Norin, (left) recently named one of the top ten creative directors globally by German magazine W&V, comes to R/GA from the former Swedish agency FarFar, where he served as a creative director on campaigns including Nokia's 'World's Biggest Signpost' .
Santa Monica based Passport Films has signed live action/visual FX collective, Saboteur. Saboteur includes directors Steve Beck and Peter Gornstein, CG/visual effects supervisor and artist Ivo Horvat, and line/VFX producer and head of new business development Kathy Tishler (pictured). The collective will take the lead in every stage of design, direction, visual effects, and post production at Passport.
Hornet has signed Berlin-based directing team Ben and Julia, aka Benoit Creac'h and Julia Gaudard, for US representation. The French/Swiss duo joined forces in 2006 to work as multidisciplinary directors and art directors. They specialize in puppetry, 2D and 3D animation and live action. Most recently Ben&Julia created a large-scale installation as part of the Pictoplasma Festival in Berlin.
Dino de Leon has joined TracyLocke as executive creative director in the agency's Dallas office. He will manage the creative department and work in partnership with account leaders and strategists to serve Dallas-based accounts. Prior to joining TracyLocke, de Leon was executive vice president - creative director at Catapult Marketing in Westport, CT. His previous position was vice president - partner/creative director at marketing firm Razor.