Kahn Joins HSI, Bayer Looks Around

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Director Joseph Kahn, formerly of Palomar Pictures, has signed with HSI Productions for commercials and video representation, HSI president Stavros Merjos announced this afternoon. The signing comes less than a week after Kahn won a Grammy for his direction of the Eminem video "Without Me," which collected an award for Best Short Form Music Video after collecting Video of the Year and Best Direction honors at the 2002 MTV Music Video Awards. Kahn also recently completed his first feature, the forthcoming action movie Torque.

Meanwhile, industry sources confirm that A-lister Sam Bayer has been shopping himself around as his contract lapses with HSI. Merjos says, however, that it's not a foregone conclusion that Bayer, who has been with the company for a decade, will ultimately switch production companies. "Right now he's producing jobs and bidding jobs through HSI," says Merjos. "Is he free to look around? Of course. Whatever happens happens."

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