Dorothy BANY

Creative Content Producer | CALVIN KLEIN

I am a second generation Hungarian born to political refugees in NY, raised in Southern California.  I graduated college in 2004 and started working first in PR for the E! Networks and then moved into fashion, first for Hugo Boss, followed by BCBGMAXAZRIA in Visuals, managing in-store creative and new store openings.  

Shortly afterwards I worked with Fred Segal as a part of the Sundance Film Festival to produce their PR gifting suite for the festival and it’s VIP attendees.  

I moved to Amsterdam in 2009 focusing primarily on advertising. I worked at a handful of agencies over the years working with clients such as Heineken, Phillips, MINI, Nike, Johnnie Walker, Asics, Opel, Netflix and Diesel.  

The last few years I’ve been working brand side as an in-house agency creative producer with G-Star, Tommy Hilfiger and now Calvin Klein.  I consider myself a multifaceted producer, as I’ve run the gamut from digital, events and multimedia throughout my career.  In recent years I’ve focused my efforts into art buying and photography/moving image production, making it a goal to raise standards and push limits whatever I’m working on, always trying to get the most out of every constraint.   

questionnaire

What was your very first job? What does it feel like to look back at it now? 
My first job was working for my uncle, a fine artist, in his studio. I mostly cleaned paint brushes and helped with detailing, printing and framing. I learned a lot speaking to him about the art world, what art is, the idea of ‘selling out’ and staying true to your work and ideas in a commercial world.

I had such naïve ideas at the time and viewed things very black and white.  Now in my adult life and career, I understand much better the grey that my uncle always tried to instill in me.  

Please describe, in your own words, what your current job is and what work it entails.
My role currently has many hats throughout the course of a project, depending on what the ask is, and that’s because I am involved from the briefing stage until delivery. I am part accounts, part strategy, part project manager, an art buyer, and content producer.  I liaise with all parties internally and externally to make sure everyone’s needs are met in the most beneficial way keeping the integrity of the creative work and business needs in the forefront. 

Being a producer you flex your creativity in many different ways, from offering suggestions throughout briefing and concepting, to proposing talent and production possibilities or solving timing and budgeting constraints.  I leverage everyone’s needs to artfully create an environment for the best creative that everyone can be satisfied with.

How did you discover that the creative world is right for you? Was there a time in your life that you credit to this discovery? Which train of events did bring you to where you are today?
I went to a prestigious business school because it seemed like the "sensible" thing to do.  My family was never big on the idea of pursuing anything in the arts, so I had ditched any ideas of art school early on.  At the end of your senior year, recruiters come to campus, job fairs are set up, everyone dresses in there most business-school-job-interview-outfits with the hopes of impressing companies like Ernest & Young or KPMG and landing that 'dream' job to success.  I remember trying to fit in and pretentiously  going through the motions without an ounce of motivation, completely deflated.  I felt like such a phony and I distinctly remember thinking that even if I had just wasted 4 years of my life, this wasn't for me, and would never be.  I decided from there on out that I would stop making decisions based on what was "sensible" or what other's deemed the path to success, and started focusing on what I genuinely was intrigued by.

In your constantly growing and expanding industry, how and where do you usually find inspiration to keep your work fresh, innovative and relevant?
My peers. I am lucky to be surrounded by extremely creative people from all walks of life, and from ideas, to music, to travel and food or technology, I am constantly learning from them and challenged.  They make me question and curious to all of the different faucets of life that exist. 

