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1stAveMachine, the integrated production company, has appointed Ben Steiger Levine as a director. Levine, who is the company's seventh director, has directed films including Heavens to Purgatory where deconstructed bodies act as living decoration, Mr Hurricane, which was nominated for a Grammy, and You Are Never Alone, for the band Socalled, where the artist's face is re-appropriated as a film projector.

DOJO San Francisco today has made three new hires: Yesmeen El-Shafey (left), digital producer, who joins from EuroRSCG, SF; Zach Rubin, director of partnerships, who joins from agencytwofifteen and Chris Vilchez, interactive art director, a recent graduate of the Academy of Art. El-Shafey, who worked on integrated campaigns with a digital slant while at EuroRSCG, has also worked at McCann Worldgroup as an integrated producer. Rubin has worked at Publicis, McCann-Erickson, and Butler Shine Stern and Partners and was the lead on all the XBox title advertising at agencytwofifteen. Vilchez won first place in the Academy of Art Spring Show for motion graphics and self-promotion and was named a Cannes Future Lion Finalist.

Mother New York has hired Mary King to the new role of creative manager. She will work with Mother's creative directors as a traffic controller, with a brief to recruit creative talent to the agency and manage creative resources across all disciplines. Previously, King ran her own company in creative management and recruitment. She has also worked for Chiat/Day as creative manager of its NY office, as creative manager of Wieden + Kennedy in Portland and as creative recruiter for Chiat/Day North America. She spent over four years as creative talent director at Ogilvy before opening her own firm.

McCann New York has appointed Jan Jensen as Director of Creative Services. Jensen moves from Ogilvy, New York, where she held the same position. There, she oversaw a creative department of 300+ people, from divisions like O&M, OgilvyOne as well as art buying, broadcst production and branded content. She had joined the agency as creative manager in 2006 and prior to that held similar roles at Deutsch and Publicis. She started her advertising career as an art buyer at Publicis & Hal Riney.

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