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Partner Spotlight – Shine & Polish

The partner spotlight is a weekly series where we go behind the scenes with some of the companies that make VendorDB great. Next up is Shine & Polish.

The Vitals

Name: Shine & Polish
Locations: Denver, CO & Brooklyn, NY
Year Founded: 2014
Specialties: Video Content, Photography, Design, Animation, Lifestyle, Events

Shine & Polish is a creative studio. We produce content for brands, represent talent and manage events. 

What inspired you to start your company?

For years prior to opening Shine & Polish, we collaborated on side projects, freelance work that sparked our interest and combined our strengths. If something was outside our wheelhouse we would pull from our extensive network of talented creatives. This allowed us to build out teams to suit specific project needs and styles. Clients were happy because they received a tailored approach and our creative partners were thrilled to have the flexibility.

When these jobs became more frequent and demanding, we thought – maybe there’s something here. And, so we went all in.

How did the partners meet?

The initial meeting was over a game of bocce ball at a Brooklyn dive bar. Words were exchanged, and two partnerships ensued – one of the marriage persuasion, the other in business form.

Why Denver?

We cut our teeth in New York City but when the time came to open a studio we wanted roots in a place that embraced a strong work-life-balance. Not only is Denver a growing, dynamic city but the people work hard and play harder. It’s not uncommon for someone to hit the slopes, get in a 10 mile trail run or go mountain biking before starting the workday. The mountains are constantly calling which reminds you to step away sometimes, keeping creativity high and burnout low.

Which work or brand are you best known for?

We recently had the pleasure of working with Boulder-based agency WorkInProgress to create the “World’s Most Remote Pop-Up Shop” which raised brand awareness for outdoor materials company 37.5 Technology. The project required us to build and create content around a storefront perched 300 feet in the air and only accessible by hardcore climbers. It received praise across the climbing community, media outlets and consumers alike – as well as a nice write up in Adweek.

What is the smartest work you’ve seen in the past year that didn’t come from your shop?

The Droga5 MailChimp Campaign. It took on so many forms. The spots were beautifully done and hilariously ridiculous, but it was the collection of cultural activations – MaleCrimp, WhaleSynth, SnailPrimp, etc – that put it over the top. It was subtle, charming and brilliantly executed.

What do you make of the trend where brands are skipping their agency of record to work directly with production partners?

We’ve seen instances where this works and others where it doesn’t. If you’re a brand that knows what want you want and have the network to make it happen, then going directly to the source is beneficial. Cut out the middleman and trim the fat. Personally this is how we prefer to work.

On the other hand, if you’re a brand in need of heavy strategic lifting, want help with the big idea, or lack the network to execute on the creative, then some hand-holding can go a long way – and may ultimately result in a better product.

Overall it’s just a matter of finding the right partner for you.

What is the best thing about working at Shine & Polish?

Collaboration and lack of ego at all levels. Everyone is a teamplayer and never above taking on a task, big or small, if it means reaching the end goal.

What does the future look like for Shine & Polish?

We’re continuing to grow, breaking into new markets and cultivating new clients. Content is our bread and butter, and content is still king. So we plan to make a boat load of it.

You can learn more about Shine & Polish on VendorDB and at shineandpolish.com

Partner Spotlight – Digitaland

The partner spotlight is a weekly series where we go behind the scenes with some of the companies that make VendorDB great. Next up is Digitaland

The Vitals

Name: Digitaland
Location: Miami
Year Founded: 2010
Specialties: Turning digital display advertising ideas into launch-ready realities.

  • HTML5 standard banners
  • Rich media ads
  • HTML responsive emails
  • Game ads and 360 ads
  • Dynamic banners and campaigns
  • Interactive landing pages and microsites
  • Healthcare and pharma digital ads
  • Micro videos

What inspired you to start your company?

Adtech platforms were a game changer for the digital advertising industry. But when they first came on the scene, brands and agencies didn’t have the technical know-how to fully leverage the technology. That caused delays in launching ad campaigns. Which is a bad thing in an industry where launching fast and often is the key to success. We saw the potential to create these awesome brand stories. The technology, creative and data were all there. Brands and agencies just needed a production partner that could turn their ideas into reality. And that’s where we fit in.

Why Miami?

