• Monday, Jun. 29, 2020
Global jury set for Next Creative Leaders competition run by One Club, 3% Movement
Brynna Aylward, creative director, GUT Miami
NEW YORK -- 

The global jury of 88 creatives from 25 countries has been announced for the Next Creative Leaders (NCL) competition, run jointly by The One Club for Creativity and The 3% Movement.

NCL is a portfolio competition that identifies, celebrates and gives a global platform to talented womxn and non-binary creatives who are making their mark on the world with both their work and a unique point of view on creative leadership that’s changing the industry for the better.  

To make Next Creative Leaders as open and accessible as possible, there is no fee to enter the competition here.  Entries highlighting a candidate’s creativity, leadership and unique point of view must be submitted by the July 31, 2020 deadline.  

For the first time in its five-year history, NCL has expanded its diversity and inclusion remit to accept entries from both womxn and non-binary creatives, and added regional honors.

Also new for 2020 is the addition of NCL Regional Honors. Along with naming 10 global winners based upon the highest scores from judges, The One Club and The 3% Movement have expanded the program to recognize those in six regions -- North America, Latin America, Asia Pacific, MENA, Africa and Europe -- whose work and creative vision the judges feel deserve Regional Honor accolades.

Eligible participants are those who are stepping into leadership roles, including copywriters, art directors, designers, ACDs, newly-promoted creative and design directors with less than one year in the role, and creative teams who are doing game-changing work.

Entrants are judged on four-to-six pieces of creative work, their background and information about how they — and their work — are pushing the industry forward and making a positive contribution in terms of diversity, mentoring and advocacy.  

Winners will be selected by a jury of top creatives and diversity advocates, including past Next Creative Leaders winners, and announced at an upcoming joint The One Club for Creativity-The 3% Movement event to be held in the fall.

The global jury of 88 creatives includes:

  • Emuron Alemu, Group CD, Africa, Ogilvy Africa, Nairobi
  • Brynna Aylward, CD, GUT Miami
  • Chris Bergeron, VP Strategy, Cossette, Montreal
  • Alice Chou, CCO, Dentsu Taiwan, Taipei
  • Vida Cornelious, CCO, Fake Love - A New York Times Company, New York
  • Joey David-Tiempo, Founder/Chief Creative, Octopus & Whale, Manila
  • Caroline Dettman, Founder, Have Her Back, Chicago
  • Aricio Fortes, CCO, BBDO China, Shanghai
  • Suhana Gordhan, ECD, FCB Johannesburg
  • Elisha Greenwell, Managing Director, Brand Citizens, Oakland
  • Jayanta Jenkins, Global ECD, Samsung, Los Angeles
  • Bridget Jung, CCO, Ogilvy PR Australia, Sydney
  • Mira Kaddoura, Founder/ECD, Red & Co, Portland
  • Sulaiman Khan, Founder/Chief Purpose Officer, This Ability, London
  • Winter Mendelson, Founder/CEO, Posture Media, New York
  • Debbie Millman, Designer/Host, Design Matters Media, New York
  • Stephanie Nadi-Olson, Founder/CEO, We Are Rosie, Atlanta
  • Joanna Peña-Bickley, Head of Research and Design, Amazon, New York
  • Matthias Storath, CCO, HEIMAT, Berlin
  • Keni Thacker, Founder, 100 Roses from Concrete, New York
  • Nathan Young, 600 & Rising, Minneapolis 
  • Shannon Washington, Group ECD, R/GA, New York
  • Xanthe Wells, Senior Director/Global ECD, Devices & Services, Google, San Francisco

The NCL 2020 jury also includes 10 members of The One Club National and International Boards of Directors: 

  • David Baldwin, CEO/Lead Guitar, Baldwin&, Raleigh, NC
  • Sonal Dabral, creative consultant, Mumbai
  • Greg Hahn, CCO/cofounder, Mischief USA, New York
  • Monica Moro, CCO, McCann Spain, Madrid
  • Masako Okamura, ECD, Dentsu One Manila
  • Tiffany Rolfe, co-CCO, US, R/GA New York
  • Götz Ulmer, ECD, Jung von Matt, Hamburg
  • Luiz Sanches, Partner & CCO, AlmapBBDO, São Paulo
  • Nancy Vonk, Co-Founder & Partner, SWIM, Toronto
  • Stéphane XiBerras, President/CCO, BETC Paris

The complete list of NCL 2020 judges from Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Mainland China, Costa Rica, Germany, Guatemala, Hong Kong, India, Israel, Kenya, Netherlands, New Zealand, Philippines, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, United Arab Emirates, UK and US can be viewed here.

