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Pedro Prado was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
He has lived in Rio, New York, Texas, Indiana and São Paulo, and has been working in the advertising industry for 18 years now.
Pedro joined F/Nazca Saatchi & Saatchi in 2005, as a copywriter. Since then, he has worked on accounts such as Nike, Google, Skol (AB Inbev), P&G, Trident (Mondelez), Honda, D&AD Awards, Electrolux, Mizuno, Leica, Miami Ad School, Guaraná Antactica (AB Inbev), and Sadia (BRF Foods).
His recent awards include Cannes Lions, One Show, D&AD, FIAP, El Ojo, Clio, London Festival, Wave, and São Paulo Creative Club. He has also helped judge several local and international awards such as One Show, Clio, London Festival, Wave, Andy Awards, and São Paulo Creative Club.
Hugh started his career at BBH. Under Sir John Hegarty he created campaigns for Lynx, Murphys and Johnnie Walker, but the high point was projecting a naked Gail Porter onto the House of Commons for FHM magazine. The BBC described it as ‘The stunt of the 20th century’. His father in law described it as ‘despicable.’
3 years at Saatchi’s followed, working for Dave Droga, helping win Cannes Agency of the Year in 2002 winning Lions for Coco de Mer and Toyota.
Next was an 8-year stint at JWT, where he won a D&AD pencil for the Golden Skins poster campaign, before stepping up to the role of Creative Director on HSBC, Shell and Baileys. He was part of the team that won the £40m Army pitch, creating a media first of ‘Live ads’ from a war zone (“TA Live”).
In 2013 he moved to Leo Burnett to work as a solo Creative Director on the £50m Co-op food account, running everything from TV to OOH, print, social, digital, in-store, packaging and more. He also created award-winning work for the BITC ‘2nd Chance’ campaign and Amnesty International.
More recently he returned to Saatchi’s as Global CD on HSBC, followed by a year at Vccp running and winning 4 pitches and managing the Tfl account.
He is currently working at MullenLowe London.
Although he has won every major award in the industry and made the front pages of the papers with Gail’s naked bottom, his proudest achievements are his 2 daughters and recently swimming the English Channel.
Never one to back down from a challenge, Jodie spent her childhood competing as a gymnast, ending in a place on the GB team. From that moment on, it was clear that only one career could satisfy her need for near-constant adversity: advertising.
As Executive Producer and Head of Sales at Radical Media London, Jodie has spent the last 8 years nurturing and developing new directing talent. Before that, she spent 2 years as Head of Sales at Smoke and Mirrors, and 5 years in the same role at Bikini Films.
Jodie loves people. Most days she loves advertising. On the other days, she dreams about going on holiday. A lot.
Michael Feder is the Managing Director of Hornet — a diversified mixed media production studio based in New York City and Brooklyn that celebrates artistic vision through detailed storytelling and compelling filmmaking. Driven by its roster of established and emerging directors, passionate artists and steadfast producers, Hornet has garnered some of the industry’s top honors since opening its doors in 2001, including multiple Cannes Lions, AICP Awards, One Show, D&AD Awards, The Webby Awards, British Arrows, Art Directors Club and the Creative Circle Awards.
His work ethic began as a child working at his parents’ retail and wholesale shoe businesses in New York. Combining hard work and an interest in filmmaking developed during college led to a once in a lifetime opportunity working on live-action films for Martin Scorsese. After working many years in Los Angeles in the film industry, producing various aspects for feature films, his career led him to be part of the first “Ice Age” production team at Blue Sky Studios. This switch into animation and mixed media was the lynch pin that inspired him to found Hornet and develop the talented team housed under its roof today.
Lorenzo Del Bianco founded DUDE in 2008 when he was 29.
From then on he has run the business as CEO.
Before that, and sometimes even after that, he worked as film director.
In addition, he works as a teacher at IED and Il Sole 24 Ore Business School since 2007.
Kathrin, born in 1975 in Munich/Germany, began her career in 1998 and took her professional journey beyond the European borders in June 2005 after several years at 4A agencies in Munich and Vienna, serving clients in Germany, Austria, and the East-European market.
Starting as a communication & graphic design graduate, she continued to hone her skills from China, working for clients in Mainland China and across Asia for the last 13 years. She has won awards at the major industry festivals around the world including: Cannes Lions, ROI Festival, Spikes Asia Pacific, Epica and New York Festivals.
Kathrin has been with Serviceplan since 2013, launching and building up Serviceplan‘s presence in China. In her current role as Global Executive Creative Director and member of the international Creative Board she works with the different Serviceplan offices around the world, sharing her passion for creative exchange and inspiration beyond borders.
Eoin McLaughlin is someone who feels uncomfortable writing about himself in the third person.
Nonetheless, he’s a creative director at 4creative.
Before that he worked at Droga5 and Goodby Silverstein in New York, Sid Lee in Amsterdam and Fallon and WCRS in London.
His work has received numerous awards.
It has also received many viewer complaints, in which it has been described as “irresponsible”, “misleading” and “stupid”.
Emma has worked at London’s most awarded production studios, including Unit9, rehab and Stink Studios. Her 11-year career has surrounded her in cutting edge technologies and talent, where she has built a highly specialised set of skills when it comes to delivery of creative, user experience, design, development and content production for interactive media.
In March 2017, Emma joined interactive production company makemepulse. The team in London have since been busy helping creative people apply emerging technology to ideas that can live and thrive across all the platforms, tools and technologies. The studio is particularly well known for their work in interactive 3D and AI, having delivered projects for agencies such as Ogilvy, BETC, DDB, Havas and McCann for clients including Unicef, Facebook, Orange and the Venice Biennale. 2017 saw their ‘World with no Heroes’ campaign with DDB Paris for Ubisoft win multiple awards at Cannes Lions and Eurobest.
Dan has spent 20 years working at the intersection of digital and brand.
It’s seen him do brand work at some of the world’s best digital agencies.
It’s seen him work on innovation at some of the world’s best brand agencies. And it’s seen him help grow some of the world’s best multidisciplinary agencies.