Miami is the unofficial capital of Latin America. And our first clients were Miami-based agencies that worked with clients in Latin America. So, it made sense to set up shop here. But, then we realized Miami enabled us to serve a broader market. Most digital production agencies are based in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles. The competition is intense and the rents are high. Those costs get passed along to clients. Miami is still flying under the radar and that enables us to provide top-quality services at competitive rates.

What was the most technically challenging work you’ve created?

When cross-screen experiences first became a thing, we built a high impact ad that connected users’ phones to their desktop. They could control the desktop banner from their phone. At the time (this was a few years ago), building that ad required every ounce of technical know-how we had. Now we’re building 360 experiences, game ads, interactive landing pages and more for our clients. But, we still remember that first high impact ad!

How has the business changed since you started?

Flash was king of the digital display advertising world when we started Digitaland. Now, with a few exceptions, the baton has passed to HTML5. The upside: HTML5 is more secure, has cross-screen capabilities and it lets brands tell better stories with more interesting (and interactive) ads. The downside: HTML5 is resource-intensive. Most brands and agencies don’t have the in-house capabilities to build out their ads, which is why a good digital production partner is crucial to building a successful, sustainable campaign strategy.

What emerging tech trend will have the biggest impact on your business?

We hear it all the time (and you probably do, too):
“Advertising is dead.”
“Audiences are banner blind.”
“Creative doesn’t really matter. It’s all about targeting.”

But the pundits are wrong. Advertising is very much alive.
Consumers are just tired of low-quality, irrelevant and intrusive ads. That’s why we think a return to craft and high-quality creative will be the next ‘big’ thing in digital display advertising. Brand strategy that treats consumers as partners instead of data points will drive the next great wave of ads.

Digitaland

What do you make of the trend where brands are skipping their agency of record to work directly with production partners?

Brands are realizing their biggest asset – the thing that helps them stand out in a sea of competitors – is their voice. That can get lost as it passes through layers of approvals and bureaucracy within brands and their agencies. Working directly with production partners gives brands more creative control, conserves budget, reduces red tape and enables brands to rapidly test ideas. We think the real question is, why didn’t this trend happen sooner?

What is the best thing about working at Digitaland?

It may be cliché, but it’s the truth: our team feels like family. And that’s no accident.
We’ve worked hard to build a team of A players. Every new hire is schooled on the crucial role we play in helping our clients launch on-time, on-budget campaigns. We practice what we preach, so there’s accountability built into every facet of the production process. The pay-off is a tight-knit team of top-performers who know they can depend on their team members to deliver on every project, every time.

You can learn more about Digitaland on VendorDB and at digitaland.tv/

New Companies This Week – January 30, 2017

Image Courtesy of mcgarrybowen

Are we all happy that January is almost over? We’re here to keep the good vibes going with some new companies!

Are you looking for unique ideas?  Look to cutting edge boutiques like Presstube or MOHAWK.

If its content that you need done right, check out Thousand Ships,  Odeon Three Sixty and six toes.

And for a team of advertising, animation, UX, and project management veterans that can handle just about anything, talk to Tall Tale Digital.

Interested in being added to VendorDB? Submit your URL here.

IW Group
Jeremy Turner
Jon Tibbs Associates
Joshua Davis Studios
Keytoon
MAC Presents
Major Tom
mcgarrybowen
Miracle Productions
MOHAWK
motionboy
Nice Shirt Films
Nimble Pictures
Odeon Three Sixty
Odopod
OneOps
Pacific Rim Films
Palmer Productions
Paul Chang
Peñabrand
Pig Apple
Planet Logo
Presstube
ProAction Media Sevices
Radley
RESET
Richards/Lerma
six toes
Tall Tale Digital
Ten Eighty
The Social Select
Thousand Ships
Timo Boese
Velloff
WideView
Wiivv

New Companies This Week – January 23, 2017

Image Courtesy of Schawk

It may be cold outside for those of us in the Northern hemisphere, but VendorDB is back with some hot companies.

Why fight the cold when Nadeau’s Ice Sculptures can make your client event memorable?

Or maybe you are in need of world class fabrication? Call Pink Sparrow Scenic.

And when your campaign is in doubt, look to MAC Presents to deliver some of the biggest names in music and celebrity to make it a hit.

