Toni Lipari and Stephen Jess have opened Wax, a boutique film editorial company and creative collective based in New York's Chelsea. Lipari, who will be titled executive producer, was previously the executive producer at NO6. Prior to that she worked on the agency side as an executive producer at McCann Erickson New York and senior producer at Young & Rubicam New York. Jess's prior experience includes staff film editor positions at Whitehouse Post and Lost Planet. Wax's first partnership is with The Brigade, a VFX and animation company.
Smuggler has signed Canadian director Michael Clowater to its roster for representation in countries outside Canada, where he is represented by Radke Films. Clowater's work includes the "How to Dad" spot for Cheerios and a spot for home automation system WeMo.
Robert Wherry, previously partner and executive producer at Assembly, has opened Fancy Content in Los Angeles. Its roster includes John Mastromonaco, Alex Grossman, directing team Rad-Ish, and British director Rob Sanders. Mastromonaco has shuttered Argyle Films, his long-running production company home to join Fancy. Sanders also joins Fancy from Argyle. Rad-Ish join from Assembly, where they worked with Wherry prior to his launching Fancy, while Grossman joins from HeLo.
Cutters has promoted Aaron Kiser to editor. Kiser joined Cutters as an intern in 2007. Over the past year, he has been the lead editor on projects for Bayer, Capital One, Cricket, La Quinta and State Farm, and most recently for the first new work for McDonald's via Cossette Chicago.
Calfornia-based FuseFX, which provides visual effects services for television, features and commercials, has opened production facilities in New York and Vancouver. Greg Anderson will lead its New York operations as senior visual effects supervisor and head of production. His background includes senior visual effects roles with 1stAveMachine, Ring of Fire and Sony Pictures Imageworks. The Vancouver office will be led by visual effects supervisor and producer Mike Leeming, whose previous positions include VFX houses Zoic Studios and Stargate Studios