11/16/17

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The #JusticeLeague Super Collab

A super hero cast of Creators representing South Korea, Mexico, France, the US, and the UK + a reimagined version of “Come Together” from Gary Clark Jr. + an original music video collaboration celebrating the new Justice League =

…one of our most powerful projects of 2017. 

A special thank you to the teams at Warner Bros. and Google for championing this project from the start and giving us the opportunity to lead it, and to the amazingly talented crew and Creators that brought this one to life.

Watch the video on Todrick Hall’s channel:

Featured Creators
Todrick Hall
Clara Marz
Samantha Harvey
Mario Bautista
J.Fla
Also Starring: Gary Clark Jr.
Music Mix by The Gregory Brothers

Portal A
Managing Partner, Zach Blume
Executive Producer, Nate Houghteling
Creative Director, Kai Hasson
Senior Project Manager, Arif Zaman
Managing Producer, Elyse Preiss
Supervising Producer, Finley Wise
Head of Talent, Brittani Kagan
Talent Lead, Ellie Loarca
Head of Creative, Erin Schmalfeld
Writer, Sam Jackson
Lead Editor, Art Morales
Assistant Editor, Bee Rhodes
Designer, Angela Chang
Communications, Donna Nasserghodsi
Senior Strategist: Matt Ward
Strategist: Chin Lu

Production
Director, Tim Nackashi
Producer, Mari Rivera
Production Manager, Phil Joncas
Production Coordinator, Lizzy Walker
1st Assistant Director, Andrew Spieler
Production Assistant, Carly Sturgeon
Production Assistant, Tim Oliver
Production Assistant, Matt Winters
Production Assistant, Victoria Fayad
Production Assistant, Rachel Penner
Production Assistant, Hugo Plummer
Production Assistant, David Moore
Director of Photography, Alexander Nikishin
Camera Operator, Anthony Lucido
1st Assistant Camera, Joe Ascioti
2nd Assistant Camera / DIT, Aric Lorton
Audio Mixer, Derek Mocarski
Still Photographer, Taylor Rainbolt
BTS Videographer, Jeff Schneider
Gaffer, Matt Hill
Best Boy Electric, Jeff Billings
Key Grip, Danny Sosa
Key Grip, Carlos Chavez
Best Boy Grip, Anthony Duran
Production Designer, Cindy Chao
Production Designer, Michelle Yu
Leadman, Kevin Bici
Leadman, Giles Augustine
Propmaster, Rick Mader
Propmaster, Heather Drouillard
Set Dresser, Ester Kim
Wardrobe Stylist, Nicole Schott
Wardrobe Assistant, Kyndal McLyn
Wardrobe Assistant, Katie Gursel
Wardrobe Assistant, Briana Jorgenson
Hair & Makeup Artist, Britten Faith
Hair & Makeup Assistant, Dominique Calvillo
Set Medic, Christian Avila
Set Medic, Matt Allende
Translator, Yujeong Lee
Writer, Chris Amick
Storyboard Artist, Mike Jasorka

Post Production
Post Production Supervisor, Adam Burns
Editor, Mike Immerman
Assistant Editor, Tyler Coates
Music Composition, Gregory Brothers
Audio Engineer, Wesley Poland
Sound Mixer, Michael O Connor
Color Correction, Aaron Hayden

09/14/17

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Hires, Promotions, Oh My!

We’re thrilled to welcome six bright and talented new members to the Portal A family, and congratulate our all-stars on their recent promotions.

Read about our new hires and promotions below and in Tubefilter.

Joining the Squad

Brittany Turner joins the team as Portal A’s Development Executive. Before Portal A, Turner served as the VP of Digital at Adaptive Studios where she led the digital studio spinoff of the HBO TV show Project Greenlight whose partners included Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, and Miramax.

Mai Perches joins Portal A as Creative Producer. Perches comes to Portal A with a background that spans NBCUniversal, Vice Media as well as creative shops including Culture Co-op and Ripple Entertainment.

