HAPPENINGS

  • Bullitt Signs Award-Winning Directors Sasie Sealy & Jonathan Zames To Filmmaker Roster

    Bullitt Signs Award-Winning Directors Sasie Sealy & Jonathan Zames To Filmmaker Roster

    Bullitt is excited to welcome two award-winning directors to its roster: Sasie Sealy and Jonathan Zames. Both are conversant in both long and short form projects, and work at the intersection of advertising and entertainment. 

    Sasie Sealy is director with a love of striking visuals and cheeky scripts. She first made her mark in the commercial world of fashion and beauty with clients such as Maybelline, Tory Burch, Suave, and Sally Hansen, and her work has been featured in Glamour, Refinery29, and Teen Vogue, among others. Sasie’s projects are known for transcending category by embodying an original vantage point or unique narrative facet. Sealy’s short films have screened at festivals around the world, and her work has won support from the Sundance Institute, New York State Council on the Arts, Film Independent, and the Sloan Foundation. A short with HBO in 2014 led to a chance to direct episodic television and her first DGA nomination for her work on Amazon’s Gortimer Gibbons’ Life on Normal Street.  In addition to her advertising work, now exclusively via Bullitt, she is currently in development on a pilot with Sarah Jessica Parker’s company Pretty Matches.Director Jonathan Zames combines visual artistry and a comedy writer's edge in work that piques curiosity while delivering maximum impact. Humanity, technology and captivating imagery often align in unexpected ways in Jonathan’s projects, among them the 2017 Cannes Lion-winning Google “Pride For Everyone.”  His background as a screenwriter and cinematographer shape and inform his work for such noted brands as Canon, Luminosity, Glad, and Benjamin Moore, among others. Additionally, his experience as an award winning Creative Director for Google ensures work that makes brands stand out and accentuates their message authentically and playfully.  Originally from Montreal, Jonathan lives in New York and works in Los Angeles, Europe and Asia, giving him a truly global perspective.

  • Arcade Editors Call On Gaming World To Prep Squads For Action In Call Of Duty’s New, Worldwide Campaign

    Arcade Editors Geoff Hounsell, Paul Martinez & Graham Chisholm re-unite lifelong gaming squads in a hilarious international campaign for popular video game franchise “Call of Duty.” The three spots bring together a variety of comrades in different corners of the world, as they search for one another through cheeky plot twists in celebration of the new installment of the franchise.

     

    To view the spots, click here

  • Fireflies West Rides Home Having Raised $575,000 for City of Hope

    Fireflies West Rides Home Having Raised $575,000 for City of Hope

    The 10th Annual Fireflies West ride was the largest in the event’s history, featuring 60 cyclists who traversed a 700 mile journey down the California coast for the ultimate cause: cancer research and treatment. As the riders - exhausted and exhilarated - crossed the finish line, they were greeted with cheers and the uplifting news that this year’s event has raised an unprecedented $575,000 for City of Hope Hospital. At the welcome home event held at 72andSunny, Fireflies West Co-Founders Jake Scott and Bryan Farhy spoke about the Fireflies genesis and evolution, culminating in a rousing rallying cry: For Those Who Suffer, We Ride. What began as a few intrepid cycling enthusiasts has, over the last decade, included 250 participating Fireflies West riders, along with a supporting volunteer network, and over 30 industry sponsors. The total raised to date for City of Hope Hospital is $2,500,000. 

    City of Hope is a leading research, treatment center dedicated to the prevention, treatment and cure of cancer and other life threatening illnesses guided by a compassionate patient-centered philosophy.  Every dollar raised via Fireflies West goes directly to City of Hope without any administration costs throughout, ensuring that every tax-deductible donation goes directly to fighting cancer. Moreover, the annual riders fund their own way and expenses out of their own pocket, a reflection of their incredibly generous spirits. 

    To view a list of this year’s riders, and the supporting sponsors, please visit: http://www.fireflieswest.com/#2017intro

  • kaboom signs director malek haneen

    kaboom signs director malek haneen

    kaboom productions is excited to welcome malek haneen to the director roster. The signing is the first representation for the director, who has worked independently for brands like Nike, PlayStation, Under Armor, Pabst Blue Ribbon and PowerAde, with striking results.

    malek haneen’s life has been informed by a combination of art, science, and technology, ultimately resulting in magic on screen.  His contemporary visual style infuses branded narratives with effortless beauty and authentic connections. malek defines his collaborations with agencies and clients as an investigation of theme to convey the message. 

    malek found his true passion in art, first in photography and then in the moving image. After studying film at USC, malek came to directing by way of cinematography. He spent time traveling around the country working on film and television, before moving to Portland where he collaborated with Nike and music artists The Shins, among others, while working on his own scripts. He recently relocated to Los Angeles. 

  • Arcade Editor Paul Martinez Highlights The “Stunt Man” Experience In Toyota’s Latest Campaign

    Arcade Editor Paul Martinez takes viewers on an entertaining thrill ride in Toyota’s latest spot, “Stunt Man,” which highlights the unanticipated strength of Toyota’s break systems when an on-set stunt man amusingly fails to deliver.

  • TwoPoint0 Editor/Partner Anthony Marinelli Continues To Make His Mark On New York With Twofold Festival Selections For Short Film & Play

    For years, TwoPoint0 Editor/Co-Founder Anthony Marinelli has cultivated a distinguished portfolio of passion projects that have screened in film festivals worldwide. Marinelli’s latest short film, “Marital Arts,” continues its impressive festival run as an Official Selection at the Chelsea Film Festival in New York, while his new one act play, “Max & Domino,” also receives Official Selection status at the prestigious New York New Works Festival, both in the month of October.