Interested in being added to VendorDB? Submit your URL here.

Lightking
Lodestar Digital
LUMENS
MAC Presents
MAVENTRI
me-retail solutions
Modern Promos
MOOSEHERD
MPS
Nadeau’s Ice Sculptures
NASCAR productions
Ohoshop
Orange Thread Live
Ozcam Production
Particle
Periscopic
Pharma Sizzle Reels
Phoenix Creative
Pink Sparrow Scenic
Pivotal
Planet Logo
Plush
Primary Color
Principle
Pro Global Business Solution
Propoint Graphics
Pushstart Creative
Quovantis
Qwesys Digital Solutions
Radikal Labs
Real Pie
Red Apple Tech
Refinery29
Rhino Entertainment
Riad Represents
RICH DX STUDIO
Rodeo Show
Ruby J events
Samy´s camera
Schawk
Sea Change
Sketchfab
Skycar Creative
Solarsilk Interactive
SpeedMedia
Sports On Screen
SPORTS STUDIO
SPUR Productions
Sq1
Start VR

 

New Companies This Week – January 16, 2017

Image Courtesy of Two Bit Circus

Are we all surviving 2017 so far? While VendorDB can’t fix the problems of the world, we can help you find the best partner for your next job!

Looking for a creative agency with ideas that will make you famous? Your first calls should be to The Glue SocietyCOG1  or Written and Directed.

If you need to pull of memorable experiential, do it in VR with The Void. Or call Framestore VR Studio for the gold standard in stand alone virtual reality.

And for striking images, look no further than Wray-McCann.

Interested in being added to VendorDB? Submit your URL here.

27th Letter Media
4Ace Studio
9 Light Entertainment
AFTON KLEIN GROUP
Alamo Films
alpha digital
Cinemotion
COG1
Contentismissing Studio
Creative360
David Condotta
DBNY
digital agua
Eighty ten
Framestore VR Studio
GlobalHue
Gregory Cowley
Groovy Gecko
GSD&M
GSI Solutions
Harding Marketing
In2media
Invenio Solutions

Stochastic Labs
Sway Group
Ten Four Agency
The Glue Society
The Social Select
The String Theory
The Void
Thinkswell
Twisted Frame
Two Bit Circus
United Cyber Development
Veecode
Vejan Film
Versatile Techno
Video for BioTech
Vinta Software
VirtualArtsTV
Viva Media Toronto
Vizzuality
Wigglepixel
Wiivv
Winbizsolutions
Wow Moment Productions
Wray-McCann
Written and Directed

 

New Companies This Week – January 9, 2017

Image Courtesy of Honor Roll

New year, new companies!

Need some serious sound work?  Check out Eleven soundFine Gold Music or Jeremy Turner.

Want to improve your app game? Look to Go Native or Glampire Labs.

And if you need some serious creativity and innovation in the interactive space, look no further than Greg at GMUNK.

Interested in being added to VendorDB? Submit your URL here.

Downtown Records
Dream Machine
DSG International
Dutch Monaco
eAngel
echo innovate IT
eCompanyStore
Eleven sound
Elite InfoWorld
Elite Mobile Application
EMOTIV
Entertainment Communications Network
Escrow
Evidence Cameras
Extralush
Extreme Reach
FASTSIGNS
Fine Gold Music
FirstCom Music
Flying Cow Satellite Services
FOUR32C
Fox Music
Fuzzbuster films
Ginsberg
Glampire Labs
GMUNK
Go Native
GREENE STAGING
GUILD
High style rentals
Highland Talent Payments
Honor Roll
Hydric Media
ICOA Group
ImageBrief
Imposium
Impulse Nine Media
Infiltrate NYC
Inmatest
Inspire Visual
Interpret
IPHS Technologies
Iris MediaWorks
Jason Munn
J.D power
Jeremy Turner
Jupsys Infotech
KBV Records
LE BOOK

 

New Companies This Week – January 3, 2017

Image Courtesy of 1UP Digital Marketing

Happy New Year!

Team VendorDB’s resolution is to use those cardiac arrest paddles to shock our blog game back to life. You can expect us to return to our weekly publication schedule starting now!

