Martin started his career as 1st AD for various commercial directors in Denmark. His fascination with directing was obvious, & He started directing commercials in 1994, soon to become one of the most used & loved directors in Europe.
After establishing his own Director’s Company BACON (with fellow director Kasper Wedendahl) in 2001, they both became extremely busy, not only in Europe, but also worldwide. Bacon as a company has been awarded film Production Company of year at the true awards 2008, 2009, 2010 and again in 2011.
In may 2010, he directed his first fiction film ”Bosporus” founded by The Danish Institute shot on location in Istanbul Turkey, and in 2011 he did “Øresund”, another Danish short film. “Bosporus” was nominated best short film at the Danish film academy Robert Awards 2012. “Øresund” won Best Film at the “Open Air”-film festival in Riga.
For his Jack & Jones commercial, starring Christopher Walken, Martin won several prices: 2 Grand Prix Eurobest 2013, 1 Grand Prix New York Festivals 2014, 2 Silver and 3 Bronze at Cannes Lions Festival 2014, and at the True Awards 2014 – Best Direction, Best Film Campaign, Best Film – TV & Cinema and Best Film.
Martin was also rewarded for his book trailer “you and me at Dawn”, for which he won Best Direction and Best Online FilM at this year’s True awards. Bacon won Epica D’Or, Black Pencil, D&AD- Most Awarded Production company 2014, Best Prod.Co of the Year at the True Awards, and Eurobest Golden Palm – Europe´s no 1 production company 2013.
In 2014, Martin was also nominated in the category “Best Director of the Year” at Shots Award 2014, and he received several first award prizes at Berlin Fashion Film Festival 2014 plus he won a Gold Lion at Cannes Lions Festival 2015 for his Magnum-ad “Be True To Your Pleasure”.
Martin’s strong energy shines through in all his commercials – sometimes as an intelligent or sensitive energy and sometimes as an unstoppable power. Martin can be hard to label, because he masters a wide range of genres with the same enthusiasm and professionalism, but in all of his commercials it is the quality, sensitivity and energy that stands out.
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Before being the producer he was meant to be, Alexis sailed the seven seas, on a single paddleboat. After this amazing experience, from which he gained a hard mental and a couple of nice solid legs, he entered various agencies in Paris, where he learnt many great things, some better than others, like how to dance backward. From that, he decided to perform some dancing shows throughout France in order to improve his moonwalk skills. When the time came he launched a company named Moonwalk Films, and started to produce many commercials. Since he embraced his hero’s philosophy “don’t stop till you get enough” and still performs his dance shows !!
Born in postwar stuttgart 1947 to an actress and an officer.
Today a convinced hamburg guy since over 60 years.
With no proper education apart from 6 months as a hippie kid travelling across the usa in 1967. Plus 1 term of sociology in 68.
Assisting still photographers for 3 years. after 5 years of photo-journalism for magazines like STERN + GEO, shooting musicians on and off stage, and giving company to a few feature film, I occasionally entered the world of moving media in marketing.
Opened my first company in 1985 and stayed managing director/executive producer ever since.
Stopped producing in 2012 in order to tell young creatives how to make good commercials. Since over 3 years involved in our german producers association. Working harder than foreseen. That’s it.
Wain Choi is currently a Vice President and Global Executive Creative Director at
Cheil Worldwide Inc. Headquartered in Seoul, Cheil was founded in 1973 and ranks
as the one of the world’s largest advertising agencies.
Wain graduated from the prestigious Ontario College of Art and Design, and has held
leading creative roles in major advertising agencies such as Ogilvy & Mather, Young
& Rubicam and Dentsu. His illustrious career has taken him across the globe, from
North America to Europe to Asia. He has had extensive experience in leading global
brands such as Nike, Coca-Cola, Toyota F1, Kimberly Clark and Samsung.
His works have been recognized at the Cannes Lions, D&AD, The One Show,
AdFest, Communication Arts, London International Festival and CLIO Awards. His
extensive jury duties include D&AD, CLIO, Dubai Lynx, the Marketing Awards Show
(Canada), Cannes Young Lions, Red Apple (Moscow), New York Festivals World’s
Best Advertising and many other Asian award shows.
Wain also happens to have the distinction of being named one of Business Insider’s
“50 Sexiest Advertising Executives Alive”. He isn’t sure why he got on the list but he
suspects it has to do with his rigorous daily 5am fitness regime and his signature
one-of-a-kind windswept hair.
Paul Kreitmann is Creative Director at CLM BBDO since early 2016.
It deals with brands like Smart, Foot Locker, SC Johnson, Bacardi and Tag Heuer.
Paul began his career in 2006 at CLM BBDO as artistic director.
