John McNeil Studio
A studio focused on building brands through the power of creative solutions and quality execution. We believe that everything is a chance to build a brand, so we don't limit ourselves to more traditional forms of marketing communications.
720 Channing Way
Berkeley, California
94710
USA
Telephone: (510) 526 7100
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Fax: (510) 526 7105
, E-mail: info(at)johnmcneilstudio.com,
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Our leadership

We're a team of over 120 ambitious thinkers who are focused on building brands through the power of creative solutions and the quality of their execution. We believe that everything is a chance to build a brand, and as such, we do not limit our scope of capabilities to more traditional forms of marketing communications.

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John McNeil
FOUNDER, CHIEF CREATIVE OFFICER

As a photographer, art director, writer and director, John has worked in nearly every role afforded a creative person to solve strategic brand problems and create award-winning solutions.

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Nils Peyron
PRESIDENT

Passionate about culture, organizations and storytelling, Nils has shaped iconic brands like Toms and Bath & Body Works, and led marketing efforts for Microsoft, IBM and Motorola.

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Kim Le Liboux
EXECUTIVE CREATIVE DIRECTOR

Kim has been a force in advertising and graphic design for over 25 years, creating award-winning work for BMW, Agent Provocateur, Johnnie Walker, Orange, and BP among others.

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Carolyn Shulman
MANAGING DIRECTOR, EVP

With over 20 years of integrated marketing experience, Carolyn’s client management and business leadership expertise has driven results for national and global clients, including Microsoft, Coca-Cola, AT&T, and Wells Fargo.

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Remi Abbas
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, STRATEGY & INSIGHT

Remi’s years of experience in strategy and innovation include working with clients such as Nokia, Coca Cola, Levi’s, Nike, Johnson & Johnson, and MTV.

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Snow Burns
SOCIAL STRATEGY DIRECTOR

A statistician at heart, Snow combines creativity and analytics to create world-class social media and content stategies that win at brand awareness as well as measurable demand generation and ROI.

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Brandon Kuchta
DIRECTOR OF PRODUCTION

With a career spanning digital, print, animation and filmmaking, Brandon's led teams creating everything from enterprise websites to outdoor campaigns, mobile apps, broadcast commercials and video games.

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Ryan Woodring
DIRECTOR, PROJECT MANAGEMENT & CREATIVE SERVICES

Ryan's tenure with global marketing companies like BBDO, Wunderman and Apple has given him the insight to provide flexible, responsive and innovative client services.

 
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John McNeil
FOUNDER, CHIEF CREATIVE OFFICER

As a photographer, art director, writer and director, John has worked in nearly every role afforded a creative person to solve strategic brand problems and create award-winning solutions.

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Nils Peyron
PRESIDENT

Passionate about culture, organizations and storytelling, Nils has shaped iconic brands like Toms and Bath & Body Works, and led marketing efforts for Microsoft, IBM and Motorola.

 
 
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Kim Le Liboux
EXECUTIVE CREATIVE DIRECTOR

Kim has been a force in advertising and graphic design for over 25 years, creating award-winning work for BMW, Agent Provocateur, Johnnie Walker, Orange, and BP among others.

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Carolyn Shulman
MANAGING DIRECTOR, EVP

With over 20 years of integrated marketing experience, Carolyn’s client management and business leadership expertise has driven results for national and global clients, including Microsoft, Coca-Cola, AT&T, and Wells Fargo.

 
 
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Remi Abbas
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, STRATEGY & INSIGHT

Remi’s years of experience in strategy and innovation include working with clients such as Nokia, Coca Cola, Levi’s, Nike, Johnson & Johnson, and MTV.

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Snow Burns
SOCIAL STRATEGY DIRECTOR

A statistician at heart, Snow combines creativity and analytics to create world-class social media and content stategies that win at brand awareness as well as measurable demand generation and ROI.

 
 
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Brandon Kuchta
DIRECTOR OF PRODUCTION

With a career spanning digital, print, animation and filmmaking, Brandon's led teams creating everything from enterprise websites to outdoor campaigns, mobile apps, broadcast commercials and video games.

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Ryan Woodring
DIRECTOR, PROJECT MANAGEMENT & CREATIVE SERVICES

Ryan's tenure with global marketing companies like BBDO, Wunderman and Apple has given him the insight to provide flexible, responsive and innovative client services.

 

Who we work with

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How we work

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It used to be simple: Companies first turned to advertising agencies for ideas, and then to production companies to bring those ideas to fruition. Not anymore. Today, brands need more than clever creative from their agency partners. They need insightful thinking driven by solid strategy that’s woven through every conceivable form of brand-building communication: from documentaries and environmental design to print ads and iPad apps. At the studio, we make no distinction between our creative and our strategists, between traditional and digital, or concepts and production. We think. We collaborate. We make. We measure. All under one roof.

