Hatchling Studios, an interactive agency, animation studio and award-winning content creator, has hired Mark Samber as president. Reporting to Hatchling founder, CEO and chief creative officer Marc Dole, Samber will oversee all aspects of the company from client acquisition and retention to internal operations and client strategy. The hire will allow Dole to focus exclusively on driving the company’s creative services.
Samber most recently served as sales director for media software company Sonic Foundry Inc., and has also been managing director for boutique Interactive agency Wunderkind Studios and director of channel marketing at Meetinghouse Data Communications in Portsmouth. He joins Hatchling with 14 years of experience in sales management and strategic marketing.
‘We’re very excited to bring Mark on board,’ Dole comments. ‘He has a deep level of industry knowledge and unique experience in building a world-class creative services organization from the ground up. During Mark’s tenure at Wunderkind Studios, he achieved a delicate balance between doing work for great clients, hiring and managing talented artists and developers, and building enterprise value. We felt he was a perfect fit to help guide Hatchling’s continued growth and evolution as a leading animation and interactive studio.”
“I’ve watched Hatchling for a long time and I’ve always admired their work
and their ability to sustain a great creative environment over the years,’ Samber adds. ‘Dole has created a gem, and I know that together we can bring a level of client service, creative vision and strategic execution that is expected at the world’s leading corporations’
Portsmouth, New Hampshire-based Hatchling serves such clients as MTV, NBC and ESPN, as well as brands including Reebok, Charmin, Timberland and PC Connection. The company also created the award-winning CG short film ‘The Toll,’ which has played at nearly 60 film festivals. Hatchling has developed more than 40 properties for film and television. The animated web series Endurance Challenge stars the voices of Billy West (Ren & Stimpy) and April Stewart (South Park). The first episode has logged 500,000 views in its first two months online, and the follow-up has been to eight film festivals, earning two top awards at the Phoenix ComicCon.