Cutter teams with award-winning director Marcelo Bukin on docu-series for ETS

In the fall, Cutter traveled to San Jose, Costa Rica; Santiago, Chile and Sao Paolo, Brazil to film a docu-series for client ETS/TOEIC via digital agency MRM/McCANN. Directed by award-winning filmmaker Marcelo Bukin, Why English Matters tells the stories of the employees of global organizations who become fluent in English in order to succeed in the world marketplace. The first episode profiles employees of P&G, the global consumer products leader. The takeaway is that these companies must invest in English in order to compete, and that employees feel that their own success depends on this, too. Over the next several months, Cutter will roll out eight episodes in all of Season I of the series. Check out the series at

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Viral cat videos in perspective: Chandler Kauffman helms new integrated campaign for Gannet

Cutter Roster Director Chandler Kauffman just wrapped an integrated TV and digital campaign for newspaper giant Gannet via agency Partners + Napier. The More campaign puts Kauffman’s trademark humor to work to spotlight the information imbalance in our lives, gently reminding us to balance those viral cat videos and infotainment shows with some real news from a real newspaper. Check back soon for the new additions to Kauffman’s comedic reel.

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Diversity update: our 2013 DoneDeals™

In addition to her ongoing diversity outreach work, Hillary Cutter recently guested on the ORA Executive Coaching VLOG to talk about networking.

As a certified Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE), Cutter Productions is excited to announce several DoneDeal™ successes from 2013. (A DoneDeal™ is a contract signed between one or more WBE-certified enterprises in several categories.) Here’s what we achieved in 2013 in two categories:


Contract between certified WBE and WPEO corporate sponsor: Our partnerships included Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer Inc., Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp., and The Interpublic Group.

Contract between two certified WBEs: Our partnerships included Mary Nittolo, Inc. (dba The Studio) and Acme Arts, Inc. (parent of Scott Ferguson Communications and Saparoff Music) on projects for Ralph Lauren, Financial Engines and PETA.

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Roster director Petersen’s stunning, new CG vision for PETA

When People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) reached out to Cutter to develop and produce their first original CG spot, Executive Producer Hillary Cutter immediately thought of Cutter Roster Director Steve Petersen, Co-Founder/Creative Director of Burbank, CA-based BiG MACHINE, who’s known for his live action and VFX work. The result is Thanks!, PETA’s new 2:00 video, now online just in time for the holidays. Thanks employs a strong animation vision by Petersen and original music by Andrea Saparoff to bring to life the harrowing journey faced by a boy and a group of turkeys before Thanksgiving. Check out the compelling results.

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Promos for MTV VMAs + KIA from Cutter and Blank Paige

In August, Cutter partnered with LA-based Blank Paige Productions to produce a promo campaign for the MTV Music Video Awards + KIA. Starring the MTV comedy team of Nikki and Sara and the KIA Hamstars, the spots promoted the 2013 MTV Music Video Awards and the revamped 2014 KIA Soul.
Check out the three-spot campaign here.

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Cutter partnered with live action/VFX company Aggressive on New sizzle videos for DAILIES Total 1

Building on last year’s campaign for client DAILIES Total 1 contact lenses, Cutter partnered again with Aggressive to produce the live action component of two, new sizzle videos for the client in July. The challenge: to make water droplets mesmerizing, with the goal of showcasing client’s groundbreaking Water Gradient technology. “Who knew that simple water drops turn absolutely hypnotic at 5000 frames per second?” asks Creative Directors Dan Shapiro and Alex Topaller of Aggressive. See what they’re talking about here.

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World Premiere of Chandler Kauffman’s The Luthier at Palm Springs ShortFest

Congratulations are in order for roster director Chandler Kauffman, whose documentary short The Luthier had its World Premiere on June 20th at the 2013 Palm Springs International ShortFest & Film Market. Originally commissioned by the Oprah Winfrey Network based on Kauffman’s pitch, The Luthier is an intimate portrait of a Portland, Maine-based classical string instrument maker. The festival’s site says the 2-minute short is “a creative gem of a documentary about the beauty of making something handmade that can produce beautiful music.” I hope you’ll take the time to watch this incredible work here. More exciting news from Chandler on the way…

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New to our directorial roster: Live action and VFX specialist Steve Petersen.

Cutter is thrilled to welcome Steve Petersen to our directorial roster! As you’ll see when you check out his work for ABC, Geico, Colgate and others, Steve’s many talents include combining live action with VFX, and working with kids and teens. Steve’s the Co-Founder and Creative Director of the award-winning next generation production company BiG MACHINE in LA, where he has helmed commercials, TV shows, multi-screen experiences and other live-action content. Recently, he executive produced and directed long-form projects for Discovery, National Geographic and Current TV, including Emmy-nominated Hostage: Do or Die. He’s also a featured director in the 2012 SHOOT New Director Showcase. Welcome to Cutter, Steve!

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