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Ed Sayers is a London-based director and the founder of the one-super-8-cartridge-no-editing film competition, ‘straight 8’.
Attilio Gianfrancesco has recently joined award winning production company MindsEye as Executive Producer.
MindsEye is a multi-award winning production company based in London specialising in commercials, short films and original comedy content. Its roster of directors are experts in cinematic, visual storytelling.
MindsEye prides itself on the original and exceptional storytelling of its directors: its goal is to create the funniest and most eye-catching adverts and films, that capture people’s imagination that are visually brilliant.
Originally from Italy, Attilio has been working in advertising for more than a decade having started his career at shots magazine which was his “school of advertising” before moving to SourceEcreative. His first experience in production was at Hotspur&Argyle where he was responsible for the roster of directors before moving to Great Guns as Producer/Head of Sales and Marketing where he was responsible for its big roster of international talent, scouting, developing and nurturing young talent and producing too.
J.J. Adler is a New York-based writer/director who’s helped create comedy spots for companies like P&G, SC Johnson, Virgin Mobile, Nestle, Coke, and Verizon, with agencies including Mother, Ogilvy and Mather, Y&R, PKT, JWT, and BBDO. Adler was a founding creative and head director at The Onion’s Peabody Award-winning web series The Onion News Network. J.J. also co-executive produced and directed season 1 of The Onion’s 2011 IFC TV series of the same name. J.J.’s graduate thesis film, the short dark comedy New Media, made its festival premiere at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, where it won several awards. It also took the Golden Star Fish Award (Jury Prize) for Best Short Film at the 2010 Hamptons International Film Festival. J.J.’s 2007 short documentary Unattached won awards including a 2008 Student Academy Award and a talent development grant from A&E IndieFilms. She recently directed spots for Hipchat (Brass Ideas), Red Robin (Vitro), HEB (The Richards Group), Toyota (Droga5), Captain D’s (TM Advertising), Samsung (R/GA LA), and McDonald’s (DDB). J.J. holds an M.F.A. in film directing from Columbia University and thinks advanced film degrees are of dubious value.
Executive Producer, Black Label
John kicked off as video commissioner for Skint records from 1998 and had instant MTV award success with Fatboy Slim.
Having developed a reputation as someone who got interesting videos made he set up as the first independent video commissioner.
Through his company New Selecta he achieved some notable creative success with The Streets; Basement Jaxx; Beni Benassi and Eric Prydz.
In 2002 John founded Colonel Blimp and was instrumental in developing the careers of directors like Dougal Wilson; Nez and Adam Smith working with artists Coldplay; Bat For Lashes; Kanye West; Dizzee Rascal and Goldfrapp.
Now Executive Producer at Black Label where he is looking after Tell No One and Lisa Gunning.
Executive Producer- Freefolk, New York
From what she describes as a series of extremely fortunate events, Celia Williams joined the world of post production in the fall of 2016 as the founding EP of Freefolk New York.
Her passion for collaborative work was ignited early in on her career soon landing her into writing and producing spots for Marshall Field’s iconic Chicago store. What followed led her to pass through the doors as Producer for some of the biggest agency names in North America.
Moving between roles and disciplines across the industry cemented what’s always been at her core: the love of learning, mentoring and managing people in Advertising and beyond. Former Head of Production at DDB Chicago and Arnold New York, Celia has also produced for the likes of Ogilvy & Mather, StrawberryFrog, McGarryBowen.
Now at Freefolk New York, her magnetism in producing creative content has resulted in work for brands such as Cadillac, Bud Light, Fiverr and State Farm.
CCO, FCB Chicago
Liz Taylor has a career long history of developing ideas that challenge the status quo, and redefining expectations for where those ideas intersect with consumers and culture.
Joining FCB Chicago as Chief Creative Officer in September 2016, Liz has infused the creative department with a new energy and redefined the role of digital in the pursuit of legacy-making, equity-building, culture changing brand platforms.
