• Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2021
Brand experience agency Lively hires Lottie Dennis as sr. creative producer
Lottie Dennis

Independent global brand experience agency Lively has added to its Creative Service team with the appointment of Lottie Dennis as sr. creative producer, dedicated to creative development for clients across brand experiences and live marketing. 

Denis has been a talented freelancer with Lively working on award-winning projects with Ericsson Global, Mazda, Spotify and the Independent, and has years of developing solutions for Amazon Prime Student, Coca-Cola and Sony Mobile. 

She consulted for Vice when it first set up its experiential division in 2018, and was part of teams winning numerous Institute of Promotional Marketing awards with Clarins Urban Oasis, and MAA Globe golds for Xperia: Extraordinary Everyday Tour project.

Mike White, CEO at Lively, said, “Her combination of creativity and capability, gained across a wide variety of brands and sectors means Lottie has the experience we need, and her commitment to innovation makes her a great fit for us culturally.”

Dennis shared, “I was so inspired by Lively’s can-do attitude during the pandemic, innovative ways of approaching briefs and, most importantly, their policy of future-proofing client strategies by always thinking about what is coming next. After working with Lively on a freelance basis I know they are ready for hybrid and the new normal! Or, I should say, ‘We are ready!’”

  • Monday, Aug. 30, 2021
Amy Tunick joins National CineMedia as chief marketing officer
Amy Tunick

National CineMedia (NCM), the largest cinema advertising network in the U.S., has brought Amy Tunick aboard in the newly created role of SVP, chief marketing officer (CMO) to lead its integrated marketing team. She will oversee NCM’s brand strategy, creative development, marketing solutions, consumer marketing, studio relations and public relations, working collaboratively across the organization to drive innovation and strengthen the company’s connections with consumers, brands and agencies.

As NCM’s first CMO, Tunick joins the company at a crucial time with audiences returning to cinemas nationwide and marketers currently looking to recharge their media plans after an 18-month hiatus caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. She brings over two decades of agency, brand and media experience working with Fortune 100 and 500 advertisers on multichannel campaigns including branded content, talent, experiential marketing, cause marketing and entertainment partnerships. She is based in New York.

Throughout Tunick’s career, she has overseen integrated marketing and PR initiatives at prominent media and entertainment companies and agencies. Previously at WarnerMedia, she led a 15-person team implementing custom cross-platform campaigns for domestic and global advertisers at CNN while overseeing operations and strategy for Courageous, CNN’s brand studio. She also led event marketing for the news ad sales division and produced CNN’s upfront event from 2018-2020.

Prior to WarnerMedia, she spent nearly 15 years as a senior leader on the agency side of the advertising business. As president of WPP’s Grey Activation & PR, she led a 40-person team developing and executing integrated brand-building campaigns via experiential activations, partnerships, promotions, influencers and earned media tied to pop culture. Tunick contributed to 30 Cannes Lion wins for Grey Group. Throughout her career, she has worked with advertisers across categories, such as Canon, the National Park Service, Coca-Cola, Hulu, Procter & Gamble, Walgreens, BMW and Pfizer, among many others.

Additionally, Tunick is a founding member of Chief, a private network focusing on connecting and supporting female leaders pursuing and entering the C-Suite and other senior leadership positions. She began her career in the legendary mailroom agent trainee program at the William Morris Agency.

Scott Felenstein, president of sales, marketing & partnerships at NCM, said, “Amy’s two decades of experience includes developing and executing countless successful, profit-driving integrated marketing initiatives. She is an exemplary leader driven by how entertainment, culture and technology come together to form marketing content that pays dividends for brands. We welcome her to NCM’s senior leadership team and look forward to the many new creative ideas she will share to drive business for our advertising clients while engaging moviegoers.”

  • Monday, Aug. 30, 2021
Joel Watkins joins HUSH as sr. designer
Joel Watkins

Experience design firm HUSH has added Joel Watkins as sr. designer. He earlier worked for design and digital firms Elephant and Huge. Over his career, he has been an integral part of several notable projects, including Stonewall Forever, which challenged him to visually represent the 50 years of history since the Stonewall Riots via a living digital sculpture, as well as the Semi Permanent 2018 title sequence.

Before officially joining the HUSH team, Watkins got his feet wet on a myriad of projects working in a freelance capacity for the firm including serving as a key contributor to The Steam experience for Uber’s global Mission Bay headquarters as well as The Orbit, a digital/physical experience for HBO Max and AT&T that allows users to explore HBO Max’s entire content library in real-time using pose detection, voice and facial recognition. 

