• Monday, Apr. 27, 2020
Doner Detroit taps Scott Kogos to lead project management
Scott Kogos

Doner has appointed Scott Kogos as sr. VP, director of project management operations. The 22-year industry veteran optimizes and streamlines the agency’s workflow, including delivery management, staff plans, and client scope development. He reports to Craig Conrad, president of Doner Detroit.

Prior to Doner, Kogos served as business transformation project lead for 360i in New York. He also worked in project management, production and operations at J. Walter Thompson and Arnold. During his career, he has partnered with brands including Google, Microsoft, MINI, Progressive, and Samsung.

“Doner’s recent track record of success and growth, as well its impressive in-house production capabilities, made the move to Detroit an easy decision in entering into this next chapter of my career,” Kogos said. “Doner values entrepreneurship and initiative, so my hands-on, get dirty approach to managing and delivering work seems like the perfect fit. I look forward to using the tools I have developed and learned over the years to help keep project teams focused and clients happy.”

David DeMuth, CEO of Doner, said, “While it understandably seems a bit odd to start a new job remotely, the entire Doner family is excited to help Scott transition to his role and life in our hometown, Detroit.”

  • Thursday, Apr. 23, 2020
Nick Asik returns to Zulu Alpha Kilo as creative director
Nick Asik

Nick Asik has rejoined Zulu Alpha Kilo as creative director. His first tour of duty at the Toronto agency was from 2010-’15, highlighted by his work on the award-winning Coca-Cola “Arctic Home” campaign, Interac’s “Be in the Black” brand re-launch and serving as the writer on Zulu’s parody website. In his first week back, he worked on the Subaru tribute to frontline workers that garnered praise from consumers across Canada.

“Having another former Zuligan return home during this time feels good. Nick is a major creative talent, a great mentor to young creatives and he’s blended into our culture seamlessly. We’re honored to have him back, albeit virtually for now,” said Zak Mroueh, agency founder and chief creative officer.

Asik’s career has spanned North America, working for agencies in Toronto, Calgary, Los Angeles and New York. Most recently, Asik was creative director at WAX in Calgary, where he worked on the Society of Professional Journalism’s Fake News™ campaign which trademarked the term “Fake News” and sent President Trump a cease-and-desist letter. The campaign became international news, earning coverage from CNN, Newsweek and the CBC. Throughout his career, Asik has contributed to other notable campaigns including WestJet’s “Owner’s Care” and Calgary Farmers’ Market’s long-running “Fresh” campaign. He has also worked on blue chip clients such as Audi, Bell, Heineken, Honda, and Nintendo.

Over the past 15 years Asik has become one of the country’s most consistently awarded creative directors and copywriters. In addition to crafting ads, he dedicates time to writing comedy and performing stand-up, having co-written a show for Second City in 2017.

  • Tuesday, Apr. 21, 2020
PS260 promotes Edelman, Reilly to editors, Patterson to exec producer
Colin Edelman

PS260 has upped assistant editors Colin Edelman and Colin Reilly to editors, and head of production Laura Lamb Patterson to executive producer, all in the New York office. 

Edelman’s credits include collaborations with artists such as MM La Fleur and Chance the Rapper, and work for such brands as E*Trade, Burger King, Intel, Facebook, Citibank, Fox Sports, Staples, Ad Council, Abbott, and the New York Lottery. Edelman is also no stranger to longer-form pieces, including cutting a feature video for the 2012 Democratic National Convention with Barack Obama, several television pilots and short films, and a feature-length documentary currently in the festival circuit that questions the NYPD’s use of chokeholds and taking progressive measures.

Meanwhile Reilly started at PS260 11 years ago. He has worked with agencies ranging from BBDO to MullenLowe and Mythology, and directors including Henry Joost & Rel Schulman, Jon Watts, Fredrik Bond, and Hannah Lux Davis on campaigns for the likes of Coca-Cola, Harry’s Razors, Grey Goose Vodka, Google, Facebook, Peloton and AT&T. His credits also include a short about social justice issues and solitary confinement in prisons for a series called Motion Poems. Reilly’s work has taken him to various domestic locations where he’s set up his own 4-wall edit bays, and internationally to Tokyo and Lisbon.

