Finalist Judge

Mitch Monson

MIRADA Studios

Mitch has produced a broad range of award-winning branding, design and motion for commercial, theatrical and television brands, successfully launching networks both in the U.S. and internationally. Prior to his role at MIRADA Studios in Hollywood, Mitch worked 4 years as VP/Creative Director at MOCEAN, then as CD at TROLLBÄCK + COMPANY, KIND, CD/Partner at Mrs.K, Citizen Pictures and also Senior Designer/Director at 3 Ring Circus. In these positions he was responsible for the design and direction of broadcast and commercial projects for some of the most recognizable brands on television. His clients have included networks such as FOX, NBC Sports, NBC Olympic, Marvel Studios, Warner Bros., Netflix, Amazon Studios, HBO Europe, SVT2 Sweden, IBM, Time Warner, Showtime, Food Network, Discovery, Discovery Health, National Geographic, Abu Dhabi Media, TLC, PBS, Disney/Americast, ABC, Canal +, Al Jazeera News, Al Jazeera Sport, BBC, BBC Worldwide, Travel Channel, Sundance Channel and the Fenway Sports Group.

Prior to his creative positions in NYC, Denver and LA, Mitch was a Partner/Creative Director of HDMG in Minneapolis for 10 years. HDMG is a design, post and effects company that specializes in Broadcast, Commercial and Music Video projects. While at HDMG, one of Mitch’s most unusual credits was his design of the symbol that represents the artist formerly known as "Prince.”

His broadcast and commercial work has garnered numerous international design awards from the Broadcast Designers Association [BDA], PROMAX, PROMAX Arabia, New York Film Festival, Art Directors Club and other organizations including 2 Emmys from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences [NATAS].

Mitch has also been a featured speaker and awards judge for The One Show, AIGA, AICP and for Promax/BDA in Toronto, NYC, Orlando, Minneapolis, LA, Dubai and most recently for the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) and MOTIONOGRAPHER for the past two years of the Motion Awards.