As sr. designer, Watkins sees his role evolving in two ways: “First and foremost, I’ll continue to grow as an expert in physical experience design, which not only includes design within physical and technical complexities, but also creating bold and beautiful design that lives within adaptive digital systems,” he explained. “Secondly, I hope to be a link and leader of the relationship between design and technology. The projects I am most looking forward to are those in which technology, visual design, and architecture are in perfect harmony with each other while creating unequivocal value for our client.”

  • Thursday, Aug. 26, 2021
Time's Up CEO Tina Tchen resigns in wake of Cuomo scandal
In this June 23, 2014, file photo, Tina Tchen, chief of staff to first lady Michelle Obama, speaks at the White House Summit on Working Families in Washington. Tchen, who went on to become the CEO of the sex harassment victims' advocacy group Time's Up, resigned from the position on Thursday, Aug. 26, 2021, in the wake of revelations that leaders of the group advised former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on how to handle allegations made against him. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

The chief executive of the sexual harassment victims' advocacy group Time's Up resigned Thursday amid outrage over revelations that its leaders advised  former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration after he was first accused of misconduct last year.

Time's Up CEO and president Tina Tchen said in a statement that she's "spent a career fighting for positive change for women" but was no longer the right person to lead the #MeToo-era organization.

"I am especially aware that my position at the helm of TIME'S UP has become a painful and divisive focal point, where those very women and other activists who should be working together to fight for change are instead battling each other in harmful ways," she wrote.

The group's chief operating officer, Monifa Bandele, will serve as interim CEO.

Tchen's resignation comes after the Aug. 9 departure of the organization's chair, Roberta Kaplan. Both women had been the target of ire from Time's Up supporters over the idea they had offered any help to Cuomo, who resigned Monday, three weeks after an investigation overseen by New York's attorney general  concluded he sexually harassed at least 11 women. 

The report detailed Cuomo's attempt to discredit his first public accuser, Lindsey Boylan, after she accused him last December of making inappropriate comments, but before she explicitly detailed allegations of unwanted touching and kissing.

Text messages obtained by The Washington Post show that Tchen initially discouraged other Time's Up leaders from making any public comment about Boylan's allegations. Later,  top Cuomo aide Melissa DeRosa asked Kaplan — her attorney — to review a letter the governor's supporters intended to circulate attacking Boylan's credibility. 

"Ms. Kaplan read the letter to the head of the advocacy group Times Up, and both of them allegedly suggested that, without the statements about Ms. Boylan's interactions with male colleagues, the letter was fine," the report said, without explicitly naming Tchen.

The letter was ultimately never released.

Later, after Boylan expanded on her allegations against Cuomo, T ime's Up called for an investigation.

Boylan noted Thursday that Tchen's resignation statement didn't include an apology.

"It's sad that @TinaTchen still can't take responsibility for the harm she's caused," Boylan tweeted. That sentiment was echoed by another Cuomo accuser, Charlotte Bennett. 

"Instead of offering a sincere apology to the survivors, activists and allies she's harmed, @TinaTchen goes out the same way our former Governor did — listing her accomplishments, pointing the finger at others, and attempting to justify her inexcusable behavior. Good riddance."

Tchen declined further comment.

Time's Up got its start in January 2018 amid outrage over sexual misconduct by the film producer Harvey Weinstein. More than 300 women in entertainment — from television powerhouse Shonda Rhimes to actresses Reese Witherspoon and Eva Longoria — signed an open letter that established them as founders.

Its high-profile debut continued with  that month's Golden Globes, in which attendees donned black and sported Time's Up pins to call attention to the movement for gender equality.

Tchen previously served as an assistant to then-President Barack Obama, chief of staff to then-first lady Michelle Obama and executive director of the White House Council on Women and Girls. She co-founded the Time's Up Legal Defense Fund in 2017, along with Kaplan and two other women. The fund was established to help everyday survivors with legal costs, and had raised nearly $22 million less than a year after its founding.

In a statement Thursday, the Time's Up board praised Tchen's tenure, saying she "has made a difference in the lives of so many and we are grateful for her hard work and impact." But accepting her resignation was a measure of accountability, the board said.

This isn't the first time the advocacy group has been roiled by leadership issues. Tchen took the helm in 2019, after former WNBA president Lisa Borders stepped down as president and CEO  following sexual misconduct allegations against her own son.

