Tuesday, September 27, 2016

People on the Move

  • Tuesday, Sep. 27, 2016
Jon Carlaw named director of strategic planning at DAVID Miami
Jon Carlaw

DAVID Miami has hired Jon Carlaw as director of strategic planning. He will be responsible for executing creative media and communication strategies for the agency’s brand clients, including Coke, Kraft-Heinz and Burger King.

With over 18 years of experience in advertising under his belt, Carlaw is an expert in crafting successful digital media strategies, cross-functional marketing, branding and more for clients across the entertainment, software, consumer packaged goods, automotive and retail industries. Prior to DAVID Miami, he served as communications strategy director at W+K Portland for nine years, working with Electronic Arts, Target, Coca Cola, Ubisoft and Fiat-Chrysler. At CP+B, he held the media planning supervisor role working with brands including MINI Cooper. He also held media positions at Intermark Group, FCB Chicago and Ogilvy & Mather.

  • Friday, Sep. 23, 2016
Joan hires Alex Kalluf as chief data officer
Alex Kalluf

Joan Creative has named Alex Kalluf to serve as its chief data officer. In his new role, Kalluf will oversee data and market practices for the agency and its clients. Based in New York, Kalluf will work with Jaime Robinson, chief creative officer, and Lisa Clunie, CEO, to help shape Joan’s data analytics practice and overall approaches to irregular thinking. 

“Alex has an incredibly diverse background which, coupled with his depth of experience in data analytics and creative spirit, was something we just couldn’t pass up,” said Clunie. “We felt that Alex’s understanding of market research and industry trends gives him a great edge. He can identify opportunities and cultural connections, coupled with the kind of thinking that challenges the status quo.”

Kalluf joins the agency from Figliulo and Partners, where he led research strategy and analytics. Prior to that, he worked with GroupM where he managed mix modeling projects for major advertisers including Amazon and Mazda. Kalluf was also at Millward Brown where he led research projects for global brands such as Coca-Cola, Intuit, and Unilever. Kalluf is an author and frequent media commentator and speaker.

  • Friday, Sep. 23, 2016
Bill Dickinson joins Shelly Ward Enterprises as general manager
Bill Dickinson

Bill Dickinson has returned to Shelly Ward Enterprises (SWE) to assume the post of general manager. He brings 20 years of experience in the car prep industry, commercial film and management. Dickinson is well known within the agency and production communities for his long stewardship of the Saturn and BMW North America accounts.

Dickinson’s mission is to enhance the Shelly Ward Enterprises brand established 38 years ago by car prep pioneer Shelly Ward. In addition, Dickinson will be assisting in the launch of WPA (Ward Production Associates) based out of Austin, Texas. 

Kimberlee Augustine, partner and CFO at Shelly Ward Enterprises, noted, “We have for decades witnessed first-hand the interplay within the agency-production-car prep triad. The combination of SWE and WPA will ignite the untapped synergy inherent in uniting director/production, driving/stunt coordination, car prep and logistics talent all under one roof.”

  • Thursday, Sep. 22, 2016
Los York hires EP Rob Sanborn
Rob Sanborn
SANTA MONICA, Calif. -- 

Bicoastal creative content agency Los York has hired Rob Sanborn to serve as executive producer/account director. Sanborn will tap into his skillsets of both brand management and the creative process, relying on his experience on both the conceptual development side and production side alike.

Sanborn’s dual skillset of production and brand management stems from his 22 years in the industry as design-driven executive producer. From studio-side stints at Imaginary Forces, Superfad, and Digital Kitchen to agency-side experience at POSSIBLE Worldwide, Sanborn has developed the unique ability to blend his conceptual, strategic, and production management perspectives. 

He’s been involved in extensive 360 campaigns for brands such as Coca-Cola/Zico, Bacardi, AT&T, and Citrix, as well as the integrated campaign for the Sprint Now Network which earned a Cannes Lion. 

  • Wednesday, Sep. 21, 2016
The Napoleon Group promotes Salmon, Morton, Gianforcaro
The Napoleon Group's (l-r) Annabel Salmon, Perry Morton and Angela Gianforcaro.

