Television director David Semel, whose television credits include Homeland, American Horror Story, House M.D. and Person of Interest with JJ Abrams, has signed with Santa Monica-based Accomplice Media for his first representation in commercials. A two-time Emmy nominee, Semel has directed 15 pilots, 12 of which have gone to series. He most recently directed the CBS pilot, Madame Secretary, starring Tea Leoni. He has also served as executive producer on more than a dozen television series.
Framestore is expanding in the U.S. with several new hires, including naming Sophie Thiellon as executive producer of live action out of its New York office. Thiellon previously held roles at B-Reel in New York and at Finch, Exit Film, and Luscious International in Sydney. Her work has been honored at Cannes, Spikes Asia, IAB Mixx, AWARD Australia, YDA, Adfest and Adstars. The company, which won an Academy Award for its work on Gravity this year, is also building its in-house sales team, bringing in Lauren Merritt as new business manager in New York and Ashley Ford for business development, integrated advertising, at its recently-opened Los Angeles office.
Biscuit Filmworks has signed the The Glue Society to its directorial roster for U.S. representation. Previously represented by Park Pictures, The Glue Society is a seven-man collective of directors and installation artists; at Biscuit the main face of the group for commercial direction will be Gary Freedman. The other members are Jonathan Kneebone, Matt Devine, James Dive, Pete Baker, Luke Crethar and Paul Bruty. Under The Glue Society banner, Freedman has directed spots for top international brands including Nike, Axe, Burger King and more. The Glue Society is currently also repped by Revolver in Australia, Independent in the U.K., and Wanda in France.
Sibling Rivalry and A White Label Product have merged, forming creative collective A White Label / Sibling Rivalry Product. The new company, which has offices in New York, L.A,. Europe and Asia, will have design, experiential, digital and branding capabilities as well as live action work. Its joint roster features Matthew Donaldson, Steve Fuller, Mikon van Gastel, Peter Glanz, Olivier Gondry, LOKI, Paul Middleditch, Eva Midgley, Crystal Moselle, James Pilkington, Tim Richardson, Daniel Schweizer, Stephane Sednaoui, Wade Shotter, Kenneth Willardt, and Joe Wright as well as two new director signings, Nico Beyer and Sebastien Grousset, and an in-house studio of designers, animators and editors.
Superlounge has signed director Brett Wagner for exclusive U.S. spot representation. Wagner has helmed projects for Road Runner, McDonalds, American Savings Bank, Lexus, Toyota, Hawaiian Airlines, Starwood Resorts, Burger King, United Way, Mobi PCS and HEMIC "Seafood", which took home Best in Show at the District 13 Addy Awards this week. Wagner previously spent nearly a decade in Honolulu and continues to be repped for that market by Moana Productions.He began as an agency creative and has also directed the short films Chief and Care; both won "Best Dramatic Film" at the Los Angeles International Short Film Festival.
MPC's Color team is expanding with two appointments in the U.S., naming Amanda Ornelas as executive producer for color, and promoting Color Assistant Derek Hansen to colorist. Prior to joining MPC, Ornelas spent time on both coasts with Ogilvy & Mather L.A. and McCann Erickson N.Y. She has worked with leading directors including Rupert Sanders and Adam Berg. Hansen has worked with directors such as Radical Friend, Brthr, and Young Replicant, and recently contributed to eight spots that aired during Super Bowl 2014.