Walton Isaacson announces multiple hires, promotions

LA-based Walton Isaacson is stepping up recruitment and retention efforts across multiple disciplines, marketing specializations and cultural expertise.  Walton Isaacson CEO Aaron Walton noted, “Over the last eleven months, the agency and its people have demonstrated their exceptional talents and resiliency in the face of all challenges. We are growing, both literally and in every sense of … Continue reading “Walton Isaacson announces multiple hires, promotions”

Commercial director releases first feature film

Multidisciplinary director Alex Anderson has made his feature debut with the release of FAMBLY, a character-driven live action film, which is both darkly dramatic and comedic, with hints of magical realism. The film was shot and directed pre-pandemic by Anderson, from his own script, with a mixed cast of 20 first-time film actors and non-actors … Continue reading “Commercial director releases first feature film”

Richards Group engages Dr. Lauren Tucker for diversity

As part of its commitment to implement meaningful, measurable diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) initiatives, The Richards Group has formally engaged diversity consultant Dr. Lauren Tucker PhD and her team at Do What Matters to help the agency navigate its refounding. In October of last year, the agency found itself in hot water after founder Stan Richards’ made racist remarks during … Continue reading “Richards Group engages Dr. Lauren Tucker for diversity”

Makiné ramps up signs with Moccasin Management

Creative studio Makiné has retained Laura Coones of Moccasin Management to help lead its business development initiatives in the entertainment space, where the studio has created integrated campaigns, promos, and network rebrands for Disney, Nuvo, and Fuse, along with bespoke social content for brands like Amazon Music and T-Mobile. “Laura not only knows the entertainment … Continue reading “Makiné ramps up signs with Moccasin Management”

WoodShop creates a festive holiday spot For Pizza Hut

Director Trevor Shepard applied WoodShop’s characteristic eye for detail when making Christmas magic for Pizza Hut. Spark your cravings and get in the holiday spirit while watching an adorable toy train crash into the Hut’s famous Triple Treat Box. “Shooting a holiday spot is always a highlight of the year. Yet, with this year being … Continue reading “WoodShop creates a festive holiday spot For Pizza Hut”

Makiné debuts new website and brand manifesto

Creative studio Makiné debuts a new website and brand manifesto celebrating its heritage of visual storytelling for ad agencies, brands, and entertainment clients spanning nearly two decades. The film takes viewers inside the mind’s eye of Makiné through a series of colorful animations. Each scene – and the objects within – express the cultural touchstones … Continue reading “Makiné debuts new website and brand manifesto”

AI firm B R A I V E launches in NYC and San Francisco

The new brand artificial intelligence agency B R A I V E recently launched in San Francisco and New York. The firm, which helps companies create synergy between their brand and AI strategy and execution, was created by Co-Founder, Head of Strategy Trace Cohen and Co-Founder, Head of Technology Joe Kleinschmidt, in partnership with independent agency Venables … Continue reading “AI firm B R A I V E launches in NYC and San Francisco”

First All-Female Driving Team AWD launches

The first-ever all-female stunt driving team, AWD (The Association of Women Drivers), has launched in Los Angeles with a trio of seasoned female stunt drivers sharing over 15 years of professional stunt driving experience in 500+ commercials and more than 300 films and TV shows. The collective is made up of Olivia Summers, Dee Bryant and Angela … Continue reading “First All-Female Driving Team AWD launches”

Tamika Miller signs with Wondros Collective

Wondros Collective’s Executive Producer Danielle Peretz continues to expand the commercial/branded content division’s Directorial roster with the signing of Director Tamika Miller this summer. Miller is a Los Angeles-based commercial and film Director who began her career as a Line Producer for high-profile music videos and television commercials including major brands such as Bank of America, Target, … Continue reading “Tamika Miller signs with Wondros Collective”

2020 AICP Next Awards Winners announced

The 2020 AICP Next Awards debuted tonight during a special virtual premiere held online in the wake of social distancing initiatives driven by the COVID-19 pandemic. Tonight’s presentation is the first of three virtual celebrations that comprise AICP Week – which will also include premieres of the AICP Post Awards on June 17th and the … Continue reading “2020 AICP Next Awards Winners announced”

