. I am very excited to finally get to work with them in the American market.”

  • Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021
Kinney named Ogilvy's global chief DE&I officer & chief people officer for North America
James Nicholas Kinney

Ogilvy has named James Nicholas Kinney to serve as its global chief diversity, equity & inclusion (DE&I) officer and chief people officer for North America.

In North America, Kinney will oversee all aspects of talent management, recruitment, learning and development, and wellbeing working with Jag Dhanji, who was recently appointed global chief people officer, and Devika Bulchandani, who is joining the company as CEO of Ogilvy North America.

As global chief DE&I officer, Kinney will partner with leaders across the company’s global network to develop and evolve practices, policies, and programs to ensure Ogilvy has a strong culture of belonging--one that fosters an open environment for everyone to thrive and be their authentic selves. Kinney succeeds Donna Pedro who joined Ogilvy in 2007 as one of the advertising industry’s first chief diversity officers; Pedro recently moved into a role with WPP.

Andy Main, global CEO of Ogilvy, said: “James brings with him a passion for people that is contagious and a unique approach to diversity, equity, inclusion, and culture. Our success and sustainability as a business will be the direct result of our people as well as our ability to build a culture where the many dimensions of difference are represented and valued at all levels of the company. I’m thrilled to have James bringing his rich expertise to our leadership team.”

Kinney added: “My life’s work is centered around propelling people towards their purpose and unlocking doors so they can achieve their full potential. It’s an honor to have a global platform to do just that at Ogilvy. I’m looking forward to partnering with Andy, Devika, Jag, and our people to further ignite allyship at Ogilvy and to inject more creativity into the way people work.”

Kinney is a global diversity and people executive, author, and speaker with over 18 years of experience, including executive roles at Giant Spoon and most recently as the chief talent officer at Mother. Kinney’s transformational HR style is rooted in his own personal story from learning how to walk again at the age of 16 after a near-fatal car accident. He uses neuroscience, emotional intelligence, performance psychology, and innovative behavior-based practices to help organizations build authentic cultures. A diversity innovator and creator, Kinney has launched Six Figure Jobs, an audio education company dedicated to bringing fresh ideas around work, jobs, and diversity, as well as Equify, an online diversity certification widely used across marketing and entertainment organizations. He is also a board member of AIR Allies in Recruiting and the former co-founder of DisruptHR, an information exchange designed to energize, inform and empower people in the HR field. 

  • Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021
Eduardo Marques named CCO of Publicis in Netherlands, Belgium
Eduardo Marques

Publicis Groupe BeNe (Belgium and The Netherlands) has appointed Eduardo Marques to serve as its chief creative officer. 

Marques, a Brazilian who has experience across international markets including U.S. and Europe, has won 40 Cannes Lions, including three Grands Prix and a Titanium Lion. He has also won Black Pencils at D&AD and The One Show, during his time at 180LA and Publicis Spain.

Marques will divide his time between Netherlands and Belgium and will join the BeNe board of Publicis Groupe. Marques is best known for his IKEA campaign “Real Life Series” and of course, the “Moldy Whopper” for Burger King. 

After two years, Marques exchanges Publicis Groupe Spain for Publicis Groupe BeNe. He previously worked at 180LA, Pereira & O’Dell San Francisco, JWT Bahrain and Ogilvy Brazil. 

Bruno Bertelli, global CCO of Publicis WW and CEO of Publicis, Italy, said, “Eduardo is one of the most distinguished creatives in the Groupe. His appointment is testament to the importance of our investments in the BeNeLux region and the creative opportunities it offers. He is a wonderful storyteller who knows how to successfully connect strategy, data, creativity and storytelling. ” 

Marques commented, “The BeNe region is a great ‘university’ for creativity, and a hot spot for awesome talent. The strength of the Power of One in these regions facilitates a multidisciplinary creative-data-strategy powerhouse for clients.“ 

Succeeding Marques as chief creative officer at Publicis Groupe is Óscar Martínez who will become the lead creative responsible for the Publicis, Wysiwyg, Nurun and Publicis Emil units regionally.

  • Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021
Nathan Brown named general manager of Ellen Digital Ventures
Nathan Brown
BURBANK, Calif. -- 

Nathan Brown has been named general manager, Ellen Digital Ventures (EDV), a joint venture between Ellen DeGeneres and Warner Bros.

Brown will report to WB Unscripted Television, the EDV board and work alongside The Ellen DeGeneres Show executive producers Mary Connelly, Andy Lassner, and Derek Westervelt. He will be responsible for leading the strategic vision and management of DeGeneres’ digital business with full financial responsibility. He will oversee all owned and operated sites--including the award-winning platform, ellentube--as well as EDV’s industry-leading original digital content studio, DeGeneres’ robust social media reach, and successful digital games business. Additionally, Brown will further delve into podcasting and experiential opportunities and work with the e-commerce team to expand DeGeneres’ presence.

Brown said, “I have admired EDV for years as they have methodically built one of the most successful digital media brands in the industry. I look forward to sharing my knowledge and experience to further grow their already impressive presence, innovative content, and immensely talented team in the digital space.”

Mike Darnell, president of Warner Bros. Unscripted Television, said, “We spent some time looking for the right mix of digital leadership, creativity, people management, and an understanding of his hugely important platform and the Ellen brand. From the first meeting, Nathan hit all of those marks and blew us away with his sheer passion and excitement. We look forward to this next successful chapter for EDV.”

Brown is an accomplished digital media executive and entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience dedicated to the development, convergence, and disruption of emerging platforms, content, technology, advertising, and media. 

Brown was co-founder and CEO of AR/VR content, research, and technology start-up Tomorrow Never Knows, where he executive produced projects premiering at major film festivals worldwide, including the Tribeca Film Festival, Venice Biennale, and Sundance Film Festival. Additionally, Brown served as chief business officer of pioneering mobile entertainment and experiential studio Tactic, heading strategy, partnerships, revenue, and M&A.

Prior to TNK and Tactic, Brown was the president of Seeker (Discovery Digital Networks), where he oversaw strategy, revenue, operations, and all P&L responsibilities. He helped lead the Discovery Digital Networks merger with Thrillist Media Group, The Dodo, and Now This Media. Along with a $100M Discovery investment, these companies formed Group Nine Media, one of the world’s largest digital-first media companies. Additionally, he was the head of the multiple Webby-awarded Discovery VR platform and studio, scaling it to become the world’s largest producer and distributor of cinematic virtual reality.

As the previous GM and SVP of Video at The Huffington Post, Brown oversaw all areas of global video, TV, and film, including development, production, programming, distribution, and monetization. Brown joined The Huffington Post from Complex Media, where he was the founding general manager of video and TV, creating Complex News and launching multiple break-out cultural hits helping scale Complex into becoming one of the world’s most successful digital video publishers, ultimately exiting to Verizon/Hearst.

Brown often speaks at global conferences such as SXSW, MIPCOM, CES, Digital Hollywood, Media Summit, OMMA, Techweek, LDV Summit, and Playlist Live.

  • Monday, Jan. 11, 2021
Editor Izzy Ehrlich joins LVLY for U.S. representation
Izzy Ehrlich

Content and creative studio LVLY, with offices in New York, Los Angeles and Tel Aviv, has added Canadian editor Izzy Ehrlich to its roster for representation in the U.S. This marks her first affiliation in the American market.

With an editing style often possessing a visceral and emotional undercurrent, Ehrlich’s work looks beyond the surface to express the subtext of a narrative in ways that heighten and harmonize with the creative. “Whether I’m balancing the quiet intensity of a morning run for Adidas, hyper-focusing on a single instant for Dairy Farmers, or meditating on inclusion and self-care with a tender, delicate cadence in Gillette, I strive for a unique and contemporary feel throughout my work,” she explained.