Prior to joining FCB Chicago, Liz spent four years transforming the digital practice at Ogilvy & Mather as the ECD of North America Digital + Social. During this time, Liz also led global creative for Kimberly Clark, and brought innovation to the forefront on work for Morton Salt, Pinnacle Vodka, Midori, SC Johnson and Dove.
Providing creative vision and leadership on campaigns including “Walk her Walk” for Morton Salt, Glade’s “Museum of Feelings”, and The Brady Campaign’s “Zero Minutes of Fame”, Liz’s digital-first point of view has led to work that has been recognized at numerous award shows including Cannes, the One Show, and the Clios.
CEO, Uncle Unicorn
Melina is CEO of Uncle Unicorn, which includes offices in Gothenburg and Stockholm. Until her promotion to CEO in September 2016, Melina was the Client Service Director responsible for CP+B Scandinavia’s client service departments. Prior to joining CP+B in 2015, Melina was the CEO of the Swedish advertising agency Shout. She holds a Master’s Degree in International Marketing and has extensive sales and marketing experience includes serving International and Scandinavian clients on both the agency and client side. Most notably, she was as the Marketing Director responsible for sales and marketing for Burger King across Scandinavia and the Netherlands. Melina has also covered many miles as Marketing Manager for Continental Tires.
Chief Creative Officer, BETC London
Rosie Bardales is Chief Creative Officer at BETC London, one of the city’s most interesting young creative agencies, attracting international companies like Rimmel, start-ups like KADO, and established British brands like Cow & Gate.
Rosie has worked for some of the best ad agencies in the world. Before joining BETC London as executive creative director, she was creative director at Wieden+Kennedy Amsterdam, where she led the integrated launch for Levi’s Global as well as the Powerade campaigns for the 2012 Olympics and the 2014 World Cup. Rosie has also worked for BBH London, Mother London and Cliff Freeman and Partners in New York, working with brands such as Britvic, ITV, Coca Cola, PG Tips or SABMiller Global.
Executive Producer, Archer’s Mark
Nicky Flemming has recently joined the award-winning, multi-disciplinary production company Archer’s Mark as Executive Producer.
With a roster of 15 directors, the company’s commercial output includes TVCs and branded content for clients as diverse as Nike, Samsung, NBC Universal, Versace, Stella Artois and Honda.
Its Film and VR divisions have also received widespread critical claim, with the company’s most recent feature film, Notes on Blindness garnering three BAFTA nominations. Its sister VR project Into Darkness has been lauded as a defining experience in the genre, winning the prestigious Tribeca Storyscapes award, amongst many others.
Over a career in commercials spanning 17 years, Nicky was previously MD at Another Film Company, and before that worked as Head of New Business at Godman. She previously worked in British feature film production, cutting her teeth as a runner for ‘Midnight Transfer’, the telecine post production house working on high-end features including Star Wars: The Phantom Menace. She eventually went on to become Post-production Co-ordinator, overseeing the film rushes – but she will never live down the moment she dropped a whole feature film in cutting copy cans in the middle of Wardour Street…
Managing Director, Butter Music and Sound Berlin
Growing up with a tenacious passion for music, Nelson drew his creative inspirations from the likes of Buck Owens, Mingus, Pavarotti, The Dead Kennedy’s and Johnny Cash. With over 10 years of experience in the advertising industry, Nelson’s background spans a wide range of roles from actor, to casting director, to commercial director rep, marrying both his zeal for music and creative background to join Butter in 2012 to lead their debut West Coast office. In 2017, half Berliner and fluent German speaker, Nelson made the move to Berlin to open Butter’s first European office as Managing Director. Since launching, Nelson has been building upon Butter’s international presence, with composers hailing from Paris, Berlin, Austria and Holland. Work out of the Berlin office includes a collaboration with Pharrell Williams and Saeed Barhoush at Sony ATV, as music partner ‘Wir Zuxammen’ the Refugee Integration Project, as well as a three-year partnership with Hyundai Worldwide, recently working on the campaign for the launch of their new car, the KONA.