He has spoken on innovation for D&AD and Google, he’s judged at D&AD, the Effies, and AWARD across digital, innovation and film. Dan has received over a hundred international awards at shows from Cannes Lions and D&AD, to the Webbys.
Dan is still excited by change. He loves making technology more human. And making humans feel something.
Christopher Watson-Wood is a Director at Mad Ruffian. He started his career as a visual effects artist at eighteen working on feature film projects (including Terry Gilliam’s The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus) before moving on to directing commercials in London. In 2014, he set up Mad Ruffian – a mixed-media production, post-production and direction coterie that creates content for the advertising and music industries. Chris thrives on immersing himself in new technologies and innovating ways of using them to spur creativity and maximise efficiency and, although he oversees everything “creative” at Mad Ruffian, he is also hands-on and you’ll usually find him editing, compositing or deep in Houdini land (the dark depths of CG.) He loves pizza so much that he got a tattoo of a slice last year. NO REGRETS!
Brand Director, giffgaff
Tom Rainsford is one of the founders of giffgaff which launched in 2009. giffgaff is gaelic for “mutual giving”
Tom is a disruptive brand ambassador and passionate creative director, steering giffgaff’s creative output since it’s inception. His common sense and courage allow creativity within the brand to be fluid. Tom has an unwaivering sense of direction whilst being committed to exploring both his teams and giffgaff’s members opinions. Tom’s only rules are integrity and his own accountability which has created a truly recognisable identity for this inclusive brand.
Head of Production, Pereira O’Dell
Tennille is currently Head of Content Production at Pereira & O’Dell/NY, helping the agency create innovative branded content while maintaining the highest level of craft and creative excellence.
Tennille was the executive producer on the feature documentary film, Lo & Behold, directed by Werner Herzog. The film, which explored the fragility of the internet, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and was eventually sold to Magnolia Pictures.
A 15-year advertising industry veteran, Tennille’s produced work for global brands such as Bud Light, Sprite, Virgin Atlantic, Realtor.com, National Geographic, Timberland, Range Rover, LG, MTV, Campbell’s, Fox Sports and the NFL, among many others. She’s also brought multiple productions to life grounded in social causes, including MTV AIDS Awareness, VH1 EXIT/Human Trafficking, Youth Reckless Driving and PETA.
She is in the process of developing a premium line of dog carrying bags called Jaxx Hound.
Business Development Director, Merman London
Siobhan Murphy is the Business Development Director of Merman London’s Commercials and Branded Entertainment. With over 15 years of experience working in the advertising industry she has garnered a high level of respect and admiration from her peers.
From running her own Production Company ‘Cops & Robbers’, she went on to work with revered Directors such as Malcolm Venville and Mark Denton at Therapy films, all the while focusing on developing and nurturing young talent.
Siobhan then moved on to Moxie Pictures in 2010 where she was quickly promoted to Deputy Managing Director after one year. She signed some of the most sought-after talent – for global representation, re-established the brand, elevated the PR in the UK and drove the company forward, cementing its place in the industry.
Siobhan looks forward to the incredible opportunities that face her at Merman – as she helps to establish them as one of the most creative and prolific forces in the business.
Head of Innovation, NET#WORK BBDO
Sarah loves tech. From the simplest piece of code to the most advanced financial risk analysis system… She loves every aspect of it. After completing her honours degree in Stage Design and Directing, Sarah found herself falling down the rabbit hole of advertising at a furious pace. It started with prop master roles on commercial shoots and eventually led her to a seat in a pure digital agency. This coincided with her introduction into tech journalism where she was a tech and gaming writer on the side for numerous publications – paid only in free games and devices. Sarah began collecting qualifications, online courses and webinars and soon became the go to girl for any platform related question.
Almost a decade later and Sarah is still knee-deep in the world of advertising in a digital age. She heads up the digital innovation department at Net#work and is responsible for ensuring that our work is always integrated at heart and innovative in execution. When she isn’t running a team of writers, designers, community managers and analysts, Sarah spends her days with her bearded husband, 3 cats, 2 dogs and a thriving vegetable garden. In her previous life, she also achieved a spot of success as a Rower, Sprinter and Swimmer. Nowadays the closest she gets to a boat is cheering for Cambridge while they lose in the annual boat race.
Executive Creative Director, Cutwater
Ronny Northrop is Executive Creative Director of independent creative agency, Cutwater, and is responsible for driving growth for the agency and its clients, as well as developing the creative team. Before joining Cutwater he was Executive Creative Director of gyro San Francisco, where he was the global creative lead of the HP account. Prior to gyro, he was Chief Creative Officer at Y&R California, where he not only helped to win the Microsoft business, which doubled the size of the agency, but also launched the global Microsoft Cloud campaign, one of the company’s most successful enterprise campaigns to date. Northrop got his start at Crispin Porter + Bogusky, where he helped to launch MINI and Virgin Atlantic in the U.S., and created award-winning work for brands including truth, Burger King and more. Throughout his nearly 20-year career, he also worked at Goodby, Silverstein & Partners, helping to create the first digital work for the Got Milk? campaign, which earned the coveted D&AD Black Pencil, three gold Cyber Lions and a host of other accolades. Along with leading the pitch that won the Sprint account, which he then co-ran as Group Creative Director for nearly two years, he also led the innovation team that created Hacking Autism, a platform to crowd source the first software for people with autism. Northrop spent two years teaching at Miami Ad School and has mentored many young creative people throughout his career.
Global Chief Creative Officer, KBS
Patrick Scissons is the Global Chief Creative Officer of KBS. He is responsible for helping to make the New York agency the global creative powerhouse within the network and to inspire the creative leadership of the offices in Canada, the U.K. and China. Scissons joined KBS from Grey Canada where he was most recently Chief Creative Officer, overseeing mass consumer, digital, social and below-the-line efforts for brands including Volvo, Procter & Gamble, Diageo, Brown-Forman, GlaxoSmithKline, Post Foods and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. Added to Grey’s Global Creative Council in 2012 by former worldwide CCO Tor Myhren, Scissons led a creative renaissance for the agency that culminated in 13 Cannes Lions; Canadian Agency of the Year honors two of the past three years; and the esteemed award of Cannes Lions 2015 North American Network of the Year.
