Leveraging a diverse background in the visual arts, engineering, writing, and filmmaking, Jerome Austria has quickly established himself as a pioneer in advertising innovation. He most recently served as Executive Creative Director at Deutsch LA leading the digital creative group on brands like Volkswagen, Nintendo, Pizza Hut, and Target. He is currently an independent creative consultant for Airbnb working on the next revolutionary step of their world wide platform. Jerome’s career client list includes some of the world’s most recognizable brands such as Coca-Cola, Nike, Volkswagen, and ESPN. Jerome has collected over fifty international awards from some of the most prestigious competitions, including Cannes Lions, D & AD, One Show Interactive, the London International Advertising Awards, and the Clios. Jerome has also been named one of fifty winners of the coveted ADC Young Guns 6 award, honoring the world’s next generation of extraordinary creative talent in visual media and design. He has also been featured in a fashion editorial as one of Forbes Magazine’s Mad Men of 2012 and made Business Insider’s 25 Most Creative People in Advertising. His work has been featured in Creative Review, iD Magazine, Fast Company, SHOOT, Creativity, Adweek, Communication Arts, HOW magazine, and international design publications in Italy, China, and Denmark. In 2015, Jerome was nominated for Innovator of 2015 by the ADCOLOR society.
His career has many milestones including working on the pitch team that brought the Nike Digital Agency of Record business to R/GA, helping jump-start the newest AKQA office in NY with award-winning work for Coca-Cola, and spending three years building a 20+ interactive team from scratch at Wieden+Kennedy NY and then eventually running the agency as co-executive creative director in 2010. In 2012, he worked on the multi-award winning Superbowl teaser “The Bark Side” for Volkswagen at Deutsch LA, which surpassed over 18 million views online. In 2015, he led the Volkswagen Unleash Your Rrrr digital campaign which used groundbreaking artificial intelligence technology to construct custom Golf R films out of users’ funniest and craziest car sounds. In 2016, Jerome collaborated with Airbnb to develop Trips, where users can book authentic local experiences in cities across the world. In doing so, he also helped create 353 films in 13 cities in the span of 12 weeks to populate Airbnb’s new video-driven app.
Jerome has also directed an interactive Nike commercial featuring Def Jam recording artist Rihanna. In 2004, his directing debut at the Asian American International Film Festival garnered him the Best Director Jury Prize in the 72 Hour Shorts Program for his 6-minute short entitled “No Regrets.” His current short film entitled “Blush” will be played in over 5 major festivals around the country.
Jerome has freelanced for Airbnb, Uber, Mother, Media Arts Lab, 72 and Sunny, HUGE, Jung Von Matt in Hamburg & Vienna, and TBWA Chiat Day LA.
He is currently doing freelance creative consulting as he lives, works, and surfs out of sunny Los Angeles, California.