Radical Media, the company known for being "Never Established," kicked off another year of standout work with a series of quietly compelling black-and-white spots for Amazon's Audible, in which celebrities including Zachary Quinto, Claire Danes and Alan Cummings read passages from classic novels like "1984" and "Lord of the Rings" that still have startling relevance in today's current social climate.
F Gary Gray ("Straight Outta Compton") directed one of Nike's 2017 best, an NBA-themed spot that depicted an ambitious boy's roller-coaster of a basketball career, seeing him go from the streets all the way to the professional courts, set to Public Enemy's throbbing track "Shut It Down."
Documentary pro Liz Garbus ("What Happened, Miss Simone") teamed with celebrated showrunner Shonda Rhimes on Dove's "Real Beauty Productions" and directed a film following Cathleen Meredith, a writer who started the "Fat Girls Dance" initiative that encourages women of all sizes to proudly dance in front of the whole world--through social media.
Director Austin Peters was behind MassMutual's moving film "The Unsung" from Johannes Leonardo. Going against the grain of typical year-end reviews, the music-video style film looked back on 2017 and highlighted all the surprising moments in which people went out of their way for each other. A version of the film went on to run before this year's Super Bowl.
Outside of spots, the company signed on to produce David Letterman's upcoming Netflix interview series and music video pro Dave Meyers added another standout clip to his reel, the stylish, energetic film for Kendrick Lamar's