• Thursday, Jun. 4, 2015
Jill Frank joins Epsilon as sr. content producer
Jill Frank

Jill Frank has become the first ever sr. content producer at Epsilon, which is known to many people as a data management company. At her new roost, she will report to chief creative officer John Immesoete (whose ad pedigree includes DDB and Leo Burnett).

Based in Chicago, Frank will produce all digital content, TV commercials, pitch reels and other fare for the agency. Her hire marks another step in Epsilon’s evolution to a marketing services company turning out creative product this is data driven.

“Jill is not a typical agency producer,” said Immesoete. “She sees and understands the benefit of content delivered to data-specified audiences, which is the future of advertising.”

Frank joins Epsilon from Harpo Productions where she worked since 2005 as a TV producer, creating on and off-air promos, integrated marketing and branded entertainment content for OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network and before that for The Dr. Oz Show and The Oprah Winfrey Show.

Frank started her career in front of the camera as a news anchor/field producer for a local TV station in Malibu. She was also an assignment editor/producer at MTV before moving to public relations and then on to Harpo.

She also writes and produces comedy for the stage and screen, and has been featured on secondcitynetwork.com. In 2013, Frank graduated from The Second City Training Center’s comedy writing program.

  • Tuesday, Jun. 2, 2015
Art director Dan Shearin joins Young & Laramore
Dan Shearin

Ad agency Young & Laramore has hired Dan Shearin as art director. At Y&L, he will work on the KraftMaid Cabinets account and report to creative directors Bryan Judkins and Trevor Williams.

Shearin was previously an art director at Bradley and Montgomery. His clients have included Microsoft, Chase Bank, Chase Private Client, JP Morgan, Internet Explorer, Windows, Outlook.com, OneDrive, OneNote, Angie’s List, Delta Faucet, and Kimball Office.

His hiring comes on the heels of a series of promotions and new hires at Y&L--Brad Bobenmoyer added VP, marketing to his account director title, and writer Deidre Lichty, production manager Lynn Kendall and account manager Sarah Scranton recently joined the agency.

  • Sunday, May. 31, 2015
Suzanne Hargrove joins PRETTYBIRD as EP
Suzanne Hargrove

Suzanne Hargrove has come aboard PRETTYBIRD as an executive producer for traditional and new media projects. She was most recently EP at Bandito Brothers where she oversaw the commercial division and also produced longer format material that includes the Pennzoil-sponsored documentary “Breaking Barriers: Mankind’s Pursuit of Speed,” the TV doc “Shaun White: Russia Calling,” and web series work on “Mortal Kombat” and “Chop Shop.”

Hargrove also directed and co-produced with her partner Mary Ellen Duggan a short documentary titled “Olla Rae” which follows a woman who runs a soup kitchen in Louisiana.

Hargrove worked extensively as a producer before taking on EP duties. She said of her former roost, “Bandito Brothers will always hold a very special place in my heart because of the diversity of their work. I had opportunities there that I would never have had in most traditional production companies.

“There are only a handful of companies capable of doing what PRETTYBIRD does, and that’s what drew me here,” she continued. “I’ve known Kerstin [Emhoff Co-Founder/EP] for many years and look forward to working with her, Ali [Brown VP/EP] and the whole group.

Emhoff stated, “Suzanne and I have worked together for almost 17 years, and she has always been part of our family,” adds Kerstin Emhoff. “More importantly her creativity as a producer and experience in long format, action oriented and experiential work is really what I felt would be a big asset to us at this stage of our company’s growth. She also has strong relationships with many of our directors here, and we look forward to developing new talent with her.”

Hargrove arrives on the heels of PRETTYBIRD collecting a host of awards at D&AD 2015. Awards include Direction in Music Videos for DANIELS, Next Director Award for Vania Heymann, Graphic Design for Jesse Kanda, and Branded Film Content & Entertainment Award for Tim & Eric.  PRETTYBIRD walked away from the D&AD with Bronze Prize honors for the year’s most awarded production company.

