HAPPENINGS

  • Chicago-Based Editor Nate Pence Joins TwoPoint0 As Company Expands Unique Model to the Midwest

    Chicago-Based Editor Nate Pence Joins TwoPoint0 As Company Expands Unique Model to the Midwest

    Editor Nate Pence, based in Chicago, has joined TwoPoint0. Co-Founders Wendy Rosen and Anthony Marinelli welcomed Pence to the company’s eclectic roster of talent, and expand TwoPointO’s unique model to the Midwest.

    “Anthony and I are excited to expand TwoPoint0’s roster to Chicago!” says TwoPoint0 Co-Founder/Executive Producer/Editor Wendy Rosen. “We feel Nate is the perfect Editor to launch this venture. Nate's reel speaks for his talent and skill. Whether it’s storytelling or design-based work, his editorial sensibility shines through. Anthony and I are huge fans of Nate’s, and we look very forward to welcoming him into the TwoPoint0 family.”

    Nate Pence began his career at Whitehouse Post in Los Angeles and along the way has made stops at Beast, Digital Kitchen and Conspiracy. Especially drawn to design-based and docu-style projects, he’s worked internationally, on both coasts and on sets, in hotel rooms and motor homes and all points in between. With over a decade in postproduction he's been a part of many distinguished campaigns including those from The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Intel, the Chicago Cubs and the first global efforts for Sailor Jerry Rum.

    “Joining forces with TwoPoint0 is really exciting,” concludes Pence. “As the editorial business evolves, it's crucial to be able to adapt and have more flexibility. The post model that Wendy and Anthony are pioneering makes so much sense and I'm fired up we're on each others' team." Pence is currently editing a Groupon campaign via O’Keefe, Reinhard & Paul.

  • Cut+Run’s Sam Ostrove Edits Latest Grammy's Campaign Celebrating Positive Impact Of Music

    Cut+Run celebrated the 59th Grammy’s and the positive impact of music in the latest campaign from The Recording Academy, “Believe in Music,” featuring artist Anderson .Paak and edited by Sam Ostrove. In the film--directed by Natalie Rae of Sanctuary Content--.Paak, who laid the foundation for his music career as a drummer in a gospel choir, returns to church to perform a rendition of his hit “Come Down.”

    The uplifting film shows the profound effect music has on the human spirit— as a congregation dances together to the infectious tune accompanied by a gospel choir. Gospel music director and .Paak’s family friend J’rese Mitchell collaborated with .Paak to create the gospel arrangement for the song. The cast features friends and family from .Paak’s hometown of Oxnard, California. His sister Camille and 6 year-old son Soul also make cameo appearance.

  • Love Has No Labels Takes Over the NFL Kiss Cam in Beautiful New Film Edited By Cut+Run

    Love Has No Labels Takes Over the NFL Kiss Cam in Beautiful New Film Edited By Cut+Run

    To coincide with Valentine’s Day, the Ad Council, R/GA and an unprecedented group of brand partners launched, “Fans of Love,” an extension of the iconic Love Has No Labels campaign. The new PSA, edited by Cut+Run’s Robert Ryang and directed by Floyd Russ for R/GA, put a twist on the traditional kiss cam by replacing it with a camera that features all forms of love –friendships, families and romantic relationships– across race, religion, gender, sexuality, ability and age. "I loved collaborating with my friend, director Floyd Russ, and the R/GA team on such meaningful and relevant work,” says Robert Ryang. "Hopefully, in the future, acceptance will be so common that people will wonder why a project like this was even necessary.”

    The goal of the campaign has always been to flood culture with a message of unbiased love, but this year, they’re doing so by actually reframing an iconic part of culture. “On Valentine’s Day ‘Fans of Love’ highlights that love has the power to bring people together regardless of our differences – a message that is more important now than ever,” said Lisa Sherman, president and CEO of the Ad Council. “We hope that this new creative will encourage all of us to reflect on our own biases and the role we can play in creating a more accepting and inclusive world.”

    The campaign directs audiences to lovehasnolabels.com, which features a quiz to help people examine their own biases and resources on how to take actionable steps to rethink those biases. An interactive “Fans of Love” video will present relevant campaign facts and links to educational content to audiences as they are watching the film.

    To learn more, visit the Love Has No Labels website on Tumblr, join the campaign’s social communities on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and visit the campaign shop.

