Have You Seen that ADC Annual Awards Jury Chair Roster?

We’re more than excited about the six amazing talents heading up our juries for the 92nd Annual Awards. Who’s who?

  • ILLUSTRATION: Christoph Niemann (Illustrator/Author)
  • DESIGN: Garrick Hamm (Creative Partner, Williams Murray Hamm)
  • INTERACTIVE: Fernanda Romano (Creative Partner, Naked)
  • MOTION: Kyle Cooper (Founder, Prologue Films and Co-founder, Imaginary Forces)
  • ADVERTISING: Ted Royer (Partner and ECD, Droga5)
  • PHOTOGRAPHY: Albert Watson (Photographer)

That’s right. These geniuses will be at the helm, holding us all accountable to ensure that art and craft are fully respected and held up to the highest standard in today’s advertising, design, photography, illustration, motion and interactive work. But really, who are these folks? Well, how about some fun facts to get to know them better?

Since July 2008, CHRISTOPH has been writing and illustrating the whimsical “Abstract City,” a New York Times blog, renamed “Abstract Sunday” in 2011, when the blog’s home became The New York Times Magazine. Better yet, Christoph has drawn live from the Venice Art Biennale, the Olympic Games in London, The 2012 Republican Convention, and he has even drawn the New York City Marathon — while actually running it. Learn more about Christoph.

He’s had drinks with the Queen of England, been profiled in the Financial Times and Communication Arts, is an award-winning filmmaker and was formerly the President of D&AD. Who is this man? It’s GARRICK. His short film “The Man Who Married Himself” won the Best Comedy Award at the LA Shorts Festival and was screened at the BFI London Film Festival. Most recently, he shot and cut his third film, “Cast Offs” where once again he explores the duality of man. Learn more about Garrick.

FERNANDA (Fefa) is one of the most looked-up-to creatives in the advertising industry. But not only for her storied career as the warrior on the bleeding edge of technology at the world’s best agencies. But also as one half of a guerrilla duo called Hit&Run, as a member of the Creative Social and as one of AdAge’s 100 Most Influential Women Advertising. Oh, and a long list of awards and accolades too numerous to list. She speaks Portuguese, English, French and Spanish, is a budding surfer and believes that everything happens in Japan first. Learn more about Fefa.

You know KYLE, even if you don’t know you know. Well, that is if you watch Walking Dead or have seen Se7en, Spider-Man, Tron, Iron Man, Legacy or The Mummy. He has directed and produced more than 150 film title and VFX sequences (including those listed above) and in 2001, he directed a feature film called New Port South. Kyle has earned five Emmy Award nominations and one win for his work on the 81st Annual Academy Awards. Oh, and he also holds the title of Honorary Royal Designer for Industry from the Royal Society of Arts in London. Learn more about Kyle.

He’s an international man of advertising mystery who has worked in Singapore, Argentina and Australia, on accounts like ESPN and Heineken. A Droga5 veteran, TED is currently playing new dad to baby boy Maximus, and after all that travel, settled down in Brooklyn with his fiancé and family to lead the creative ship at Droga5 New York, an office he helped to launch in 2006. Having won numerous industry awards through the years, the truth is, Ted got into advertising because of Bewitched. Learn more about Ted.

ALBERT was born and raised in Edinburgh, Scotland. Despite being blind in one eye since birth, Albert was named one of the 20 most influential photographers of all time by the photo industry bible Photo District News, thanks to a lifetime of study and passion for his “hobby.” As though “most influential of all time” isn’t enough, Albert has earned a plethora of other honors, including a Grammy Award, three Andy’s, a Lucie Award, a Der Steiger Award and the Centenary Medal, a lifetime achievement award from the Royal Photographic Society. Learn more about Albert.

For those of you who didn’t know, now you know. See their individual bios, linked above to learn more about the ADC 92nd Annual Awards Jury Chairs, in all their glory.