Bita Khaleghi has been hired as a Project Manager. She joins Portal A from communications firm VSC where she managed a team of 10 and a variety of technology clients in their communications strategy and planning.

Kelly Egan has been tapped as Talent Producer. She joins the team from Golin where she led talent and influencer efforts for a leading tech brand. At Portal A, Egan will be tasked with talent outreach, strategy, and communications.

Dustin Glass has joined Portal A as an Associate Talent Producer. Glass comes to the team from WME’s competitive agent trainee program where he worked in the music and digital divisions.

Moriah Grant joins Portal A’s project management team as Project Coordinator. Before Portal A, Grant was an Assistant Brand Manager at Camp + King in San Francisco.

And Congratulations To… 

Erin Schmalfeld is now Portal A’s Head of Creative. Previously Senior Creative at Portal A, in her new role Schmalfeld will lead the creative team and oversee the ideation process and the creative execution of branded content campaigns.

Savana Vagueiro da Fonseca is now Senior Project Manager, Branded & Originals. She is responsible for managing a diverse set of clients and overseeing Portal A’s projects from brief to launch.

Arif Zaman is now Senior Project & Partnerships Manager. In his new position, Zaman will manage multiple branded projects and lead new and ongoing partnerships with brands, platforms, and agencies.

Kady Kamakate is now a Producer at Portal A. Formerly an Associate Producer, she will lead and oversee the production process for Portal A’s diverse projects. Kamakate came to Portal A from Deutsch where she worked on production for large scale TV and Internet campaigns for top brands including Taco Bell.

Ellie Loarca is now Associate Talent Producer. In this role, Loarca will support talent relations and strategy for branded and original projects. Prior to Portal A, Loarca worked as an Associate Producer at Discovery Digital Networks.  

08/24/17

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Standing Up Against Hate and Extremism

At Portal A, values are central to our identity as a company.

They guide how we conduct our business, collaborate with our partners, and create our work. As a team that represents the full spectrum of American diversity – religious, sexual orientation, ethnicity, and gender – we hold close to our hearts values of inclusivity, equality, and justice, and we are prepared to stand up to fight for those ideals and beliefs.

What we saw in Charlottesville – and the cowardly and dangerously ambiguous response from this White House – was tragic and dispiriting. Hatred, terrorism, and bigotry have no place in our country, nor does any moral equivalence between those who march for hate and those who march against it.

But we can all make a difference in the march toward progress. To borrow a phrase from Robert Kennedy, “tiny ripples of hope” can turn the tide in the fight against prejudice and inequality and “build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression.”

In light of these recent national events, and the white supremacist rally being organized in our own backyard, Portal A will be sending out our own tiny ripple of hope. This week, our team is raising money in support of the Southern Poverty Law Center, an organization that has stood strong against forces of racism, hatred, and discrimination since 1971.

We kicked off the campaign with a $500 donation from Portal A, and proudly matched over $1,000 in contributions from our 40-member team in just the first day.

As our community of friends, family, and partners, we hope you will join our effort:

1) Make a donation to our campaign, no matter how large or small.

2) Forward this letter and fundraising page to your friends, or share on social media.

We hit our initial goal of $2,500 within 24 hours of launching this effort, and we’ve upped our target to $5,000 as we begin to share more widely with our friends and followers.

We are proud to be playing our small part to fight for a better and more equitable America. We hope you will join us.

08/16/17

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The Secret Is Out!

REVEALED: the secret recipe behind our collaboration with King Bach, Brita, and Stephen Curry in this Think With Google profile: https://goo.gl/yscHra

07/28/17

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Driven by Dopeness

Variety takes a look inside Portal A’s development slate featuring new Original series, fresh talent attachments, and pilot productions:

http://variety.com/2017/digital/news/jay-versace-miles-mckenna-portal-a-shows

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