Framestore has appointed Eileen Cooney as head of campaigns, a newly-created role for the VFX and post production company. She will work on brand campaigns from briefing to completion, based in New York and reporting to Jon Collins, president of integrated advertising, worldwide. Prior to Framestore, Cooney worked in the U.K. as a campaign director for Mission Media. She started her advertising career in New York as a project manager for the Rock n' Roll Circus at Lincoln Center, then worked for Translation LLC as director of special projects, and freelanced for Gravity Road.
B-Reel has signed director Simon Cole for global representation. Cole, who moves to B-Reel after a 10-year stint with HSI Productions, has helmed commercials for brands such as Amazon.com, Netflix and Cracker Jacks and has been nominated three times for an Outstanding Director Award by the Directors Guild of America. In addition to his commercials work, his documentary "So Help Me God" has been featured on TV networks worldwide.
Tool has added director Shawn Z to its roster. He began his career as a young director in Canada, and has since shot commercials for brands including Toyota, Volkswagen, Mini, Cadbury, and Burger King, and agencies such as Leo Burnett, BBDO, DDB, and Y&R. He most recently directed an April Fool parody for Motorola via Tool titled "Selfie Stick," which has already received nearly 500,000 views on YouTube.
Cutter Productions has added director Jim Fabio to its roster. Fabio has worked with clients including the NFL Network and NFL.com, earning an Emmy for The NFL Season and a Sports Emmy for Outstanding Short Feature for "Immaculate Remembrance." His live-action documentary segments on social issues, produced in collaboration with PBS, Lookalike Productions, and Sesame Workshop for When Families Grieve, also earned him a Primetime Emmy nomination for children's programming.
Australian production company Photoplay Films has signed New Zealand director Gary John, who has directed commercials and music videos for clients in New Zealand and Australia over the past nine years. He has worked on comedic campaigns for brands including Air New Zealand, Coca-Cola, Burger King, Sanitarium, Tiger Beer and Canon.
Josiah Spencer has joined the editorial roster at Wildchild in New York. Spencer has edited ad content for brands such as Coach and St. John, and for Taylor Swift's fragrance line, as well as music videos for artists such as Beyoncé and J. Lo in collaboration with the director Hype Williams. He also partnered with director Francesco Carrozzini on the video "New York City" for Lenny Kravitz."
Heresy has signed French director Alix Malka for U.S. representation. Malka is known for his fashion and beauty photography work, and has shot campaigns for publications such as Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone, GQ and Harper's Bazaar, and for companies including Jean-Paul Gaultier, Barney's, L'Oreal, Harry Winston, Bloomingdales, Uniqlo and Nike. He also serves as the creative director for the fashion magazine, 7Hollywood.