Ingredients

Who we are

The Milkshakers are a multidisciplinary team of many persuasions - producers, writers, editors and sporadic singers - passionate about embedding the work spaces with meaning and their work with character. We love rolling up our sleeves, and getting right into it.

Why Milkshake?

We believe that film making is a collaborative art. So when the project is on, the client also becomes part of Team Milkshake. So does the stylist. So does an actor. So does a gaffer. Now that's a mix that's almost unheard of in the echelons of the production world. But in Milkshake, that's a blend for success.

What we do

WHAT'S ON THE MENU?

We are a Production House handling Television Commercials, Corporate Videos, Documentaries, Animation Films, Multimedia Art, Line Production, Production Facilitation, Sripting, Post Production, UAE Location Management and Global Resources. And that's just on the first page. Give us a call to know how we can be of assistance for your project.

How we do it

Start with some delicious dedication, add a generous dollop of creativity, stir in a whole load of know-how and sprinkle on love. Et voila! You have Milkshake Media, one of the most vibrant production houses in the region. Based in the UAE, we bring to the table decades of production experience, which we have liberally poured into a spread of Television Commercials, Corporate Videos, Viral Films, TV Shows (Long and Short Formats) and Idents, Production Facilitations and Stills Photography. So, come on in. Just take a seat and we'll bring the Milkshake across.

WE LOVE THAT MILKSHAKE...

Bassem Terkawi- Senior Marketing and Communications Director - TDIC

“When we pitched for the production of Saadiyat's first TV commercial, we were determined to choose the best of the best. We needed to ensure that Saadiyat's first debut on the TV screen was represented up to the standard that we believe Saadiyat to be as a destination. Milkshake represented their selves as a strong team with an integrated approach in the meeting room, but once hired they delivered beyond our expectations during the pre-production, production and post-production stages. Dev has a unique talent of bringing the right people on board customized for the project. Their ability to be flexible yet problem solvers really gave us peace of mind during the stressful process of producing a large scale TV ad such as ours. You can really see the attention to detail that has been put into it when seeing the finished product. Thank you Milkshake Media.”

Jeet Surendranath - Producer/Partner - Far Commercials, Mumbai

Dubai, and the UAE have very frankly always been a night mare venue for our filming projects, literally over the last decade...Suddenly here comes Dev and his Milkshake team....Truly like an oasis in a desert…and changes everything ...providing our first truly superb Dubai filming experience and our team at FAR yearns for many more Dubai location shoots..
Right through the initial discussions, the working on design, locations, art, talent sourcing, and budgeting, down to the last detail on our 5 day stint we were amazed at the precision and efficiency of Dev, Natasha, and their super team...
Looking forward to our next UAE shoot schedule…”

Robert Mitchell, CEO Zed Communications

“Zed worked with Dev and the Milkshake team on our commercial to celebrate the 40th UAE National Day, the one with the voice of His Highness the late Sheikh Zayed. As you can imagine, the expectations were high and the pressure to deliver something outstanding was intense. However, Dev and the team were really professional and went the extra mile to deliver what we were looking for, on time and in budget. Working with Milkshake is like working in the US or Europe for me, the sense that everyone - Agency, Client, Production, Director - is all part of one team and fully focused on getting the best possible result together. When we needed anything on set, props or equipment, it was always there and any money discussions were secondary to them. These guys really deserve every success in the market, I wish them well.”

Moneer Barakat, Film Director

"Just as their name is unique, so is their approach to doing films. I've found on all the projects I've done for them that their priority first and foremost is to provide ideas to add value to the process from PreProduction to Final Edit. And whether it was a big TV commercial or a small documentary I was filming for them, the attitude remained the same. This is thanks to no small part to Dev who is a real film person. With his passion, great organization skills and attention to details, he made my life as a director so easy. And so rewarding as some of the best films on my showreel are produced by Milkshake. Great name for a great team"

Sean Fitzpatrick, Director-DOP

“Shooting in Dubai always presents challenges, but not this time. All thanks have to go to Dev and his Milkshake team for a very smooth and relaxed production. I was particularly impressed by the team's dedication and their attention to detail. This was all masterfully managed by Dev, and his experience in the film business really helped us achieve some great stuff. And to top it all we had great fun doing it!”

Aamir Alibhoy, GM, BBDO Pakistan

"Milkshake Media were truly a receptive and committed partner. I was thoroughly impressed with Dev and his team members ability to deliver under pressing timelines as well as add value each step of the way. Their director research was thorough, and the overall production was solid. I can confidently say that the experience was on par with top productions I have been part of in both the Middle East as well as Asia."

- Mamta Vererkar, Senior Business Manager, Tonic Communications

“I'd highly recommend Milkshake Media for their flexible approach and thoroughly professional attitude. Dev and his team were very attentive to our needs and are a breath of fresh air in the production arena.”

Christian Aeby, Director @Radical Media

“Big fun to work with Milkshake Media - you anticipated our simple and improvised way of shooting things. Always friendly and helpful and in a light atmosphere. This is what we needed, and what helped to be really creative. Yes, we'll be back - especially for these innumerous location possibilities that Dubai offers. Thanks again for all this!”

Till Hohmann, CCO, JWT Group Germany (former ECD Memac Ogilvy)

“Milkshake Media is more than a production house. Much more. Because its not about pushing a few Directors. Its about a comprehensive offering paired with the highest level of business understanding and professionalism. The access to a multitude of talent and different production partners allows for a much faster and much better search. A one stop shop for finding the right production team is just what many agencies need. One can only congratulate Mr. Vaswani for starting this enterprise.”

