• Monday, Mar. 30, 2015
Roger hires CD Dane Macbeth, promotes Brandon Stevenson to head of production
Dane Macbeth

Mixed-media production studio Roger--under the aegis of founder/creative director Terry Lee--has hired Dane Macbeth as creative director and promoted producer Brandon Stevenson to head of production. The appointments come as Roger continues expanding its creative footprint in broadcast while adding content creation to its menu of services.

Macbeth started his career as an animator/designer at Framework LA, where he worked on film titles, trailers, production logos, broadcast design and reality show packages. He went on to freelance for creative agencies Big Star, Laundry, King and Country, Metaphrenie, Troika, Big Block Design Group, Digital Domain, Buck, and Roger.

From design and animation to creative direction and art direction, Macbeth has assumed many roles contributing to award-winning and noteworthy projects: the main titles for “X-Men: The Last Stand” and “Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer;” trailers for “Spider-Man” and “Spider-Man 3;” and network rebrands for Lifetime and Nickelodeon, among scores more film and TV clients. His lengthy list of advertising clients include BMW, Sony, Toyota, Honda, Burger King, and Xbox, to name a handful.

Macbeth says he was initially drawn to Roger after seeing its “Kids’ Choice Awards” promo for Nickelodeon, which featured host Jack Black and “just about every animation technique known at the time.” Fittingly, his first project with Roger was for Nickelodeon.

Stevenson began his industry career at Roger, starting as an entry-level coordinator before moving up to produce smaller jobs. As the company grew, so did Stevenson, who has since produced many large-scale projects via Roger. His notable commercial jobs include campaigns for UTA and Constant Contact; and Stevenson’s broadcast credits includes the Lifetime network rebrand, as well as the “Chopper” and “SnoBots” promos for Disney XD.

  • Monday, Mar. 30, 2015
Savage adds director Mike G
Mike G

Bicoastal/international production company Savage has added Mike G to its roster. His client list includes Braun, Burger King, Dannon, Doritos, Ebay, Hyundai, Kool-Aid, MTV, Nickelodeon, PepsiCo and SunnyD.

Mike G is known for his quirky comedy and has years of experience in the VFX realm. His unique take on funny was first seen in “Too Delicious” for Doritos, a Top Five winner at the “Crash the Super Bowl” contest, featuring an unsuspecting worker “imploding” after eating a chip plucked from bonsai-sized shrubbery.

His madcap comedy campaign for SunnyD via GS&P included “Rap Video,” a spot in which scientists expose SunnyD to a raucous rap video to make the drink refreshingly intense.

Prior to Savage, Mike G. was at production house Wild Plum.

  • Thursday, Mar. 26, 2015
Director Jesper Hiro joins B-Reel
Jesper Hiro

B-Reel has signed multi award-winning director Jesper Hiro, formerly of ACNE Production, for international representation in the U.S., U.K., Scandinavia, Canada, Germany, France, and Australasia. To date, Hiro has shot over 100 commercials, promos, and music videos including Optimum’s “No” with Mother NYC, Tesco’s “Mum of the Year” with Wieden and Kennedy London, and Calpol spots “Tent” and “Shark” with JWT London.

Fran McGivern, executive producer at B-Reel, described Hiro as “a fantastic visual storyteller with subtle humor. He creates quaint moments that charm the viewer every time. He and I have a longstanding relationship, having worked as an EP for him for over five years while at ACNE.”

Hiro has received honors and awards at international and national award shows including Cannes Lions, Swedish Advertising Awards, Finnish Voitto Awards, Clio, British Television Advertising Awards, and Eurobest. He was nominated for Swedish Roy Awards “Director of the Year,” and has earned a Norwegian Grammy for Best Music Video.

  • Tuesday, Mar. 24, 2015
Billy Gabor upped to managing director of Deluxe Creative Services Atlanta
Billy Gabor

Deluxe Creative Services has promoted Billy Gabor from sr. colorist to managing director of its Atlanta studio, which currently is home to local outposts of Company 3, Method, Encore and Beast. The new position serves to further unify the postproduction services of each company under the Creative Services umbrella.

