Oktobor bolsters team

03 February, 2010 by IF

Press release from Well Above

Continuing its recent string of new appointments, award winning visual effects and animation studio Oktobor today gave details of a further three new additions it has made to its team.


Oktobor GM Bruce Everett said, “The policy at Oktobor is to hire the best talent and create the best possible team in order to give our clients what they require and indeed, exceed their expectations. I’m delighted to say that our three new appointments do exactly that. We are expanding our Account Management team with the very experienced Cristina Caseres and Zoe Jones who returns to us after a short break and have created the new role of Senior Producer, Digital which is being filled by industry heavyweight Amanda Kabel. Cristina and Zoe will work under our Account Director Ganesh Raj and Amanda alongside myself and the Senior Creative team.”

Oktobor’s new Senior Producer, Digital is Amanda Kabel, another big coup for the company. Kabel is known in the industry most recently in her role as Owner/Operator of production services company Kabel TV where she had a who’s who client list including DDB, Whybin TBWA, Grey Advertising and Lowe working on campaigns for Vodafone, NZ lotteries Commission, Tegel, ASB Bank, Nissan, The Warehouse, Griffin’s and Woosh amongst many others. Prior to owning Kabel TV she was Head of TV Production at Young & Rubicam Advertising (previously known as Mattingly & Partners). Her role at Y&R included the daily management of their TV Production Department where she was responsible for million-dollar television budget productions for clients including Air New Zealand, Caltex – Star Mart, Woolworths, PlaceMakers, Farmers, Deka, Mazda, Beaurepaires, Casio, Pioneer, Oxfam and David Reid Electronics.

Cristina Casares brings with her to Oktobor a 14-year Animator/Director/Producer background in the industry. She was the director and founder of La Luna Studios in New Zealand and has worked in many top facilities around the world. Notably, her experience includes Production Management at The Pixel Factory (USA), Chilefilms Group (Chile/Argentina) where she set up the first motion capture facility in Latin America and was involved in stereoscopic short film productions. Casares has also coordinated projects with Dreamworks, ILM and Weta Workshop.

Oktobor’s second new Account Manager Zoe Jones is a well-recognised and respected figure in the industry. Jones returns to Oktobor after a short hiatus having previously been a Producer at the company. Jones originally joined from the VTR Group in London and also has significant experience in Telecine.

Bruce Everett concluded, “Oktobor’s plan for 2010 is further growth through strengthening our team and upgrading our technology offering. With these three new appointments we are able to give better client management and offer far more in the way of innovative digital services. There is more big news on a range of subjects, including further investment in the company, to come out of Oktobor in the very near future.”