  • Sunday, May. 31, 2015
Toby Southgate promoted to worldwide CEO of Brand Union
Toby Southgate

Brand Union, WPP’s global brand strategy and design agency, has promoted Toby Southgate to worldwide CEO, effective July 1. Southgate will manage the growth of the global network while continuing his responsibilities in the Americas as CEO of Brand Union Americas. He will remain based in New York and will report to Simon Bolton, group CEO of Brand Union and FITCH, the global retail design agency.

In his new role, Southgate will be responsible for leading the growth of Brand Union across each of its 24 markets. He will manage all of Brand Union’s international teams and lead collaboration with other WPP agencies, delivering on the group’s ‘horizontality’ strategy.

Southgate brings extensive Brand Union experience to this role, having joined the agency in 2008. He has held a number of roles including managing director of Brand Union Middle East, CEO of Brand Union UK and most recently, CEO Americas. In his latest role, Southgate helped grow the agency’s footprint leading the acquisition of Epigram, a Brazilian brand and communications agency, in 2014.

Southgate has been a key player in the agency’s business development over the last seven years, bringing in major clients like The Coca-Cola Company, Vodafone, Shazam, GlaxoSmithKline and CBRE. 

  • Wednesday, May. 27, 2015
Ross Hopman named EP/head of commercial music production at duotone
Ross Hopman

Ross Hopman has joined music house duotone audio group as executive producer/head of commercial music production. He comes over after eight years at JSM where he produced music for such brands as Google, Gillette, Major League Baseball, Coke, Hershey’s and Comcast. Projects he’s worked on have garnered honors from the AMP Awards, AICP Show and the AICE Awards, among other competitions.

David Leinheardt, duotone’s managing director, said of Hopman, “His musical instincts and industry reputation will make him an invaluable addition to our commercial production endeavors.

As a performing musician, Hopman has shared the stage with such acts as the Alternate Routes, Sister Hazel, Ari Hest, Ernie Halter, Toby Lightman and Gavin Degraw. From bluegrass to soul, pop to rock & roll, Hopman has been a part of various musical acts. Currently he is half of the dark folk duo Civil Brother, along with creative partner Jordan Leib (of Fangs and Back Light Smoke) who just released their debut self-titled album.

Recent work from duotone includes a new “Play with Oreo” ad, the heartfelt “Love This Life” commercial for Chobani featuring Eef Barzelay (Clem Snide), and music for Younger, the new Darren Star series on TV Land.

  • Wednesday, May. 27, 2015
Bryan Tilson named managing director of Wieden+Kennedy Shanghai
Bryan Tilson
SHANGHAI, China -- 

Wieden+Kennedy Shanghai has appointed Bryan Tilson as its managing director. He will partner with executive creative director Yang Yeo to oversee the business and overall performance of W+K Shanghai.

Tilson has an upstanding history with W+K.  Before moving to W+K Shanghai in 2011 as business director on Nike China, Tilson had joined W+K Portland in 2008 as an account supervisor on American retailer Target. As a business director on Nike China for the past three and a half years, Tilson has led a diverse team of both local and expat talent to create world-class creative work for Nike, including the award-winning “Find Your Greatness” Chinese social media campaign. He has continued to successfully collaborate across the W+K network and to develop strong relationships with senior leadership at Nike China.

“I am happy that one of our very own has been rightfully ready for the role of managing director in Shanghai,” said Dave Luhr, W+K president. “Over the past year, Bryan has done a great job on Nike China, and he has done an equally great job at assimilating into China. China is now at its turning point, which is full of change, excitement and possibility. Bryan’s skill will help further our full potential in China. I am confident that the Bryan/Yang partnership will be an inspiring team that produces strong results for the agency.”  

  • Wednesday, May. 27, 2015
Gail Heaney joins Broad Green Pictures as EVP of media
Gail Heaney

Broad Green Pictures has hired Gail Heaney as executive VP of media. In her new role, she will be responsible for innovative marketing solutions and media strategies for all theatrical, VOD and home entertainment releases across all platforms.

Heaney previously held the position of exec VP, media at Summit Entertainment (a Lionsgate company) where she worked on titles such as The Twilight Saga, Divergent, and Kathryn Bigelow’s The Hurt Locker.

Prior to Summit Entertainment, Heaney worked for the CW Television Network as VP of media strategies, developing media campaigns for such shows as Gossip Girl and Reaper. From 2005 to 2007, she was VP of media for Universal, where she managed media spending for theatrical and DVD releases, including King Kong, 40-Year-Old Virgin and United 93. Heaney also worked for advertising agencies J. Walter Thompson and DDB Needham.

