Tool has promoted Dustin Calif to managing partner, digital. Since joining the company in 2009 to found Tool's digital division, Callif 's work has included interactive documentary Clouds Over Cuba, a partnership with the JFK Presidential Library, marking the 50th Anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis; the online music experience JAM with Chrome; and experiential Facebook app Take This Lollipop. Prior to Tool, Calif was co-owner and managing partner of digital agency Spacedog and negotiated its acquisition by Mendelsohn Zien and Hakuhodo.
Australian directors Dael Oates and Owen Trevor have joined forces with executive producer Lucas Jenner to form Rabbit Content Australia. In collaboration with Rabbit in the US, the trio will be based in Sydney with business development partner Tom Marks overseeing a Melbourne office. In addition to Oates and Trevor, the roster launches with international directors Bobby Farrelly (Dumb and Dumber, There's Something about Mary), Jackson+Karinja and 2013 Oscar nominees, The Fines.
Director Misko Iho has joined Interrogate for commercial representation in the United States. The Finnish director is best known for the commercial film series for the Finnish Railways and just completed production on his first US commercial for Nintendo with Goodby, Silverstein and Partners.
The Famous Group has added director Kip Hewitt to its roster. Hewitt has more than 10 years experience in live action, design, animation and visual effects. Based in Orange County, he began his career at a variety of west coast studios and has gone on to direct commercials, music videos, corporate and documentary work. Clients have included brands such as Oakley, Toshiba, Sony, Net 10, Mercedes-Benz, Xbox, Mitsubishi, Nokia and Goodwill.
Culver City / Vancouver-based visual effects house Zoic Studios has added executive producer Cally Morton to its commercials division. Morton comes to Zoic from Psyop, and before that, MassMarket, @radical Media and MJZ among others, working on clients such as Honda, LG, Absolut, Sprite, BlackBerry and Corona. Prior to commercials, she served as a creative executive at Warner Brothers.
Post-production boutique Wild(child) has appointed editor Sven Herrmann to its team.Herrmann has more than 15 years of experience working with agencies in both the general and Hispanic markets. Earlier this year, Herrmann won two Gold ADDY awards for his work on a Verizon FiOS spot, "Orchestra".
New York and L.A.-based production company Goodcompany has signed director Adam Neustadter, who has just wrapped up a promo campaign for Mac Miller's new reality show on MTV2 for the firm. His reel includes directing campaigns and branded content for the likes of Verizon, Youtube, Incase, and MTV.
Red Car Chicago has added editors Keith Kristinat and David Rosenblatt to its roster. Most recently, Kristinat (left) was an editor at Chicago's Utopic, working with such brands as Nintendo, Samsung, Coca-Cola, Kellogg's, Bosch and Sears. Rosenblatt (below) was a freelance editor whose work focused on long-form and entertainment projects. His work includes cutting on feature films including "Machete" directed by Robert Rodriguez and he edited the most recent installment of R. Kelly's "Trapped in the Closet" saga.