Tarana Burke, the founder of #MeToo and a member of Time's Up's extended board, offered her perspective on the troubled waters earlier this week to The Associated Press. She described Time's Up as a young organization with good intentions that's now grappling with how to wield power.

Associated Press reporter Jocelyn Noveck contributed to this report.

  • Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2021
Frank Content hires Dave Lembke as general manager/EP
Dave Lembke

Dave Lembke has joined Toronto-based FRANK Content as general manager/executive producer.

For the past five years in Toronto, Lembke has been EP at Flare, BBDO’s in-house production arm. Prior to that, he worked as a producer/director on reality and factual TV shows like Big Brother Canada, UnderCover Boss and Hello/Goodbye.

  • Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2021
Olivia Burke joins Harbor as talent operations director
Olivia Burke

Harbor has hired Olivia Burke as talent operations director. Burke spent a decade with The Mill and has built a reputation as a skilled, creative talent acquisitions specialist, growing teams in the VFX, design, animation, live-action, editorial, and virtual production spaces.

In this newly created role within Harbor, Burke will scout, recruit, mentor, and manage talent at all levels, as well as oversee hiring and onboarding in partnership with key internal stakeholders.  She will also implement initiatives centered on enhancing company culture and driving creative and career opportunities throughout the organization.

Her focus on creative recruitment was born out of her own passion for filmmaking and design following her graduation with a degree in architecture from USC and time spent studying in Italy, before joining The Mill in Los Angeles. She returned to the East Coast in 2014 to take up a photography residency at The School of Visual Arts, where she completed a project on The Highline entitled Urban Oasis.  Most recently, Burke was U.S. talent acquisitions lead for Technicolor’s recruitment team, The Focus, where she represented The Mill and Moving Picture Company. 

Through her extensive mentorship work, she has provided training workshops for students and developed internship programs. Her drive for diversity, equality, and inclusion in the screen-based creative industries has prompted her support for organizations such as Access VFX, The Animation Project, .movtogether, and Exceptional Minds. 

  • Monday, Aug. 23, 2021
Nathan Carver joins 3AM as creative director
Nathan Carver

Entertainment marketing agency Wild Card Creative Group has brought Nathan Carver aboard as creative director of its creative content studio, 3AM. Reporting to 3AM executive creative director Tynesha Williams, Carver will collaborate with all departments to ideate and execute campaigns that immerse audiences into entertainment, gaming and brand worlds through social, digital, experiential and content-driven creative.

Carver previously served as one of the lead content creators for Netflix brand social at global creative agency Sid Lee. As associate creative director, he led campaigns and fan-centric content for The Midnight Sky, El Camino, Narcos, Ozark and Stranger Things. In addition to his entertainment work, Carver has developed brand campaigns for Dos Equis, ESPN, Twitter, Google, McDonald’s, Procter & Gamble, and Dickies for Sid Lee and companies like R/GA and Possible.

Williams said, “Nathan is a sharpshooter. A true conceptual heavyweight with a keen eye for design. His penchant for world building and innovative content makes him an essential addition to the 3AM team. We’re excited for the creative energy and forward thinking he’ll bring to our clients.”

As a division of Wild Card Creative Group--a full service agency catering to clientele ranging from film, television and streaming to gaming, brands and more--content innovation studio 3AM focuses on “worldbuilding” to engage audiences globally. Recent 3AM projects include the 2021 Oscar campaign, adidas x Tyler “Ninja” Blevins’ “Time In” campaign, and social campaigns for Fatherhood on Netflix, No Sudden Move on HBOMax, TNT’s Animal Kingdom and Freeform’s most watched series premiere, Cruel Summer

  • Monday, Aug. 23, 2021
Sunny Nan named director of technology at Barbarian
Sunny Nan

Barbarian, the digital creative agency backed by Cheil, has appointed Sunny Nan as its director of technology. Nan joins from startup Coinback, where he was chief technology officer. Reporting directly to Barbarian’s CEO Steven Moy, Nan will work across the breadth of the agency’s clients, with specific responsibility for Caliber, Samsung, AMEX and Kendo. 

“Barbarian continues to push the envelope by merging creative and tech together to build industry leading customer experiences. I’m excited to dig in and be part of driving unexpected innovation for our clients and audiences,” said Nan.

Moy added, “With a growing client portfolio of eleven new clients throughout the pandemic and seven new client initiatives in the first seven months of 2021, Sunny is a perfect fit for Barbarian. Sunny brings his deep technology understanding and will identify new, innovative ideas that are both remarkable and profitable for our company.”