 

  • Tuesday, Jun. 23, 2020
Producers Guild promotes Michelle Byrd to associate national executive director
Michelle Byrd
LOS ANGELES -- 

Michelle Byrd has been promoted to associate national executive director of the Producers Guild of America (PGA) from her previous role of managing director, PGA East. In her new post, Byrd will work alongside national executive directors Susan Sprung and Vance Van Petten to assist in leading the expansion, reach, vision and operations of the Guild and its key programs. Current priorities include the Guild’s efforts to create standard protocols for productions during COVID-19; increasing diversity in membership through One Guild, as well as creating new programming and educational initiatives that serve this goal; the Producers Mark; green production initiatives; the annual PGA Awards; and the PGA Foundation’s Independent Production Safety Initiative. Byrd remains based out of the New York office.

In her prior role as the first managing director of PGA East, Byrd was responsible for the growth and stewardship of the PGA’s East Coast membership and activities. Her accomplishments include establishing the Guild’s first permanent home for member activities, restructuring the office’s member services team, and increasing visibility around the PGA Awards in New York and the Produced By: New York conference, which has matured into a must-attend event for East Coast-based film and television producers.

“It is clear that Michelle’s outstanding and unsurpassed leadership in many areas of the Guild including her accomplishments growing Guild membership, building a sense of community for producers on the East Coast, and countless other examples, exemplifies the talents she brings on a national level to the role as associate national executive director. We’re excited that she will be working closely with us alongside national executive directors Vance Van Petten and Susan Sprung on all aspects of the Guild to help our organization and our members become stronger and more impactful than ever,” read a joint statement from PGA presidents Lucy Fisher and Gail Berman.

“We are all aware of the challenges and hurdles that our industry is currently facing, and we are working day and night to identify and create solutions for our members. Michelle’s acute understanding of both producers and our Guild means that this promotion could not have come at a better time, both for leadership and our members. We are looking forward to continuing our work with Michelle on our current priorities and as we carve out viable, visionary ideas for the future of our industry and the Guild,” said Producers Guild of America national executive directors Sprung and Van Petten in a joint statement. 

Byrd shared, “It is a privilege to work closely with the Guild’s national leadership,” adding that together they will team “to bring a fresh eye and perspective to serving and engaging members wherever they live.”  

Prior to the PGA, Byrd spent over 20 years successfully building prominent, non-profit media organizations involved with film, digital, and games. Based in New York, she served 12 years (1997-2009) as executive director of IFP (Independent Filmmaker Project) including repositioning IFP’s Gotham Awards into awards season with the introduction of competitive awards, establishing prominent collaborations with entities such as the United Nations and re-framing the organization’s programming to focus on projects in development and works-in-progress.

From 2010-2013, Byrd was co-president of Games for Change and oversaw the Games for Change Festival and served as an executive producer on “Half the Sky” Movement’s Facebook and mobile games based on Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn’s best-selling book (Zynga, Ford Foundation, USAID). From 2014-2017 Byrd ran her own consulting practice providing strategic planning, program and partnership development, and management advisory services for the Canadian Consulate, Ghetto Film School, Green Beetz, Museum of the Moving Image, New York State Commission on National and Community Service, and the Governor’s Office of Motion Picture & Television Development, among others. She was also EP on “The Whiteness Project,” an interactive investigation into how Americans who identify as white, or partially white, understand and experience their race. (American Documentary | POV).

Byrd has served as a juror on the documentary competition at the Sundance Film Festival, been awarded the “Made in New York” career tribute by Mayor Bloomberg, and received the “Good Egg Award” for Distinguished Leadership from Chicken & Egg Pictures, among other honors.

