Senior-level hires and promotions in Miami-Dade and Broward for the week of Feb. 17, 2020

CREATIVE | TELEVISION PRODUCTION

At the newly created The A Team, a creative (co)lab, in Hollywood, four principals have been named. They were all previously at 2C Creative:

▪ Nikki Coloma-Blaszyk will lead the business enterprise. She was previously general manager, senior director of operations, at 2C Creative. (Bachelor’s in economics and entrepreneurship from the University of Florida.)

The other three will lead the creative side of The A Team:

▪ Marni Wagner, principal, words, was creative director at 2C. (Bachelor’s in radio and television from The George Washington University.)

▪ Ben Frank, principal, ideas, was also creative director at 2C.

▪ Luis Martinez, principal, scribbles, was design director at 2C. (BFA in visual effects and motion graphics from the Miami International University of Art and Design.)

CRUISE LINES

Rubén Rodríguez has been appointed president of MSC Cruises USA. He will join the organization on March 18. The company

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Dr. Phil says the bonkers $5.75M home owned by his trust has been sold

Remember the bizarre home owned by Dr. Phil McGraw’s trust that went on the market last month?

McGraw revealed Wednesday on The Talk that the $5.75 million property sold quickly, “in like 10 hours,” thanks to all the buzz.

Dr. Phil reacts to reports that he was selling his $5.75M home on <em>The Talk</em>. (Photo: Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank)
Dr. Phil reacts to reports that he was selling his $5.75M home on The Talk. (Photo: Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank)

However, he noted that some of the news stories about it were misleading.

“Number one, it is not my house,” McGraw said. “I’ve never spent a night in that house.”

He confirmed that his son, Jordan McGraw, lived in the Beverly Hills, Calif., home.

The elder McGraw also clarified the meaning of the guns visible on one wall.

“That is an anti-gun display. Those are guns covered up in black tar wax, by an artist that said we should melt all of these guns down,” the host of TV’s Dr.

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Explore this Montecito Garden By Hoerr Schaudt Landscape Architects

“I OFTEN REFER to this property as king of the mountain,” says Steve Gierke of Hoerr Schaudt, who led the redesign of a three-acre garden overlooking the Pacific and butting up against the Santa Ynez mountains.

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Zinc planters are filled with drought-resistant plants like Echeverias, sedums, Aeoniums,and Blue Glow agave.

Scott Shigley

“It’s the last residence before the wilderness, so it feels immersed in the wooded landscape, yet it has these wide-open views of the ocean and Montecito.”

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Santa Barbara sage brings vibrant violet color to a terraced play lawn for the owners’ children and dogs.

Scott Shigley

The garden revision, prompted by new owners with children, came at the height of an eight-year drought. “The property had great bones, but much of the original design hinged on plants that wanted more water and had failed, so we needed a more realistic plan,” says Gierke, who also sought

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Tour This Charming Houston Garden by Herbert Picksworth

Less is more. The adage quickly came to mind for landscape and garden designer Herbert Pickworth when considering a 1920s home in need of a strong landscape revision. The simple beauty of the French-inspired house, designed by acclaimed Houston architect William Ward Watkins, and its gardens was lost behind a messy web of plantings.

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Margaret Naeve

“The crepe myrtles had become overgrown, and the vegetation around them was too complicated,” he recalls. “So we set out to complement the structure of these beautiful trees and better highlight the architecture.”

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A 1920s French fountain and a statuesque urn draw the eye through a formal arrangement of crepe myrtles and clipped boxwood.

Margaret Naeve

This meant reducing the plant palette to a small selection of evergreens (primarily camellias, boxwood, and variegated pittosporum), reimagining the hedge design to draw attention through the garden, and connecting it more closely with the interior design, reflecting

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