Michael Adamo, formerly of Passion Pictures, has founded a new London-based production company, Fieldtrip. Fieldtrip's roster includes Swedish design and animation specialists, againstallodds, as well as live-action duo D.A.D.D.Y. Fieldtrip will be partnering with New York production company 1st Avenue Machine to establish a base in the US, while also providing a base for 1stAve in the UK. Adamo worked at Passion Pictures for the past nine years serving as executive producer and head of new business.
New production and special effects house Fellow has opened for business in Venice, California. The company consists of executive producers Frederic Liebert and Tom Weissferdt, joined by partners Benoit Vincent and Vincent Wauters, each of whom has extensive experience as 3D VFX Supervisors. Miles Essmiller takes the role of lead 2D VFX supervisor/lead flame artist. Liebert has producer experience at shops including Imaginary Forces and Psyop. Weissferdt takes on exec producer duties while simultaneously handling responsibilities at sister company Slim Pictures. Pictured left to right are Vincent, Essmiller, Liebert, Wauters, Weissferdt.
O Positive has signed director Jonathan Klein for commercial representation. Klein is the director behind the Pepsi Max "Uncle Drew" web films, with Kyrie Irving. Klein has also directed commercials for Reebok and the NFL (including the Fantasy Files campaign), working with such names such as Morgan Freeman, Gene Hackman, Bill Russell and President Barack Obama.
Hello! has added director Christian Charles to its roster. Charles began his career as a writer, art director and director working on commercials for clients such as Pepsi, Lucas Films, Hershey, Ford and the American Express viral campaign that featured Jerry Seinfeld. He has won multiple industry awards including CLIOs, Cannes Bronze, Silver and Gold Lions and has a number of pieces in the MOMA permanent collection. Charles also worked with Seinfeld on both the documentary Comedian and live action movie trailers for Bee Movie. Most recently, they collaborated for the pilot of internet series Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee. Charles has directed four theatrically released films and his latest feature Love Sick Love is slated to release next month.
Blink has signed director Benji Weinstein for UK representation. Weinstein is represented by Tool in the USA and worldwide and Steam Films in Canada. He has directed spots for brands including Expedia, Burger King, Comcast, Kraft, FedEx and Subaru through agencies like Goodby, Silverstein & Partners and BBDO. He has won awards include the One Show, Cannes International Advertising Festival, Effies and ADCC Awards.
London-based facility Rushes has hired Simona Harrison to join its team of colorists. Harrison has worked with commercial directors such as Nick Knight, Trevor Robinson and Sam Taylor-Wood, on international campaigns for clients including Lancome, Yves Saint Laurent, H&M, Pepsi, Coca Cola, Carlsberg, Xbox and Sony Playstation. She has graded with directors of photography including Darius Kondji, Philippe Rousselot and John Mathieson, on rushes for Sherlock Holmes 1&2, Ridley Scott's Robin Hood, Attack the Block and various other TV projects. Also an artist, her paintings have been exhibited in Paris, Milan, Bucharest and Stuttgart.
Animation content studio LAIKA/house has added Carlos Andre Stevens to its in-house director roster. Stevens was most recently a director/creative director at LOGAN/NY. He previously held a directorship at Superfad/Seattle after completing his studies and launching his career in Portland. His experience includes partner and director at Sotis Design and motion designer at Nervo and K2 Sports. Awards include a Cannes- Integrated Gold Lion for his "Sprint Now Anthem".
Original has added David Wild and James Moll to its directorial roster. Wild, pictured right, previously represented by Dallas-based Directorz, brings more than 20 years of experience in commercials and documentaries, the former including recent work for AT&T, Pert, Toyota and Brut. He began his career as an editor and broke into directing when he was contracted by MTV to produce a series of ten second films. He has been awarded two Cannes Silver Lions, as well as Clio and London International Film Festival awards, and a Director-of-the-Year nomination from the DGA. Moll, pictured left, is an Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker who is entering the commercial field for the first time. His work includes Foo Fighters: Back and Forth, which brought him a Grammy Award in 2012 and The Last Days which won an Academy Award in 1999 for Best Documentary Feature and was executive produced by Steven Spielberg. He is also the recipient of two Emmy Awards for Inheritance and Survivors of the Holocaust.
Director Jody Dwyer has joined the commercial roster of Hollywood-based MRB Productions. Dwyer trained as a film editor in London, and has worked in Europe, Asia and Australia, with over 20 years of directorial experience. Work includes Coca-Cola's "Bungee", Hungry Jack's "Jailbreak" and Acuvue's "Comfort". His feature film "Dying Breed" premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2008.
Director/photographer Charlie Wan has joined the creative collective at CHRLX Beauty, a boutique division of CHRLX. A former art director in the motion graphics industry, Wan's credits span projects including stage visuals for The Rolling Stones' world tour and 2010's Super Bowl halftime show for The Who. His fashion and beauty clients include L'Oreal Professionnel, Pinko, Fred Perry, Oribe Hair Care, Chi, Farouk System and FacesofNYFW.com.