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Month: March 2015

New Companies This Week – March 30, 2015

Image courtesy of Kinocompany

Image courtesy of Kinocompany

We’re live with another fresh batch of companies but if dead and decaying is your thing, look to  Bowsie Workshop for amazing  prosthetics & makeup.

Or if you’d rather bend reality after the shoot, check out  Dr PepeMagick Lantern or Das Werk for post and VFX.

And to better manage the RFP process with all of these awesome potential partners, check out Bonfire.

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

24 West Productions
AdFactor
Adly
Amplience
Big Bad Wolf
Bonfire
Bossa
Bowsie Workshop
Bue Films
Candy Banners
Carve Editorial
Cerebra
Cerise Films
Cine South
Cineworks
Cineworks
Clever Studio
Cortes Post
Cyrus
Das Werk
Dench Arnold
Dr Pepe
Elaine Craig Voice Casting
EngineRoom Edit
Evil Mad Scientist
Falcon Social
Family Film
FFP
Film Business
Filmy Latam
Fixer in Turkey
Focus Films
Framerunner
FullContact
Gate Films
Giphy
Godlove & Company Casting
Groundglass
Gwantsi
Hermanos Mundo
HTV Studio
Iconosur
Imperial Leisure
Independent Studios
InsideSales
Invivo
Janimation
Kala Film
Kik
Kinocompany
Kluge
LCA Productions
Living Films
Localytics
Loop Media
Luma Studio
Machine Made
Magick Lantern
Nanigans
Neighborhood Film Company
OMD
onethread
Original Cut
Outback Editorial
Panorama Films
Pearson Technology
Peel&Eat
Perceptional
Picturesmith
PIG USA
Platypus Productions
Pop Multimedia
PPI
Primo
Prooffix
ProVideo & Film
Random Sky Studio
Razor Edits
Red Echo Post
Retrofit Films
Rex Edit
Riot Games
Sake Argentina
Seaquist A Company
Shortcut
Shout It Out Loud Music
Sinevizyon TV Productions
Smart AdServer
Social Club
Storyville USA
Stream Pocket
Studio Indefinit
Studio Roosegaarde
Sunset Edit
Sutrix Media
Syndrome Studio
Sysomos
TFP TV
The Bridge
The Garden
The Seventh Art
The Shanghai Job
The Worx
Top Cut
Toronto Sound
TPO
Triton Films
Ultra Films
Video Workshop

Partner Spotlight – SYNC or SWIM

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 SYNC or SWIM!

SYNC or SWIM

The Vitals

Name: Chip Herter / SYNC or SWIM
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Year Founded: 2014
Specialties: Music Supervision, Licensing, Synchronization, Advertising, Commercials, TV, Film, New Media, Post Production, Post Audio, Sound Design, Music Publishing, Original Score

What inspired you to start your company?

After my tenure as Music Producer at Crispin Porter + Bogusky, I desired the freedom to work with more brands and the flexibility to work across more forms of media (video games, film, advertising, etc.). I wanted to create an environment where the only priority is to find the perfect soundtrack for each project. No hidden agenda to sell you music you don’t want. No objective outside of creating awesomely memorable work.

Why LA?

Los Angeles is a natural home to a burgeoning music supervision agency like SYNC or SWIM. I settled in Los Angeles years ago in an effort to be as close to the pulse of the music industry as I could be. Also you can’t beat the weather.

What was the first job someone hired you for?

My first job as SYNC or SWIM was a magnificent opportunity. It was with Weiden + Kennedy, supervising music for the 2015 Coca-Cola Super Bowl campaign “#MAKEITHAPPY”. The opportunity was as special as the creative concept of the campaign, and it awarded me the chance to work with an amazing band, Hundred Waters.

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

I’m currently in production on an idie film, Creedmoria, that is both challenging and exciting. Putting together an entire soundtrack of exciting and emerging artists is a dream come true, but it’s also a lot of work. I’m really excited to see the outcome.

Which work or brand are you best known for?

I cut my teeth working with Microsoft and a couple of their sub-products, Windows Phone and XBOX. The campaign to launch Windows 8 was one of the first major projects I worked on, and it was a great experience.

Which project is your most underrated?

Considering its message, I think the Coca-Cola “#MAKEITHAPPY” campaign was really underrated. It had a powerful concept that I wish more people would have stopped to think about. If you look at the creative—which was largely about putting an end to internet bullying—and listen to the lyrics of the Hundred Waters song “Show Me Love” that I synced to the picture, the lyrics compliment the creative incredibly well.

