Bicoastal Aero Film is increasing its post-production and VFX capabilities with the addition of Aero Studios, based in New York. Specialising in animation and CGI, Aero Studios will be overseen by British-born director Sam O'Hare (left), who has experience in CGI both as an artist and director. Aero's NY roster also includes directors Gary McKendry and Indrani.
Duck has added Swedish animation studio Meindbender to its roster for commercial representation in the US, forming Meindbender@DUCK. The studio, whose recent work includes a campaign for Cartoon Network, focuses on storytelling, character design and the expression of humor and emotion through animation. Its co founders are Michael Bengtsson (left) and Olov Burman (below).
Third Street Mining Company has signed director Thomas Kloss for commercial representation. Kloss was previously represented by DNA for four years and has directed spots for such brands as Target, BMW, Blockbuster, Maybelline, Saturn and JELLO. He has also worked as a director of photography on feature films and on cinematography for music videos including Madonna's Beautiful Stranger.
New York post production house Cutting Room has promoted Melissa Lubin to the role of executive producer, while co-founder and former EP Susan Willis will move into the position of managing partner. Lubin first joined Cutting Room in 2005 as a receptionist. She rose to assistant post producer, then senior producer, then head of production and now EP and has worked with clients including ESPN, Bank of America, Miller and NY Lottery.
Heat, San Francisco, has promoted Nei Caetano to creative director, working primarily on the agency's EA Sports, AOL, Bank of the West and Riverbed accounts. Caetano joined the agency in May, 2010, as associate creative director.