“Billy and I have worked side by side for more than 15 years as he has grown through our ranks. I value his insight and work ethic, and have every confidence that he will be an excellent leader as we expand our business locally in Atlanta and globally through our Creative Services network,” said Stefan Sonnenfeld, CEO, Deluxe Creative Services.

As one of the first colorists at Company 3 in Santa Monica, Gabor has been a key presence within the company since 1998. He helped establish Company 3’s East Coast operations in 2001 by opening and subsequently leading the New York office. In 2011, Gabor relocated to Company 3’s Atlanta outpost to serve as a sr. colorist and advise on business development opportunities. Over the years, his passion and creativity for the craft have earned him the loyalty of top directors, DPs and creatives. Furthermore, his impressive body of work across feature films and television has been recognized with awards from Sundance, Clios, Monitors, AICP Show and Cannes Lions, among others.

In his expanded role, Gabor will provide clients with a streamlined postproduction experience by applying his industry expertise across services offered by Company 3, Method, Encore and Beast in Atlanta.

  • Tuesday, Mar. 24, 2015
New hires, promotions at BBH NY
Paul Kamzelas

On the heels of a recent top-level leadership restructuring at BBH New York that appointed John Patroulis to the new role of creative chairman and promoted Ari Weiss to chief creative officer, the agency has made a number of key hires and promotions.

Paul Kamzelas has been promoted to the role of group creative director from creative director. He has worked for such clients as Levi’s, Coca-Cola, Volkswagen, Sony, Bacardi, and MTV. He began his career in design, but soon gravitated toward advertising, holding positions at Fallon, M&C Saatchi and Archibald Ingall Stretton before joining BBH NY in 2014 as creative director.

BBH NY has also hired Daniel Bonder as a creative director. He comes over from Venables Bell & Partners, San Francisco. Bonder began his advertising career as a copywriter in Toronto working for clients such as Subary, Nike and Lipton Iced Tea. He then moved to Venables Bell and Partners where he helped launch Audi’s first entry-level vehicle, as well as Google’s high-speed Internet service.

Additionally BBH has promoted three to creative directors: creative duo Hugo Bierschenk and Dean Woodhouse; and Dave Brown.

Hailing from England, Bierschenk and Woodhouse worked together at BBH London for four years on campaigns for AXE and British Airways, adding a Cannes Grand Prix for Effectiveness and the first ever D&AD Pencil for mobile marketing to their haul. In 2010 they joined BBH NY as a creative team and have continued to create successful campaigns for Axe, Sprite, PlayStation and the BBC. The two will now take on the role of creative directors.

Brown began his career in New York as an art director at R/GA, working for clients Nokia, Pepsi, Amp Energy and The Ad Council. From there, he moved to CP+B in Boulder, where he played a role in the Titanium Grand Prix-winning Twelpforce campaign for Best Buy. In 2011, Brown returned to New York to join BBH, where he has created award-winning work for PlayStation, Axe and UNICEF. He has been promoted from creative, art director to creative director.

BBH has also announced the promotion of Connor Keeshan, previously account manager, to account director; Heather Livengood, previously account manager, to associate account director; James Bundy, previously account manager, to associate account director; and Samantha Cescau, previously strategy director, to group strategy director.

  • Tuesday, Mar. 24, 2015
Adam Becht joins Cut+Run LA as sr. producer
Adam Becht
SANTA MONICA, Calif. -- 

Cut+Run has added Adam Becht as sr. producer in its L.A. office.

Becht started as a post producer in NYC and then joined R/GA. There he produced digital branded content and post for global brands as well as oversaw the agency’s production of internal content. Becht has extensive credits producing broadcast and digital live action as well as post. He’s recently relocated to L.A.

Additionally, Cut+Run has promoted Brian Mulvey to production coordinator. Mulvey joined Cut+Run over a year ago and has grown into a key member of the production team. In addition to producing, he supports all aspects of production and has been an instrumental liaison to sales and marketing.

