Ago Panini (short for Agostino Silvio Michele Marcello Tullio Giovanni Maria) is one of the most established Italian directors worldwide. He is a storyteller specializing in auto, celebs, beauty/fashion & food.
Ago is internationally acclaimed as one of the best directors in the automotive world with his sexy and premium capturing of sheet metal enhanced with storytelling. His work has cumulated in multiple awards, the latest being a Bronze Lion at Cannes 2014, for the Fiat 500. He has directed award-winning commercials for brands like Alfa Romeo, BMW, Chrysler, Fiat, Ford, Lamborghini, Mercedes, Renault, Toyota and more.
He is also well known for his work in the fashion and beauty world, having worked with celebrities such as Julia Roberts, Carla Bruni, Penelope Cruz and Gisele Bunchen, among ample more. In parallel, Ago developed his own style in the world of food moving away from the stereotypes of the genre, finding his own path. Being an auteur in this specific genre has led to collaborations with the leading Italian market brands: Barilla, Ferrero, Findus. Some of his campaigns have become a benchmark in the food sector, changing the visual approach to how food is marketed.
Andrea began her career directing music videos and commercials before moving to BBC Broadcast, now Red Bee Media, where she wrote and directed a number of high profile campaigns, including an award-winning campaign for ‘Cbeebies.’
Andrea is known for strong casting and for achieving authentic and engaging performances from actors and non-actors alike. Her insightful, nurturing approach has inspired some particularly special performances from children in her work for KFC, Tesco, Crosse and Blackwell, Arla, and Heinz.
Arni Thor Jonsson is an Icelander born and raised in Reykjavik where he is a co-owner of the production house Republik Pictures. Jonsson has directed award-winning music videos, directing for Damien Rice and Hjaltalin. Arni has directed hundreds of commercials for clients like Jeep, Walgreens, Behr, Audi, Sony, McDonalds, Walmart and Ikea. Before blossoming into a director, he worked as an editor and assistant cameraman under the tutelage of his father, who was a mainstay in Icelandic production with the family owned production house, Saga Film.
When Jonsson was a civilian, he was previously an influential radio host, music journalist and a bass player in a garage band. He still keeps up a music blog. Jonsson resides in Los Angeles with his family and petting zoo (1 dog, 2 cats, 1 tortoise), occasionally riding his motorbikes and playing basketball as well as honoring his roots as an avid futbol fan.
David is a writer/director from the west coast of Scotland. He began his career with a series of award-winning short films before making dramas and documentaries for Channel 4 and the BBC.
His commercial directing career began with a series of successful spots for Ryanair and was swiftly followed by his multi award-winning campaign for ManKind “#ViolenceIsViolence” made through the agency Dare.
David’s extensive and successful background in drama, short subject, and documentary places him at a unique crossroads where he is able to bring a lively sense of immediacy and honesty to his dramatic work, and strong visuals and emotional intimacy to his documentary work. This unique combination is evident in his award-winning work for “#ViolenceIsViolence” and his film “Boys Don’t Cry,” the final episode in his 9-part Lynx “Men In Progress” series.
Born and raised in Santa Barbara, California, Donald Broida began his filmmaking career as a teenager, creating surf videos with his family’s camcorder. Despite the many classes he skipped to film at the beach, he soon after moved to Los Angeles, where he studied at University of Southern California and Cal State Northridge.
Donald followed his filmmaking passion into feature film editorial, where he built a successful career with credits such as Jason Moore’s Pitch Perfect, Curtis Hanson’s In Her Shoes, Brett Ratner’s X-Men: The Last Stand, Mark Pellington’s I Melt with You and Howard Gordon’s FX series, Tyrant. Donald has collaborated with ample studios including Universal, Fox, Sony, Disney, Screen Gems, Lakeshore, Gold Circle Films, among others.
This extensive editorial background gave Donald a deep understanding of story, character, tone, and emotion, which helped make his transition to directing a seamless one. He brings his understanding of editing and his appreciation for connecting with his audience onto every set, giving his commercials a unique, emotional tone. Donald’s work is recognized for celebrating the beauty of people and of life itself. His attention to detail and story have made him a sought after director in the commercial world. Donald has directed campaigns for clients such as P&G, Unilever, Fidelity Investments, and Chevrolet.