  • Bullitt Welcomes Director Nicolas Randall

    Bullitt Welcomes Director Nicolas Randall

    Bullitt kicks off a busy new year by expanding its roster with Nicolas Randall, a director and creative director known for the striking production design, distinctive color palettes, and the photographic quality he brings to each frame. Possessing a deep understanding of the creative advertising process, Nicolas works at the intersection of art, music, commerce and culture, for innovative agencies and brands including Land Rover and Roberto Cavalli.

    The son of a producer/director of British comedy, Nicolas spent many youthful hours on set captivated by the process. He studied architecture and interior design at London’s Royal College of Art, before applying his design thinking and passion for cinema to production design for film and TV. He then went on to work as an agency art director and creative director, simultaneously cultivating his voice as a director.

    Nicholas enjoys exploring the artful ways to entertain and connect and his collaborations with Ok-Go and Beats, among others, weave together brand and band voice. He was part of the team that developed and directed Daft Signz x Vans showcasing LA’s symbolic sign spinners that received a million views in one week.

  • BARK BARK Announces Strategic Alliance With Leading Content Producers For Branded Content Campaigns

    BARK BARK Announces Strategic Alliance With Leading Content Producers For Branded Content Campaigns

    Award-winning branded entertainment studio, BARK BARK, is excited to announce formal strategic partnerships with many of the industry’s foremost content creators in broadcast and digital entertainment. The studio’s record of delivering marketing content now encompasses a powerful network of partners that cover every entertainment genre and demographic with global impact and multi-platform reach. This growing alliance of experts unites development, production, marketing, and digital teams with a single point of service via BARK BARK to lead entertainment initiatives and achieve measurable results.

    Some of BARK BARK’s newly-announced content partners include Cineflix Productions (PROPERTY BROTHERS, AMERICAN PICKERS, FOOD FACTORY, STYLE FACTORY), Den of Thieves (THE VMAS, IHEARTRADIO AWARDS, THE GONG SHOW), Hazy Mills Productions (GRIMM, HOLLYWOOD GAME NIGHT, HOT IN CLEVELAND, THE HISTORY OF COMEDY), Jane Street Entertainment, (CHOPPED, RACHAEL VERSUS GUY CELEBRITY COOK-OFF, SWEET GENIUS), Monami Entertainment (LOVE & HIP HOP, MONEY. POWER. RESPECT., LEAVE IT TO STEVIE, MICHELLE MY LIFE), North South Productions (IMPRACTICAL JOKERS, SAY YES TO THE DRESS ATLANTA), Nuyorican Productions (WORLD OF DANCE, THE FOSTERS, SHADES OF BLUE) and Pilgrim Media Group (THE RUNNER, FAST & LOUD, WICKED TUNA, GHOST HUNTERS, WELCOME TO SWEETIE PIE’S).

  • Arcade, Cut+Run, Eleven & Timber Contribute Their Talents To Multiple Super Bowl 2017 Commercials

    Arcade, Cut+Run, Eleven & Timber Contribute Their Talents To Multiple Super Bowl 2017 Commercials

    The Super Bowl 2017 campaign climate was filled with celebration as Arcade, Cut+Run, Eleven and Timber revel in their wide-spread contributions. The four studios enjoyed one of their greatest years to date with numerous spots each, attracting a plethora of buzz from various media outlets and online platforms. The companies anticipate more traction and reaction in the near future as the spots take a life of their own online, with plans for continued growth and overall presence in the years ahead.

    The team of editors at Arcade contributed their talents to 10 Super Bowl 2017 commercial campaigns this year, including Aflac, Buick, Busch, H&R Block, Snickers, Synovus, Tide and T-Mobile. Cut+Run’s editors contributed to 2 pre-game spots for Heinz & Taco Bell and 1 game spot for It’s a 10, while the team of mixers and sound designers at Eleven contributed to a total of 7 spots for API, Buick, H&R Block, SoCal Honda, T-Mobile and Wix. Timber’s team contributed their VFX/postproduction talents to 8 spots including commercials for Buick, H&R Block, Snickers, Synovus, and multiple spots for T-Mobile.

  • Geoff Oki Named Creative Director At M&C Saatchi LA's Heavenspot

    Geoff Oki Named Creative Director At M&C Saatchi LA's Heavenspot

    Heavenspot, a part of M&C Saatchi LA, announces Geoff Oki as Creative Director of the Los Angeles based agency. Oki was tapped for the role after 3 years as ACD, where his leadership on Heavenspot’s work for award-winning clients like FX Networks, Netflix, Mattel, Disney, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment (Lego video games), and Twentieth Century Fox exemplified the type of inspired and integrated creativity required to connect with today’s digital consumers.  