    With “Marital Arts,” Marinelli wanted to make a film that celebrates the two things he knows most about: marriage (being married for 28 years) and classic cinema. The film was previously a finalist in the Katra Film Series and screened in the NYC Independent Film Festival, the Richmond International Film Festival and the Cannes Short Film Corner. It has also been preselected for the 2nd Annual Toronto International Independent Film Festival. Marinelli’s two previous short films won awards at Richmond: “Walt Whitman Never Paid For It” won the Audience Choice Award in 2014 and “Acoustic Space” won Best Original Screenplay in 2016.

    Marinelli’s new play “Max & Domino” is an existential black comedy about a pair of professional killers who create a living hell for the man who betrayed them. But it’s also about how we all adopt different personas depending on our objective of the moment. Two years ago, another of his one-acts, “Another Famous Dead Artist,” was a semi-finalist at the same New York New Works Festival, and last month, his screenplay, “Books, Beds and Baths,” was a finalist in the HollyShorts Film Festival’s Short Screenplay Competition, exemplifying further his strengths as a writer. Moreover, Marinelli has been hard at work this past year editing a documentary for Director David Seth Cohen about his quest to have a drink with Adam Sandler after passing up the opportunity years earlier. The documentary, “Finding Sandler,” is a project he is very excited about and hopes to complete in early 2018.

  • Mike Diva And Lord Danger Take Anna Akana On A Wild Ride With Metro Manners PSA

    The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) has teamed with creative production studio Lord Danger and Director Mike Diva to present a new campaign which takes a truly original approach to an everyday subject: manners. Close encounters with abysmal behavior on public busses and trains can make simple transgressions feel monstrous and lead to sticky situations.

    Rude Dude is a furry manifestation of bad manners: a seat-hogging, door-blocking, food-spilling monster. Super Kind is a J-Pop star by day, Super Hero by night played by Anna Akana who takes on Rude Dude’s transgressions with synth-tastic song. This colorful approach is the brain trust of Metro and Mike Diva, whose timely and astute interpretations of pop culture and digital connectedness has resulted in tens of millions of views. Through Lord Danger, Diva channels his perceptive imagination and hybridized talent (creative direction, directing, editing, vfx and music) for eyeball grabbing branded projects.

    Featuring three digital films and an accompanying print campaign, Metro Manners is the first integrated campaign for Diva and Lord Danger. Diva cast Anna Akana (who has over 1.8 million subscribers on YouTube for her weekly series) as the pitch perfect protector of protocol, with Rude Dude designed in conjunction with noted collaborator FONCO.

  • DEX Studio Announces Groundbreaking Of Badmaash As Franchise Expands from Downtown Los Angeles To F

    DEX Studio Announces Groundbreaking Of Badmaash  As Franchise Expands from Downtown Los Angeles To F

    DEX Studio announces the milestone groundbreaking of Los Angeles Indian eatery Badmaash as the franchise expands from its flagship in Downtown LA to the heart of Fairfax. The 1,400 square foot Indian haven is the second Badmaash restaurant for DEX, blending unexpected with familiar in its ambitious reach for a transcendent patron experience.

    DEX Studio Owner/Principal Glen Bell primarily sought to peel back layers of what Indian restaurants represent in Los Angeles and around the country. Through the immaculate design, DEX looked to create a space that is both approachable and modern while maintaining cultural integrity and relevance. The design process involved many intimate conversations with the Badmaash family surrounding memories of growing up and living in India, paving way to an organic showcase of colors, textures and styling indicative of the owners’ Indian roots.

    The design blends the disparate influences of India’s history: the muted color palette, moldings and furnishings, as seen in traditional Iranian cafes, plays a backdrop to the vibrant wall feature.  Bands of color form a motif on the kitchen wall reminiscent of the Indian sari.  The bands start to unravel throughout the space, where they support a light fixture from above.

  • Community Films' Seth Gordon Directs New Campaign for Southwest Airlines

    Community Films' Seth Gordon directs a series of new spots for Southwest Airlines, as part of the "Behind Every Seat Is A Story" campaign through agency GSD&M/Austin, shedding humorous and endearing light on each passenger's journey to their seat.

  • M&C Saatchi LA Promotes Long-Term Executives

    M&C Saatchi LA Promotes Long-Term Executives

    M&C Saatchi LA has promoted three of its key executives to senior positions to help run the agency. All three have been with M&C Saatchi for over 10 years. Ron Tapia takes on the role of Creative Director, and Mike Wilton and Rebecca McGough have each been promoted to Managing Director. The trio will sit on the Executive Leadership Board running the expanding set of companies in the LA group.

    Ron Tapia joined the agency in 2007 as an art director and has provided creative leadership and vision to the agency’s work over the past decade. He has helmed projects for such M&C Saatchi LA clients as VIZIO and BMW Motorrad. His recent work for the San Diego Zoo’s Africa Rocks exhibit was given a permanent home this year in the lithography collection of the Huntington Library.

    Rebecca McGough and Mike Wilton will take on the day-to-day running of the agency, working closely with Huw Griffith, CEO & Partner, Kate Bristow Chief, Strategy Officer & Partner, and Maria Smith, Executive Creative Director.

    Rebecca McGough started her career at the London office in 2007, moving to LA four years ago to run UGG Australia. Since then, McGough has led the team to grow and win many integrated pieces of business, including the Pacific Life AOR account. Mike Wilton also started at the London agency in 2007 and moved to the West Coast three years ago to spearhead Epson America and San Diego Zoo, two of the agency’s longest standing partnerships. From there, he has helped lead the agency to success on the BMW Motorrad and Fox Restaurant Concepts AOR pitches, among other key projects and accounts.