Do you have a few banner gigs on that first week back?  Check out Das Banner or BannerBüro to make quick work of it.

Need to create some beautiful  video content?  You can’t go wrong with Dirty Robber5:00 Films & Media or Chris Allen Williams.

Maybe you need to capture some impossible drone content?  Let Ctrl.Me Robotics buzz one on over.

Interested in being added to VendorDB? Submit your URL here.

1UP Digital Marketing
3D Hubs
5:00 Films & Media
9K9
ABP Electronics
Abrams Artists Agency
Acceleration Partners
Alison Jackson
alpha digital
Alvise Avati
Always Good Company
Anna Moller photography
AppInventiv Technologies
AppTrait Solutions
ATXHD
Aumcore
Axis studio
BAMKO
BannerBüro
BARABOOM Studios
BCG Digital Ventures
Best Webtech
Big Blue Ceiling
Bilt Software
Binariks
Birds and Animals
Black Egg
Blank & Co.
Blaze Streaming Media
Blue Wheel Media
Bonzai Intranet
Bossa Studios
Bryan Jude Photography
Building Blocks
Burgopak
CG Colors
Chris Allen Williams
Chulengo
Cie Digital Labs
Clay
Crest Infotech
Crew West
Ctrl.Me Robotics
CUB
Das Banner
DBNY
DEFY media
Deluxe
Digital Media Group
Dirty Robber

 

 

Partner Spotlight – Bonzai Intranet

The partner spotlight is a weekly series where we go behind the scenes with some of the companies that make VendorDB great. Next up is Bonzai Intranet. 

The Vitals

Name: Bonzai Intranet
Location: Canada
Year Founded: 2014
Specialties: Organizational communication, collaboration and engagement with Bonzai Intranet.

What inspired you to start your company?

A clear and obvious need for innovation in the intranet space. We identified a way to offer organizations well-designed SharePoint Intranets for a fraction of the cost, and implemented in half the time.

How did the partners meet?

Otherwise known as the four founders – two married vampires and two married werewolves (yes, female werewolves exist). They met on a foggy October evening at a Microsoft SharePoint event. The werewolf couple, Michal Pisarek and Denise Ching, began a heated argument with the vampires, Matthew Carriere and Shereen Qumsieh over delivery methods for custom SharePoint Intranets.

After a few growls and hisses, the couples came to agreement on one market gap in the intranet space—That custom built SharePoint Intranets did not need to take years to implement, and cost organizations into the millions. Recognizing that most companies were looking for the same features and functionality in their corporate intranet, they set out in the first ever vampire- werewolf business partnership in history.

What was the first job someone hired you for?

Matt – “I had a paper route…I delivered the Province. But when I saw raccoons I would abandon my cart and run home. My second job felt a bit safer at the good ol’McDs.”
Shereen – “I taught seniors how to use computers and at times…a keyboard. My second job was also at McDonalds.”
Michal – “Growing up in Australia, the first thing I was ever paid for was to pick up kangaroo dumping’s in my parent’s backyard”.
Denise – “Someone hired me to help kids out at an arts and craft festival.”

What is the most notable trend in your industry?

Smart machine learning for digital workplaces. Just like we are fed relevant content in our social networking environments, we will be fed relevant, timely and intelligent corporate content that will help us make better day-to- day decisions at work.

 

What is the smartest work you’ve seen in the past year that didn’t come from your shop?

We’re a bit biased but hands down Bonzai Intranet. Two years ago it was the first out-of-the-box intranet solution built on SharePoint. Something that hasn’t come from our shop within the past year, is machine learning on Microsoft Delve. Predictive algorithms help serve up relevant content for knowledge workers right in their digital workplace.

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How has the business changed since you started?

More and more companies are selecting turn-key intranet solutions. In the next 1-2 years, industry analysts expect that 80% of intranet purchases will be out-of-the-box SaaS solutions. Knowledge workers of today expect to work with best of breed technologies that offer seamless and intuitive experiences. Out-of-the-box intranets or “digital workplaces” like Bonzai Intranet make it a lot more affordable for companies to offer this.

What is your biggest challenge at the moment?

Tech trend—smart machine learning for digital workplaces. Just like we are fed relevant content in our social networking environments, we will be fed relevant, timely and intelligent corporate content that will help us make better day-to-day decisions at work.