In 2009, he designed the campaign Alka Seltzer “Disolve your problems”, second most awarded print campaign in the world (source: Gunn Report).
In 2010 he arrived at DDB Paris, where he worked on various clients of the agency including Playboy, Winamax, Volkswagen …
In 2014 he arrived at Ogilvy Paris and takes the Directorate Creating of Perrier, Allianz, and Lenovo.
Paul was awarded many times in the French and international awards.
Alongside his advertising career, he is also the creator of Small Faces Comics and co-directed several short films including “The Very Big Problems of Very Pretty Girls”, a satire of the current canons of beauty.
The work. It. Is. Everything.
But the people create the work, so are they not everything?
And what about conscience? Creating things that matter. That make a difference. That are not ‘advertising’. But something more. Something better. Something that moves us forward.
I love ideas, people and doing shit that matters. It has taken me across the world to create multi-award winning work for clients including Nike, Volkswagen, Johnnie Walker, McDonalds, Budweiser, Hasbro, Guinness and Coca-Cola.
For family reasons, I returned to South Africa three-and-a-half years ago as the Chief Creative Officer of the DDB Group. In my first year at the helm, the DDB Group went from 13th in the national creative rankings to 3rd and was the top placed South African agency at Cannes. I was ranked the top CCO in the country.
I had to sadly leave DDB as the role increasingly needed me in Johannesburg. My family were in Cape Town and it was not fair on either agency or family. In 2012 I took the role of Executive Creative Director of the King James Group, South Africa’s largest independent agency, based in Cape Town. I am also the Creative Partner of Punk, the start-up future-facing agency within the Group. King James is currently creatively ranked #1 group in the country, with Punk ranked #2 interactive agency. The Group has also been ranked Agency Of The Year in Africa for the last 2 consecutive years.
Prior to returning to South Africa, I spent almost two decades in London and New York, where I was most recently the Group Executive Creative Director of DDB UK and Executive Creative Director of Tribal DDB. producing award-winning work with clients including Volkswagen, Hasbro, Guinness, Budweiser, KLM and Financial Times. When I left in 2010, the DDB Group topped the Gunn Report and Tribal DDB were the #2 ranked digital agency by the IAB. Prior to that I have worked at TBWA, AQKA and JWT, as well as founded and sold my own small agency, Dean & Dickinson.
I have been named one of Advertising Age’s Creativity 50, the global list of most influential and inspiring creative personalities, and have picked up Gold and Grand Prix metal across all the major award shows. I love a good keynote talk and a dingy judge, though with the Rand what it is, I’m doing this a little less than I’d like these days.
My last minute on earth would be spent on a Glen D’Arcy 6,2″ surfboard getting barreled whilst watching ‘The Big Lebowski’ with my three ladies, reading Kingsley Amis’s ‘Lucky Jim’ and having a Darling IPA ale with Stanley Kubrick and Albert Einstein.
Ah, one can but only dream.
Isn’t that the point?
Ari Kuschnir is the Founder and Executive Producer of m ss ng p eces, the award-winning new wave production and entertainment company inspired by the limitless potential of storytelling and technology.
Since 2005, Ari has been leading, advising and completing creative projects that resonate, seeking to shed light on people, projects, and ideas that matter to him, as well as the community he surrounds himself in. He consistently pushes the boundaries of what’s possible in storytelling, most recently through radical, neverbeen- done-before projects in video, interactive video and virtual reality.
Ari has collaborated with some of the world’s leading artists, agencies, brands and organizations. He has been featured on the Creativity 50 and sits on the board of advisors for the Future of Storytelling, AICP Digital and TED’s Ads Worth Spreading. Ari frequently speaks at conferences as a leader of contemporary thought on the future of storytelling. Last year, m ss ng p eces catapulted to Creativity’s Production Company A-List.
Rudi Haller started his career in the early eighties with an apprenticeship as a film technician at Schwarz Filmtechnik AG in Berne. After this he subsequently worked his way up from assistant to the position of a producer at Condor Films in Zurich. Since 1992, as the founder and executive producer of the company Solid & Hallerfilm Ltd. Rudi Haller has successfully produced numerous commercials around the world. As a result of his commitment to the branch, Rudi Haller is, since 2006, board member of the Swissfilm Association and Vice President of the CFP-E.
Hughie Phillips is co-founder and Managing Director of MindsEye, an award-winning commercials production company based in London. He has brought together some of the best comedy directing talent in the UK under the banner of MindsEye and is known for developing and nurturing new directing talent.