The Napoleon Group has promoted three long-time staff members to new leadership positions as it prepares to launch several new lines of business later in the fourth quarter of 2016. The promotions were announced by Marty Napoleon, founder/chief creative officer of Napoleon, which earlier this year expanded its operations to the West Coast with the opening of a live action production arm in Los Angeles.
Annabel Salmon has been promoted to VP, executive director of operations. In her new post Salmon is responsible for leading the bustling production hub that comprises Napoleon’s New York studio. Encompassing 14,500 square feet on two floors in the Chelsea neighborhood, the facility houses 34 full-time artists, designers, editors, producers and directors, along with creative and support staff.
In addition, Perry Morton, formerly head of production, has been named executive producer. He now oversees three key areas of growth: business leadership for volume sales opportunities; content development/production; and partner relationship management.
Rounding out the senior promotions is Angela Gianforcaro, who succeeds Morton in the head of production role. Formerly sr. producer, Gianforcaro is a popular fixture at the studio, is deeply engrained in its culture and has played an major role in its growth and success. She now oversees the project management team and their work in areas including pre-visualization, test production, audio post, VFX, motion capture, editorial and finishing.
“This is a company that engenders a high degree of loyalty on the part of its staff, and it’s a feeling that’s routinely mutual,” said Napoleon. “We have many people who’ve spent the better parts of their professional lives here, and the career histories of Annabel, Perry and Angela are perfect examples. Collectively they have close to sixty years’ experience at Napoleon. The knowledge, insight, experience and intuition they bring to our company, our clients and our talent is invaluable. In their new roles they’ll help lay the foundation as we reorganize in anticipation of the new divisions we’ll be unveiling later this year. ”
A London native, Salmon studied graphic design at Central/St. Martins before traveling to New York in the early ‘80s. After working for a small animation studio she landed at a New York test commercial studio, where she quickly mastered the latest digital retouching equipment from Quantel. In 1985 she joined Napoleon Group founder Marty Napoleon’s newly launched Napoleon Videographics, where her knack for solving business problems, married to a DP, with an understanding of working with creative people, led her to take on day-to-day operations of the company. She led the studio’s relocation in the late 1990s to the East Side of Manhattan from its Theatre District location, and performed successfully again when they moved to their current Chelsea home in 2013.
Morton is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design who got his start in the industry as a digital artist. He joined Napoleon early in his career and quickly progressed to editorial, compositing and finishing work for some of the studio’s most demanding ad agency clients. He was tapped by Marty Napoleon to launch the studio’s first 3D department in 2010, and has continued to lead the company into new areas of production and post, such as its growth into live action and motion capture.
A graduate of the communications program at Boston University, Gianforcaro started at Napoleon in 2000, initially working in client service, and rose steadily through the ranks to her current post at head of production. Along the way she’s served as an assistant producer and post producer before being named a sr. producer in 2010. She’s led teams on many of the studio’s biggest and most complex projects.

  • Wednesday, Sep. 21, 2016
Cheil London hires Russell Schaller as creative director, film
Russell Schaller

Russell Schaller has been hired by Cheil London to serve as creative director, film. He joins the agency from Havas Worldwide London where he was creative director.

He will work across all accounts and leads the film specialism at Cheil London, working closely with Georgia Barretta, creative director, design, and Nick Craske, creative director, UX, to ensure collaboration and integration across all disciplines. Schaller reports to executive creative director Caitlin Ryan.

Schaller has worked at Havas Worldwide London for the past four years. During his time there he created award-winning work for Chivas Regal, including the short films Here’s to Big Bear and Here’s to Twinkle, the award-winning “The Joke Appeal” campaign for children’s cancer charity CLIC Sargent and, most recently, he brought Captain Birdseye back to British screens with the “Boy with a Tail” campaign.

Schaller’s short film One of The Gang for CLIC Sargent’s “The Joke Appeal” campaign won several international awards, including Gold in Film Craft at the Kinsale Shark Awards and First Prize at the New York Festival of International Advertising.

Prior to Havas, Schaller was creative partner at Drugstore for two-and-a-half years and, prior to that, he was creative partner at Tom Dick & Harry. Earlier in his career he worked at 4Creative and Mother.

ECD Ryan said, “This is the final hire in our search to find the best-in-breed specialists to collaboratively lead our creative department. Russell completes our trio of design, UX and brand story specialists.”

Schaller said, “Caitlin has assembled a perfectly balanced team of specialists - a wonderful combination of technology, storytelling and design. I’m enormously proud to be added to the lineup. Right now, we have an opportunity to engage audiences with our craft in more places, more deeply and more innovatively than ever before.”

  • Tuesday, Sep. 20, 2016
Tompkins, Bemis, DeLong join FuseFX
Sean Tompkins

In a further strengthening of its Los Angeles production staff, FuseFX has added three veteran visual effects producers. They include Sean Tompkins, a two-time Emmy nominee who previously served as associate head of production at Zoic Studios.

Tompkins, who received his Emmy nominations for Falling Skies and Hemlock Grove, has also produced visual effects for such shows as Homeland, True Blood, Mad Men and Fringe.  He began his career with the CBS series CSI: Crime Scene Investigation before joining Zoic in 2007. At FuseFX, Tompkins is producing effects for the CBS series Sleepy Hollow, Rush Hour and Limitless, among other projects.

“Delivering great effects on time and on budget is at the core of what we do,” said FuseFX president David Altenau. “Sean’s wealth of experience in managing large teams and complex project will help us continue to deliver the results our clients expect. We are thrilled to have him on our team.”

Tompkins said that he was attracted to FuseFX by its reputation in the visual effects industry. “I saw the quality of their work and wanted to be part of it,” he explained. “I saw it an opportunity to work on great shows and create fantastic effects.”

Also new to FuseFX are VFX producers Danielle Bemis and Miles DeLong. Bemis brings 10 years of experience in 3D animation, visual effects and postproduction. She has led large teams on complex projects for such clients as HBO, ABC, Yahoo and Universal Pictures.

