Devin SARNO

VP Creative Services | WARNER RECORDS

 

Devin Sarno is a Music Industry veteran having overseen hundreds of music videos, long forms & digital web content for recording artists: Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Black Keys, Gary Clark Jr., The Flaming Lips, Green Day, Ben Harper, Tegan & Sara, Metallica, R.E.M., Linkin Park, DEVO, Ziggy Marley, My Chemical Romance, Disturbed, The Smashing Pumpkins, Mastodon, Lenny Kravitz & many more. As VP of Creative Services for Warner Bros. Records, Sarno has served as Executive Producer on productions helmed by renowned directors: Mark Romanek, Matt Mahurin, Samuel Bayer, Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, Marc Webb, Olivia Wilde, Mike Mills, Mark Pellington, Floria Sigismondi, Doug Aitken and more. Sarno was also a Producer on the feature film "The Drifter" (directed by Taylor Steele and starring world renowned surfer Rob Machado).

questionnaire

 

1.)     What was your very first job? 
My very first job was a “soda jerk” at an “Industrial/New Wave” Malt Shop in Los Feliz, CA. called Raydion, which closed in the late 1980’s.

 

2.)     Please describe, in your own words, what your job is and what work it entails. 
I am currently Head of Visual Content for Warner Bros. Records in Los Angeles. I, along with our team, work closely with our roster of artists in developing the creative for their music videos and moving visuals in general. In a Creative Director/Executive Producer capacity I actively work in sourcing new Directing talent as well as overseeing all aspects of our Productions thru concepting to Post Production and delivery. 

 

3.)     How did you discover that the creative world was right for you? Was there a time in your life that you credit to this discovery? What was there train of events that brought you to where you are today? 
My parents had a love of the Arts in general so growing up it was something I was continually exposed to. I discovered pretty early on that music and writing was what resonated with me the most profoundly. From poetry/spoken word/zine making to eventually bass guitar, time in bands and solo experimental audio pursuits, I have always had a deep appreciation for creative pursuits. The Punk and Hardcore scene in the mid ‘80’s in L.A. was the pivotal time in my life that really expanded my mind to Experimental Arts and a left-of-center approach to the world. I am beyond blessed to be surrounded by music and artists in my every day work life.

 

4.)     In your constantly growing and expanding industry, how do you find inspiration to keep your work fresh, innovative and relevant? 
Honestly, I feel it’s as easy as taking the time to do some digging and exploration (either online or in print) as virtually every day I come across bits and pieces of work that inspire and motivate me.

 

5.)     If you had to pick one piece of work or project that you are most proud of, more for the creative work and innovation it required, rather than its recognition or industry “success,” what would it be? 
While it’s admittedly hard to distill things down to just one piece it might be the music video for My Chemical Romance “Helena.” For me, it’s equal parts poetic, tongue-in-cheek and cinematic all in a wonderfully peculiar & unexpected way.

 

6.)  Which creative disciplines do you commission most, and are most interested in seeing more of and why? Which of these disciplines are you most be interested in seeing at CONNECTIONS? (ie photo, film, social, experiential, vr, etc)
I primarily commission visual content and am most interest in seeing any work/experimentation in this field (music video, social, experiential.)

