Los Angeles-based Community Films has added director Nigel Simpkiss to its roster for US representation. A car specialist who is responsible for revamping the show Top Gear, Simpkiss has worked with car brands such as Chevrolet, Jaguar, Lexus, Land Rover, Subaru and Maserati. His most recent campaign, "Life's Grand Tour" for the Maserati Quattroporte via international advertising agency The House World Wide premiered at the 2013 Detroit Motor Show. He also directed the feature length "South America Special" and the forth coming Top Gear "Africa Special" due on air in April 2013.
Photographer Chris Buck has joined New York and San Francisco-based photographic agency Apostrophe for representation. His work includes portraits of public figures and celebrities such as Barack Obama and Steve Martin, plus advertising work for the likes of Diesel, Old Spice and Lastminute.com.
The Mill has transferred New York staffers Jarred Vladich and Rachel Stones to its team of VFX producers in London. Vladich has over seven years VFX experience, having spent four of them as a 3D Artist before switching to production. Recent work includes campaigns for Ford and Wrigley's and the opening titles to TV show American Horror Story. Stones has spent over 10 years in VFX commercial production starting at Ascent Media and working at Todd AO, Kpost, Golden Square and Envy, before moving to The Mill NY in 2010. Her recent work includes the Newcastle Brown Ale's "No Bollocks" campaign with director Ivan Zacharias that won two bronzes at the 2012 Cannes Lions. She has also worked with Droga5 on campaigns such as Hennessy's "Wild Rabbit".
Lost Highway Films signed specialist VFX and animation director Mat Fuller to its roster. Fuller has worked as a visual effects artist, on set VFX supervisor, director, designer, and post production producer and editor since 2001. His commercial work includes spots for Ford, Samsung, Coke, Vizio, Shell, Nokia, Toshiba, and Mattel among others. TV & Film credits include visual effects work on NBC's Numb3rs, lead designer for two feature length documentaries, Westsiders and Bigger Stronger Faster, and lead visual effects artist for Tim Allen's show Last Man Standing.
Hayley Morris has joined th1ng Group's Film Club Productions division for international commercial representation. Her commercial work includes work for the Ad Council (McCann Erikson), Detroit Zoo (Doner), Paragard (Strikeforce), Haynes and Boone (Slingshot), Girl Guides of Canada (John ST Toronto), and HumanaOne (RAPP). She has also done work for Kate Spade. Her film Undone was honored as Best International Short Film at the 2009 Slamdance Festival.
Culver City/Vancouver-based visual effects house Zoic Studios has hired Rainer Gombos as creative director and VFX supervisor. He won a 2012 Emmy Award for Best Visual Effects for his work as VFX supervisor on the season two finale of HBO's Game of Thrones. He most recently spent seven years at Pixomondo. He has done commercial work for Snickers, Saturn and Total, worked on features such as Fast Five, Sucker Punch, 2012, Beautiful Creatures and Sin City, plus music videos and video games. Gombos studied animation and graphic design in Germany before beginning his career as a freelance visual effects and graphic artist.
ShootersNYC has added editor Dave Bradley to its roster. Bradley has worked at editorial houses such as Red Car, Crew Cuts and Go Robot and has edited spots for such clients as Olay, Miller-Lite, Verizon, Vonage, Optimum, IBM, Colgate, and Sears. He has worked with agencies such as Ogilvy & Mather, TBWA/Chiat Day, Y&R, Gardner Nelson, Havas, JWT Chicago and Saatchi & Saatchi.
Design and digital production company Thornberg & Forester (T&F) has opened a Los Angeles studio. The new office is located within the Culver City-area offices of Moxie Pictures and staff will include art director/designer Kyle Hurley, who has played a key role on projects for Toth + Company, Dansko Footwear, DDB Chicago, Ronald McDonald House Charities and others through the company's LA outpost he established last year.T&F's latest work is a global campaign for Bisquit Cognac via Paris-based creative agency VERSUS.
Chicago-based production company BoomThrift has expanded its roster with the addition of director John Thompson. Thompson has been a finalist and winner of several competitions including Coca-Cola's Refreshing Filmmaker's Competition and The Heineken Music Video Competition. His professional film projects include music videos, branded entertainment, Web content and commercials for Playboy, Google, Zagat, and Motorola.