When Rob Godbold decided it was time to launch his own company in 2014, he opted for the name ‘Bold’. As the alternative was clearly ‘God’, we should probably be grateful to him for his modesty.
Godbold and his fellow founder Dave Knox had a long and successful association with US companies Epoch and Arts&Sciences but the 2014 move established their company as having a much greater UK focus, whilst retaining and representing the US-based talent.
Working with agencies, record companies and direct to client, Bold offer experienced and creative-led options on productions regardless of medium from commercials to music videos to fashion films – for TV, cinema and online.
Since 2014 Bold has worked with Denny’s, Expedia, Exxon, Goldsmiths’ Fair, Google, Levi’s, Longchamp, McDonald’s, M&S, Royal London, Sainsbury’s, Smirnoff, TK Maxx, Walkers and Wrigley’s to name but a few. Picking up numerous awards at APA, BTA and Cannes along the way.
Adam & Dave
An award-winning Canadian comedy directing duo whose TV work includes output for HBO, Comedy Network and Fuel TV. They’ve branched out into the world of commercials and have delivered spots for HP, T-Mobile, Johnsonville, Kraft, Pizza Hut, Dish Network and VW. Recent triumphs include Burger King ‘Whopper’ for BBH and ‘Why Would Anyone Shop At TK Maxx?’ for Wieden+Kennedy London.
Augusto Gimenez Zapiola
Augusto is one of the most awarded directors in the world. His casting and skilfully directed performances have earned him a shelf full of Cannes Gold Lions, Clios etc. for brands and campaigns. Clients include Fiat, Film Suez, Fox Sports, Mercedes, Milka, Paramount and Staples.
He is the founder of Argentina Cine, one of the top production companies in Argentina, which he runs with director and producer Nano Tidone.
Greg & Jacob built their directorial partnership on a mutual obsession for documentary film. A natural curiosity and a passion for telling great stories has taken them all around the world. They have an acute understanding of powerful visual storytelling, having honed their craft as award-winning cinematographers.
Recent work includes the internationally acclaimed End It. For Good. campaign for The Global Fund, Save The Children’s Superheroes campaign and a three-part commercial series for Capital One. Among other accolades, Greg & Jacob were nominated for the Tribeca Film Festival and have a Gold Cannes Lion to their name for cinematography. Their debut feature ‘Fighting For a City’ is set for release in late 2018
Born in Buenos Aires, Camila studied acting, screenwriting and directing at the prestigious Film Research Center before moving to New York to attend the Lee Strasberg Film & Theatre Institute. While in New York she directed several short films, as well as treading the boards as an actress in various Broadway shows.
She was published in 2008 in the anthology of ‘New Literature of the Hispanic Language’, having won several creative writing competitions. Her theatre directing debut came in 2009 in Buenos Aires, with the musical ‘Teenage Metamorphosis’ which she also wrote.
Her commercial work has garnered South American and international awards, including a Clio and a Cannes Lion.
Conceived, born and raised in the UK’s cultural capital, Milton Keynes, Greg ventured up North to study film and chip butties in Sheffield.
On graduating he gained work in TV & features before landing a job in London at Epoch films, (and latterly BOLD) – honing his skills and experience over a number of years and carving out his first few directing opportunities whilst still in-house.
He broke out on his own in 2014 and has gone on to direct music videos for various artists including Steve Mason, Band of Skulls, Lonely The Brave, Seafarer, Frightened Rabbit and most recently Rag ‘n’ Bone Man. 2018 has seen Greg move into commercial direction with an Uncle Ben’s spot for AMV/BBDO.
He is now based in London and Kiev, and remains with BOLD for representation.
Henry Mason has worked with many of the world’s top brands, shooting high profile campaigns for the likes of Honda, T-Mobile, Bombay Sapphire, McLaren, Nike and Coca Cola. He has also directed TV drama for the BBC and Channel 4, as well as for theatre and film. He trained classically at Wells Cathedral Music School, studied Dramaturgy at the University of Exeter, and was an assistant director at the Hampstead Theatre in London, before moving into film production.
Since directing a series of short documentaries for Sky Sports about football fans around the UK, he often casts non-actors in both his films and commercials, and brings a beautiful, cinematic reality to all of his work. It is in Ireland that his unique voice has flourished, with three extraordinary campaigns in 2016 for Supervalu, Lidl, and Three Mobile. That year he won Best Director – Ireland at the Kinsale Shark Awards.
Henry’s recent commercial work includes the heart-wrenching ‘Operation Smile’ for Cheil and a nostalgic journey through 50 years of the Big Mac in ‘The First Time’ for Leo Burnett.
‘All That Way For Love’, Henry’s short film shot on location in Kenya, opened the Los Angeles International Short Film Festival, was selected by the BFI for distribution as part of their Best Short Films series and screened at the Tribeca Film Festival. His first feature, ‘Night of the Lotus,’ filmed in Tanzania and London, will be released later this year.
