• Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019
Juliet Tierney joins Nexus Studios in LA as EP for spots, branded content 
Juliet Tierney
LONDON -- 

Nexus Studios has brought producer Juliet Tierney on board its Los Angeles office to serve as executive producer for commercials and branded content.

Before joining Nexus Studios, she led Ntropic’s L.A. studio as EP and was head of production at Eight VFX where her team’s work was highlighted in the Oscar nominated I, Tonya and the FOX sci-fi primetime show The Orville (created by Seth McFarlane).

Her career began in London, working for production companies such as Great Guns and Love as well as agencies including Wieden+Kennedy, Fallon and Mother, producing the notable Orange ‘Goldspot’ ads featuring Rob Lowe, Snoop Dogg, Angelica Houston and others.

Tierney said, “I’ve always been a huge fan of Nexus Studios and the work they do. I’ve been fortunate to work closely with the team during my recent years in VFX and am extremely excited to be part of the company expanding the creative vision in L.A.”

Nexus Studios’ co-founder and ECD Christopher O’Reilly said of Tierney, “She has a great understanding of the evolving landscape of commercial production here. From our previous collaborations we know her to be a resourceful and intelligent executive with great experience. She has worked at a high level in strong creative agencies but also has large scale practical animation and VFX production skills.”

  • Friday, Oct. 11, 2019
VJ Anand joins VaynerMedia Singapore as ECD
VJ Anand
SINGAPORE -- 

VJ Anand will be joining VaynerMedia Singapore in November as executive creative director, SVP. In this role, he will oversee the agency’s creative product in the Asia-Pacific region and report to Avery Akkineni, head of VaynerMedia Singapore. Anand was most recently SVP of creative at Indonesia’s first and largest decacorn startup, Gojek. 

Anand’s appointment is the latest hire since VaynerMedia Singapore opened its Asia-Pacific operation in July this year. 

“The Asia-Pacific region is an important market for our clients, therefore it was imperative to establish our presence here,” said Gary Vaynerchuk, CEO and co-founder of VaynerMedia. “Our Singapore office is growing and VJ is a key hire as we continue to scale our business in the region.” 

At Gojek, Anand led the company’s internal creative agency where he built and spearheaded creative, social media, digital, events, activation and in-app content for the brand. Prior to joining Gojek, Anand was executive creative director at BBDO Malaysia and TBWA Malaysia, working on clients such as Fonterra, Taylor’s University, Guardian, UMobile and Mercedes. At TBWA Group Malaysia, Anand played a key role in helping the group become Malaysia’s number one creative agency in several award shows. Throughout his career, Anand has been recognized by Cannes Lions, Spikes Asia, New York Festivals and the London International Awards. 

Anand said, “We live in a world where social is first. After being client-side at a tech giant, I could see the need in this market for an agency that can marry content, media and social well, and VaynerMedia is that. I was also stoked after talking to Gary and learning how being an independent agency makes us more nimble. His people-first and empathy-focused philosophy really hit the spot for me.” 

  • Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019
Joint hires Nirad “Bugs” Russell as EP specializing in VFX
Nirad "Bugs" Russell
PORTLAND, Ore. -- 

Joint, a creative post production company, has hired Nirad “Bugs” Russell as an executive producer.

Russell is relocating to Portland from New York City where he most recently freelanced as a senior VFX producer at The Mill.

Originally from South Africa, Russell first fell in love with VFX and postproduction during a stint at The Mill London beginning in 2002. Since that time, he’s done work at Absolute Post in London and New York; and later, worked as an executive producer in the New York office of Mass Market until 2015.

In that time, Russell has worked with a number of notable directors on lauded campaigns such as the AT&T “It Can Wait” PSA campaign, “Close to Home,” directed by Frederic Planchon and the Hennessy spot, “The Piccards,” directed by Daniel Wolfe, both of which were shortlisted for best VFX honors in multiple shows. Other noteworthy VFX campaigns produced by Russell include PlayStation’s “Skyrim” and Adidas’ “Never Finish.”

Patty Brebner, director of Joint and W+K Studios, said of Russell, “His passion for creative storytelling and pedigree collaborating with the best VFX artists and directors in the industry made him an obvious choice to lead this team and grow our capabilities.”

Russell will oversee a team of visual effects supervisors and artists (including CG and animation) and color talent.

  • Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019
Spencer Dodd joins Siobhan Murphy at Merman’s branded division
Spencer Dodd (l) and Siobhan Murphy
LONDON -- 

Merman’s advertising and branded division has brought Spencer Dodd on board as managing director/EP alongside Siobhan Murphy. Dodd and Murphy will serve as joint managing directors. Dodd joins Merman after eight-and-a-half years at The Sweetshop.

Dodd cut his teeth working alongside industry heavyweights including Dave Trott, Geoffrey Seymour, Chris Palmer, Frank Budgen, Paul Rothwell and Helen Kenny, going on to produce some of the U.K.’s biggest and most loved TV commercials for brands such as HSBC, Sony, BBC, Hovis, HSBC, Nike, Guinness, Sky and VW for production companies Gorgeous Enterprises and The Sweetshop. 