Challenge—To be frank, keeping up with demand for Bonzai Intranet. We have an amazing solution delivery team and are currently looking for talented people to help us grow fast. If you’re skills are extra spicy, apply within! We’re currently looking for a Development Manager and a Full Stack Developer.

What is the best thing about working at Bonzai?

Delicious food…all of the time. And beer. Michal Pisarek, Founder and Product Director at Bonzai, is a former head chef that worked for Gordon Ramsay. Let’s just say food options are selected by that of a foodie with world-class taste. There’s an actual thing called the D.O. 10…most employees have had to hit the gym that much harder to keep it off. Others have said “**** it!” and invest in a jean-size up.

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You can learn more about Bonzai Intranet on VendorDB and at bonzai-intranet.com/.

Partner Spotlight – Wiivv

The partner spotlight is a weekly series where we go behind the scenes with some of the companies that make VendorDB great. Next up is Wiivv

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The Vitals

Name: Wiivv
Locations: Vancouver, BC (Headquarters); San Diego, USA
Year Founded: 2014
Specialties: Fashion, Wearable Technology, 3D Scanning, 3D Printing, Customization, Computer Vision, Biomechanics

What inspired you to start your company?

Personally, a high-jumping injury in high school that introduced me to foot orthotics and the frustrating experience around it. But on a higher level, Shamil and I had been working with 3D printing tech and recognized the same opportunity to make custom goods for the body. Shamil was leading 3D printing strategy at HP, and I had a business 3D printing vintage car parts. Our idea for Wiivv was at the confluence of several trends for fashion, wearable tech, 3D printing, 3D scanning, and personalized health – the timing was perfect.

How did the partners meet?

We first met at the 2013 Inside 3D Printing Conference in New York. We found that we had a lot in common. We both attended Claremont McKenna College, but at different times, and our families originated from the same part of Tanzania.

Why Vancouver and San Diego?

Vancouver is a vibrant city with a good tech scene and the Pacific Northwest is ideal to build a tribe for an active lifestyle brand like Wiivv. In Vancouver, we have Lululemon, Arc’teryx, and RYU to name a few successful examples. It’s also where I grew up. San Diego has a strong ecosystem for 3D printing, so it made sense to set up our manufacturing there. Plus, let’s not forget the credibility the California-association gives our brand. We’re West Coast, from BC to SoCal!

What was the first job someone hired you for?

It was a campus job at Claremont McKenna College. We cold-called alumni and asked for donations to the college fund. Fun fact: Jillian, the wife of my co-founder, was my manager at that first job.

What was the most technically challenging work you’ve created?

The Wiivv team achieved a lot by building and shipping the BASE custom insole, our inaugural product. It’s the first of its kind for an end-to-end mobile solution to get a custom product. Being part of our platform’s development was the most technically challenging, but also the most rewarding. Our customers love the seamless experience.

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Which project is your most underrated?

I think our work on biomechanics at Wiivv. Behind our cool technology and product is over two years spent carefully tweaking the design and validating the science to make BASE perfect for every individual customer. We have a team dedicated to biomechanics at Wiivv and a Science Advisory Board that includes luminaries like Dr. Jack Taunton, a pioneer in the field of custom footwear for athletic performance.

Who is your most interesting staff member?

We recently brought on Will Andrew to be our Chief Commercial Officer. He has decades of experience in the world of sports apparel and even won the bid for the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games with Elevate Sport, a company he founded. We’re excited to be working with Will because of all the expertise he brings as we grow our distribution.

What is the smartest work you’ve seen in the past year that didn’t come from your shop?

The 3D Architech by UnderArmour. It’s a 3D printed shoe that isn’t custom for form, but is using 3D printing materials in a unique way to fit cross-training needs.

How has the business changed since you started?

We were fortunate enough to secure venture capital and that has allowed us to accelerate the growth of our business. Expectations are higher than ever because of the massive opportunity we’re addressing, but we’re up for the challenge.

What emerging tech trend will have the biggest impact on your business?

Consumers expecting personalization for everything they buy. People walking on their feet a lot as a result of Pokemon Go is also a factor.

What is your biggest challenge at the moment?

