Bicoastal and London-based production company Epoch Films has signed filmmaker Lake Bell for commercial representation. Bell's debut feature In A World… won the Sundance 2013 Waldo Salt Screenwriting. Her other directorial credits include the short film Worst Enemy, which premiered at Sundance in 2011, and the Adult Swim series Children's Hospital. Director Roman Coppola also selected her script El Tonto to be produced as part of Intel and the W Hotel's Four Stories short film competition. The film now screens as part of experiential installations and events at W Hotels worldwide, in addition to being watchable online via YouTube.
Boxer Films has signed Paris and now L.A.-based director Julien Rocher for his first-ever U.S. commercial representation. Rocher has helmed campaigns across Europe for Renault, Adidas, Ubisoft, Nissan and PlayStation. Earlier in his career he worked as director for Philippe Cousteau's aquatic adventure series on TF1 and France 5, before going on to direct commercials through Astrolab Films and Wanda Productions. He is currently developing his first feature film.
Passion Pictures has signed directors and artists Matthieu Bessudo (aka McBess) and Simon Landrein to its international roster. The duo co-direct animation and live action under the name McBess and Simon. They have directed commercials and content for brands including 02, Sony and Google as well as recent film Havana Heat for the charitable organisation Good Books. In 2012 they collaborated with Mother London to design and create all the marketing material for The Secret Policeman's Ball at New York's Radio City, in conjunction with human rights organisation Amnesty International. Their illustration and design work has featured in spots for Nissan and Deezer and multi-platform campaigns for Converse, Umbro x Footlocker and Orange and has featured in exhibitions in Europe, North and South America.
Live action director and motion designer Brian Bowman has joined New York City-based Spontaneous as its new creative director. Bowman was recently the design and interactive creative director on a variety of projects, including the stereoscopic 3D short film Found, interactive live visuals for the band Tiny Victories, and Kanye West's seven-screen short film Cruel Summer. He also worked as a creative director at Digital Kitchen and as a designer at Tronic Studio. Other clients have included Microsoft, HBO and MTV.
Bill Reilly, the owner and EP of Los Angeles based Brilliant Works, has been named executive producer for Pictures in a Row''s commercial and digital divisions. Reilly will bring Brilliant Works directors Zach Braff, Michael Haldane, and Art Streiber over to PICROW. His career spans three decades and includes spells at Dream Quest Images, Lucasfilm, and other visual effects companies. He has worked on campaigns including Super Bowl spots for Pizza Hut that starred Donald Trump and Fran Drescher, and production packages for brands such as Dr. Pepper, Lay's and Coke.
Radio host, comedian, television writer, producer, and commercial film music video director Tom Scharpling has joined the roster of Arts & Sciences. Best known for hosting weekly radio call-in comedy program "The Best Show On WFMU" , his commercial work includes music videos for The New Pornographers, Titus Andronicus, Wild Flag, Real Estate, The Ettes and Aimee Mann, whose Scharpling-written and directed video for "Labrador" was named the #2 Best Music Video of 2012 by TIME magazine (after "Gangnam Style").
Barcelona based studio Custom EFX, whose clients have included BMW, Nescafe, Samsung, Coca Cola and Ikea, has opened a studio in Los Angeles. The LA studio will be led by executive producer Marie Soto, assisted by a team of producers and digital artists. Custom EFX has recently gained experience with U.S. clients through a strategic partnership with Antenna, the production unit of entertainment ad agency Ant Farm. Soto joins the studio from Antenna, where she was executive producer.
Nice Shirt Films has added Liz Murphy to its roster. Shortlisted for the CFP-E/Shots Young Director award at Cannes with her first ever job, her commercial work includes spots for Telstra, RAC and Homebase. Her debut collaboration with Nice Shirt is a spot for the DeBeers diamond brand, Forevermark.