“Rising Star” Attorney Lauren O. Youngman Named Co-Chair of Family Law Section of the Beverly Hills Bar Association; Co-Hosts BHBA’s 44th Annual Family Law Symposium
Lauren O. Youngman

Lauren O. Youngman

Right on the heels of her recognition as one of Super Lawyer’s 2018 “Rising Stars,” Lauren O. Youngman, a Senior Associate Attorney at Youngman Reitshtein, was named Co-Chair of the Family Law Section of the Beverly Hills Bar Association (BHBA). In her first initiative as Co-Chair, Youngman and fellow Co-Chair, Jenna C. Spatz of Leichter Leichter-Maroko, spearheaded the BHBA’s 44th annual Family Law Symposium, held late last year at the Intercontinental Hotel in Century City.

The Symposium, entitled “Domestic Violence, Delving into the Latest Developments -- What Every Family Law Practitioner Needs to Know Today,” was centered on common issues that family law practitioners encounter when handling domestic abuse matters. Panelists included attorneys from the public and private sectors well versed in California domestic abuse law in addition to several former and current Judicial Officers from the Los Angeles Superior Court’s Family Law Division.

”Serving as Co-Chair of the Beverly Hills Bar Association’s Family Law Section is an honor. I am extremely proud to be part of the distinguished community of family law practitioners and Judicial Officers in Los Angeles County. Through the BHBA Family Law Section we strive to produce high-quality, engaging and practical continuing legal education programs,” Youngman said.

At Youngman Reitshtein, a Beverly Hills-based professional law corporation known as YR, Youngman exclusively handles family law matters. She represents litigation clients in divorces, parentage actions, and Department of Child Support Services cases. Youngman also acts as a mediator or third-party neutral, to facilitate global resolution between parties without litigation.

Since its founding in 2014, YR has continued to expand its reach and garner achievements with Attorney/Partner Ron Reitshtein, also recognized as a 2018 “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers, and Attorney/Partner Barbara J. Youngman, who continues to grow her mediation practice.

Judge Thomas Trent Lewis, Lauren O. Youngman, Jenna C. Spatz, Judge Hank Goldberg (Ret.) Credit: Beverly Hills Bar Association

Judge Thomas Trent Lewis, Lauren O. Youngman, Jenna C. Spatz, Judge Hank Goldberg (Ret.)
Credit: Beverly Hills Bar Association

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Cut+Run Officially Forms the Ultimate Supergroup, Welcoming Longtime Powerhouse Editors Jay Nelson, Frank Effron, Gary Knight, Pete Koob and Robert Ryang as Partners

This creative force has been collaborating between offices and across the country for over 20 years. Each editor brings masterful expertise, a dynamic blend of talent and creative thinking, with an unparalleled dedication to Cut+Run’s culture and mentorship of an amazing roster of young talent.

Accolades that include Cannes, Emmys, D&AD, AICE, AICP and the London International Awards just scratch the surface of the combined recognition this team has achieved. Inspiring and celebrated on the world stage, their prowess in skill is only surpassed by how awesome they are as humans.

Part posse, part family, partners in spirit for years - this makes it official.

An award-winning editor at the top of his game, Jay Nelson’s distinguished work has been seen during every Super Bowl in the last ten years, including Grey Poupon's Emmy-nominated “The Chase.” Jay edited the 2015 Sundance opening film The Bronze, co-wrote and co-edited the acclaimed feature documentary Wild In The Streets and has contributed to such films as World War Z and Pirates of Somalia, starring Al Pacino (Tribeca Film Festival).

Shots Awards shortlist for Editor of the Year, Frank Effron is sought after and renowned for his diverse and compelling style. As he would say, he knows how to edit.

A superstar in advertising and music video editing, Gary Knight has earned numerous accolades and awards. Notable projects include MasterCard’s “Can’t Judge a Book”, Gillette's Olympic spot “Perfect Isn't Pretty” and the Adidas classic “House Party”. Collaborations with director Chris Cunningham on Aphex Twins “Come To Daddy,” Bjork’s “All is Full of Love” and Madonna’s “Frozen” thrust Gary into the pop culture spotlight. He also edited the controversial Robbie Williams “Rock DJ” video, as well as Feist’s “Mushaboom” and Kings of Leon’s “Four Kicks”.

With a passion for storytelling and music, Pete Koob is the award-winning editor behind Adobe’s “Click Baby Click” and Zoosk’s romantic “First Comes Like.” Xfinity, CarMax and Mini have featured Pete’s comedic touch, while Xbox showcased his dark cinematic style with the “State of Decay” short films. He has collaborated with notable directors Isaiah Seret, Aaron Stoller, Shawn Levy and Mike Maguire on category defining, highly entertaining projects.

And finally, Robert Ryang is known for both his evocative documentary work as well as his standout comedic timing. His collaboration with director Floyd Russ has earned a commercial Emmy nod for Ad Council’s “Fans of Love”. Most recently, their work on the short film Zion premiered at Sundance where it was acquired by Netflix and was shortlisted for a 2019 Academy Award. Robert has made a name for himself as a notable comedy editor, working with Randy Krallman on multiple Geico campaigns and Eric Wareheim of comedic duo Tim and Eric on several IHOP spots for Droga5.

