Monday, October 23, 2017

People on the Move

  • Monday, Oct. 23, 2017
Chemistry adds ECDs Corbitt, Duering
Anja Duering

Independent agency Chemistry has added two executive creative directors, Carl Corbitt and Anja Duering. The shop has offices in Atlanta and Pittsburgh, with a roster which includes YouTube, Red Bull, Four Loko, RA Sushi, Atlanta United FC, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, MetroHealth, Marriott, and two new accounts, the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau (ACVB) and TIKD, a platform to help consumers take action against traffic tickets.

ECDs Corbitt and Duering are both based in the Atlanta office and report to chief creative officer Chris Breen. Corbitt joins from Fitzgerald + Co. where he served as group creative director. Prior, Corbitt honed his craft serving as creative director at Crispin Porter + Bogusky, 180LA, goodness Mfg., and Wieden + Kennedy Amsterdam, working with brands like Mitsubishi Motors, contributing to over five quarters of double-digit growth, Nokia, doubling the size of the business within 12 months, and more. In his new role, Corbitt will be responsible for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, YouTube and the ACVB among others. 

Duering will be responsible for Atlanta United, Red Bull and TIKD. She joins the team with nearly 15 years of experience as a creative director including time spent with Wieden + Kennedy and CP + B. Duering started her career at Arnold Worldwide, then moved to CP+B, where she art directed the Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity Grand Prix-winning GTI “Fast” campaign for Volkswagen.

  • Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017
Justin Grosjean upped to editor at Cutters Studios Detroit
Justin Grosjean

Cutters Studios Detroit has promoted Justin Grosjean to editor. The announcement was made by executive producer Mary Connolly and managing director Kurt Kulas.

While Grosjean first joined the company four years ago as an intern, even at that time, he was already in the global spotlight for creative production. Starting in 2012, Justin and his twin brother John launched the very successful GoBroPros Youtube channel that included the highly-original “Skyrim” parody series. The series quickly attracted worldwide acclaim for its VFX-intensive execution, racking up over 5 million views to date. Also, as a student at Michigan State University (B.A., Media Arts and Technology Film, 2012), two MSU film projects he edited won 2014 and 2015 Regional Emmy Awards for Best Historical Documentary.

Grosjean made short work of ascending to the position of full-time assistant editor at Cutters, where his technical and creative insights made him an invaluable collaborator right away. Editors Louis Lyne, Kevin O’Brien, Kathryn Hempel and others uniformly describe his passion for the craft as “inspiring.” Grosjean’s dedication has led to shared editorial projects - and direct requests from clients. Among the leading agencies who regularly turn to him for high-profile projects are GTB (for clients Ford, Lincoln, Warriors in Pink), Commonwealth (for Chevrolet), and Driven Communications (for Fender and ELS).

Beyond Detroit, Grosjean has also impacted other Cutters Studios operations. In 2016 he spent time at Cutters Tokyo, supporting staff editors there and co-editing a spot with Aika Miyake for Love Liner which aired nationally in Japan. He returned to Detroit in time to collect another Michigan Emmy Award for a project he edited for the Detroit Lions, as well as the prestigious D Show Award for Editing Craft for his “25 Years in 25 Seconds” spot for The Detroit Red Wings.

  • Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017
2C Originals hires Mark S. Clark as head of development
Mark S. Clark

Punctuating a long, successful relationship that began in a freelance capacity, 2C Originals, the original content division of 2C Media, Inc., has appointed Mark S. Clark as its new head of development. The news was announced by the North Miami-based company’s co-founder, Chris Sloan, who looks forward to putting Clark’s varied skills to work in 2C’s unscripted world and beyond.
First tapped as a freelance editor/producer in 2005 (2C’s first year in business), Clark has assumed roles with increasing responsibility throughout the company’s 12-year growth. With his work spanning the launch of MyNetworkTV to integral roles in the promo campaigns for CNN, FOX, ABC Family, History, Science Channel, Comedy Central, Velocity and Animal Planet, Clark has served as a writer, editor, producer and director on more than 100 short- and long-form projects.
These projects aside, perhaps the most relevant aspect of Clark’s background is his role in developing four previous series with 2C, including Travel Channel’s Airport 24/7: Miami, which he co-executive produced and directed for three seasons.
“This series was truly like producing several unique shows at the same time, as we followed Customs and Border Protection, TSA, The Miami-Dade Police, Fire Rescue, airport staff and airline carriers with unprecedented access that we worked very hard to attain.  It was a massive undertaking from development to series, and very rewarding.”
The other unscripted 2C series Clark helped to develop include CMT’s Danger Coast, WE tv’s A Stand Up Mother and Planet Green’s Future Food.

  • Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017
PS260 adds editor Walter Mauriot to its roster
Walter Mauriot

Editor Walter Mauriot has joined creative post house PS260. He reports to managing partner Zarina Mak, and will be working across the company’s diversified client base for all bookings in the US at its New York City and Venice, Calif. offices. 

Mauriot, who hails from editorial house Dearcut, started his career as an assistant editor at Bandits Production in 1997. Afterwards, he became a freelance editor working on various music videos for multiple artists, including Cassius, Mirwais, Madonna, Keziah Jones, Christophe Navarre, Alex et Martin and H5, and has worked with director Jean Baptiste Mondino, among others. Mauriot then brought his unique editorial style to companies like Wanda Productions, 75, Stink, Partizan and Iconoclast. His commercial work includes campaigns for Dior, Volkswagen, Yves Saint Laurent and Adidas, where he edited spots including, “Unite All,” directed by SoMe, and “All In,” directed by Romain Gavras.

Mauriot worked on a range of projects with ​Gavras, which includes A Cross The Universe, a documentary about the French electronic music duo Justice; MIA’s videos for “Bad Girls” and “Born Free,” which earned Mauriot the Antville Award for Best Editing in 2010; Jay-Z and Kanye West’s “No Church In The Wild”; and “Gosh” by Jamie XX. Mauriot was also one of three editors who worked on Logorama, a 2010 Oscar winner for Best Animation Short Film. He also worked as a second editor on a full-length feature called Unleashed which was written by Luc Besson; Transporter 2; Taken 3; and Babylon A.D. featuring Vin Diesel. In 2017, Mauriot edited 9 Doigts (or 9 Fingers), which was directed by FJ Ossang, and was awarded at Locarno Festival for best directing.

  • Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017
Sinjin Bain to head Method Studios' newly formed AR/VR unit Method EXP
Sinjin Bain

Method Studios has unveiled Method EXP, its dedicated production group creating world-class immersive experiences, formerly known as Deluxe VR. Long-time EA Electronic Arts (EA) executive Sinjin Bain has joined to lead Method EXP as SVP, global head of VR/AR, reporting to president and GM of Method Studios, Ed Ulbrich. 

Method EXP tightly unifies the CG and design artistry of Method Studios worldwide with AR/VR strategists, directors, technologists and producers to envision and create immersive experiences for all platforms. Bain brings deep connections in gaming and interactive entertainment to the leadership role. 

Bain is a recognized stalwart in interactive entertainment who has continually set precedents in the games industry and continues to push development into new and exciting directions. In his 15 years as an EA executive, he exec produced some of the world’s biggest game titles for EA Partners such as “Rock Band” and many others.  As COO and EP of EA’s Maxis and EARS studios, Bain produced “The Sims,” one of the best-selling video game franchises of all time and “The Simpsons.”  As global general manager of EA Partners, he helped build one of the most successful independent development publishing groups in the industry, signing AAA developers including Respawn, Harmonix, Insomniac & Crytek and delivering the highest average Metacritic scores of any EA business unit. Bain was most recently the CEO of Maxplay, a platform enabling real-time distributed collaborative development with unprecedented runtime performance for VR and AR.  

  • Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017
Digital vet Simon Andrews to head The Media Kitchen in Europe
Simon Andrews

Media veteran Simon Andrews, founder of the influential consultancy Addictive, has joined The Media Kitchen, the U.S.-based media agency under the KBS and MDC umbrellas. Andrews will lead the London office and oversee the agency’s operation in Europe.

Andrews, who has previously launched and run a number of successful digital creative agencies including Modem Media Poppe Tyson, DLKW Dialogue and Big Picture, also served as global digital chief strategy officer at Mindshare. His extensive experience across creative and media is supplemented with deep domain knowledge of mobile and ad tech. Mobile Fix, his weekly newsletter, has a weekly subscription base of more than 5,000 of the industry’s best and brightest at companies including Google, Amazon, Snap, Facebook, as well as brands and agencies. 

