• Thursday, May. 7, 2015
Mill+ adds EP Lindsay Bodanza in L.A.
Lindsay Bodanza

Lindsay Bodanza has joined design and animation studio Mill+ in Los Angeles as executive producer.

Bodanza will be working alongside fellow EP Reno Robertson at Mill+ which has to its credit the iconic Google Play work and the recent Audi “Birth” spot

Prior to joining Mill+, Bodanza was an executive producer at Gentleman Scholar and LOGAN where she worked on high-profile campaigns such as “Solar Eclipse” for Lexus, “Misfit Right In” for The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, and the viral Gymkhana series by Ben Conrad.

  • Wednesday, May. 6, 2015
Dirk Greene joins Significant Others as creative director
Dirk Greene

Final Cut has expanded its postproduction arm, Significant Others, with the hiring of creative director Dirk Greene. He will oversee Significant Others’ development into a full service visual effects boutique.

Greene’s career spans seven years at Absolute as creative director, and well over a decade as sr. Flame artist/VFX supervisor at The Mill. British-born Greene joined The Mill London in its early years, and was a contributing force in the facility’s growth to prominence. As a principal creative, working on numerous high profile commercials and music videos, Greene along with a small team of Mill UK employees, led the company’s first global expansion, with the launch of The Mill New York.

In 2008, after 12 years at The Mill, Greene once again embarked on the challenge of building a brand stateside, joining Absolute as creative director and developing the New York office from one room into a fully operating visual effects and CG facility.

Greene created the visual effects for acclaimed spots for Levi’s, Nike, Adidas, Sony, BMW and Guinness, plus numerous Super Bowl hits for Fed Ex, Snickers, Verizon, Budweiser and the NFL. He has continued on this path with his first project for Significant Others, an upcoming Samsung spot directed by design master, GMUNK (Bradley G Munkowitz), of Tron and Oblivion effects fame. Greene has won a number of awards including Clios for the groundbreaking AT&T Olympic “The New Possible” campaign and The White Stripes’ “The Hardest Button to Button,” for which he was also nominated for an MTV Video Music Award for Best Visual Effects.

Stephanie Apt, president of Final Cut/Significant Others, said that the hiring of Greene “is just the beginning of our continued effort to offer more complex solutions to clients with a full team of talent.”

“Launching with the support of such a renowned brand, we can continue to maintain the Final Cut aesthetic while building our own unique place in the industry,” related Greene. “We want to produce the best-looking work, with great people, in a truly collaborative way.”

Final Cut is a creative editorial and post company collaborating on commercials, feature films and music videos with offices in London, New York and Los Angeles.

  • Wednesday, May. 6, 2015
Re-recording mixer Kevin O’Connell returns to Sony Pictures
Kevin O'Connell
CULVER CITY, Calif. -- 

Veteran re-recording mixer Kevin O’Connell has returned to Sony Pictures Post Production Services. A 20-time Academy Award-nominee, O’Connell has already completed four projects at Sony--The Boy Next Door, Self/less, No Good Deed and Pitch Perfect 2. He was previously on staff at the studio from 1993 to 2008 with credits including Pearl Harbor, Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2, Memoirs of a Geisha, and Transformers, all of which led to Oscar nominations for sound.

O’Connell is currently working on the upcoming feature Goosebumps for director Rob Letterman.

“Kevin is a master of the craft of movie sound,” said Tom McCarthy, EVP, Sony Pictures Post Production Services. “He has contributed his talents to scores of great films and worked alongside many of today’s finest filmmakers.”

O’Connell has spent the past five years freelancing as well as holding a position at Todd AO, where he worked as a mixer and held an executive position.

O’Connell began his career in 1978 as a sound technician at The Samuel Goldwyn Studios working on films such as The Empire Strikes Back, and Raiders of The Lost Ark. He earned his first credit as re-recording mixer a few years later on Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid and garnered his first Academy Award nomination in 1983 for Terms of Endearment. He has also been nominated for 10 Cinema Audio Society Awards and a BAFTA Award. He won an Emmy Award in 1989 for Lonesome Dove.

Even after mixing nearly 200 films, O’Connell’s enthusiasm for cinema sound remains undimmed. “I love to be part of the creative process,” he said. “Every movie is different, every director, every crew is different. I learn something new on each film, I meet new people and form new relationships. It’s a very exciting job.”

  • Wednesday, May. 6, 2015
Editor Josiah Spencer joins Wildchild
Josiah Spencer

Editor Josiah Spencer has come aboard the roster of Wildchild in New York. His credits span fashion spots and music videos, capturing the beat of Beyoncé’s “Drunk in Love” and J. Lo’s “Booty” with Iggy Azalea while helping explain ‘Melo’s love affair with IWC timepieces.

Spencer, who had most recently been freelancing, is a multi-faceted artist and musician whose work encompasses not just creative editorial but also directing, photography, effects and design. At Wildchild he’ll partner with top agencies and brands for assignments in such high-gloss categories as fashion, beauty, apparel and luxury.