  • Tuesday, Jun. 16, 2020
Scarcella, Roberts, King, Attanasio join Framestore's L.A. team
Michael Scarcella
LOS ANGELES -- 

Oscar-winning creative studio Framestore has bolstered its Los Angeles team by appointing Michael Scarcella as head of operations, Dan Roberts and Pete King as executive producers, and Carla Attanasio as sr. VFX producer.

Reporting directly to Los Angeles managing director Duncan Burbidge, Scarcella will be responsible for overseeing teams across client services, facilities, engineering, scheduling, pipeline and support to ensure smooth operation across functions of the business. Prior to joining Framestore Scarcella spent seven years at The Mill, first in New York and then in Los Angeles as head of operations. Previously, he worked for the Olympic Broadcast Service assisting in the production of content for the London Olympic Games. 

Roberts joins Framestore after more than 20 years at The Mill in New York and Los Angeles, most recently as executive producer. He has overseen an expansive portfolio of celebrated projects, including Nike’s award-winning “Write the Future” and multiple Old Spice campaigns. Roberts’ well-regarded reputation for effective project management, expertise in production processes and enthusiasm for identifying and nurturing next generation talent will build on the team’s strong foundation.

King also joins Framestore as executive producer from The Mill in Los Angeles after two decades in the industry. He brings experience creating world-class content for global automotive brands, notably overseeing the launch of “The Mill Blackbird”--the first all electric, fully adjustable car rig for CGI automotive content. While at Big Block, King produced the BMW M5 viral sensation “Bullet” as well as the Emmy-nominated opening title sequence for Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey. He has collaborated on household brands alongside agencies including Team One, Mullen, David&Goliath, Digitas, and Doner.

Attanasio comes from Digital Domain where she was a sr. VFX producer working on game cinematics and trailers for titles such as Destiny, Assassin’s Creed and Call of Duty. She also oversaw the creation of content for Walmart’s interactive KIDHQ website. Over the last two decades, she has worked on content for brands including BMW, Cadillac, Electronic Arts, the NFL, Intel, Target and Visa.

  • Thursday, Jun. 11, 2020
Anne Skopas joins Hornet as exec producer
Anne Skopas
NEW YORK -- 

Anne Skopas is joining NYC-based multidisciplinary production studio Hornet as executive producer. She will work alongside Hornet managing director Hana Shimizu to focus on evolving and expanding Hornet’s design and animation capabilities.

NYC-based multidisciplinary production studio Hornet announced today that industry vet Anne Skopas will join as Executive Producer.

Skopas recently came over from Buck, where she oversaw the evolution of their animation and design. Prior to Buck, Skopas had 17 years of experience as a visual effects, live action, and postproduction producer. She has worked with an all-star range of brands—including Facebook, Apple, Coca-Cola, Sherwin Williams, IBM, and Google—in an equally broad range of industries, from advertising to broadcast media, manufacturing to consumer goods. She is known for nurturing artists, collaborating with creative teams and executing for clients.

Skopas said of her new roost, “Hornet produces such beautiful, inspiring work. I’ve always loved the director model and sense of unique voices and authorship that comes with it.” She also maintained a friendship with Hornet managing partner Michael Feder over the years. 

  • Wednesday, Jun. 10, 2020
Taylor, Bentley, Boutcher join Cinesite's global leadership team
Cinesite's (l-r) Siobhan Bentley, Melissa Taylor and Tamara Boutcher
LONDON -- 

Independent visual effects and animation studio Cinesite has made three key hires spanning its London headquarters as well as its Montreal facility: Melissa Taylor, general manager (London), Siobhan Bentley, head of production VFX (London) and Tamara Boutcher, global head of production for feature animation (Montreal).

Taylor will oversee Cinesite London’s visual effects studio while working closely with Montreal colleagues and group VFX brands Image Engine and TRIXTER. Taylor brings over 30 years’ industry knowledge and relationship-building experience. She joins Cinesite from visual effects studio Framestore, where she served as global head of business development, where she was involved with projects such as Spider-Man: Far From Home, Wonder Woman 1984, Lady & The Tramp, Tom and Jerry and Fast & Furious: Hobbs & Shaw. Prior to Framestore, Taylor was EP at DNEG.

