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Spotlight: Video Profiles of Great Innovators, from MediaStorm

By David Schonauer   Monday November 26, 2018


Who is crafting the future?

Ask the Wall Street Journal.

Each year WSJ. Magazine recognizes a group of “visionary, foundation-shaking luminaries” working across a number of fields recognized for setting new ground in their fields. This year’s award recipients include Ruth E. Carter (Design); David Chang (Food); Nonny de la Peña (Technology); Agnes Gund (Philanthropy); Jacques Herzog & Pierre de Meuron (Architecture); Jonah Hill (Film); Ralph Lauren (Fashion); John Legend (Entertainment); and Pheobe Waller-Bridge (TV).

The group was honored at a gala at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City earlier this month. And for the fourth year in a row production company MediaStorm was tasked with creating short video profiles of each recipient.

“These videos have been a critical part of WSJ. Magazine’s strategy to drive its audience to its site and to assert itself as the place of significance for the informed citizen,” notes MediaStorm.

The profiles, a number of which we feature today, combine sharp cinematography and motion graphics to tell their stories.

Go here to see the full project.


1. Fashion Innovator: Ralph Lauren

“He is the epitome of the American dream.”


2. Entertainment Innovator: John Legend

“I think artists are truth tellers.”


3. Philanthropy Innovator: Agnes Gund

“I believe in the power of art to create compassion and empathy.”


4. Film Innovator: Jonah Hill


“You can make things that come from your real point of view.”


5. Technology Innovator: Nonny de la Peña

“I would be like, ‘This is the future …’”

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