Street Talk for February 8, 2019
Jamie Venorsky

Cleveland-based independent agency Marcus Thomas LLC has promoted Jamie Venorsky to chief creative officer, a new position at the shop. He reports to chief idea officer Joanne Kim who leads creative innovation for the agency. Venorsky joined Marcus Thomas in 1999 as an art director and most recently served as executive creative director. Venorsky has been responsible for leading the daily operations of the creative team and elevating the creative product across the agency for accounts including KraftMaid, Troy-Bilt, Ohio Lottery, Behr and KeyBank. His special talent for bringing a variety of marketing and communication disciplines together to address client challenges has resulted in numerous awards including ADDYs, One Show, AME, Webby, Communication Arts, Effie Shortlist and Content Marketing Awards. Additionally, Marcus Thomas has upped creative directors Jim Sollisch and Stephanie Burris to co-executive creative directors....

COMPULSORY has added photographer and filmmaker Filmawi to its directorial roster. The former agency creative joins the production company for U.K. representation in commercials, music videos and creative direction. Filmawi is an accomplished photographer with a portfolio that boasts clients in both advertising and music. He has photographed such artists as Chance the Rapper, Stormzy, Dizzee Rascal, Pusha T, J Hus, and Slowthai. His talent for directing has been recognized by numerous awards in the advertising and creative industries. His short films Rebirth and Tragedy were awarded D&AD New Blood Awards in 2016. Commercially, Filmawi’s experience spans across both the production and agency sides of the industry. One of his first projects, “Open Cinema,” was awarded the prestigious AdCan award in 2014. Following early success, Filmawi then chose to work on the agency side in order to further develop his craft for brands. Working as an art director at AMV BBDO, he helmed projects for Pepsi, Dewar’s, National Lottery, and Smart Energy.....

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