Don’t let me show cruelty,
Though I may make mistakes,
Don’t let me show ugliness,
Though I know I can hate,
And don’t let me show evil,
Though it might be all I take,
Show me love,
Show me love,
Show me love.

After finding the song, when the band’s singer Nicole Miglis came into the edit and shared these lyrics with us, their impact was undeniable. The room was silent, the hairs on my arm stood on end, and I knew this would be one of the most special productions I have worked on to date.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ibgvkXm9Qkc

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

I’m a big fan of the work that Duotone Audio is accomplishing lately. They first moved me with their work on Chipotle’s ad “The Scarecrow” and their work with Tullamore Dew on “The Other Wall” was also captivating. But “The Scarecrow” set a bar for the quality work I would like to achieve. I’ve been lucky enough to collaborate with Duotone since discovering them, and I can attest that they are pros.

How has the business changed since you started?

I’ve only seen the licensing and synchronization game improve and gain notoriety since I started. Artists have truly come around to the idea that a good license can mean an invaluable amount of exposure for their music. On the agency side, I’ve seen growth in the creative’s interest to take chances on emerging artists. They see the value in the notoriety it offers their brand if they contribute to “breaking” an artist; and brands no longer have to sacrifice monumental budgets in order to achieve good music in their productions. Thanks to the age of the Internet, good music is ever-accessible and waiting to be heard at any price.

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

Streaming and subscription music services, such as Spotify and Beats Music, have hands-down had an impact on how artists are heard, and the value that they can bring to a licensing opportunity. One question that is at the forefront of most conversations with creatives today is, “how many Spotify plays do they have?”

Sync or Swim

What is your biggest challenge at the moment?

As a relatively new startup, and coming from Crispin Porter + Bogusky where I achieved the bulk of my experience to date, the biggest challenge for me is gaining exposure with new producers and different agencies. There are a lot of music supervision services out there vying for the same work I am, and cutting through that noise (pun!) to show a new agency why my particular service is superior to others is a big challenge.

What advice do you have for agency producers or creatives?

Never be afraid to try new things. Never be afraid to fail. And call me!

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

This only makes sense to me. In today’s market, there are so many resources for brands to use, each with skills as good as the next. It would be reckless and uncreative of a brand NOT to play the field. That keeps their work fresh and inventive, and it keeps their vendors on their toes and always inspired to improve, or they’ll lose the work to someone with more drive and passion.

What is the best thing about working at SYNC or SWIM?

Being the founder of SYNC or SWIM, the best thing is being able to work with new and exciting brands all the time. I love client interaction, and taking the lead in those conversations is really gratifying. I love our location in Downtown LA. It makes me feel like I am close to the fringe of the most exciting developments in the music and media industries. Plus, there’s no one to curb my sometimes deliriously positive attitude when it comes to this work, which I am told is one of my best traits.

SYNC or SWIM

You can learn more about SYNC or SWIM on VendorDB and at  syncorswimmusic.com.

New Companies This Week – March 23, 2105

Image Courtesy of Anthill Films

Image Courtesy of Anthill Films

We’re flying high this week with another new batch of awesome companies.

Are you looking for a new breed of visual storyteller? Mix it up with  EVERDREAM,  Circus, Somesuch or Tangerine Films.

Remember that embarrassing Sony hack? Your clients might. Use bugcrowd to keep any sensitive digital info locked up tight.

Making an app? Get your icons right with MakeAppicon. Set up push notifications, native ads and more with Batch. And be sure to use APPEW or  ReviewsApp to track your analytics and reviews.

