• Wednesday, Jul. 1, 2015
Liberal Media Films adds director Jason Burks
Jason Burks

charlieuniformtango principal/president Lola Lott announced that director Jason Burks has joined the roster of sister shop Liberal Media Films (LMF). He has been working as a freelance director/DP with the LMF team for about eight years.

Burks has shot over 900 TV commercials, both regional and national, dozens of music videos, short films, feature films, documentaries, and product videos. His projects have taken him to all 50 states in the U.S. and six different continents. His talents as a writer have contributed significantly to his success as a director over the last decade working with hundreds of agencies and organizations.

At 31, he has worked with a remarkably broad range of cameras and is one of the few director/DPs to own and specialize in Phantom Camera slow motion shooting. His work with the Phantom Camera in the last year was recently shown by Able Cine and Vision Research at the 2015 NAB in Las Vegas to showcase the capabilities of the camera.

Burks is currently directing a documentary for Netflix that is filming in Colorado, California, New Mexico, Arkansas, and Oklahoma. He recently directed several national spots for The United Methodist Church in Nashville with LMF.

  • Tuesday, Jun. 30, 2015
Director Ray Gordon joins Food Chain
Ray Gordon
PORTLAND, Ore. -- 

Food Chain has added photographer and director Ray Gordon to its roster.

Gordon is a globally recognized photographer and director who has shot for Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Toyo, Danner Boots, Stetson and Red Bull. 

Gordon and Food Chain just completed a series of web films for AutoZone with NASCAR phenom Joey Logano. 

“Ray is an enormously talented photographer who really inhabits his environment. His directing career is just taking off but he has the maturity and experience to do some impressive work,” assessed Food Chain EP Brad Goldthwaite.

  • Friday, Jun. 26, 2015
Splice adds VFX artist Ryan Markley
Ryan Markley

Visual effects artist Ryan Markley has joined Minneapolis-based creative studio Splice. Known in the VFX community for having created the title character in “Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D” and blowing up MacLaren’s Pub in “How I Met Your Mother,” Markley has worked in a variety of capacities throughout his career in film and television. During this time, he’s exhibited a knack for both leading a team and taking direction, and along the way, he’s offered this experience in the form of guidance to junior 3D artists. Markley has had tenures at Worldwide FX in Louisiana (working on all the Millennium Films), Scoundrel VFX, as well as working on theme park media and augmented reality at Falcon’s Digital.

“What’s great about Ryan is that he can work quickly towards a photo-realistic result,” explains Ben Watne, head of Splice’s VFX department. “And he’s got incredible range. He can handle a wide variety of CGI tasks and do them all well--and on a deadline. I know whatever he’s assigned will be done right, and that’s a great feeling to have when taking into account the complexity of the work we put forward to our clients.”

  • Wednesday, Jun. 24, 2015
Erwin Penland hires Alex Lea as sr. VP/executive creative director
Alex Lea

Alex Lea will join marketing communications agency Erwin Penland as sr. VP/executive creative director. Lea will be stationed in Erwin Penland’s New York office, relocating from Boulder, Colo., where he was at agency CP+B as a creative director.

Reporting directly to Erwin Penland chief creative officer Con Williamson, Lea will handle creative strategy and management for clients including L.L.Bean and Denny’s. In addition to creative responsibilities, Lea will work on new business efforts for the Greenville, S.C.-headquartered agency.

Prior to CP+B, Lea was a creative director at Saatchi & Saatchi NY and Droga5. He was a driving force on noteworthy campaigns for clients including Microsoft Xbox, MIllerCoors, Kraft, General Mills, and Puma.

  • Tuesday, Jun. 23, 2015
TVGla hires Kristopher Hanson as director of production
Kristopher Hanson

Digital marketing agency TVGla has brought Kristopher Hanson aboard as director of production, a new position at the shop.

Hanson brings an integrated digital production capability to TVGla, having produced work across channels and platforms at such agencies as Wunderman, Crispin, Porter + Bogusky, Wieden+Kennedy, and Possible Worldwide. He is joining TVGla from 180LA where he was executive producer of digital production.

“As our clients look to us for a growing array of digital solutions--everything from websites to social to video--managing the process and ensuring integration is vital. That’s Kristopher’s sweet spot and he brings us proven experience,” noted Dimitry Ioffe, CEO of TVGla.

TVGla has added significant new assignments from such clients as Hard Rock Café, Jeopardy, Wheel of Fortune and others who want to maximize their digital assets across channels and platforms.

  • Monday, Jun. 22, 2015
Art director Sooudi, writer Gonzalez join Camp + King
Ali Sooudi (l) and Erik Gonzalez

Marketing agency Camp + King (C+K) has hired sr. art director Ali Sooudi and copywriter Erik Gonzalez. Sooudi joins C+K from Venables Bell & Partners. Sooudi has created campaigns for Conoco, 76 Gas, Google and Taco Del Mar.

Gonzalez was most recently at AKQA where he worked on the Apple, Google and Levi’s accounts. He has also served on creative teams at Mistress, Wieden+Kennedy and RPA.

Sooudi and Gonzalez will report to creative directors Rikesh Lal and Jesse Dillow and work across the C+K client roster, which includes Dish Network’s Sling TV, Del Taco, the Hershey Company’s Scharffen Berger and Google.

C+K is a Havas-aligned creative agency launched by CCO Roger Camp and CEO Jamie King in February 2011.

