General info
Senior Art Director
Los Angeles, CA
Hello! My name is Dave , and I'm an experienced senior art director in the entertainment advertising industry. I’ve been fortunate to have received awards as well as award nominations for my work, including a Clio Grand and Clio Silver as well as a Promax Gold and also have my work in Graphis.

My creative journey has gifted me with the exciting tasks of working on Print as well as integrated campaigns that encompass Guerrilla Marketing, Mobile, Product, Digital, Television, Streaming and Social. I’ve led as well as been part of teams to create synergy in messaging of multiple campaigns and clients.

I'm confident that I have the necessary tools to oversee and deliver cutting-edge campaigns that resonate with all audiences.
Experience
Feb 2015 - Present
Art Director
Dave Benavente, INC.
Working on Print Key Art as well as integrated campaigns that encompass Guerrilla Marketing, Mobile, Product, Digital, Television, Streaming and Social.
Jun 2015 - Jan 2020
Senior Art Director
Arsonal Design
Arsonal Design is an entertainment advertising company. Specializing in theatrical and cable/streaming key art Campaigns.

My role with Arsonal Design included working with Copywriters, Sketch Artists and Freelance Art Directors as well as Finishers to develop Film, Television, Product, Social, Digital and Streaming Campaigns.
Los Angeles, CA
Jun 2012 - Feb 2015
Senior Art Director
BPG
BPG is an entertainment advertising company. Specializing in theatrical and cable key art campaigns as well as web design, TV spots and trailers for Film.
While with BPG I worked as a creative lead on campaigns. Leading a team of creatives within multiple departments including: web designers, 3D animators, copywriters, sketch artists as well as senior art directors, art directors, Jr art directors and designers. My duties involved project managing in-house photo shoots and art directing the photographers, models, and props. My experience also allowed me the capability of being the on-set art director for studio location photo shoots with well-known photographers like Scott Schafer, Kevin Lynch and Art Streiber, just to name a few.
Santa Monica, CA
Aug 2011 - Jun 2012
Senior Art Director
Ignition Print
Ignition Print is an entertainment advertising company. Specializing in theatrical and cable key art campaigns as well as web design and trailers for Film.

My role with Ignition Print was being the Senior Art Director for the Television Department included regular collaboration with the Theatrical Creative Team. I also led a creative team of Copywriters, 3D Artists, and multiple Sketch Artists. I also managed any freelance Art Directors and acted as lead creative on all brainstorms. My duties also involved project managing in-house photo shoots while Lead Art Directing the models, props, photographers and lighting crews. My role eventually transitioned to a Senior Art Director working solely for the Theatrical Department where I worked on Hollywood's highest caliber projects.
Hollywood, CA
Dec 2009 - Aug 2011
Senior Art Director
BLT Communications, LLC
BLT Communications, LLC is an entertainment advertising company. Specializing in theatrical and cable key art campaigns, web design and theatrical trailers.

My role while at BLT Communications, LLC was to lead multiple freelance art directors. Duties also included working with sketch artists for concept and campaign development. As well as the 3D rendering department to render assets for overall campaigns. Additionally I worked with the logo design department to develop multiple logos for film projects. I also oversaw the the finishing process and worked with finishers on multiple campaigns for film. Lastly, I also worked with the production department on campaign breakdowns for key art.
Los Angeles, CA
Sep 2008 - Dec 2009
Senior Art Director
Freelance
Freelance
Clients include: Gravillis Inc., Bemis Balkind, BLT, Ignition Print, Cimarron, Cold Open, Iconisus L&Y, and Dawn Patrol.
My roles within these companies was to lead small to medium- sized teams on overall campaigns for film and television, and occasionally home ent projects. I was also responsible for on- site as well as all studio location photo shoots. I worked with copywriters, sketch artists and freelance art directors as well as finishers to develop film and television campaigns.
Beverly Hills, CA
Mar 2007 - Sep 2008
Senior Art Director
and company
And Company is an entertainment advertising company. Specializing in theatrical and cable key art campaigns, rebranding, and web design.

While at And Co I was a creative lead on projects for multiple cable print and web campaigns. I worked directly with sketch artists and copywriters to develop overall campaigns. I was also responsible for complete in-house and several studio location photo shoots with leading photographers including Art Streiber, Scott Schafer and Jim Fiscus. Los Angeles & New York.
Los Angeles, CA
Oct 2006 - Mar 2007
Art Director
Freelance
Working primarily with entertainment advertising companies. Specializing in theatrical key art campaigns as well as home entertainment.
Los Angeles, CA
Nov 2004 - Oct 2006
Art Director
Intralink Film Graphic Design
Intralink is one of the first integrated print and A/V entertainment advertising companies. Specializing in theatrical key art campaigns for print as well as theatrical trailers.
While at Intralink, I was mentored by the late and legendary Anthony Goldschmidt. His guidance helped me hone the ability to work with strong conceptual design, employing a traditional and fundamental sense of design for film as well as television print campaigns.
Santa Monica, CA
Nov 2001 - Nov 2004
Theatrical Production Manager / Assistant Art Director
VOX.ADV
VOX.ADV is an entertainment advertising company specializing in theatrical key art campaigns.

My role was focused on managing the production department on all aspects including print presentations (back when we used to print and mount all comps to send to clients). I was also responsible for all mechanicals and breakdowns for all film projects. Including OOH campaigns, National newspaper breakdowns. I was also responsible for working with vendors and press checks which involved working directly with the studio clients and the printers on multiple theatrical campaigns.
Culver City, CA
Jun 1999 - Nov 2001
Lead Production Artist
Creative Domain
Creative Domain is an entertainment advertising company specializing in theatrical key art campaigns and home ent key art.

My role here was to lead production artists in all theatrical campaigns with printed presentations, and the integration of mechanicals for one sheets.
Studio City, CA
May 1998 - Jun 1999
Production Artist
Graphic Orb
Graphic Orb is a print production house specializing in key art production.

My role was to do key art breakdowns for films as well as production legalization of mechanicals, which involved meticulous sizing and resizing of key art assets and billings.
Bixby Knolls, CA
Nov 1997 - May 1998
General Manager / Graphic Designer
Sir Speedy Printing
Sir Speedy is a tradition print shop that works with the public.

While at Sir Speedy I was responsible for a staff of 5 employees. All duties involved to maintain a traditional printshop, deliveries, working with vendors as well as clients. My responsibilities also included work with walk-in clients on all design needs for the shop.
Long Beach, CA
Jul 1997 - Nov 1997
Production Artist
Press-Telegram Newspaper
Local newspaper. I was part of a production team that designed advertisements for the daily newspaper.
Education
Los Angeles, CA
Jun 1995 - Jul 1997
Graphic Design
Platt College / Otis College of Art and Design
Private College for Graphic Design.
All necessary courses to further my education with many additional courses for optimal experience and enhancement.
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