Street Talk for February 3, 2023
Meena Ayittey

KODE has added director Meena Ayittey to its roster for U.K. representation spanning commercials and branded content. Ayittey draws inspiration from a broad range of subject matters, including music, art, her experience as a Black woman and the issues faced by the Black community. Based in and from London, Ayittey has collaborated with Saatchi & Saatchi, Droga5, Grey, Ogilvy and Oliver, working with clients such as GSK, Puma, Olay and Panasonic. An avid screenwriter, her long form projects, such as Mama, her Black Lives Matter film, have seen her win gold at 1.4 awards, recognized as a finalist at Ciclope and shortlisted for the 2022 YDAs. Her award-winning documentary, Black Creative, looks at what it is to be Black within the U.K. advertising industry. It has been screened extensively across the globe--most notably at the Toronto Film Festival and the Independent Films awards. She also has to her credit a lauded short film, All the Little Films, which she wrote and directed....

Director and documentary filmmaker Amar Chebib has joined Toronto-based Untitled Films for Canadian representation. (Chebib continues to be repped in the U.S. ad market by Even/Odd. The Syrian-Canadian filmmaker began making videos while growing up as a skateboarder in the Middle East. Since then, his sensitive yet unsentimental documentary work has made him a rising talent in the genre. His short documentary Joe Buffalo, about an Indigenous residential school survivor turned pro skateboarder, attracted Tony Hawk as an executive producer. Chebib’s most recent short, The Runner—which was acquired and released by The New Yorker—follows an Indigenous 20-year-old who ran a sub-zero 100-mile ultramarathon to raise awareness for mental illness and depression. Chebib’s commercial work includes documentary-style spots for Beats By Dre, Casper, Bank of America, the Canadian Cancer Society, and Square.....
 

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