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Curiosity, authenticity, and a deep commitment to the craft. These are some of the defining characteristics of the WSJ. Magazine 2016 Innovators–an outstanding group of individuals recognized for setting new ground in their fields. Seven trailblazing talents, all of whom are featured in the magazine’s November issue, were honored among more than 200 guests for their groundbreaking accomplishments in their respective disciplines on November 2nd at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. Selected by WSJ. Magazine editors, the honorees were: Melinda Gates (Philanthropy); Ai Weiwei (Art); Tom Ford (Film); The Weeknd (Music); Daniel Humm and Will Guidara (Food)); Es Devlin (Design) and Snøhetta’s Craig Dykers and Kjetil Thorsen (Architecture).

For the second year in a row, MediaStorm has used its multidisciplinary approach to create films that shine a light on the legacies and innovations of each individual. These films showcase some of MediaStorm’s greatest strengths: an ability to develop a captivating story under tight constraints; combining beautiful cinematography and motion graphics to add unparalleled finesse; and working in close partnership with a client to get results.

These videos have been a critical part of WSJ’s strategy to drive it's audience to its site and to assert itself as the place of significance for the informed citizen.

In keeping with our mission to develop stories that matter, we are thrilled to play a role in recognizing the WSJ. Magazine 2016 Innovators.

Client: WSJ. Magazine
Published: November 2, 2016


Shorter versions of these films premiered at the WSJ. Magazine 2016 Innovator Awards on November 2nd at the Museum of Modern Art. The digital versions premiered on wsj.com and mediastorm.com on November 3 and have been a critical component of helping WSJ drive audeinces to its site.

About the Client

With five global editions spanning 62 countries, WSJ. Magazine—which publishes 12 issues a year—is The Wall Street Journal's luxury-lifestyle publication dedicated to the power and passions of the Journal's readership.

Individual Films

With a focus on highly targeted campaigns backed by data tracking, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, with Melinda as co-chair, has established itself as the most powerful philanthropic organization in the world. Watch it now.

After almost two decades in fashion, Tom Ford made the bold move into an entirely different creative career; Filmmaking. Ford has used his singular style and extensive knowledge of film to become one of the most talked about directors in Hollywood. Watch it now.

Es Devlin has spent 20 years investigating some of the most important stagecraft of the last two decades. From Wagner to Beyonce, Devlin has created stage design that expands upon the core ideas of each performance regardless of genre. Watch it now.

Daniel Humm is a three-star Michelin chef; Will Guidara a world-class restaurateur. Together they combined their talents to create one of the finest eating experiences available. Now, they are set to redefine the hotel experience for their generation. Watch it now.

With five chart-topping albums in just five years, The Weeknd has redefined the genre. His lyrical vulnerability, combined with a unique melodic voice, has made him what MTV calls the most ambitious artist of 2016. Watch it now.

Snøhetta is an architecture and design firm based on the idea that solutions should be derived from the needs of the client, and it’s community. With this, they’ve been rewarded with some of the most challenging commissions in the world. Watch it now.

Ai Weiwei is amongst the world’s most famous dissident artists. Since regaining the right to travel from the Chinese government, the artist has focused his work on human rights issues, most recently the world’s refugee crisis. Watch it now.

MediaStorm partnered with the WSJ. Magazine to produce seven short films honoring each of the awardees of the Magazine’s sixth annual Innovator Awards. Watch it now.

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