Co-CEO & ECD, Hakuhodo Kettle / APAC Co-Chief Creative Officer, Hakuhodo
Kentaro loves to cross borders. In his younger years, he backpacked through over 35 countries. Not be surprised, after joining Hakuhodo in 1992 he established a unique planning and creative style that eliminates the boundaries of strategic, creative, digital, and PR and works seamlessly through the entire process.
He established Hakuhodo Kettle, a one of a kind creative agency in 2006. Truly innovative ideas can come from anywhere. For this reason, everyone at his company is familiar with every field of communication. Bubbling up and serving his clients new ideas, his goal is for Hakuhodo Kettle to set the whole world aboil.
In addition to Kettle’s Co-CEO, Kimura has also served as new role of APAC Co-CCO of Hakuhodo since April 2017. That’s why he has started traveling all over Asian countries.
Kentaro has won more than 100 awards including 8 Grand Prix in various international advertising festivals such as Cannes Lions, D&AD, One Show, Clio, LIA, ADC, Adfest, Adstars, and Spikes Asia with Sony, Google, Shiseido, Toyota, Suntory, and other more. He has served as a member of more than 20 jury teams including Promo Jury, Titanium & Integrated Jury at Cannes , Executive Jury at New York Festivals, Promo & Direct Jury President at ADFEST and Digital & Mobile Jury President at Spikes Asia. He was the official speaker at Cannes Lions in 2013, 2014, and 2015.
Executive Creative Director, Beacon/Leo Burnett Tokyo
Jon King is currently the Executive Creative Director: Beacon / Leo Burnett Tokyo and S&S Tokyo. His passion is to create the best brand storytelling that gets attention for his multi-national clients, looking for opportunity to employ creativity at scale.
Jon started in Seattle, working in a holistic approach to advertising & marketing communications for small start-ups and multi-nationals such as Microsoft and Starbucks. He then joined the Leo Burnett Network in 2002 where he has led creative teams in Chicago, Rome and now Tokyo, working with brands, such as: BMW/Mini, Nike, P&G, McDonald’s, AXA, and Smirnoff.
His work has been awarded at all the major creative shows including Cannes Lions, D&AD, The One Show, Spikes Asia, Adfest, AdStars, New York Festivals, Dentsu Advertising Award and the CODE Award Japan.
Creative Director at GAS Music
Gary has over 20 years as a musical artist playing in Manchester bands since the 1990’s such as Hilton and Moses Gate, from where Badly Drawn Boy, Damon Gough started out his career and is currently half of electro duo Modern Family Unit.
From childhood Gary has had an emotional connection with both film and music and this passion drove him to co-founding GAS Music in 2015. He understands the emotions that music can bring to the moving image and with a broad taste in all genres he is quick at complementing a project with the right sound. Gary’s two decades as a Sales Director in the business-to-business sector is a perfect balance to the creative element.
GAS is music and sound design. They compose music for advertising (creative and production), television, film, radio, gaming and B2B. They create musical content that combines great composition ideas with the highest production values. Their expertise of film and the editing process means they can streamline the supply chain, demo tweaking process saving time, money and reducing stress.
GAS compose as musicians, consumers and fans. The latter has seen Modern Family Unit collaborate with legendary DJ Mark Reeder and have a track alongside New Order on his latest album.
Everyone and every situation has a soundtrack.Never judge a book by the cover, but always judge a person by their record collection.
Music moves us all, defines eras & personalities and sells products.
