From Junior Creatives to ECDs, delve into career highlights (and lowlights) in our in-depth profiles.
In 2009, when Scott Donaton, this year’s president of the Entertainment Lions jury, moved from observing to practising, he realised “things are a lot more complicated than they look from the outside.” A decade on, as the Digitas global chief creative explains to Tim Cumming, the quest to create engaging content is ever more complex...
With One Show annuals as bedtime reading, Harshad Rajadhyaksha was always destined for the industry, while Kainaz Karmakar’s first career choice was psychology. The co-CCOs of Ogilvy India also have wildly differing personalities yet what the award-winning duo share is an optimism about the new direction India’s advertising is taking.
When Grey India was seeking “a fool” to send to Sri Lanka, a 24-year-old Senthil Kumar didn’t let civil war in the country stand between him and a CD role. Now, as JWT India’s CCO, the former rocket science student is one of the country’s leading admen. Here, he assesses India’s quest for an advertising identity.
The people who make the spots you love, covering all aspects of production, post and sound.
It might surprise the online trolls but the director of Gillette’s controversial We Believe ad started her career bigging up the boys, helming music videos for the likes of Primal Scream & Gomez. But from the moment she shot her first ad she’s been making work that challenges, questions and empowers. Though she still knows how to have fun doing it.
Film Craft jury president and Superprime Films co-founder Rebecca Skinner tells Tim Cumming “the best craft is the one you don’t feel” and how she’ll be seeking that magical symphony that happens when all the elements of film come together
With a background in features and advertising production, Priyanka Ghose, is well versed in the practicalities of filmmaking. Aligning herself with the younger breed of risk-taking Indian directors, she’s all for “going bananas” creatively and is keen to push against a tendency among Indian clients to play it safe...
With the current impulse for companies large and small to step up and attempt to improve the world we live in, Jamie Madge investigates how 72andSunny’s Director of Brand Citizenship makes sure that brand sincerity isn’t BS.
The Partizan director looks back on his mould-breaking charity spot for Save the Children.
With 20 years’ experience persuading people to donate blood, vote, get fit and drive sober, 23red is now in demand by commercial brands. Co-founders Jane Asscher and Sean Kinmont tells shots about work that makes a difference and why ‘goodwashing’ simply won’t, well, wash any more...
Cloé Bailly picked up a YDA prize in 2017 and here she tells us how the recognition helped her career and why any moment, even the shittiest, "can become interesting when twisted with a comedy eye".
In 2016 South African director Dan Mace picked up two prizes at the Young Director Award. From there, commercial success was followed by YouTube stardom. Here he recounts his early career, the film school that is YouTube and how the YDA helped set him on his way.
Last year Emilie Thalund picked up a gold Screen award at the Young Director Award in Cannes for her film, Period. Here she discusses what compelled her to make the film and how the YDA helped her get noticed.
We chat to some of the unsung heroes of commercial production
The award-winning director behind Peep Show, Veep and the British Airways Safety Film series chats to Carol Cooper as part of our Comedy Focus.
From filling spinning train carriages with 200,000 Post-It notes to wrangling sheep into plastic suits, production designer David Mark Lee is always up for a challenge.
Like the subjects of one of his films, We’re the Superhumans, Final Cut editorJoe Guest believes in pushing things to extraordinary limits.
750MPH’s head engineer Sam Ashwell namechecks the people who’ve influenced his sound vision, from trainer designers to dirty bassliners.
The recipient of last year's Special Jury Prize for his film Detainment (pictured here [L] with producer Darren Mahon) chats to us about the accolade and varied path his film took on its way to the Academy Awards.
From fantasyscapes to flying Chinoiks, the Psyop directing duo look back on their award-winning animated series for Coke.
Smashing out animated promos for the likes of Radiohead, Run The Jewels, The Killers and many more, Chris Hopewell's punk rock approach has shaken up the world of stop-motion and given it a Mohican to boot. David Knight meets the Black Dog Films director.
Tim Cumming meets a couple for whom magic is an everyday business in their combination of live-action and animated storytelling.
Trunk's Rok Predin has brought the Rolling Stones’ lyrics to life, journeyed through paintings and turned Buckingham Palace into a block party. Selena Schleh meets an animation sensation.