Lena was born and raised in the west of Ireland. After briefly studying both fine art at the National College of Art and Design, and Law at Trinity College Dublin, she moved to New York City in the mid nineties. She worked as a photographer’s assistant, a babysitter and at the prepared foods counter at Dean & Deluca before landing an internship at MTV.
The internship in the graphics department turned into a full time job and Lena moved up the ranks becoming the art director of the department. She oversaw multiple channel redesigns and also began directing. Her MTV promo campaigns won multiple awards including gold silver and bronze at the One show. Lena began directing through Canadian production company Reginald Pike while still creating some memorable campaigns for MTV including Chunky Pam and the music video, ‘Merry XXXLMAS’ created for the fictional rapper which was voted funniest video of the year by Rolling Stone Magazine.
Lena has been directing now for over ten years. She has worked extensively in the US as well as in Canada and Ireland. Her work is recognizable for its quirky yet understated art direction and subtle nuanced performance. She has also directed multiple award winning short films. She is represented by Station Films in the US and London, by RedRage films in Ireland and by Holiday Films in Canada. Lena lives in Red Hook, Brooklyn with her husband and two children. When not directing she makes pots and tries to keep her plants alive.
Commercial clients include Ebay, Honda, GMC CPO, Pillsbury, Ikea, Trip Advisor, US Cellular, McDonalds, Walgreens, GLAD, Capital One, Skittles, Clorox, AT&T, Chef Boyardee, Eggo, Manwich, Walmart, News of the World, Vodafone, MOMA, Just for Men, Vlasic Pickles, X Box, Vonage, Stouffers, Irish Life, Deep River Rock, BBC, National Lottery, Pine Sol and Colorado Lottery.
One of the busiest directors working the US, Matt has a huge body of work, directing campaigns for clients such as ESPN, Coca Cola, Delta Airlines, Old Spice, Samsung, Starburst, Toyota and Volkswagen. Along the way he’s won a Cannes Gold Lion, a couple of Silver D&AD pencils, and a handful of winged Clio awards. Aselton co-wrote and directed his first feature film ‘Gigantic’ in 2008 and founded his own Production company Arts & Sciences in 2010. His next feature ‘Lying and Stealing’ will be released later this year.
Matt is an award-winning American and a native New Yorker.
After studying at The Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute and The Department of Theatre, Film & Dance at Cornell University, Matt became a Senior Creative Director at MTV in the On-Air Promos department where he wrote and directed campaigns for countless series and received a GLAAD award for his Pro-Social work for the network.
He transitioned his comedic sensibilities to commercial directing for clients like AT&T, Smirnoff, Sauza Tequila, EA Sports, ESPN, H&R Block and has been honoured at the AICP. Recent highlights include Old El Paso ‘The Big Mini’ for BBH and Domino’s ‘Home For Pizza’ for CP+B.
He has directed music videos for breakout musicians like Mark Ronson, Regina Spektor, Band of Horses, and Fall Out Boy for which Matt won an MTV Video Music Award. His music videos have earned well over 60 million hits on YouTube.
Matt’s short films have screened globally. His film ‘Meaning of Robots’ premiered at Sundance Film Festival, SXSW, was honoured at The Museum of Modern Art and the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s New Directors/New Films, and won Best Short Documentary at the Nashville Film Festival.
Most recently he’s been involved in opening the Metrograph Movie Theater in downtown New York City, the town’s first independent cinema to open in a decade.
Matthew Swanson is known for delivering pitch-perfect comedic performances with a truly distinctive visual style. Raised in the damp of the Pacific Northwest, he left Vancouver as a young man to attend film school in Montreal. He then begged, borrowed, and maybe stole a little bit (unconfirmed) to make his short film “Hiro,” which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival before going on to win numerous awards, including Best Short at SXSW and a Genie (Canadian Academy Award) nomination. He began directing commercials shortly after that.
In 2013 Matthew left the safety of his overly polite northern home and moved to LA. Since then he has worked on a number of notable campaigns, including a re-brand of Canadian Club for Brooklyn Brothers, a semi-controversial campaign for Radio Shack out of GSD&M, spots for Coke and Booking.com out of W+K, and Hotels.com through Crispin Porter + Bogusky. Most recently he has directed a series of dry, witty ads for Quilted Northern created by Droga5. His epic ‘Hand of Sabacc’ commercial for Denny’s through EP+Co in partnership with Lucasfilm and Skywalker Sound featuring creatures from the upcoming ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ has won the approval of the most hardened Star Wars fans.
Mike Warzin has been making films since the fifth grade when he set up two VCRs and a mixer in his childhood basement so he could edit and lay soundtracks over his home videos. Thankfully he dropped out of Purdue’s engineering program after three semesters to pursue a degree in the arts by studying film and photography at Columbia College Chicago.
