MEET THE TEAM
Mike has over 9 years of film production experience. He has an MSc from London School of Economics and Political Science and a BA (Hons) in Film & TV Production from Westminster University. Worked on productions such as Who Wants To Be A Millionaire and You Are What You Eat. Mike founded Ekstasy Ltd 8 years ago, as he found a gap in the market where he saw that global brands were not being supplied with high quality film content that is exactly where he felt Ekstasy could make a difference. Mike specialises in concept development and managing productions from idea stage to delivery.
John advises Ekstasy on international growth strategy. He is currently the CEO of Screenvision Cinema Network. He has over 27 years of media and agency experience. John has served as the CEO of Olson, Inc. and COO of Dentsu Network West at Dentsu Inc. And has also been the President of Global Media Sales at Clear Channel Communications, Inc. and Global Media Group of Time Warner Inc.
Matt holds a BA (Hons) in Acting. Matthew is a very talented Creative Director and has been responsible to see the development of creative ideas of campaigns for companies such as Samsung, VeriFone, 3M and International Business Systems. Matt has an exceptional eye for understanding the true emotional value of a brand that it connects with its customers on a subconscious level.
Suki has over 17 years of film direction experience. He graduated from Bournemouth University with a BA (Hons) in Media Production before training in post production at the BBC. After being asked by London Music Week in 1998 to create their MTV campaign, Suki never looked back has been directing Commercials for clients such as BT, Toyota, Dell Computers, Mazda, Holland & Barrett, The Outlet, Staples, The Police Service, Train To Gain and Investor In People to name a few and Corporate Clients such as Landrover, Saab, HSBC, Barclays and Diageo. Suki directed his debut feature film EMULSION, a Psychological Noir, which has won several international awards. Suki has a varied style, blending eye catching images and strong performances with years of experience to bring ideas and scripts to life.
Chris is an intuitive DOP who understands the pulse of a project from the outset. Brands love him, which is why he has worked internationally for the likes of Garmin, Audi, Microsoft, Right Guard and Odeon. He recently shot a few videos for Pepsi one of which has received nearing 7million views. He is also a favourite DOP of choice amongst the independent film market.
Riccardo is a designer with several years of experience focusing on the visual aspect of communication. He strongly believes in the connection between design and simplicity as a key for creating beautiful works. He holds a BA in Sociology obtained in 2013 while carrying on his self-taught formation in the visual culture. During these years he has been involved in a number of projects ranging from Branding and Visual Identity to UI and Web design, always striving to achieve the highest quality in his work.
Fresh from his work on “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation”, Ian is an emerging talent in the film music world. With a growing portfolio of work across a variety of genres, Ian is bringing a fresh and unique compositional style to each project. He is a classically trained cello and piano player with a reputation for pushing the boundaries by experimenting with these, as well as other rare and exotic instruments. To date, Ian has worked with some of the world’s top production companies and brands including the BBC, ABC, NBC and Samsung, as well as renowned Hollywood composers, directors and producers from all over the world.
Glen Yard is a location sound recordist and post production sound editor providing a full compliment of audio for film, television, radio, documentary, animation, corporate and commercial work. On location he is a personable and helpful crew member always looking to capture the best audio for your project. Likewise, in post production he looks to enhance your project with clarity and detail. With over 10 years industry experience Glen has been working alongside Ekstasy from their inception. Alongside numerous feature credits his commercial clients include HSBC, Lush, Mizuno, NBC Sports, Thomson Reuters & Dell.
Kevin Jackson was the Co-founder of Appshaker and was responsible for delivering large scale, AR projects all over the world for clients such as National Geographic, BBC World, the Smithsonian, Coca Cola, Universal Studios, AMEX, and Ford. In addition to his extensive experience in AR, Kevin has just launched a new venture called “Qb”, which is a virtual reality cube that allows the public to experience the wonders of VR totally gear free.
“People may not remember what you tell them, but they will always remember how you made them feel.”
Mily is enthusiastic about making a difference for Brands by helping their impact stay in the customers’ minds and influencing their decision making for the betterment of all concerned. With a background in Law, Criminology, Forensic Psychology and currently a PhD Candidate researching Restorative Justice and Penal Abolitionism in the UK, Mily brings to Ekstasy varied life experiences after realising that the only sense of functional meaning in life comes from true and meaningful connection between people. Mily endeavours to bring to Brands, this same sense of connection with others in the marketplace.
Bora is a London based senior graphics artist who was raised by an illustrator mother and a software engineer father. For this reason, he was surrounded by computers of all types and paintings of all sizes. His first dive into design began in the 80s, at the age of five, when he discovered the power of DeluxePaint on Amiga500. This discovery led him to explore other paths of creation in digital, heavily influenced by video games, science fiction books and music. He has been working in the industry for the last 9 years, specialing in motion graphics, 3D animation, illustration and sound design. He has worked with clients such as Honda, Jaguar, Amazon, Sony, EA Games, Virgin Media, BBC and Disney. His vision for the future is to continue pursuing new means to create fresh, emotive work, and collaborate with people who are just as excited as him about the assimilation of the digital landscape by the human mind. In his spare time, he is a keen pianist and loves creating sounds and composing music.
Having worked within the industry for 6 years, Sam already has a glowing portfolio; working on projects for brands such Oracle, LG, Tate Modern and gaining festival acceptance at the likes of Raindance, BFI and broadcast on an international stage at The Common Wealth Games. It is his skills as a Cinematographer that has seen him film various productions, spanning London to war-torn Iraq and who’s immersive framing has been acknowledged by renowned film auteurs such as Cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki (The Revenant, Gravity) and Producer Iain Smith (Mad Max: Fury Road, Children of Men).
Joe Leone hails from Westchester County, NY, and resides in Brooklyn. He is a graduate of Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY, with a degree in theater arts. After running a promotional advertising company in New York City for over a decade, Joe assumed the role of creative director at the start-up fashion line emploi New York. He then spent time copywriting/devising commercial concepts for various retail and ecommerce businesses (Queensbee Jewelry, Diamond Lighthouse, Merkury Innovations), and is currently the marketing copywriter at the historic downtown-NYC publication The Village Voice. Joe is also an accomplished screenwriter, having penned over two dozen feature screenplays, several of which are in production/pre-production, including Cry for Life (Fraiha Productions), Meant to Be Broken (DC Dogs), and Rio Urban Legend: Witch’s Moon (EVP Films).
Jenniffer Salazar is an experienced content producer with a BA (Hons) in Television and Radio Production from the University of Westminster. Since 2007, she’s been working for world class broadcasters delivering promotional content across platforms for Broadcast On-Air, Online and Mobile. Having started her career in scheduling for UKTV channels and Cartoon network she moved onto working for a range of departments from post production, TV sales and marketing but she always felt better suited the fast paced environment of production. Jenniffer’s speciality is within project management in creative teams whose work has been seen around the world with BBC Creative, Sky creative, NBC Universal, Red Bee, Disney, BDA and Ericsson. Her recent highlights have included working on promos for Doctor Who.