Chance the Rapper, CBS, among 2020 Telly winners

The Telly Awards, the world’s largest honor for video and television content across all screens, has announced this year’s winners, including Jeff Buckley’s “Sky Blue Skin” music video from Sony Music Entertainment, Partizan’s Hewlett Packard “Print the Holidays” Christmas commercial (helmed by French director Michel Gondry), and the exciting psychological deepdive “Do We Have Free … Continue reading “Chance the Rapper, CBS, among 2020 Telly winners”

EP Kenny Solomon joins as The Embassy LA

Following 17 years of successful operations in Canada, visual effects and production studio The Embassy has announced its expansion to the US, opening a new LA office and appointing innovative Executive Producer Kenny Solomon to head up the operation.  The move to expand and create a presence in the US was a carefully considered decision … Continue reading “EP Kenny Solomon joins as The Embassy LA”

REEL WOMEN: Joanna Shaw, a Unicorn in Los Angeles

Editor’s Note: They are leaders. They are inspirational. They are mentors. They are visionaries. They are, quite frankly, badasses. They are our 2020 REEL WOMEN. During Women’s History Month, you will be able to meet these incredible personalities in Advertising, Entertainment, Media and Production. Get ready, they are making “Herstory.” For over two decades, producer … Continue reading “REEL WOMEN: Joanna Shaw, a Unicorn in Los Angeles”

Colonie adds colorist Jennifer Gaida to team

The Colonie continues to grow its roster of talent and services with the addition of Colorist Jennifer Gaida to its team. The hiring of the creative and technically savvy talent marks the launch of the Chicago-based company’s new color grading division, rounding out the one-stop editing, design, and postproduction boutique’s full-roster of high-end services and … Continue reading “Colonie adds colorist Jennifer Gaida to team”

Comedy director Jordan Brady joins Accomplice

Comedy director Jordan Brady has joined Accomplice Media for advertising projects in Detroit, Chicago, Kansas City, Minneapolis and other markets in the Midwest. Brady will continue to work through Superlounge, the production company he founded in 2010, for assignments originating on the West and East coasts, but he is seeking to capitalize on Accomplice Media’s … Continue reading “Comedy director Jordan Brady joins Accomplice”

Wondros adds Stephan Malik to directorial roster

Led by Danielle Peretz, Wondros’ new Executive Producer of the commercial/branded content division, the company has welcomed the multi-disciplinary commercial and film Director Stephan Malik. For Peretz, who is currently working on expanding Wondros’ directorial roster for the new year, Stephan is a true artist, a craftsman who prides himself on perfection and the quality of … Continue reading “Wondros adds Stephan Malik to directorial roster”

Production, Post boutique Destro arrives

Industry veterans Drew Neujahr, Sean McAllen, and Shane McAllen have partnered to form Destro, a live-action and post-production boutique based in Los Angeles. Reel 360 wants to know who was the animated GI Joe fan among the three? Destro has already produced an original documentary series Seed, which profiles artists and innovators across a range … Continue reading “Production, Post boutique Destro arrives”

Nice Shoes adds colorist Yulia Bulashenko

Creative studio Nice Shoes has expanded its Toronto location, adding colorist Yulia Bulashenko. She brings over seven years of experience as a freelance colorist, working worldwide across on projects with such top global clients as Nike, Volkswagen, MTV, Toyota, Diesel, Uniqlo, Uber, Adidas and Zara, among numerous others. Her passion for cinema and photography is … Continue reading “Nice Shoes adds colorist Yulia Bulashenko”

2019 CDDP fellows debut spec spots at gala

CDDP Program Director Tamika Lamison should be proud. Last night, marked the debut of the five fellows who just finished The Commercial Directors Diversity Program at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Theater in Hollywood. CDDP is a joint effort between the Association of Independent Commercial Producers (AICP) and the Directors Guild of … Continue reading “2019 CDDP fellows debut spec spots at gala”

Walton Isaacson names Lebrón as ECD

Independent multicultural ad agency Walton Isaacson welcomes award-winning creative leader Milton Lebrón as their new Executive Creative Director. The award-winning CD will lead the shop, who boasts Lexus as its main client, out the Culver City office and report directly to Aaron Walton, co-founder of the agency. In addition to his role as Chief Creative … Continue reading “Walton Isaacson names Lebrón as ECD”