Established in 1984, Mills James is one of the largest independent creative media production companies in the nation, and the range of its services and the diversity of its blue chip clients are truly astounding.
Mills James founders Ken Mills and Cameron James sold the remainder of their stock to the company’s Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP), making the creative media company fully owned by its employees.
“We knew in our hearts this was the thing to do,” said Cameron James, CEO, who founded the company in 1984 with partner Ken Mills. “Ken and I believe the best way to reward employees who’ve made an extraordinary effort is to give them a direct stake in their future.”
This could have been an article about general trends in video production – affordable 4K cameras, leaner crews, video drones, etc. – but here’s the truth about those trends: none will lead to an ounce more of breakthrough work in the world. There are trends, however, that are leading directly to more breakthrough work. And they all begin with a certain human quality: courage.
Remember those colorful Post-it notes? Yellow, orange and blue packets that once covered the conference tables are now relegated to the back office supply cabinet. Well, it may be a great time to revisit those forgotten mini note pads. Even in today’s digital age complete with hundreds of storytelling applications, there’s still nothing like a good old-fashioned brainstorming session designed to put pen to paper — or in this case, Sharpie to Post-it note.