Patterson spent years on the agency side at Messner, Vetere, Berger, McNamee, Schmetterer/Euro RSCG, DiMassimo Brand Advertising and Havas, working alongside notable creatives like Jeff Kling, Kevin Roddy, Mark DiMassimo and Michael Lee--managing 60+ person creative groups in New York and Amsterdam. It’s with these management skills that she was able to seamlessly jump over to the postproduction side--starting with three years at Final-Cut NY, and since 2010, at PS260, where she has rolled up her sleeves with clients like BBH, BBDO, MullenLowe, Mythology, mcgarrybowen, Publicis, Anonymous Content, MJZ, RadicalMedia, Smuggler, Supermarché, Park Pictures and Hungry Man to produce multiple highly recognized commercials for such brands as M&M’s, Powerade, Harry’s, Google, Citi, AT&T, Monster.com, JetBlue, and Intel. She has the experience of seven Super Bowl spots under her belt, including one in 3D. For PS260, she has helped to set up expansion with the opening of its L.A. and Boston offices.

  • Monday, Apr. 20, 2020
Goldcrest Post hires Wade Rudolph as head of production
Wade Rudolph

Goldcrest Post has brought Wade Rudolph on board as head of production. Rudolph arrives from a similar position at Deluxe Creative Services, New York, and brings 15 years of production and postproduction experience, spanning episodic and long-form television, independent features and documentaries. At Goldcrest, he will oversee picture finishing and work with clients and the facility’s colorist and editors to ensure projects hit their creative and delivery targets.

Rudolph spent six years at Deluxe as head of production and senior producer. His background also includes senior producer roles with Technicolor PostWorks and Post Factory. He began his career with MTV Networks. His recent credits include the HBO series High Maintenance, the Amazon Prime feature Sea Oak and the HBO feature The Night Of.

“I’ve known Wade for more than a decade and watched as he’s developed into one of the best in-house producers in the industry,” said Goldcrest Post managing director Domenic Rom. “He is smart, understands current workflows and knows how to help clients manage projects efficiently and take advantage of the latest technical resources.”

Rudolph said that he was attracted to Goldcrest by the opportunity to work with Rom, whom he previously served under at Technicolor PostWorks. “Dom gave me my first job in postproduction,” he said. “I admire the way he treats his staff, his values and his commitment to his clients.”

  • Monday, Apr. 13, 2020
Eddie Moraga to lead brand strategy for Doner LA
Eddie Moraga

Doner LA has tapped Eddie Moraga as VP, brand strategy. A calculated risk-taker, the 12-year industry veteran will uncover new actionable insights that lead to compelling narratives for clients. He will report to Doner LA president Lauren Prince.

“Eddie has a track record of aligning creativity with business ambitions. This strength will prove pivotal in helping our clients build--and, in some cases, relaunch--their brands,” said David DeMuth, CEO of Doner. “I look forward to seeing how Eddie’s strategic expertise ushers Doner LA and its clients into uncharted areas in the ensuing months.” 

“As Doner LA enters a new phase of growth, we must not only bring outstanding creative, but also strategic value and intellectual rigor to our clients,” said Prince. “Passionate and curious with a bias toward action, Eddie epitomizes what we need to make the work not just better, but exceptional.” 

Moraga will collaborate with clients including Amazon, Icelandic Glacial, and Del Monte, as well as streaming services Netflix and Quibi. New business will be central to his efforts as Doner LA continues to build its entertainment portfolio.

“Eddie understands creativity, culture, and communication,” said Jason Gaboriau, chief creative officer at Doner LA. “I look forward to partnering with him to bring smart, disruptive thinking that puts our clients at the leading edge of innovation.”

Prior to Doner LA, Moraga served as a freelance strategist for Sid Lee, TBWA\Chiat\Day, and 180LA. He held the role of senior strategist at MullenLowe and 72andSunny. He has created memorable campaigns for an array of household brands including Toyota, All-State, Coors Light, and Whole Foods Market. Moraga concepted the iconic anti-smoking campaign truth, which collectively won four Effie Awards.

