Saturday, February 23, 2019

People on the Move

  • Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019
Rachel Bradley joins ATK PLN as production operations manager
Rachel Bradley
DALLAS -- 

Strategic creative group ATK PLN has hired Rachel Bradley as production operations manager. Bradley fuses an artistic background with an affinity for structural organization to her role that will include streamlining internal workflows and structures, internal and external creative resourcing and talent recruitment. 

She returns to the ATK PLN family after launching her career as a P.A. for Reel FX (which helped launch ATK PLN), working her way up to production manager and lending her diverse skill set to projects for clients including AT&T, McDonald’s, Home Depot and Disney. She also worked closely with the interactive team developing its in-house 360 pipeline for a wide range of VR projects such as the Shinola VR factory tour featuring Luke Wilson, Pacific Rim Oculus Experience featured at Comic-Con, the interactive Dell Alienware VR experience that launched at CES, the GMC #enlistme 360 Skydive and the immersive VR experience “Air Force Performance Lab.” Bradley’s hybrid skill set of creativity and problem-solving allows her to expertly facilitate communication between the artist and production teams, artfully balancing creative integrity with workflow efficiency.

After graduating with a degree in Environmental Design at Texas A&M University, Bradley made her way to Dallas where she found her way to Reel FX by chance and was immediately taken with the world of creative production. She spent five years there, flexing her creative and technical muscles, before accepting a gig as director of operations at Nexos. She wore a number of hats at the commercial audio visual integration startup, gleaning comprehensive knowledge in running a boutique company. She returned to her entertainment roots as a production manager with Brazen Animation, supervising multiple projects and ushering in major studio pipeline and structural revamps.

  • Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019
Arcade Edit adds Laura Sanford to its roster
Laura Sanford
LOS ANGELES -- 

Arcade Edit has added editor Laura Sanford to its roster. Sanford hails from Orlando, Florida. She created short videos for friends in high school, developed an early interest in editing, and pursued a degree in media production. After graduating from Florida State University, Sanford moved to Los Angeles, where she found work in the service industry while beginning her freelance editing career. 

In 2012, Sanford was hired as a jr. editor at Arcade Edit. She has spent the past six years honing her skills as an assistant, most recently with Geoff Hounsell. During her time at Arcade Edit, she worked with brands such as Google, Apple, Old Spice and NBA2K, for agencies Wieden + Kennedy, Media Arts Lab and Crispin Porter & Bogusky. Notable work includes Steve Roger’s recent Turbo Tax campaign “Free” out of Wieden + Kennedy, NFL’s Fantasy Football campaign out of GS&P directed by Aaron Stoller of Biscuit Films, and the short film “Unzipping,” written, directed and featuring Lisa Edelstein. 

“I’m so incredibly grateful and excited to be able to start this next chapter of my career with a company that feels like family,” said Sanford.

Sanford comes aboard an Arcade roster which includes Dave Anderson, Kim Bica, Jeff Ferruzzo, Will Hasell, Geoff Hounsell, Sean Lagrange, Ali Mao, Paul Martinez, Nick Rondeau and Brad Waskewich. Damian Stevens is Arcade EP and managing partner.

  • Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019
Editors Entrup, Osborne join Spot Welders' roster for U.S. representation
Benjamin Entrup
LOS ANGELES -- 

Bicoastal Spot Welders has signed editors Benjamin Entrup and Matt Osborne to its roster for exclusive representation in the U.S. For both editors, this marks their debut roster spot on an editorial company in North America.

Entrup’s credits include campaigns for Apple, Audi, Coca-Cola, Facebook, Fila, Lexus, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, Sony, and Volkswagen. Currently, he’s working on director Ryan Staake’s latest project filming in Europe. 

A Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg film school graduate, Entrup grew up in Berlin, where he began editing at ad agency Springer & Jacoby before moving on to intern at Final Cut in Los Angeles during his studies. It was working there where he fell in love with the precise and innovative way to tell stories. Since then, he has traveled the globe on assignments and cut numerous projects for directors Andreas Roth, Hanna Maria Heidrich, John X. Carey, Thomas Garber, and Jared Leto’s Paradox Productions.

Osborne’s work spans such clients as Porsche, Reebok, Volkswagen, Nike, Fiat, Mercedes-Benz, Sony, Lexus, Samsung, and Chevrolet.  Most recently, he was awarded a Bronze Clio for his work on Chevrolet’s “The Hunt Alone.” He’s presently at work collaborating on director Rob Chiu’s next project in London.