Nan is a hands-on technology leader with a track record in executing technology projects at leading agencies including R/GA, Wieden & Kennedy and a range of startups. He has worked on numerous accounts for leading brands, including Nike, Jordan, Verizon, Kraft and Bank of America. His awards haul includes a One Show Gold Pencil for work on an app for the basketball community Nike Ballers. 

Originally a founder of startup Tech Magnitude, Nan has also worked as director of technology at Publicis LifeBrands, tech lead at JWT and sr. developer at R/GA.

  • Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021
Lauren Winslow joins Green Stone as design director
Lauren Winslow

Digital experience agency Green Stone has brought Lauren Winslow aboard as design director. She will work closely with Green Stone’s experience director and VP, Charles Law. 

“With Lauren, we’ve found someone who can bring a world-class approach and appreciation for the nuances of modern brand-building,” said founder and CEO Matt Walsh. “The pandemic has changed the ways people engage with brands and it’s crucial that the digital experiences brands bring into the world rise to that challenge. Lauren’s talent will help our teams navigate this new landscape for our partners.” 

Over her career, Winslow has alternated between the brand and agency worlds. Most recently she spent seven years as sr. art director at Apple, focusing on design systems for interactive retail web and app experiences. She won a Marcom All Star award--recognized by her Apple peers for extraordinary contributions to the company. Previously, Winslow also worked at Fluid as sr. art director and at Madewell (J.Crew).

“I love how digital allows me to build a big picture vision for a brand - how it can be conveyed across all these different platforms while ensuring excellence and tying visual systems to business goals,” explained Winslow. “Coming to Green Stone, I’m excited to partner with multiple brands across various industries and apply that same focus on crafting best-in-class user experiences. This is an agency that is always looking to innovate, from its work to its distributed talent model, and it’s great to be involved in helping chart that new path forward that we can all feel proud of. ”

Walsh added, “We’re building Green Stone for a new world – one that cares about new ways of working, smart strategies and heartfelt experiences. That means adding new voices with their own valuable perspectives that aren’t confined by geography. Leaders like Lauren are why we’ve built an agency that allows us to work from anywhere, teaming high-caliber clients with world-class practitioners to deliver results. She will help us go beyond just traditional UX thinking to embrace the emotional aspects of what makes digital brand-building so unique."

  • Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2021
Zulu Alpha Kilo promotes Cummings, Bath to creative directors
Vic Bath (l) and Dan Cummings

Zulu Alpha Kilo has promoted associate creative directors Dan Cummings and Vic Bath to creative directors. Cummings and Bath recently launched the Tough Turban project for Pfaff Harley Davidson; inspired by the recent helmet law exemption in Ontario, they used the latest innovations in protective gear to create a new, open-source design for turban-wearing riders. The endeavor is receiving accolades from around the globe. 

“We can always count on Dan and Vic to create game-changing, innovative work for our clients. They have the creative bravery to propose ideas that sometimes seem impossible to produce, but they have the tenacity to find a way to bring them to life,” said agency founder and chief creative officer, Zak Mroueh.  

Cummings and Bath have shown they are equally as comfortable with ideas on large scale projects like the Subaru Ascent “Big on Space” campaign as well as with smaller, social campaigns, like the Harry Rosen Men’s Grooming program. With this project, they sent Harry Rosen Playoff Beard Grooming Kits to the Montreal Canadiens and Shaving Kits to the Vegas Golden Knights.

Other notable work for this duo includes the Cineplex Projecting Hope project, a CMA gold winner, that brought the movie-going experience to Toronto balconies during the pandemic. Cummings and Bath were also one of the teams that contributed to the ADCC All-Nighter Webathon. They worked on the launch of the award-winning #PauseToRemember & World’s Oldest Influencer campaign for the Royal Canadian Legion and its sponsor Homequity Bank. They followed that campaign with the second year’s installment, the World’s Oldest eSports Team, a project that assembled a team of World War II veterans to stand shoulder to shoulder on the virtual battlefield. #PauseToRemember took home Silver, Bronze at The One Show, as well as gold, silver and bronze at the ADCCs. 

Cummings joined Zulu in 2018 and has also worked at Cundari, SapientNitro and Cossette. Bath joined the agency in 2019 and has worked at Rethink, dentsumcgarrybowen, TAXI and McCann. 

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