To grow the European business Andrews will work closely with the team at Albion, which is KBS’ London-based agency. The result is a unique fusion of capabilities including strategy, creative, media, product development and tech stack build-outs.

  • Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017
Michael Smollin joins Fancy Film as sr. colorist
Michael Smollin

Veteran colorist Michael Smollin has joined Fancy Film, the independent postproduction facility based in Los Angeles’ Silver Lake neighborhood. Smollin, whose credits span features, episodics, reality series and documentaries, will serve as the facility’s senior colorist for theatrical and television projects.

“Mike is someone who can lead our color division in both technical and artistic capacities,” said Fancy Film CEO Bill Macomber. “He brings a significant ability to grow our business through his many diehard fans. He has especially deep experience as a colorist for mid-budget features and television series, projects that are a perfect match for Fancy and the facilities we have here.  As these projects gear up for HDR, Mike’s leadership will be key.”

Smollin has worked at Fancy on an occasional freelance basis for over five years. His credits include Undefeated, the 2012 Oscar winner for Best Documentary Feature, as well as The Case Against 8 for HBO and Underwater Universe for Discovery. “They do great work at this facility, including a lot of films that have gone to Sundance, Toronto and Cannes,” said Smollin. “The facility is very familiar to me, the people are great and there is excellent interaction between clients and staff. The location has a hip, eclectic feel. It’s a great place.”

Smollin’s career in postproduction spans more than 20 years, the past four at Roundabout Entertainment, Burbank. His background also includes posts with Walden Media, Mega Playground, Technicolor and Encore Video. He got his start with Complete Post. His many credits include the television series American Dreams, CSI: Miami, Once and Again and Grounded for Life¸ the documentary Sound City, the features Chasing Mavericks, Parental Guidance and Won’t Back Down, and the Disney live action feature The Jungle Book.

Launched by Macomber in 2003, Fancy Film offers a seamless workflow from dailies processing through picture lock and has developed a strong reputation for providing high quality post services in a boutique, creative environment. The facility features a DCI-certified, Da Vinci Resolve color grading theater and three broadcast color correction suites, plus editorial conforming, quality control and related resources. In addition, it has 20,000 square feet of offline editorial space that it leases to film and television productions on long- and short-term bases. Recent projects that have undergone postproduction finishing at the facility include Beatriz at Dinner, Miguel Arteta’s film, starring Salma Hayek and John Lithgow, that had a major release through Roadside Attractions after premiering at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.  Its series work includes Sing It! for YouTube Red and Party Over Here for Lonely Island and Fox.

  • Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017
Shanah Blevins named Honor Society's West Coast EP
Shanah Blevins

Honor Society, a bicoastal production company headed by managing director/executive producer Megan Kelly, has added Shanah Blevins as exec producer of its Los Angeles office. Blevins will be the first L.A. EP for the production company since launching in December 2015, expanding its West Coast presence and rounding out the company’s fully women-led team. She has nearly two decades of experience as a producer, spanning commercial, music video, TV and film projects. With a hands-on approach while on set, Blevins has produced campaigns for such clients as Honda, Sprint, Verizon, Burger King, Toyota, Nike, Ad Council, McDonald’s, Google and HP. She has also collaborated with production companies including Chelsea Pictures, Moxie Pictures, 1stAveMachine, PRETTYBIRD and Elastic. Having shot in nearly every state and on six of the seven continents,

Oklahoma-born Blevins made her way out to Los Angeles at the ripe age of 19 and after college quickly rolled up her sleeves in the world of music videos. She landed a gig at Palomar Pictures, where she quickly climbed her way up from production assistant to producer, working on videos for such iconic artists as Michael Jackson, Prince, Green Day and Neil Young. She then transitioned to the commercial side of production branching out as a freelance producer. Her frequent repeat collaborations with top directorial talent on commercial productions have led to a wide range of feature film, documentary and TV projects that have further immersed Blevins into the Los Angeles filmmaking landscape.

  • Monday, Oct. 16, 2017
VML’s Trio of Creative Hires: Lafranz, Altis, Costa
Lauren Lafranz

VML has made three key creative hires: Lauren Lafranz as managing director, global creative operations, based in NY; David Altis as executive creative director who will be in the agency’s Kansas City, Mo. headquarters; and Mariana Costa as group creative director in Chicago.