MindsEye’s work has been recognised by everyone from BAFTA to Cannes Lions and have had back-‐to-‐back D&AD nominationsin 2015 & 2016. http://mindseye.london/
In 2015, Hughie also co-founded Billion Dollar Boy, an influencer marketing agency which now has offices in London, New York, Istanbul & Sao Paulo. The business also looks after online Rights Management for over 4000 film titles for some of the world’s largest independent film producers. His business partners in this venture include Guy East and Nigel Sinclair, whose film credits include Ron Howard’s Rush and Daniel Radcliffe’s Women In Black. http://billiondollarboy.com/
Jan Kallista is a producer and owner of Ad Wood Production Company based in Prague that specializes in TV commercials.
Jan is a board member of the Audiovisual Producers’ Association (APA) in the Czech Republic and board member of the CFP-Europe (Commercial Film Producers of Europe) as well as jury member of the Young Director Award (YDA) during Cannes Lions Festival for 2014.
More as a hobby he time to time escapes to work for various feature film projects as an executive producer or line producer (Rockstar – Indian feature, Detective downs – Norwegian feature, Lunacy – Czech feature, Nowhere in Moravia – Czech feature, …)
Recently he is in the process of establishing another production company called Film Kolektiv together with his three other partners. Film Kolektiv aims to serve as a platform for feature films, TV ads, Docs and TV series for all four producers that merged their strengths and knowhow.
Jan was born into a filmmaker’s family. His father showed him a lot from film alchemy and magic. So there is no wonder that Jan chose to study Film academy FAMU in Prague. During the studies he realized that he needed to do a job for a living. So he started as a runner. After few months he realized he would like to do more – so he became an assistant, coordinator, production manager, producer, …
Jan graduated at FAMU film academy with the Master of Arts title on the production department.
Managing Director and Executive Producer of The Brownie Film Company, Spain, Chad was born in New York. He obtained a BFA in Cinema and Television at New York University and began his career at the visual effects production Company, Peter Corbett & Co. After working in Manhattan based production companies, he relocated to Spain where he went on to work as a Producer for the local advertising market as well as for production services. Chad has an MBA from the École de Management in Lyon (France) and speaks Spanish, French and English
After reading Ayn Rand’s novel Fountainhead, Bo has found herself in a film school, and then started her career at a commercial production company in 1996. She has been producing commercials with DEPOfilm for the last 9 years.
DEPOfilm is a full service production company, that is gaining it’s success from a friendly, visionary, young but extremely experienced crew and directors. Not to count, World’s leading brands and celebrities served and the ads and the awards that has been left behind, it is the leading production company in Turkish market.
Bo is extremely proud to be a part of the YDA jury, as she believes “Investing in Youth always brings back benefits” thus applies to film making!
Vuk has more than 20 years of experience in the field of production of commercials, music videos, feature films, events and theatre plays.
He is co-founder and co-owner of one of the oldest full service production companies in Serbia – Cyber Few Good Men, that is celebrating 20 years in business in 2016. (first as Cyber Films and later as Cyber entertainment). Partner of a joint venture company Cyber TailorMade, specialised in advertising production for Middle East clients. Vuk is a co-founder of the Serbian Advertising Producers Association (SAPA) and co-founder of the Serbian Film Commission. He is board member of the CFP-Europe (Commercial Film Producers of Europe).
Productions that Vuk did during last 20 years were awarded and he is holding many Serbian and international awards.
His work in the field of advertising production has significantly helped Serbia to establish its place as a market for international production.
Vuk graduated at Belgrade Academy of Drama Arts on the Production department.
I´m partner and currently holds the position as executive producer at the Stockholm based production company “Camp David Film”. I started my career in the 90´s and has since then produced a wide variety of commercials for the both the domestic market as well as for the global. ONLY the liberation was rewarded with Cannes Lions Gold Cyper in 2012.
At Camp David I have also produced the award winning novella films “IN” 2010 directed by Adam Berg and “Vatten” directed by Niclas Larsson in 2013.
I believe that one of the most exciting things of being a part of this business is finding and working with new talents and seeing them develop and make great achievements.
Christian Bévort, Founder & Executive Producer at Moland Film Co. Ltd., Denmark
Christian Bévort has headed Moland Film Company from the very beginning and produced most of the company’s award winning campaigns.
Moland Film Company (MFC) was founded by Christian Bévort in 1993 and has now been one of the leading production companies in Denmark for almost two decades. MFC has been in the Gunn Reports Global Top20 and has won all major national and international awards including New York Festival, Clio (US), Swedish Guldägget, Epica, Eurobest and Cannes Lions.
Since 2002 Christian Bévort has been chairman of Danish Producers Associations Commercials division. He has been part of the jury at Young Directors Award in Cannes since 2003 as well as at the Board of Commercial Film Producers of Europe (CFP-E) from 2003 to 2008. In 2006 Christian Bévort also founded the national Danish award show, The True Awards in co-operation with Danish Advertisers Association and Danish Producers Association.