    “Geoff is an outstanding creative leader who quickly earns the admiration of both clients and the Heavenspot team. His up-to-the-moment knowledge of how to leverage trends and technology in creative executions makes him an ideal CD for today’s advertising landscape,” adds M&C Saatchi LA Chief Executive Officer Huw Griffith.

    As Creative Director, Oki will lead Heavenspot’s creative vision for existing clients, as well as the agency’s continued growth into verticals beyond entertainment, including automotive and hospitality. He will also oversee the expansion of Heavenspot’s partnership with award-winning video production studio, Culprit Creative, named to Forbes’ 30 Under 30 in advertising in 2014.

     “It’s an incredible opportunity,” says Oki, “to have a group of clients who are always challenging themselves to try something new, and to lead a collaborative creative team with the talent and skill to consistently exceed all expectations. Every day, technology is presenting us with new formats and ways to connect, and I know that Heavenspot will be able to make the most of each one of them.”

  • Timber Puts Poetry In Motion For Motionpoems & “A Sonnet After Chopin’s Requiem”

    The creative team at Timber, led by Creative Directors Jonah Hall and Kevin Lau, were called on by Motionpoems (www.motionpoems.org) to create compelling visuals for an original poem by Poet Monique Adelle. Featuring voice-over by Ashley Becerra, the piece merges alluring colors of gold, white, silver and black to create unique and mesmerizing shapes moving in synchronized motion.

    Monique Adelle’s poem “A Sonnet After Chopin’s Requiem” is part of Motionpoems’ powerful seventh season of films, produced in partnership with Cave Canem (www.cavecanem.org) exploring the theme of “How Do You Raise a Black Child?” The series made its debut at the prestigious Walker Art Center in Minneapolis in Fall 2016; and just had its Los Angeles screening at the Playa Studios this month in January 2017.

  • Vagabond Promotes Pablo Tourrenc To Senior Producer As Company Sets Sights On Continued Expansion in 2017

    Vagabond has started 2017 off with an expansive spirit, promoting Pablo Tourrenc to Senior Producer. Based in Bogota, Colombia, Tourrenc will now oversee bidding and productions for some of the projects shooting in Latin America.

    “Pablo was invited to join Vagabond as the Producer for Colombia based in Bogota and to develop new territories such as the Dominican Republic and Cuba,” notes Vagabond’s Founder/Managing Director Lorenzo Benedick, who is based in New York. “Thanks to Pablo’s enthusiasm, work ethics and international experience, he has now been promoted to Senior Producer for Latin America, taking care of the bidding process, the production on the ground, through the wrap.”

    Vagabond’s Franco-British Senior Producer Pablo Tourrenc started his career in New York City offering production services in North America to European production companies. After five years in the U.S., he moved to Bogota, Colombia where he set up Vagabond’s Colombian office. Pablo was born and raised in France. He studied Communications in the U.K., then Filmmaking in France and in New York. He speaks fluent French, English and Spanish.

  • Nice Shoes Creative Studio And No Fixed Address Help Canadian Centre For Child Protection Spin A Web For Project Arachnid

    In early 2017, The Canadian Centre for Child Protection launched Project Arachnid, a groundbreaking tool that detects and helps remove images of child sexual abuse on the Internet. The centre, which operates in partnership with police forces across Canada, recently posed questions to a group of adults who had been sexually exploited as children and whose abuse had been recorded on camera. Almost three-quarters of respondents said they were worried about being recognized years later, because the images continue to spread online. To bring to life how Project Arachnid helps victims break the endless cycle of abuse, the organization enlisted agency No Fixed Address and Nice Shoes Creative Studio to craft a brief, but powerful animated short film.

    “It was very important to us to find a way to reflect the gravity of the matter, but not make people look away. We didn’t want the problem to seem insurmountable,” said Shawn James, Creative Director at No Fixed Address, “Nice shoes did a great job of finding that balance.”

    Nice Shoes Creative Directors Gary Thomas and Matt Greenwood, along with Design Director Stefan Woronko developed style frames taking the piece into an illustrative, textured direction inspired by Manga, graphic novels, and the work of Frank Miller and Edward Gorey. As the teams explored the concept, they quickly found they were on the same page, and worked closely to animate the dramatic and powerful story. “We felt the narrative should drive the visuals and presented a solution where only simple animation was needed to emphasize the story,” said Thomas.