Astrid Downs has been announced as the new executive producer for Hollywood, Calif.-based MRB Productions. MRB Productions, founded in 2001 by two-time Emmy Award-winning producer Matthew Brady, specializes in television, features, new media and commercial.
Downs, a native of Mexico, formerly acted as the EP and head of sales for Santa Monica, Calif.-based Bully Pictures, where she was responsible for elevating industry recognition of the company's brand as the face of the company. In her role, she also helped to manage the careers of the company's directors, which included Dustin Lance Black (Milk), Javier Aguilera and Juergen Bollmeyer, to name a few.
Downs is bilingual and has 20 years of experience working as a producer, which includes working with companies such as Digital Kitchen, Gartner and Saville Productions.
"We are excited to have Astrid Downs running our commercial division, because she has worked as both an executive producer and rep," said Brady. "She knows both sides of the business and has the unique skill set to find boards that are a perfect match for our directors at MRB."
"The paramount reason I was attracted to MRB is their longstanding and continued success at producing exciting work in all media platforms," said Downs. "I feel that my depth of focused experience within the advertising industry is a great match with the longevity and success that Matt has garnered with MRB, as well as the high level of creativity and collaborative vision within his entire team. I'm looking forward to launching the brand into a fully-formed presence within the ad industry by creating new opportunities and managing our existing project pipeline of work and directors."