MaverickNYC Expands Talent Offering With New Directors
Maverick.NYC has expanded its directorial roster with the addition of four new talents. News of the expansion was made by Maverick.NYC Executive Producer Brad Johns. Joining the company are Davide Gentile, the directing team known as Space Monkeys, Johan Stahl and Trent Jaklitsch. Stahl joins from Bully Pictures in Los Angeles; Gentile, the Space Monkeys and Jaklitsch were not previously repped in the US. To view their work, click here.
Johns says the decision to add to its talent roster was based on the company’s rapid growth in its assignments from agencies and brands: “We had a pretty strong 2015, and have been working hard to establish Maverick as an up and coming production and content studio,” he explains. “Adding Davide, Trent, Johan and the Space Monkeys is all part of our strategy to offer agencies an array of contemporary, young and forward-thinking visual storytellers.”
The directors bring distinctively different backgrounds to Maverick.NYC. They were identified by Johns and his team after a period of substantial research. “We were looking not just for great filmmakers, but also directors who reflected our values and our approach to solving problems,” Johns notes. “Brands are interested in connecting with consumers now in deeper ways, and they’re doing that by telling stories in more human tone. We’ve responded by bringing a fresh European sensibility to the marketplace with the talents we’ve recruited.”
Gentile is an Italian director now based in London whose polished, cinematic style has been tapped by such major brands as BMW, Bose and Perugina. His short film for Bose, “Music is my Language,” a captivating love story told wordlessly, was recognized as a winner at the 2015 Cannes Young Directors Awards.
Space Monkeys is the Spanish directing team of Roberto Dominguez and David Ortiz. Hailing from the agency world, their short film for F4 Studio was a winner at the 2014 YDA competition. With a witty, humorous approach to short-form narratives, they collaborated with agencies across Europe for such brands as Playstation, Toyota and Spotify. Their gay rights PSA for Amnesty International, by contrast, is a powerful message about the struggle for same-sex couples around the world.
Jaklitsch, who’s based in Brooklyn, is a SVA-educated talent whose skills as both an editor and a director are apparent in the complex narratives he weaves. Often working in a documentary style that incorporates everything from dialogue and voiceover narration to the use of archival footage, his self-edited tale of childhood ambition and dreams, “Supersymmetry,” was both a YDA winner as well as a Vimeo Staff Pick.
Stahl offers a more traditional scripted approach to directing. With a self-deprecating (and typically Scandinavian) sense of humor, Stahl came up through the ranks working for the Danish national broadcaster, an experience that’s given him a soup-to-nuts skill set and experience working across a wide range of genres and techniques, from documentaries to live TV. His commercial work includes spots for such brands as GE, Shell and Carlsberg.
“We’re gratified to have directors like this sign on to be part of the Maverick brand,” says Johns, “especially considering that we’re still a relatively young company here in New York. Our goal is to deliver for our clients great-looking, emotionally compelling content, regardless of the form, length or media platform, and we think that’s attractive not just for agencies but for directors as well. As such, we’re looking forward to following up 2015 with a great year.”