An Australian native, Osborne made his editorial debut back in 2006, and has been editing campaigns for brands and agencies across his homeland as well as Asia and Europe. Since, he has gone on to win numerous awards including a Cannes Gold Film Lion, Grand Prix, and Australian Screen Editors Guild Award for editing. His music video, “Medicine,” with director Salomon Ligthelm, won Gold at the Cannes YDA.

Entrup is repped in Europe by SEC.Studio and Osborne is handled internationally by Nicholas Berglund.

  • Monday, Jan. 21, 2019
EP Garrett Braren joins Brand New School
Garrett Braren
NEW YORK -- 

Garrett Braren has joined bicoastal Brand New School’s NY office in the role of executive producer. 

Prior to joining design and production house Brand New School, Braren worked as EP for 1stAveMachine, Los York, and animation studio Laundry. His experience spans live action, design and animation, with work for such clients as Facebook, Google, Sonos and Volvo. The latter’s “Highway Robbery” received several Cannes Lions.

  • Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019
Beardsley named chief production officer at Swift; Chase promoted to CSO
Marni Beardsley
PORTLAND, Ore. -- 

Marni Beardsley has joined creative agency Swift as chief production officer. She will oversee studio and operational production across all projects. Beardsley comes to Swift after a 25-year run at Wieden+Kennedy, where she most recently was director of integrated art/content production, supporting the global W+K network.

Additionally Swift has promoted Meredith Chase to chief strategy officer. Chase joined Swift in 2015 as VP of strategic planning. She has since built a world-class strategy team that originates smart integrated marketing solutions for clients and robust inspiration for creatives; and led intensive primary research projects to inform brand and business strategy for Swift’s roster of global brands. Chase will continue to lead on business development efforts and direct large primary research projects.

Previously, Chase was founder and principal of the strategic marketing firm Guidance Counsel, which partnered with Under Armour to help reposition its women’s business and developed the strategy that drove the company’s “I Will What I Want” campaign which won the Jay Chiat Grand Prix for Strategic Excellence, 11 Cannes Lions including Cyber Grand Prix, Effie Gold, four One Show Golds and 2014 Marketer of the Year.

Meanwhile during Beardsley’s last 17 years at W+K, she led the integrated art production team. While there, she was instrumental in transforming the range of studio expertise from a focus on still photography and illustration to an expanded skill set that included film, animation, events, experiential and activations. Her client list at W+K included Nike, Shiseido, Target, Levi’s, Samsung, Verizon, Coca-Cola, P&G, Chrysler/Fiat and Delta Airlines.

Beyond the award-winning work she’s overseen for the past two decades, Beardsley is a direct conduit to an international creative community, having forged long-standing relationships with world renowned artists, photographers and directors.

  • Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019
Glen Freyer joins Alkemy X as SVP, TV & digital content
Glen Freyer
NEW YORK -- 

Alkemy X has added veteran producer and development executive Glen Freyer as sr. VP TV & digital content. Freyer will work alongside EVP TV & digital content, Andy Singer, atop the company’s rapidly expanding Originals division. Freyer will develop scripted and unscripted content for both linear and digital platforms, including broadcast, streaming, web and branded. Freyer joins a team that is already leveraging Alkemy X’s success in original content and VFX into the emerging fields of web series and branded entertainment.

Freyer has held senior roles with Loud TV, Bobby Flay’s Rock Shrimp Productions, Atlas Media and TruTV/Court TV. He has been consulting with Alkemy X for several months and has already played a key role developing and producing recent projects for Google, Discovery Networks and other clients. With 20 years in the industry, Freyer has personally executive produced or produced more than 800 episodes of network television and created and/or sold an additional 350 episodes. His credits include the hit Travel Channel series Hotel Impossible and Investigation Discovery’s Stalked: Someone’s Watching.

Alkemy X’s Originals division produced the long-running Food Network series Restaurant: Impossible, Velocity’s Unique Rides and Fuse’s recent The 212.  Alkemy X is currently producing a project for TLC slated to debut in 2019 and is actively developing new series for Discovery, Food Network and others.

At Rock Shrimp Productions, Freyer served as EVP of development, working with celebrity chef Bobby Flay. He spent six years as SVP for development at Atlas Media and three years as the sr. buyer for Court TV/TruTV. Freyer was also a development executive and executive producer at 20th Television’s Fox Lab, and began his television career as a writer/producer on the hit reality series Blind Date. Freyer has also sold numerous screenplays over the years to Fox 2000, Icon Films and Shoreline Entertainment, among others.

  • Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019
Nonfiction Unlimited adds EP Michel Waxman
Michel Waxman
LOS ANGELES -- 

Executive producer Michel Waxman has joined Nonfiction Unlimited, creative production home to a roster of notable documentary directors working on commercial and branded projects.

Previously, Waxman was exec producer at Chelsea Pictures where she helmed the company’s L.A. office. Prior to Chelsea, Michel was an EP at Serial Pictures. Waxman’s experience includes running her own firm, MBW Represents, where she worked with Academy Films, Park Pictures, and Rattling Stick, among others. 

Nonfiction partner Loretta Jeneski said of Waxman, “She is passionate about the work and has a deep history of developing creative opportunities for the companies and directors under her watch.” 

Waxman will oversee all aspects of new business at Nonfiction. 

The addition of Waxman comes as Nonfiction moves into 2019 with a renewed commitment to consistently bring the documentary genre’s next generation of nonfiction filmmakers to commercial projects. This new generation includes such company roster directors as Bing Liu who helmed Minding the Gap, and Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin, the filmmaker behind Free Solo. Both Minding the Gap and Free Solo have been lauded on the current festival and awards show circuits.

  • Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019
Significant Others' Betty Cameron heads West
Betty Cameron
LOS ANGELES -- 

Post/visual effects house Significant Others has added sr. VFX artist Betty Cameron to its L.A. office. 

Cameron hails from Significant Other’s New York office, where she worked as a lead artist on features including Moonlight, If Beale Street Could Talk, Hearts Beat Loud, and Gloria Bell. Other recent projects include work for Google, Facebook, L’Oreal, and The New York Times.

After graduating from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Cameron spent six years at Absolute Post, where she worked up from compositing assistant to VFX artist. She then moved to Significant Others’ NYC office, where she spent the last four years. Cameron has a longstanding love for practical effects, and her own favorite work involves using digital wizardry to make practical effects truly seamless. In addition to her compositing work, she is also accomplished at title design and motion graphics.

Established in 2014 as the post division of Final Cut, Significant Others turns out a wide range of work spanning features, series, and commercials and branded work. 

  • Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019
Odysseus Arms adds Caroline Sinclair, Katherine Stewart
Caroline Sinclair (l) and Katherine Stewart
SAN FRANCISCO -- 

Odysseus Arms has added two staffers: Caroline Sinclair as jr. strategist and Katherine Stewart as art director. Headed by founder and CEO Libby Brockhoff, the San Francisco agency is behind successful ongoing work for client Barefoot Wines, as well as HotelTonight, Carlo Rossi and André Champagne.

Sinclair, a native of Sweden, will manage the creative and strategic work for Carlo Rossi and André Champagne, while reporting to Brockhoff. Sinclair is joining Brockhoff’s team of ThirdEye™ researchers and strategists. ThirdEye™ is a proprietary strategic and creative method where brands’ consumers are invited into the agency to collaborate side by side with agency staff. 

Art director Stewart joins the team from Vitro in Austin, TX where she worked on Facebook, El Pollo Loco and Bonefish Grill. Prior to that, she worked for art dealer Vladimir Restoin Roitfeld in NYC.

  • Monday, Jan. 14, 2019
Chris Kiser joins Glassworks Amsterdam as EP, new business director
Chris Kiser
AMSTERDAM -- 

VFX company Glassworks has appointed Chris Kiser as executive producer and new business director for its Amsterdam office. Originally from Texas, Kiser has 15 years of industry experience in high end production, post, visual effects, CGI and design for projects in broadcast, digital, long form and emerging technologies. Having previously worked in New York, Portland and Dallas, he has overseen globally acclaimed projects as executive producer at The Mill and head of production at both Psyop and Click 3X.

Alongside work with leading creative agencies and brands, Kiser has also contributed to feature and episodic content, most recently collaborating with the Coen Brothers on their 2018 Netflix film, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs.

Kiser said about his move, “Glassworks has a great reputation as creative leaders and innovators. I’m thrilled to join the team and expand our reach within the European market and beyond. With three diverse offices (Amsterdam, London, Barcelona) under one global brand, Glassworks is well positioned to support a range of needs and bring a unique creative voice to every project we touch.”

In his new role, Kiser will apply his expertise to help build on the company’s existing client relationships, expand new business developments and work alongside Glassworks’ lead artists to consistently strive for high end creative solutions.

This latest hire continues the office’s growth and expansion of its leadership team, with recent promotions of Anya Kruzmetra to chief operating officer and Kyle Obley to head of 2D.

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