• Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015
Director/creative director Chris Dooley joins Brand New School
Chris Dooley

Bicoastal Brand New School has added director/creative director Chris Dooley to its roster. Prior to Brand New School, Dooley co-founded design and animation studio National TV, where he served as executive creative director. He previously helped launch the U.S. division of respected U.K. production company Not To Scale.

Dooley has directed campaigns for Coca-Cola, Nike, Volvo, British Airways, and AMEX. His recent projects include an animated and interactive film for Martini announcing their partnership with Formula One, a launch video introducing the Virgin Hotels brand, and UnitedHealthcare’s “Health in Numbers” campaign.

Outside the advertising space, Dooley has made a name for himself as a music video director, helming “Naturally” and “A Year Without Rain” for Selena Gomez, “Neon Lights” for Demi Lovato, and “Land of a Thousand Words” for the Scissor Sisters.

  • Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015
Director Jeff Chan joins GO
Jeff Chan

GO has added award-winning director Jeff Chan to its roster for his first U.S. commercial representation. Chan first earned widespread attention for his work through spec commercials for Call Of Duty, which drew viral buzz. Activision then hired Chan to helm their first live action Call Of Duty short film that debuted at the Call Of Duty XP Conference, for which he wrote, directed, and crafted the VFX. He has also directed a number of commercials for such brands as Doritos, KPMC and the Canadian Film Center. In addition to directing the shorts “Dandy Lions” and “The Apostles,” he made his feature directorial debut with the horror thriller Grace: The Possession, which premiered at Sundance and was picked up for distribution by Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions. He is currently in production on 19, a feature film with QED International and an untitled firefighter-themed feature project with Lionsgate.

Chan began honing his craft in high school in Vancouver, writing, shooting and producing shorts with an enthusiastic group of friends. He further finessed his skills while studying film at Ryerson University in Toronto before securing a grant for his humorous short, “The Apostles,” which won various accolades at film festivals throughout Canada. As a gamer himself and a fan of the Call of Duty franchise, he crafted the high octane live action spec “Find Makarov,” which garnered over 8 million views on YouTube as well as the attention of Activision. In addition to helming the live action “Call of Duty: Operation Kingfish” short, he has also worked on a number of spots including a zombie horror re-imagining of the viral “Charlie Bit My Finger” video for the Canadian Film Centre, which won Gold honors at the Atomic Awards and Digital Marketing Awards.

Gary Rose, GO managing director, said, “Jeff has a very unique first person sensibility that touches all his work. He brings the viewer along for the ride, immersing us in his dramatic style of storytelling. I love his ability to communicate why he makes the decisions and choices that he does in his films and commercials. I believe he will be very successful in any medium he chooses to attack.” 

  • Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015
Jeremy Gibney, Rob Esmundo join Eleven as creative director, associate CD, respectively
Jeremy Gibney

Creative agency Eleven has appointed Jeremy Gibney as a creative director and Rob Esmundo as an associate creative director. In their new roles, Gibney will work on the Apple and Dignity Health accounts and focus on developing high-level concepts for the brands, and Esmundo will work across multiple client accounts, including Apple, Oakley and Dignity Health. They will both report directly to Mike McKay, Eleven’s chief creative officer.

Gibney is an experienced designer with over a decade of experience creating identities for global brands both in agency and client environments. Prior to joining Eleven, he led the creative concept and development of brand user experiences at Gap, including in-store seasonal campaigns, window displays, lifestyle photography and custom flagship environments. Previously, he led the development of design and branding for GQ’s Best New Menswear Designers in America, Diane von Furstenberg, CFDA & Vogue, Product (RED), Havaianas, Threadless, Public Bikes, USA Olympics and Music Festivals Series including SXSW, Governors Ball, Bonnaroo, and Lollapalooza.

Esmundo is a seasoned copywriter with 14 years of branding experience in apparel, online retail, hospitality, packaging, technology, health care and financial services. He also joins Eleven from Gap, where he served as an associate creative director. In his career Esmundo has helped brands such as Gap, DVF, Adobe, ING, and Meadowood Napa Valley connect to their audiences.

