Josh Ruben and Vincent Peone are an award-winning directing duo that began their careers pioneering comedic viral videos over twelve years ago. They were part of the founding team for CollegeHumor’s original content department, directing over 2,000 videos in the 6 years they served as in-house directors. The work that they have written, directed, shot and produced averages a combined 15,000,000 views every month. Their comedic shorts, commercials and music videos have amassed a combined total viewership of well into the hundreds of millions.
The directing duo has collaborated with ad agencies such as, Ogilvy & Mather, Grey, BBDO, Havas, Leo Burnett, and a myriad of others, creating original content for brands such as, Budweiser, BBC, Blackberry, Verizon, Trojan, Sobe, IBM, AT&T, Kellogg’s, Banana Boat, Tribeca Films, MTV, CBS, Nintendo, Time Warner, Vitamin Water, Durex, and many others.
Josh & Vince have presented their panel Impossible Things on a Shoestring at the Vimeo Festival + Awards, SXSW, and the very first CBGB Film Festival. Recently, Josh & Vince's hilarious campaign for Republic Wireless was recently named ADWEEK's "Ad of the Day." Their series of videos for Vitamin Water & CollegeHumor - including GPS Prank and Subway Panhandler Pranks Entire Subway Car has received praise and recognition from numerous publications including segments on The Today Show and Good Morning America as well as TIME, Huffington Post, Perez Hilton and MSNBC News. Josh & Vince recently directed Strong Island, one of the first comedy series to emerge from Comedy Central’s digital platform, CC Studios. The duo is in development for their first feature film with Big Block. more
Bowden is known for his stunning integration of live action storytelling and VFX in an array of recent commercial campaigns for Ford, Toyota, GMC and Chevy out of such agencies as JWT, Saatchi LA and NY, Y&R, BBDO and Campbell-Ewald. He has also directed commercials for Michelob Ultra, Nike, Target, 7UP and Levis for TBWA, Ogilvy, BBDO International and Weiden+Kennedy. Bowden has been recognized with numerous awards for his music videos; among his credits are Red Hot Chili Peppers “Warped” (MVPA Awards For Best Rock Video, Best Director, Best Design), Red Hot Chili Peppers “Aeroplane,” Rage Against the Machine “No Shelter,” Matchbox 20 “3 AM” (Billboard Music Award Viewers Choice), Silverchair “Anthem” (MTV Award Viewers Choice), Butthole Surfers “Pepper” (MVPA Nominated Best Alternative Video) and Fun Lovin’ Criminals “Scoobie Snacks” (MVPA Nominated Best Rap Video).
Bowden, a graduate of London College of Printing Media Studies and London International Film School, also directed the chart-topping Red Hot Chili Peppers documentary film “Funky Monks,” which was also awarded a Billboard Gold Video Sales Award, as well as several episodes of the television series The Courier (CBS) and Hero’s Return (CBS).
Bowden believes that the integration of CG car elements is the way of the future for automotive advertising. Of his new association with Big Block, Bowden said that he had wanted to forge a different kind of working relationship, one more closely tied to the process from the inception, where he could offer bolder ideas and exciting solutions. He has known Big Block’s Managing Director Kenny Solomon and Executive Producer Leslie Sorrentino since their time at The Syndicate, their former award-winning commercial, visual effects and design studio.
Bowden observes, “A car is one of the most important and costly purchases in a consumer’s life. It defines independence and status. It is the ultimate product. A car is very substantial, but at the same time extremely ephemeral. These abstract qualities require a great deal of conversation and collaboration between agencies and production studios, as well as the high quality of tools and artistic refinement found at Big Block.” “I’ve lost jobs to Big Block before and that’s the place you want to be. You know they’re working at the level you want to be working at,” said Bowden. “Gavin is a fantastic talent with the rare ability to craft stories with a gorgeous blend of live action and VFX,” said Solomon. “This hits our sweet spot for auto visualization and makes him a perfect fit for Big Block creatively and technically.” more
Joe is a master of the "never-been-done-before" projects. He is a digital artist and internet video specialist,
and the person you call for ideas that are bigger than just a video. He conceives, directs and executes multi-platform
campaigns that transform brands into pop culture.
His TED talk in 2011 on The Technology of Storytelling has had over a million views on TED.com, and has made Joe a regularly requested speaker all around the world on the subject of creativity and the shareability of stories.
For 3 years, he has been the co-host of Boing Boing TV on all Virgin America flights. He creates work directly with companies like Google, Interscope Records, BBC America, and AT&T. At the age of 22, he was hired to launch HBO's first digital lab. At 24, NewsCorp acquired his gaming company "Sexy Politics", which was the first live-time interactive strip quiz on the Internet, educating the public on the 2008 election. Recently, he was chosen as 1 of 10 directors by Vanity Fair to create a commercial for their Centennial "Decades Series".
In 2011, he received a YouTube grant to launch the music channel CDZA, which in one year has grown to 23 million views, 240,000 subscribers, and has went on tour for Google, opening for such acts as Macklemore and Snoop Lion. In 2013, Joe directed a CDZA set at the first annual YouTube Music Awards, working alongside Spike Jonze and Chris Milk more
GHOST + COW is a directing duo comprised of Brandon LaGanke and John Carlucci. They specialize in commercials and branded content, music videos,
live projections, and films, but above all, they are conceptual thinkers and storytellers. They have worked extensively within advertising, as
well as the music and art scenes in New York City. Brandon and John continue to develop creative films inside and outside of the advertising world,
and actively defy convention by not allowing themselves to be pigeonholed into any one genre, style or creative assignment.
Brandon's branded short film shot in Mumbai, India won Best Webfilm of 2013 by The One Show and ThinkLA's Emerging Director's Showcase. Their work has screened all over the world including Slamdance, four times at SXSW, Florida Film Festival, Milano, Hollyshorts and Telluride, as well as features in Creativity Magazine, Wired, Motionographer, Huffington Post, IFC, MTV, VH1, The Clio Awards, Stereogum, Kid Robot and Juxtapoz, among many more. more