Chairman, Board of Directors
After spending 15 years as a creative leader in the ad agency business, Paul Matthaeus started DIGITALKITCHEN as the digital studio for the ad agency he founded in 1992. With training in photography, filmmaking and marketing communications, Paul chartered DK to cultivate and advance broader experimentation and creativity in full-motion electronic media (digital filmmaking), leveraged with an uncommon faculty for strategic marketing. Under his direction, the work of Digital Kitchen has touched every continent and garnered awards in every major industry forum.
Vice Chairman, Board of Directors
Bill joined DK in 2012 to help the company meet the future in a way that capitalizes on its exciting creative heritage and provides growth and opportunity during this sea change in the communication industry. He brings 35 years of experience building creative business enterprises, along with deep knowledge about brand, marketing and corporate strategy.
He began his communications career at Walt Disney, where as director of creative services, he helped to launch multi-billion dollar emerging Disney enterprises like the Disney Channel and Disney Home Video. He also learned lifelong lessons about team building and managing creative environments. Bill put this knowledge to work in building and running CF2GS, which provided strategic and creative services to huge national brands (Royal Caribbean Cruises, U.S. Bank, AAA, HP). He sold the company to True North (now IPG) and served as president for a number of years.
During the dotcom era, Bill helped to take FreeShop.com public, watched the stock soar and then, when the market collapsed, developed the restructuring plan that kept the company alive, which led to its ultimate sale and return of shareholder equity. More life lessons learned.
Bill has also consulted with creative enterprises, helping entrepreneurs shift from proprietorships into enterprises that grow and scale. He currently serves on boards of cutting-edge communication companies deeply involved with digital, social and mobile marketing. He has also served on the boards of some of the Northwest’s leading public institutions, including IslandWood, Seattle Public Library Foundation and Pacific Science Center.
Cynthia is a partner at Digital Kitchen and general manager of the Los Angeles office. She currently oversees all operations and P&L for the office and oversees the AT&T U-verse business as account lead. Cynthia has more than a decade of experience in Hollywood. She served as president of Appian Way, a company she co-founded with actor Leonardo DiCaprio. There, she worked with numerous filmmakers in virtually every aspect of development, including contract negotiations with writers, directors and producers. Cynthia has worked with clients such as Cameron Diaz, Benicio Del Toro and Martin Scorsese.
Executive Chairman, Board of Directors
In his role as president, Don provides strategic direction to the independent creative agency's three offices in Chicago, Seattle and Los Angeles. As the agency's co-founder, Don has grown Digital Kitchen over the past 15 years from a respected motion graphics/production house to one of the first hybrid production/creative agencies and received prestigious accolades, including the Cannes Grand Prix Lion and multiple Emmy awards. Prior to Digital Kitchen, Don served as senior partner and executive producer at Ogilvy Chicago, where he produced a record number of commercials.
GC / VP Operations
JD oversees legal issues across the organization and supports in key operational areas. With a background of venture finance and public transactions in Silicon Valley and Seattle, he brings large-scale experience to support DK’s world-class creative efforts. If it’s a corner case or a gray area, it will probably land on his desk, and he’ll dig in happily (although perhaps with a word or two of caution).
Erica is an award-winning, versatile media producer with more than a decade of production experience. As head of production and executive producer, she oversees the logistical planning, workflow, production management and accounting of the creative work for the DK Los Angeles office. Erica manages projects across multiple mediums, from multimillion-dollar visual-effects projects to story-driven documentary series to online digital campaigns.
Prior to joining Digital Kitchen, Erica helped to oversee the production of prime-time sitcoms and reality programming for Sony Pictures Television Studio. She’s also held production management positions at G4 TV, AOL Video Networks and the NBC affiliate in San Francisco. Erica has a master’s degree in media management from the New School University in New York.
Director, New Business
A 14-year veteran of Digital Kitchen, Andrea has been a critical player in award-winning creative work across the full spectrum of DK’s offerings, including experiential, entertainment and strategic content. She began her career in production and has since held senior roles in account management and business development. Her diverse background and deep knowledge of Digital Kitchen enables her to expertly match the needs of new and returning clients with DK’s capabilities.
Andrea has a degree in English from Washington University in St. Louis. In her very limited spare time, she delight in playing referee to her toddler and infant daughters.