  • Wednesday, May. 27, 2015
Jeff Bronikowski named president of Tribeca Shortlist subscription VOD service
SANTA MONICA, Calif. -- 

As the Tribeca Shortlist subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) service prepares to launch later this year, Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF) and Tribeca Enterprises have appointed digital entertainment entrepreneur Jeff Bronikowski to be its president.

Bronikowski spent 12 years as sr. VP of business development for the Universal Music Group, spearheading the company’s digital content strategy and the launch of its digital media initiatives. Most recently, he has served as COO of Daily Burn, an IAC company, overseeing the growth of the subscription-based streaming fitness service across a broad range of platforms. Bronikowski has also held GM positions at Yahoo! and AOL Entertainment, and an executive position at The Echo Nest, the “big data for music” platform which Spotify acquired in 2014.

“We have a great partner and a world-class brand and, with Jeff’s appointment, we’re assembling a management team with the expertise to capitalize on Tribeca Shortlist’s unique strengths,” said Jim Packer, Lionsgate president of worldwide television & digital distribution. “Jeff shares our vision of a platform distinguished by its portfolio of content, level of curation and understanding of what film lovers want to see. We’re continuing to build momentum for the launch of an SVOD service that will become a compelling value proposition for movie buffs and next generation consumers everywhere.”

Tribeca Shortlist will enter its beta testing phase next month and will officially launch its service in the fall. Its offering will be comprised of a highly curated selection of critically acclaimed films drawn from around the world, including titles from Lionsgate and Tribeca Film and other movie studios, as well as exciting original content, rare and exclusive behind-the-scenes footage from ground-breaking independent films and digitally savvy commentary by leading voices in the creative community about the films included in their respective Shortlists.

A graduate of New York University’s Leonard Stern School of Business and Georgetown University, Bronikowski began his entertainment industry career at HBO.

  • Wednesday, May. 27, 2015
Andrea Jomides promoted to VP of distribution at REELZ
Andrea Jomides

Andrea Jomides has been named VP of distribution at REELZ. Jomides joined the network in 2013, serving as director of distribution for the Eastern Region. The following year she was upped to director of national distribution.

In her new role as VP of distribution she will continue working directly with distributors to secure, maintain and grow REELZ distribution, HD carriage, VOD and TV Everywhere platforms, promotions and contractual negotiations.

“We’re thrilled to promote Andrea given her strong performance in all areas of our affiliate business including recent distributor renewals,” said John deGarmo, REELZ sr. VP of distribution. “Andrea’s knowledge, relationships and resources have proven invaluable to the network and we look forward to her continued contributions.”

Prior to REELZ, Jomides spent 14 years at Scripps Networks Interactive in New York.

  • Tuesday, May. 26, 2015
Madonna Deverson becomes EVP, brand intelligence at Deutsch
Madonna Deverson

Deutsch North America CEO Mike Sheldon announced the hiring of Madonna Deverson as EVP, brand intelligence—a new role for the agency. As part of Sheldon’s initiative to align bicoastal agency resources, Deverson will co-report to the LA and NY chief strategy officers and will be primarily based out of Deutsch’s LA office. Deverson joins Deutsch from Ogilvy & Mather, where she worked since 2011, and was most recently sr. partner/executive director, head of intelligence group.

In her new role, Deverson will work across all brands on the agency’s roster to simplify complex data and transform it into insights that provide a new foundation for client’s marketing strategies. In addition to working with the planning and strategy departments, new business, and client teams, Deverson will be involved in the development of intellectual property and thought leadership.

“Information is everywhere and just like a journalist, we need to absorb facts and ideas from many sources in order to tell compelling and culturally relevant stories,” said Deverson.

At Ogilvy, where she began as North American director of information & intelligence, she managed a team of consumer and market analysts, researchers and advertising experts. Prior agency experience includes time with Leo Burnett Group in the UK as head of information, and also at D’Arcy and WCRS. Additionally, she honed her research skills and storytelling capabilities from 2007-2011 while at Fox News and The New York Times.

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