Claudio Venturini is moving to Germany to join Jung Von Matt as senior art director. He has previously worked for Goodby Silverstein & Partners as art director on Comcast, HP, and Doritos and most recently at Leo Burnett Chicago, as senior art director on Coca Cola, McDonalds, and Nintendo.
Tool has added Benjamin Weinstein to its live action directorial roster. Weinstein's reel includes work for Sprint, FedEx and Burger King. He most recently directed Bachman & Turner's viral stunt that earned homepage appearances on the likes of LATimes.com, Buzzfeed.com, and CollegeHumor.co, while his We Don't Want Your Body music video for the band Stars earned a spot on Yahoo's Top 20 videos of 2011. He has worked at agencies such as Goodby, Silverstein & Partners, BBDO, Rethink and Taxi.
Independent Films has added Matt Smukler to its roster. Smukler began his career as an art director and then moved to copywriting, working at agencies including Goodby Silverstein and Partners, before starting to direct full time in 2003. His work includes a humorous spot for McDonald's for Leo Burnett, as well as spots for brands such as Budweiser, Reebok, MTV, 20th Century Fox, AT&T and Absolut.
GSD&M has hired Glen Sheehan as senior vice president, group creative director. Prior to GSD&M, Sheehan served as T3's senior vice president, executive creative director in the agency's Austin office. Prior to that he was a senior creative leader at Y&R/Wunderman in Irvine and at a number of San Francisco shops including AKQA, Modem Media and McCann Erickson/A&L. Over his career, Sheehan has led creative work for clients including Coca-Cola, Dell, Microsoft, Mattel, Chase and Nike, winning awards from OneShow, Clios, Cannes, D&AD, Mixx and Addys, among others.
Integrated production studio Utopic has appointed Heather Mitchell as post executive producer. Her most recent position was as senior producer with Burrell, where she spent 10 years working on accounts such as General Mills, Toyota and Procter & Gamble. Mitchell's project so far at Utopic include work for McDonald's, Coke and Bosch.