“Our agency has had tremendous growth in the past year, starting with adding Oakley to our roster and culminating with our BLAH Airlines campaign for Virgin America,” said Eleven’s McKay. “We’re excited to keep this momentum going in 2015 with the additions of Jeremy and Rob to our team.”

  • Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015
Mehta joins INNOCEAN as group digital creative director
Mehta Mehta

Mehta Mehta has come aboard Innocean USA as VP/group digital creative director. In this role, Mehta will shape future products and platforms for the agency, while also infusing powerful storytelling and groundbreaking technology into Innocean’s work for clients including Hyundai, NRG and FootJoy. He will report directly to Greg Braun, Innocean USA’s executive creative director.

Mehta joins Innocean most recently from West in San Francisco, a multi-disciplinary creative collective. As the head creative lead, he reported directly to the company’s founder, Allison Johnson, who was the former VP of marketing at Apple, working side-by-side with Steve Jobs. Prior to West, Mehta served as creative director at Razorfish where he created new platforms and digital products for Mercedes-Benz. He also spent time at Tribal DDB working with the global Reebok team, and R/GA where he served as a core member of the creative strategy team for Nike and Nokia.

  • Monday, Jan. 26, 2015
Artjail hires John Skeffington as head of production
John Skeffington

John Skeffington has joined NY-based VFX shop Artjail as head of production. He comes over from MPC New York where he served as senior producer. He ran the University of Phoenix & Fidelity accounts and produced ads for Cadillac, Coca-Cola, McDonald’s, Sprite, American Airlines, Allstate, Pennzoil and the American Heart Association, and worked with agencies including Arnold Boston, Translation and Mother.

Prior to MPC, Skeffington was a freelance producer at The Mill. Before that, he was a producer at Quiet Man for brands including Gillette Men’s, Gillette Venus, M&M, GE, Givenchy, and Arby’s.

Artjail specializes in compositing, CG, complicated VFX shots, beauty, retouch, automotive, color grading, and finishing. Artjail recently announced an affiliation with Analog, a London-based independent VFX studio.

  • Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015
Cutters hires Megan Dahlman as EP for its L.A. Studio
Megan Dahlman

Megan Dahlman has joined the L.A. office of global editorial company Cutters as executive producer.

For the past 12 years, Dahlman has been VP and executive producer for bicoastal Union Editorial, which she helped launch in 2003 with her fellow Harley’s House alumni Michael Raimondi, Einar, Jay Freidkin and Nico Alba. Dahlman’s previous stints as a key producer span such shops as Jigsaw Editorial, Post Logic Studios and Crew Cuts.

“From the moment Craig Duncan and I met Megan, we knew she was the right person to lead our efforts in Los Angeles,” said Cutters Studios president and CEO Tim McGuire.  “She has a dynamic personality and a terrific reputation in both the production and postproduction worlds.”

Cutters editors who make their homes in L.A. include Chris Hafner, Barnett Kiel, Jacob Kuehl and Adam Parker, each of whom is available for projects through all of the company’s offices.

Established in Chicago in 1980, Cutters has opened studios in Detroit, Los Angeles, Tokyo and New York City. With its partner companies Another Country, Dictionary Films, Flavor and Picnic Media, Cutters Studios represents comprehensive full-service creative capabilities.

  • Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015
Susan Rued Anderson joins Native Pictures as partner/EP
Susan Rued Anderson

Native Pictures has hired Susan Rued Anderson as partner/executive producer in Los Angeles. She will work directly with the company’s founding partner, Tomer DeVito

Anderson most recently served as executive producer/managing director at B-Reel, where she secured the director (Drake Doremus) for Toshiba/Intel’s Emmy and triple Cannes Grand Prix winner The Beauty Inside.  Prior to B-Reel, she was exec producer at The Sweet Shop and was integral in launching both companies’ U.S. commercial operations. 

