Santa Monica-based Little Minx has added director/designer Anthony Furlong to its roster. Furlong earned an Emmy in art direction last year for his work on the NBC's Sunday Night Football intro starring Carrie Underwood and has directed spots for Yahoo, Ikea, Nokia, Samsung and Panasonic. Prior to joining Little Minx, he served as director and creative director at established production companies including Harpoon Pictures, Shilo and 1stAveMachine.
Bicoastal production company Rabbit has signed director Ray Dillman for U.S. commercial representation. Dillman's work includes commercials for such brands as the U.S. Army, Kraft, Allstate, Bank of America, Sargento, Coca-Cola, AARP, American Airlines and The Home Depot, and he won an Emmy Award for his Snap.com "New Friend" spot. He has previously been represented by production shops including MJZ, Gartner and Avion Films.
Partizan has appointed Lisa Tauscher to head up its U.S. office as managing director and executive producer. Tauscher moves from Smuggler, where as executive producer her campaigns have won awards including Cannes Lions, Clios, AICP Awards and a 2015 Emmy nomination for Henry-Alex Rubin's Gatorade "Made in NY" spot featuring Derek Jeter.
MediaMonks' New York office has hired David Estis as creative director, working directly with MediaMonks' executive creative director, Jouke Vuurmans, on the development of digital concepts. Estis has been working in advertising production since 2000 and worked as a creative director at MPC, B-Reel, and The Mill. Separately, Caviar Amsterdam is becoming part of MediaMonks, in a move that will see former CEO Jacques Vereecken and his team join the network. Caviar Amsterdam will be renamed TheBoardRoom and will operate as a full service content label of MediaMonks.
Writer/director Andrew Renzi has signed with Contagious L.A. for exclusive U.S. spot representation. Renzi's short film "The Fort" premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, and his feature-length fiction debut, "The Benefactor," starring Richard Gere, Dakota Fanning and Theo James, is set for a 2016 release by Samuel Goldwyn Co. This is his first commercial representation.
Believe Media has signed director Sebastian Reed for representation in the U.S. and U.K. Reed is a co-founder and partner of Stockholm-based production company Camp David Film and recently launched filmmaking concept and new online platform Ascene.tv. Reed began his career as an editor before stepping into directing full-time with music videos for bands like The Cardigans, The Facer and Sahara Hotnights. He has directed for brands such as Coca-Cola, Reebok, Snickers, Nike, Puma, Volkswagen, and Mitsubishi, and recently shot "From Sweden Not Hollywood," a series of TV idents for Volvo's sponsorship of Sky Atlantic created by Grey London.
Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner Peter Richardson, who directed documentary series "Belief" on Oprah Winfrey's OWN network, has signed with Hollywood-based production company Sticks+Stones Studios for commercials. Richardson has shot commercials for brands like Blue Cross Blue Shield and directs, edits and shoots his own documentaries. His film "How to Die in Oregon" won the Documentary Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival this year.
Framestore Pictures has signed cinematographer and commercial director Fernando Cardenas to its roster. Cardenas began his career working for the production company The Directors Bureau. After working as a DP, he later moved to TBWA Media Arts Lab, creating productions from web content to TV spots. As a director, he has helmed spots for Apple, HP, Google, ESPN, Adidas, Facebook, and Beats by Dre.
Bicoastal creative studio Carbon VFX has hired Matt McManus as executive producer. McManus arrives at Carbon VFX after spending the last six years heading up his own Los Angeles-based digital VFX/post-production company, KILT Studios, which has worked on campaigns for brands including Under Armour, Coors, 2K Sports, and DirecTV. He has also worked at companies including Method Studios/Riot and Radium, with clients like Pepsi, Gatorade, Coca-Cola, Ford, and Isuzu.
L.A.-based creative VFX studio Siren Lab Productions, led by VFX supervisor/flame artist Karen Heston, has launched in Venice Beach on the heels of a five-month VFX collaboration with director Cary Joji Fukunaga (True Detective) on his Netflix original film, "Beasts of No Nation," starring Idris Elba. Heston has previously worked at VFX companies including Framestore, Mass Market, Rhino FX, Charlex, and directly for major brands such as Google, Kohl's, Macy's, Visa, GE, AT&T, and L'Oreal.