A native Texan who graduated from UT in Austin, Spencer grew up in the film and ad business; his father runs one of the biggest production companies in Austin and his sister is an agency producer there. Spencer teamed with them on the feature film he co-directed and edited, “Return to the Hiding Place,” working from a script his father wrote. The film, which stars another sister, the actress Rachel Spencer Hewitt, is an historical drama set against the backdrop of World War II. It’s screened at numerous festivals around the country, winning Best Feature and Best Directing honors at the Bel-Air Film Festival.

Spencer began his career in Los Angeles, working as an assistant to several feature film editors, which helped inform his approach to narrative and long-form editorial work.  Since moving to New York several years ago he’s edited for a number of top editorial houses, initially assisting before stepping up to editing himself.

Spencer’s first major project for Wildchild is a fashion and beauty spot for Avon from Badger & Winters. Directed by Tim Richardson, the visually driven ad depicts a glamorous model sporting wings of glimmering black feathers.

“I’ve been fortunate to collaborate with some great filmmakers, photographers and editors, and that’s given me great exposure to a wide range of style and techniques,” Spencer said. He’s drawn to the fashion and beauty space, and notes the connection between this highly-demanding category and his music video credits.  He’s edited ad content for brands such as Coach and St. John, as well as for Taylor Swift’s fragrance line, while his music videos for artists such as Beyoncé and J. Lo are the result of his collaboration with the director Hype Williams. He also partnered with director Francesco Carrozzini, a European fashion photographer and filmmaker, on the “New York City” video for Lenny Kravitz.

Earlier in his career Spencer worked on a number of Wildchild projects, so when company editor and founder Yvette Piñeyro reached out about joining the roster he was eager to sign on. “I’ve had the chance to work closely with some really great people here, and the environment is inspiring,” he commented. “I love the style and genres they specialize in and their creative approach. The place has the vibe of an artists’ collective--there’s lots of sharing and collaboration. It feels like the future of our industry, where art and advertising are continually merging and overlapping.”

  • Tuesday, May. 5, 2015
Another Country adds mixer Peter Erazmus
Peter Erazmus

Sound designer, mixer and audio engineer Peter Erazmus has joined sound design studio Another Country. He comes aboard a company talent roster which includes mixers John Binder, David Gerbosi, Drew Weir and Erik Widmark. Erazmus is part of a growth plan that also encompasses Another Country opening its fifth sound room later this summer.

Drawing on more than 16 years of top-level post-audio experience in his native Chicago, Erazmus has handled sound design and mixed hundreds of high-profile projects spanning the commercial and entertainment industries.  Most recently senior sound designer and mixer for STIR Post (the former Audio Producers Group), Erazmus has most recently handled commercial assignments for Bud Light, the Chicago Blackhawks, Flintstones, Hebrew National, Lays, OFF, Raid, Rosetta Stone, Special K and Ziploc, among many others.

Erazmus’ work has garnered a number of awards.  For example, the “City” spot he engineered for ESPN was named a Best Sound Design finalist at the New York Film Festival, while other spots he engineered have garnered CLIO, Telly and RAMA awards, a Chicago Creative Club Best in Show award, and numerous Cannes, Emmy “Best Commercial” and Radio Mercury short list honors.

“Peter and I went to Columbia College Chicago together, and he assisted Dave Gerbosi for about seven years at CRC, so we know him very well and are excited to have him,” said Tim Konn, EP of Another Country.

  • Tuesday, May. 5, 2015
Simon Kilmurry named executive director of International Documentary Association
Simon Kilmurry

The International Documentary Association (IDA) has appointed Simon Kilmurry to the position of executive director. Kilmurry will relocate from New York to Los Angeles to begin work on July 6, 2015.

Kilmurry joins IDA following a 16-year tenure at POV, the long-running PBS showcase of independent documentaries, where he has served as executive producer since 2006. 

“It’s hard to imagine anyone better qualified to take the reins at IDA,” said Marjan Safinia, president of IDA’s Board of Directors. “As an internationally recognized leader in our field, Simon’s name is synonymous with excellence in documentary, and his passion for the form is unrivaled. He is truly from the tribe of documentary filmmakers that we serve. This, coupled with his extraordinary track record in organizational management and deep insight into the needs of the documentary field, makes him the strongest possible leader to continue our evolution.”

Kilmurry observed, “Documentary is one of the most exciting forms of cultural expression, it is absolutely vital to a thriving democracy, and I am deeply passionate about it.  The IDA has never been better positioned to play a leadership role in the field, advocating for and providing support to filmmakers, and convening an international dialogue for filmmakers telling the most relevant stories of our time.”

