Epoch Films has signed acclaimed director Lee Daniels. Daniels directed "Precious," which received six Oscar nominations, including one for best director. He also produced "Monster's Ball," which made him the the first sole African-American producer of an Oscar-winning and -nominated film.
Editing House NO6 has added editor James Duffy to its team. Duffy joins NO6 after working with Bikini Edit, and serving as partner at Mad River Post for eight years. He is currently directing and editing a short film for an upcoming Peter Farrelly sketch comedy anthology, which will also include segments from directors Todd Phillips and Mike Judge. (Duffy's segment, "Robin's Big Speed Date," is based on a 2006 short he directed/edited called "Robin's Big Date," which was featured at the Sundance Film Festival.)
R/GA London has expanded its technology department with the addition of Paul Abrelat (pictured) and James Deakin. Abrelat will lead the group as the new executive technical director, responsible for driving the technological vision across all of London's accounts. Deakin joins as technical director and will develop technology initiatives for clients, as well as partner with the office's creative and planning functions to determine R/GA's strategic approach to client work. Abrelat comes to R/GA London from Schematic, where he was the director of technology from February 2007 to June 2010. In this role, he built the technology practice for the agency's growing presence in Europe. Before R/GA, Deakin was an associate technical director for Dare, where he worked to refine the digital agency's operations and business practices. He was also responsible for much of the work delivered on several high-profile accounts such as Sony Ericsson, Sony, BMW, Vodaphone and ITV.
Troika Design Group has added executive producer Connor Swegle to oversee client relationships and project management. He joins the Hollywood-based agency after seven years in New York City, where he was most recently executive producer at design, VFX and animation studio Click 3X Entertainment. In 2007, he helped launch Clickfire Media, an interactive studio and sister company to Click 3X. While there, he executive produced a number of multiplatform and on-air campaigns, including MTV's VMA and theatrical integrated marketing campaigns and key launches for Food Network, Cartoon Network and Discovery Networks.
Independent agency Hoffman/Lewis has named Miles Turpin senior creative director in its San Francisco office. Before coming to Hoffman/Lewis, he was with BBDO in Chicago; Saatchi & Saatchi in Los Angeles, where he led the entire Toyota line; and Team One in Los Angeles, leading the launch of the Lexus brand. Mr.Turpin has won honors at major advertising awards shows including the One Show, the New York Art Director Show, London International Show, Clio Awards, Effie Awards, Cannes and Athena Awards.
T3 has hired Bernard Briggs as the agency's first chief technology officer. Mr. Briggs previously served as a consultant in the enterprise and consumer software solutions industry. Before launching his consultancy, he held a variety of management roles at frog Design, Dell Inc, Neverfail Group Ltd and Trilogy. T3, an independent agency, works with clients including Facebook, Intel, JCPenney, John Deere, JPMorgan Chase and UPS.
Company 3 has expanded Executive Producer Devin Sterling's role to oversee digital-intermediate operations between its Santa Monica and New York facilities, liaise with sister companies Method, and Rushes in London, as well as supervise any remote DI projects within Company 3's international network of virtual outposts. Sterling will continue to work out of Company 3's facility in Santa Monica.