Brian Collins, president and co-founder of brand design firm COLLINS, has assumed ownership of the agency. The shop launched in 2007 in New York as a division of The Martin Agency. It has created experiences for clients like CNN and Microsoft and went on to win several awards, including a One Show Gold Pencil, Gold Clio and Silver Cannes Lion in this year alone. Collins was the former CCO of Ogilvy & Mather's Brand Integration Group, where he led development on Hershey's Times Square flagship store, Mattel's Shanghai flagship and New York City's bid for the Olympic Games.
Ogilvy & Mather has appointed Russell Davies as head of planning for Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Davies previously worked at Nike as global consumer planning director in Oregon, and before that, he was at Wieden + Kennedy in Portland and London, working for clients such as Microsoft, Nike and Honda. Davies had a key role in Honda's "Power of Dreams" campaign and the celebrated "Cog" commercial. His blog, "As Disappointed as You Are," is one of the most-read in the industry, and he also writes a weekly column for Campaign magazine and Wired UK.
TBWA/Chiat/Day, New York, has appointed Sue Anderson and Lisa Topol as creative directors. Anderson will have primary responsibility for Absolut, and Topol will lead Kahlúa and Twix. She has worked on a host of local and international brands, including BMW, Land Rover and South African Airways. Nearly five years ago she joined Wieden+Kennedy Amsterdam, where she created the Nike Women's Dance campaigns, and most recently worked as creative director on Coca-Cola, Honda and LEGO. Topol began her career at Ogilvy & Mather, then moved to Wieden+Kennedy, New York, where she spearheaded campaigns for Nike, Sharp, Jordan and ESPN. She then worked as a creative director at JWT, where she was responsible for brands such as JetBlue, Smirnoff, Schick and Nestlé.
LA-based commercial production company Moo Studios has added director Molly Schiot to its roster. Schiot's work is currently on display at Levi's.com, as part of the brand's Work Wear campaign. Additionally, a Schiot-helmed comedy short starring Malin Akerman is now appearing on FunnyOrDie.com.
Kirshenbaum Bond Senecal + Partners has hired TJ Bennett and Bill Graham (pictured) as associate creative directors. Partners for the past ten years, Bennett and Graham join KBS+P from TBWACHIATDAY, New York, where they worked on Vonage and Absolut Vodka. Before that, they were vice presidents and creative directors at Hill Holliday, where they managed all creative aspects of the Verizon Wireless Retail business.
Plan B has hired creative director Frank Angeletti. Prior to joining the agency, Angeletti served as creative director at Leo Burnett/Arc Worldwide, where he brought to life initiatives for brands such as Samsung and Purina.Before that, he was an associate creative director at Tribal DDB, Draft FCB, and Element 79 in both Chicago and New York City, where he designed and directed digital and print advertising for McDonald's, Celebrity Cruises, W Hotels, Ford and Trump International, as well as nonprofit initiatives for Jack & Jill Children's Center and Gay Men's Health Crisis (GMHC).
After two years at Zulu Alpha Kilo, senior art director Mark Francolini has moved up the ranks to associate creative director. Francolini has been with the agency from day one and was part of the Zulu team behind the Bell rebranding, the Think Box and Puma's "live foosball" for the World Cup. Most recently, he was in the running for Marketing's Great Canadian Creative Face-Off and made it to the final five in Canada.
Samir Mallal has joined international production house Smuggler for U.S. representation. Mallal has worked on documentaries such as "Discordia," which traveled the world as part of the Human Rights Watch Film Festival, "Bombay Calling," which was nominated for a Canadian TV Academy Award (Gemini) and won the Grand Jury Prize at the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles and "Nollywood Babylon," which was nominated for a Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival. Tropicana "Arctic Sun, " his first commercial, won a Gold Lion at the 2010 Cannes Lions Advertising Festival. Mallal was also recently selected for the Saatchi and Saatchi New Director's Showcase and won the CFP/Shots Young Director Award.
AvatarLabs has named Daniel Weisinger in-house producer. Previously, as a freelance producer for AvatarLabs, Weisinger worked on interactive marketing projects for such major clients as Paramount, Sony International, Fox International, Fox Searchlight and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. In that role, he produced campaigns for both "Up In the Air," and "The Hangover. Weisenger also worked on more than two dozen movies while at Junction Films, and associate produced features "Look," which inspired a Showtime Series, and "Pistol Whipped" for Sony.
Toronto-based Holiday Films has signed director Julian Pugsley to their roster for Canadian representation. Pugsley most recently helmed a spot featuring a naked skateboarder who transforms from a backpack as part of a five-spot campaign for Eastpak. His previous work includes spots for Time Out London, Black & Decker, Partnership For a Drug-Free America, Virgin, MTV, Mini and VW.