Visual effects company Pixomondo has added two new hires to its London office. Roma O'Connor (left) joins as executive producer and Joern Grosshans as VFX supervisor. O'Connor joins from Cinesite, where she most recently oversaw Disney's John Carter. She has also worked on features including Voyage of the Dawn Treader, Slumdog Millionaire, Golden Compass, and Watchman, and has held EP and head of production roles at The Mill, CIS London, Rainmaker UK and Jim Henson's Creature Shop.
Grosshans (left) joins from Pixomondo's Stuttgart office where he was a VFX supervisor on the second season of HBO's Game of Thrones as well as working on VFX for Martin Scorsese's Hugo, for which Pixomondo artists won the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects. He also supervised the first stereoscopic commercial for Panasonic 3D TV screens.
Director Mike Nelesen has joined Santa Monica-based The Joneses for exclusive representation. Nelesen's work includes spots and virals for such brands as Best Buy, Conoco Phillips, Logitech and AMC. Represented most recently via Crossroads, he was previously a staff director for Best Buy. During that period, he directed projects featuring the Rolling Stones, Tony Hawk, Sheryl Crow and Moby, and shot on location throughout the U.S. as well as in Europe and Canada. He has been based in Minneapolis for much of his career, and has strong ties with ad agencies across the Midwest.
Bigballs Films has opened a new office in Berlin headed up by multi-platform producer Matthias Lorenz-Meyer. It has also hired Nicci Clark as head of talent and promoted Ross Whittow-Williams to executive producer. Clark joins from commercial production company Minds Eye Media where she was an executive producer; prior to that she was a directors' rep at The Love Commercial Production Company and worked at AMV/BBDO as an assistant producer for almost six years. Whittow-Williams joined Bigballs Films in 2009 and has produced multi-platform projects for Carling, the Welsh Tourist Board and a global campaign for Oakley.