El Rey Network Names Skip Chaisson, Senior Vice President, Creative & On-Air Promotion
El Rey Network, Robert Rodriguez’s 24-hour English language channel, today announced that Skip Chaisson, founder of the highly-regarded production company, Skip Film, has been appointed Senior Vice President, Creative & On-Air Promotion. Chaisson, who is based in Los Angeles, will report to Scott Sassa, vice chair and Robert Rodriguez, network founder and chairman.
Chaisson is founder and principal of Skip Film, a highly-regarded production company specializing in movie trailers, main titles for film and television, music videos, product advertising, sound and graphic design, and original programming. He will work closely with Sassa and Rodriguez to elevate and amplify the cable channel’s profile through his irreverent and visually compelling on-air style, while continuing to oversee Skip Film.
Skip’s editorial sensibility and graphic palette choices characterize his work for many leading producers and directors. With over 400 movie and television campaigns as well as commercials, specials and series in his portfolio, Chaisson is a member of the DGA, and a recipient of numerous Key Art Awards, Golden Trailer Awards, PromaxBDA awards, and a Clio. In 2002, just a year after he opened his firm, the Los Angeles Times said, “Skip Chaisson comes as close as you can get to superstar status in the trailer-making industry.” In 2013, Vogue Italia said, “…Chaisson is the undisputed king of trailer making.” Past clients include Tony and Ridley Scott, Jerry Bruckheimer, Michael Mann, Oliver Stone, James Cameron, Steven Spielberg, Michael Bay, John Woo and Robert Rodriguez, as well as many other filmmakers, studios, music industry clients and major advertising agencies.
He has designed main titles for numerous projects including The Good Wife, Numbers, Without A Trace and The Taking of Pelham 123, created teasers/trailers for films such as Gravity, Prometheus, Sin City 2, Wolverine, Machete, I Am Legend, The Fantastic Four and Pirates Of The Caribbean, directed tv campaigns for Arrow, Vampire Diaries and Reign and edited memorable scenes in Unstoppable, Man On Fire and Domino, as well as exec producing series for the Discovery Channel, CBS, Nat Geo and OWN. Prior to founding his own company, Chaisson worked as a director of special shoots and as editor of clutter-busting theatrical advertising for films including Mission Impossible 1 & 2, Braveheart, Titanic, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, Armageddon, Pearl Harbor and the highly-stylized, Gone In 60 Seconds, which changed the way trailers were done. He holds black belts in several of the martial arts, and is married and the father of three children.
Robert Rodriguez said: “I have worked with Skip for years and can’t imagine a more skilled creative in this crucial network role. His vision and uncompromising commitment to excellence has been an inspiration to me and I know that the future of El Rey Network is very bright with Skip at the helm of viewers’ on-air experience.”