Gabriel Garner returns to Firstborn as digital production director and will oversee all direct-to-client production. For the last four years Garner was director of interactivity at Sarkissian Mason, working on clients like Boeing, HBO, Mazda and ESPN. Prior to that he had been at Firstborn as a senior developer, on projects for Saturn and Target.
Venables Bell & Partners has hired three to its strategy team. Mitch Lee has been named head of Communications Strategy, from PERS, Inc., where he was partner/integrated communications strategy. Jeff Jan comes on board as communications strategy director, from Wieden + Kennedy, where he managed media planning and buying for Nike and EA. Suzanne Szostak joins as senior brand strategist, from Google and YouTube, where she developed digital marketing programs for Virgin America and Kraft.
SapientNitro promoted Ronn Pearson and James Allen from ACDs to creative directors. Both will be based in the agency's Miami office and will work on accounts like Coca-Cola, Powerade, Coke Zero and Pond's.
FilmTecknarna has signed director Arvid Steen for exclusive spots representation in the U.S. and Europe. Steen recently directed a music video for The Guilty Ones and spots for Swedish grocery store chain Coop and pharmacy chain Apoteksgruppen.
Comedy editor Glenn Conte has joined the roster of Norther Lights. Conte moves from Red Car and his past client creds include For Eyes, Tide, Cascade and Northland Juice.
Director Aladino Debert has joined the roster of Mothership, from Radium, where he was a creative director. Aladino will also serve as CD with Digital Domain's commercial division.