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WONDROS Welcomes New Head of Production Kelly Martin; Expands Sales Team With Addition of Matt Bucher of Obsidian Representation

Led by the vision of Wondros’ Executive Producer of Commercials Sophie Gold, 2018 saw the expansion of the company’s highly curated roster of Directorial talent. With the New Year in full swing, Wondros is pleased to welcome Kelly Martin as its new Head of Production. Martin will collaborate with an incredibly diverse and impressive roster of Directors that includes: Gerald McMorrow, Antoine Fuqua, Jesse Dylan, Dennie Gordon, duo Riess|Hill, and recently signed Jeff Yeats, Sean Thonson and Henry Littlechild.

“2019 is already off to an incredible start for Wondros,” says Gold. “It’s hard to remember a time when Kelly wasn’t here as our Head of Production; she is such an asset. Kelly is smart and savvy, and has a wealth of experience. She has deep connections within the production community across all territories, and she is amazing with our Directors.”

Kelly Martin is a multifaceted individual who is excited to bring her many talents to Wondros. Martin’s career began at MTV Networks in New York, before jumping continents to work for MTV Networks Australia. Afterwards, Martin worked as a Line Producer on projects for clients such as “Marriott,” “Stella Artois,” “Levi’s,” and “Sony.” Before joining Wondros, Martin was with B-Reel Films as the Head of Production, where she oversaw all in-house and freelance production teams from prep to wrap. 

“I’ve been a fan of Wondros for a long time,” notes Martin, “and I am excited to work with not only the very talented roster of Directors, but also alongside its inimitable Executive Producer Sophie Gold. I hope to support Wondros’ robust Directorial roster with my years of experience in executing commercial film production, as well as producing episodic domestic and international television. We want to produce competitive bids that open our Directors up to new and exciting clients and opportunities, shooting here on U.S. shores and beyond.”

Wondros’ EP Sophie Gold has also expanded the commercial division’s new business and sales force with the addition of Matt Bucher of Obsidian Representation as a sales representative in the Midwest.

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Noted Director Gary Shore Joins The Bigger Picture

The Bigger Picture is expanding its talent offerings with director/writer Gary Shore. A multi-faceted storyteller, Shore has a penchant for turning complex concepts into eye-catching narratives for both short-form branded content and feature films. Among them, projects for Adidas, Guinness, Jaguar, Gatorade, Samsung and Nissan, and his box-office-topping first feature, Dracula Untold, for Universal Pictures. Before joining The Bigger Picture, he was represented in the US via Knucklehead (where he continues to be represented in the UK) and Anonymous Content.

“Gary is a visionary talent whose work speaks to human moments though expansive visual storytelling and sometimes offbeat humor - or big stories in small, weird places, as he likes to call it. Because of his vast knowledge in visual language, he has the ability to enter the creative conversation from many different angles,” says The Bigger Picture Founder Tracy Mays. “And just like The Bigger Picture, he’s constantly looking for opportunities in cutting edge content.”

Hailing from Dublin, Shore studied filmmaking at Ireland’s GMIT and IADT, before turning to painting at Central Saint Martins in London. Uniting these experiences, Shore carved out a career as a director - infusing brand-driven films and commercials with emotional and sensory impact. His efforts twice earned him a nomination for Cannes Young Directors Award and numerous industry doffs of proverbial caps.

Shore’s first feature, Dracula Untold for Universal Pictures, grossed $240 million at the word-wide box office, was number one in thirty two countries, and won the prestigious Saturn Award for Best Horror in 2014. Gary’s next film will be a horror set on the Queen Mary ship in Long Beach, California, which will shoot later this year.

“What appeals to me about working with Tracy and The Bigger Picture is her devil-may-care approach to tradition,” Shore concludes. “Just because a commercial is likely to be viewed on a small screen, with everything else, doesn’t mean it needs to look like everything else - or that standards should drop. The opportunities to tell stories with new platforms is surpassed only by the need to invent a new visual grammar to experience them.”

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Lucky Post Helps Rabbit Foot Studios Illuminate The Life Of A “Navajo Son” for YETI

Red earth stamped by horse hoofs, cheering crowds and clanging metal gates, honored tradition and new roads come together in the new YETI Presents film, “Navajo Son.” Derrick Begay is a quiet hero. Unassuming in person, bold in the ring, Begay knows the ropes of rodeo competition. As the short documentary reveals, Begay’s passion and talent was forged by family love. Cultural tradition filled the gaps of opportunity. Intimate details and wide vistas unite in a magnificent ode produced by Rabbit Foot Studios with edit, animation, color, sound and finish by Lucky Post.

Lucky Post editor Sai Selvarajan, part of the project from the on-location shoot to edit, says everything about the piece opened his eyes. From the topography to the personal journey, this was a unique opportunity to help tell an equally unique story. Focusing on the person and place over accolades, which Begay has in spades, the edit moves in time to a syncopated drum and in slow reveals set to a cinematic track by composer Jesse Woods. Digital paintings and ink stained motion awash in Navajo colors were crafted by Lucky Post’s Seth Olson to punctuate the piece with an artful interpretation of a pivotal childhood memory. Lucky Post is honored to help bring this singular story to life; one that hopes to inspire others to boldly pursue their dreams.

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