Timber & Call Of Duty Franchise Join Forces For “Operation Grand Heist” Campaign

The well-known, MTV VMA-award winning visual effects team at Timber has joined forces with the Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 franchise in a campaign for the much-anticipated release of “Operation Grand Heist.” Through a hilarious series of unfortunate events, “The Replacer” -- played by Peter Stormare – attempts to replace the roles of prominent individuals in politics and pop culture while giving them the chance to play the infamous game. 

Driven by the notion that everyone deserves their personal gaming time, the stylistic spot takes viewers on a whirlwind adventure through the Oval Office, New Jersey highways, televised awards stages, farmlands, E.U. Summits and more. Timber’s VFX flair is observed throughout with amplified sequences highlighting famed Twitch streamer, Dr. DisRespect, and dramatized visuals that perfectly accent the comedic beats.

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Creative Planning vs. Cautionary Tales – Lucky Post’s Logan Hefflefinger Edits Campaign Directed by The Perlorian Brothers for The Richards Group

The new campaign for Creative Planning speaks directly to the lack of transparency in the wealth management industry through a series of bizarre situations. Ill-fitting suits, snake oil doctors, and other less-than-appetizing offerings are at the center of the comedic campaign edited by Lucky Post’s Logan Hefflefinger and directed by MJZ’s The Perlorian Brothers for The Richards Group. From concept to casting these delightfully cringe-worthy movie moments deftly highlight how financial advisors should focus on their clients’ best interests, not shifty sales.

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Director Alex Muñoz & FYI Films Celebrate “The Vanishing Boxer”
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FYI Films empowers youth affected by the juvenile justice system to improve their lives and become self-reliant. Through media literacy and the creative storytelling process, youth find their voice and gain valuable skills that are transferable to all areas of their lives. Founded in 2004 by Director Alex Munox, FYI Films has produced over 35 film workshops with youth in L.A. County, Guam and Hawaii. In these workshops, youth write, direct and perform their own short narrative films based on their past. By making films informed by their own immediate history, the process of filmmaking helps them to gain perspective on their lives. FYI Films regularly screens these films to policy makers, giving them insight into the lives of young people from economically disadvantaged communities, and thus helps inform them as they craft policy regarding juvenile offenders. FYI Films is a high-impact program and, through a three-year study, has proven to put a serious dent into recidivism rates in L.A. County.

“Our workshops and the making of all our film projects is always an incredible process,” says FYI Films’ Founder & Director Alex Muñoz, “to see these young people, who have had very challenging lives, come together to create a story and learn filmmaking. The making of this film was all the more moving, because of the compelling content of the story.”

2018 was a very successful year for FYI Films. Founder Alex Munoz gave a Key Note Address in Washington D.C. in early 2018 on the success of the organization’s program. He hosted screenings made by youth in Guam, Hawaii, and at the Cinewaves Screening in Carson, California. FYI Films conducted its 25th Film Workshop at Camp Afflerbaugh and was selected to participate in the Annenberg Alchemy Workshop in 2019. The non-profit also welcomed renowned Architect Julie Eizenberg to its Board of Directors, and teamed with well-known Actor Elvis Nolasco to bring FYI Films to New York. Alex Munoz and Board Member Sonja Perryman also met with U.S. House of Representative for California Maxine Waters.

This year, 2019 already promises to be an equally expansive year for FYI Films with its first All-Women Workshop, the participation in the Annenberg Alchemy Workshop, and film screenings at UCLA. With its new Board of Directors in place, FYI Films has plans to expand its programming to engage more L.A. County Youth, and will screen “The Vanishing Boxer” for the California State Legislature in the fall. 

For more information about FYI Films, go to: www.fyifilms.org

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Synopsis: “The Vanishing Boxer”

When sixteen-year-old Miguel Beltran discovers that his rival was deported, he falls into a state of depression. While at this low point he encounters Zu, a Shaman from the future who assures him that there is a place in time for all the vanished people. When Miguel subsequently vanishes, his milieu enters a frenzy of speculation.

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Creative Director Norman Brown Joins M&C Saatchi LA
Chief Executive Officer Huw Griffith, Executive Creative Director Maria Smith, Creative Director Norman Brown, Chief Strategy Officer Kate Bristow

Chief Executive Officer Huw Griffith, Executive Creative Director Maria Smith, Creative Director Norman Brown, Chief Strategy Officer Kate Bristow

M&C Saatchi LA is excited to welcome Creative Director Norman Brown. Brown is a multi-disciplinary creative with over 15 years of experience in advertising, with a focus on art direction and design solutions for brands worldwide.

“M&C Saatchi’s ethos ‘Brutal Simplicity of Thought’ is the essence of impactful design and something that I strive for in my work, so it is a welcome opportunity to be surrounded by others who operate with this belief,” comments Brown. “It’s a culture fueled by entrepreneurs and creative thinkers who see clients as partners in the process of uniting strategy and design to build brands.” 

Brown joins the agency’s creative leadership and will work alongside M&C Saatchi LA Executive Creative Director Maria Smith, who relates. “Norman’s experience is impressive and he inspires everyone around him to produce more elevated work. It’s that perspective and guiding hand that makes Norman a true creative partner for clients and his colleagues.”

Practically born into advertising, Brown’s mother was an agency VP Director of Broadcast and Print Traffic who fostered his appreciation for film and fine arts. Photography, an ever-present pursuit and influence, led him to film school and the entertainment industry. Brown’s vast experience with visual artistry for brands began after graduating from Cal Arts when he joined the Attik in San Francisco. He returned to Los Angeles with an intensified appreciation for design thinking having grown into the Art Director and Senior Art Director roles.

Over the years, Brown has turned concepts into comprehensible products and brand elevating engagements for Subaru, Honda, Lexus, Real California Milk, Sprint and The Delano Hotel and others via agencies Deutsch, RPA, Team One and Mullen Lowe, as well as in-house at Uber. One of the most personally gratifying projects, he recalls, was a multi-platform campaign for Lexus that encouraged real connections and meaningful interactions. It culminated with December To Remember snow day and fundraiser benefiting the Boys & Girls Club.

“Advertising has the power to help ideas grow into something beautiful, whether connected to a cause, developing identity, or expanding perception,” he says. “Maria and the entire team at M&C Saatchi share an appreciation for building things that are ownable and meaningful, be it for business objective or social good. That makes for an inspiring place to be.”

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“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
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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.)
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