Our Q&A with Telly Jury Council Member Frank Kivo

Film Director / Executive Producer at Team Frankie

Pushing the limits and testing the boundaries of each project, Frank never fails to exceed his client’s expectations.

Cultivating relationships with nationally recognized brands on broadcast and digital platforms; Frank Kivo is captivating diverse audiences.  

Frank’s strong directorial foundation can be accredited to his mastery of editing, which he obtained while cutting some of the most popular shows on television for Bravo, NBC, MTV, National Geographic, History Channel and more. His commercial work has garnered millions of views online, played Super Bowl LIII, and made headlines in various media outlets and publications including Sports Illustrated, Wired Magazine, CNN, MSNBC and Bloomberg News.

Today, Frank lives in Los Angeles, California. He still misses New York.

What piece of video/television has recently inspired you?

The most inspiring piece of video work that I have seen lately is definitely Kacey Musgraves latest music video, Rainbow. The social issues addressed, coupled with the flawless cinematography really made it a stand-out viewing experience for me. I think the message, paired with the serene vocals set in such a captivating visual scene created a beautiful work of art. I’m also a huge fan of Kacey.

What is most exciting for you at the moment within your industry?

The video production industry is always an exciting place to be. Right now, the most exciting facet of the industry definitely has to be that the archaic model of client-to-agency-to-production company is changing rapidly. As a production company owner, we are partnering directly with our clients and end users more than ever before. It shows that sophisticated production companies can fill the role of both creative and production. As a director, this is ideal as it eliminates a middle man and there becomes a more clear channel of communication with our clients.

What is one thing the Telly Awards community should know about you?

I’m a rather private person so I can’t think of too much to share. However, there are two things I am most proud of. First is my beautiful daughter Coco, who is 14 months old. She’s really into getting into my camera bags and running off with cords and memory cards. Secondly, I’ve traveled over a million miles in the last five years for projects. I’ve set foot in over 25 countries. I’ve won numerous Telly Awards from productions on these trips—probably 15 Telly Awards or more.

What is a piece of work you are most proud to have worked on?

The piece of work I am most proud to have worked on is the commercial my company produced, and I directed for Pizza Hut which aired on Super Bowl Sunday. We worked with the Los Angeles Rams’ Todd Gurley and Jared Goff on a cute “Bromance” campaign. The whole idea was Goff and Gurley go together like Pizza and the Superbowl. We shot for a whole day, doing fun little vignettes. The commercial was lauded with praise from both the NFL and the clients at Pizza Hut. I made a lot of friends that day and am happy to stay in touch with everyone involved in the shoot.