 

CLIENTS

  • TDIC

  • Coke

  • Pepsico

  • Chrysler

  • DEWA

  • leo-burnett-logo1

    Leo Burnett

  • Damac

  • Dubai Islamic Bank

  • Al Hilal Bank

  • Ogilvy

    Odilvy

  • Etisalatt

  • Office of the Brand of Abu Dhabi

  • Sabotage Films

  • Saatchi

    Satchi and Saatchi

  • New Zealand Milk

  • Landmark Group

  • Exxon Mobil

  • Unilevers

  • Al Rajhi Bank

  • Almarai

  • GM

  • Impact BBDO

  • PMO

  • Nestle

 

 

Dev Vaswani

Executive Producer

Milkshake Media is headed by Dev Vaswani - former Impact BBDO Agency Producer, and Films Chief at TBWA/RAAD Dubai. With over 15 years in the industry, Dev brings experience and zeal to make sure every project has the right ingredients for success.
 






Jovan John

Creative Director

With years of advertising experience across markets behind him, Jovan knows a thing or two about telling stories. He not only drives the creative process of production but also instills the team to think out of the box. He is a man of few words, albeit starting off in the business as a writer.

Deepa Vaswani

Associate Producer

This dynamite flavour comes with a background in Visual Communication, advertising, television production, photography and videography. Though a passionate photographer, her domain at Milkshake is casting and Director's research, and she's good enough to support other production departments on shoot. Deepa ignites every task with a sense of mission so better watch out!

Alison Hood

Creative Operation Manager

Renaissance Woman Alison takes care of the ‘bigger picture' and covers creative, production, resource allocation, client services and strategy. Highly organised and creative, Alison is a natural when it comes to getting things done. With a background in advertising and production, Alison can think conceptually, creatively and orchestrate resources simultaneously making for a force when it comes to production. Mother of twins, blogger, dancer and artist, Alison knows what its like to wear more than one cap. With a Producer's heart and a Creative's soul, the original Milkshaker Alison gives us the ‘edge'. 
 

Tom Gattos

International Marketing Director / Creative Head

Raised and educated in the US, he lived, worked and won industry awards as an advertising creative on four continents - and he was just warming up for production.Tom brings a lifetime of advertising experience to the mix. His unique blend of experience gives us an invaluable edge, not only with regard to his marketing prowess, but offering insights and helping raise the production bar.
 

Waref Abu Quba

Director / Motion Graphics Designer

Waref has a bachelor in Fine Arts with big passion for filmmaking. Since 2007 Waref has worked as a freelancer with major companies in Syria, such as (JWT, Puplivison-DDB, IGO-Emaar, BJ Concept, Zeronine Advertising, The Syria Trust For Development). He made the short clay animated film (Silent Thoughts), the film was awarded with the bronze award for short feature film competition at Damascus film Festival (2009).
Since 2011 Waref has expand his work to reach the Arabic countries, such as (UAE, KSA, Qatar, Lebanon, Libya) and did a number of remarkable projects for major companies in this areas, offering his clients high quality 2D and 3D animations, motion-graphics and info-graphics beside concept developing and corporate video direction.

Sandy Marvaha

Production Coordinator

A Television production graduate from Manipal University, Sandy has a distinctive desire for production. From making sure that things run smoothly behind the scenes and in-house. Sandy has it all covered.

Valentina Catania

Pre-production Specialist

Born in Italy in 1986, Valentina achieved a bachelor degree of Art qualification in Comparative Critical Cinema Studies at the University of Roma Tre. She finished University in advance with top grades 110/110 and rated in the top 5 score student list. She has also won a scholarship for a Master in Film and Television Management, as well as attended a class of editing in NY in 2010.

Valentina started working in Dubai after the internship in Rome acting as a Production Assistant for the promotion of the movie, which has been nominated for a prize at the David of Donatello in 2008. As a Production Manager in Dubai, resident for the last 4 years, she has been contributing to produce several projects that have had a high exposure both locally and internationally. This includes documentaries, corporates, TV show and photo shoot. She also has been working as a Fashion consultant for many projects. Interests include sports, photography , theatre, fashion and movies in black and white.

Riyas Koya

Administrative Assistant

Resourceful Riyas is our go-to guy handling the office and making our lives easier. With his cheerful attitude, he's never short of smiles. 

Don't let that fool you, there's hardly a thing that RR can't get his head around!

Wynand Ott

Animator - Total Post Production Wizard

Wynand's philosophy: "First there is the story, then you imagine how it can be told. I prefer the storyteller to be in command, not the manufacturer of tools. You have a camera because you want to take pictures, not vice versa."
Born in Amsterdam, Holland, many years ago. Studied music, drama, fine arts. One of the world's first computer animators, helped develop CG software and techniques. Worked for numerous TV stations across Europe, a wide variety of demanding directors, international production companies, as well as major corporate clients.
Over time talent became experience, ambition turned into motivation, love for audio-visual storytelling evolved into passion.
Awards and nominations:
Blenheim Online (UK) - International Monitor Awards (USA) - Images du Futur (Canada) - National Computer Graphics Association (USA) - Annecy Festival du Film d'animation (France) - Siggraph (USA) - DigiGraph (Belgium). 

Vinod Iyer

India Producer

The original film aficionado, Vinod is a Producer of the highest pedigree, capping over 15 years in India’s advertising environment and that too with Equinox Films Mumbai under the wing of icons like Ram Madhvani and Sumantra Ghosal. Delightfully down to earth and efficient almost to a fault, Vinod believes that making films is about relationships with people. With his uncompromising standards and unbridled energy, Vinod is the man for the job capable of delivering only the best. Which is why he is also Partner at Milkshake India. Need we say more?