The principals of specialized creative agency Leviathan has announced the addition of Account Manager Meg Miller, Art Director Mackenzie Suben, and Designer Morgan Itterly. Prior to landing at Leviathan, Miller was a Digital Experience Project Manager at Gensler who specialized in integrating digital content into the architectural design process. Having earned her degree from the University of … Continue reading “Leviathan adds to account & creative teams”
The principals of specialized creative agency Leviathan have announced a key promotion and several new hires expanding their capabilities in creative technology. Effective immediately, Adam Pere rises to Director of Creative Technology, while the full-time staff additions include Senior IT Operations Manager Andrew Peplinski, Senior Creative Software Engineer Grady Sain, and Creative Software Engineer Kate Milleker. Pere joined … Continue reading “Leviathan announces key promotion and staff expansion”
The Canopy at Chicago’s iconic upscale retail destination 900 North Michigan Shops was unveiled in late 2017 as a key part of a major reimagining of the 465,000 square foot shopping center. The unique media-architecture installation, consisting of ten LED digital skylights spanning 190 linear feet, delivers unexpected, compelling artistic video to shoppers on all … Continue reading “Leviathan creates dynamic artistry for Canopy at 900 N”
Associate Director of Strategic Partnerships Adrienne Rehm and Senior Producer Brittany McCullars strengthen partnership and production capabilities The principals of specialized creative agency Leviathan are very proud to announce the addition of Associate Director of Strategic Partnerships Adrienne Rehm and Senior Producer Brittany McCullars. Both appointments are effective immediately. Adrienne Rehm Most recently, Rehm … Continue reading “Leviathan grows stronger with key new hires”
The specialized agency’s creative expansion includes the hiring of Cody Tilson and the promotion of Kyle Shoup (Chicago — 19 December 2018) As a final order of business for a stellar year, specialized creative agency Leviathan’s Chief Executive Officer Chad Hutson and Chief Creative Officer Jason White are honored to announce the addition of Creative … Continue reading “Leviathan caps off busy year with hires and promotions”
The Chicago-based, specialized creative agency adds staff in creative, account, production and development disciplines (Chicago — 5 November 2018) The principals of specialized creative agency Leviathan are very proud to announce several key new hires and promotions expanding their creative, account management, production and digital development strengths. The full-time staff additions include ACD Branded … Continue reading “Leviathan announces massive staff expansion”
President Chad Hutson, ECD Jason White, and Leviathan proudly announce the hiring of executive producer Luvy Delgado, creative director Pedro Andres Sanchez and senior motion designer Krzysztof Pianko. Luvy Delgado comes from Ayzenberg Group in Los Angeles, where she spent two years as director of digital products, working on award-winning AR, VR and MR … Continue reading “Creative agency Leviathan adds three new staff”
Leviathan dazzled up the Las Vegas MGM Grand Hotel & Casino with an interactive display in the lobby of the iconic landmark on the strip. Titled, “Mirror Mirage,” the installation rises roughly three feet from the ground underneath a golden, life-size statue of MGM’s iconic Leo the Lion mascot. “We created Mirror Mirage to show … Continue reading “Leviathan helps MGM guests step into the digital world”
THREE NEW AT LEVITHAN are producer James Turek, who earlier had spent eight years in LA; software engineer David Braun, a recent Brown University grad with a BA in Mathematics-Economics, and systems administrator Lucas Schira, from WiredTree.
Credit Leviathan for design and production of the film noir main titles for Starz new original series, “Power,” produced by rapper 50 Cent (formally Curtis Jackson) and created by “The Good Wife’s” Courtney Kemp Aboh that premiered Sunday to more than 2 million viewers.
Jason White has become an international apostle for the kind of “transformative visual experiences” he builds as executive creative director of design-focused production studio Leviathan.
“In our third year, Leviathan has grown into exactly what my partners and I had set out to create: a new creative culture backed by a really cool story and a custom creative processes we invented ourselves,” White says. “We want to share this culture.”
Leviathan executive producer Jason White departed Thursday, Nov. 1 for Melbourne, Australia to attend the second international Pause Fest Digital Festival, Nov. 8-11, that brings together world leaders and creative innovators, and to participate as a speaker amid famous companies and present Leviathan’s first short film.