This approach is embodied in her work on the widely praised “First Shave,” a spot from Grey for Gillette that celebrates a transgender man’s first shave and garnered Glass, Bronze and Silver Lions at Cannes, as well as the Nova Scotia tourism campaign “If You Only Knew” which won Best Regional Campaign at AICE. Over her career, Ehrlich has been honored numerous times by the Advertising and Design Club of Canada, Toronto Applied Arts Awards, Toronto Marketing Awards, and London International Advertising Awards in addition to the Clios and Communication Arts. She’s also no stranger to film, editing The Day Grunge Died, which was screened at the Beverly Hills International Film Festival, and other pieces featured at the Hot Docs Festival, Calgary International Film Festival, Los Angeles Raindance Film Festival, the American Film Institute Documentary Festival and more.

With LVLY, Ehrlich hopes to expand her reach into the fashion, comedy and abstract visual fields, bringing her perspective to a variety of new projects created for the U.S. market. Inspired by the studio’s work and talent, the notion of being represented by such a strong, woman-led company solidified her decision to call LVLY home.

“I first connected with LVLY at the AICE awards several years ago where I won Best Regional Campaign for my Nova Scotia tourism spot,” Ehrlich recalled. “[LVLY EVP and managing director] Wendy [Brovetto] introduced herself after I gave a speech and had some very kind things to say about my work. After that, I’d always see her name pop up in the comments when I posted new work online, and we got to know each other over a few  phone calls. It wasn’t long before it became clear that we were a perfect match.”

Ehrlich joins LVLY’s editorial lineup of Olivier Wicki, JP Damboragian, Joe Siegel, Geordie Anderson, Aaron Dunkel, Bryan Andes and Emily Spiegelman-Noel.

  • Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021
David Rubin promoted to editor at Cutters
David Rubin

Editorial boutique Cutters has promoted David Rubin to editor. 

Rubin landed an internship with Cutters immediately upon graduating from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, leading to a position as assistant editor, mainly working for managing editor Grant Gustafson. Among many highlights of these creative collaborations over the years, Rubin assisted on Jeep’s award-winning “Groundhog Day” Super Bowl spot, and numerous campaigns for Energy BBDO, FCB, Highdive, Leo Burnett, mcgarrybowen, and their clientele. Rubin has also taken the lead in editing several projects including recent spots for Glad via FCB, and for Hillshire Farms via Ogilvy.

Rubin was the International Grand Prize Winner in Editing in 2015’s Camp Kuleshov competition, AICE’s (now AICP’s) annual contest for assistant editors, audio mixers and graphic designers. He is also a two-time winner of top editing honors at Camp Kuleshov Chicago.

According to Highdive Advertising’s co-founder and creative director Chad Broude, “At Highdive, we don’t look for editors--we look for creatives and problem solvers that make the final product even better... and they just happen to edit. That’s why we love working with David. He’s like having another writer on the project who’s improving the work through the finish line.”

  • Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2020
Nikki Lamba named global head of diversity & inclusion at DDB Worldwide
Nikki Lamba

Nikki Lamba has joined DDB Worldwide to lead diversity and inclusion globally. In the newly created role Lamba will support DDB Worldwide’s ongoing mission to drive programs and initiatives that support diversity and inclusive practices across the network for its teams and clients.

The appointment comes at a pivotal time as DDB Worldwide continues to strengthen its core global leadership team. “At DDB, growth and success are driven by able and talented people regardless of background,” said Marty O’Halloran, DDB Worldwide CEO. “We remain focused on furthering our progress towards being a network that recruits, recognizes and retains diverse teams.”

“Creativity is pivotal to our success and, by extension, diversity is as well,” said Justin Thomas-Copeland, CEO of DDB North America. “To achieve our ambitions, we are driving towards an organization with a truly broad definition of diversity, and one that champions inclusion to grapple with pervasive racism and inequities in our business and in support of our clients.”

Lamba joins DDB from Catalyst, where she spent 11 years advising Fortune 500 companies on their diversity and inclusion strategies, initiatives and practices. In her role as sr. director, Lamba employed data analytics, research, and relationship building to provide partnership and guidance on organizational strategies and D&I programming in order to hire, advance and retain diverse talent.