Editor, Cutters Tokyo
Aki splits her time and passion between the advertising and the documentary film worlds. She started her career at Cutters Los Angeles, apprenticing for the industry’s top editorial talent. In late 2011 she was tapped by director Lucy Walker to cut the Oscar-nominated documentary, “The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom”. The film focuses on the aftermath of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in northern Japan. Aki’s commercial portfolio includes spots for Nike, AIG, BMW, Mercedes Benz, and Asahi, among others. Her work has been recognized in many festivals and she also has a burgeoning directorial career, which has seen her direct for leading brands including Adidas, SK-II and Yahoo. She looks to create a sensual yet strong flow in her edits, making the story perfectly palatable for the viewer.
Co-ECD, McCann New York
Susan has been with McCann since 2013 working on iconic brands like MasterCard and Microsoft. She is passionate about ending the gender gap in STEM and has created two successful campaigns about the issue. For Girls Who Code she created a series of films that satirically suggest girls can’t code because they have boobs. With Microsoft she helped develop a patent program for young women and films that highlight some of the surprising things that are “woman-made.” Most recently, she created the provocative “Toddlers Kill” campaign for the Brady Organization to end gun violence.
Prior to McCann, Susan was a Creative Director at Saatchi & Saatchi on Tide where she helped create the Super Bowl favorite “Miracle Stain.”
She has been featured in Adweek’s Creative 100 and AdAge’s Creatives you should know and her work has been recognized by Cannes Lions, One Show, D&AD, Clios, Webby’s, #Femvertising awards and AICP.
Managing Partner & Executive Producer, HAMLET
Ruben Goots, Executive Producer and Managing Partner at HAMLET, has played a leading role in the international advertising film production industry for many years.
At the age of 24, he co-founded production company Czar in Brussels, Belgium. The company thrived under his leadership during a decade, becoming one of the most awarded production companies in Belgium with an impressive collection of awards – Golden Lions & Clios, a Grand Prix Eurobest, Grand Prix Cristal, Grand Prix NY Festivals, amongst many others.
In 2003, and for the second time in 2014, Ruben Goots was awarded the Special Merit Award by the Belgian Advertising Association for his contribution to the Belgian advertising industry.
Ruben became a managing partner and executive producer at Caviar, a leading Belgian production company with offices across Europe and the US, in 2012.
In 2015 he co-founded HAMLET with partner Jason Felstead. HAMLET took the market by storm and has worked for national and international clients such as Nike, Lexus, Uniqlo, Leffe, Bridgestone and ING to name
but a few.
Throughout his career Ruben has been ambitious and prone to produce state of the art content for the international advertising market.
Creative Director, BETC Paris
Nicolas began his career as a copywriter at Fred and Farid before joining Ogilvy. He spent seven years there as a copywriter, and then as Creative Director on accounts such as Perrier, Scrabble, Coca-Cola, Ford, JP Gaultier, Tic Tac and Netflix.
Nicolas has won many awards including 20 lions, four pencils at D&AD and a grand prix at Eurobest.
At BETC Nicolas works on Citroen, Decathlon, Canal+ and Amnesty International.
Founding Partner, Knucklehead
Matthew Brown is a founding partner of London and LA based production company Knucklehead. Since the company’s start in 2005 it has forged a reputation for developing talent and producing beautifully crafted work of the very highest standards. Outside of the advertising world Matthew produced the Oscar nominated short “The Tonto Woman” and the feature film “Harry Brown” starring Michael Caine. Whilst doing all that Matthew has also built a reputation that has transcended throughout the industry of being a pretty decent guy too.
Production Head / Exec Producer
Danielle started at W+K London in 2008 and over a 10 year span was promoted from Senior Producer to Head of TV and Digital and then to Head of Integrated Production in early 2016. In her time at W+K Dannielle was responsible for producing world class awarding-winning work for brands such as Honda, Nokia and Nike, alongside restructuring the department to build a dynamic, versatile and nimble team.
Prior to that Danielle worked in various agencies including BBH, Fallon and St Luke’s to name a few. As well as dipping into post production having spent a year producing at the internationally renowned The Mill London.
