Matthaeus’ creative fluency is unmatched in the creative development and direction of bankable entertainment, through the integration of signature visual, editorial, musical and staging vocabularies that heighten storyline and cement franchises. 11 Emmy® nominations and two wins inside of 8 years. His credits include Six Feet Under, Dexter, Nip/Tuck, House, Rescue Me, Ghost Whisperer, The Company and many more.
After spending 15 years as a creative leader in the ad agency business, Matthaeus started Digital Kitchen as the digital studio for the ad agency he founded in 1992. With training in photography, filmmaking and marketing communications– Matthaeus 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.
The success of DK is traced to Paul’s ability to shorten the connection between artists and the medium of film— through a uniquely collaborative process that is sustained from development through execution. A critic of the solitary auteur, Paul’s ability to share the director’s role is legendary.
Matthaeus’ collaborative discipline has yielded an expansive creative vocabulary while ensuring a bankable record of excellence. Under his direction, the work of Digital Kitchen touched every continent and garnered awards in every major industry forum. Inside of a decade, revenues grew from $ one million to over $30 million. His work has been featured in general and trade publications including Newsweek, Time Magazine, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, Entertainment Weekly, Communication Arts, Graphis, Archive, AdWeek, Print and the Hollywood Reporter. His company was twice-voted best by the Association of Independent Commercial Producers (AICP), and in 2002 and 2006 won the Emmy® at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Matthaeus and his company have been nominated for more Emmys than any company of their kind.
Matthaeus has been a keynote speaker for the AIGA, Broadcast Design Association, Boards Summit, FlashForward, InVerge, SIGGRAPH, AdClub, INVERGE and Graphic Artist Guild. His published commentaries on advertising, technology and creativity in marketing have earned Matthaeus a reputation as a futurist and creative thought leader.
Matthaeus first received a degree in Photography, and went on to double major in Advertising and Graphic Design at the University of Washington. He has experience in virtually every aspect of print and film production, and has spent over half of his career helming companies he has founded.
Randy LaFollette boasts 28 years of film production management for major release entertainment, with extensive experience in every format, from feature films to Internet video. More recently, LaFollette spent two and half years as Vice President / Marketing and Operations of Interior Design International— a hospitality interior design firm specializing in casinos, resorts, hotels and themed environments. LaFollette excels in keeping projects on budget and on schedule, and believes that anticipation and communication is the foundation for successful and bankable projects.
Prior to becoming a major motion picture producer, LaFollette worked extensively as an assistant director on films such as “The Crow”, “Selena” and Dennis Hoppers “The Hot Spot” and “Flashback”. He has since worked on over 20 theatrical feature films, as well as several TV series including George Lucas’s “Young Indiana Jones”, “Buffy The Vampire Slayer” and “Northern Exposure”. LaFollette has produced extensively for Digital Kitchen– the 11 Emmy®-nominated company founded by creative partner Paul Matthaeus. He has produced thousands of broadcast commercials for clients such as Dinseyland, Universal Studios, Seaworld, Casino Spa Resort and Holiday Inn. His documentary work includes titles for museums like The Getty and The Museum of Flight. Randy Newman, Steve Miller Band, Alice in Chains and Sir Mix-a-Lot have all selected LaFollette to produce their music videos.
LaFollette has been a member of the Directors’ Guild of America for 22 years, and has been a guest speaker and instructor of film production for both advertising and entertainment.