Dodd said, “The opportunity to join one of the most interesting, exciting and future facing companies out there was impossible to ignore. Merman is perfectly positioned to navigate the evolving landscape. At a time when agency and client briefs are diversifying and the ways in which people are looking to advertise vary wildly I think that Merman is well placed to cater for all those needs. Especially so given their exciting new partnership with Independent Talent Group which gives them access to the most established and emerging talent from the worlds of entertainment.”

Dodd will be partnering with Murphy who has been leading Merman’s advertising and branded entertainment sector as business development director over the past two years. Murphy’s wealth of experience spanning two decades has led to her rise at Merman where she has helped establish the brand while signing award- winning directorial talent such as MJ Delaney.

Murphy and Spencer are also joined by Clara Bennett, head of production, who previously worked with production companies including Somesuch, Biscuit, Bullion, Bold and 76 Ltd.

  • Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019
Allen, Hilson promoted to deputy ECDs at AMV BBDO
Toby Allen (l) and Jim Hilson
LONDON -- 

AMV BBDO has promoted creative directors Toby Allen and Jim Hilson to deputy executive creative directors.

Allen and Hilson have led the transformation of Essity into the U.K.’s most awarded account at Cannes, breaking taboos and shaping culture with Bloodnormal, Viva La Vulva and red.fit for Bodyform, as well as Keep Control for Tena Men. They are also creative leads on the recent headline-grabbing #addresspollution campaign, disrupting the London property market to raise awareness of air pollution.

In 2014 they launched “Hatch,” a creative academy to draw in a more diverse talent pool to AMV, and in 2018 their efforts were recognized by Management Today, naming them alongside FTSE 100 CEOs as “Agents of Change” for workplace equality.

Prior to joining AMV BBDO in 2012 they worked at W+K, producing Honda’s “Spark” and Nike’s 2012 Olympics work, and at BBH, creating multi award-winning campaigns for Audi, Barnardo’s, and Levi’s.

Allen and Hilson are the 7th most awarded creative directors in the world this year, with back-to-back Cannes Titanium Lions, a D&AD Black pencil, and a career haul of over 20 Grand Prix and Best in Shows at Cannes, One Show, Clios and other global awards.

Allen and Hilson will work with CCO Alex Grieve and ECDs Nadja Lossgott and Nicholas Hulley, with a focus on leading AMV’s new creative incubator and unlocking creativity throughout the agency.

  • Monday, Oct. 7, 2019
LaCour, Rayburn, Waldrip become partners in charlieuniformtango
Pictured (l-r) are charlieuniformtango’s Joey Waldrip, James Rayburn, Jack Waldrip, Lola Lott and Deedle LaCour
DALLAS -- 

The charlieuniformtango studio has named three of its most veteran artists as new partners. Joining tango’s leadership are current editors Deedle LaCour and James Rayburn, and Flame artist Joey Waldrip. This is the first time in tango’s almost 25-year history that the partnership has expanded. All three will retain their current work responsibilities. LaCour and Rayburn become sr. editors/partners while Waldrip is now sr. Flame artist/partner. Company founders Lola Lott and Jack Waldrip will remain principal/CEO and sr. editor/co-owner, respectively. Lott will retain majority ownership of charlieuniformtango which will continue as a woman and minority-owned company with its current team of seasoned executive producers, producers and artists in place. 

“Deedle, Joey, and James came to me and Jack with a solid business plan buying into the company with their futures in mind,” related Lott. “All have been with charlieuniformtango almost from the beginning: Deedle for 20 years, Joey for 19 years and James for 18. Jack and I were very impressed and touched that they were interested and willing to come to us with funding and plans for continuing and growing their futures with us.

“This transition goes beautifully with charlieuniformtango’s brand of family first,” continued Lott. “The company will be celebrating 25 years in a very challenging industry next year, and it’s time for me and Jack to be looking ahead to the next generation of leadership. In the past we’ve been approached by outsiders and we have declined because we knew and know that protecting our culture and people was the most important part to staying at the top. We knew it had to go to people who have grown from the ground up along with us. We’re very excited to have these three long-term and valued employees--and now partners--join us to shoulder and guide the future of charlieuniformtango.”

LaCour said, “The three of us have invested in the company because we believe in it. We believe in all of the employees and their talent and we believe in ourselves. We each want to continue to excel creatively and build on the reputation and success that Lola and Jack have created and fostered these last 25 years and it’s our desire and dream to go another 25 to our 50th anniversary.

  • Monday, Oct. 7, 2019
Kate Taylor named managing director/EP at Rogue
Kate Taylor
LONDON -- 

Kate Taylor, previously managing director of Skunk London, has joined Rogue as its new managing director/executive producer. She takes the helm from Rogue co-founder David van der Gaag and will be working in London alongside EP and head of production James Howland, with a brief to continue the evolution and reinvigoration of the company first founded in 1998.

