Clarity of thought and powerful creative expression
—that’s Studio53, too.

At RF Studio53, we’re storytellers at heart. We possess a knack for transforming complex narratives into striking visual storytelling that will resonate with your audience.



& Passion

Our artists have a special role—to connect the world on a human level, through a single story and a visionary lens.



The Studio POV: always ask questions, always ask why. We believe nothing can be created in the absence of a curious mind.



For us, collaboration is the key to forming the most compelling narratives, the most moving films, and the most impactful art.

Creative Leadership

Zach Russo

Head of Studio

As Head of RF Studio53, Zach has mentored a growing stable of directors and producers, and helped the broader studio team deepen the level of curiosity, care, empathy, and relentless energy they bring to bear in uplifting the work of RF Studio53's diverse client base. Beyond our client work, Zach helps spearhead the development of original content, from traditional documentary film to immersive AR and VR experiences, with the purpose of creating platforms for dialogue on important themes with social impact. Zach is responsible for managing RF Studio53's production from the initial strategy and creative vision through to the final deliverable. He oversees each project from start to finish and manages our team of producers, editors, assistant editors, production coordinators, writers, sound designers, composers, and more.

Tejas Totade

Chief Technology Officer

Tejas Totade is a technology leader and currently serves as the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at Ruder Finn, one of the world’s largest independent global communications and creative agencies. With over 15 years of industry experience, Tejas has established himself as an expert in the field of technology and its ever-growing influence in the field of communications and marketing. As the CTO of Ruder Finn, Tejas leads the TechLab initiative, which focuses on identifying and piloting solutions at the intersection of communications and emerging tech. Under his leadership, TechLab has made significant contributions to Ruder Finn’s growth, helping the company stay ahead of the curve in an ever-changing industry.

Lee Manning

Global Head of Design

As Ruder Finn's Global Head of Design, Lee has over 25 years of industry experience working at leading design agencies. Lee’s broad skillset spans brand identity, print design, digital and even interior design. Responsible for both the creative direction of projects and the management of his design team, Lee works closely with the project managers and designers to guide and review all creative work. He has experience supporting clients such as Apple, AstraZeneca, GSK, UCB and British Heart Foundation, among many others.​

James Koppenal

Managing Director & Head of Client Services

Managing Director James Koppenal serves as Head of Client Services for Ruder Finn's Studio53 with a focus on digital strategies and communications technology. With 25 years of communication experience, James has led numerous digital development projects, with a special focus on internal communications and audience engagement platforms such as intranets, websites, mobile applications, and employee engagement applications. With his strategic planning expertise, information architecture skills, technical knowledge and strategic communications approach, James has led digital projects for a broad range of companies, including Bayer, Citibank, Merck, Pfizer, Regeneron, Integra, Takeda and TekniPlex.

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