When his company eatdrink started to bounce back from the recession in 2009, Chad Hutson turned to Matt Daly, formerly a CG and VFX artist at Optimus, to augment his downsized staff and win bids for Walt Disney Imagineering and Maytag.
The two began to envision a design studio “grounded in broadcast CG but extending into experiential design,” with Daly as chief technologist and Hutson as executive producer. They brought on Jason White from lift as executive creative director, and launched Leviathan in 2010.
When post producer Lauren Shawe returned to Chicago after seven years in New York, Leviathan’s Chad Hutson, recognizing how the quality of her internet, visual effects and post experience would fit in, hired her for a freelance experiential project.
When that assignment was flawlessly accomplished, Shawe was officially added to Leviathan’s full-time staff of 17 last week.
More than 300 guests came out on a beautiful, balmy summer’s eve last Thursday to celebrate the first anniversary of design-focused hybrid Leviathan.
They met the staff, saw the variety of work and met Tim Sepulveda, who recently filled Leviathan’s first design director’s position.
“We had a great mix of clients, peers, friends and family attend the party,” says executive creative director/partner Jason White of the event.
New design-driven 3D animation studio Leviathan moved into a West Loop building being rehabbed while new windows were still being hoisted into place, and worked late over the weekend to be ready for projects scheduled to start Monday.
Since that day in late May, “We’ve been eager to show the community that we’re real and we’re here,” says executive producer Chad Hutson.
High-end editorial boutique Cutters announces the promotion of David Rubin to Editor. The announcement was made by Cutters Studios President/Managing Director Craig Duncan and Managing Editor Grant Gustafson. Rubin landed an internship with Cutters immediately upon graduating from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, leading to a position as Assistant Editor, mainly working for Gustafson. … Continue reading “Cutters promotes David Rubin to editor”
The Mill announced today the promotion of several key creatives within its Chicago Studio. In a restructure and bolstering of the studio’s creative offering, several new appointments have been made including the hire of Bradon Webb and the promotion of Adam Carroll to Creative Directors. They join the existing creative leadership team of Udesh Chetty … Continue reading “The Mill has New Creative Leadership Team in Chicago”
The thing currently shaking Los Angeles right now is not the 3.6 quake we felt this morning. For me it was the opening of the AFI Fest presented by Audi. It is truly the premier indie festival to see films from all over the world, some which will make their way to the Oscars. … Continue reading “AFI Fest opens with premiere of ‘Mudbound’”
TWO FREELANCE VFX DESIGNERS were hired by design-driven company Sarofsky: Visual effects and finishing artist Cory Davis and designer Dan Tiffany, Erin Sarofsky and EP Steven Anderson announced.
For the past two years, Davis has been an integral contributor to Sarofsky’s title sequences for a number of Marvel Studios, from “Ant-Man” to its latest work for the $130 million, just-released “Doctor Strange,” starring Benedict Cumberbatch.
A 30-SECOND CUBS SPOT, “Fly the W,” created by Chicago Cubs’ agency Schafer Carter Condon (SCC) featuring the narration of injured Cubs catcher Kyle Schwarber, was designed to get fans excited about the Cubs’ National Division Series playoffs starting Oct. 7.
And it did it ever! — the spot was a hit waaaay out of the park, beyond anyone’s expectations, by garnering an amazing two million-plus views since it was posted on Facebook a scant two weeks ago.
LA-based Deluxe Entertainment’s Chicago Studio of Beast editorial, Company 3 color grading and Method Studios visual effects group located in the Tribune Tower, added four to bring the total staff number to 28.
The new additions are VFX producer Matthew Engel joining from Method Studios in New York, designers Matt Fultz, who’d been freelancing at local post houses, Tobias Mattner, from Leviathan, and Company 3 color assistant Zachary Korpi, from color intern at The Mill.
IT’S A WELCOME HOMECOMING for the massive Clorox portfolio of brands, globally, which has moved back to FCB after a 20 year run with DDB, following an account review that began last December.
The account spent $269 million on measured media on its main brand in 2015.