Scissons is credited with the branding and launch of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, an advocacy group founded by Shannon Watts in December 2012 following the Newtown shooting. His work in raising awareness for more sensible U.S. gun laws has been covered by more than 100 media outlets worldwide and has helped successfully effect change for gun legislation, having most recently won the 2016 North America Grand Effie for “Groceries not Guns.” Other notable work includes the Breathe Right ‘Sleepwise’ app and ‘Milk Carton 2.0’ – the world’s first-ever social network powered search party that assisted in the successful rescue of 6 missing children in the first 5 months alone of its launch.
Before arriving at Grey, Scissons founded ‘Birthplace,’ a digital agency that was acquired by WPP in late 2011. Previously, he held senior roles at BBDO and Saatchi & Saatchi. Scissons served on the 2015 Cannes Lion Cyber Jury and the 2016 One Show Mobile Jury.
Managing Partner, Tool of North America
Since joining Tool in 2011, Fuselier has curated the company’s roster to boast groundbreaking directors such as Marc Forster, Philip Montgomery, Emmy award winner Danielle Levitt, Martin Aamund, the Schaffers, and James Wan. He brings to his post an enterprising spirit that reaches beyond traditional advertising models and, as such, his tenure has borne exciting new projects with unprecedented scope and breadth, including his collaboration with San Francisco-based online media and e-commerce platform Brit + Co, as well as Go-Pro’s first television commercial. He has overseen a vast array of AR, AI, VR, and live- stream projects, including the 360 film ‘Eyes on Gigi’ for director Marc Forster (the #1 most-viewed 360 ad on Youtube in 2016), a 360-VR experience for Adidas starring James Harden, and a groundbreaking new project for Oculus helmed by one of Tool’s latest artist signings, Kevin Cornish.
Since Fuselier’s promotion to Managing Partner, he has added a handful of young up-and-coming directors to the roster, such as Rachel McDonald, Shawn Zeytinoglu, and Brig White, a method that Fuselier employed to keep the landscape current and relevant. Shortly after Tool was named to Creativity and Advertising Age’s prestigious Production Company A-List in 2015 (and again in 2016), Fuselier led the company to its first ever Cannes Palme d’Or win for Production Company of the Year. Fuselier, in partnership with Dustin Callif, recently brought Executive Producer of VR & 360 Julia Sourikoff on board as part of an ongoing mission toward Tool’s new media capabilities, including AI, AR, and VR. Fuselier has used his versatile experience to give VR- and industry-related talks at various agencies and conferences around the world.”
Executive Creative Director
Neil is Executive Creative Director of The Mill’s London studio, having been with the company since 1995.
As ECD Neil further maximizes creative opportunities and collaborations with both existing and new clients across the group, guaranteeing that our creative output is of the very highest Mill quality. He has also been instrumental in driving the long-term innovation of the 2D team as well as creatively leading award winning projects.
He has also worked alongside some of the industry’s most prolific directors including the late Frank Budgen, Fredrick Bond, Ringan Ledwidge, Scott Lyon and Nicolai Fuslig.
His years of industry experience and expertise make him perfectly equipped to lead the creative team in London, whilst also working closely with artists across all of the Mill’s studios.
Global Chief Creative Officer, Publicis Health
Kathy Delaney is the Global Chief Creative Officer of Publicis Health. She uses her bold creative vision to tell compelling, human-centric stories that promote health and wellness, while creating strong results for the agency’s clients, which include Allegra and the American Heart Association. Previously, Kathy served as Global Chief Creative Officer at Nitro, where she helped build the business globally, culminating in its sale to digital consultancy, Sapient, and successfully forming SapientNitro, a global digital and brand specialist network representing clients such as KRAFT, Foot Locker, A&E, Mars and Unilever. Prior to that, spent 12 years at Deutsch New York, climbing the ranks from Associate Creative Director to Chief Creative Officer and Managing Partner. There she helped to grow the company from a boutique into an integrated marketing company, all while producing memorable and innovative work for clients such as Ikea, Revlon and Tylenol.
Partner, Heard City
Gloria is an 20-year industry vet who founded Heard City in 2012 with two other partners and has since turned it into one of the top performing audio post companies in the industry with offices in Manhattan and Dumbo. Heard City offers sound design and mixing for the advertising, television and film industries and works with brands including AT&T, ESPN, IBM and Bud Light. Gloria is also committed to mentoring and supporting women in technology, film and advertising roles, and is a member of New York Women in Film & TV, AD Club, The One Club, New York Women in Advertising and is a new wave patron of the Film Society of Lincoln Center. She sits on the board of directors of AICE, The Tank and Food Bank for New York City.
Executive Creative Director, TBWA\Paris
Faustin Claverie worked as an Art Director for different agencies in Paris such as DDB during 6 years where he developed campaigns for Volkswagen, Nike and GQ. After a year at Publicis he decided to move to the UK to work at Mother and VCCP. In London he worked for brands such as Stella Artois, HTC and McLaren automotive.
In 2012, He became Creative Director for Heineken at Wieden Kennedy Amsterdam.
He moved back to Paris in October 2015 to be the head of TBWA\PARIS with Benjamin Marchal.
He won awards in every award show including 27 Cannes Lions.
Executive Producer, PS260
After leaving the music industry at the top of her game, having been instrumental with the soundtrack releases of Baz Lurhmann’s Romeo + Juliet, Boogie Nights and Office Space, to name a few, Carol started her advertising career as Exectuive Producer at music house Amber Music. She went on to be EP at Asche & Spencer and most recently at Squeak E Clean where she guided the team to win a Gold Lion at Cannes for Original Music in 2015. She was tapped as Executive Producer in 2016 to oversee the day to day operations at post-house PS260’s newly opened Los Angeles office, specifically setting out to grow the West coast business and beyond. They work with clients like JetBlue, AT&T and GIPHY, among many others.
