The combined capabilities of the new venture include 360 advertising campaigns, brand identity and design systems, brand strategy and positioning, motion graphics, creative editorial, live-action production, branded content, key art, writing, live events and experiential design.
Anatomy Founder Mark Valentine will join Leroy & Clarkson as Chief Creative Officer, where he’ll work alongside Kate Hillis, owner and chief executive officer who has led the studio since 2014.
“Anatomy with Mark at the helm has a long-standing reputation for creating top-level work throughout the entertainment industry and I’m excited to bring his vast skills as a creative director, editor and marketer to our clients,” Hillis said in a statement. “He combines the skills of a filmmaker and storyteller with a deep understanding of the content needs of today’s media and entertainment industries. Mark is one of the few who helped elevate entertainment branding into the respected art form it is today.”
Valentine began his career in the early 1990s at CNBC, where he established the network’s on-air promo department before joining entertainment branding agency Lee Hunt Associates as creative director. In 2000, he founded Anatomy where he oversaw award-winning show launches, large scale upfront presentations and global television campaigns for a diverse range of clients.
“This is great news for all of our clients,” Valentine said in a statement. “I’m thrilled to be working with Leroy & Clarkson; our collective resources offer our clients more depth and bandwidth to accommodate larger scale projects with access to some of the best creative talent in the industry.”
Leroy & Clarkson launched in 2001 with projects for USA Network, SyFy, Cooking Channel, Fuse, History, Lifetime A&E and others. Hillis joined the company in 2010 as managing director and CFO, and acquired the company in 2014, making it one of the few woman-owned creative studios in New York.
Under her guidance, the company has grown by both expanding its roster of clients and successfully taking on projects with greater scope and complexity, such as work for National Geographic Channel, NBCUniversal, AMC, ABC News, The Rockefeller Foundation, TNT, Nasdaq, Lifetime, PBS and more.