Toronto-based digital production and design company Jam3 has made two new hires: Michael Dobell as executive producer and Lily-Ann Lee as producer. Dobell joins following a four-month freelancing stint for the company during which time he produced work for Skittles and Norwegian Cruise Lines. Prior, he spent over two years at BBDO agency Juniper Park, Toronto where he produced projects for Tropicana, Frito-Lay and Quaker as well as supporting new business efforts with Virgin Mobile digital, Kraft foods and CIBC. Lee spent the last 2.5 years as a freelance producer for multiple agencies throughout the Toronto area including Saatchi & Saatchi, DDB, BBDO and Ogilvy.
Director Peter Kagan has joined production company Superlounge. Kagan, who is known for work including Nike spot Revolution, has just completed two new commercial campaigns for Dannon via Y&R/NY. The first for Activia yogurt, stars Jamie Lee Curtis; and the second for Oikos Greek yogurt features John Stamos. Kagan's awards include Clios, Addys, Effies, MTV Movie Awards and Cannes Lions.
Smoke & Mirrors, the international visual effects and design company, has named Mary Knox to the position of managing director of its New York office. Most recently, Knox was managing director of Red Car New York. Before that she was managing director of commercials for Curious Pictures, where she executive produced all advertising assignments and expanded its roster to include live action in addition to animation. In London, Smoke & Mirrors has recently launched a live-action production company, Rock Hound. This venture is also soon to launch in the US, alongside a new editorial company.
Limey has added director Rob Luehrs to its roster. Luehrs' work includes spots for Nike, Starburst, and Doritos, and his awards include One Show Gold, CLIOs, Effies, AICE and NY Art Directors Club. He began his career on the agency side of the business, working a creative director with New York agencies including Havas. Most recently, Luehrs has created content series "The Opposite of You".
British commercials editor Leo Scott has joined Spot Welders for representation in the US. Scott, who helped build Speade London alongside Sam Sneade, won a CLIO in 2008 for Thorntons, one of many collaborations with director Harmony Korine (MJZ). Scott would later reunite with Korine on two feature films and a comedy short. Recent awards have included a D&AD Gold Pencil for work with Adam Hashemi on VO5, and an APA 50 for Volkswagen Dad, directed by Thirtytwo for DDB.
Final Cut has added editor James Rose to its roster. Rose, who will be based out of Final Cut's London office, joins the company with over a decade of experience in commercial, music video and documentary editing. He has previously worked at at NWH, and at Cut + Run from 2007. His work includes Adidas "#TaketheStage" for last year's Olympics, and Ikea "Bright Shiny Colours" with his long-term collaborator, Director David Wilson of Blinkink. He has also edited music videos for artists including Kings of Leon, The Killers, Hot Chip , Rita Ora and Amy Winehouse.
Heard City has added mixer and sound designer Dan Flosdorf to its roster. Flosdorf has spent time at @radical.media, Sound Lounge, and Outpost Digital and has worked on campaigns for Verizon FiOS, Nike, Livestrong, Grey Goose, Honda, IBM and American Express. His motion picture work includes the forthcoming The Place Beyond the Pines directed by Derek Cianfrance and he also contributed to Cianfrance's Blue Valentine.
Charcoal Films, consisting of director/cameraman Charlie Cole and his EP Neil Hallenborg, has formed an alliance with production company Harpoon Pictures, led by executive producer Chester Mayer. Cole (left) has created campaigns for S.C. Johnson, Publix, Aflac Insurance, Coca Cola, Toyota, Church's Chicken and State Farm.
Pre-visualisation house Proof has named Katie Wells as executive producer. Wells has previously worked at companies including RSA, Propaganda Films, Digital Domain, Backyard Productions, 525 Studios, and CREO. She has also worked as EP for Quebec-based FX Cartel, and as a consulting VFX producer for films such as "War of Gods (Immortals)", the upcoming "Riddick 3" and as a 3D production consultant on "Smurfs".
Revolver has added Alex Smith to its roster for representation in Australasia. Smith's work includes documentaries, commercials, short films and over 75 music videos for a range of artists, including Coldplay ("Yellow"), Kylie Minogue, Manic Street Preachers, Pivot, Buffalo Tom, The Darkness, Juliette Lewis & the Licks, Peaches and Iggy Pop.
Humble has named Ned Brown as its West Coast-based executive producer. Formerly an EP at The Directors Bureau, Hello & Company and Rock Fight, Brown will be managing Humble's L.A. work and will help launch the studio's full-time presence in the market.