jury

Chief Creative Officer | C/C/G
SVP, Group CD | EVOKE GIANT
SVP, Creative | ILLUMINATION ENTERTAINMENT
GCD | META DESIGN CHINA
Head of Creative Operations | SPECSAVERS
Chief Creative Officer | AUDIGENT
Sr. Producer | DROGA5
VP of Production | SYNEOS HEALTH
SVP, Integrated Broadcast Prod. | CRONIN & CO.
Creative Director
Sr. Producer | AMAZON
Sr. Creative Producer
Creative Director | VOX MEDIA
Executive Producer | KESSELSKRAMER / KK LA
Creative Director | FCB CHICAGO
Chief Production Officer | SWIFT
Creative Director | TOMBRAS
Executive Creative Director | TAG CREATIVE
Creative Director | FRED & FARID LA
Sr. Producer | LEO BURNETT CHICAGO
EVP Creative Director | REVHEALTH
Creative Director | McCANN
Marketing Director | ALASKA AIRLINES
Director of Production | Executive Producer
VP Creative Director | EVOKE HEALTH
CD | COMMONWEALTH / McCANN
Marketing Manager | VANGUARD
Principal | CRITERION GLOBAL
Executive Producer | GENERAL MILLS
‎Creative specialist | MICROSOFT
Chief Brand Officer | CAVU VENTURE PARTNERS
Sr. Producer | ARC WORLDWIDE CHICAGO
Creative Director | NIKE
Dir., Agency PM Platform Ops | PERISCOPE
Art Director | MICROSOFT
Group Creative Director | GREY NEW YORK
VP Creative Services | OGILVY MIAMI
Chief Creative Officer | GOLIN CHICAGO
Strategy Concept Design Film Photo | MAVODI
VP of Marketing | BROWN JORDAN
SVP Exec. Creative Director | FCB CHICAGO
Creative Director | SPIRIT & FLESH
CCO | MRM US WEST
Co-Founder, CD | GUS
CEO | DRAB AGENCY
Executive Creative Director | ALMACÉN
Creative Director | VMLY&R
Creative Director | PROLOGIS
ECD | VMLY&R
VP Creative Services | BATH & BODY WORKS
Co-Chief Creative Officer | AVRETT FREE GINSBERG
Chief Creative Officer | ISOBAR CANADA
ED, Brand & Content Marketing | IBM NY
Creative Director | LINKEDIN SF
Sr. Director of Marketing | NIKE
SVP, Executive Producer | LEO BURNETT CHICAGO
Founder | HEARTY
Chief Creative Officer | BAYARD
Managing Producer, Brand Creative | QVC
Sr. Art Producer | MARY KAY COSMETICS
SVP Creative Director | HILL / HOLLIDAY
CCO | INBRAX CHILE
Sr. Creative | THE VIA AGENCY
Producer | CAPITAL ONE
Chief Creative Officer | 11 HONORÉ
Chief Creative Officer | CEFT AND COMPANY
Executive Producer |
Creative Director | FERNWEH LAND
Creative Director | FPO MARKETING
Sr. Art Director | SPOTIFY (Former)
Visual Manager | WIRED
VP Creative Director | EVOKE GIANT
Chief Creative Officer | AGENCY 59 TORONTO
Snr. Producer | MICROSOFT
Lead Photo Editor | PINTEREST
CCO | COSSETTE TORONTO
Head of Production | CHOBANI
Head of Creative | THE REC LEAGUE
Senior Art Director | AMAZON MUSIC
VP Exec. Producer | AREA 23
SVP Group CD | TBWA\WORLDHEALTH
Chief Creative Officer | GREY MIDWEST
Creative Director | INDUSTRIAL COLOR
Head of Production | CO:COLLECTIVE
Design Creative | NETFLIX
Chief Creative Officer | LITTLSTAR
Senior Integrated Producer | UNILEVER, U STUDIO
VP | Director of Art Production | RPA
Art Director | SEGA
Associate CD | DOLLAR SHAVE CLUB
Head of Production and Studio | Whirlpool Corporation
Group CD | ACE HOTEL, ATELIER ACE
VP Creative | URBAN DECAY
Creative Director | FACEBOOK
ACD | ANOMALY
Creative Director
Creative Director | VMLY&R
Head of Production | LINKEDIN SF
CCO | PINNACLE CHICAGO
Chief Production Officer | WEBBY MEDIA GROUP
Sr. Producer | COMPASS
EVP, ECD | LEO BURNETT CHICAGO
Founder, Partner | CUTWATER
Photo Team Lead | SQUARE
CCO | WUNDERMAN THOMPSON
Sr. Creative Director | HOMELIGHT
Group Creative Director | VMLY&R
Art Director | THE ELDER STATESMAN
Creative Director | ANOMALY LA
Director of Creative Production | SQUARESPACE
Sr. Director of Marketing | JACUZZI GROUP
Creative Director | HEARST DIGITAL MEDIA
ACD | ANOMALY
VP Creative Director | EVOKE GIANT
EVP Creative Director | LEO BURNETT CHICAGO
Head of Production and Operations | JOHANNES LEONARDO
Group Creative Director | FISHAWACK HEALTH
Design Director | PEREIRA & O'DELL
Creative Director | GOOGLE SAN FRANCISCO
VP Creative Director |
Creative Director | CB2
SVP, Director of Production | PUBLICIS, THE PUB
Creative Producer | CHICO'S
FMR Sr. Creative Director | NIKE (Former)
Creative Director | (EX DON BUENOS AIRES)
Sr. Integrated Producer | BSSP
ACD | R/GA BRAZIL
Executive Creative Director | EBAY
Group Creative Director | INTER PARFUMS
VP Creative Services | WARNER RECORDS
Creative Producer | CONVERSE
VP, Exe. Producer | EDELMAN CHICAGO
Director of Production | 72ANDSUNNY NY
Creative Director | HUCKBERRY
Head of Production | WIEDEN + KENNEDY NEW YORK
EVP, ECD | LEO BURNETT CHICAGO
Creative Strategist | TIKTOK (Chicago)
Creative Director | NBC UNIVERSAL
Sr. Integrated Producer | LINKEDIN SF
Executive Producer | VOLKSWAGEN
Executive Producer | NIKE
Creative Director | WWE
Group Director, Integrated Production | VMLY&R
Sr. Art Director | COTY BEAUTY
Executive Producer | TRACTION FACTORY
Creative Director | SONOS
Head of Production | THE REC LEAGUE
VP Creative Director | GROUP NINE MEDIA
Executive Creative Director | ALLSTATE
Global Executive Creative Director | SID LEE CANADA
Executive Producer | FRED & FARID LA
Sr. Integrated Producer | CALVIN KLEIN
Sr. Photography Producer | APPLE
Marketing Consultant
Head of Design | 14TH AND MARKET
Senior Producer | JOHANNES LEONARDO
Sr. Producer | NEW AVON
Production Director | NELSON SCHMIDT
ACD | SAATCHI HONG KONG
Creative Director | MSMEYAGI CREATIVE
VP Assoc. Creative Director | HAVAS LIFE
Art Producer
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