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

750 Productions
About Face Media
aE Media
Agape Prod
ALO Creative Productions
Alphonso
Anthill Films
Antonella Perillo Agency
APPEW
ARRI
Arteconi CGI
Athletics
AXZM
B2 Productions
Batch
Bird Bonnette Stuaderman
Blue Sky Croatia
Boxfish
bugcrowd
Cinq Music
Circus
ColorKit
Copter
Crew
CUBOCC
Decision Desk
Densinion
Dishwasher Safe Films
Dunnnk
Erez Horovitz
EVERDREAM
FCV
FreshBooks
Gorgon Film
Greenhouse
GrowInfluence
Hey Beautiful Jerk
Highfive
Inchwork
Industrial Rhythm
Inkbot Design
Integral
iProspect
Judy Casey
Karma Media Group
Kind Edit
La Movida Films
LaunchKit
LeadGenius
Lightspeed
Little Gettysburg Music
Looker
LP Tent USA
MakeAppicon
Napkin
National Positions
Online Circle Digital
Pod9
Porta dos Fundos
PPS Group
PropArt
ReviewsApp
Seductive
Shooting in Turkey
SignalFx
Slim Gin & Tonic
SoftLab
Some Of Us
Somesuch
Sound Maker Post
Spinach
Spring Films
Stofff Production
Stun Creative
Sudest
Sumo Logic
SurveyMonkey
Swordfish
Syyn Labs
Tangerine Films
Terciopelo Films
The Artery
The Big Freeze
The Editors
The UX Department
Toy Pictures
Tryouts
Twist Films
Veter Film
Visual Impact
Walkabout Films
Why Not Coco
Wieden + Kennedy
Wikia
WordPress Queen
Young
Yucatan Productions
Zeplin
zlocationz
Zuora

Partner Spotlight – Yarr TV

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 Yarr TV!

The Vitals

Name: Yarr TV, a solution by Ubiquads
Location: HQ in Donostia – San Sebastián (Basque Country, Spain)
Year Founded: Ubiquads was founded in 2011 and Yarr TV launched in 2013
Specialties: Social media walls for venues and events that help them to boost their reach and conversations on their social networks.

What’s the origin story for Yarr TV?

Yarr TV came to our mind by observing that most of the screens around, both in businesses (bars, restaurants, clubs, shops) and events, were displaying one-way content, with no possibility of feedback nor interaction with it. We were surprised that this was still happening in 2010, when social media and mobile were already mainstream.

Back then, we were still working for our previous companies and started to think about the best technologies and business models for a solution that could bring social media content from both the audience and the venue, event or brand directly to their screens (TVs, Smart TVs, projectors, tablets or smartphones).

After several alphas and betas, we launched Yarr TV, the first solution of our own startup Ubiquads, in March 2013. After some weeks, we were already working with some big nightclubs and fashion and music festivals in Spain. Since then, more than 1,500 Yarr TVs have been created worldwide, displaying more than 2 million tweets, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook photos in more than 20 countries worldwide… but there is still a lot of work to be done!

 

The startup road can be rough. What makes you think you’ve found the right opportunity?

Thousands of events and venues are switching on their screens everyday… displaying content nobody is willing to watch for more than 30 seconds. How can we turn all these boring TVs into interactive Yarr TVs?

What other questions are important for the business?

What is the best balance between user generated content and screens’ owners information and advertising? How to turn passive attendees into active participants?

These are the questions that we ask ourselves every single day in order to improve our offering to the digital signage and digital out of home (DOOH) industries, both sectors growing fast and changing faster to adapt to the mobile consumer. Apart from better display technologies such as 4K and 8K, these industries are embracing 3D, Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) in order to captivate audience’s attention. Audience-centric DOOH campaigns that leverage mobile (with NFC and Beacons), social media and gamification are complex but extremely effective at conveying memorable messages to consumers that are overexposed to information along the day.

What’s the company culture at Ubiquads like?

We are a B2B startup with background in enterprise software… but this doesn’t mean that we have a boring corporate culture! We go to nightclubs and events where Yarr TV is on to see the real usage of our solution, no matter how late it is in the night and how drunk the audience is! We love to experiment with new features adapting fast to the needs and tastes of both the audience and the screens’ owners, always listening and open to new ideas.

You can learn more about YarrTV on VendorDB and at yarr.tv/

New Companies This Week – March 16, 2015

Image courtesy of Bakeshop Media

Image courtesy of Bakeshop Media

We’re feeling the luck of the Irish this week with more awesome new companies.

If too much Guinness has you riverdancing, shoot a music video with  MEDIAMAKER or Rockhard Films.

Engage your staff without kissing the Blarney Stone. Use Culture Amp’s survey tool to start the dialogue.

And for comedy content with a found art aesthetic check out Sunset Television.