Creative Director and VFX Supervisor, MPC
Diarmid started his career in photography and digital re-touching, until a friend in the industry suggested he would be a perfect fit for VFX. His strong eye for colour and composition – and outstanding natural talent – has seen him rise to the top in a very short time. Diarmid’s craft and creative direction on major campaigns has won him numerous accolades and awards including Cannes Lions for Samsung ‘Ostrich’, John Lewis Christmas films ‘Buster the Boxer’ and ‘Monty’s Christmas’, and Ikea ’T-Shirts.
Managing Director, Stitch
Angela founded Stitch in 2010 with owners/editors Tim Hardy and Leo King as their Managing Director. Launched to edit commercials and content, Stitch has an excellent roster of top editors and as a result all are flourishing, working with some of the finest directors in the business.
In 2014 Angela played a pivotal role in setting up Homespun, an editing collective developed to shine a light on the creative projects – music videos and short films. Out of this Homespun Yarns was born, now in its fourth year the film competition has kick-started careers and provided creative work for young talent from all filmmaking disciplines.
With too many years in the editing game than she’s cares to mention, Angela previously spent 12 years at Cut & Run working with the legendary Steve Gandolfi. Starting off as receptionist and ending up as EP/General Manager of one of Soho’s original edit houses.
Starting her career as a runner at post house VTR, Angela was head runner within a year so no surprise she is now the driving force behind all things Stitch!
Founder/ Chief Creative Officer, La Chose Paris
Native from the region of the Vosges, Pascal Grégoire went to Nancy to graduate a Master Degree in economics followed by studies at the Celsa in Paris.
In 1998, he starts his career at CLM BBDO as Account Executive. Philippe Michel spots him very quickly and decides to make him work in the creative sector. Then, he joins Havas where he is chosen to be the Creative Director of Eurocom agency at the age of 27.
From 1992 to 1995, Pascal Grégoire assumes the same office at BCRC, an independent agency and becomes president of EURORSCG GBHR until 1988.
The same year, he creates the Parisian branch of Leagas Delaney, which is remarkably noticed with Adidas, «La Victoire est en nous» (Victory is in us) and «Tidy up» by Ikea, two multi-awarded campaigns in the world.
In 2003, he becomes President and Creative Director of CLM BBDO where he manages worldwide brands such as Pepsi, M&M’s and Uncle Ben’s.
Creative businessman and talent scout, he loves ideas that strike hard and true. Convinced that the digital will deeply transform communication’s jobs, he decides to create la chose in 2006.
Managing Partner, The Sweet Shop Australia
Wilf joined The Sweet Shop in 2011, bringing over nine years’ experience producing commercials in Australia to the role. His knowledge of this market coupled with the experience of having filmed in countries as varied as Argentina, USA and Ukraine makes Wilf a perfect example of The Sweet Shop’s commitment to be local globally.
In 2014, Wilf became Managing Partner and under his leadership, The Sweet Shop Australia has won at every major awards show including D&AD, Spikes, One Show, Cannes, AWARD, CAANZ Axis, AdFest and Clio International. Wilf has recently stepped down as the Chairman of AWARD, Australia’s peak industry representative body for Commercial Creativity, after serving for two years. He has also recently stepped down as Board of Directors for The Communications Council (Australia’s peak body representing Agencies in the marketing communications industry), a position he has held since 2011.
In 2015, Wilf founded The FireFlies Antipodes, extending the advertising industry-driven charity campaign into Australia and New Zealand for the first time. The inaugural ride, raising money for blood cancer charity The Snowdome Foundation, saw 11 riders from seven different countries traverse the grueling 800km New Zealand South Island course. Growing in size and stature, earlier in 2017, the FireFlies Antipodes also completed their second tour riding around Tasmania.
Robert is the founder of Ruffian, an LA based multi-discipline studio. Embracing talent from all over the world, whilst based in Los Angeles, Ruffian’s perspective and network of alliances is global, affording greater creative possibilities & diversity for the local market.
Throughout his career, Robert has also been significantly involved in film, animation, art and new media. Prior to Ruffian, Robert spent 16 years at the helm of Stink, one of the most significant network of global companies.
Robert was Executive Producer on “LILTING”, his debut feature, directed by Hong Khao, starring Ben Whishaw and Cheng Pei Pei, which opened the World Cinema section at Sundance Film Festival in 2014, winning Best Cinematography. The following year he made “KING JACK”, directed with Felix Thompson, which premiered at TriBeCa film festival 2015, picking up the coveted audience award.
Laura Sampedro is a Creative Director at Wieden+Kennedy London. She was responsible for the Finish (Reckitt Benckiser) global account and currently works on Honda and Halls. Prior to coming to London in 2014, she was joint Executive Creative Director at BMF Australia alongside Carlos Alija. Together they played an important role in the creative turnaround of the agency, particularly with their highly-acclaimed work for Aldi.
Originally from Spain, Laura succeeded in the Latin American/Spanish market developing local and global work as a creative planner at LOWE, TBWA, BBDO, Publicis and almost six years at Señora Rushmore – one of WPP´s most outstanding creative boutiques, helping clients such as Coca-Cola and The International Olympic Committee.
Her work has been recognised in many advertising festivals, including D&AD, Cannes Lions, The One Show, British Arrows, Clio Awards, The NY Festivals, Echo, Caples, Effies, Fiap or El Sol.
She’s also the proud mother of Leo and Telmo.
Executive Producer at Octopuss, Copenhagen.
With many years in the business working as Agency Producer, Senior Post Producer, Head of Music Video and now as EP Josephine has gained unique experience throughout the full production. Her list of clients include names such as P&G, Lego, Nike, Madonna, Kanye West, Katy Perry, Emirates Airlines & Mercedes. Before Octopuss, she has been working for Leo Burnett, Kunde & Co in Denmark, Prime Focus in London and Chimney Pot in Dubai. Working in film, more specifically TV ads, has always been a passion of Josephine.
