The Independents Group acquires Sunshine

The Independents Group acquires Sunshine

The Independents Group acquires Sunshine, the strategic consultancy and creative agency, specialised in the convergence of brand an entertainment

The Independents, the leading international communications group specialising in luxury, fashion and lifestyle, has added London and Los Angeles-based Sunshine to its growing roster of specialist agencies.

The company, founded in 2012 by Al MacCuish and led by fashion industry veteran, Jenna Barnet, was one of the first companies to break new ground in bringing brands into the entertainment space.

From its role in Gucci’s spectacular CHIME for Change show headlined by Beyoncé to the recent revamp of the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show starring Naomi Campbell and broadcasted on Amazon Prime, Sunshine has played a key part in some of the most innovative projects in the industry over the last decade.

The acquisition of Sunshine is highly strategic — the team’s track record in developing brand and entertainment strategy for luxury businesses is unique

– Isabelle Chouvet, CEO of The Independents.

Their understanding of the new entertainment landscape is a huge advantage for the group — and with our partners at Banijay alongside, our ability to build slates, custom content and entertainment studios for our global clients is exciting. This is a new era. We look forward to working with the major streamers and distributors as well as like-minded, brand-forward companies like Nike’s Waffle Iron, LVMH’s 22 Montaigne, Red Bull Studios and Condé Nast Entertainment.

The agency’s track record in bringing story expertise to transformation strategies for global brands offers the group valuable synergies across multiple categories, as well as the opportunity to tap into Sunshine’s stellar brand-building capabilities, specifically in luxury consumer products.

The Independents will extend Sunshine’s international reach to 12 countries across all continents, cementing its global leadership in the entertainment industry. The group’s wide network of expert entrepreneurs will enable the agency to pave the way for even more unparalleled, cross-cultural projects across the luxury sector.

The Independents’ entrepreneurial spirit and growing constellation of companies is just incredible. We’re joining our friends, colleagues and heroes, many of whom we’ve worked with for years and have long admired. This feels like home and like our best years are ahead of us.

– Al MacCuish, Founder and Chairman of Sunshine

I’ve seen the changes taking place in the industry coming for nearly 10 years. The time is now. There is a new generation of clients and producers who recognise that with the right story, the right production, the right distribution, talent and team, the ability for luxury businesses to reach the hearts of audiences in culture is unparalleled. It really is a brave new world. With The Independents, we can turn our dreams into a reality.

– Jenna Barnet, CEO of Sunshine, who has previously worked at Calvin Klein, Armani, Gucci and Ralph Lauren before joining the agency.