Lamba varied expertise to this global role, including the ability to analyze and apply qualitative and quantitative data, talent management, leadership and engagement practices. Having programmed and hosted a variety of events surrounding the topics of diversity and equity, Lamba provides a strong voice on the issues of diversity. 

Lamba also served as member of Catalyst’s Awards Evaluation Committee responsible for evaluating and recognizing innovative organizational initiatives that have accelerated progress for women through workplace inclusion.

  • Friday, Dec. 18, 2020
Havas Chicago adds CSO Flores, chief client officer Pearson
Lilia Arroyo Flores (l) and Maisha Pearson

Havas Chicago has appointed two new executives to its leadership team: Lilia Arroyo Flores as chief strategy officer and Maisha Pearson as chief client officer.

“At Havas Chicago, we’re focused on operating as strategic business partners, assembling bespoke, cross-functional teams that break down the traditional silos to ultimately deliver against business KPIs—and Lilia and Maisha are essential to solidifying that model,” said Nikki Laughlin, president, Havas Chicago, who also oversees Annex Chicago and Annex Experience. “In strategy, that means data, analytics and insights come together to uncover human truths and power creativity. In client partnerships, that means holding ourselves accountable to those business KPIs and finding the spots where we can break and build.

As chief strategy officer, Flores will be responsible for building and leading strategy across Havas Chicago, Annex Chicago and Annex Experience, bringing together human truths, data and insights to power creativity. Having spent more than two decades working in advertising, communications and marketing, she leverages cultural competency to increase creativity and business growth acumen through strategy. Most recently EVP, head of strategic planning for Edelman, Flores was a member of the company’s Chicago leadership team and was tapped to establish and lead the strategic planning practice. Prior to that role, she held multiple positions at Leo Burnett Group/ARC, leading global strategy and insight development for 25 brands in the P&G portfolio. She also brings experience from shopper marketing agency TPN Retail and FCB. Flores is an outspoken advocate for diversity and inclusion, and she currently serves on the National Board of Directors of The Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement (HACE). 

As chief client officer, Pearson will serve as executive client lead and will be responsible for overseeing all clients across Havas Chicago, Annex Chicago and Annex Experience. She is focused on developing multi-platform programming that connects with consumers and achieves business goals. Pearson comes to Havas Chicago from Burrell Communications Group, where she was viewed as a true strategic leader and thought partner for clients. As VP, she excelled in agency growth and client leadership, primarily serving as national account leader for the McDonald’s African American Consumer Market public relations business. A long-standing Chicago professional, Pearson spent several years as VP with Porter Novelli, where she was responsible for brands including McDonald’s Owner/Operators of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana, Vera Bradley and Dylan’s Candy Bar.

Flores and Pearson will collaborate with Laughlin as well as current Havas Chicago executive leadership team members including Jamie McGarry, chief growth officer; Allison Ciummei, chief talent officer; and Angelo Kritikos, chief financial officer. Havas Chicago and Annex clients include Bel Brands, Citi, Michelin, Moen, National Association of REALTORS®, Reynolds Consumer Products, AutoZone, Pillsbury Baking and Republic.

Stephanie Nerlich, Havas Creative North America CEO, said, “Our clients’ business needs are constantly changing—now more than ever—with strategy and leadership paramount to guide them as they look to the future. Lilia and Maisha are especially noteworthy as we have taken the time to build out a leadership team representative of the heart and muscle of Chicago in Havas’ ambition to be both city strong and fiercely collaborative across the network.”

  • Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020
Staggs, Huber, Kamins join Weta Digital board; company opening offices in L.A., San Francisco
Prem Akkaraju, global CEO of Weta Digital