Director, Riff Raff Films
In 2000 Sam joined a fledgling agency of 30 called Mother where he worked for 7 years. He worked on numerous award winning campaigns including: Orange ‘Dance’, ‘Goldspots’ and ‘Animals’. He joined Fallon as Creative Director running the BBC account, creating the now infamous Radio 1 ‘As 1’ film with Sam Brown. In 2010 he joined Karmarama, rising to Group ECD and growing the agency from 60 to over 300 and creating the epic ‘God Only Knows’ spot for the launch of BBC music. He launched the creative collective Faster Horses in 2015 working with Uniqlo and Somerset House. Throughout his career he has directed many notable spots including: Virgin Active, lastminute.com, CBBC, Uniqlo, Somerset House and recently partnering with Rankin on a series of films. He now directs through Riff Raff.
Director, Rogue Films
Sam’s ability to consistently deliver beautiful and unique films has been recognised at the highest level in the industry.
He started out in music videos and became one of the most sought after promo directors in the world, winning arm full’s of MTV, VMA & CAD awards. Sam’s videos for Jay-Z – ‘On to The Next One’ (70m hits), Foo Fighters ‘The Pretender’ (186m hits), Adele’s ‘Rolling In The Deep’, (950m hits and a Grammy for ‘Best Video’) and London Grammar’s ‘Strong’ (30m hits) have cemented his reputation as a director who will continue to craft music videos which are always beautiful and always quite unlike anything else.
He has created powerful ads for high-profile brands including BBC, Virgin, Honda, Adidas, Audi, Lexus and Guinness. Sam’s work continues to be as eclectic as ever…the only similarity being exquisite photography and impeccable attention to detail. His awards include Golds at British Arrows, Cannes, London International, Creative Circle and a best direction pencil at D&AD.
Sam epitomises what it takes to be a Rogue, except for a habit of running out of all awards events at 10.45pm sharp, by getting you to hold his glass, saying he’s off for a pee and’ll be back ‘in a minute or two’.
Rupert has a long track record of producing content with major feature film and documentary directors.
In 1994, Rupert founded Saville Productions, which has produced projects with some of the most widely acclaimed, prominent award-winning documentary and feature filmmakers including: Martin Campbell (Casino Royale), Fernando Meirelles (City of God), Stephen Daldry (The Reader), James McTeigue (V For Vendetta), Gavin O’Connor (Warrior), Barry Levinson (Rain Man), Bryan Singer (The Usual Suspects), Spike Lee (Inside Man), and Paul Haggis (Crash), Wim Wenders (Paris Texas), Morgan Neville (20 Feet from Stardom), and Werner Herzog (Cave of Forgotten Dreams).
Saville produced a Global World Cup short film with Adidas directed by Fernando Meirelles (City Of God). He also produced a Werner Herzog directed 35-minute film for AT&T “From One Second to the Next” was a huge web and PR success. The film is now being shown in over 40,000 schools and colleges.
Other notable projects include Bending the Light, a Michael Apted (The Up series) directed project about the art of photography through the lens of photographers.
Rupert is currently in production on several documentary and broadcast series projects. Most recently, he produced Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World, a Werner Herzog feature length documentary premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival and was recently awarded an AICP NEXT Award for Branded Content, 2 Cannes Gold Lions and a Silver Cannes Entertainment Lion.
Rupert recently finished production on the feature film Eddie the Eagle, a sports comedy-drama based on the life of Britain’s heroically inept Olympic ski jumper, with director Dexter Fletcher and starring Hugh Jackman and Taron Egerton. Eddie the Eagle was released by Lionsgate UK with worldwide distribution by 20th Century Fox in February 2016.
VP Executive Creative Director
As R/GA London’s Integrated Executive Creative Director, Rodrigo is responsible for the agency’s creative output and provides thought and innovation leadership for its clients.
Rodrigo joined R/GA in January 2013, with a clear focus on developing campaign and storytelling capabilities, as well as a bold creative vision to realize the agency’s ambition of becoming a broadcast leader. As a result of his successful journey, he has seen R/GA London double in size, win accounts like Nike and Google, and be named Campaign’s Digital Agency of the Year in 2014 and 2015. This momentum has continued, with Advertising Age naming the R/GA network Agency of the Year and the London office first runner up for Creativity Innovators of the Year—a clear confirmation of the fully integrated approach Rodrigo believes in.
Over the last two decades, Rodrigo has been responsible for creating ideas that move with culture and for designing genuinely useful products and services for leading global brands. He works by shaping a multidisciplinary environment, and his integrated approach to communications opens up fresh possibilities for brands and agencies thirsty for innovation.
Rodrigo has been recognized nationally and internationally by many major industry awards, including one Titanium, two Gold Integrated and seven Cyber Lions at Cannes; Grand Prix from CLIO, Campaign, Spikes, BIMA, Shark, and Cresta; and awards from D&AD, The One Show, LIAA, and the New York Festivals, to name but a few. He has also been profiled as Top Digital Player in Brazil by Meio & Mensagem in 2008 and named among the Top 20 Creative Directors by Campaign in 2014.
Founder, The Whitehouse Post
Rick Lawley is a founder of The Whitehouse Post Production company, which has offices in London, New York, Chicago and Los Angeles.
He began his film editing career in 1980 working for Ridley Scott’s company as a messenger boy. Ten years later he formed The Whitehouse and quickly became one of London’s premier editors cutting award-winning work for Jonathan Glazer, Traktor, and Frank Budgen.
In 2001, Rick relocated to the Whitehouse Los Angeles office and immediately found success editing AICP winning commercials for PBS, Fox Sports, and Holiday Inn Hotels. This year his work on Apple “Bulbs” directed by Juan Cabron for MAL has been shortlisted at AICP in the best editing category.
Rick is also Creative Director of the Whitehouse and has helped develop three additional sister companies; Gentleman Scholar, CarbonVFX and Cap Gun Collective.
He still lives in California and every year joins the Fireflies ride from San Francisco to LA to raise money for the City of Hope Hospital.
