A Band Apart, L.A.- Founded: 1995

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Principals: Lawrence Bender, CEO/President; Michael Bodnarchek, CEO/President; Jeff Armstrong, Executive Producer; Adam Bloom, Head of Production

Roster:

Commercials & Music Videos: Chris Applebaum, Simon Brand, Bruce Branit & Jeremy Hunt, Nigel Dick, Martin Granger, Phil Harder, Wayne Isham, McG, Mink, Neil Tardio, Jr., Olivier Venturini

Features: Darren Aronofsky, Tim Burton, Steve Buscemi, Wes Craven, Roland Joffe, John Landis, Robert Rodriguez, Quentin Tarantino, John Woo

The diversified offerings of A Band Apart's talents have always driven along the sharpest edge of visual cool. This year they've carried their clips-inflected mystique, as well as other skilled approaches into an array of projects. Wayne Isham energized Target, Budweiser, Coors Vibe, and double-dipped with Sheryl Crow on a music video and a spot for American Express. Neil Tardio Jr. impressed us with his comedic documentary touches to NFL United Way, while McG sticks it out in the Fastlane, having directed the pilot of the new Fox show on which he's also EP, along with Charlie's Angels 2. Earlier this summer the shop also shored up with the addition of Armstrong, a production vet whose experience include three years heading up Satellite Films.

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