John Kwoka
Creative Direction, Chicago Illinois United States
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Brief Summary
I'm a freelance Creative Lead with deep global strategic skills, initiating breakthrough concepts across a range of digital channels including: gamifying the Tech Con Chicago event and Sprite; driving mobile initiatives for MTV International and a new Japanese mobile provider; piloting ux social media concepts; inspiring websites for Bandai games, the Food Channel, and Arnold Bread; leading concepts for Pizza Hut and Dannon Cookies; as well as directing videos and motion graphics for commercials, music videos, the Discovery Channel, Vidal Sassoon US & Taiwan, Jean Paul Gaultier, Agnes B. Clothiers, and other global brands.

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I've lead teams of of up to ten creatives for agency's such as Ogilvy, BBDO, & Lowe Lintas, 'am proficient with much Adobe CS5, and have been fortunate to film direct projects as well. My international experience helps dissect deep consumer insights and unique product benefits, to extend creative and strategic horizons....

Best regards,

John Kwoka Creative Lead
Tel: 312.925.4059
Kyocera Mobile, Tech Con Chicago, Sprite,, MTV International,  Bandai Games, Redds Beer, The Food Channel, Arnold Bread, The Discovery Channel, Pizza Hut,  Dannon, Vidal Sassoon US & Taiwan, Jean Paul Gaultier, Agnes B. Clothiers, Metropolitan Life. Agency clients include; Ogilvy, BBDO,  DDB Chicago, Euro Rscg, Lowe Lintas, Leo Burnet. 
Professional Experience
work experience

2012 creative lead, rds studios chicago
creative direction for a 16 bit game animation (chock full of robots, explosions, and panda space invaders) for a chicago tech event opener; directed comedy web promos (luche libre wrestler and french maid torch singers) with the improv olympics and upshot.

2011 freelance senior creative, chicago
Chicago Insight Labs (ux|xu) event), Creative Scale Chicago, Spongebrands, 100 Black Men/ Element 79 Chicago on a new web channel and film, Precedent Media on a Japanese Mobile phone initiative, "Enslaved" a new video game by Bandai, as well as putting the finishing touches on a new iphone app demo...

2010 associate creative director, manifest digital chicago
Creative + strategic shepparding of concepts and creative teams for; ux|xu, a User Experience Social Campaign, the evolution of the Food Channel website, and creation of Bandai's new web presence for their video game, "Mindjack" .

creative director, mtv international emerging markets
Strategically navigated 11 countries in youth driven markets encompassing central europe, africa, and uae, thru 360o digital, on-air, branding, and experiential initiatives.(Contract)

2006 -07 on-air/creative director, discovery channel poland
Creatively directed the brand by overseeing monthly promos, and guiding on-air strategies. Produced six promos per month, and directed the film portions of on-air. (Contract)

2006 freelance creative director, wizard advertising , poland
Creative Direction for clients such as Wedel Chocolates, Radiostacja Radio, Mitsubishi Motors, Radio Pin, Fiat Bank.

2004- 05 freelance senior art director, lowe lintas poland
Increased agency earnings thru winning of Redd's Beer client, and pro­duced the :30 "Mermaids" spot for Polish television. Directly involved in all stages of film production, including strategic development with agency client service teams. Much direct contact with client. Also involved in generating concept for clients such as EFL Bank, Statoil, and Kit Kat.

2003-04 creative group head, euro rscg poland
Job responsibilities included overseeing team of 10 creatives, as well as helped develop strategic voodoo magic with agency client service teams, Produced commercial for Danone yogurt. Clients included; Citroen and Vichy Cosmetics.

2002-03 creative director, ogilvy kyiv and moscow
Increased agency prestige and earnings thru agency win of Coca-Cola as a client. Job responsibilities included overseeing team of 10 creatives and strategic development with agency client service teams. Produced a :30 tv spot for Sprite Kyiv. Directly involved in all stages of production process. Much direct contact with the client. Made frequent trips to Moscow to direct creative teams for the Fanta client. Clients included; Kodak and British American Tobacco. (Contract)

2000-01 creative director, young & rubicam warsaw
Resonsible for creative output of a team of 11. Produced four :30 tv spots for Metropolitan Life Insurance. Directly involved in all stages of production process and strategic development. Clients included: Colgate and Danone. (Contract)

1999-00 senior art/ film director, tbwa warsaw
Assisted Creative Director with all agency responsibilities. Produced 11 television and movie theatre flash commercials for Directly involved in all stages of production. Clients included Strongbow Cider. (Contract)

1998-99 creative director/ film director, bbdo warsaw
Repsonsible for creative output of a team of 11. Directed and pro­duced 4 :30 tv spots for Pizza Hut. Clients included; Daewoo Automobiles and Pepsi Poland. (Contract)

1995-98 freelance senior art director/ film director, chicago, il.
Responsible for generating creative concepts and production. Agencies included; Leo Burnett, Ogilvy & Mather, Young & Rubicam,
J. Walter Thompson,, Euro Tatham Rscg and others. Also directed and produced documentary for Streetwise Newspaper, and a promo for the US Post Office..

1990-95 freelance film director, los angeles california.
Resonsible for all aspects of directing and producting television com­mercials, fashion promos, and music videos for clients such as; Jean Paul Gaultier, MTV's 120 minutes, Atlantic and Polygram Records, Vidal Sassoon Shampoo Taiwan & US, Agnes B. Clothiers.

1984-89 art director/ film director, ddb chicago, il.
Resonsible for generating creative concepts and production. Clients included; Anheuser Busch Beer, NEC Electronics. Also directed and produced commercials for Marshall Fields Deprtment Store,Danon Yogurt, & the Chicago Public Library.

American Film Institute/ Los Angeles Short Documentary Award, 1998

1981-84 American Academy of Art, Chicago Il. Fine Art and Design Major.  
Awards and Recognition
American Film Institute, Los Angeles CA.
Short Documentary Category

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