LOS ANGELES—Madheart has signed director Joshua Traywick for exclusive national representation. The agreement marks Traywick’s first formal affiliation with a commercial production company. The director’s latest work, a Mother’s Day ad for Hallmark, breaks nationally this month.
Madheart executive producer Lisa Phillips praised Traywick as a natural storyteller whose skills show a maturity and polish rare in a young director. “Joshua’s talent is obvious,” Phillips says. “His work is genuine and shows a deep empathy for his characters that is very powerful.”
“I am also impressed with his ability to work with major brands and develop content that is strategically on point without feeling contrived,” Phillips adds. “He has great potential.”
Traywick, who received his training at USC Film School and worked in production at Anonymous Content, has directed projects for Reebok, Match.com and Hallmark. The latter, developed through Mofilm, a producer of original content for television, online and mobile, reveals a simple, but emotionally nuanced story of a working-class mother and daughter, shot in a documentary style.
“My concept was to have the character of the daughter read the card in the voiceover,” recalls Traywick. “The marketing team at Hallmark Cards loved the idea. I made a rough cut and it tested well across the board, especially with millennials. I saw the project through the editing process and Hallmark was thrilled with the result. It will be part of their national Mother’s Day campaign.”
Traywick has directed two spots for Reebok, both produced through Mofilm. One focuses on a paralyzed surfer who heads an organization that teaches people with spinal cord injuries to surf. The second spot features cancer survivors taking part in a 39-mile Avon Walk for Breast Cancer event. “The piece has a slow emotional build,” explains Traywick. “It focuses, not on the big event, but rather on small, intimate stories. It was important to show the walkers’ emotional struggle to complete the journey as well as their triumph in crossing the finish line.”
Traywick considered offers from several production companies before selecting Madheart for its boutique structure and Phillips’ career-building strategy. “I respect the work of the other directors on the roster and I like Lisa’s ideas for helping me grow as a director,” he says. “The commercial market is changing, creating new opportunities for directors. At Madheart, I believe we will capture those opportunities while also exploring mainstream avenues.”
Madheart is based in Los Angeles. For further information, call 310-421-4441or visit http://www.madheart.com/. The company is represented on the West Coast by Mark Andrews (firstname.lastname@example.org), in the Midwest by Hot Betty (email@example.com), on the East Coast by Dana Dubay (firstname.lastname@example.org) and in the Southeast by Sarah Lange (sarahLange@cox.net).