M&C Saatchi LA showcase Vizio’s integration w/Apple

Vizio is among the first companies to offer both Apple AirPlay 2 and HomeKit capabilities on its SmartCast TVs. The integration enables the brand’s customers to stream, control, and share their favorite content directly from their iPhone, iPad, or Mac to their SmartCast TV, while the HomeKit integration allows for seamless smart home control. This … Continue reading “M&C Saatchi LA showcase Vizio’s integration w/Apple”

Ridley Scott to curate Saatchi’s Cannes Director Showcase

RSA Films recently announced that the director of Alien, The Martian and Gladiator has been tapped to curate this year’s New Directors’ Showcase at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity. Now in its 28th year, the showcase is annually presented by Saatchi & Saatchi at the festival to spotlight emerging directors.   According to … Continue reading “Ridley Scott to curate Saatchi’s Cannes Director Showcase”

Rose Byrne, Will Arnett voice Australia campaign

Tourism Australia is back with another advertising blockbuster, releasing a nine film that introduced two loveable animated characters to the long roster of iconic characters and actors appearing in its ad campaigns. Voiced respectively by Rose Byrne (Bridesmaids) and Will Arnett (Arrested Development, 30 Rock), the characters, Ruby the Kangaroo and Louie, a tiny unicorn, take viewers on an awe-inspiring tour of some of Australia’s most dramatic sights, from the Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge to Uluru, the giant sandstone rock in the Northern Territory. Part of the new “Come and Say G’day” campaign, the short film “G’day” was created by the Sydney office of M&C Saatchi, with direction by Michael Gracey via Finch and VFX and CG by Platige. An invitation to international travelers to come and … Continue reading “Rose Byrne, Will Arnett voice Australia campaign”

1stAveMachine welcomes EP Scott Gemmell

Following a banner year with lauded campaigns for DoorDash, ESPN, Ford Mustang, and Frooti, to name a few, as well as key additions of Executive Producers Katie Hitchings and Sabrina Elizondo, storytelling production company 1stAveMachine elevates its leadership team by welcoming Executive Producer Scott Gemmell to its stacked ensemble. Formerly a Partner/EP at StarBeast and Traction Ave. Films, as well as VP/Head of Studio, … Continue reading “1stAveMachine welcomes EP Scott Gemmell”

2022 CDDP Fellows debut spec spots at DGA

The Commercial Directors Diversity Program’s Industry (CDDP) Showcase debuted in Los Angeles at the Directors Guild of America (DGA). Led by Executive Director Tamika Lamison and CDDP Committee Advisory head Lisa Rich, the CDDP offered a six-month program consisting of workshops, mentorships, networking, shadowing, a grant to make a spec commercial, and an industry showcase to share the work.   … Continue reading “2022 CDDP Fellows debut spec spots at DGA”

Director Karima Asaad joins Durable Goods

Bicoastal production company Durable Goods is adding award-winning Australian director Karima Asaad for commercials and branded content in the US. From still photography to live-action, Asaad’s electrifying and unconventional portfolio spanning advertising and photojournalism has earned her a reputation as one of the most intriguing and eye-popping visual talents down under. Durable Goods marks her … Continue reading “Director Karima Asaad joins Durable Goods”

Menno Kluin named CCO for Ogilvy

Ogilvy today announced that Menno Kluin has been named chief creative officer for Ogilvy New York. Menno built his career in New York, becoming one of the city’s most accomplished and awarded creative leaders. Menno joins Ogilvy from Dentsu Creative where he served as US chief creative officer.  His track record of creative excellence was … Continue reading “Menno Kluin named CCO for Ogilvy”

Writer-Director Michael Illick arrives at Interrogate

Los Angeles and New York-based production company Interrogate adds Portland-based director Michael Illick to its roster. A longtime copywriter with a penchant for comedy and quick wit combined with a keen visual sensibility, Illick brings a truly original voice to Interrogate. Michael Illick has worked at major agencies across the country, counting stints at BBDO, Wieden+Kennedy, Saatchi & Saatchi, 215 … Continue reading “Writer-Director Michael Illick arrives at Interrogate”

INTERVIEW: PeterMayer CCO Matt Kuttan

If you have spent any time in Chicago advertising over the last 20 or so years, you probably worked with uber-talented creative Matt Kuttan. Matt has been an influential creative contributor to agencies including Leo Burnett, Burrell Communications, Saatchi X, ICFNext and so many more. I had a chance to work with Matt lifetimes ago … Continue reading “INTERVIEW: PeterMayer CCO Matt Kuttan”

AAF announces winners and highlights

The American Advertising Federation (AAF), the “unifying voice for advertising,” has completed its annual ADMERICA Conference.  The four-day, in-person event, which was held at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, TN, brought together agency representatives, clients, media companies, suppliers and college students from around the country to discuss the changing culture of … Continue reading “AAF announces winners and highlights”

