Puppet master and stop-motion specialist join Tessa Films’ roster
Meghann Artes and Toben Seymour have joined the directorial roster at Tessa Films. The duo arrives at Tessa Films with skillsets that are bound to overlap in both conventional and unconventional ways. Artes is a master of stop motion. Seymour is a master of puppetry.
In the words of Executive Producer and Co-Founder of Tessa Films, Lisa Masseur, “[Toben has] a very distinctive creative vision, and is a wizard when it comes to achieving in-camera effects. And Meghann is an original storyteller who’s found innovative new ways to use the stop-motion technique. Both are wonderful creative resources for agencies and clients.”
Masseur already worked with Artes via One at Optimus and at Radar Studios. Prior to Artes’s new role at Tessa Films, she was represented by You are Here. Artes’s resume also includes collaborations with CTW, DreamWorks, Nickelodeon, Bix Pix, NBC, and ABC.
Artes received an Emmy and a Peabody Award for her work on CTW’s “Sesame Street,” and her own films have been honored by both Vimeo and Short of the Week.
Seymour designs and builds all of his own puppets and then incorporates them into his work. Some of his most-notable clients have included Mercedes-Benz, Eyeglass World, and The Jim Henson Company.
Seymour also has experience within the music industry. Norah Jones, will.i.am, Moby, and Aesop Rock all have music videos that feature Seymour’s puppetry.
Chicago and Los Angeles-based Tessa Films is a film-production company that was founded in 2017 by Partners and EPs Lisa Masseur and Reid Brody. It immediately made waves, and along with the addition of Artes and Seymour, it already boasts an impressive team of directors.
Patrick Lafferty named U.S. President of mcgarrybowen
Patrick Lafferty leaves his role as Translation’s President to join mcgarrybowen as its new U.S. President.
Lafferty replaces Simon Pearce during a surge of company success. Mcgarrybowen was named Ad Age “2017 Comeback Agency of the Year” and “2018 Agency to Watch.”
Lafferty remarks, “mcgarrybowen is an iconic creative agency with great momentum. I’m thrilled to come on board at this key moment to ensure we continue delivering big ideas and support the incredibly talented team of creative and strategic visionaries.”
Before Translation, Lafferty held numerous executive positions at many of the largest media companies in the United States. He was the CEO of North America at BBH New York & BBH Los Angeles, COO of North America at McCann Erickson, CMO at the Travel Channel, SVP of Marketing at Discovery Communications, and SVP Account Director at Leo Burnett USA.
According to Founder and Global Chairman, Gordon Bowen, “Pat’s experience in leading diverse teams in blending insights, brand experiences, and digital solutions will be critical as we build on our recent success.”
Dana Stotts returns to Arc Worldwide in a new role
Dana Stotts returns to Arc Worldwide and fills its newly created position of Senior Vice President, Director of Customer and Channel Strategy.
Stotts is leaving his role as SVP, Group Management Director at FCB/RED to return to his old company. Before working at FCB/RED for almost three years, Stotts served as the VP, Account Director at Arc Worldwide for nearly six years.
Stotts explains why he made the change, “Returning to Arc with the chance to develop a Center of Excellence that also focuses on my passion points – channel and customer strategy – is a one-of-a-kind opportunity.”
Arc Worldwide is the brand activation and shopper agency within the Leo Burnett Group and Publicis Groupe.
At Arc Worldwide, Scotts will focus on the MillerCoors account. Some of his most-notable clients in the past include Jack Daniel’s, Comcast, MilkPEP, Fisher-Price, Proctor & Gamble, and Gatorade.
Jenny Milkowski now an afternoon personality on WSHE FM 100.3
According to Robert Feder, the popular and Emmy-winning reporter Jenny Milkowski will take on the role of afternoon personality for WSHE FM 100.3.
In late January 2018, there was uproar on social media following the sudden release of Milkowski from her role as traffic reporter on Fox 32. Despite the shift from television to radio, Milkowski is “beyond ecstatic to continue connecting with listeners in Chicago.”
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