Thu, 03 Jun 2021 09:53:47 GMT
Creative and production studio Stept Studios welcomes the creative leadership talents of Davey Spens as their new EP of Branded Entertainment. His work in branded entertainment combines experience from the worlds of traditional advertising, television, and digital entertainment to create modern storytelling ideas for brands and digital platforms.
Davey most recently worked as executive creative director at Pulse Films, and previously on the agency side at BBDO and Brooklyn Brothers. As a producer and writer, the British Spens has created and championed original content including visual albums for Empire Fox/Pepsi; unscripted series like Twiz and Tuck for Blackpills/Viceland and Resist for JusticeLA/BLM/YouTube Originals; scripted films such as Falcon’s Day Off with Reed Morano for Dubai Tourism; and mini-series including Unlikely Business Lessons for Mailchimp, The Cut for Elton John/YouTube, Pillow Talk for Blackpills, and Rubber Tracks for Converse.
Stept’s showrunner approach to branded entertainment fuses the best methodology of both worlds, coupling a television-style development process with a traditional digital production model. Every project begins with a story development process - building formats, narratives, and characters before the directors shape a visual world around each one. Often, it is the directors themselves who have originated the story. The results are original series and cinematic stories that earn and reward their audience’s attention. Recent examples include the Clio-winning Sundays at the Triple Nickel presented by Crown Royal, and Transcending, a film in partnership with Merrell.
"I’m a firm believer that brands can create entertainment and own their own audience, rather than leasing a slice of someone else’s,” says Davey. “That means toppling the idea of branded entertainment as content or activations and thinking like an entertainment brand. This opportunity to take what Stept is already doing exceedingly well and build upon it is extremely exciting for me. Stept is unlike any other production company I’ve met - passionate, boundless story-tellers, who have always carved their own path, with talent and humanity. I'm excited to jump in and cement Stept as a cultural leader in Branded Entertainment."
“Davey is an absolute ace,” says Nick Martini, Stept Studios founder/CEO/director. “At Stept we’ve always done things differently, and feel strongly that brands should be in the driver's seat when it comes to entertaining and engaging their customers. Davey joining our team is further proof of that.”view more - Hires, Wins & BusinessStept Studios, Thu, 03 Jun 2021 09:53:47 GMT