Bentley is tasked with leading, developing and motivating the production teams to drive efficiency and continuous improvement throughout a show’s lifecycle. Bentley joins Cinesite from MPC where she oversaw the production teams on many acclaimed films such as The Lion King, Roma, The Jungle Book, The Martian and Guardians of the Galaxy. Bentley will work closely with crewing and producers to ensure projects are progressing through departments effectively and deadlines are being met.

Boutcher will be responsible for the production and day to day operations of Cinesite’s growing feature animation service slate, developed and produced out of the Montreal and Vancouver studios. With 20+ years of experience Boutcher made her first dive into animation at The Walt Disney Company. As the studio transitioned from 2D features to 3D features, Boutcher worked as the director of production, helping to guide the teams and develop the necessary practices and technologies for pioneering Disney’s unique blend of traditional and CGI practices. Boutcher’s work is featured in The Addams Family 1 & 2, The Star, Dinosaur, The Angry Birds Movie and We Are Not Princesses.

Cinesite CEO Antony Hunt said, “Melissa, Siobhan and Tamara are proven talented executives with deep knowledge of the visual effects and feature animation industries.  In joining our global leadership team they’ll bring a broader range of ideas and approaches to further strengthen Cinesite’s position in the market.”

Cinesite has previously expressed its commitment to achieving diversity across all companies in the group. Hunt asserted, “Working towards equal representation in an industry which is statistically male-dominated is very important to us all and we’re working hard to improve the balance. Cinesite is driven by talented people, whatever their gender, race or orientation.  We have a collective philosophy on diversity and inclusion which is embodied in our wider approach of encouraging everyone on the team.”

Dedicated to creating the highest quality visual effects, Cinesite’s London head office opened for business in 1994 originally as a service bureau for the Cineon digital film system.  In recent years Cinesite has sustained a period of steady growth, being placed in the annual Sunday Times HSBC International Track 200 league table, which ranks the UK’s highest performing private companies by international growth. The studio has recently delivered high-end visual effects for Marvel Studios’ Black Widow, the 25th Bond film No Time To Die for MGM, the fantasy series The Witcher for Netflix and its first theme park attraction, The Bourne Stuntacular for Universal Orlando. The London crew is currently working hard on Fate: The Winx Saga for Netflix and The Wheel of Time for Amazon.

Cinesite’s feature animation studios have rapidly grown since 2014, with large established and experienced crews working in the Montreal and Vancouver facilities offering in-house pre-production capabilities including editorial, story, and design allowing projects to be developed from concept all the way to final rendered frames.

Both Canadian studios are currently hiring for a number of high-quality features including the untitled Addams Family Sequel for MGM, Blazing Samurai for Aniventure and GFM Films, an animated comedy based on Mel Brooks’ classic film Blazing Saddles. The crews are currently putting the finishing touches to Riverdance, an animated musical comedy inspired by the stage show featuring Bill Whelan’s multi-platinum Grammy Award-winning music, and MILA a female directed CG animated short about a little girl whose life takes an unexpected turn during WWII.

  • Monday, Jun. 8, 2020
Location Managers Guild International sets board of directors
Jennifer "JJ" Levine
HOLLYWOOD, Calif. -- 

The Location Managers Guild International (LMGI) announced its board of directors for the 2020-2021 term. 

Newly elected members of the board are Dan Connolly (UK), Jen Farris (GA) and Eric Klein (NY).  They will serve the Guild alongside returning Board members elected to new terms; Jennifer “JJ” Levine (CA), John Rakich (ONT, CANADA), Ryan Schaetzle (GA) and former LMGI president and founding member, Lori Balton (CA).

Board members continuing with ongoing terms include founding member Mike Fantasia (CA), Ken Haber (CA), Jimmy Ayoub (NY), Mac Gordon (GA), Wes Hagan (CA), Edward Mazurek (CA), Alison A. Taylor (CA) and Georgette Turner (UK).

“The vote count between those elected and runners’ up was miniscule. Those running and those voting represented multiple states and multiple countries—a reflection of our growing international membership” said election committee chair Mazurek. “We’re also grateful to our departing board members, Les Fincher, Matt Chamberlin, Matt Palmer and Walter Roshetski for their generous service to the LMGI.”