Alongside Danielle’s passion to produce great and innovative creative work she is dedicated to training, nurturing and developing world class production teams to enable agencies to be realise their creative potential.
Chief Creative Officer, J. Walter Thompson Atlanta
Vann Graves was appointed Chief Creative Officer of J. Walter Thompson Atlanta in December 2016. He brings 20+ years of creative and executive leadership experience to the company, formerly serving as EVP, Global Executive Creative Director at McCann New York; VP, Creative Director at BBDO New York; and Founder, CCO at FL+G, a full-service agency he started in Chattanooga, Tenn.
Having worked with some of the world’s leading global brands, he brings together creative and business expertise to produce work that translates multi-platform messaging into successful creative campaigns. A strong team leader, Vann puts a high value on collaboration and commitment to support innovation and high-quality creative work.
Vann’s work has been recognized with numerous industry awards including Cannes Lions, Grand London International Awards, a Grand Clio and the D&AD Graphite Pencil. He has also won two Project Isaac Awards and The Gravity Award. On top of creative and executive leadership experience, Vann is a decorated Army combat veteran – experience that translates perfectly to the United States Marine Corps’ agency of record for almost 70 years.
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.
Joint CCO, Grey London
Caroline has worked at most of London’s top agencies, including BBH, Mother, W+K, and now Grey. She had lead award-winning work across many world-famous brands including Levi’s, Cadbury’s, Schweppes, Honda, Boots, Google and Coca Cola. Most recently she was Deputy ECD at BBH London, leading the Tesco business, as well as overseeing the creative department and being the creative voice within the London management team.In April 2017, Caroline joined Grey London, as Co-CCO alongside Vicki Maguire. Caroline is a caring, sharing, incredibly collaborative creative leader and she takes great pride and joy in developing fresh, innovative work, that works. She is also passionate about discovering and developing young talent, and a very active voice in the push for diversity and equality within the creative industry and beyond.
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.
Executive Creative Director, Havas London
Ben is the Executive Creative Director of Havas London. Ben leads a 45 person creative department, full of old-fashioned and new-fashioned storytellers, all on a mission to create culturally impactful work to make a meaningful difference – to our brands, our audience and to the lives of the people we work with.
Ben’s appointment as ECD of Havas followed the acquisition of his 8 year old agency Work Club, twice Digital Agency of the Year, by the Havas group in 2014. The populist, innovative creativity of Work Club now lies at the heart of the Havas London creative department.
Ben started in advertising in 1997, at the beginning of another start-up phenomenon, Mother. Ben was the 9th employee and first teaboy / runner / junior creative at a nascent Mother, leaving ten years later as a Creative Director, with an armful of D&AD pencils, Cannes Lions and other trinkets at the Campaign ‘Agency of the Decade’. In fact, in 2001 at the start of that decade Ben was the Gunn Report’s most awarded creative in the world.’
In his time at Mother, Ben was responsible for a puppet Monkey firstly watching ITV and then returning to drink PG Tips with Johnny Vegas; casting an unknown Martin Freeman as a failed rock star for Q television and introducing the world to a Welsh town of Pot Noodle miners; as well as writing and creative directing campaigns for Miller Genuine Draft, Orange, Boots, The Observer, Castlemaine XXXX, and broadcasters UKTV Gold, Kiss and Magic FM.
Ben attended Manchester University in body alone in the mid-90s, where some of the English and American literature degree he did seems to have stuck with him; the cultural mix of the Hacienda fantasists and the literary realists setting him up unwittingly for a career in advertising.
At Havas London, Ben is passionate about building a creative gang with a swiss-army approach to storytelling. In his first year at Havas, Ben won and oversaw the Heathrow account, culminating with the Christmas tale of two elderly teddy bears coming home to Heathrow, which received 100 million (organic) views, and was written in some tabloids to ‘have beaten John Lewis to Xmas no 1.’ In the same week Ben’s team at Havas prototyped an Artificial Intelligence Pollster that featured as a live guest on ITN News US Election night special, and correctly predicted a Trump victory.
