• Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019
Dutch food specialist Chuck Studios to expand with U.S. office
Chuck Studios' (l-r) Elyse Sara, Ellen Gaedtgens and Olaf van Gerwen
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Chuck Studios, a global food-specialist creative production company, has opened a U.S. base in Los Angeles. Heading the L.A. office is partner and managing director of U.S. operations Elyse Sara whose former company Canteen has joined forces with Chuck Studios, which was founded in 2011 by Ellen Gaedtgens and Olaf van Gerwen and is headquartered in Amsterdam with a third office in Moscow. The food/tabletop shop has a U.S. directorial roster which includes van Gerwen, and the duo Spicy and Kristy Snell. Some of the production company’s most recent work includes multi-platform food campaigns for McDonald’s, KFC and Clif Bar. 

Sara brings 15 years of production industry experience, working with brands such as McDonald’s, Burger King, Heinz and Pepsi. Sara will work alongside the leadership team to change the way food and beverage brands perceive themselves, helping them develop a culinary identity that is exclusive to their brand and product. 

“Chuck Studios has such a strong reputation in the industry, especially in Europe, and it only felt natural for them to expand to the U.S. next, said Sara. “I’m looking forward to working with Ellen and Olaf to bring Chuck Studios’ fresh creative perspective and Dutch charm to the West Coast.”

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