LMGI president Fantasia added, “The new LMGI board is starting at a unique time. While the Guild is not involved in labor relations or negotiations, through our series of ‘Coffee Tuesday’ Zoom calls and webinars, and on our website, we have been sharing international filming updates, health and safety protocols and best practices since the COVID shut downs began. It’s is critical to all of us to continue to disseminate information and learn from our colleagues. The international representation on our board helps to keep us all informed as we prepare to return to work.”

The 2020 LMGI board of directors met on May 31, 2020 and voted to continue with the current officers on the executive committee: president, Fantasia; 1st VP, Levine; 2nd VP, Balton; treasurer, Haber; and secretary, Rakich.

  • Tuesday, Jun. 2, 2020
Bill Kolb named McCann Worldgroup's COO
Bill Kolb
NEW YORK -- 

Bill Kolb has been appointed to the role of chief operating officer for McCann Worldgroup. Kolb, previously global president, Diversified Agencies, and chairman and CEO of Commonwealth//McCann, will now oversee business operations across McCann Worldgroup, including all agencies and markets.  

“Bill, one of my closest partners, is one of our most experienced multiplatform and global marketing executives and has been integral to our success,” said Harris Diamond, chairman and CEO of McCann Worldgroup.  “He has held Worldgroup leadership positions across our agencies and most recently, under his leadership, has helped in the continuing development and expansion of MRM and McCann Health, and he continues to be a driving force behind our dedicated GM agency, Commonwealth//McCann.”

In his most recent role as global president, Diversified Agencies, Kolb fostered overall growth and integration across all McCann Worldgroup diversified agencies--driving  key practice areas and disciplines, including technology and innovation, health, and data analytics.

“Bill’s long and successful history within McCann spans over two decades, and uniquely qualifies him to develop the Worldgroup model for the future, so that the company can continue to deliver on its vision of being the world’s top creatively-driven marketing services organization,” said Michael I. Roth, Interpublic’s chairman and CEO. “This will include a comprehensive review of the group’s structure and operations, as well as maintaining the critical focus on meeting the evolving needs of clients at the highest levels. For this strategic initiative, Bill will work closely with Philippe Krakowsky, Interpublic’s COO, who is driving the overall strategic portfolio review at the holding company level.”

Kolb stated, “Having worked with all of our global agencies, I am lucky to know first-hand what an incredibly talented and creative group of people we have to help drive our clients’ success, their brand and their business growth. We are committed to continuously innovating and strengthening our offering, so that we can bring the best strategic, creative and business minds to our clients across all of our networks.”

With extensive global experience across multiple industries and communications disciplines, Kolb has spent his career building brands and businesses from the ground up. He has worked with both large and entrepreneurial companies, and with multinational clients including General Motors, Microsoft, Coca-Cola, Merck and Anheuser-Busch. His career prior to McCann includes time spent in the publishing, finance, real estate and oil industries. Since joining McCann Worldgroup in 2000, Kolb has worked across Momentum, MRM and McCann and has held various top-level roles ranging from CFO to CEO. In addition, he has been instrumental in the inception and growth of Commonwealth//McCann, the agency handling the global Chevrolet account, and the development and expansion of MRM, one of the world’s leading customer relationship agencies.

  • Wednesday, May. 20, 2020
Jose Sancho joins DAVID Miami as associate creative director
Jose Sancho
MIAMI -- 

DAVID Miami has hired Jose Sancho as associate creative director. Sancho will soon join DAVID’s Miami office from Madrid where he’ll be teaming with Curtis Caja, an award-winning ACD, who was responsible for the Cannes Grand Prix winner “Burning Stores” for Burger King.

One of the most awarded creatives in Spain, Sancho has worked on national and global accounts for brands like Burger King, Renault, Unilever (Cornetto, Magnum, Funny Feet) and Rexona, among others. Prior to DAVID Miami, Sancho had a six-year run at LOLA MullenLowe in Madrid where he was known for award-sweeping work including the “Scary Clown” campaign for Burger King and “The Hidden Flag.” He’s been awarded at many major industry festivals including Cannes, D&AD, Clios, The One Show, Andys, and the Effies.

DAVID’s global chief creative officer Pancho Cassis said, “Scary Clown’s copywriter meets Burning Stores’ art director. What else can I say? Jose is a tremendous asset and we’re excited to have him joining forces with Curtis. They will definitively help push our clients to new creative heights.” 

