Culver City/Vancouver-based visual effects house Zoic Studios has appointed creative director/VFX supervisor/flame artist Simon Mowbray to its team. Mowbray, who comes to Zoic from Pixomondo where he served as creative director, has 25 years of experience in visual effects, working on commercials for brands such as BMW, Target, Nike, Microsoft and Volkswagen in addition to music videos for the likes of Kanye West, DMX, Missy Elliot and Rihanna. He worked in Sydney and Montreal before founding Radium in 1996, selling the boutique shop to Reel FX in 2007. He worked at Ntropic before joining Pixomondo.
Nomad has added editors Jason Kileen into its New York office and Val Thrasher to its LA studio. Kileen, who joins Nomad from Cutting Room, has cut spots for Campbell's, IBM, Morgan Stanley, M&M's, and Heineken, in addition to the Sundance nominated film On the Road with Judas. Thrasher has worked with agencies such as RPA, The Martin Agency, 72andSunny and the Media Arts Lab on campaigns for Apple, Honda, Wal-Mart and K-Swiss.
Crispin Porter +Bogusky has promoted Dan Fox to VP, executive creative technology director. He will be responsible for managing CP+B's team of technologists on web, mobile applications, social media and digital out-of-home. Prior to CP+B, Fox was a partner at Texturemedia, an interactive agency acquired by CP+B in June 2008. At CP+B he has worked on campaigns for Best Buy, Old Navy and Kraft and spent time as technical director for Volkswagen's website where he oversaw a complete technical redesign.
Stun Creative-owned motion graphics design studio Buster and its print design unit BusterINK have both expanded their teams. Kimberly Leass (pictured, left) is appointed vice president of production, while Josh Mintz joins as creative director and Joel Lava joins as motion graphics creative director and live action director. Leass previously worked for MTV, USA Network, Bravo and at two entertainment advertising agencies. Mintz's previous roles include senior art director roles at bpg and And Company, while Lava previously worked as a designer, animator, art director and live action director for several motion graphics companies, including freelance gigs at Buster and a three year stint at the Famous Group.