Josh Franer has signed to Company. He recently completed co-creating and directing 13 episodes of "This Built America," an online branded series that explores the resurgence of manufacturing in America where he worked with AOL and Team Detroit for the Ford F-150 truck.
Assembly has added Director Samuel Bennetts to its roster. Previously repped by Acne, Bennetts is an Australian native who relocated to Los Angeles. His work includes "The Road and Traffic Authority" for television, and the short film "What They Don't Know." He has directed music videos for Rouge Traders, INXS, Grinspoon, and Bluejuice. He is also talented in visual effects and he is credited for work on Volkswagen, McDonalds, Johnson & Johnson, Castrol, eBay, Powerade, and Canon
Writer and Director Benjamin Arfmann has joined ContagiousLA for spot and branded content projects. Arfmann, who holds an MFA from UCLA's School of Theater, Film and Television and now teaches film directing at the university. His UCLA thesis "Random Stop" premiered at SXSW. He created the half-hour pilot, "Dead or Alive: Stranded in the Alaskan Wilderness," for the History Channel, and he directed "Halcyon," a trans-media project commissioned by NBCUniversal and produced for SyFy with Secret Location. Arfmann is currently in postproduction on his feature debut, "Dismissed," the first film to come out of Making Horror, the entity formed by Boulderlight and Making Film Limited.
Director Yousef Eldin has signed to Indy8 for global representation. Eldin previously worked at Vice where he worked on video content in the U.K. Since then, he has shot for a range of clients including The Guardian, Nowness, Nike, Sony, Lexus, HTC, McDonald's, O2 and Samsung. As well as directing he is also a director of photography who has shot for Daniel Kleinman, Ringan Ledwidge and BAFTA nominee Jacqui Morris.
Kaboom Productions has signed Ann Asprodites for representation. Asprodites began her career on the agency side working as a copywriter, before transitioning to marketing creative and production at radio stations. After over a decade of working on in-house sales and marketing for post and production, she started her own representation agency.
Industrial Color has added Editor Bruce Ashley and Executive Producer Gary Giambalvo to its staff. Hailing originally from Australia, Ashley has created work for brands including Tiffany, Avon, DKNY, Raw Spirit, Clinique, Coca-Cola, Guinness, NBA, Facebook and Red Bull. He has worked on music videos for Madonna, Bruce Springsteen, INXS, Santana and for Pearl Jam's "Jeremy." In 2015, he worked on the feature documentary "Hitting The Apex," directed by Mark Neale and produced and narrated by Brad Pitt; as well as concert films for U2 and David Bowie. Ashley's early editing career was spent at New York post houses Mad River Post and 89 Greene Street, as well as at television networks in Australia and London. In 2011, following four years at the post house Company X, Ashley co-founded the hybrid post boutique Goodpenny NY.
As executive producer and director of integrated production, Giambalvo is a veteran production executive whose résumé includes the Studio. Curious Pictures, and serving as a committee member of the AICP Digital Board of Directors.
Wax has added Editor Georgia Dodson to its roster. Dodson has previously collaborated with Everynone and Droga5 on "Prudential's Day One Stories" and won a Gold Lion at the 2012 Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity. She has also worked on Droga5's Super Bowl spot for Prudential, "Love Less Ordinary," films with Claire Cottrell for Dove Chocolate with agency BBDO, the "Say More" film with Jonty Toosey for Hershey's, with the agency Arnold, and "Fueled By the Future/Back to the Future" campaign for Toyota with Droga5. She edited Matt Lenski's "Meaning of Robots," which debuted at the Sundance Film Festival.
@LArge Productions and Post announced it has added an office in New York. The Manhattan studio is within The Napoleon Group, one of @LArge's strategic partners in post production.
Iconoclast has partnered with with Prodigo Films in Brazil, while maintaining independent operations. Iconoclast Brazil's team consists of Director and Partner Ian Ruschel, Director Brenno Castro, and Sales Director Karine Amabile. Ruschel's portfolio includes projects for Audi, Nike, Ford, Coca-Cola, Samsung and Sony, produced in partnership with Brazilian and international ad agencies.