If you had to pick one piece of work or project that you are most proud of, especially for the creative work and innovation it required rather than its recognition or industry success, what would it be?
A few years back We Are Pi hosted a few charity events auctioning art for disaster victims. Whenever these events would come up I always got involved in different ways to help them organize, from physically working, to getting my connections to donate things to the event and organizing AKQA (who I worked for at the time) to get involved and create art to be auctioned. These events made me feel proud of what could be accomplished by those you know pooling their resources for a good cause.  No one was paid, but it was for a good cause and the events were always lovely and generated a lot of much needed help for victims.

jury

Dorothy BANY
Creative Content Producer | CALVIN KLEIN
Chief Experience Officer | PwC
Creative Director | N=5
Nathalie BRÄHLER
Executive Creative Director | 60 LAYERS OF CAKE
CD & Founder | BARE JOURNAL
Import Creative Director
Ann CHEN
Design & Visual Identity Leader | DIAGEO
Jonathan CRAWFORD
Creative Director | THE FORMERY
Maurice DAHAN
Creative Marketing Director | MAVODI
Djemilah DALHUISEN
Team Lead Media & Content | ING
Ad DE HOND
VP Design and Concepts EMEA | STARBUCKS
Creative Brand Director | VELDHOVEN GROUP
John DE VRIES
Creative Director | XXS AMSTERDAM
Florentijn DIEPEVEEN
Creative Director | UBER
Els DIJKHUIZEN
Glb Integrated Comm. & Innovation Mgr | HEINEKEN
Glenn DOHERTY
Independent Design Director
Head of Creative | ASOS
Niek EIJSBOUTS
Creative Director | SUPERHEROES
Creative Director | W+K
Executive Creative Director | BSUR
Pim GERRITS
Creative Director | HAVAS LEMZ
Miguel GORI
Creative Director | SOLAR INITIATIVE
Andre GRAY
Creative Lead | TBWA
Daphne HOOGENBOOM
Global Mktg Communication & Media Manager | KLM
Creative Director | NOMADS
Thomas JULLIEN
Creative Director | ADIDAS
Creative Director | BIES & SEBAS
Erik KESSELS
Creative Partner| KESSELS KRAMER
Maud KLARENBEEK
Head of Art Production | WIEDEN + KENNEDY
Creative Director | SHOQ CREATIVE STUDIO
Joris KUIJPERS
Executive Creative Director | DDB & TRIBAL
Remy KURPERSHOEK
Independent Creative Director
Jonne KUYT
Creative Director | EDENSPIEKERMANN
Colin LAMBERTON
Executive Creative Director | IRIS
Julien LAURET
Director Projects, Strategy | ADIDAS
Kim LAWSON
NRG & Entertainment Manager | BUGABOO
Richard LETTERMAN
Creative Director | TOMTOM
Creative Director | KARL LAGERFELD
Julia LLAMAS
Head of Operations | ANOMALY
Global Head of Communications | CLARKS
Global Brand Marketing Lead | BOOKING.COM
Creative Director | RCHD
Creative Shoot, Production Manager | ADIDAS
Sean PERON
Global Brand Director | G-STAR
Co-Founder/Producer | WHALE
Guilaume PHILIBERT
Founder, Creative Director | FILLING PIECES
Robert PHILLIPS
Global Creative Lead | TPVISION
Colin PUESCHNER
Ex. Interactive Producer | 180 KINGSDAY
Content Manager Benelux | CHEIL
Head of Global Expansion | SONOS
Jennifer SKUPIN
Sr. Creative Director | 72 AND SUNNY
Creative Director | CHEIL
Design Director | NIKE
Creative Director | VIRTUE / VICE
Olivier TEEPE
Founder | CLOUDFACTORY
Steve TIRBANI
Art Director | OSUDIO
Enrico TOESCHI
Sr. Integrated Producer
Justin TOWNSEND
Senior Producer | ADIDAS
Cornel VAN BUUREN
Marketing Manager | HET PAROOL
Rogier VAN EST
Sr Concept Design Manager | STARBUCKS
Jan Willem VAN EWIJK
Sr. Art Director | PHILIPS
Poppe VAN PELT
Lead Creative Director | APPLE - BENELUX
Global Brand & Marketing Dir. | WOLFORD
CEO/Creative Director | SUPERREBEL
Co-Founder/Producer | WHALE
Raffaele ZUEGER
Advertising and Content Manager | PIAGET
©2016 LE BOOK All Rights Reserved