• Monday, Sep. 30, 2019
Maria Carretero joins Nice Shoes as sr. colorist

Nice Shoes has hired sr. colorist Maria Carretero. She brings to her new roost nearly two decades of global experience in color grading. Her portfolio includes a wide range of feature films, shorts, music videos and commercials for brands like Apple, Jeep, Porsche, Michael Kors, Disney and Marriott. She will be based at Nice Shoes’ NYC studio, also working across the company’s Boston, Chicago, Toronto and Minneapolis spaces and through its network of remote partnerships globally. 

Carretero comes to Nice Shoes from Framestore, where she spent nearly two years in its Chicago office establishing relationships with agencies such as BBDO, FCB, DDB, Leo Burnett Chicago, and Media Arts Lab, L.A. 

Carretero hails from Spain, where she received an education in fine arts. She soon discovered the creative possibilities in digital color grading, quickly establishing a career for herself as an international artist. Carretero’s ability to convey a brand story through her work has earned numerous awards, including Cannes Lions and a Clio.

Carretero’s recent stand-out work includes Jeep’s “Recalculating,” Disney’s “You Can Fly” and “Bella Notte,” Porsche’s “The Fix” and Super Bowl 2019 piece “Avocados from Mexico.” 

  • Thursday, Sep. 26, 2019
Editor Eric Argiro joins Cut+Run
Eric Argiro

Cut+Run has added editor Eric Argiro whose credits include The North Face’s “Question Madness,” winner of a Cannes Bronze Lion for Film Craft--Editing in 2017, New Balance’s “Anthem,” Citibank’s “Surfer” and the Zayn Malik “A Whole New World” music video with more than 122 million hits to date.

“I have known Eric for a decade and followed his career closely as he developed into an amazing editor,” says Cut+Run partner/editor Gary Knight. “He’s thoughtful and engaging and willing to take chances in order to elevate each project. I know he’ll fit right in at Cut+Run and enhance everything he’s involved with.”

Argiro said he was drawn to Cut+Run on several fronts, including its reputation, his trusted friend Knight and managing director Lauren Hertzberg.

Argiro is an advertising industry anomaly, having worked on Wall Street before translating his life-long passion for creativity into a career. Trading during the day, Argiro took night classes at The School for Visual Arts, where he studied motion design, animation and graphic design, and created shortform narrative projects. Argiro’s appreciation of the power of editing ultimately became his profession, first at Blue Rock, then at V2 and Union Editorial, earning awards and recognition along the way. His talent for uniting moments to deliver impactful edits is matched with his passion for sound design and music.

Argiro is based in New York and available throughout the Cut+Run network and on location. The company has studios in London, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Austin.

  • Tuesday, Sep. 24, 2019
Joshua Studebaker joins Flavor as CG supervisor
Joshua Studebaker

Flavor has added Joshua Studebaker to its L.A. staff as CG supervisor. 

For more than eight years, Studebaker has been a go-to freelance CG artist in the L.A. marketplace, specializing in design, animation, dynamics, lighting/shading and compositing via Maya, C4D, Vray/Octane, Nuke and After Effects. A frequent collaborator with Flavor and its brand and agency partners, Studebaker has also worked with Alma Mater, Arsenal FX, Brand New School, Buck, Greenhaus GFX, Imaginary Forces and We Are Royale in the past five years alone.

In his new role with Flavor, Studebaker oversees visual effects and 3D services across the company’s global operations. Flavor EP Darren Jaffe stated, “Our creative capacity and our capabilities are growing as a global studio, and bringing Josh in to help shape our pipeline across multiple offices will be invaluable to maximizing our creativity and production expertise to benefit every partner, artist and project.”

Flavor’s talents in its Chicago, Los Angeles and Detroit studios have direct access to color-grading, VFX and picture finishing technologies like Autodesk Lustre and Flame Premium, for starters. Also, Flavor as part of the Cutters Studios’ family can access that network’s talents and full-service production/post-production operations--in those cities, and in New York, Tokyo and Kansas City.

Studebaker said, “I see Flavor as a place to grow my creative and design skills, as well as help bring more standardization to our process in house,” he explained. “My vision is to help Flavor become more agile and more efficient, and to do our best work together.”

  • Monday, Sep. 23, 2019
EP Zack Kortright joins The Mill NY
Zack Kortright

The Mill has added Zack Kortright as an executive producer in its New York studio.

Kortright joins The Mill with a wealth of production experience from Hornet, where he was an EP and head of business development.  Kortright has collaborated with brands such as Amazon, Facebook, Google, Sqaurespace and Spotify across Hornet, Passion Pictures and Not to Scale, and his work has garnered recognition from the AICP Show, CLIO, The One Show, Cannes Lions, SXSW and Sundance.

Barry Parkhill, managing director of The Mill NY, stated, “As The Mill continues to diversify the profile of work we create and the roster of clients we partner with, I’m excited to have Zack--with his extensive experience and unique understanding of the ever-evolving needs of clients--join our exceptional Executive Producer team to continue to extend our reach across brands, agencies and production companies.”

