Ayzenberg Group has appointed Simon Ward as director. Ward's previous role was global business development director for Interbrand's technology division BrandWizard in New York. Prior to that, he served at Interbrand London, in-house at Lexus UK, and at Clark Hooper: BBDO. The move comes as West Coast-based Ayzenberg, best known for video game advertising, is growing its specialist integrated services, including pure advertising, media planning, social, digital, mobile and branded content.
Danixa Diaz, formerly director of business development at Imaginary Forces (pictured), and Ed Rivero (EP at Cortez Brothers) have founded iartists, a new company representing directors, designers, animators, visual effects pros, storytellers and digital experts, in Los Angeles. The iartists roster currently includes Prologue and Superfad for broadcast, gaming and US Hispanic commercial representation; and exclusive representation of creative shop Iron Claw, Uruguay-based VFX and motion graphics studio Aparato, Madrid-based VFX house La Huella, and COPA, a virtual creative entity founded by visual effects experts Alex Frisch (founder of Method Studios) and former Rhinofx partner Vico Sharabani.