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

A76
Admotion
Anastasia Marie
Bakeshop Media
BaseCamp Entertainment
Beanpole Productions
Booker
Bridge Street Films
BZ worldwide
California Amish
Caps & Crowns
CDN Mobile Solutions
click5 Interactive
Conill
Culture Amp
Cyan Solutions
Empty Sea Audio
Endeavor
Eventeem
Expressway Productions
Gatehouse
Hero
HoneyBook
Hook QA
Latitude18 Films
Liberty Design
M&C Saatchi LA
MEDIAMAKER
Mosh
North of New York
Peeq
Pixlee
Production For The People
Publish This
R2
Rebel Films
Recom Farmhouse
Rockhard Films
RockYou
Salesfusion
say hey
Sharetapes
Skyrocket
Sptechnolab
Sunset Television
SYNC or SWIM
The Chapter Media
The kitchen
the postoffice
Touch Lab
twelfthfilm
UberConference

Partner Spotlight – Dom & Tom

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 Dom & Tom!

Dom & Tom

The Vitals

Name: DOM & TOM
Locations: New York, Chicago, LA
Year Founded: 2009
Specialties, UX/DESIGN, Native Mobile (iOS, Android, Windows), Enterprise Web Applications

What inspired you to start your company?

In 2008 my twin brother Dom and I were grinding away in NYC, living together. iPhone just launched the year before and we realized that “hey, there are no experts for the iPhone, and everyone needs help.” So we quickly applied our holistic process and started building iOS applications with very little reservation. Through intense focus and muscle, we won awards and we launched applications for our clients that literally have millions of downloads (Priceline.com and Hearst 17 Magazine, to name a few.) We hired like-minded people – fiercely smart and hungry –  and to this day we have a teams in New York, Chicago, and LA all focused on making awesome products and solving problems.

What advice do you have for agency producers or creatives?

In my experience it’s better to be on-time and show work-in-progress than to be late with a masterpiece. That’s not always true, but relationships are built on trust and nothing destroys trust more than missing a deadline.

Dom & Tom

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

It’s smart and I’ll explain in a short story. When first starting DOM & TOM, I had the opportunity to visit Taiwan and stay with an executive of an airlines. During my stay he took me around the airline training facilities, checked out the simulation rooms, and walked through the hangers. Everything was 100% state-of-the-art and made in Taiwan. Then we went to downtown Taipei, and the executive took me to their equivalent of a dollar store. He showed me that everything in the store was made in Taiwan. His point was that in order to innovate on the big things, you had to innovate and understand them on the smallest, functional level. It’s a lesson we apply with all our clients.

What is the best thing about working at DOM & TOM INC?

In this order: the people, the clients, the work.

Where is the best bar in New York?

Best bars is hands down Blarney Stones in the Financial District. They respect the buy-back; they appreciate low-grade whiskey (Powers), and they do not water the drinks down.

Dom & Tom

You can learn more about Dom & Tom on VendorDB and at  domandtom.com.

New Companies This Week – March 9, 2015

Image courtesy of Touch Lab

Image courtesy of Touch Lab

For those of you who will view today’s Apple Watch event with reverence and awe, don’t be too impressed. With VendorDB you could pull it off, too.

First you’ll need to get hungry bloggers their preview images.  Check out  MK Films for awesome tabletop product shots and then engage Ami Sioux or We Are The Rhoads for high fashion photography.

Even though it’s in a tent, your launch day demo pavilion needs to look like an Apple Store.  Pink Sparrow Scenic or SDFS are expert fabricators that can make it beautiful.

Finally, if the watch flops as a coveted luxury item, partner with the Competitor Group to promote it with athletes at races across the country.

