Posted May 16, 2013
Drew has worked the world over shooting commercials, TV-shows and feature films as a stop-motion animator. In his role as lead animator of Tim Burton’s stop-motion feature film, The Corpse Bride, Drew realized there was a vast world beyond animation. After producing mere minutes after months of animating, he decided he was ready for the live action realm.
Posted April 24, 2013
Evergreen Chooses Open as Advertising AOR
Evergreen, a national organization that make cities more livable, has chosen creative agency Open as its Advertising Agency of Record. Open will be working with the organization on multiple fronts, from branding, marketing and advertising, to promoting their community events.
Posted April 17, 2013
I’m a sucker for a great visual TV spot. So I’m happy to hear that my friends over at Holiday Films have signed director Robert Logevall.
Robert is an amazing visual storyteller, whether a lush cinematic odyssey or a subtle yet hilarious comedy; he is a master of his craft. Highly memorable commercials and campaigns fill his reel for clients such as Volkswagen, Fiat, Lexus, Michelob, Tommy Hilfiger, Ford, HSBC, Visa, Chrysler, Verizon, Jackson Triggs, Land Rover, Southwest Airlines and Toyota.
Posted April 16, 2013
I’d like to introduce you to Canada’s newest ad agency, 123W. The agency, founded by Jeff Harrison, Scot Keith, Rob Sweetman and Bryan Collins, is based on a low overhead, business-first model.
Their new website 123w.ca emphasizes their collaborative, low-cost model. To create it, they used fiverr.com – a site where people list what they’ll do for $5. Everything on 123w.ca, from bios to company philosophy, to contact info is performed by fiverr talent.
Posted March 12, 2013
National retailer, Toys“R”Us and Babies“R”Us Canada, have chosen Toronto-based Open as their creative agency of record. Open will be supporting the marketing plans for both brands through creative national campaigns in both English and French, across multiple media platforms including print, radio, and online.
Since their launch in October of 2010, Open has won numerous accounts including Cineplex, Okanagan Spring and Old Millwaukee, Newad, Bier Markt and comFree. Toys“R”Us and Babies“R”Us is the agency’s first national retail client.
Posted February 11, 2013
A new production company, Brink Studio, has opened in Toronto.
Brink Studio, a new production house with its eye squarely on the bleeding edge of creativity, has opened for business in Toronto. Led by president and founder Irfan Saleemi (centre), executive producer Richard Cureton (left) and director of sales Jaime Randle (right), Brink is a full-service studio with a roster of directing talent that specializes in executing live action, animation and interactive projects from pre-production to post.
Posted January 21, 2013
Dare Vancouver’s Vice President and Executive Creative Directors Bryan Collins and Rob Sweetman announced Friday they would be leaving the agency.
Next steps for the pair is starting up their own small business with a focus on strategy and creative, staffed with very senior people. The name and branding will be revealed mid February once they’ve left Dare.
Posted September 27, 2012
Bier Markt, Toronto’s premier European-inspired bier and food experience, has hired creative agency Open as its Advertising Agency of Record. Open will develop a marketing communications strategy and complete advertising and design system for Bier Markt that will extend from advertising to in-restaurant communications.
Posted September 26, 2012
New York City-based digital, interactive and creative post-production studios Spontaneous, BlueRock, Blast, Motive, Ballistic and Scarlett have branded under the new parent company name, Lively Group.
Lively Group works as a hybrid independent/interdependent company model that seamlessly integrates editorial, design, VFX, CG, audio, finishing and digital/interactive capabilities across today’s entire media spectrum. By fostering a creatively focused and supportive environment, its artists and producers are able to nimbly respond to clients’ needs by providing an all-in-one or highly specialized project solution.
Posted September 24, 2012
Nabs, the National Advertising Benevolent Society, is auctioning up some of Canada’s top advertising execs as interns. Yep, you could own the likes of Judy John, Frank Palmer or Nancy Vonk for the day – among others. Complete details here.