“Lauren, Jason, and the team understand how to create accessible creativity that reaches a wide array of audiences,” Moraga said. “I look forward to building a strategy discipline at Doner LA that contributes to that vision.”

  • Tuesday, Apr. 7, 2020
Ambassadors promotes Daphne Litjens to head of production
Daphne Litjens

Creative production studio Ambassadors has promoted Daphne Litjens to head of production. In her new role, Litjens will work closely with recently appointed live-action executive producer Sander Heeroma and head of visual effects Will Jeffers to oversee creative productions between Amsterdam and New York. 

Litjens joined Ambassadors in 2009 as the creative production studio’s first visual effects producer. Over the past decade, she’s become a key driver behind award-winning work such as “Creature of Habit,” Ambassadors first campaign in a series with ASN Bank and Selmore.

Ambassadors’ recent work includes “This is How You Dare” for Hyundai with B-Reel and the Gouden Loeki-winning “Freddie” for Staatsloterij with TBWA\Neboko.

  • Monday, Apr. 6, 2020
1606 Studio adds editor Brandy Troxler
Brandy Troxler

Creative editorial boutique 1606 Studio has hired editor Brandy Troxler who’s worked in the Bay Area for more than a decade and has edited spots for Mini USA, Yelp, Toyota, Texas.gov and others. Most recently, she was an in-house editor at San Francisco agency Heat.

1606 Studio executive producer Jon Ettinger said that he’s known Troxler for years, noting that she began her career at Beast Editorial when he was EP there. “She’s a great collaborator and good team player,” he observed. “She fits the vibe established here by our partners, Doug Walker, Connor McDonald and Brian Lagerhausen, which is to work hard and form long-term partnership with our clients.”

Troxler joined Heat in 2019 after six years at Beast Editorial. A graduate of Elon University in North Carolina, she also worked at Footpath Pictures in Raleigh-Durham, and Barbary Post in San Francisco.

Troxler describes her arrival at 1606 Studio as like a reunion. “They are very talented editors and I get along with them all so well,” she said. 

In her first project with 1606 Studio, Troxler edited a PSA produced for International Women’s Day by UN Women, a United Nations organization working for global equality. Conceived by San Francisco agency Erich & Kallman and directed by Doug Walker via Caruso Company, the spot begins with what appears to be a news broadcast from the 1950s as a male newscaster recites a litany of workplace issues that negatively affect women. As he speaks, the scene around him becomes more modern and it’s soon apparent that the issues he is referring to apply today.

“It’s simple, but powerful,” Troxler said. “As a woman of color, it was awesome to have the opportunity to tell that story. First and foremost, I am a storyteller and I like to tell diverse stories. While docu-style is a focus of mine, I quite enjoy cutting comedy as well.”

  • Monday, Apr. 6, 2020
Joshue Ott joins HUSH as director of technology
Joshue Ott

Experience design firm HUSH has brought Joshue Ott on board as director of technology.

Having previously built the AR and interactive technology company Interval Studios and most recently working at experiential agency Fake Love, Ott brings valuable experience from a career at the intersection of design, technology, music and art. 

Ott has been recognized for several notable projects in experiential and digital design as the discipline has matured. Through Interval Studios, he created superDraw, a software for live performance drawing that he used at venues like Mutek and Carnegie Hall, as well as Thicket, the interactive audiovisual app. At Fake Love, Ott managed its creative technology teams, serving as technical lead on client projects such as the experiential activation Wonderland for Japanese cosmetics brand SK-II, which utilized augmented reality to remix and redesign a pop-up retail space.

Ott will now lead HUSH’s teams of creatives and technologists, and integrates his approach into the earliest aspects of HUSH’s creative process. He’s developing a robust experiential prototyping practice which is focused on discovering new approaches to creative technology. 