Weta Digital, a leading visual effects facility and parent company of Weta Animated, has added industry leaders Tom Staggs, Jeff Huber and Ken Kamins to its board of directors. The appointment of Staggs, Huber and Kamins reflects the continued growth and innovation of the company, which is also opening offices in Los Angeles and San Francisco.
Prem Akkaraju, global CEO of Weta Digital, said of Staggs, Huber and Kamins, “They have established best practices at the highest levels of company management, in entertainment and digital technology. Their combined business acumen and collective depth of experience perfectly positions Weta Digital for exponential growth. Opening offices in Los Angeles and San Francisco enables storytellers to tap Weta’s production pipeline and work with concept designers, animation supervisors and other key creatives, in both the US and New Zealand. Weta Digital’s expansion comes at a time when much of the film industry is experiencing extraordinary uncertainty as we grapple with the ongoing impact of COVID-19. We’re extremely fortunate that New Zealand got in front of the curve early--it’s one of the few places in the world that has managed community transmission, where you can make a film safely, without the restrictive protocols of other markets.”
Staggs brings more than 26 years of serving at The Walt Disney Company, including 18 years of C-suite experience with the company. He was most recently Disney’s chief operating officer, having previously served for five years as chairman of Disney Parks and Resorts Worldwide and for nearly 12 years as Disney’s chief financial officer. During his time at Disney, Staggs helped shape Disney’s strategic, financial, operational, creative and brand management strategies across every segment of the company and helped drive many of Disney’s most important initiatives including the acquisitions of Cap Cities/ABC, Pixar and Marvel. Since departing Disney in late 2016, Staggs has focused on developing several new business ventures across a variety of fields. He is a board member and advisor to a number of private companies, and also serves on the board of directors of music streaming service Spotify. Before joining Disney, Staggs was an investment banker at Morgan Stanley and Dain Bosworth.
“I have long admired Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh’s filmmaking talents and Weta Digital’s accomplishments in animation and visual effects. Weta Digital’s rare combination of creative talent and technology gives them a unique ability to succeed in high-end animation production,” said Staggs. “I look forward to working with Peter, Fran, Prem and the entire Weta Digital team on the animation business and further global expansion.” 
Huber is the former founding CEO and vice chairman of GRAIL and previously a SVP at Google. Having spent over 13 years at Google, Huber co-founded the company’s life sciences efforts in Google X and led development and scaling for Google Maps, Google Apps and Google Ads. During his tenure as an executive at Google, Jeff oversaw 50x growth in revenues (from $1 billion to >$50 billion) and organization (1,000 to >50,000 employees) and managed a $5 billion P&L and large distributed teams (5,000+ direct-line employees). Prior to Google, Huber served as VP of architecture and systems development at eBay and SVP of engineering at Excite@Home, where he led consumer product and infrastructure development.

Kamins is the founder and CEO of Key Creatives, a management-production company. He has represented Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh since 1992, and his executive producer credits include The Hobbit Trilogy, District 9, and The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn. Prior to his current position, he served as EVP of the talent agency, International Creative Management; and before that, as EVP of RCA/Columbia Pictures Home Entertainment.
Staggs, Huber and Kamins join Weta Digital board members Jackson, Walsh, Sean Parker, Joe Letteri and Akkaraju. 

  • Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020
Rob Saunders named EP of Builds division at Stoopid Buddy Stoodios
Rob Saunders
BURBANK, Calif. -- 

Stoopid Buddy Stoodios--founded by Seth Green, John Harvatine IV, Matthew Senreich, and Eric Towner--has brought Rob Saunders aboard as executive producer of the Burbank-based shop’s Builds division which specializes in live-action puppets, costumes, masks and props for feature film, TV and commercial productions, along with location-based themed entertainment. The division’s work is featured on Fox’s The Masked Singer, and the upcoming season of Blark & Son, which will premiere on the Comedy Central Originals YouTube channel early next year. Saunders will partner with Blark & Son creator Ben Bayouth and the studio’s head of spots, Steve Bastien, in growing the division.

A 24-year veteran of puppetry and creature effects, Saunders has worked on numerous feature film and television productions including Team America: World Police, the Academy Award-winning Spider-Man 2, the Academy Award-nominated Anomalisa, DisneyXD’s Crash and Bernstein, and the Emmy Award-winning Robot Chicken. He began his career working on the hit Comedy Central show Crank Yankers, from creators Jimmy Kimmel, Adam Corolla and Daniel Kellison. Since 2014, Saunders has served as an animatronic figure producer catering to a global theme park clientele.

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