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Bicoastal creative studio Los York launches films division with arsenal of eight directors


By Bennett Bennett | Staff writer

April 3, 2018 | 4 min read

Bi-coastal creative content studio Los York announced the launch of Los York films, as well of its roster of eight directors.

Los York Films | Lindsey Byrnes

Los York premieres its films division, featuring a group of 8 directors including Lindsey Byrnes (pictured) / Los York Films

The roster consists of Lindsey Byrnes, its first female director, Los York Studio’s global creative director Shane Griffin, Los York founders Dex Deboree and Seth Epstein, and cross-disciplined auteurs Sebastien Zanella, Bo Platt, Jean-Paul Frenay and Jeff Johnson.

Griffin has directed films for Apple, Google, Microsoft, Ford and Adidas, spanning live action to sculpture-based works and CGI.

Byrnes, a director and photographer, best known for her portraits, music videos and short-form storytelling, has created images and magazine covers for Billboard, Esquire, and Alternative Press, as well as photo essays for Rolling Stone.

One of the agency co-founders, Deboree, also has written and directed campaigns for the Jordan Brand, Nike Basketball, Wilson and Major League Soccer. He has most recently directed a to-be released feature documentary, Unbanned: The Legend of Air Jordan 1.

His fellow co-founder, Epstein, has most recently directed campaigns for Nike’s Jordan Brand, Zico Water, Audi, Oral-B, and Apple as well campaigns for WeChat featuring global soccer stars Neymar and Leo Messi.

Among the other four new hires is Bo Platt, a Colorado native currently residing in LA and Paris, whose work spans live action direction on documentaries in India and Africa as well as special effects and design. He has worked on brands such as Michelin, Orange, Lacoste, Nokia, Ducati, Coca Cola And Vodafone.

Zanella has made films and content for Louis Vuitton, Rolex, Nike, Glenmorangie, and Ducati and also has the role of founder and editor-in-chief of Desillusion Magazine, an online and print publication dedicated to a surf and skate culture. Meanwhile, Frenay, a Belgian film director, creative director, and multidisciplinary visual artist is known for his mixed media projects blending live-action, stop motion and computer generated imagery. He has recently done work for Lincoln, Renault, Nescafé, and Nissan.

Rounding out the team is Johnson, a Santa Barbara-based photographer, director, writer and brand ambassador known for shaping Patagonia's brand and lifestyle visions. Johnson has also made and starred in the travel documentary 180º South: Conquerors of the Useless and spearheaded Patagonia's re-launch of its surf division.

Santino Sladavic, senior executive producer at Los York and interim executive for Los York Films, commented: “We’re thrilled to be launching Los York Films, assembling a group of truly passionate creators whose skills cross every creative discipline. These are the kinds of “global nomads of the arts” that we’re attracted to at Los York - the styles, skills, and extensive backgrounds they bring to the table means exciting things for the company and amazing content in the near future.”

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