What we do

  • Design
    Brand design, interactive design, product and industrial design, application design, environmental design and event design Read More
    Our studio was built on a new approach to the relationship between strategy and design—and because of this, we often create solutions that break convention. From corporate identity and brand design to interactive, product and industrial design, we are committed to aesthetics, but always consider utility.
  • Advertising
    Brand voice and campaign creation; end-to-end creative services; SEO/SEM; marketing automation; relationship marketing Read More
    In the new world of advertising, brands need to constantly generate unique content to create an impact. From identifying and fine-tuning brand voice to boosting engagement through social and relationship marketing, we provide end-to-end creative advertising services for the multiple, diverse platforms where brands engage with their audience.
  • Strategy & Planning
    Brand and content strategy; strategic planning; audience insights; ethnography; usability testing; trend forecasting; brand discovery; brand architecture; marketing communications; product and service innovation Read More
    Great creative starts with a great insight. We identify those core insights through a range of qualitative methods, and translate that work into an actionable messaging architecture that informs our creative approach. Sound strategy builds the foundation for a strong brand.
  • Technology
    User experience and information architecture; digital, web, application, and game development; CMS creation and maintenance; software engineering Read More
    At JMS, we believe that all technologists are creative. From user experience and responsive site design to web and application development, we manage front and back end development to ensure that creative ideas are executed simply, beautifully and efficiently.
  • Production
    Illustration; pre-press and file preparation; photographic services; directorial services; film and video production; complete editorial and postproduction services; interactive and digital development Read More
    From concepting and writing scripts to casting, shooting, editorial and post-production, we love to create film and video assets that entertain and endure. We direct. We edit. We color-correct and master. And we do it all in-house.
  • Motion & Image
    Imaging; motion graphics; animation; visual effects; 3D modeling; color grading; compositing; VR experiences Read More
    Through the marriage of technology and artistry, we create things that were impossible just a short time ago. This in-house studio capability of VR, imaging, animation, visual effects, 3D modeling and more allows us to bridge imagination and reality every single day.
  • Social & Content Marketing
    Social media strategy and campaign integration, programmatic social content, content strategy & architecture, community management, audience analysis & insights, data analytics, social ads — planning, targeting & execution, social asset creation, copywriting + creative Read More
    Social is where the world consumes information. It’s our news channel, where we shop, how we connect with brands and how we speak to each other. JMS social media combines creativity, strategy and a high-powered production studio to produce a consistent stream of social assets. Customers are always on the move, and our social will help you engage with them wherever they are.
  • Demand Generation
    Marketing automation platforms (MAPs); data analytics; live test design and implementation; customer modeling and segmentation
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Careers

We’re a collective of strategists, writers, designers, filmmakers, technologists, musicians and photographers who help companies tell compelling stories that build their brands. We make the things that help brands grow.

Interested in joining us? We’re currently hiring for the positions listed below. Please visit johnmcneilstudio.bamboohr.com/jobs to apply.

Current openings

Interaction Design Intern
We're looking for an Interaction Design Intern to join our team in Berkeley, CA. This is a great opportunity for you to work in a high caliber team and learn the craft and skill of being creative and producing content for a variety of audiences.
Project Management Intern
This is an opportunity for you to work with and collaborate with our talented team of project managers and creatives while gaining experience and insight into the design world within a multidisciplinary studio.

This internship requires someone with confidence and ability to drive projects through to completion, paired with a reverence for the creative process and the ability to greet challenges with a positive attitude.
Writing Intern
John McNeil Studio is looking for a Writing Intern to join our team in Berkeley. We seek the brightest and best talent to contribute to our company’s success. This is a great opportunity for you to work in a high caliber team and learn the craft and skill of being creative and writing for a variety of audiences. For more information, click on the link below.
Copywriter
John McNeil Studio is looking for a Copywriter to join our team. Every project we take on represents an opportunity to build a brand, whether it’s a global campaign theme or an online banner. We need a writer who consistently delivers sound strategic thinking and powerful creative content.
Studio Assistant
We are looking for a Studio Assistant to join our team. In this position, you will be providing general overall studio support such as reception duties (phones and greeting visitors/signing for packages), errands, organizing/purchasing/stocking supplies, setting up client and staff meetings and events, among other responsibilities. You will have the opportunity to be involved with our Limited Edition gallery and you will also participate in organizing our monthly studio socials, which includes collaborating on or creating a menu, prepping and cooking, among other related duties.