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Bob Kerstetter, creative director at San Francisco agency Black Rocket, was awarded the Directors Guild of America's 2001 honor for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Commercials for a campaign he directed for Black Rocket client Musco olives. Kerstetter, who directs one or two spots a year via production company Tool of North America, bested a list of nominees that included industry mainstays Joe Pytka, Joe Public, Craig Gillespie and Baker Smith.

Hollywood production company Villains has launched a sibling house called Smuggler, which will represent former Satellite directors Neil Harris and Brian Beletic; music video directors Ben Mor and Goldigger; and handle U.S. representation for U.K.-based directors Ivan Zacharias, Laurence Hamburger, Martin Schmid and Jens Jonsson. The new shop will be headed by former Satellite head of sales Brian Carmody and producer Patrick Milling Smith.

Following a similar move by Chelsea Pictures, New York's Curious Pictures has split with Minnesota-based Intelefilm after a buyout by the shop's management. Intelefilm acquired a controlling interest in Curious in 1999, but has since been divesting its production assets. The Curious deal, valued at $5.1 million, cedes majority ownership of the company and its agency arm, DCode, to founding partners Susan Holden, Steve Oakes, David Starr and Richard Winkler. Venture capital firm Carl Marks & Co. will also have a stake in the company.

A group of broadcast design veterans, including Lee Hunt and three alums of Hollywood's 3 Ring Circus, have joined together to form Archipelago, an alliance of talent with offices in four cities: New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia and Denver. The company, headed by former 3 Ring executive producer Lori Pater, will represent Jeff Boortz and Elaine Cantwell - former president and head of creative services at 3 Ring Circus, respectively - H Design founder Dale Herigstad and Lee Hunt. Hunt will be based in New York and Boortz in Philadelphia. Cantwell and Herigstad will work out of L.A. According to Pate, the group's client list already includes Discovery, Cablevision and TNT.

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