A graduate of Emerson College, Bemis began her career with DreamWorks Animation where she worked on such projects as The Croods and Kung Fu Panda 2. Prior to joining FuseFX in 2015, she spent two years as a freelance VFX producer with credits including White Collar, Once Upon a Time, Resurrection and Other Space.

Miles began his VFX career with DreamWorks Animation on the animated features Shark Tale and Bee Movie. He spent six years at Modern VideoFilm, where he was VFX producer on a number of series, including Modern Family, Sons of Anarchy and Pretty Little Liars. He also produced and supervised the visual effects for the Blu-ray edition of Star Trek: The Next Generation Season 4. His background includes a post with Flash FilmWorks, where he worked on the HBO miniseries The Pacific, and a year at Entity FX where he was the VFX producer on The Vampire Diaries.

At FuseFX, he is working on shows such as Mercy Street, American Crime Story and The Outsiders.

  • Sunday, Sep. 18, 2016
Jason Corbin joins Dagger as creative director
Jason Corbin

Dagger, a content-centric digital agency, has added Jason Corbin as creative director. Corbin joins Dagger from CSE where he was creative director and led projects for national and global clients including Coca-Cola, Aaron’s, Southern Company, Atlanta Hawks, AT&T and Holiday Inn.

Corbin, who began his career as a copywriter, has worked with teams at Grey, Ogilvy & Mather, Razorfish, Havas Worldwide and mcgarrybowen. 

  • Friday, Sep. 16, 2016
BBDO NY promotes, hires to fortify its sr. creative leadership
Susan Golkin

BBDO New York announced that Susan Golkin has been promoted to executive creative director on Campbell’s Soup, Dove Chocolate, American Family Insurance and Quaker Oats.  In addition, Doug Fallon and Steven Fogel have joined the agency as executive creative directors on AT&T, overseeing the DIRECTV/entertainment portion of its business, and Blake Kidder has joined as a sr. creative director on Visa. The moves go into effect this month. 
Golkin has been with BBDO NY for nearly a decade. Her most recent work for Dove Chocolate and American Family Insurance was well-received by the media and her Campbell’s Soup’s “Real, Real Life” campaign won kudos and awards, especially for its Star Wars “Your Father” spot.  The real-life dads were subsequently included in People magazine’s “Sexiest Men Alive” list.
Fallon and Fogel arrive from Grey New York where they created award-winning work for DIRECTV.  That work, including the famous “Lowe vs Lowe” and “Cable Effects” campaigns, drove business, won multiple Gold Lions at Cannes, and played an enormous role in the agency’s creative turnaround. 
And Kidder boasts experience at such creative shops as Wieden & Kennedy (Amsterdam and Sao Paulo), TBWA\Chiat\Day LA, David & Goliath and Mullen.  She’s won Lions, Clios, Andys, Beldings, Sharks and Pencils for work spanning Nike to Heineken, Gatorade, Activision and Hardee’s.
Fallon, Fogel and Kidder are the latest senior creative leaders to join BBDO.  Earlier this year, it was announced that Robin Fitzgerald would join BBDO Atlanta as its chief creative officer. She also begins this month.

  • Friday, Sep. 16, 2016
B-Reel Films Signs Director Alma Har’el For U.K. Representation
Alma Har'el

B-Reel Films London has signed director Alma Har’el for representation in the U.K. She continues to be handled by Epoch Films for spots and branded content in the U.S. 

Har’el’s latest feature film LoveTrue premiered at Tribeca Film Festival in April 2016, and won Best Documentary at Karlovy Vary. Har’el made a name for herself with a unique aesthetic evident in her debut film Bombay Beach, which won top prize at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival. Her commercial work reinforces her effortless grasp of narrative, in particular her iconic Stella Artois spot, making her the first female director to direct a commercial for the Belgian Beer in its 20 year history of advertising.

LoveTrue will have its London premiere at the BFI London Film Festival on October 8. The film has been selected for the Grierson Award and is part of the official program. The Grierson Award in the Documentary Competition category recognizes cinematic documentaries with integrity, originality and social or cultural significance. LoveTrue is a non-fiction film offering a unique exploration of the challenges presented by love, and examining how our past and present experiences shape the decisions we make when the fantasy of true love is shattered. For LoveTrue Har’el collaborated with Shia LaBeouf, an early supporter of her work since starring in the music video promo she directed for Sigur Ros, "Fjoger Piano." LaBeouf is executive producer of LoveTrue.

The B-Reel group began operations in 1999 in Stockholm Sweden and currently has offices in the London, L.A., NY, Stockholm, Barcelona and Berlin. In January 2016, Margo Mars joined the London office of B-Reel Films as managing director and partner, and has been focused on growing its business and director roster ever since.

While she has made strides as an individual filmmaker, Har’el is also looking to help benefit the collective body of women directors by launching Free The Bid (see separate story), an initiative designed to put female directors more consistently in the running for commercials and branded content projects. A Free The Bid website (click here) has been activated with information on the program which calls for agencies to bid a woman director on every ad assignment. Several agencies have already pledged to do just that, including FCB Global, DDB North America, BBDO North America, McCann New York, JWT, Leo Burnett, Pereira & O’Dell, Mother, Joan, Phenomenon and 180LA.