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Jonathon Ker, Partner/EP at paydirt, Santa Monica Will Lead The
TV/Cinema/Online Film - Production | Post-Production LIA Jury

17 April 2013

Press Release
17th April 2013

Release Date: 17th April 2013

Jonathon Ker, Partner/Executive Producer of paydirt, Santa Monica will lead the 2013 TV/Cinema/Online Film - Production | Post-Production Jury.

Over the course of his two-decade-plus career, Jonathon Ker has distinguished himself as a career builder with a keen eye for talent and a steadfast reputation for top-tier commercial film production. His diverse and impressive resume includes commercials, films and music videos, many produced in conjunction with some of the most respected directorial talents in the business.

Most recently, Ker co-founded paydirt with director Iain Mackenzie and fellow producer Jeremy Barrett.  In just a short time, paydirt has thrived. Prior to paydirt, Ker established tight in 2004, and concurrently introduced and ran Outsider and the Viral Factory in the States. Before this, he oversaw production powerhouses Palomar Pictures, which he helped found, and Limelight USA. His successful run also included time as head of broadcast at London advertising agency BBH.

Jonathon has produced a number of films which have received countless awards at top film festivals around the world and garnered widespread critical acclaim. Most recently Ker produced the critically acclaimed documentary Buffalo Girls, which premiered in 2012 at the Slamdance Film Festival. Spots for Coca-Cola, Levis, Nike, Mercedes, American Express, and other major international brands top Ker’s commercial portfolio.

“As a reflection of the importance and the value of production and post-production in the creative process, LIA awards both Production Company of the Year and Post-Production Company of the Year.  This year we are proud to announce that Jonathon, with his award-winning expertise, will lead the jury panel as they review and critique the 2013 craft entries.” stated Barbara Levy, President of LIA.

“I am thrilled to be invited back this year to be the President of the Craft Jury at LIA 2013. I truly enjoyed my visit last year, and am excited to come back. Looking forward to getting together with all of the new judges, and spending time watching all of the great work from 2012/2013.” said Ker.

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28th London International Awards Judging and ‘Creative Conversations’
4th – 12th October 2013, Las Vegas

LIA has established itself as a revolutionary global competition, celebrating creativity, the power of ideas and new technology in all forms of Advertising, Digital and Design. Defining its 28-year history, Barbara Levy, Founder and President of LIA, continues her innovative leadership, meeting the demands of our ever-changing industry. Launched in 1986 with a mission to be different, LIA was the first truly international award, accepting entries in Television, Print and Radio media from around the world. LIA now accepts entries into thirteen unique media types.

LIA Educational Initiative: In 2012, LIA launched the Junior 'Creative Conversations' programme targeted to Young Creative’s from around the globe. As a way to give back to the industry, LIA coordinated a week of seminars, conversations, lunches and dinners that were educational and stimulated discussions around the future of Advertising. The entire initiative, including travel, meals and hotel expenses, was fully funded by LIA.

The 2012 'Creative Conversations' speakers included: Ted Royer, Susan Credle, Israel Diaz, Sonal Dabral, Tony Calcao, Jeremy Craigen, Faris Yakob, Neil French, Doerte Spengler-Ahrens, Bob Garfield, Jonathon Ker, Ralph van Dijk, Scott Elias and Phil Growick.

In 2013, 'Creative Conversations' will once again take place at Wynn/Encore, Las Vegas during the week of the LIA Judging Sessions. Seventy carefully selected Junior Creative’s from around the globe will attend this intimate, invitation-only event.

For further information please visit www.liaawards.com or contact:

Rebecca Morgan – Head of PR and Marketing

London International Awards

179 Wardour Street, 3rd Floor, London W1F 8WY, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 20 8426 1670; E-mail:

LIA will open their Entry System in May with a final deadline at the end of July.

For further information please visit www.liaawards.com or contact:

Rebecca Morgan – Head of PR and Marketing

London International Awards

 179 Wardour Street, 3rd Floor, London W1F 8WY, United Kingdom

Telephone: +44 20 8426 1670; E-mail: beccy@liaawards.com