Lafranz will report to Debbi Vandeven, global CCO. In the newly created role of managing director, global creative operations, Lafranz will be responsible for implementing Vandeven’s vision, helping manage VML’s award-winning creative offices worldwide, formalizing the global creative network and being a resource consultant to activate appropriate skill sets for clients. She will also expand creative standards and manage global awards planning.

Lafranz brings more than 15 years of experience, with the majority of her career spent with J. Walter Thompson Worldwide — the past 10 of which concentrated on the creative content side. In her previous position as chief creative content officer, she was directly responsible for managing JWT’s creative program and global creative initiatives. In addition to overseeing programming, she allocated creative resources, tailored showcases for recruitment and retention, and advised on content for award show opportunities. Prior to that, Lafranz held roles in both account management and project management, working on brands such as Rolex, JetBlue and Domino’s.

Lafranz will also act as director of VML’s global creative council, where she will guide creative teams through the process of producing enhanced creative and manage performance of each office in the VML network. She will also hold the title of creative curator, ensuring the highest quality work is cultivated and advanced for VML’s clients. Additionally, Lafranz will recommend talent for specific assignments across global brands.

David Altis
VML rehired Altis as ECD. He originally joined VML in September 2004, leaving in August 2014 to serve as ECD at a local boutique advertising agency.
Altis has worked on a client roster that includes Kellogg, Hill’s Pet Nutrition, SAP, Waste Management, multiple Blue Cross and Blue Shield organizations, H&R Block, Colgate-Palmolive, Tom’s of Maine and the San Diego Zoo.
His experience with digital transformations and advertising spans more than 22 years. He was formally educated in traditional illustration and worked as a successful illustrator for several years before shifting his focus to digital.
Altis has applied his experience across diverse client verticals to help create meaningful consumer engagement ecosystems--striving to connect people to brands by employing insights-driven digital, traditional and broadcast strategies.
His digital and interactive background includes extensive enterprise-level websites, marketing micro sites and consumer social media engagements.
Altis reports to John Godsey, VML’s CCO, North America.
Mariana Costa 
VML’s new group CD Costa has nearly 20 years of experience in the advertising industry, including 12 years in New York working at McCann and DDB on brands such as Georgia-Pacific, Unilever, Johnson & Johnson, Verizon and Reebok. She began her career at BBDO Chicago.
At VML, Costa will be part of the Kimberly-Clark team, where she will manage creative delivery for Family Care brands.
Costa reports to Sean Burns, executive creative director.

  • Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017
Keith Butters named global CTO at KBS
Keith Butters

KBS has appointed Keith Butters as its global chief technology officer. Butters, who is best known for having co-founded The Barbarian Group, will be responsible for the integration of KBS’ deep technical capabilities within the agency’s creative product, which spans the gamut from fully integrated campaigns to technology innovation to major platform builds.
KBS maintains an in-house team of developers, product experts and engineers, who build platforms and digital experiences for clients including BMW, Windstream, Stanley Black & Decker, and Hershey.
“The tech and innovation part of KBS globally is substantial and growing fast. We’re delighted to have a leader of Keith’s talent, substance and humanity to help drive the whole agency forward,” said KBS global CEO Guy Hayward. “We now have a leadership team with enormous creative credentials and a proven ability to build agencies.”
Global chief creative officer Patrick Scissons echoed Hayward’s sentiments saying, “As innovation and tech continue to become more and more important across our global network--from our office in London which was awarded an Innovation Lion at Cannes to New York where we have had many creative opportunities for clients like eSight and Answer ALS--the goal is to bring together storytelling and technology in a way that feels fresh and emotive. Keith’s addition to the KBS Global Creative Council will help us to accomplish that.”
During his time at The Barbarian Group, Butters worked with clients including Volkswagen, PepsiCo, Burger King, Kashi and Nike. He specializes in applying design thinking to technology, digital media and marketing. He has also played an instrumental role in the creation and growth of the creative coding library Cinder, which was awarded the first ever Cannes Lions Innovation Grand Prix.
On joining KBS, Butters said, “I chose KBS because of their amazing leadership team, the existing creative and technical capabilities of the business, their appetite for both traditional and non-traditional work, and their enormous potential energy to do great work across multiple mediums.”