Executive Producer, RSA
Detchmendy spent the first seven years of his career working freelance commercial production, going on to be an executive producer at GLG, Gartner Grasso and The Underground. After helping Diane McArter start Omaha Pictures, Detchmendy joined Satellite Films as the commercial EP. He was then Managing Director of Tool for four and a half years, before partnering with Claude Letessier to start Paranoid US, helping the company win numerous awards, including a Gold Lion for The Vikings’ “The Wind,” which also went to Sundance. After a stint at The Sweet Shop as US Executive Producer, he helped Stephen Dickstein start and run Recommended Media.
An avid cyclist, Phillip is an organizer of the Fireflies West ride for the past 6 years. The Fireflies West are a group of Advertising Professionals who ride bikes each year from SF to LA to raise money for cancer research and treatment at the City of Hope
Founder/ Animation Director, Coffee & TV
Phil Hurrell has played a key role in the animation and CGI visual effects industry for nearly 30 years. He has a fantastic pedigree in broadcast design, having worked with a host of major broadcasters and agencies including, ITV, BBC, Sky, Channel 4, Five, NBC Universal, Lambie Nairn, Red Bee and Brand Energies. Phil’s early and most known work includes the BBC 2 Robot idents and the iconic BBC 1 Balloons. Phil has also directed numerous commercials for top brands, such as McDonalds and Skittles. While Phil’s career began in character animation after studying Computer Graphics at University in Brighton, he has produced some outstanding examples of VFX for commercials, most recently for BMW Mini, Qatar Airways and Benecol. After co-founding Coffee & TV in 2012, Phil and the team have been nominated for a range of awards, from the Kinsale Sharks, to the British Arrows and PromaxBDA worldwide. He is a keen cyclist and can often be found biking through the Oxfordshire countryside and the Chiltern Hills.
Technical Director and founding partner, Jungle Studios
Owen is the Technical Director and a founding partner at Jungle Studios in Wardour Street. With over 30 years’ experience of working in advertising audio post, Owen continues to ensure a focus on creative and technical excellence at Jungle. He has crafted the sound on a long list of international award-winning TV commercials and holds Arrows, D&AD and Conch awards for sound design.
Owen’s music compositions have appeared on various TV and Radio commercials across the years and he has also served on the juries of the Arrows and D&AD awards. His studio work ranges from editing the music for a Bond intro sequence, to designing consecutive Cadillac Superbowl spots, working with Framestore to deliver 360 audio for VR, and sound-designing the latest animated Sainsbury’s Christmas campaign featuring James Corden.
Founder, CherryCherry VFX
Nicolas Cotta has been working in VFX for over 20 years. He began his career in Paris as a Flame operator, working at various companies before moving to Canada in 1995 where he worked at the well-acclaimed VFXShop, Hybride. Nico moved to London in 2001 to join Framestore as lead VFX Supervisor, there he was awarded for ‘best compositing’ at the first VES Award Ceremony, before moving to work at MPC in 2004. After leaving MPC, Nico began a new journey and in 2010 CherryCherryVFX was born.
As Creative Director, Nico and the CherryCherryVFX team have worked with some of the top advertising agencies such as Mother, AMV and Grey. Together they have created inspiring work such as The Syria Campaign, KFC Homecoming and The Braun Speed Challenge. Nico has also branched into the world of VR, acting as the Visual Effects Supervisor for the Samsung 360 Hypercube project, as well as taking on this role in various other VR jobs.
Nico has lead Cherry through their recent expansion of services, being a post house that now offers grading and editing. He will continue to push his team to contrive work with a refined artisan-style within a relaxed environment and a stunning workspace.
Co-Founder and Creative Director of Sibling Rivalry Studios
A native of Holland, Mikon van Gastel is New York-based Director and Creative Director. Van Gastel brings to the design process an expertise in film, fashion, new media and architecture as well as openness to embrace new forms of collaboration and emerging technologies. His specialties include: Creative Direction, Live Action Direction for Film and Advertising, Brand Identity Design and Consultancy, Experience Design.
Founder, Academy Films
Lizie Gower launched Academy Films in 1985. The company has been listed as one of the top five companies worldwide making commercials and music videos. Academy has picked up all of the industry’s biggest awards over the years including four Black Pencils at the D&AD Awards, MTV Best Video of the Year, Campaign Magazine Production Company of the Year, Commercial of the Decade by the Sunday Times, Televisuals Top UK Production Company and Most Successful Production Company in the UK by the British Arrows.
Lizie has developed a reputation for spotting new directors and nurturing young talent. Academy has 35 directors on the roster, most of whom have worked at the company for their entire careers. Lizie is frequently called upon to be a spokesperson for the advertising and film industry. She was made chairman of the British Advertising Arrow Awards in 2009 and has sat on the executive committee of the Advertising Producers Association for 20 years. She received the Chairman’s Award at the British Arrows in 2017 and has chaired and judged numerous key awards shows and is a jury member for BAFTA.
Sundance prize winning Kibwe combines his training as an architect with his love of storytelling and animation to create futuristic live action/animated films as vivid, kinetic feasts. He created his award-winning first film Robots of Brixton while pursuing his architecture degree. In 2012 he was cited as one of Fast Company’s ‘100 most creative people in business 2012’ and was awarded a prestigious TED fellowship. He went on to direct the Sundance film Jonah, a stunning combination of live-action and CG shot on location in Zanzibar.
In 2014 Kibwe was named as one of the top 20 young directors at the Saatchi & Saatchi New Directors Showcase. As well as winning best short film for JONAH at the CFP-E and SHOTS Young Directors Award that year he was also unanimously awarded the Special Jury prize at the same event, becoming only the 6th recipient of the award in its 15 year history.
In 2016, his electric commercial for Guinness (Alive Inside) blended animation, a sharp soundtrack and the vibrant identity of modern Africa to award-winning effect. His recent TV spot for UEFA/FCB Inferno ‘Together #WePlayStrong’ was Campaign’s Pick of the Week and seen by a global audience of 200 million.