  • Saturday, Sep. 21, 2019
McCullough, Golubovich join Eleven as creative director, head of production, respectively
Kelly McCullough (l) and Paul Golubovich

Creative agency Eleven has hired Paul Golubovich as director of production and Kelly McCullough as creative director.

At the San Francisco-based shop, Golubovich will be responsible for oversight of all production functions. He has over 30 years of experience in production and has worked with such brands as Anheuser Busch, Southwest Airlines, Intel, BMW, AT&T, and Apple.

Prior to joining Eleven, McCullough served as creative director at San Francisco-based subscription meal delivery service Sun Basket, leading creative for brand, acquisition, and retention across all channels. McCullough also worked on Sprint and Cheetos at Goodby Silverstein & Partners as well as Clorox and Conagra at DDB. In McCullough’s new role, she will be working on Dignity Health as well as several new creative assignments yet to be disclosed.

The hirings of Golubovich and McCullough come as Eleven celebrates its 20th year in business. Back in June, the agency promoted Jarett Hausske to president and Michele Sileo to managing director while hiring Ryan Ku as head of strategy & brand innovation. Eleven also unveiled the opening of its Chicago office and won the CarGurus account in early September.

  • Thursday, Sep. 19, 2019
Sydney Thomson named head of production at Tessa Films
Sydney Thomson

Tessa Films has named Sydney Thomson, an experienced freelance producer and production supervisor who’s a fixture in the Chicago production community, to the newly created position of head of production. The appointment was announced by Lisa Masseur, Tessa’s EP and co-founder. 

Both Thomson and Masseur are veterans of the Chicago production scene, with the latter launching Tessa after EP positions with ONE at Optimus and, before that, Radar Studios. Thomson, a New England native and graduate of Columbia College, got her start as an intern at Ebel Productions and landed her first job not long after as a P.A. at STORY.

She went on to work as a staff producer at Big Deahl, the noted Chicago-based tabletop company, before leaving to freelance for some of the industry’s top live action companies. Her list of credits includes Smuggler, Hungry Man, Radical Media, STORY, Moxie Pictures, Sibling Rivalry and RSA. The roster of directors she’s worked with includes Ky Dickens, Amanda Speva, Mark Pallman, Tim Mason, Ron Lazzeretti, Hank Perlman, David Deahl and Irv Blitz.

Masseur and Thomson have worked together for a number of years, with Thomson freelancing for Masseur at ONE at Optimus, then following her after she launched Tessa with Reid Brody. “I didn’t know Lisa before I started freelancing at ONE,” said Thomson, “but I knew of her. She’s a legend here in Chicago, and in many respects she trained me without even knowing me, since I worked with so many producers who themselves worked directly with her.”

The current Tessa directorial roster includes Meghann Artes, Sam Macon, Tim Mason, Joe Otting, Toben Seymour, Amanda Speva and Duncan Wolfe.

Masseur said that adding Thomson is a strong barometer of Tessa’s progress: “We’re a growing company and we’ve been doing some exciting and fun work in our first year and a half,” she points out. “This year in particular has been incredibly good for us so far, and I feel extremely fortunate that Sydney’s agreed to come on board officially to join #teamtessa. With her help, we can only continue to prosper from here.”

  • Wednesday, Sep. 18, 2019
Joshua Lynne joins Troika as creative director
Joshua Lynne

Troika Mission Group (OTC: MTWO), a global branding and communications company, has hired Emmy Award-nominated designer Joshua Lynne as a creative director. He begins work immediately out of the company’s Los Angeles office, reporting to Troika founder and president Dan Pappalardo. 

Lynne brings more than 20 years of experience on both the brand and the agency side of the industry. He has held positions at leading design agencies including Trollbäck + Company and loyalkaspar, where he has worked with many top entertainment, sports, and consumer brands, including AMC Networks, BBC, CBS, FOX Sports, NBC Sports Group, and NFL Network. His portfolio includes the NBC 2016 Rio Olympics logo, the BBC Brit worldwide launch creative, the Weather Channel redesign, and the logo for CBS Broadcasting’s The Late Late Show with James Corden. 

On the brand side, he served as the global creative director for three international audio brands: House of Marley, Sol Republic and Jam Audio. He oversaw all domestic and international creative direction, brand positioning, messaging, marketing, and creative assets.

He holds a BFA in Communication Design from Pratt Institute.

  • Tuesday, Sep. 17, 2019
The Mill promotes Chris Harlowe to head of production
Chris Harlowe

The Mill has promoted Chris Harlowe to head of production in its Los Angeles studio.

Harlowe joined the studio in 2014, producing many high-profile jobs including Honda’s “A New Truck to Love,” P&G’s “Strong,” Bacardi’s “The Night” and Coca-Cola’s “A Generous World.” His knack for teambuilding and production expertise led him to become deputy head of production before taking his leadership skills around the world to Mill Bangalore, as its h ead of studio. He’s since played a key role in advancing the India studio, fine-tuning project workflows and streamlining communication between locations. 
Joseph Bell, general manager at The Mill L.A., commented, “We’re fortunate in having Chris return to L.A. to support the continued development of our production department and championing The Mill’s expansive roster of directors and artists, developing end-to-end creative collaborations with our partners.”

