2017 Young Ones Portfolio Film / Television / Video Jury
Associate Lecturer, Advertising Communication
University of Arts London
Yann started out in the advertising industry at the COGENT Agency, Birmingham. As an art director his first task was producing black and white 3x4cm newsprint adverts for a local shed company.
Relocating to London, and 25 years later, Yann has won a basket of awards for his creative work and is equally proud of some of the work that did not win at the awards game.
As art and then copy, Yann has worked at many of London’s most celebrated agencies TBWA, BDDH (HAVAS) ST LUKES, W+K, MOTHER, WCRS, OGILVY and for others outside of London - BBH (Shanghai), BLRS (HAVAS Amsterdam)
Yann was voted a director to watch by D&AD in 2004, but directing took a back seat when he took up a senior position at WCRS. A tenure of 7 years saw him create celebrated work for BMW, Three mobile, Sky TV amongst others. In 2012, Yann began his own consultancy LONGFORM that specializes in script-to-screen commercial and brand content film production.
Yannakis has been an associate lecturer at Central St Martins College of Art for over 10 years. He is proud to say many of his ex-students are now scattered across the globe as creative directors and agents of positive change.
Yann plays table tennis slightly better than he plays chess.