- Founder, ARC Department, USA
- Executive Jury
ARC Department’s founder, Darlene Mach, has been curating culture across media for 15+ years. In devising marketing strategies for the world’s biggest, most influential brands, Mach has contributed to her global clients’ garnering top awards – Palme d’Ors, Grand Prix, and Production Company of the Decade from the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, Emmy and Directors Guild of America Outstanding Commercial Director noms, and accolades from D&AD, One Show, BTAA, Andys, Clios, Shots, Ciclope, and Ad Age/Creativity. In creating ARC Department, Mach envisioned a hub of curated art – film, music, experiential media and technology. A community where, under her creative direction and expert brand development, clients – like top production companies, advertising and media agencies, direct-to-client brands, tech start-ups, music talent management companies, sound and music companies, and creatives (filmmakers, photographers, musicians, and designers) – could break through. And create diverse, meaningful work that disrupts and defines contemporary culture. Darlene was born and raised in Los Angeles, where she currently resides with her husband and French bulldog, Daisy.