Howland joined Rogue in 2001 and has produced many ground-breaking and award-winning pieces of work with director Sam Brown. His contributions to advertising have been widely recognized, having been awarded the “Achievement in Production” Craft Arrow, by the British Arrows, a record four times.

Prior to setting up and managing Skunk London, Taylor worked in production at Rattling Stick, Biscuit and RSA.  

Charlie Crompton, co-founding partner of Rogue, said, “Kate is widely regarded as one of the smartest and most creative EPs in London. She deserves that reputation because she’s proved that she’s brilliant at finding and nurturing talent, is immersed in the craft of filmmaking and is also an endlessly creative and collaborative producer.” 

Van der Gaag added, “I can’t think of a better qualified MD to come in and complement James’ production skills. Together they’re going to be a phenomenal partnership and we’re genuinely flattered that they buy into our ambitious vision for Rogue and the broader group of Blink/Rogue/Carnage companies going forward.”
 
Taylor said, “Running Skunk London has been a privilege. We’ve had some considerable successes and I am extremely proud of what we’ve achieved. Now, to be MD at such a prestigious production house as Rogue is just brilliant. I’m excited about the future and share their vision for growing and enduring success. I look forward to building on Rogue’s pedigree as a primary destination for excellence and established, top-level directors, as well as a nurturing home for the new generation of raw, emerging talent.”

  • Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019
Uppercut promotes Tyler Horton to editor
Tyler Horton
NEW YORK -- 

Creative editorial shop Uppercut has promoted Tyler Horton to editor, after spending two years as an assistant editor working closely with its curated roster of editorial talent. This marks the first internal talent promotion for Uppercut. 

Horton first joined Uppercut in 2017 after a stint as an assistant editor at Whitehouse Post. Stepping up as editor, he’s cut notable projects, such as a recent Nike campaign “Letters to Heroes,” a series launched in conjunction with the U.S. Open tennis tournament that highlights young athletes meeting their role models including Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka. Horton also has cut campaigns for brands including Asics, Hypebeast, Volvo and MoMA.

  • Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019
Nice Shoes expands Boston office, adds EP Kirsten Andersen
Kirsten Andersen
NEW YORK -- 

Creative studio Nice Shoes has added Kirsten Andersen as executive producer in its Boston office. Andersen will join Boston-based colorist Phil Choe, overseeing local and remote projects out of Boston, while continuing to grow a new hub of artists and services to better serve clients in the Boston market. She brings over two decades of experience in postproduction, most recently spending 15 years as EP/partner at Brickyard VFX. Andersen has produced major international campaigns for such top brands as Volkswagen, Budweiser, NBA, Google, Xfinity, JetBlue, and countless others.

Massachusetts-native Andersen studied Film & Television Production at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, discovering an inclination for postproduction early in her studies. She landed her first professional gig at Red Car New York, learning the ropes hands-on as an associate producer before making her way to the West Coast to join 525 Studios as a producer. She spent six years at the post shop, before joining Brickyard VFX as EP. There she spent time growing teams in both its Los Angeles and Boston locations, while fostering long term relationships with global agency and brand clients.

  • Friday, Oct. 4, 2019
Alkemy X hires creative director Lee Tone to lead its branded content division
Lee Tone
NEW YORK -- 

Alkemy X has hired Lee Tone as creative director. Tone will focus on leading and implementing the creative vision for the company’s branded content division, facilitating nontraditional projects spanning web series, short films, experiential and interactive. He comes to Alkemy X with a 10-year career as a creative director and copywriter in the agency world, and with extensive experience in brand storytelling that blurs the lines between entertainment and advertising. He joins the team after a successful collaboration with Alkemy X on Samsung’s “Reframe This Space”--a four-episode home decor series that seamlessly infused Samsung’s Frame TV into original entertainment, earning over 30 million online impressions through influencer amplification.

Tone comes to Alkemy X from Barbarian, where he led campaigns for agency clients like Samsung, JBL and AB InBev. Prior to that, he lent his creative expertise to projects for Google, Yahoo! and Microsoft, among numerous others. Notable career highlights include his work for the Samsung Galaxy s6 Edge+ and Note5 global launches. Throughout his career, he consistently endeavors to break new grounds in brand storytelling with bold concepts such as his work for Outback Steakhouse. He shook up traditional outdoor advertising for the restaurant chain, causing a commotion (and frantic 911 calls) with the illusion of billboards on fire to promote the brand’s Wood-fire Grill offerings.

“Lee consistently tackles ambitious and bold storytelling approaches that translate into results for brands,” notes Alkemy X president and CEO Justin Wineburgh. “After such a seamless and highly successful collaboration on Samsung’s ‘Reframe This Space’ series, it was no question that he was the best person to take our branded content division to the next level.”

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