  • Monday, Jun. 22, 2015
Mill+ LA promotes Chin, Emran to creative directors
Clarice Chin (l) and Manija Emran

Clarice Chin and Manija Emran, who both joined Mill+ as art directors, have been promoted to creative director positions in the Los Angeles studio.

Chin, a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, has a decade of experience in commercials, film, print and broadcast with a creative vision inspired by contemporary art, fashion and graphic design. Her work includes multiple Google Play campaigns, the AICP 2014 Opening and Category Titles and the interactive "Exhibit: Growth" for Umpqua Bank, and has been recognized by D&AD, AICE and The One Show.

Emran is recognized for her award-winning hand-produced title sequences for We Are The Giant, Manhunt and Snow White And The Huntsman alongside the acclaimed 2013 and 2014 Show Packages for The Academy Awards. With a portfolio that covers all facets of design, Emran has been honored by Art Director’s Club, One Show, D&AD and named amongst Art of the Title’s Top 10 Women of Title Design.


  • Sunday, Jun. 21, 2015
Worthington, Aminzadeh upped to creative directors at Eleven
Sara Worthington (l) and Aryan Aminzadeh.

Sara Worthington and Aryan Aminzadeh have been promoted to creative directors at Eleven San Francisco, working on the business for the Julep, Next Issue, and Aria Resort & Casino accounts. The duo will report directly to chief creative officer Mike McKay and will lead content creation for creative campaign work.

Most recently, Worthington and Aminzadeh were the team behind the “Creepy, Warholian, and sort of brilliant” BLAH Airlines film for Virgin America. The work became a cult favorite and was awarded three Pencils at The One Show.

Prior to her promotion, Aminzadeh was a sr. copywriter at Eleven where she worked on business for Virgin America, Aria Resort & Casino, The San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, and Dignity Health. Before joining Eleven, Aminzadeh held positions at agencies BBDO SF, Pereira O’Dell, David&Goliath, and Saatchi & Saatchi. Her campaigns have been recognized at The One Show, CLIO, and Cannes.

Worthington rises to creative director from a previous role as sr. art director at Eleven, where she worked on Virgin America, Aria Resort & Casino, Dignity Health and Sun Valley. Prior to Eleven, Worthington held positions at agencies Goodby Silverstein & Partners and JWT NY. Her campaigns have been recognized at The One Show, ANDYs, and Cannes.

  • Wednesday, Jun. 17, 2015
Frederic Bonn named chief creative officer at Mirum North America
Frederic Bonn

Mirum’s latest step towards growing regional leadership across its global network is the appointment of Frederic Bonn as chief creative officer for North America. In his new role, Bonn will be tasked with delivering transformative ideas for clients while also leveraging Mirum’s entrepreneurial roots to foster a unified creative culture across the region. He will report to Dan Khabie, Mirum Global and North America CEO.

Bonn transitions to Mirum from his role as executive creative director at sister agency J. Walter Thompson New York, where he has been overseeing digital creative across numerous client categories, including retail, healthcare and CPG brands. At Mirum he will continue to work closely with J. Walter Thompson’s offices and clients in the region.

Prior to joining J. Walter Thompson, Bonn was the executive creative director of Razorfish New York, managing the creative department across all agency clients. Bonn came to Razorfish from Ogilvy Interactive in Paris, where he led the creative department and oversaw global campaigns and digital strategy for clients such as Louis Vuitton and Hennessy. He began his digital adventure in 1997 by opening the Interactive Bureau in Paris, following an early career in publication design.

Throughout his career, Bonn has worked with high-profile clients to create innovative projects such as the Louis Vuitton Journeys global campaign, the Mercedes-Benz Tweet Race and Smart Car’s social program. His work has been recognized many times over with awards from The One Show, The CLIOs, The Webby Awards, Effie Awards, Art Directors Club and London International Awards. He has served as a judge at leading creative award shows such as the Cannes Lions, the Art Directors Club and London International Awards. He also serves on the board of the global Art Directors Club.

In his new role, Bonn will partner with Daiga Atvara, chief design officer, and the Mirum executive committee.

Mirum is a global agency that is a part of the J. Walter Thompson Company and WPP family.

  • Wednesday, Jun. 17, 2015
Joanna Crean, Rasmus Keger upped to creative directors at MING
Joanna Crean (l) and Rasmus Keger

MING Utility and Entertainment Group has promoted Joanna Crean and Rasmus Keger to creative directors. They will help lead MING’s creative development, reporting directly to founding partner, chairman and CCO Linus Karlsson. Rasmus was upped from associate creative director while Crean had been a copywriter.

Crean and Keger first met at R/GA while working on award-winning projects such as Adam Tensta’s One Copy Song, which launched the Swedish hip-hop artist’s new single with one copy via a Facebook app. One Copy Song won two Cannes Gold Lions, two One Show Gold Pencils and a Yellow Pencil at D&AD.

At R/GA Crean and Keger also worked on Nike Free Arena, a social activation that took athletes from every arena--even those that’d never find themselves going head-to-head--and put them in direct competition. Keger later joined McCann to work under Karlsson on the IKEA account, while Crean spent the four years at R/GA working on Nike and Samsung.

At MING, Crean and Keger worked together on an award-winning campaign, Altitude Drop, the first-ever ski film to launch from 13,000 feet. The project was honored with a 2015 One Show Pencil in UX/UI.

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