Two New York editors join Conspiracy’s talent roster

Kyle Howard and Namakula

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.

Howard, a San Francisco native, moved to Chicago last October after 10 years editing spots like Victoria’s Secret and Avon, as well as those for Ford, Pepsi and State Farm for New York editorial companies. 

Bilingual editor Namakula is also a media artist who has worked on both the post and talent sides. Namakula honed her talents as a professional comedy writer and actor in the US, the UK and Spain and is fluent in Spanish. Her editorial work covers all genres and her clients include Coco-cola, American Express, Smirnoff, Levi’s and many more.

Associate producer Alexis Jaworski is also new to the Conspiracy staff.  She was co-producer on Conspiracy director Ky Dickens’ “Sole Survivor” doc, and earlier worked in marketing and public relations.

Jen Giles represents Conspiracy in the Midwest; phone, 773/822-9652.

OVER AT THE DAILY PLANET, Alyssa Barrett has joined as a motion graphics designer, from her home city of Raleigh, N.C. and whose resume includes graphics, web, motion design, multimedia work for companies and boutique design firms.

She is Daily Planet’s fourth graphic designer and its first woman designer. “Alyssa adds a perspective that we didn’t have before,” says Scott Marvel, Planet president. “She also stood out because of her strong graphic sense adding new creative vision to our work.”

Barrett’s addition, enlarging the staff to ten, comes at a perfect time, Marvel adds, “as our client base has expanded to many new agencies that specialize in content beyond traditional advertising.” 

NEW AT LEVIATHAN is interactive director Austin Mayer, former interactive director/partner of The Uprising Creative, whose clients included Nike Air Jordan, Beats by Dre, Beyonce, Justin Timberlake, Lollapalooza and many others.

Earlier, he’d been co-founder/partner of interactive agency  Eyes & Ears Entertainment, which developed inventive projects, ranging from interactive games to multi-campaign interactive programs and connected experiential installations. E&E’s success led to its merger with The Uprising Creative in 2014.

SPEND 75 MINUTES WITH STEVE CONRAD, Chicago-based feature film writer/producer/director, on Saturday, Feb. 20 at Columbia College, when he fills us in on his Amazon Studios’ series, “The Patriot,” described as “gleefully deranged, dark comedy thriller.” 

Production offices are set up at Cinespace where cameras will roll on the 9-episode series from May through September and on locations throughout the area. Leads re Michael Dorman (“The Water Diviner”) and Kathleen Munroe (“Resurrection”).

Interview series “75 Minutes with …” is presented by IFP Chicago and hosted in conjunction with Columbia College Chicago Immersion Series.  

At Columbia College, 1104 S. Wabash, 2 p.m. Tickets, IFP members, $10; general, $20; students $15 are available here.

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