  • Monday, Sep. 16, 2019
Jennie Morris named chief creative officer at Publicis Singapore
Joanne Theseira (l) and Jennie Morris of Publicis Singapore

Jennie Morris has been appointed chief creative officer of Publicis Singapore. This newly created position is in line with the agency’s investment to bolster its strategic bench following a raft of new business wins this year. Morris will oversee all accounts out of the Publicis Singapore office.

Day-to-day, she will partner with Joanne Theseira, managing director of Publicis Singapore. Morris will work closely with the creative leaders across Publicis Groupe to strengthen the agency’s creative culture and deliver more effective world-class solutions for clients.

She brings deep expertise across a wide range of industries; such as tourism--having worked on Qantas, British Airways, Emirates, Scoot, Singapore Airlines and numerous tourism boards; telcos--Optus and Telstra; automotive--Toyota, Lexus, Mercedes Benz and BMW; and consumer packaged goods, where she created work to connect with millions of consumers across Asia for brands like Mead Johnson, P&G, Pepsi and Mars. Her work has been recognized at Cannes, D&AD, One Show, NY Festivals, Clio, Dubai Lynx, and Spikes Asia.

In 2007 Morris made a mark in the industry’s history by taking the title of the first female executive creative director in the UAE. There, she led the Emirates Airlines business as the global creative lead during the much lauded and awarded “Fly Emirates. Keep Discovering” campaign years. 

Singapore has been home for Morris and her family for the past nine years--seven of which she spent at Publicis Groupe. Her diverse experience working with brands including Saatchi & Saatchi and Sapient have helped her to become a true hybrid creative, passionate about telling meaningful brand stories via new technologies and data led dynamic creativity.

Prior to being appointed CCO, Morris was already working as an executive creative director with Publicis Singapore. Previously she served as global creative director on the Singapore Airlines business at TBWA Singapore.

  • Friday, Sep. 13, 2019
Nice Shoes signs MIRROR+SPARKS for immersive, XR representation
MIRROR+SPARKS consists of Joerg Liebold (l) and Zidi Liebold

Creative studio Nice Shoes has signed directing duo MIRROR+SPARKS for U.S. commercial and film representation in immersive and XR experiences. The Munich, Germany-based duo, comprised of Zidi Liebold and Joerg Liebold, fuses its diverse skillset in live action, design, 3D animation, VFX and cross-platform storytelling to craft vivid experiences featuring non-linear narratives that allow viewers to interact and explore beautiful environments. 

This marks the first U.S. representation for MIRROR+SPARKS whose body of work spans such brands as Audi, Cook Medical and Janua, along with leading global art institutions including the Pace Gallery, Clyfford Still Museum and Aspen Art Museum. Recently, they earned two coveted Gold German Brand Awards from the German Design Council in “Excellence in Brand Strategy and Creation” and “Brand Communications” for their 360 VR experience for furniture brand Janua. They are currently working on a VR narrative experience that provides users with an inside perspective on the personal and professional life of renowned artist and director Julian Schnabel.

“The work that MIRROR+SPARKS creates is astounding in terms of their approach to scale, which allows users to be a part of the story, not simply be a fly on the wall,” noted Nice Shoes EP Nick Litwinko. 

“It is vital to us to partner with a studio that holds the same level of importance toward consistently top-level creative standards, and Nice Shoes is just that,” added Zidi Liebold. “Their work is grounded in superior visual technique and impeccable attention to detail, and we look forward to working together to continue to push the limits of what is possible in immersive storytelling.” 

Zidi Liebold brings a design focus to every project, leveraging her background in 3D animation, photography and design to develop creative concepts and spearhead the visual execution from a technical POV. She began her career across the advertising and design industries, working on projects across multiple mediums for such top brands as Coca-Cola, Siemens, Air France, IBM, Procter & Gamble, Merrill Lynch, Deutsche Bank and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. As a designer, she spent over six years defining and elevating the visual language in the beauty and fashion space while working with Victoria’s Secret Beauty, developing and overseeing direction for cohesive design-driven concepts across integrated creative campaigns.

Joerg Liebold launched his career as a photographer before transitioning to postproduction. After contributing to the success of animation and post studios as VFX supervisor, he took the next step in his career to focus on animation and design by joining Psyop in its New York headquarters in 2003. He spent over a decade at the shop as a technical director and sr. VFX director. Constantly investigating new filming techniques and technologies, he worked on his first VR project in 2013, a VR pilot experience for a Formula One race in Austin, TX. Joerg is also passionate about educating a new generation of creative talent and is a professor for VFX, animation and emerging media at the University of Applied Sciences, “Hochschule Macromedia,” in Munich.

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