Chairman, Board of Directors
After spending 15 years as a creative leader in the ad agency business, Paul Matthaeus started DIGITALKITCHEN as the digital studio for the ad agency he founded in 1992. With training in photography, filmmaking and marketing communications, Paul chartered DK to cultivate and advance broader experimentation and creativity in full-motion electronic media (digital filmmaking), leveraged with an uncommon faculty for strategic marketing. Under his direction, the work of Digital Kitchen has touched every continent and garnered awards in every major industry forum.
Vice Chairman, Board of Directors
Bill joined DK in 2012 to help the company meet the future in a way that capitalizes on its exciting creative heritage and provides growth and opportunity during this sea change in the communication industry. He brings 35 years of experience building creative business enterprises, along with deep knowledge about brand, marketing and corporate strategy.
He began his communications career at Walt Disney, where as director of creative services, he helped to launch multi-billion dollar emerging Disney enterprises like the Disney Channel and Disney Home Video. He also learned lifelong lessons about team building and managing creative environments. Bill put this knowledge to work in building and running CF2GS, which provided strategic and creative services to huge national brands (Royal Caribbean Cruises, U.S. Bank, AAA, HP). He sold the company to True North (now IPG) and served as president for a number of years.
During the dotcom era, Bill helped to take FreeShop.com public, watched the stock soar and then, when the market collapsed, developed the restructuring plan that kept the company alive, which led to its ultimate sale and return of shareholder equity. More life lessons learned.
Bill has also consulted with creative enterprises, helping entrepreneurs shift from proprietorships into enterprises that grow and scale. He currently serves on boards of cutting-edge communication companies deeply involved with digital, social and mobile marketing. He has also served on the boards of some of the Northwest’s leading public institutions, including IslandWood, Seattle Public Library Foundation and Pacific Science Center.
Managing Director /
Cynthia is a partner at Digital Kitchen and general manager of the Los Angeles office. She currently oversees all operations and P&L for the office and oversees the AT&T U-verse business as account lead. Cynthia has more than a decade of experience in Hollywood. She served as president of Appian Way, a company she co-founded with actor Leonardo DiCaprio. There, she worked with numerous filmmakers in virtually every aspect of development, including contract negotiations with writers, directors and producers. Cynthia has worked with clients such as Cameron Diaz, Benicio Del Toro and Martin Scorsese.
As CFO, Nikhil holds overall financial and operational management responsibility for DK including serving as a key liaison to the agency’s parent kyu, the strategic operating unit of Hakuhodo DY Holdings. Additionally, he oversees key departmental activities for Finance, HR, IT and Legal.
Nikhil has held strategic leadership positions inside the world’s most respected agency brands and holding companies including Havas (Euro RSCG), Saatchi & Saatchi, WPP, and most recently Omnicom’s Diversified Agency Services division, working in Europe, Asia, Latin America and the U.S.
He is well-versed in multinational, entrepreneurial and re-engineering environments, holding expertise in risk management, financial reporting, staff utilization models and contract negotiations.
Nikhil is a member of both the Association of Corporate Treasurers (UK) and the Institute of Chartered Accounts of England & Wales.
Executive Chairman, Board of Directors
In his role as president, Don provides strategic direction to the independent creative agency's three offices in Chicago, Seattle and Los Angeles. As the agency's co-founder, Don has grown Digital Kitchen over the past 15 years from a respected motion graphics/production house to one of the first hybrid production/creative agencies and received prestigious accolades, including the Cannes Grand Prix Lion and multiple Emmy awards. Prior to Digital Kitchen, Don served as senior partner and executive producer at Ogilvy Chicago, where he produced a record number of commercials.
GC / VP Operations
JD oversees legal issues across the organization and supports in key operational areas. With a background of venture finance and public transactions in Silicon Valley and Seattle, he brings large-scale experience to support DK’s world-class creative efforts. JD leads the IT and HR teams with the goal of enabling the creative, production and account departments to focus on making the magic that DK is known for. If it’s a corner case or a gray area, it will probably land on his desk, and he’ll dig in happily (although perhaps with a word or two of caution).
Erica is an award-winning, versatile media producer with more than a decade of production experience. As head of production and executive producer, she oversees the logistical planning, workflow, production management and accounting of the creative work for the DK Los Angeles office. Erica manages projects across multiple mediums, from multimillion-dollar visual-effects projects to story-driven documentary series to online digital campaigns.
Prior to joining Digital Kitchen, Erica helped to oversee the production of prime-time sitcoms and reality programming for Sony Pictures Television Studio. She’s also held production management positions at G4 TV, AOL Video Networks and the NBC affiliate in San Francisco. Erica has a master’s degree in media management from the New School University in New York.
Senior Interactive Producer
Jason McClaren escaped the torrential downpours of the Pacific Northwest and currently serves as Senior Interactive Producer at Digital Kitchen's Los Angeles office where he has helped build and manage a highly successful cross-office interactive department over the past eight years. Jason has performed account and project management for a multitude of interactive multi-platform projects for clients such as AT&T, Califia Farms, Sony Pictures, and HBO among others. His background includes more than a decade of new media and interactive development at several startups where he developed a hands-on approach that emphasizes clear methodologies to achieving a client's goals.
Marton Harsanyi is a senior strategist with experience on several multinational accounts in marketing communications. At Digital Kitchen, he is responsible for brand planning and defining the best ways to activate big ideas on and offline.
Marton started his career in his hometown, Budapest, Hungary, at Leo Burnett; working on brands like Coke Zero and P&G’s Old Spice. His work on the Samsung account lead him to a strategy role on global campaigns out of Leo Burnett’s Chicago headquarters.
Marton’s Eastern European perspective finds magical insights in American culture that others might not notice or take for granted. His background also explains his obsession with alternative theatre, indie movies and anything that happens outdoors.
President / Chief Creative Officer
Director of Experience Design Anthony Vitagliano designs experiences, and more often than not in a public space. As the Director of Experience Design at Digital Kitchen, he is responsible for creating meaningful engagements between people and brands. He combines art with technology in unexpected ways and is often surprised by the outcome. Anthony believes all design is experience design. Nothing is off limits. Nothing is isolated. Everything matters. His work has earned numerous industry awards, one Emmy nomination and a Design Grand Prix at the Cannes International Creativity Festival. He has worked with clients such as LAX’s International Terminal, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, HBO, Target and The Coca-Cola Company. He is rapidly going gray and has a slight obsession with revolving doors.
Derich’s strategic creative vision and leadership spans many disciplines, including digital media, experiential, brand identity, and content marketing. He’s an accomplished director, designer, and writer whose work for brands such as Electronic Arts, Food Network, NBA, Disney, and Nickelodeon have garnered numerous awards and accolades, both from the press and his clients. His team at DK has crafted integrated campaigns, main titles, and broadcast spots for Netflix, Hulu, AT&T, IMAX, and others – leveraging DK’s robust live-action production, 2D and 3D motion graphics, character animation, and editorial practices. Derich is an avid motorcyclist, musician, and photographer.
Director, New Business
A 14-year veteran of Digital Kitchen, Andrea has been a critical player in award-winning creative work across the full spectrum of DK’s offerings, including experiential, entertainment and strategic content. She began her career in production and has since held senior roles in account management and business development. Her diverse background and deep knowledge of Digital Kitchen enables her to expertly match the needs of new and returning clients with DK’s capabilities.
Andrea has a degree in English from Washington University in St. Louis. In her very limited spare time, she delight in playing referee to her toddler and infant daughters.