Former Celsius Films director Boris Damast has launched a new production company with longtime producer Andrea Kikot. Dubbed Mechaniks, the company will operate as a satellite of Venice-based Cucoloris Films. "At the end of March, our contract was up and we decided to open our own company," Kikot says. At the moment, Damast is the shop's sole director, although Kikot does not rule out expanding the roster. Since setting up shop, Damast has shot a string of comedy spots for Europeans clients, including FIAT, Del Monte and Blistex. "We've been fairly busy," says Kikot.