Summer Heat is On at C&C


Hello Colleagues, Friends & Fans,

It's summertime, the living is good and the work is too!   Spring found me in NYC.  Business is always a pleasure my partners and friends.   A lively fiesta of Tapas and Margs with Derby peeps, (L-R): Carolyn Hill, Amanda Rosenberg, Roberto Serrini, Me, Josh Hayward, Mary Crosse, Catherine Orchard, Olivia Johansson, and Eli Ash, olé!

Temperatures rising and we're not slowing down....scroll on!

x Claire



Derby teamed with Motive to create the music video for "Victory" an official release for Mountain Dew and NBA's: The Courtside Project, a celebration of culture that drives the game of basketball.

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A visually tantalizing video featuring singer/songwriter Sigrid for Apple Music's Up Next program which aims to shine the spotlight on up-and-coming artists who stand for positive change. 

Award winning director, Roberto Serrini, joins DERBY.  Here we are at the Russian Tea Room (bucket list and done:)

Roberto's talents include directing, editing, drone operating, motorcycling, stunning visual narratives and a ShootOnline 2017New Director Showcase winner!



What is "beauty"?  Emoto's amazingly talented Paul Bessenbacher (aka PB) created a hauntingly beautiful score for director, Dave Myers, and Thesis Couture's CEO & Founder, Dolly Singh.  A film to support elevating women beyond the status quo.  NSFW, this video contains graphic images.

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Emoto's vast talent range and sweeter side with a piece for Illustrator/Author Jennie Palmer.  PB's music captures the magic and whimsy of Palmer's work - absolutely lovely!

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When PB isn't composing for spots or flicks he's rocking with his band, Opus Orange.  A glimpse their last show at Legge Alley in Pasadena.  Stay tuned for more show dates.  



Picasso director, Steve May, designed, created characters and directed ten Idents for Toyota, Walmart, + more for The "Awards You Won't See".  All animated and composited at Picasso's 2D Studio.


A creator of charming characters with a broad palette, Caroline is an established illustrator, author and animator.  Winning multiple awards for her music video and short film, a wonderful addition to the Picasso team!

Cozy up to what's new at C&C

Hello Friends, Family and Fans, 

It's Fall!  Let's put on a sweater, pick some apples, grab a pumpkin latte, and cozy up to what's new at Claire & Company.  2016 is going down as the year of transformation... with new clients and pivoting to keep it fresh and relevant.  Enjoy the work and when in Manhattan Beach, stop by for a pressed juice 😉

Cheers, Claire

New Client | Derby Content

Meet Derby

We are celebrating the addition of Derby Content.  Derby is a full service production company helmed by industry veteran/EP, Mary Crosse.  The evolving roster includes award-winning directors Lucas BorrasNickolas DuarteJohn Poliquin, and the directing-shooting-editing duo The Bozzwicks.  Proud to have Derby in the house!  

NEW Work

Picasso Pictures Honored at AOC Awards

The venerable and talented Picasso Pictures has been honored x2 at the first-ever Art Of Creativity Awards!  Judges from esteemed institutions, LACMAMOCA LondonThe Hammer Museum, and Saatchi Gallery London, gave two nods to Picasso. First for Spectacular Animation for Smart Energy GB “Out of Control” by directing duo Gold Cactus.  First of a trio of spots which include “Freezer” and “Hairdryer”.  

 A second nod for Best Music Video for James ”Dear John" by Peter Vacz.  All winners will be on exhibit at MOCA London starting this week.

More…Picasso added the multitalented Hungarian collective, Umbrella.

Flavor Meets the Challenge 

A team of Flavor artists lead by CD, Jason Cook, met the challenge to create an entirely CG desert playground and vehicle for the new 2017 Ford F150 Raptor replete with deconstructing truck and the visceral experience of tasting dust and dirt in your face.

Opus Orange "Let You Down"

Fresh from their NYC tour, Emoto Music artist, Opus Orange, released their music video for “Let You Down”.  Paul Bessenbacher, composer/ owner Emoto, spoke on a panel for TuneCore at Mondo.NYC festival hosted by NYU.  Also, Emoto Music lent it’s talents to frequent collaborators, The Muir Project, for their latest release NOATAK: Return to the Arctic.

Olympic Year for Tax Free Films

Tax Free Films celebrates their enduring relationship with Omega Timepieces while Michael Phelps celebrates a double triumph after winning his 20th and 21st Olympic gold medals with a poster signing featuring Phelps' CG mechanical double from Tax Free's epic Omega Co-Axial World spot.

Once again, Milestone asked Tax Free to produce a spot entirely in CG for the Ride2 Game Trailer.  As always, the wizards at Tax Free delivered!

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Spring Brings New Additions to the Roster

Spring Brings New Additions to the Roster

April showers bring May flowers, and at C&C, spring has welcomed us with fresh ideas and visual stimulation, by the way of new clients Flavor, Traction, and StarBeast. Please say hello to excellent people, inventive work, and true professionals!

Click, view & enjoy, Claire

New Client Alert

Meet Traction Avenue Films + StarBeast

Introducing Traction Avenue FIlms + StarBeast Digital ...sister companies brought together by industry vets, Scott Gemmell, Nick Losq, Lloyd D'Souza and Chris Clyne.