  • Monday, Mar. 23, 2015
Rob Goldenberg, Helena Skonieczny join Pitch
Rob Goldenberg (l) and Helena Skonieczny

Pitch, a full-service creative advertising agency, has added Rob Goldenberg as executive creative director and Helena Skonieczny as executive design director and creative director. The pair will work separately and as a creative team and report directly to Xanthe Wells, Pitch chief creative officer. These senior hires follow on the agency’s recent wins of several new accounts including Haggen, Bonefish Grill, San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino, Konami, Citrix, Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History and project assignments for Netflix.

Goldenberg spent most of 2013-’14 as director of brand marketing for Beats Music where he helped create and oversee all their messaging. He began his career with a seven-year stint at Secret Weapon Marketing in L.A. working on Jack in the Box campaigns, compiling over 250 TV commercials and radio spots that earned recognition from Cannes Lions, The One Show, and Radio Mercury Awards. After spending a year in Singapore with Bates running global campaigns for Heineken and Nokia, he returned to LA and worked as associate creative director with Deutsch where he created the account winning “Trust me, I’m a Doctor” campaign for Dr. Pepper and the “Punch Dub” Super Bowl commercial for Volkswagen. As a freelancer at TBWA\Media Arts Lab (MAL), Goldenberg helped craft the “Intention” campaign for Apple, which won two Cannes Gold Lions and opened Apple’s 2013 World Wide Developer Conference.

Skonieczny comes to Pitch from MAL, where she was associate creative director. She has worked on campaigns for Crate&Barrel, Apple’s iPhone 5s, Target, Diet Pepsi, Gatorade and Visa Olympics, among others. Through MAL’s newest division Audience Behavior Lab (ABL), Skonieczny recently helped launch “Nature is Speaking,” an environmental campaign for Conservation International featuring Kevin Spacey, Julia Roberts, Harrison Ford, Penelope Cruz, Lupita Nyong’o and Edward Norton.

  • Monday, Mar. 23, 2015
Aaron King joins Spontaneous as creative director
Aaron King

Design and VFX studio Spontaneous has hired Aaron King as creative director. He is a veteran CD who has been a driving force behind assorted iconic rebrands, promos, main titles and commercials for HBO, Showtime, LIFETIME, Syfy, ESPN, Olay, Citi and BMW.

Most recently, King served as partner at Be Creative Management, where he curated world-class studios in a number of disciplines ranging from strategy to execution. He oversaw concept and design across all platforms, including commercials, promos, television packaging, motion graphics, animation, print, key art and digital and social media.

King got his start as a creative director and designer for creative agency and design house Pittard Sullivan. He would eventually land at New York-based Pure as executive creative director, where he oversaw its transformation into a commercial visual effects and design company.

Spontaneous is part of Lively Group, the parent company of BlueRock, Scarlett and Ballistic. Lively Group is certified by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) as a certified woman-owned company.

  • Monday, Mar. 23, 2015
Beast promotes Ben Ellis to editor in Austin
Ben Ellis
AUSTIN, Texas -- 

Beast, a national creative editorial company, has promoted Ben Ellis to editor. Ellis has been with Beast’s Austin office for seven years, starting as a freelance assistant editor and later transitioning to lead assistant editor under Sam Selis, working on national commercial projects for Walgreen’s, Zales and Pacifico Beer, among others. He holds a degree in film from the department of Radio-Television-Film at the University of Texas. Ellis discovered his passion for editing as a teenager while making amateur skateboarding videos with friends.

Beast maintains offices in Santa Monica, New York, Austin, Detroit, Chicago, Atlanta and San Francisco. Beast is part of the Deluxe Creative Services family of shops, which also includes Company 3, EFILM, Encore, Level 3, and Method Studios.

  • Friday, Mar. 20, 2015
Director/animator Elliot Lim joins Not To Scale
Elliot Lim

Director Elliot Lim has come aboard the roster of NY-based production and animation company Not To Scale. His credits include campaigns for such brands as Ritz Carlton, Coach, Jaritos and MasterCard.

Lim’s work--featuring evocative animation--has been recognized at the 2005 Adobe Design Achievement Awards, the Icon Chef Challenge 2005 Chicago Resfest, and the 2007 Communication Arts Awards of Excellence.

Founded in London in 2005, Not To Scale also maintains studios in Amsterdam and New York City.

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