Dapper, Believe Media's comedy division, has signed Los Angeles-based director Alberto Belli to its roster. Belli won the Young Director Award and was part of the Saatchi & Saatchi New Directors' Showcase at Cannes in 2014 with his satire It's Not Porn, it's HBO. He has recently helmed spots for Tide and BCBG Max Azria, and is currently working on a pilot presentation for Comedy Central, as well as branded content for The Onion, College Humor and Leo Burnett Chicago.
Rogue Films has appointed Ben Hampshire as managing director and executive producer based in London. Hampshire, who will work with company partners and EPs David Van Der Gaag and Charlie Crompton, brings 18 years of advertising and production experience in both the U.S. and U.K. to the role. He was most recently managing director of The Mill Los Angeles, where over seven years he grew the L.A. studio from 12 employees to 220. He moved to L.A. following five years heading production at The Mill London.
Paul Stone has signed with Superlounge for exclusive U.S. spot representation. Stone's first short film "Tales of Times Square" took the Best Documentary prize at festivals including the L.A. Shorts Film Fest. His latest short, "Man Under," which examines the rise in NYC subway suicides, had its world premiere at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival and he is currently shooting the feature film documentary "Mulberry," which explores Little Italy. His recent spot work includes Procter & Gamble's "Zombie" (Publicis), Fidelity Investments' "Dream Job" (Fidelity Communications & Advertising) and More Than Tired's "Sleep" (Scout). Stone was previously represented for commercials by Morgan Spurlock's Warpaint Films.
Malcolm Green has signed with Paris and London-based production house Ursus for representation in the U.K. and France. Green is a former executive creative director and co-founder of advertising agency DLKW Lowe, and continues in his role as founder of agency Green Cave People. He has worked with brands including Telenor, Halifax, NSPCC, Tetrapak, Morrisons and General Motors' European subsidiary Opel.
MPC L.A. has made several appointments, hiring David Hoogenakker as head of business development, Jeff Werner as head of production and Meghan Lang as executive producer. Hoogenakker joins from TBWA/ Chiat/Day L.A. and brings over 25 years of industry experience working as a senior producer with agencies, production companies and clients such as Nissan, Infiniti, Gatorade and Pepsi. Werner has a background in production and 3D from studios such as Method, where he has worked most recently as manager of its digital studio. Lang was most recently an EP at Furlined. MPC has also promoted Mike Wigart to executive producer of MPC Creative, and has announced that it will relocate from Santa Monica to Culver City early next year.
Cap Gun Collective has signed Mike Warzin to its roster for U.S. representation. Warzin began his career as a commercial editor in Chicago before becoming an art director and writer for Wieden & Kennedy in Portland, a post he held until joining Anomaly New York in 2012 as a senior creative. There, his contributions to campaigns for Budweiser, Carhartt and Dick's Sporting Goods often involved directing, and one Dick's Sporting Goods spot, "Focus/Explode" was awarded the Gold Cannes Lion in Film Craft in 2014.
Directing collective Weareseventeen has joined production company th1ng for representation in the U.S. and U.K. The design-led team of directors and animators specializes in CG work. The six-member group, Steve Simmonds, George Alexander, Adam Brandon, Cesar Pelizer, Jesper Lindborg and Shaun Adamson, hails from five countries: England, Scotland, Sweden, Brazil, and The Cayman Islands. Their work includes spots for Pom Wonderful, and Yoplait, as well as brand identities for Spark and BT TV.
Digital creative studio Click 3X has hired Camille Geier as executive producer. Geier brings with her a partnership with Rodeo FX, a visual effects company headquartered in Montreal, where she was previously executive producer. As part of the collaboration, Click 3X will represent all advertising work for Rodeo FX across the United States. Prior to Rodeo FX, Geier was COO and head of studio for animation company Curious Pictures.
Deluxe Creative Services has hired producer Joanna Woods, who will oversee projects in Chicago for co-located sister companies Beast, Company 3, and Method Studios. Kendall Fash, who was previously in the producer role, has been named national director of marketing for Beast. She will remain based in Chicago. Woods joions from Music Dealers; she has also held production roles at Another Country Studios and Chicago Recording Company.
Wanda has appointed Anna Ryabtsun to its London office as executive producer and head of sales. Born in Kiev but raised in Toronto, Ryabtsun was most recently at Blink as executive producer. Her work includes ads for Skip and BBH, and the Christmas 2014 John Lewis ad (Monty's Christmas) with Adam & Eve/DDB.
New York-based Northern Lights has signed editor Greg Letson for East Coast representation. With over two decades of experience, Letson has edited spots for brands including Coca-Cola, Visa, Reebok, Ford, Mercedes-Benz, Bayer, Citibank, Olay and Trojan. He has worked with editorial facilities including Red Car, Fluid, Hooligan, Cabana and The Big Picture, and has earned awards including a 2008 AICE Award for his PSA for the Library of Congress through the Ad Council.
Seattle-based digital design agency Smashing Ideas has added senior UX designer Nick Pollock to its team of creatives. Pollock's career began in the music industry as a member of an early incarnation of rock band Alice In Chains and the lead singer, lyricist, and guitarist of My Sister's Machine. He later started his UX design career working with Wizards of the Coast, Microsoft, and most recently, Smart Technologies, as the senior UX designer.