Caruso Co. founder and Executive Producer Robert Caruso is an award-winning director and producer of hundreds of advertising and marketing projects. He has been honored by the Clios, The London International Advertising Awards, Anicom Animation, The MTV Awards, Billboard Magazine and the Grammys. He has directed out of renown production companies Industrial Light & Magic, HKM Films and Rhythm and Hues as well as helming projects for major ad agencies, Hollywood studios, record companies, fortune 500 marketing teams and A-list celebrities.
Robert has directed broadcast advertising campaigns for Verizon, Nestle, Sprint, Disney, Coors, Motorola, Kraft and many others. Additional work as both director and executive producer include web films and branded content for top Silicon Valley and Fortune 500 companies. Notable clients include: Facebook, Google, Intel, HP, LinkedIn, Oracle and Salesforce.com.
As Director he has enjoyed working with celebrities as varied as Arnold Schwarzenegger, Will Smith, James Earl Jones, America Ferrera and Jamie Foxx as well as sports figures such as skateboard legend Tony Hawk, basketball superstar Shaquille O’Neal, hockey great Wayne Gretzky and baseball star Hunter Pence.
Early in his career, Robert partnered in the launch of San Francisco based, Commotion Pictures where he directed nearly forty music videos and began his commercial career. He also represented a roster of talented directors and shared the title of Executive Producer. Notable music industry clients included: Warner Brothers’ artist Green Day, A&M’s Soundgarden, Virgin Records’ John Lee Hooker, Columbia Records’ Public Enemy and Warner’s Mavis Staples. Commercial work included spots for: Sega, Time Warner, Taco Bell and Levis Strauss.
Following Commotion, Robert was recruited by George Lucas’ special effects company, Industrial Light & Magic. Through ILM’s commercial division he directed dozens of award-winning TV spots and continued with music videos including three titles for actor/musician Will Smith. Two of these clips “Men In Black” and “Will2K”, garnered multiple honors including an MTV Award and a Grammy Nomination. He also helmed several character animation projects, working with ILM’s award winning animators and effects artists.
After leaving ILMCP, he directed for commercial shops HKM Films in Los Angeles and later animation powerhouse, Rhythm & Hues where he continued with innovative commercial work for Verizon, Nestles, Savon, Kraft, Clorox and others.
As Executive Producer, Robert brings his deep media production knowledge to all Caruso Company projects.