Portland, Maine's VIA Group hired Ben Deily—formerly a freelance writer and consultant at McCann Worldgroup and ACD at Zuckerman, Fernandes & Partners in San Francisco—as associate creative director. ... London's Rushes 3D departments made five appointments, including senior producer Emma Watterson becoming a permanent employee, Alex Llewellyn as a junior compositor and data operator, animators Mark Pascoe and Seb Barker joining from Escape Studios and Warwick Hewett, formerly of Triangle, coming on as production coordinator. ... New York's Nice Shoes added three new owners, colorists Chris Ryan and Lez Rudge and VFX artist Rich Schreck. ... Toronto's DDB Canada promoted Andrew Simon to vice president, creative director. ... Two former 180 Amsterdam employees, Suzanna Koppedraayer and Novi van Baak launched Sukoi Amsterdam, an international creative consultancy.