Traction, the live action moniker hosts directors fluent across live, digital and integrated production. They offer a fresh take on commercials, branded & online content with a specialty in creative problem solving. Traction Directors

StarBeast is a multi-disciplinary visual media company. The core group of talent provides decades of experience in Feature Film, Television and Commercial Production. StarBeast Digital

Together, they provide a seemless Live Action + VFX solution under-one-roof in the coolest part of the LA's Arts District...Traction Ave, of course!

Meet Flavor

Meet Flavor, a global collective of designers and visual artists delighting in experimentation and thriving on collaboration. Flavor creates interactive, live action, illustration, VFX and design content.

At the helm is Darren Jaffe, Executive Producer, and Jason Cook, Creative Director, both alumni of an impressive list of Los Angeles studios. To round out the team, VFX Supervisor, Blake Huber recently came on board. 

Arrow Electronics identified eight areas where they guide product evolution. Flavor used an array of design styles and animation techniques to produce eight innovative spots that artfully convey Arrow's "Five Years Out" brand messaging and watch how they pulled it off with Arrow: Behind the Scenes.

Sample Flavor's visual storytelling magic for Target's curated gift packages. Joy and wonder perfectly designed and captured! Take a look how they made it work with Wonder Factory: Behind the Scenes.  

New Work

Take a Sip with Picasso Pictures

Picasso PicturesJens & Anna directed 4 spots for Tropicana's "Little Glass" campaign. Inspired by their short film, "Don't Swim After Lunch", Jens Blank and Anna Benner exude charm and humor through their fresh and quirky 2D character design and 3D motion composition. Animating in 3D gives their design an additional qulaity and freedom, they also utilize stop-motion to great effect, combining technology and creativity.

Picasso Pictures' Gold Cactus created characters Gaz and Leccy for Smart Energy. The Smart Energy Cinema Takeover experience was Gaz and Leccy's big public outing to a huge success. Picasso continues to work on the integrated campaign in broadcast, online and print.

Watch the Tax Free Wizards at Work

Tax Free Films, the creators of elegant and beautiful CG just finished production for the launch of Italy's The Paramount Channel.

Italians are known for creating beauty and Tax Free Films is no exception as shown in their 2016 Luxury Montage.

Listen to EMOTO Music's Jams

EMOTO Music's featured artist, OPUS ORANGE, licensed their song, "Almost There" for Leo Burnett Chicago's Marshalls spot.

Want to see them's a hat trick, Opus Orange opening EAT SEE HEAR on May 28 at 7pm! 

Can't get to the studio? Emoto is always ready for a cybersessionMore EMOTO news.

Season's Greetings 2015

Season's Greetings 2015

We are thankful for the blessings 2015 has brought our way. So let us end the year by sharing 4 things that made this winter season sparkle!

2. EMOTO Music Rocking with Saatchi/LA

Saatchi/LA teamed up with EMOTO Music once more for special arrangements of "12 Days of Christmas" and "Jingle Bell Rock" to kickoff the holidays!

4. SMITH & S8 deck the halls with Skittles

BBDO Toronto asked SMITH and sister company S8 to help spread Skittles for holiday white elephant treasures.

1. Naughty or Nice?

From an itty bitty galaxy far, far away...itty bitty Star Wars for those who worked with our C&C partners received. Topical, adorable, and tipping our hat to Claire's days at Industrial Light & Magic. A portion of the proceeds are donated to Toys for Tots Foundation. 'Tis the season of giving!

3. Picasso Pictures Moving Holiday Greeting

No spoilers…don’t want to say much about this hauntingly beautiful Holiday message.  CLICK IT!

Happy holidays and see you next year!

A Feast for your Eyes

Hello Dear Friends -

October found Esther and I in Austin, Dallas and San Francisco for the learned panels and to visit pals at AICP & NEXT. Also traveling with EMOTO Music's featured artist Opus Orange for in-agency concerts. At The Richards Group, we met THE Stan Richards, an advertising icon & professional banjo player, who was smitten with the uber talented EMOTO Partner/Composer, Paul Bessenbacher. 

November brought wonderful work from our C&C partners to our door: a feast of sophisticated & fantastical photoreal CG to a dash of whimsical & heartfelt 2D & a meme-worthy music video. 

Give Thanks for Family & Friends!

Picasso Pictures - Cosatto
Breakfast of Champions, a director duo at Picasso Pictures, creates stunning design with a 100% CG spot for stylish Cosatto prams. Totally fooled us!

World Famous - Alexis's Wish
Make-a-Wish Alaska & WA asked World Famous to grant a 6 yr. old cancer survivor's wish with her very own cartoon...and so they did, thoughtfully with love.
P.S. Alexis's Wish was picked up by Upworthy!

Picasso Pictures - Spring Chicken
Leave it to Jerry Hibbert, Picasso Pictures' director & former Bill Clinton impersonator, to enliven an explainer piece with a 2D quick-witted chicken (voiced by UK Comedian Harry Enfield).

Smith - Hotline Bling
Smith (an S8 company) completed post duties for Drake's latest music video, directed by the infamous Director X. Naturally, it went viral on the Internet and has garnered just over 62 million views!
Which is your favorite Hotline Bling meme?

Tax Free Films - Tic Tac
Need beautiful storytelling with CG visuals? Check out the multi-talented Tax Free Films artists who continue to blow us away with beauty and innovation.

Dates to remember

December 10 - AICP West Holiday Party
December 18 - Star Wars: The Force Awakens releases
January 21 - Sundance Film Festival 2016 at Park City, UT
February 7 - Super Bowl XIX at Levi's Stadium
March 11 - SXSW at Austin, TX