The household product giant ended its 71-year relationship with FCB’s San Francisco office in 1996 when it consolidated its business at DDB. It was billing $71 million at that time.
FOUR CHICAGO AGENCIES — DDB Chicago, Leo Burnett, DigitasLBI, and Havas Worldwide — are among the 66 category winners of the 8th Annual Shorty Awards for content on Snapchat, YouTube, Instagram and every other conceivable social platform.
CONSPIRACY ADDS TWO: Kyle Howard, a former New York editor, specializing in fashion and beauty commercials, to its West Loop-based staff, and New York-based Namakula to for Midwest representation, boosting its editorial talent to five.
If Chicago’s visual media industry is ending 2014 with a big smile of satisfaction from a profitable outpouring of work, then 2015 will have everyone positively beaming like the sun.
Seven more organizations are starting the New Year with new looks, staff and ideas.
A SPECIAL CELEBRITY FLAVOR has been added to Taste of Chicago festivities Thursday, July 10. By special invitation from the city, Elysabeth Alfano’s “The Dinner Party” will gather “for a evening of good food and conversation.”
AGENCY SCC starts 2014 with new business from Evanston-based Kerrygold USA, importers of Ireland-made butter and cheese. Said Molly O’Loughlin, Kerrygold USA’s marketing director, in announcing their new agency: “SCC is a food expert that knows our consumers and most importantly, they are scrappy enough to help us grow our business in any kind of market.”
REVIVAL OF THE ART DIRECTORS CLUB after a long absence was a smashing success, judging by the creative community that turned out for two events. Partnering here with Otis Gibson’s GERTRUDE, New York-based The Art Directors Club renewed its presence here with a turnout of 50 of city’s top creative executives at the Oct. 1 inaugural, invitation-only dinner honoring one of the city’s best, Bob Scarpelli, former chairman/CCO of DDB Worldwide.
BUY YOUR AICE TICKETS NOW as the national Awards Show is reaching space capacity, advises Optimus’ Tom Duff, AICE Chicago chapter. The show will be held Thursday, May 16, throughout the entire Museum of Broadcast Communications: cocktail reception on the third floor, awards presentations on the fourth floor, and after-party on the second floor.
Fletcher Camera & Lenses’ new Michigan address will be the Michigan Studios (formerly known as Raleigh Studios) in Pontiac. The official move-in date is Aug. 1, following its departure from Studio Center (formerly known as Grace & Wild) in Farmington Hills, where Fletcher Detroit had been located since 2008.
Tom Fletcher calls the studio – once GM’s truck assembly plant, “one of the nicest stages in the world – a fantastic facility for production. We’re excited to be out there.”
Fourteen commercials produced by Chicago agencies and one production company are on the AICP Shortlist of 230 spots that are competing for a final slot on the prestigious annual AICP Show Reel and NEXT Awards.
When the curators meet to make their final decision, the number of spots will shrink from the Shortlist’s 10 entrants in each of 23 categories, to from one-to-three spots per category.
AN INTERNATIONAL FLAVOR is spicing up our ad scene with Energy BBDO’s addition of SVP/creative directors Giovanni Settesoldi and Luissandro Del Gobbo, art director and copywriter, respectively, who landed here after four years at Grey Paris as CDs, following stints at JWT Paris and BBDO Milan. Their work has garnered an awe-inspiring 60-plus national and international awards.
Digital and collateral agency Factory Design Labs collaborated with director Paul Schneider of L.A-based Hello & Co. and design and graphics-focused Leviathan to produce a cross-promotional campaign with precise match cuts, thrilling skiing and a pulsing score.
FORGET IMPORTANT SPEAKERS and breakthrough cable technology at The Cable Show Wednesday at McCormick Place. The exhibition floor, filled with about 500 booths, was jammed with a line around the block to meet Paris Hilton, who needs no introduction to tabloid readers. How interesting it would’ve been to hear what she had to say about working in cable — on that one show long ago gratefully long forgotten.
Justin Baron is nearing the end of a five-year odyssey to complete his debut feature, “Peep Show.”
Baron began shooting the 16mm film shortly after he graduated from Columbia College in 1998, financing the under-$100,000 budget mostly from his earnings as a parking valet.