Believe Media has signed photographer and director Paola Kudacki for commercial representation worldwide. Best known for her portraiture, Kudacki's recent cover photo for Alicia Keyes' new album, "Here," sparked the #NOMAKEUP movement. She has shot numerous covers and portraits for Time, for projects including its "100 Most Influential People" and "Great Performances" issues. Her images have served as the centerpieces for ad campaigns for brands like Puma, CoverGirl, YSL Skincare, L'Oréal, Revlon, Michael Kors, and H&M. Kudacki's subjects include Angelina Jolie, Robert Redford, Amy Adams, Hugh Jackman, Tina Fey, Naomi Watts, Christoph Waltz, Anne Hathaway, and Julianne Moore. On the music scene, she's photographed Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Miley Cyrus, Kendrick Lamar, and Elton John.
TwoPoint welcomed Editors David Cornman and Debbie McMurtrey. Cornman has edited comedy, effects-driven, dramatic, and documentary-style commercials for clients such as AIG, GE, Accenture, Bank of America, Staples, Verizon and Computer Associates. His recent projects include a package of Crayola spots for McGarryBowen and Procter & Gamble work out of Havas, as well as digital projects for Facebook's Creative Shop.
Debbie McMurtrey started her career at Crew Cuts, rising through the ranks to editor. She was the first editor at Nomad's East Coast office, then worked at Cutting Room, Red Car and Alkemy X. In addition to commercials and branded web content, she has cut short films screened in over 30 festivals in the U.S. and abroad, a sitcom pilot for VH1, and parody commercials for "Saturday Night Live." She recently collaborated with Director/Producer Greg Kohs on his documentary, "The Great Alone," and with Director Zack Resnicoff of Impressionista Films on three campaigns for Fisher-Price. Recent projects include "We the Voters," a campaign featuring celebrities such as Anabel Acosta ("Quantico," "Ballers") and a series of films for Stephens Bank, including a bio of Alexander Hamilton.
Reset Content added Gary Freedman to its roster of directors. He has directed work from commercials to long-form content, and was nominated this year for Shots' "Director of the Year" award. Freedman is represented in the U.K. by Independent and is co-founder of The Glue Society, a group of directors and artists based in Sydney and New York.
RadicalMedia expands its executive team with the hires of Meredith Bennett, former executive producer of "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" and co-executive producer of "The Colbert Report," who has joined the company as executive in charge of operations, media & entertainment, and Erik Batt, an entertainment PR executive formerly of HBO and IFC, who has been named head of communications.
Bennett will oversee production and postproduction operations for all media & entertainment content for the studio. As an executive producer for CBS's "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert," she helped start the show up for its debut. She was also at "The Colbert Report" as a co-executive producer for that show's entire run. Bennett also produced Colbert specials, including ones in Philadelphia for the 2008 presidential primary, the Rally To Restore Sanity And or Fear on the National Mall in Washington, DC in 2010, and a 2015 show on location with President Obama in Washington, D.C. In 2009 she helped produce live-to-tape episodes of "The Colbert Report" in Baghdad, Iraq, the only time complete shows were broadcast from a war zone.
Batt will implement PR strategies for the company, and work with distributors and networks on the promotional campaigns of RadicalMedia productions. Batt has worked at HBO and IFC, where he was director of consumer publicity, and spent several years consulting on PR projects for HBO, Starz and Netflix. He helped orchestrate the Monty Python 40th anniversary reunion event in New York, in conjunction with the promotional campaign for the IFC documentary miniseries," Monty Python: Almost the Truth (The Lawyer's Cut)." On the production side, he was the unit publicist on the first season of the first Netflix Original series, "House of Cards," and on the most recent season of Starz' 50 Cent series, "Power."