Ben lives with his wife, two young children and dog in Bermondsey, London, and in a state of semi-permanent exhaustion.
Editing Partner, Cut+Run
Ben was drumming in a band when he started as a runner for Soho-based Williams Editing under the apprenticeship of Derek Williams. The gig led to a stint in Cairo in 2003 teaching experienced editors, and riding horses around the pyramids.
After cutting Kate Bush’s promo for ‘King of the Mountain’, he was approached by Cut+Run founder, Steve Gandolfi, and signed on as an assistant in ’05 and graduated to editing a massive 24 spots for Sony Vaio for photographic duo Blinkk starring John Malkovich.
In April ’08 Ben was voted in the top 3 best young editors in The Boards First Awards and went to New York to receive this accolade. He was promoted to full editor shortly after.
Ben has cut music videos for Travis, Dizzee Rascal and Kate Bush but mainly sticks to cutting ads and outside of advertising, Ben has cut for TV, editing the template show for The BAFTA Award winning game show ‘The Cube’.
His awards list is extensive including Cannes Lions, British Arrow, Creative Circle, Kinsale Sharks, Music & Sound Awards, LIA and AICE.
Ben has been on the Cut+Run board for seven years helping to guide the company and it’s talented young staff.
ECD of BBH London
CEO / Executive Producer, Black Sheep Studios
Anthony joined BBH in January 2015 to launch Black Sheep Studios, the award-winning production arm of BBH which which co-produced the BAFTA-wining short film, HOME. Black Sheep Studios produces a huge variety of film, including short film, branded entertainment, music videos, content series and documentaries.
Anthony was promoted to ECD of BBH London in July 2017, a role which sees him bring production and entertainment expertise to the heart of the creative process.
Vice President/Executive Producer, PRETTYBIRD
Ali Brown is the Vice President/Executive Producer of PRETTYBIRD, a production company devoted to pushing creative and brand opportunities across all distribution outlets. With offices in Los Angeles and London, PRETTYBIRD is home to a diverse roster of filmmakers, creatives, and collaborators producing entertainment that is creatively led and platform agnostic.
Brown began her career in the commercial and music video industry before moving over to feature films where she served as Director of Creative Affairs at Spirit Dance, a production company helmed by veteran director/actor/producer Forest Whitaker. Upon her return to advertising, she helped build the PRETTYBIRD roster and reputation, expanding its reach across commercials, short films, features, web series, and music videos. PRETTYBIRD’s work has been recognized worldwide, including by the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, the One Show, the Clio Awards, the London International Awards, D&AD, British Arrows, Ciclope, the AICP Awards, as well as being named Creativity Magazine’s Top Production Company of the Year for 2015.
Brown has been able to combine her background in long and short form, leading PRETTYBIRD’s foray into the narrative realm. She has produced several films under the PRETTYBIRD banner, including the award-winning Sundance New Frontier film Possibilia directed by Daniels; The Drew: No Excuse Just Produce directed by filmmaker Baron Davis and acquired by Showtime, Atlas Entertainment’s films The Monster directed by Brian Bertino and William Moynahan’s Mojave, which was acquired by A24; and feature film The Trust, which was written and directed by PRETTYBIRD duo Brewer, with a 2016 theatrical release.
Through the keen creative eye of Brown, PRETTYBIRD has quickly grown its roster with a reputation for building talent and being a collaborative creative community that welcomes filmmakers from all disciplines and projects of all formats.
Ali served two terms as AICP/West President and was a mentor with Project Involve, Film Independent’s diversity program. In addition to appearing on several panels including at Sundance’s New Frontier, The Side Project, and Women in Film, she also partnered with Sapient Nitro to curate the diversity-oriented panel Make Some Room at the 2016 Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity.