Brendan Gibbons burst onto the directing scene with campaigns for CNN and Comedy Central. He followed up with an impressive array of work, including his most recent EFFY-winning campaign “What’s in your hot dog?,” for Applegate (via Taxi New York), featuring a conspicuously Herculean Applegate spokesman. He’s also directed commercials for Tribeca Film Festival, ESPN, Nintendo, Mars, Denny’s and Carlton Dry, for which his highly praised “Sheep Impact” with Steven Seagal was featured as Spot of the Day on Adweek.
Brendan’s work in commercials has been recognized for excellence with honors from D&AD, CLIOS, AICP and One Show. His short film Dear Josh was recognized for outstanding achievement at numerous festivals, including AFI and NoSpot. His unique combination of striking, cinematic visuals and honest, human performance has also created memorable spots for clients such as Showtime, USA Networks, Sony, Pinnacle Golf, Vodafone and IKEA.
Brendan recently completed his first narrative feature, Preoccupied. It’s an incisive, funny and poignant look at one of the defining issues of our time: Two New York investment bankers attempt to shut down the Occupy Wall Street protests of 2011. They create their own counter movement called Occupy Occupy Wall Street, saying what no one else will say … for a reason. And he’s currently developing a comedic feature called Salamander.
Brendan began his career in advertising as an award-winning writer and creative director. Prior to that, he worked as a political writer and screenwriter. He is also a musician whose songs have appeared in commercials and films. Today he divides his time between New York and Los Angeles.
British-born director Sam Cadman began his career directing the popular renegade TV series “Trigger Happy TV”, with comedian Dom Joly. It marked the start of his renown as one of the industry’s top directors working with real people and hidden cameras. Cadman, who always pushes creative boundaries, took home a Silver PR Lion at Cannes last year for Virgin Atlantic’s “Upper Class Bench,” via Y&R New York. The experiential stunt took place in a pedestrian park near the Flatiron Building in New York, and was part live-performance and part-interactive experience featuring actors and real people. Another trademark hidden camera campaign is for Febreze (Grey NY), which garnered much media praise and won a Silver and Bronze Lion at Cannes in 2011.
Other standout work from Cadman includes his Nook campaign for Barnes and Noble with Jane Lynch, James Patterson and Danielle Steel; his campaign for Amazon’s new Kindle Paperwhite which shows that with the new Reader, people can read in any setting and feel like they’re sitting in their own living room; and his Hardees' Biscuit Holes campaign—"A vs. B" (holes)—which earned the Top Spot on TBS's "Funniest Commercials of the Year." The multi-platform Hardees campaign reflects Cadman's impeccable comedic timing and ability to move seamlessly between improvisational and scripted material.
Cadman has been recognized as a top performance director with scripted material, as well. His pointedly underplayed spot for Sprint, "The Man," was honored at AICP in both the "Talent/Performance" and "Dialogue/Monologue" categories. His popular “Cluster Bomb” spot for PlayStation’s “Dude, Get Your Own” campaign illustrates the irresistibleness of PlayStation via two men on a plane—one who has no choice but to acquiesce to the other’s oblivious enthusiasm about his PlayStation. And in Samsung’s subtly comedic “Rocket Surgeon,” Cadman casts a cocky alpha male (literally, a rocket surgeon), who we see impressing the ladies until he gets stumped trying to find a simple feature on a refrigerator.
David grew up in Rochester, New York, and got his start in filmmaking spooling 35mm film at Kodak during his college summer breaks. After spending countless hours in the dark at Building 38 in Kodak Park, and much to his family’s surprise, he graduated from Syracuse University Cum Laude. For the record, the Cum Laude part was the surprise, not the graduating.
Upon graduation he went into advertising in New York City. After a few years of working at some great agencies in NYC and San Francisco, he decided to get back into filmmaking, but this time in a slightly more creative capacity. He started directing. Once he did, he quickly established himself as one of the commercial world’s top talents. Just after making his directorial debut, David was nominated for the prestigious DGA Commercial Director of the Year award. His award-winning approach encompasses comedy with smart, subtle performances with a cinematic sensibility and an expertise working with high-profile celebrities and athletes. In addition to the DGA nomination, he has received multiple honors from Cannes, D&AD, One Show, AICP, CLIOS, London International Awards and Communication Arts, among others. Most recently winning won a Bronze Lion in Cannes in 2013 for a humorous Cialis campaign that subtly focuses on couples getting some alone time away from their children.
David is represented worldwide commercially by Station Film. For Film and TV he is represented by Resolution in Los Angeles and managed by Smart Entertainment in Beverly Hills
Alek Keshishian’s professional journey began straight out of college as a music video director creating award-winning clips for artists like Bobby Brown, Elton John and Vanessa Williams. This was followed by Truth or Dare, a film that offered a rare glimpse into Madonna’s inner psyche. The film illustrates Keshishian’s singular ability to see past celebrity to capture something uniquely honest.
The feature With Honors came next. Starring Joe Pesci and Brendan Fraser it became the No. 1 movie in America and cemented Keshishian’s status as a film director. Keshishian traveled to London for a two-week vacation after the movie – and stayed for eight years focusing on photography and commercials for clients including Coca Cola, VW, Max Factor, Baileys and Peugeot.
Keshishian’s commercial work displays a talent at packaging the one thing consumed more than anything in the world—the universal commodity of celebrity. He recently directed an outrageously funny promo campaign for “Chelsea Lately,” with Sandra Bullock and Conan O’Brien that is set in the Chelsea Lately Studio showers. Gwyneth Paltrow, Natalie Portman, Madonna, Heather Graham, Darryl Hannah, Orlando Bloom and Jean Reno are among other celebrities that have embraced his creative spirit.
Keshishian is less about the manufactured neatness of fame, and more the infamy of everyday, something he achieves by magnifying the real behind the surface. He does this brilliantly for SmartWater with actress Jennifer Aniston where he takes her celebrity and dons it with surprisingly frank and open humor. The viral exemplifies how Keshishian gives us is a real glimpse of the person behind the celebrity mask, unveiled through Aniston’s honest, self-deprecating humor.
“What I find interesting is uncovering real moments with whomever I am shooting, whether they are a celebrity or not,” says Keshishian. “I’m fascinated with finding those unguarded moments where the truth of a person comes through and allows you to see them in a way that you haven’t seen before.”
Keshishian has also pushed the pen on projects for Paramount and Universal Studios, and is currently writing a psychological drama for David Fincher.