Rock Fight - the year-old L.A. production company founded by Directors Bureau alums Melissa White and Ned Brown - has announced it is joining creative forces with London production house Rose, Hackney, Barber. Launched last year by partners White and Brown with some backing from RHB, Rock Fight represents Spanish director Pep Bosch and the London-based directing team Blue Source, which recently shot the "Where's the Cheese At" campaign for Pizza Hut, out of Wieden & Kennedy/Portland. Rock Fight's new agreement with RHB means the yearling shop will represent Daniel Barber, Graham Rose, Joe Roman and Sam Arthur in the U.S.
Portland-based animation house Vinton has acquired Celluloid Studios, a Denver-based animation studio that specializes in cel animation. According to Vinton CEO Jeff Farnath, Celluloid's cel expertise will complement Vinton's strengths in character and story development, CG and stop-motion animation. The two collaborated recently on Master of the Sixth Speed, a four-minute anime short promoting the Nissan SE-R, out of TBWA/Chiat/Day/Los Angeles.
Hollywood animation studio Film Roman has acquired effects house VanHook Studios. Kevin VanHook and his staff will form a division called Forum Visual Effects, based out of Film Roman's North Hollywood offices.
Director Laura Belsey, formerly with production house Conspiracy, has opened her own production company, Shadow Pictures, with executive producer Kate Eisemann.
In Miami, Jeff Sternberger, formerly of Jefferson Edit, and Mike Coe, formerly of Coe Creative Post, have launched an editorial house dubbed JefCo.