Ott brings to HUSH particular expertise in AR, which he expects to evolve quickly: “I believe AR will continue to be more and more integrated into our everyday lives,” he explained, “AR can transform space and experiences, not only adding information, but also creating otherworldly extensions to the real world in ways we haven’t seen before.”

He continued, “In the best way possible, I think AR will soon become a ‘boring’ technology, by which I mean it will pervade our lives in such a way that we no longer think about it too much. From a creative technologist standpoint, that brings a whole exciting range of opportunities which we’re actively working on now with several clients.”

According to HUSH Founding Partner David Schwarz, “We had worked with Joshue many years ago and even at that time, it was clear that he was a stand-out creative technology mind. He’s beautifully articulate, which our clients find incredibly calming and trustworthy – especially when entertaining significant technological investments. He’s completely aligned with our vision to translate complex ideas and information into experiences that are immediate, gratifying and powerful to the user. Lastly, he’s already integrating our Augmented Reality practice into our overarching experiential design offering, as we’re forecasting a post-COVID future that’s a little less tactile, and a little more personal device-reliant.”

  • Monday, Mar. 30, 2020
Ammolite names Kirsten Arongino as its first managing director
Kirsten Arongino

Hybrid creative and production studio Ammolite has hired Kirsten Arongino in the new company role of managing director.

Arongino was most recently head of production at Yard NYC. A veteran agency producer with 25 years of experience, she has worked with agencies including Deutsch and Ogilvy & Mather and she was VP/executive producer at Publicis. She has produced projects for brands including Honda, Gap, Campari, Tiffany & Co., and Walmart. Arongino will be based in New York City and grow Ammolite’s presence on the East Coast, as well as in Los Angeles and London. 

Founded by award-winning director Emil Nava, Ammolite is a full-service creative studio specializing in multidisciplinary storytelling across genres. The studio’s roster of directors, photographers, and designers has produced 360° campaigns for broadcast, digital, social, and experiential spaces for clients including GAP, Spotify, Walmart, and Mercedes-Benz. 

Nava launched Ammolite in 2016 as a community of youthful makers who create integrated cross-genre experiences for brands and artists alike. Nava has been instrumental in forming long-lasting relationships with emerging artists and taking them to the international level. Nava has collaborated and established a deep trust with artists including Rihanna, Calvin Harris, Ed Sheeran, Post Malone, and Eminem. Nava’s inventive approach to creativity is measured in dozens of billions of views and much work carrying a significant cultural impact.

Arongino said, “I first worked with Ammolite as a client–––Emil directed a  Gap holiday campaign I produced when I was at Yard. It was a fantastic experience and a glimpse into Ammolite’s unique strengths as a company. They are deeply connected to culture, and approach projects in a nimble, holistic way that moves at the speed and sensibility of our evolving business. The ability to solve problems in inventive ways is particularly apt at this moment. I’m thrilled to be working alongside Emil to expand on the superb foundation he’s built, and to be a part of bringing this array of diverse and unique voices, tastemakers, and storytellers to a wider ad and brand audience.”

  • Friday, Mar. 27, 2020
Imaginary Forces adds creative director Izik Roitman
Izik Roitman

Creative director Izik Roitman has joined Imaginary Forces (IF). With many years of experience in building heavy CGI pipelines, Roitman fills a unique space on IF’s director roster. According to Peter Frankfurt, co-founder and executive creative director, “as our pipelines evolve over the foreseeable future and as our team continues to operate remotely, adding a savvy creative leader who is looking for new ways to conceptualize work is a great fit.”

Roitman, a native of Tel Aviv, spent his early career in Israel as a Flame artist, quickly progressing to directing, integrating, and dreaming up high-end visual effects. After moving to the U.S. and becoming a creative director, Roitman had a tenure at Superfad and Mirada Studios. During that time he was behind many iconic pieces: from Katy Perry music videos and Super Bowl campaigns, to a high publicized iPhone launch. 

Roitman has been freelancing at IF for eight months, directing an effervescent throw for the Pepsi Super Bowl LIV halftime show, a VFX heavy teaser for Apple TV+, and a new anthem for Epix broadcast network. 

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