Harpoon Pictures has signed director and writer Anthony Furlong for commercial representation. With a background in theater, computer programming, and design and animation, Furlong has shot campaigns for brands including Ikea, Panasonic, Nokia, Ford and IBM. He started his career as a creative director, then made films working with companies such as Motion Theory, Stink, 1stAveMachine and Brand New School.
Susan Rued Anderson has joined Native Pictures in L.A. as a partner and executive producer. Rued Anderson most recently worked as executive producer/managing director at B-Reel, where she secured both director and writer on Toshiba/Intel's "The Beauty Inside," which won three Grand Prix awards at the Cannes Lions festival. Prior to B-Reel, she was executive producer at The Sweet Shop. She helped launch both companies' U.S. commercial operations.
L.A.-based production company Society has signed filmmaker Rachel Goldenberg for her first-ever U.S. commercial representation, as well as live-action and VFX specialist David Viau. Goldenberg is known for her directing work at Funny or Die, where she spent the last year as the site's "White House liaison" directing films starring the likes of Kristen Bell, Christina Hendricks and First Lady Michelle Obama. She has also directed feature-length films that aired on Lifetime, Showtime and Syfy. Viau was one of the founding designers/animators at Superfad before becoming a director.
Documentary directors Philip Knowlton and JP Bouchard have partnered to form a directing duo now known as Knowlton Bouchard. Independently, each director has been a long-time member of the roster at Brooklyn-based Greenpoint Pictures. Together the pair have already worked on "Taste of Home" for JetBlue, via Mullen, and three of Ford's "Go Further" films with Team Detroit.
Filmmaster Productions Madrid has signed the Spanish director Gabriel Azorín for representation in Spain, Italy and the United Arab Emirates. Azorín is known for his short movie "Los Galgos" and in 2012 won the international Nike contest "The Chance," chaired by Spike Lee, with his short "Mi nombre es Portero." He also founded Lacasinegra, an organization whose aim is to introduce new models of audiovisual creation and production into filmmaking.
L.A.-based Duck Studios has signed Milan-based creative studio Dadomani to its roster. Comprised of stop-motion artists Donato Di Carlo (post production), set designers Leonardo Ponzano and Francesco De Meo, and Fabio Cirilli (animation), Dadomani has worked on TV commercials, short films, print, and puppetry since opening in October 2007. It has completed projects for the likes of Coach, McDonald's, Barilla, Vodafone, and Audi while its stop-motion commercial "Favola a modo mio" for Lavazza earned a Best Advertising Clip award at the International Animation Festival FIA 2012.
Dallas-based Republic Editorial has added finishing artist Nick Mueth to its team. Mueth was previously the lead flame artist at Fast Cuts, working on spots for clients such as McDonald's, Zales, Helzberg, Match.com, The Travel Channel and Home Depot. He began his career at Red Car Dallas and has also worked at Video Post & Transfer.
Post production house Technicolor-PostWorks New York has acquired The Room, the finishing studio that has been hosted on its premises for the past three years. Under the terms of the agreement, The Room's staff, equipment and 4K workflow will be integrated into the Technicolor-PostWorks facility at 110 Leroy Street. Additionally, Ben Murray, founder of The Room, will take the new role of VP, creative services for Technicolor-PostWorks.