Senior Colorist Emiliano Serantoni joins Harbor

Harbor has tapped senior colorist, Emiliano Serantoni to complement its growing global talent roster, announced Harbor CEO, Zak Tucker, today. Hailing from Paris, France, Serantoni’s portfolio boasts extensive international campaigns for global brands including Apple, Nike, HP, Dior, Hermes, Orange, YSL, Jacquemus, Cartier and Burberry. His artistic sensibilities have earned him long-standing relationships with top … Continue reading “Senior Colorist Emiliano Serantoni joins Harbor”

CDDP announces finalists and 5 new fellows

Tamika Lamison, Executive Director of the Commercial Directors Diversity Program (CDDP), today announced the five Fellows who have each been awarded $25,000.00 stipends to produce spec spots during the Program’s 2022 cycle. The Fellows are: MG ‘Grace’ Evangelista, Alexander Gilbert, Rhym Guisse’, LJ Johnsn and Andrew Rhee. According to Lamison, almost 700 Directors applied to … Continue reading “CDDP announces finalists and 5 new fellows”

Droga5, BBDO, Chiat, SMUGGLER lead AICP Shortlists

The AICP Awards today released the Shortlists for the 2022 editions of its three competitions: The AICP Show: The Art & Technique of the Commercial, the AICP Next Awards and the AICP Post Awards. The Shortlists are the results of a bifurcated judging system that began earlier this year with a series of panels with … Continue reading “Droga5, BBDO, Chiat, SMUGGLER lead AICP Shortlists”

Carl Sundemo joins Epoch Films directorial roster

Carl Sundemo’s work has been called ”stupid ideas presented in a serious way,” and over the years he has built an oppressive interest for how crafted film worlds can be used in unusual ways. His films often play with known genres and troupes in advertising and other narratives, to great comedic effect. As an ad … Continue reading “Carl Sundemo joins Epoch Films directorial roster”

Durable Goods Signs Director Tamer Shaaban 

Bicoastal production company Durable Goods has signed director Tamer Shaaban for exclusive representation in North America. Hailed for his visual storytelling combining film, design, and technology, Shaaban has directed commercials and branded content for such clients as Audi, Microsoft, Dove, Lay’s, and the UEFA Champions League. Born to Egyptian parents and splitting time growing up … Continue reading “Durable Goods Signs Director Tamer Shaaban “

Area 23, Leo Burnett Chicago lead One Show shortlist

After weeks of scrutinizing thousands of entries from all across the globe, the dedicated juries of The One Show 2022 have finally scored every single submission to compile this year’s full shortlist. The One Club for Creativity today announced the entries from 52 countries on the full shortlist for The One Show 2022. Shortlisted entries are those that made it into … Continue reading “Area 23, Leo Burnett Chicago lead One Show shortlist”

Open Swim launches in Brooklyn

Director/Editor Bradley Ross has launched a new, full-service production company, Open Swim, that leads with creative continuity at its core. Ross, the former President of Manhattan Productions, has teamed up with EP Amyliz Pera to develop rich, emotive content encouraging creative perspectives coming together in a nonlinear way.  “AZ [Pera] is a multi-faceted talent. She not … Continue reading “Open Swim launches in Brooklyn”

Things that go “Vroom”in Toyota spot

In partnership with Saatchi & Saatchi, JOJX produced Toyota’s latest motorsports spot “Vroom,” which premiered during The Daytona 500 on February 20, 2022.  Helmed by prolific commercial director Alessandro Paccini, “Vroom” is a celebration of Toyota’s Motorsports dedication to evoke passion across the product line-up following a successful 2021 campaign and wide-sweeping victories from midget … Continue reading “Things that go “Vroom”in Toyota spot”

RSA Films signs Douglas Avery for commercials and content

Award-winning director Douglas Avery has signed with RSA Films for commercial representation in the US and UK. His work is characterized by gripping performances, cinematic visuals and compelling storytelling, as seen in his recent Woody Creek Distillers campaign, with William H. Macy delivering his eccentric cool for the brand he is a partner in, and AXA “Kathmandu,” … Continue reading “RSA Films signs Douglas Avery for commercials and content”

Keeping up with the Joneses and Jonases in Toyota Tundra Super Bowl ad

The stars align in Toyota’s second Big Game ad, “The Joneses,” as Tommy Lee Jones, Leslie Jones, Rashida Jones and Nick Jonas try to keep up alongside the biggest star of them all, the all-new 2022 Toyota Tundra. The all-new 2022 Toyota Tundra has been years in the making and you only get one chance to … Continue reading “Keeping up with the Joneses and Jonases in Toyota Tundra Super Bowl ad”