• Tuesday, May. 12, 2015
Tal Fiala named president of illuminate
Tal Fiala
HOLLYWOOD, Calif. -- 

Celebrating 20 years in digital finishing, restoration and postproduction solutions for the global entertainment industry, illuminate has named media veteran Tal Fiala as its president. The announcement was made by CEO Jim Hardy.

Throughout his career, Fiala has tapped a keen ability to spot trends, expand revenues, motivate teams and cultivate long-lasting client relationships. He has generated new business and improved productivity by collaborating with such major brands as HBO, Amazon, Netflix and Hulu, and with studio and TV network executives. Fiala has also negotiated both budgets and sales contracts for postproduction services with Warner Brothers, Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures, Disney and DreamWorks.

“As we look ahead [at illuminate],” said Fiala, “we’re focused on expanding our creative services to accommodate an increase in content production across multiple platforms, as well as to maintain our unique ability to help our clients monetize untapped library assets through leading-edge restoration technology.”

Before joining illuminate, Fiala was sr. VP of business development for Modern VideoFilm, where he secured millions of dollars in revenue for the company’s features, television and distribution areas by tapping his extensive relationships with key studio and TV network executives. His ability to implement and direct several profitable initiatives helped expand Modern VideoFilm both domestically and internationally, giving the company footprints in New York City, Santa Monica, New Orleans and China.

As VP of sales for Ascent Media (a Liberty Media company) from 2003 to 2007, Fiala successfully generated new revenues by identifying unique opportunities and clients in adjacent markets. He also increased sales by improving client relations and establishing a solid referral network.

Also a talented finance professional, Fiala served as financial advisor for UBS Paine Webber from 2000 to 2003, during which he managed a portfolio of $10+ million in assets with a yearly increase of 25% and consistently maintained status as top nationally producing broker within his defined peer group. Fiala further boosted company sales by developing and executing special marketing events.

  • Monday, May. 11, 2015
Tomás Duhalde, Guilherme Nóbrega and Frederico Nicolás Díaz Join The Community
(L-r) Guilherme Nóbrega, Tomás Duhalde and Frederico Nicolás Díaz on the rooftop of the community’s Miami office

Cross-cultural agency the community, part of SapientNitro, has added Tomás Duhalde, Guilherme Nóbrega and Frederico Nicolás Díaz to its creative team. The new hires come as the agency continues its investment in talent to support its new business growth, which includes recently being named digital agency of record for Beam Suntory’s tequila portfolio.

Duhalde and Nóbrega both join the community as sr. art directors, while Díaz joins as a sr. copywriter. Reporting directly to co-founder and chief creative officer Joaquín Mollá, the trio will work on a variety of the Miami-based agency’s largest clients, including Corona and Modelo. They share 17 Cannes Lions awards between them, as well as various other recognitions from organizations such as the One Club, Clios, Effies and D&AD.

Prior to joining the community, Duhalde was an art director at Ogilvy & Mather Buenos Aires. He also worked as an art director at Grey Buenos Aires. Throughout his career Duhalde has worked for brands such as P&G, Schnieder, Huggies, and Playboy.

Most recently, Nóbrega was an art director at Ogilvy & Mather, with stints in both of its London and São Paulo offices. He also held roles at Widen + Kennedy London, DM9DDB and AlmapBBDO. Nóbrega has developed award-winning work for local and global brands like Coca-Cola, Unilever, Apple, Burger King, Dove, Huggies and Motorola.

Díaz started his career at Grey Buenos Aires and then moved to Don and Ogilvy & Mather, also in Buenos Aires. Throughout his career, he has worked for national and international brands like Reebok, Schneider, Huggies, AMIA, Fibertel and Cablevision.

  • Monday, May. 11, 2015
Framestore hires Eileen Cooney as head of campaigns
Eileen Cooney

Oscar-winning visual effects and creative content studio Framestore has hired Eileen Cooney as head of campaigns, a newly created role for the company. Drawing on her expertise building 360-degree activations, Cooney at Framestore will be immersed in brand campaigns from briefing to completion, building close partnerships with clients. Cooney will be based in New York and report directly to Jon Collins, president of Integrated Advertising, Worldwide.

Cooney’s appointment comes at a time of rapid growth and evolution of Framestore’s capabilities. These include the development of a creative consulting offering for select clients and the establishment of a VR Studio last year that’s spawned pioneering projects for brands and Hollywood across Oculus Rift, Google Cardboard and Samsung Gear VR.

Prior to Framestore, Cooney worked as a campaign director for Mission Media in the U.K., running creative direction, brand strategy and business partnerships for all campaigns. Cooney started her advertising career in New York, working as a project manager for the Rock n’ Roll Circus at Lincoln Center. Cooney then worked for Translation LLC as the director of special projects, and freelanced for Gravity Road.

  • 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.

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