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“Blood banks get blood. Lightheaded joy is had. Everyone is a winner.” – Vice on Blood Sport Gaming

“Let the games begin.” – Digital Trends on Prank House

 “Doesn’t that sound like fun?” – Fast Company on Blood Sport Gaming

“Outrage at live Shoot The Banker website.” – Business Insider on Shoot The Banker

“Forget Oculus Rift.” – BGR on Blood Sport Gaming

 “Taran Chadha gives us a solidly written story.” – Comicosity on New Humanz

TARAN CHADHA | Writer + Creative Director | chadha.taran@gmail.com

Most recently, I was featured on the SPACE Channel and the National Post as Creative Director for several comic book series and VR video games. I also created Blood Sport Gaming in partnership with Ogilvy Spain, which was originally featured on Vice, Time, Popular Mechanics and countless other press. I’ve worked for companies like TAXI, Edelman, Rethink, Shopify, Cineplex and more. I also ran my own creative tech agency in Laguna Beach which broke new ground in digital and robot technology by creating the first reality video game Prank House (Featured on Yahoo news, The London Evening Standard, Sunrise 7 etc). Prior to that I created the viral website Shoot The Banker along with two other digital ninja’s from CP+B (over a million hits in three weeks without promotion). Originally, I cut my chops at BBH and JWT in New York, then dabbled in graphic novels, pitched TV companies such as Disney and worked on several startups. But in the end, I love ideas. If you do too, let’s chat.

EXPERIENCE

Freelance Creative Director + Writer | the RAID studios | 2014 – Ongoing
Freelance Writer/Creative Director | Shopify | Toronto 2018
Freelance Creative Director + Writer | Cineplex | Toronto 2017
Freelance Creative Director + Writer | Titan1Studios | Toronto 2017
Freelance Creative Director + Partnership | Ogilvy | Madrid 2016
Freelance ACD + Director | Kids Help Phone | Toronto 2016
Freelance ACD Copy | Free Society | Toronto 2016
Freelance ACD Copy | GMR | Toronto 2016
Freelance ACD Copy | Edelman | Toronto 2015
Freelance ACD Copy |GMR | Toronto 2015
Senior Creative | TAXI | Toronto 2013
Freelance Creative Director | Toronto Distillery Company | Toronto 2012
Creative Director | Olly Apps + Smashbot | Los Angeles 2010
Creative Teacher | Miami Ad School | Los Angeles 2010
Creative | Rethink | Vancouver 2009
Creative | J. Walter Thompson | New York 2008
Freelance Creative | Bartle Bogle Hegarty | New York 2008
Intern | 180 Amsterdam + McCann Erickson | Amsterdam 2007
Master’s Degree |Miami Ad School + FIU | Miami 2007
Director’s Assistant | Mistress of Spices | London 2006
Camera Operator | Lionsgate Studios | Vancouver 2005
Camera Assistant | The First Russian | Vancouver 2005
Camera Assistant | The Zero Sum | Vancouver 2005
Film + Writing Bachelors | UBC | Vancouver 2004

AWARDS

Blood Sport Gaming
Next to Watch 2017

Cristal Award – Silver
IAB Spain Festival Inspirational Gold – Digital Installations
El Sol Silver – Public Service
El Sol Bronze – Events
El Sol Bronze – Product Design | Experiential

TELUS – Keep It In Your Pants
Marketing Mag Awards – Bronze

RAID Anthology #1
Gene Day Award – Nominated

Sad Bear
TIFF – Official Selection

REVIEWS

KGOR
CGMagonline – 8.5/10
ComicAsylum – 4/5

New Humanz
CGMagonline – 8/10
Comicbookroundup – 7/10
GraphicPolicy – “Pretty Sweet”

PRESS

Blood Sport Gaming

TimeViceFastCompanyBreak.comIGNGizmodo.co.ukDorklyTheMarySueMoviePilot.comGeekologieSiliconRepublicBGRHuffingtonPost.comHuffingtonPost.frHuffingtonPost.co.ukEngadgetEngadget.dePopularMechanicsUproxx.comcnetCNBCMirror.co.ukPolygonGamespotMetro.co.ukIBTimes.co.ukYahooNewsNYDailyNews,  LCI.frGigaCircleGigazine.netCulturedVulturesEgotasticMedicalDailyAol.comStrategyOnline.caVGNetwork.itVampires.comTechDigest.tvChinaTopixGameRantDailyStar.co.ukDigitalSpyTelegraph.co.ukN3NLab.ITmedia.co.jpTweakTownBanana1015.comEuroGamer.netUSFinancePostComputerbase.deBeGeek.frGamasutraBuddhaGamingGameliner.nlShazoo.ruNU.nlXGN.nlTechnoYouth.itBreakingNews.ieHTXTAfricaGameSkinny4Players.dePCGamesHardwareGearburnPCWorldDNAIndiaTheEscapistTechnabobWebnews.itHiTek.frTheGamesCabinGamingGadgets.deGamezilla.plNextGamerQuotidiano.netMultiplayer.itPixelVultureGamerFocusPixelcakeDerstandardUnabhaengige-testerUbergizmoChikitaku

KGOR

Space, NerdistCGMagonline, PreviewsWorld, ComixAsylum, ComicVine, Pullist, ForbiddenPlanet, ComicBookRealm, Newswire, YahooFinance, LeagueOfComicGeeks, FreshComics, Tapas, TimeTravelNexus, MyComicShop, AtomicEmpire, SilverSnail, ComicsDungeon, ScienceFiction, ComicList, TheBusinessJournal

Prank House

DigitalTrends, DailyMail, Newswire, Sunrise, EveningStandard

Shoot The Banker

GawkerBusinessInsider, TheDenverEgotist, Buzzfeed, AdRants

TELUS – Keep It In Your Pants

HuffingtonPost, Strategy, YahooCanada.comMobileSyrup, iPhoneInCanada, AndroidHeadlines

New Humanz

PreviewsWorld, Comicosity, ComicHunter, ComicBookDB, DCBService, ComicList, FortressOfComicNews, ComicBookWorld.

The FCC Porn Scrambler

BoingBoing

 

CLIENTS

BMW
Cineplex
Shopify
The Rec Room
NFL
NHL
Wrigley’s
Hershey’s
GE
TELUS
Axe
Audi
Reese
RBC
Miller Lite/MGD
Airborne
Zyrtec
Listerine
Science World
Sobeys
Fresh Co.
A&W

+5 startups you’ve never heard of

REFERENCES

128ea2aJAN JAWORSKI | Senior Creative at Facebook – “Taran Chadha is what happens when a Greek god is born in the form of an Indian man from western Canada. And by that I mean that he is by far one of my favorite people to work with, and an amazingly talented guy. He’s the type of creative person who, no matter what the problem is, you always know will solve it in an unexpected way. Whether it’s an integrated campaign, an interactive website with “live” robotics, a pilot for a TV show, a short film, a graphic novel, or a feature film script Taran has, literally, done it all. In addition to that, he’s one of the most collaborative, ego-less, fun and nicest people I have ever had the pleasure of working with. Oh, and he plays a mean tenor saxophone too. So if you’re in the mood for some sensual jazz, Taran’s your man.”

 

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YUSONG ZHANG | ACD at Cossette – “Taran is a very talented writer, and his talents extend way beyond the discipline of copywriting. He’s a well-rounded creative thinker and problem solver with a very unique vision. He attacks problems from every possible angle and finds the best solution. He’s also very kind and fun to work with. If you come across this guy, hire him!”