Continuing to build and optimize our tech stack. In the process, we’re also building a significant competitive advantage.

What is the best thing about working at Wiivv?

Our vision is compelling and great people from a bunch of different disciplines can rally around it and produce their best work. We’re changing how things are made and personalizing health – it’s difficult to not feel closely associated with that kind of reason for being.

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Where is the best bar in Vancouver?

Well…the best juice bar would be Krokodile Pear. Our company is pretty health-conscious.

Any wild company party stories?

In our earlier days, we rented a house for a week in San Diego and had our whole team there. The highlight was a cook-off we had. In true Master Chef fashion, we had judges, secret ingredients, and the like. Our advisors and mentors judged the event. The founders, Shamil and myself, were assigned cleanup duty – an absolute nightmare. I think it took us 3 hours to finish.

Care to share a joke?

What does “foot pain” think of Wiivv?
>>> It sees it as its arch enemy.

What does the future look like for Wiivv?

We have big plans to conquer the world of custom footwear. We’ll expand our insoles line to address a variety of use cases, and also venture beyond insoles. We want to build a strong ecosystem where consumers see Wiivv as the choice solution to get custom gear for the body.

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You can learn more about Wiivv on VendorDB and at wiivv.com.

New Companies This Week – August 15, 2016

Image courtesy of Captacar.

Image courtesy of Captacar.

The New York heat wave only means more hot companies get added to VendorDB!

If you need to put on a serious show, your first calls should be to Bounce, LMG, Showcore and Production Club.

Ready to move beyond the screen?  Talk to CRAFTED IMAGINATIONHologramUSA or Ars Electronica Futurelab.

Advertise your brand on a Lambo in NYC?  Why not!?!  Give Captacar a ring.

Interested in being added to VendorDB? Submit your URL here.

24 Frames Cine
32Bits
4A´s
ABLAZE VFX
Adstream
Alldayeveryday
Ars Electronica Futurelab
Asahi Technologies
B3NET
Backlinkfy
BEN DOLPHIN PRODUCTIONS
Bentley Innovation Group
Bough Digital
Bounce
Broadcast 360
Captacar
Carnival Productions
Chicago Projection Mapping
Clavax
ClearTrail
CLM
Colossal
Conspiracy
CRAFTED IMAGINATION
DC Webcasting by Dudley Digital Works
Deerpark Productions
DERBY
Developmenticon
DHAP Digital
Digital DUMBO
Dimensional Studios
DNLC Technologies
Elite Magento Development
Endive
ESMI Productions
Eventage
ExpandTheRoom
Experiential Food Truck Rental
Fabrika
FilmOn HologramUSA
Fortune Softtech
Funktronic Labs
Granap Studio
Grayling
HA Digital Marketing
Harry Rules
Healclinic
Hey baby films
Hi Techsoft
High Beam
HireWebDeveloper
IC Media
iiD
Immersive
IMPOSSIBLE
Itera Research
ITX
Jacky Winter Group
Jukedeck
KB Production Canada
Letstrak
Lionbridge Technologies
LMG
Loki Creative
LOOKBOOKS
Lyda Interactive
MageBright
Magnetic Media Holdings
Marden-Kane
Maverick Events
MCN Interactive
MobApp Template
mobCONTENT
Mobile Studios
mobileAPPtelligence
Mobilmindz
Molly Duggan Associates
Moxie CCA
MySalesButler.com
Neurlabs
Nevessa Production Woodstock
Octal Info Solution
Octobot
Okular
OTTE
Pete’s Big TVs
Pixelhunters
PixFACTORY
Power Consulting
Processing
Production Club
Rayvat Engineering
RIGOR
Samuel Laseke
Satlogic Networks
Sentrien Systems
Showcore
Snapper Media
SolutionsPal
Spot MPG
Spread films
Streeters
Studio Boss
Sukle Advertising & Design
SutiSoft
Synechron
Synergy Technology Services
TeleNet Media
Terra Firma Media Group
The RRS Group
Tim Howard management
Trance designs
trenova
Triumph Leisure Solutions
Trunk Archive
Turner Duckworth
TV Pro Gear
United Talent Agency
Urban Projections
Vinegar Hill
Visionary Media
Webster Colcord
WonderMerk
WorkByRemedy
WOVA

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