His third short film, the hotly anticipated Robot & Scarecrow, starring Jack O’Connell and Holliday Grainger, premiered in the UK on 31st May.
AOI Pro. Inc.
Creative Producer of Creative Culture & Communications
Born in Honolulu, Hawaii, Julie Thomas-Toda joined AOI Pro. Inc. in 1991,
at a time when very few foreign women were working in the Japanese
Her strong passion for pushing creative beyond cultural and language
barriers led the company to be a leader in Japan to collaborate
internationally with creative professionals and filmmakers from around the
world. She thrives on seeing the multi-faceted creative possibilities in
production and delivering work that goes beyond the client and agency
Her work as a creative coordinator has led her to the farthest corners of
the earth, working with the best in the industry, on productions for such
clients as Nissan, Honda, Toyota, Sony, Panasonic, Coca Cola, Shiseido,
Nike, Kirin, Asahi, and Nestle. She has served on the jury for numerous industry awards including ADFEST, Ciclope, and the Young Director Award.
Julie prides herself on being an advert junky, easily geeking out several
hours a day to get her daily fix on who¹s doing what in the world of
Julie lives in Tokyo,Japan with her husband and two children.
Jim graduated from London University with a 2:1 in Drama & Theatre Studies sometime in the last millennia. He found himself at TBWA where he wrote the Holsten Pils Fast Show campaign with Paul Whitehouse and Charlie Higson. Then won gongs galore for QTV, ITV Digital, Talk to Frank and Pimm’s, amongst many others. As ECD at Leo Burnett he brought Alan Partridge, Vic & Bob & The Fast Show back for Fosters, outed #nonsenseinfootball for Blue Square Bet at Arnold KLP and saw his beloved Stoke City reach the Premier League and an FA Cup final, neither of which he thought likely in his son’s lifetime, let alone his own. Since November 2012 he’s been Deputy ECD at VCCP where he’s helped launch Be More Dog for O2, put Avis back on TV and most recently, created and directed the Voices Nationwide spoken word campaign for Nationwide Building Society.
Executive Creative Director
Muhtayzik Hoffer NY
Throughout Jay’s career, his innovative thinking has consistently blurred the lines between advertising, entertainment, utility, and social good.
A lifelong competitive sailor and explorer at heart, he has travelled far from his native NY. In five years at Saatchi & Saatchi Sydney and Auckland, Jay helped win five Agency of the Year titles, and learned the merits of body surfing before work.
As the ECD of Leo Burnett Sydney, He led Canon “Photochains” which won the Cannes Media Grand Prix, and “Vote Earth” for Earth Hour which pulled in over one billion participants.
Back stateside, Jay opened Leo Burnett New York, where he helped accelerate the growth of Chobani, made an Off Broadway play for the Village Voice, and made AdAge’s “Agencies to Watch” list.
Then, under Jay’s leadership, Saatchi & Saatchi New York was named Creativity’s “Comeback Agency of the Year” following a string of innovative, culture bending ideas for Pampers, Walmart, Cheerios, Fiber One, Lucky Charms, Tecate, and GLAAD.
Recently named to the Adweek 100, Jay’s work has garnered 38 Cannes Lions, a Clio Hall of Fame Award, and hundreds of international awards at the One Show, D&AD, Clios, and London International Awards.
Outside of work, Jay sails with his wife Kirsten and his three daughters. He also moonlights as an average hockey player.
Managing director at 1stAveMachine, Isabella Parish, spent well over a
decade at global production company, Partizan. During her time there she
set up the production company’s animation arm and produced many award
winning commercials and music videos in both animation and live action. In
her role at 1stAveMachine, Parish has overseen a growing roster of directors
at the company’s London operation and worked with brands such as Stella
Artois, Samsung and Google.
Executive Head of Production – AMVBBDO
After living in France and studying French at Aix-en-Provence, Francine returned to London and spent her early career in photography. She joined Butler Dennis Garland as Production Assistant in 1984, progressing to become Head of TV at Slaymaker Cowley White in 1987.
Francine joined AMV BBDO as a Senior Producer in 1989 and produced some of the agency’s earliest iconic commercials, including; Dunlop (directed by Tony Kaye) and Walkers (directed by Paul Weiland). She was promoted to Head of TV in 1999 and has worked tirelessly to promote the training and development of production expertise both within the agency and the industry.
In 2014, she was promoted to Executive Head of Production planning and implementing the agency’s step-change into the world of multi-channel production across TV, Film, Content and Art Production, whilst continuing to oversee some of the best loved, most successful and highly awarded televisual productions of the last decade.
Francine is Chairperson of the IPA’s ‘Production Policy Group’ and a Director of ‘British Arrows’.
Executive Creative Director, Leo Burnett Italy
Born in 1974, he’s in the industry since 1999. He began as Junior Copywriter at BGS D’Arcy on Swatch and Ikea accounts. In 2002 he moved to Lowe Lintas Milan as copywriter and two years later he moved to LeoBurnett. After a year he was supervising some of the agency’s biggest accounts, such as Nintendo and McDonald’s. Francesco returned in Lowe in 2005 as Creative Director and in 2009 he became CEO and Executive Creative Director of Bcube, a creative boutique of Publicis Groupe, working globally on Coca-Cola, MINI and BMW accounts. During his career he has
earned more than 100 national and international awards, including Cannes Lions, Clio, Eurobest, Epica, New York Festival and the Italian Art Directors Club. He served on the 2015 Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity’s Film Jury.
Chief Production Officer, DDB Chicago
Every day Diane Jackson transcends barriers and expectations, not only by what she does for DDB as their Chief Production Officer, but by who she is. Colleagues and clients alike recognize Diane’s rare combination of tenacity, strategic vision and creativity; she defies the conventional constructs of the production discipline. As a producer and charismatic leader she is inventive and insightful, adventurous in scope but thoughtful about all the small details.
What sets Diane apart is her ability to make the “impossible” happen. As an example, she was tasked last minute with a production for The Clinton Foundation that would take place in three countries, included segments with numerous celebrities including Barbara Streisand, Jay Z, Tony Blair and Clinton himself.
