Ari Kuschnir is the founder and Executive Producer of m ss ng p eces – a new wave production and entertainment company inspired by the limitless potential of technology, storytelling and the web. Ari has been leading, advising and completing creative projects that matter to him and his community since 2005. His tireless passion for blazing trails has lead to collaborations with some of the world’s leading artists, agencies, brands and organizations. He has been featured on the Creativity 50 and sits on the board of advisors for the Future of Storytelling, AICP Digital and TED’s Ads Worth Spreading. Ari consistently strives to push himself and his team to create conversation-shifting pieces that impact his community and the world. Say hi on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
Josh Nussbaum is a visual storyteller and a creative chameleon with an overwhelming enthusiasm for the sights, sounds, and tastes of the world. Since graduating from NYU Film School (2000) as the youngest ever graduate, Josh has devoted his life and career to a winding path aimed at defining his personal and creative potential; Testing the elasticity of his skills and finding his voice in media. Ten years later, Josh is a more complete and accomplished creative force across a variety of disciplines. He has traversed the globe as an independent Creative Director & Commercial Director (GE, Levis), won an Emmy for his TV directing (MTV), and been Cinematographer for Barry Levinson (The Bay,2012). In his travels Josh has filled two filled passports, worked with top brands and agencies (US and Europe), lived in a tent with orphans, exposed international war conspiracies, filmed Hip Hop videos in Japan and Perfume commercials in Madagascar, and stood over dozens of dead bodies (A&E First 48). Accreditations aside, Josh has acquired a wealth of knowledge through the lens and is a valued collaborator to his clients and peers. In 2011, Josh joined forces with his long-time friends at m ss ng p eces. Today Josh is a partner and director, and spends his time blending art and commerce into unforgettable experiences. Say hi on LinkedIn, Facebook and Instagram.
Dave Saltzman is a producer who thrives on creative solutions to production challenges. As Head of Production at mssng peces, navigating the demands of budgets, schedules and stakeholders, Dave enables artists and storyteller to realize their vision. Working with some of the brightest young filmmakers he has found the ways and the means to successfully execute the most unexpected shoots, whether two miles below the earth’s surface in an Australian goldmine, backstage and in the rafters at a sold-out Madison Square Garden concert or in a Haitian village completely off the power grid. A veteran of the NYC independent film world, Dave has produced, line produced, or production managed six feature films that have premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. His most recent project, NANCY, PLEASE premiered at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival. As a commercial producer Dave has worked on campaigns for companies including MAC Cosmetics, Subaru, Zara and LG. He joined m ss ng p eces in 2011 where he continues to lead innovative and exciting new work. Say hi on LinkedIn or Facebook.
Brian’s most notable success story was transforming Tool’s modest roster of seven directors into a global powerhouse in eight years. As president of Tool of North America, he introduced and implemented its growth into a fully integrated shop with top live action directors and interactive directors. Never before had a traditional production company successfully transformed into a fully integrated shop with a full complement of in-house digital services and interactive directors. In short, Brian created a new category of production companies.
Just prior to Brian’s departure, Tool was the fourth most award winning production company, including twelve Cannes Lions, two Emmy awards and a Primetime Emmy nomination. Brian joined new-wave production company m ss ng p eces as a partner in September 2014. He will be establishing an LA office to support the award winning Brooklyn-based shop.
Kate Oppenheim has led award-winning integrated marketing programs for brands including Cisco, Unilever, Time Warner Cable, and Kraft. Her experience spans production and strategy, which helps form a critical link between the Idea and Craft in every project. Kate joined m ss ng p eces in late 2010 as a partner and Executive Producer. After over four years at Ogilvy, first in its prestigious Associate rotational program, then in the newly formed branded entertainment practice, she realized her real passion was for telling clients’ stories in engaging, innovative ways. She earned a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Chicago, where she wrote her thesis on European Union citizenship and refugee and asylum policy. She’s an avid traveler, Francophile, and design-oholic. She’s lived in Chicago, Paris and Washington, DC, and now lives in Brooklyn with her husband. Say hi on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.