Kilmurry has won numerous accolades in his role at POV including a Primetime Emmy Award, 12 News and Documentary Emmy Awards, a Special Emmy Award for Excellence in Documentary Filmmaking, as well as more than 50 News and Documentary Emmy nominations. He is also the recipient of five Peabody Awards, three Du Pont Columbia Awards, two Overseas Press Club Awards, a Grierson Award, and is a two-time recipient of the Best Continuing Series Award from IDA. In 2011 he received the National Association of Latino Independent Producers’ Award for Corporate Commitment to Diversity.

Kilmurry has also served as executive director of American Documentary, POV’s non-profit parent organization. Under his leadership, the organization was the recipient of a $1 million MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions in 2013. In addition to POV, he is the executive producer of America ReFramed, a documentary series on the WORLD Channel. Established in 2012, America ReFramed is a year-round showcase of independent documentaries featuring contemporary American stories.

  • Monday, May. 4, 2015
Laurie Adrianopoli named EP of Color At The Mill, Chicago
Laurie Adrianopoli

Laurie Adrianopoli has joined The Mill in Chicago as executive producer of color. She will work with the color team across all of The Mill’s global locations and will foster the growth and development of the color department in the expanding Chicago studio.

Prior to moving to The Mill, Adrianopoli rose through the ranks as a producer at Whitehouse Post where over the course of her career she worked on high profile campaigns for brands such as Allstate, Bud Light, Corona and Capital One.

  • Wednesday, Apr. 29, 2015
Brad Blondes joins MING Utility And Entertainment as partner/chief design officer
Brad Blondes

MING Utility And Entertainment Group, the creative company recently founded by advertising vets Linus Karlsson, Brian DiLorenzo and Tara DeVeaux, has named Brad Blondes to serve as partner/chief design officer. In his new role, Blondes heads Design by MING, a strategic design and creative unit. Blondes reports directly to Karlsson, MING chairman and chief creative officer.

Blondes brings deep experience as a design executive to his new post. As former sr. VP, director of design at McCann New York, he was responsible for leading all design-related content within the agency and worked with clients such as Chevrolet, American Airlines, The United States Postal Service, Jose Cuervo, Verizon, Nasdaq, General Mills, Kohl’s and McCann NY. Prior to McCann, he worked as an art director/designer at BBDO NY on Starbucks, at Mother NY on Tanqueray, Target, Stella Artois and Dell, and at Sapient Nitro on Conde Nast, Foot Locker and Disney. His experience over the past decade also includes design positions at Landor & Associates, Brand New School, MTV Networks, Momentum Worldwide, @radical.media and Winterhouse Studio.

In addition to leading design strategy for MING clients, Blondes teaches a branding class at Parsons The New School for Design as an adjunct professor. He holds an MFA in Design from Yale University where his thesis work focused on “undoing,” a process he incorporates in his work today to discover the truth and potential of a brand by breaking it down and building it back up again. He attended SVA for Graphic Design and earned a BA from Temple University where he graduated Magna Cum Laude.

  • Monday, Apr. 27, 2015
Jim Houck joins Lowe Campbell Ewald as executive creative director
Jim Houck
SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- 

Marketing communications agency Lowe Campbell Ewald has added Jim Houck as executive creative director. In this new role based in San Antonio, Houck will lead all creative efforts on behalf of USAA and will report directly to Mark Simon, chief creative officer.

Prior to joining Lowe Campbell Ewald, Houck was a freelancer at various advertising agencies including The Martin Agency, Deutsch LA, Saatchi & Saatchi NY and Draftfcb. Before his freelancer roles, Houck served at Crispin Porter+Bogusky and as global director of branded entertainment at SapientNitro. He has worked on multi-platform campaigns for Burger King, Coke, Walmart, Sony, Volkswagen, American Express, Pizza Hut, Dell, Toyota, Taco Bell and Accenture, among others. His work has been recognized by the Cannes Lions, One Show, CLIOs and International ANDYs.

Houck is the author of several novels including “Ketchup Soup” and feature films including the drama The Writer. He graduated from Kansas State University with a bachelor’s of science degree in journalism.

  • Monday, Apr. 27, 2015
VFX artist Pete Olson named partner at VOLT Studios
Pete Olson

Pete Olson has been made partner of the Minneapolis-based post company VOLT Studios. Olson has been with VOLT for five years and contributed visual effects and digital artistry to projects of all genres.

Olson began his career in audio before “being lured to a film set” where he fell in love with production, before ultimately making his name in postproduction as a VFX artist. He was encouraged to join VOLT Studios by longtime friend and former colleague Steve Medin who is the company’s partner/creative director.

At VOLT, which provides creative post services including motion graphics, editing and VFX, Olson has lent his signature talent to a wide range of projects from commercials to long format brand films. Among them, the Arby’s 13 Hour Brisket for Fallon, and the DOUBLEURXXX--a dangerously unpredictable child of Subaru of America out of Carmichael Lynch. Starring WRX STI Rally driver and skateboard legend Bucky Lasek, DOUBLEURXXX features a trailer titled “Ride of Her Life” and a 16-minute reality show called The Chosen Ones.

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