DeVito said that Anderson has “a rare combination of high-level production expertise rooted in storytelling and filmmaking craft, the ability to develop talent in an evolving media landscape and the innovative thinking that is crucial to successful digital campaigns. Susan joining us is the first in a series of exciting news about additional key hires and new directing talent we’ll be announcing soon.”

Last fall, Native announced the launch of a film division, COTA, led by veteran feature producer Michael Costigan (Brokeback Mountain, Prometheus, Out of the Furnace).

  • Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015
Editor Jon Hopp joins Optimus
Jon Hopp
SANTA MONICA, Calif. -- 

Production and post house Optimus has added editor Jon Hopp to its roster. Hopp has been expressing his visual creativity through film and photography for over 22 years. After making his mark in Canada, Hopp relocated to Los Angeles where he created editorial shop. He also had tenures at Rock Paper Scissors and Whitehouse Post, cutting commercials for such directors as Erich Joiner (GM/Buick), Mike Maguire (Orbit Gum) and Phil Morrison (Volkswagen) and agencies including Leo Burnett, BBDO Detroit, RPA and Publicis.

After a brief hiatus from editing, Hopp set his sights on returning to the editing suite. He met with Optimus president Tom Duff and EP/managing director Therese Hunsberger to explore opportunities at Optimus’ growing Santa Monica location and felt the company was the ideal fit.

Throughout his career, Hopp has been the recipient of numerous editorial awards including best editing finalist at the London International Awards, best editing at the New York Film Festival Awards and multiple Bessies from the Television Bureau of Canada.

  • Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015
Director Anthony Furlong signs with Harpoon Pictures
Anthony Furlong

Writer and director Anthony Furlong, known for using lavish imagery and clever post techniques to create unconventional cinematic worlds, has joined Harpoon Pictures for commercial representation. Furlong, whose work spans such global brands as Ikea, Panasonic, Nokia, Ford and IBM, had most recently been at production house Shilo for about a year and a half.

Coming from a diverse background of theatre, computer programming and a decade of award-winning design and animation experience, Furlong channels all of these elements into his storytelling.  Having worked as a creative director for several years, Furlong’s filmmaking has been honed at such houses as Motion Theory, Stink, 1stAveMachine and Brand New School.

  • Monday, Jan. 19, 2015
Flame artist/colorist Nick Mueth joins Republic Editorial
Nick Mueth

Republic Editorial as signed finishing artist Nick Mueth. He joins the Republic’s Flame artists Juan Luna and Greg Beninger and the rest of the company’s finishing department to offer a full range of services ranging from simple conform to complex compositing, 3D, motion graphics and color.

Previously the lead Flame artist at cross-town shop Fast Cuts, Mueth has built a strong following in the Dallas area, working with various agencies on spots for clients such as McDonald’s, Zales, Helzberg, Match.com, The Travel Channel and Home Depot.  Although he has a reputation as a “one-man finishing team,” based on his ability to use multiple platforms to handle whatever task is presented, Mueth says he’s looking forward to joining Republic, where he’ll be an integral part of a larger team.

“The closing of Fast Cuts gave me the opportunity to explore many shops around town, and I sensed an energy and commitment to growth at Republic that’s really hard to duplicate,” said Mueth. “They’ve got all the right people in place, backed by a strong ownership team.”

Mueth’s journey to Republic Editorial brings him somewhat full circle.  Fifteen years ago he started as an assistant editor at Red Car Dallas, the shop that became Republic Editorial in 2013, following a change in ownership.  After leaving Red Car Dallas in 1999, Mueth joined Video Post & Transfer, where in a few short years he became an accomplished Flame artist.  He joined Fast Cuts in 2004, where he expanded his skill-set further to include color grading as well as 3D.

“To have a Flame Artist who’s well-versed in 3D and color in addition to advanced compositing techniques is very rare,” said Republic editor and partner Chris Gipson.  “Nick’s ability to color makes him a complete package.  With our partnership with Nice Shoes in New York and our access to their colorists, this gives Republic a comprehensive coloring arsenal.”

Flame artists Mueth, Luna and Beninger, in addition to Republic’s sound engineers and motion graphics team, complement the company’s roster of five creative offline editors.

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