Schaller joins the agency from Havas Worldwide London where he was Creative Director.
He will work across all accounts and leads the film specialism at the agency, working closely with Georgia Barretta, the Creative Director Design and Nick Craske, the Creative Director UX, to ensure collaboration and integration across all disciplines. He reports to Executive Creative Director Caitlin Ryan.
Schaller has worked at Havas Worldwide London for the past four years. During his time there he created award-winning work for Chivas Regal, including the short films "Here’s to Big Bear” and "Here’s to Twinkle", the award-winning “The Joke Appeal" campaign for children's cancer charity CLIC Sargent and, most recently, he brought Captain Birdseye back to British screens with the "Boy with a Tail" campaign.
Schaller’s short film “One of The Gang” for CLIC Sargent’s "The Joke Appeal" campaign won several international awards, including Gold in Film Craft at the Kinsale Shark Awards and First Prize at the New York Festival of International Advertising.
Prior to Havas, Schaller was Creative Partner at Drugstore for two-and-a-half years and, prior to that, he was Creative Partner at Tom Dick & Harry. Earlier in his career he worked at 4Creative and Mother.
Caitlin Ryan said: “This is the final hire in our search to find the best-in-breed specialists to collaboratively lead our creative department. Russell completes our trio of design, UX and brand story specialists, and his passion and talent means he's the perfect final addition to this team.”
Schaller said: “Caitlin has assembled a perfectly balanced team of specialists - a wonderful combination of technology, storytelling and design. I’m enormously proud to be added to the line-up. Right now, we have an opportunity to engage audiences with our craft in more places, more deeply and more innovatively than ever before. I can’t wait to get started.”