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Durable Goods Signs Korean-American Director Kevin Berlandi


Kevin has also helmed commercials for brands including Audi, Burger King, Nissan, Toyota, Kia, Buick, and GMC

Durable Goods Signs Korean-American Director Kevin Berlandi

Bicoastal production company Durable Goods is thrilled to announce it has signed acclaimed Korean-American director Kevin Berlandi for commercials and branded content in the US. With recent directing credits including episodes of the Netflix Original Partner Track, and CBS’s NCIS: Hawaii and NCIS: LA, Kevin has also helmed commercials for brands including Audi, Burger King, Nissan, Toyota, Kia, Buick, and GMC. Kevin’s singular visual style emphasizes speed, style, and a deft eye for concise storytelling, drawing heavily on the summer blockbuster films where he began his filmmaking career.

“Brands know Kevin and trust him,” says Mike Brady, executive producer for Durable Goods. “They know his work and the performances he gets, and from there, he has an easy time starting conversations with automotive clients. Whether it’s a commercial or a trade show, these brands need content that has to look, feel, and be executed like a franchise film. Kevin has already been able to do that for a number of brands.”

“Commercials feel like a uniquely American art form, and that world is such a great playground for directors creatively,” adds Kevin. “A director is hired for their vision and skillset, but you’re ultimately asked to champion someone else’s concept.”

Kevin started as a production assistant on various Hollywood blockbusters, studying large-scale production as he travelled the world and worked his way up through the ranks to join the DGA as an assistant director. From there, he worked as AD on the Pirates of the Caribbean and Transformers franchises, as well as The Bourne Legacy and Marvel’s The Avengers. 

He went on to spend 18 months as an in-house director at ad agency Pitch. He also participated in the DGA’s Director Development Initiative, Sony's Television 2016 Diverse Director’s Fellowship, and CBS's Director Participant Directing Initiative. This led Kevin to take his filmmaking talents to television, directing primetime procedurals for CBS. His most recent effort, Netflix’s Partner Track, was recently the #2 viewed series on the platform. “With a show about a Korean-American lawyer on the partner track, I try to tell stories in a way that people from different backgrounds can connect to that experience,” notes Kevin.

Recently, Berlandi was also a participant in the Association of Independent Commercial Producers’ 2021 Commercial Directors Diversity Program. Looking back, Kevin sees all of this experience as the perfect training for his commercial work, particularly for automotive brands. “Watching directors like Michael Bay and Gore Verbinski work, you see them command a large set with all the technologies and toys,” Kevin recalls. “Still, it’s great training for commercials because both are sets where you are pitching ideas constantly.”

Kevin’s stylish short film, Hana Sasaki's Tail, adapted from the book, Three Scenarios, premiered at the 2016 Festival de Cannes. In addition to his high-octane directing work, Kevin is also active at the Director’s Guild of America as a two-term chair of the Asian American Committee, contributing to numerous initiatives with the Diversity Committee. 

“I’ve always felt like I see things from two different worlds,” concludes Kevin. “Maybe it was being born in South Korea and then raised outside of Boston, but I’ve always had a perspective that allows me to step outside myself and the content I’m directing. That way I can service both worlds – the material at hand, and the viewer who will eventually watch it.”

Outside of work, Kevin spends time with his daughter and wife, describing himself as a 'semi-professional lacrosse player' and a fully professional coffee fanatic.

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Durable Goods, Mon, 12 Sep 2022 16:50:00 GMT