“Between building my own skateboards and solving bizarre Rubik’s cubes, I’m always looking for a challenge, so it was inevitable that I would want to join the DAVID team,” said Sancho. “They’re known for the most cutting-edge creativity in the industry and I’m looking forward to help our clients create impactful work in this incredibly competitive market.”

Before his tenure at LOLA MullenLowe, Sancho was at Publicis Madrid and Y&R London.

The appointment of Sancho comes on the heels of DAVID Miami hiring Ricardo Honegger as managing director and Paula Vampré as the shop’s first-ever global chief strategy officer.

  • Wednesday, May. 20, 2020
Framestore adds Tanner, Sanchez, Henning to its NY studio
Steve Sanchez
NEW YORK -- 

Oscar-winning creative studio Framestore has grown its team in New York by bringing on two new VFX supervisors, Nick Tanner and Steve Sanchez, as well as supervising producer, Heino Henning. They will be reporting into New York managing director Charles Howell. 

With over 20 years of creative problem-solving experience, Tanner is regarded as one of the most sought-after compositors in the industry. At Framestore he will be focused on episodic television projects, supervising a team of artists and using his exacting eye to elevate the work to his high standards. Before joining Framestore, he freelanced as a Nuke artist at companies including Blacksmith, The Mill, MPC, and Framestore, and spent time at Psyop as a sr. compositor. He has collaborated with top directors on commercials and music videos including Daniel Kleinman, Jonathan Glazer, and DOM&NIC, and worked on a variety of title sequences for films including Resident Evil, Five Children and IT.

Sanchez also joins Framestore as VFX supervisor for television. He’s a seasoned supervisor with over two decades of experience. Most recently at Alkemy X as sr. VFX supervisor, Sanchez worked on Season 4 and 5 of AMC’s Fear the Walking Dead, as well as Season 3 of the Audience Network’s Mr. Mercedes. In 2015, while at shadevfx in New York, he was nominated for a Primetime Emmy for his work on Netflix’s Daredevil. He also spent time at Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) in San Francisco working on Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones and A.I. Artificial Intelligence, before MPC and Double Negative in London, along with a stint at Framestore in New York.

Henning comes from The Mill in New York where he was a sr. VFX producer on high-profile projects with acclaimed directors including Michel Gondry, Darren Aronofsky and Noam Murro. With over 15 years of industry experience, Henning has worked on product launch campaigns for Google and Samsung, as well as rebranding campaigns for Ziplock and Kellogg’s. Prior to The Mill, Henning was also one of the founding partners, creative director and executive producer at VFX boutique Searle Street Post in South Africa.

Framestore’s NY studio also promoted Ian Bradley to creative director. He will be leading design-based projects across a variety platforms, most recently overseeing the title sequence for HBO’s Atlanta’s Missing and Murdered: The Lost Children, and also directing “A New Realm in Gaming” for Alienware.

  • Tuesday, May. 19, 2020
Alejandro Di Trolio named Cheil ECD in Spain
Alejandro Di Trolio
MADRID -- 

Cheil Worldwide has appointed Alejandro Di Trolio as its new executive creative director for Spain. Reporting to worldwide Spain CEO Kelly Kim, Di Trolio will lead the creative department with responsibility for key accounts including Samsung, Hankook and Carrefour. 

Di Trolio’s aim is to further boost the agency’s digital reputation by expanding creativity around data and technology. He said, “Cheil is one of the most exciting agencies in Spain, the mix between creativity and technology is something that attracted me from the beginning. Now, my mission is to generate the next step in digital creativity, data and innovation at the agency through a team with fresh skills to face upcoming challenges.”

Di Trolio comes from Good Rebels and has led original campaigns including Toyota--”Start the Impossible,” IKEA social media work and Coca-Cola’s innovation IoT products. He’s also been involved in claiming a suite of awards including El Sol Silver for Pepe Jeans 2019 and ADCE 2019 with IKEA “Stories to Sleep.”

“As a new wave of creativity emerges that thrives on data and digital, Alejandro’s unique digital and technical knowledge will help push our previous creative successes, to develop to the next level of creative product in Spain,” said Malcolm Poynton, global chief creative officer, Cheil WW.

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