Mill Chicago adds Brian Smego as Executive Producer, Mill+
July 14, 2016 by Screenmag
Brian Smego has joined The Mill in Chicago as Executive Producer for Mill+, its creative studio focused on originating, developing and directing content from concept to finished film.
"I'm extremely excited to be joining the ranks of such a talented group of creatives," Smego said. "Having worked with The Mill throughout my career, I’ve always been impressed by the team that they bring to the table. Everyone across all disciplines is at the top of their game. The Mill’s ongoing creative excellence coupled with their recent achievements in innovation, The Mill BLACKBIRD®, to name one, shows what a unique and interesting opportunity this is."
Smego moves to The Mill with almost 20 years experience in advertising film production, the past nine of which were spent as Director of Integrated Production at Y&R. He has developed working relationships amongst top industry directors including Dave Meyers, Erich Joiner, Fredrik Bond and Matt Ogens. His roster of campaigns encompasses work for brands from Anheuser-Busch, Babybel and Budweiser Craftsman Screw*d, Hotels.com and Sears.
"I'm incredibly pleased to have as collaborative and respected an EP of Brian's caliber on board," said Jared Yeater, Managing Director at Mill Chicago. "With the breadth of his professional career and his passion for the work, I know he'll be an asset not just to our Chicago studio, but the wider Mill+ team."
To date, Mill+ Chicago has completed projects for brands including Chevy, Chicago Bulls, Dairy Queen, Intel, McDonalds and Samsung. The Mill recently moved to a new 21,000 sq. ft. studio at 1000 West Fulton Market in the West Loop neighborhood of Chicago. With expanded resources, the space includes state of the art CG and Design studios to support its Mill+ offering. Get a look inside the studio here.
"The ability to offer our Midwest clients an end to end solution in the form of Mill+ has become a huge part of our ambitions for the future of Mill Chicago, particularly across Design, VFX/CGI, Animation and VR work," said Stephen Venning, Executive Director Mill+. "Brian's experience, local knowledge and understanding of client needs perfectly position him to spearhead our growth and achieve even higher levels of creative work."