Mike Warzin has been interested in filmmaking ever since the fifth grade when he set up two VCRs and a mixer in his basement so he could edit and place soundtracks on his home videos. A film graduate from Columbia College Chicago, his career in advertising began in 2008 when he and twelve others joined Wieden+Kennedy’s prestigious WK 12 program. WK 12 served as a crash course into commercial making—Warzin maintains that he’s never worked so hard for something in his life—and it paid off. Following the program he stayed with Wieden+Kennedy as an art director and writer on Nike for nearly four years before transitioning to a senior creative role at Anomaly. His work as a creative for Nike, Dick's Sporting Goods, and Budweiser gained awards and recognition from Cannes Lions, AICP, the Clios, the Effie Awards, and the D&AD's. Throughout this time, Warzin was fortunate to collaborate with and learn from A-list directors, DPs, and editors, many of whom were encouraging of his own desire to direct. Ultimately, he took their advice and since then has completed projects for Brand Jordan, Smirnoff, Adidas and Brooks.
“I’ve always respected what Mal and Marc at Arts & Sciences have built,” says Warzin. “To be joining the roster at a smaller company whose mission it is to champion their artists and produce new, quality commercial and experimental work is both flattering and a dream come true.”
"Mike's reputation and talent as a creative was well known. I’ve watched his evolution to directing full time and am wildly impressed by the craft, attention to detail, and visual style he brings to his work", says Mal Ward, Managing Director, Arts & Sciences. "His ability to direct across multiple genres while still having a concise and original vision is just one of the many reasons why we’re excited to have him join A&S."
Mike Warzin and Arts & Sciences are represented on the West Coast by Dexter Randazzo and Aaron Friedland at The Department of Sales, in the Midwest by Mary Kate Hatfield at MKH, and on the East Coast by Tara Averill and John Robertson at Representation Co.