Entrepreneur Magazine Releases Second Annual Entrepreneur 360™ List Of America’s Best Privately-Owned Companies (Irvine, CA) October 25, 2016 – For the second year in a row, Entrepreneur magazine haspublished its highly anticipated Entrepreneur 360™ list, naming the “Best Entrepreneurial Companies in America.” Founders of these companies are lauded for growing businesses that expertly balance impact, innovation, growth and leadership.
If you think the ad business has gone through some gyrations, consider the music biz. Talk aboutdisintermediation. From vinyl to CD to downloads to streaming and, in some cases, back to vinyl, music delivery has been through the wringer. At the same time, the music industry has found a new love for cozying up to brands and retailers via sponsorship agreements that would have been unimaginable a generation ago. Through this all, one form has endured, albeit with myriad evolutions of its own: the music video. While it remains a narrative, visual and stylistic showcase for recording artists and directors, the genre has shifted largely to an online platform, where it seems to be more culturally relevant than ever, particularly in this era of shared and earned media.
To show off its "Smart Caring" driver assistance features, Hyundai set up an empty car convoy, in which a stuntman (who was blindfolded, mind you) led a bunch of driverless cars down an empty highway to test their response to some basic driver's-ed-video stuff—namely the cruise control, lane keeping and emergency braking features.
Also, the stunt people who were driving the other cars all leaped from them on to a padded flatbed, which was pretty awesome.
The idea that these cars can drive themselves shouldn't have to fight for my attention in a commercial, so Hyundai may have overdone it with all the extra Volvo Trucks-style stunt work here. But there's really no better way to show off what these cars can do, so we'll call it a wash and say that living in the future is great.
NY-based First Wave TV has signed Dana Dubay for east coast sales representation. With over a decade of experience in sales for creative companies in advertising, Dubay has a diverse background of representing talent across production, post production and music. He is able to find creative solutions for projects by leveraging his own background as a producer. Over the years, he has worked with such esteemed companies as Blue Rock, MoonDog Edit, Compulsive Pictures, Ten Music and Spontaneous. He currently runs his own company, Dubay, with a roster that includes top creative companies such as Mad Heart, where he works with such talented directors as Jan Gleie and Gemma Lee, as well as Buzzsaw, Caps & Crowns, Fall On Your Sword, A Common Thread and The Wilderness. READ MOREX
It started wityh a hug. Shari Katz embraced a stranger in Madison Square Park and wound up with a ticket to the Super Bowl, all part of a secret Doritos promotion.
She went in for a hug, and came out with a ticket to the Super Bowl.
Manhattan Zumba instructor Shari Katz, 29, had no idea she and a friend were being filmed — and tested — to see how far they would go when a stranger approached them in Madison Square Park last week and asked for a hug.
“All of a sudden this man, he looks homeless, comes up to us and he’s wearing a sign that says, ‘free hugs,’ Katz recalled.
First Wave TV has signed London-based director Kit Lynch-Robinson for U.S. representation. His diverse portfolio reflects the essence of visual storytelling, as Lynch-Robinson has crafted work for top brands such as Google, Samsung, Ikea, McDonald’s and Peugeot.
In addition to award-winning advertising, Lynch-Robinson regularly lends his directorial talents to helm segments for the BBC series, ‘Top Gear,’ the world’s most viewed television show with over 350 million viewers in 200 countries. Directing these segments allows him to direct cross-genre, embracing the series’ unique high-octane action, infused with ludicrous humor.
Notes First Wave Executive Producer Justin Havlik, “Kit brings an elevated approach to real people advertising campaigns. His work is at the forefront of the ever-evolving genre and covers the creative gamut. His sensibilities are globally accepted and his level of personal and professional energies elevates the work he touches. A love of humanity, a passion for the art of filmmaking and the ability to push ideas to new heights is why Kit is an integral part of the First Wave family.” Adds Lynch-Robinson, ”I really respect Justin’s attitude and the way that he runs the business. His proactive approach to developing creative talent is a tremendous asset.”
Integrated production company First Wave TV has signed London-based director Kit Lynch-Robinson for US representation. Lynch-Robinson’s work has seen him direct for top brands including Google, Samsung, IKEA, McDonald’s and Peugeot. As well as working in commercials Lynch-Robinson has also directed segments for BBC’s Top Gear. Prior to joining First Wave TV, Lynch-Robinson was represented in the US by Saville.
If you've been unable to sleep since the Old Spice guy faded from the spotlight, or suffered from nightmares that he was permanently relegated to playing a lesser version of himself in Israeli beer commercials, you can finally rest easy. Isaiah Mustafa is back.
You'll find him over at Old Spice's U.K. Facebook page with his junk wrapped in a Union Jack. The images there are just teasers of what's still to come: videos (from Leo Burnett, not Wieden + Kennedy) of Mustafa exploring the virtues of what he describes in one promo as "the manliest man to ever grace this planet, the great British gentleman."
EP and Founder Justin Havlik's diverse team of creative and production talents have a special knack for capturing unscripted spontaneity.
Ashton Kutcher's got nothing on Justin Havlik.
Well, okay, a few things. Kutcher's taller. Maybe a bit better looking. And he's probably been married to more starlets than Havlik, the equally boyish-looking Founder and EP of the New York based production company First Wave.
But when it comes to Ashton's greatest contribution to modern day pop culture – that would be Punk'd – he might have MTV, but Havlik has Jamie Kennedy and Michael Addis.
For those not up on youth culture, reality TV, hidden-camera hijinks and riveting documentaries about the seamy underbelly of doing stand-up (that would be Addis' 2007 doc "Heckler," an inside favorite of comics everywhere), Kennedy and Addis may need a bit of an introduction. The former is the TV star and comedian who's best known for "The Jamie Kennedy Experiment," a half-hour comedy series which ran on the WB network. The latter is his part-time partner in comedy crime; a talented, thoughtful and funny director who collaborates regularly with Kennedy when he's not out writing, producing or shooting his own projects.
The two of them are represented for advertising assignments by First Wave and have partnered with the company on a number of over-the-top ad projects, most notably a web series for Toshiba that artfully took the "Punk'd" modus operandi and played it for branded content laughs.
Director Travis Satten, who specializes in long format commercial projects and lifestyle branded content has signed with New York-based First Wave for exclusive representation for commercial and branded entertainment projects.
Satten’s directorial credits include work for Jeep, Atlantic Records, Interscope, Coors, Hyundai and Harley Davidson. His music video for FUN “We Are Young” (Acoustic) featuring Janelle Monae, garnered over 49 million YouTube views to date. Satten’s work for Jeep titled “The Return” featuring Carmelo Anthony notably aired on this years Olympics.
Satten’s recent credits include a campaign for Gillette featuring K-Foxx through Carat.
Kennedy & Addis helm "I Was Framed" campaign for launch of Toshiba & Intel's Protégé Z830 Ultrabook
Actor/comedian/director Jamie Kennedy, whose credits include the half-hour hidden camera/practical joke/prankster WB reality TV series The Jamie Kennedy Experiment, and Michael Addis, with helming credits that include the well received comedic feature documentary Heckler (starring Kennedy), teamed to direct a hidden camera online spot campaign introducing the Portégé Z830 Ultrabook lightweight laptop computer for clients Toshiba and Intel.