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

A New Life Film
Ami Sioux
Bil Zelman
BlueModus
BOOMTHRIFT
BORN
bossanovafilms
Brendan Dawes
Cadence
Capsule
Cinetech
Competitor Group Inc
Cut Cut Studio
Dogscanfly
Eallin
evakolenko
Eventbrite
Film Club
Foap
Fulano Filmes
GARYLAND
GoKart Labs
GrapeStory
greenspot-sh
Harvest
International Talent Booking
Jill Greenberg Studio
JINGLE PUNKS
Jordy vd Boom
KAROLINA
Keena
Lightning Media
Lossopranos Filman
Lupine Hammack Photography
Mail Chimp
Man Made
Marc Hom
MASTERMINDS
Mediatopia
MEPTIK
Mercer Island Group
milepost355
Mission Control
Mix Kitchen
MK Films
Momoco
Mosh Media
MUTO-LITTLE Costumes
MWPost Editorial
New Zealand Film Connection
NewArt
not impossible
o2filmes
Olivia Bee
Original Six Media
OSK
Panache
Papaya
Paranoid
Patagonik Film Group
PIG China
Pink Sparrow Scenic
Pinterest
Piranha Productions
Pond!
PP Production
Premiumbeat.com
Raison Pure NYC
Rajtaru Studios
Red Creek Productions
Rex
Sally Blackman Photography
SaviOne
saxon+presents
SCP Films
SDFS
SEBASTIAN KIM
Serena
Serlin Associates
Shaniqwa Jarvis
Shine Creative
Shootz Production Group
Silver Bullet Productions
Silver Side Productions
Smoothworld
SOS Productions
Sparkman & Lowell
Splice
Spray Films
STALKR
Storyline Studios
Sue Moles Editing
Syncline Films
T2D
The Chalk
The Diner MusicMusic
The Third Floor
Three Ventures
Tiny Horse
Touch Lab
Twenty20
Twoxfour
UI8
Visible World
We Are The Rhoads
WE Productions
Whirlybird
Xchanges Vfx
Xero Limited
Your Mama Films
ZibraSoft
Zographic films
ZoneCG

New Feature – Sign In with Google and Facebook

In preparation for a major new feature we’ll be rolling out in the very near future, we’re pleased to announce that we’ve added two new sign in options:

Now you can choose between LinkedIn, Google and Facebook in order to sign in and access all the great features of VendorDB.

And if you forget which one you’ve used in the past, don’t worry! We’ll figure out who you are and link your existing account with any of the social profiles you use to sign in.

New Companies This Week – March 2, 2015

Image courtesy of AKJAK

Image courtesy of AKJAK

Sometimes hunting for a partner with specialty skills in a fast changing creative environment can make you go crazy. VendorDB helps you solve the puzzle.

Need ultra glossy die cut stickers ASAP? Just search ‘stickers‘ and find the best: Sticker MuleSticker Robot and StandOut Stickers.

Now it’s t-shirts, too?  Progress or FLEAHEART can screen print them perfectly.

And your Creative Director just decided people must customize their designs in a 3D environment wearing Oculus Rift?   VRARlab  can make it happen.

Need to find a new job? Tongal connects both sides of the creative labor market.

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

Adam Hayes
AKJAK
Anthony Ferrara
argentinacine
Ark Advisors
awesome + modest
AXLE brand
barrettSF
BLEND
Bleu Arc
BoulderQA
Bullet Proof
C2 SOCIAL
C3 Film
Captain & the Fox
CARBON vfx
Cinemagica
Circle
coalesce
Collective Ray
ColorGraphics
Concrete + Clay
Cosmic Coalition
Crossroads Films
Cubana Production
Dancing Diablo
D’Avant Garde
Douglas Purver
dploy
Dress Code
Email chopper
FilmPlus
FLEAHEART
Furia Digital
GARCIABROSS
Gigunda Group
Gloria
HAND & LOCK
Hiccup Media
HighRoad Press
Home
Huge/KingCoyle
Hunt Straker
ICED Media
Industry Films
Invensis
iostudio
Kelly Robinson
KGN Technologies
LA DOBLE A
LA FABRICA FILMS
loyalkaspar
Lunarpad
Make Design
M.A.P
Masterpiece Printers
McCann Regan Campbell Ward
Metropolis Films
Milagro Films
Mograph Wiki
Monte Isom
Nebraska Locations
Nimble HR
OFF-LO-HI
Onesize
PA Consulting Group
Palermo films
Peliculas
Perfect Prescription
Phenomena
PIXOMONDO
Progress
Protocoder
Purpose Media
Quacon Testing Services
Red Magma
Roman and Williams
SCRIPT & SEAL
SelectResources International
Silver Spoon
Sparx IT Solutions
Stamen Design
StandOut Stickers
Stanley Films
Stereotype Design
Sticker Mule
Sticker Robot
Tasting Table
Tasty Binary
TBM Graphics
The Bandits
The Kitchen
The Social Standard
The Variable
The Worldwidemedia Conspiracy
Ticketbud
Tongal
Touchmedia
TRITON
Twistfilms
Unidad 59
Urbanart
uTest
UVPH
Vicki Goggin & Associates Casting
Viewbix
Vikas Sharma Photography
Volusion
VRARlab
Webimax
West County Net
Whipsaw
Wool & Tusk
WORK-ORDER
ZUUS
ZZILI

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