Team Members

Daniel Miller

Daniel Miller

Daniel Miller has a long and successful history as an award-winning, results-producing leader with a proven record of accomplishment in crafting and leading comprehensive television production strategies in support of business goals and objectives. His expertise in directing creative services, promotions, marketing, and sales support has led U Direct Productions for over a quarter century. Daniel’s ability to effectively communicate with high level executives has facilitated business growth through multiple platform marketing efforts. Daniel is also experienced at developing and implementing multi-media programs, advertising, promotional strategies, collateral, PR, and process improvements. His consistent record of improving revenue, acquiring and retaining clients and proven ability to exceed objectives, lead effective teams, and ensure delivery of top quality products/services is the reason his history of serving clients is measured by decades.

As one of the founders of Artisan Technologies LLC, Daniel is combining a 20 year relationship and creative genius of Avi Karpick that will once again revolutionize the industry much like U Direct did in 1993 when it offered highly skilled production and editorial techniques that provided an opportunity for creatives to direct the spots they conceived, a format that is replicated by most commercial production houses today. Daniel is also a leader in his local community, serving his second term as 1st Vice Chair of Community Board 2 Manhattan, Chair of Economic Development and Small Business, and Chair of Hudson River Park Advisory Council. His long history of volunteering his skills to benefit fellow New Yorkers is what makes him most proud.

Jon Bond

Jon Bond

Jon Bond is one of the advertising and marketing industry’s most recognized thought leaders and entrepreneurs. He has developed several significant companies and marketing concepts over his 30-year career.

Jon was Co-Founder and CEO of Kirshenbaum Bond and Partners (KBP). KBP was arguably the original “word of mouth”” agency, well before social media appeared on the scene. The agency was the first to develop the modern, multi-disciplinary model. . KBP also created the first pop-up store, and built one in only 18 hours during an episode of the television show The Apprentice. In 2008, KBP launched one of the industry’s first trading desks, Varick Media Management, and was voted agency of the year (under $1BB range) later that same year. KBP was also featured in an episode of the “The Simple Life” and in the 2007 film “Perfect Stranger.” In 2010, KBP sold to MDC. Billings were approximately $1 billion at the time, and clients included BMW, Citi, Victoria’s Secret, Target, Wendy’s, and the Coca Cola Company.

From 2010 to 2012, Jon was CEO of Big Fuel (now part of Publicis), one of the world’s largest social media agencies. Big Fuel’s clients included General Motors, Gatorade, Chase, and T-Mobile. In addition, Jon helped co-found and one of the first online media agencies (iballs), which sold to Microsoft in the early 2000s.

Jon is currently Co-Chairman at The Shipyard — a full service agency operating in four U.S. cities, with data science at the center of all marketing and media decisions.

Jon is a co-founder of Evolve, the only non-partisan gun safety and responsibility group. He is also a board member of Gods Love We Deliver and a former board member of the American Association of Advertising Agencies and the Ad Council. Jon has recent investments and/or board roles at: White Ops, Metamorphic VC fund, TZP Private Equity Fund, Victors and Spoils (now part of Havas), Simplifi, Data Xu, Blackbook magazine, and Klout.

Mr. Bond co-authored “Under the Radar” (John Wiley & Sons), which has been published in 5 languages, and has sold over 40,000 hard cover copies. He has also written a column called “Truth In Advertising” for Mediapost, and was formerly a regular contributor to the Huffington Post. He is a keynote speaker represented by The Guild Group and has lectured at Harvard Business School, Columbia, NYU, The University of Texas (Austin), and his alma mater, Washington University (St. Louis).

In 2011, Jon appeared in Morgan Spurlock’s documentary The Greatest Movie Ever Sold. Jon has also appeared on CNN, 20/20, CNBC, 20/20, Barbara Walters, Deborah Norville, and Piers Morgan. In 2010, Jon was voted number 4 in Adweek’s “Executive of the Decade” poll.

Stephan C. Economos

Stephan C. Economos

Stephan C. Economos, age 39, is the Chief Executive Officer of Eagle Rock Distributing Company, LLC and Eagle Rock Studios Atlanta. Eagle Rock Distributing, headquartered in Norcross, Georgia, is one of the largest beverage distributors in Georgia and is the 25th largest Anheuser-Busch distributor in the country. Eagle Rock Studios Atlanta is the largest stage complex under one roof in the United States with 465000 square feet of space. Prior to his current position, Steve served as President of Eagle Rock and held various positions in the Company of increasing responsibility. Currently, Steve serves as the President of the Georgia Beer Wholesaler Association and is a member of New Belgium Brewery’s Wholesaler Advisory Panel.

A graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2001, Steve holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.

Steve resides in Atlanta, Georgia with his wife and four children. He enjoys spending time with his family, hunting, and sports.

Avi Karpick

Avi Karpick

For over 25 years, Avi Karpick has worked worldwide as a cinematographer and director on hundreds of large-scale and award winning advertising campaigns. After many years of shooting live action, he chose to specialize in food and liquids tabletop, working with top food stylists, mock-up and SFX teams in over 20 countries. With a firm belief that ‘no task is impossible’, he has become a highly sought-after director and DP, specializing in the widest range of tabletop products, such as chocolate, fruit, meat, dairy, baked goods, beer, soda and other liquids. He has been called upon to work on productions around the globe for top brands such as McDonald’s, The Coca-Cola Company, Heineken, Volkswagen, IKEA and Turkish Airlines.

Avi Karpick offers vast experience in both live action and tabletop. He is an expert in food styling, combining live action, tabletop and CGI, and has an unparalleled knowledge of cameras, motion control systems, shooting underwater and at high-speed. He works with a wide variety of cameras, including Phantom-Flex, Alexa, Epic and Phantom 4K. He also specializes in working with macro lenses and DNA borescope, creating unique and magnificent extreme close-up shots. His distinctive approach has resulted in eye-provoking, engaging, and memorable commercials as he combines a real passion for food with a great talent for designing arresting frames and ‘food action’.

His reel consist of clients such as Coca Cola, Ginger Ale, Bonaqua, Mineral water, Sol beer, Heineken beer, Dominos’ pizza, McDonald’s, KFC, Knorr, LU Grany, Caykur tea, Lipton tea, MK Cafe, Turkish Airlines, the shoot focuses on the tasty and appetizing looks of the dishes/ cooked dishes, yogurts, creamy look of cheese and yogurts, beer with foam, bubbles, high speed of liquids.