Not only has she been critical to sustaining DDB Chicago’s growth and profile in the industry, but Diane has also been formative in strategizing for the entire network. Her influence will continue to permeate the company both locally and globally on brands such as State Farm, Mars Wrigley and FCA Jeep.
Diane has served multiple times on the AICP Curatorial Panel at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and was the recipient of the Institute Practitioner in Advertising (London) – Distinction in Advertising award; she has also received the Fasules, Sharpe, Yovetich Leadership Award, the first producer ever to receive that honor. Diane was keynote speaker at The Women in Film forum. She has served on the Film Craft jury and spoke on the Instagram panel at the Cannes Lions Advertising Festival. In 2016, she was President of the London International Awards, Production & Post-Production and Music Video jury.
Diane is very proud to serve as a Board Member of the VCU Brandcenter.
Executive Producer/MD, Passion Animation Studios
Debbie is the Executive Producer/MD of Passion Animation Studios.
Debbie oversees all aspects of finding New Talent, New Business, Production, Sales and Studio Development
within Passion Animation Studios.
With over ten years in the industry, winning a Latin
Grammy with Carl Zitelmann along the way,
Debbie has maintained a strong relationship with
Passion. Debbie joined as a Junior Producer,
worked her way up and then returned in 2015 as
Executive Producer. As EP, Debbie has been at the
forefront of some of the studio’s most successful
and award winning campaigns from the very first
appearances of Aleksandr the Meerkat, Harmonix
“Rock Band”, Chipotle’s “A Love Story” to last year’s
blockbuster musical film for Sainsbury’s “The
Greatest Gift”. Debbie has also worked on several
of the amazing Gorillaz music videos and stunning
technology led live events for Burberry in Beĳing
Daniel started his career in 1980 in Prague helping to promote restricted artists and bands under Communist rule. Moving to the United States in 1990 he worked as an arts fundraiser in NewYork and was involved in producing music videos, shorts and promoting concerts.
In 1998 he moved to London to set up Stink, a creative production company which now has offices in Berlin, Paris, Shanghai, Beijing, Moscow, Sao Paulo, New York and Los Angeles, where Stink represents an eclectic roster of directors and remains at the cutting edge of commercials, content creation and production. Since its creation, Stink has won numerous awards, including several Grands Prix, at Cannes Lions, BTAA, One Show, Sundance, Tribeca. Stink has been named Production Company of the Year several times.
In 2008, Daniel expanded the Stink family with the launch of Stinkdigital – a progressive digital studio – marrying film and technology online. In 2009, Stinkdigital received the first ever Cannes Film Grand Prix for interactive film for interactive film Philips Carousel.
In 2015, Daniel further expanded Stink Group by establishing branded content company Stinkstudios.
Stinkstudios and Stinkdigital merged in 2017 to become Stink Studios which now has offices
in London, Paris, New York, Los Angeles and Shanghai. Currently employing 125+ full-time staff across six offices combining forces with Stink Films to offer interactive, creative, content, features and production capabilities in ten cities across five continents.
Founding Executive Creative Director, The Martin Agency, London.
Dan is founding Executive Creative Director of The Martin Agency, London. Prior to that, he spent several years working as a Writer and Creative Director in some of London’s top agencies, including WCRS, Leo Burnett, and CHI & Partners. In 213 he joined adamandeveDDB, where he quickly rose to the position of Deputy Executive Creative Director, before leaving to help set up Martin at the end of 2015.
Dan has produced a diverse set of award winning work for clients such as The Sunday Times, Shelter, The Department for Transport, VW and Harvey Nichols, for whom he wrote the infamous Christmas campaign Sorry, I Spent It On Myself, which picked up four Grand Prix and five Gold Lions at Cannes. He was also behind the Monty the Penguin Christmas campaign for John Lewis, which went on to win two Cannes Lions Grand Prix and 3 Gold Lions and was the Gunn Report’s Most Awarded TV ad of 2015.
Dan has a passion for what he likes to call weird shaped work and in his career to date has curated major art exhibitions, conceived entire product ranges and designed award winning retail spaces.
Chief Creative Office, Mother, New York
Corinna Falusi is the Chief Creative Officer and Partner at independent creative agency, Mother New York where she leads creative for brands including Target and Stella Artois. She is a globally awarded and recognized creative with extensive experience creating multi-channel campaigns for global, US and Pan-European brands. Her client-list includes fast German cars (BMW), Dutch beers (Heineken) and intergovernmental organizations (UN). Her work on Coca-Cola and Heineken Champions League ran in over 100 countries, in a dozen languages. Corinna started her career at Jung von Matt in Hamburg/Germany, followed by a decade at StrawberryFrog in both Amsterdam and New York before spending nearly 5 years at Ogilvy&Mather NY, where she was named CCO in January 2015. At Ogilvy she was leading creative for the agency’s most iconic brands such as: Coca-Cola, Coke Zero, IKEA, Vitaminwater, Amex, Tiffany, Spotify and UPS. Corinna was featured in Adweek’s 2016 Creative top 50 and her work has been recognized by all the major award-shows including D&AD, Cannes, TED, and One Show.
Executive Creative Director, BMF
With over 20 years’ experience of outstanding work at leading international creative shops including Droga5 New York, Droga5 Sydney, Publicis London, AMV BBDO and Grey; for the last three years he’s filled the Executive Creative Director’s chair of hot shop BMF Australia. Cam has worked on a wide variety of global brands spanning Aldi, Carlton United Breweries, British Telecom, The Economist, Cadbury, Tiger Beer and Sportsbet to name a few. His award haul includes a coveted Black Pencil for ‘The Million’ an initiative for The New York Department of Education, and multiple D&AD Yellow Pencils and Lions for ‘The Regulars’ campaign for Victoria Bitter and Cadbury Boost ‘Moreing’ content series to name a couple.
Cam has a passion for content, especially longer forms for the creative freedom they allow, the spontaneity they can deliver and the entertainment they demand. He particularly values the exploration in writing, irreverence and story threads.