Warzin’s career in advertising started in Portland at Wieden+Kennedy where he worked as an art director and writer on the Nike business for nearly four years before transitioning to a senior creative role at Anomaly in New York. His work as a creative for Nike, Dick’s Sporting Goods, and Budweiser gained awards and recognition from the Cannes Lions, The One Show, AICP, the Clios, the Effie Awards, and the D&AD’s.
Throughout this time, Warzin was fortunate to collaborate with and learn from A-list directors, DPs and editors, many of whom were encouraging of his desire to direct. Ultimately, he took their advice and since then has completed projects for Google, Beats by Dre, Brand Jordan, Spotify, Adidas, Smirnoff and Brooks. He’s been with Arts & Sciences since January 2017.
Morrison & Ventura
They are Phil Morrison & Joe Ventura. Joe’s background is in writing. Working for some of the biggest agencies in New York, he also has TV and feature credits to his name. Alongside his writing, his solo directing work includes spots for Nike, ESPN, Target and Budweiser. Recent standouts such as ‘Facts of Life’ for Royal London through VCCP and ‘Bedtime Story’ for Exxon Italy through Adam&EveDDB show off his knack for comic timing and deft changes in genre.
Phil’s vast experience, command of performance and subtle comedy make him one the most in-demand directors. His archive of work is endless, collaborating with every top agency in the US and a list of clients that ranges from Allstate and Apple to T-Mobile and VW. He has collected AICP awards, Cannes Lions, Clios, BTAA arrows, One show…His feature ‘Junebug’ was released in 2005, with Amy Adams receiving an Oscar nomination for her performance. Morrison Ventura came together during the award winning Mac vs PC campaign and have directed both joint and solo projects from then on.
Romain Chassaing is based in Paris. He studied in Manchester, then Paris where he entered the new French indie scene. Romain’s work is shot through with visual flair and an impish sense of mischief.
Huawei, Replay, Eurostar, Stella McCartney and Louis Vuitton amongst many, have been seduced by his sense of fun and ingenious films. Meanwhile his inspired promos for artists including Dizzee Rascal and Naive New Beaters have won him three UKMVAs in the last three years. His interactive film for Naive New Beaters was also awarded D&AD (Interactive Video) pencils in 2016 and 2018.
Romain Laurent is a French photographer and director currently based in Los Angeles. He studied product design at the Ensaama National School of Applied Arts and Photography at Gobelins. He has worked globally with top brands, agencies and magazines including Hermès, Reebok, Citroën, Xbox, Hilton, Axe, Coca-Cola, Google and Nissan.
Romain received the Young Gun X award from the Art Directors’ club of New York. His “Loops” weekly project has delighted fans on Tumblr with its editorial precision and irreverent humour.
Ujin Lin is a London-based film maker and former Sergeant in the Taiwanese army.
Before focusing on filmmaking, he was a partner and a creative director at DJA, a dynamic and highly collaborative agency. His main focus was the Prada account, an all-encompassing and highly demanding position.
He has had the honour of learning from the very best, and working alongside leading creative figures in the industry.
In order to dedicate more time to direction and be better placed to explore relationships within the film/advertising/fashion and music, Ujin became independent at the end of 2013. He has a continuing relationship with DJA and Prada and has since directed Prada SS14, SS15 and SS16.
Clients include Prada, Louis Vuitton, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Calvin Klein, Alexander McQueen, Zara, Longchamp, Furla, Dunhill, Another Man Magazine, Vogue, Westfield, M&S, David Jones and Goldsmiths’ Fair.
Ujin is also exploring a personal film project, incorporating technology and interactivity to aid the narrative structure.
Zach Math is a filmmaker best known for his uniquely askew television commercials and films which often feature eccentric humans and sometimes anthropomorphized creatures. Driven by his knowledge of cinema and wealth of experience of working with actors, Zach’s work is both performance led and the visually cinematic.
Working with clients such as Coke, Volkswagen, Sony, Comcast and the NFL, Zach has won many accolades, including 4 Cannes Lions for his Kmart “Ship My Pants” campaign which received over 50 million hits on Youtube and a 2014 Webby. Two of his branded shorts are in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art. In the last year he’s directed work for AT&T, Jack in the Box, Walkers, Wrigleys and, perhaps most memorably, a campaign of delightfully deadpan spots for Wonderful Pistachios starring NFL players.
While driving along the freeway, Zach heard a report on the CBC’s “As It Happens” about one man’s quest to complete the only penis museum in the world. Transfixed by the story and nearly crashing his car Zach frantically pulled over to take notes. Three weeks later he found himself in northern Iceland filming the documentary film, The Final Member. With a premiere at the Toronto Hot Docs International Film Festival, the film has since played at festivals around the world.
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