John Grammatico studied writing and advertising and served over a decade as an award-winning agency writer and creative director, producing work for clients such as Coke, Progressive Insurance, Del Taco, Cox Cable and Mazda. From his first shoot, he found himself drawn toward the camera until inevitably he was sitting in the director’s chair. It was the perfect pairing of his experience and skills of which makes him a developed storyteller of multiple genres of comedy.
Some of John’s clients include M&M’s, Choice Hotels, Canal Plus, ESPN, Yoohoo, Progresso Soup, ADT, Purell, and Citroen, among others. With every project that John directs comes another opportunity to ‘Find the Funny’ in a way that is uniquely his own. With over 8 million YouTube hits, John’s breast cancer PSA, “Your Man Reminder” has recently won TED’S Ideas Worth Spreading and a Webby Award, among others.
Agencies such as Euro RSCG, Saatchi & Saatchi, Leo Burnett, BBDO, DDB, Publicis Kaplan Thaler, Doner, McCann and Havas are just a few of his most recent collaborators.
Josh Miller has years of experience as an award-winning copywriter/creative director at agencies like Kirshenbaum Bond, Cliff Freeman & partners, Team One Advertising, and many others.
After receiving a degree in Journalism and English from the University of Oregon, Josh moved to New York City where he landed his first job by sneaking rolls of toilet paper into the bathroom stalls of Kirshenbaum Bond that read: “Josh Miller. A Copywriter Who’s Willing To Start at the Bottom”. They took him literally. His first business card read, “Copywriter / Chauffeur”.
His contemporary directing aesthetic coupled with his unique talent with performance enables him to actualize stories that are honest, poignant and humorous. Josh currently has two series being developed by Comedy Central, one based on his award-winning short film, “Hand Job: Portrait of a Professional Male Hand Model”. His work has been featured in SHOOT, CREATIVITY, AD WEEK, CRAIN’S BUSINESS JOURNAL, and has been honored by the ADDY’s, ART DIRECTOR’S CLUB, ONE SHOW, and British D&AD among others.
Josh lives in Santa Monica, CA with his wife, Sarah, and their two daughters, Harper and Hudson.
Michael Uppendahl is an award-winning television director for many acclaimed series such as FX’s American Horror Story, AMC’s Mad Men, Showtime’s Ray Donovan, AMC’s The Walking Dead, FOX’s Glee, and FX’s Fargo; and he is Director and Co-Executive Producer, with JJ Abrams and Stephen King, on the Hulu series Castle Rock.
Michael is also a theater director and has worked extensively with The Actor’s Gang in Los Angeles and with The Atlantic Theater Company in New York City.
In addition to his work in television and theater, Michael has directed innovative motion and performance capture for gaming industry leaders such as Rock Star and Microsoft – most notably directing the motion and performance capture for the award-winning video game LA NOIRE.
Trivia: Michael grew up on an onion farm.
Paul Stone is storyteller who honed his skills as an editor before becoming a director. He has directed commercials and branded content for clients like Airbnb, Verizon, AOL, Procter & Gamble, Instagram, Polaroid, Fidelity, DeWalt, Ryot, Huff Post, and more.
Stone maintains a career as a film director as his latest short film Mulberry world premiered in competition at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival. His previous short film, Man Under, had its World Premiere in competition at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival. His first short was Tales of Times Square, another NYC based story, with additional NYC centric short films entitled The Prince of Elizabeth Street and The Boombox Project, which found its way into LA’s Grammy Museum and selected as a Vimeo Staff Pick.
Phil Brown comes from the land of Black Pudding, cups of tea, cold toast and dark satanic Mills. This is where Phil started his advertising life as an agency creative and then migrated to starting a career on the other side of the Atlantic as a Director in North America.
Over the years he has garnered many awards, too many to mention in an abridged bio. He has worked for countless clients including, VW, Ford, KIA, Samsung, Coors, IKEA, Wind, Bell, Verizon, Budweiser, Blue Cross Blue Shield, GE, Commerzbank and the Pan Am Games 2015, to mention just a few.
Brown adores warm climate shooting locations and is partial to palm trees. He currently makes his home in Toronto.