Native Pictures has signed The Work, the directing collective behind Ford Mustang's "Speed Dating" Valentine's Day viral for Team Detroit for commercial representation. The Work -- Jesse Ford, Shane Ford, Christopher Gruse, Edward Knight, and Jerome Wald III -- all hail from Detroit and their past projects include commercials and digital campaigns for Corvette Stingray, Chevrolet Silverado, Lincoln Motor Co. and Herman Miller. One of their first agency projects together was a multi-media campaign for the Ford Fiesta that included the design of a huge mural.
MPC has opened a VFX studio in Paris, to be led by Creative Director Franck Lambertz, and Executive Producer Quentin Martin. Lambertz worked at MPC London before moving back to his native Paris, and helped launch MPC LA and MPC Amsterdam. Martin joins from Prodigious, where he worked on Orange and AXA, and has already spent several months at MPC London.
Caviar has signed Swedish director Robert Jitzmark for commercial representation. Jitzmark's work includes ads for Puma, Ikea, Sony Playstation, Canal+, MTV and Mentos, as well as projects for car brands such as Peugeot, Smart and Mini. His spots for Swedish Fish won gold at the ADC Festival in New York. He is a partner in Stockholm production company Camp David, which he founded with five colleagues in 2003.
MPC NY has hired Jesse Kurnit as head of production. Kurnit joins from Transistor Studios with over 10 years of production experience. He has worked on Pepsi campaigns featuring Mariah Carey, Yoda, and Alex Rodriguez and spots for Budweiser's Clydesdales and GE's "Ecomagination." He has produced a variety of Super Bowl and Oscar spots, as well as work for the Olympics and the NFL.
Director Mary Nighy has signed with Indy8 for commercial representation. The London-born director has done films for Vogue, Karen Millen, River Island and City of London, and made one of the winning films in Bombay Sapphire's Imagination Series, "Need for Speed," produced by Independent Films and Gravity Rd. In 2014 she was runner up in the Young Director Awards at the Cannes Lions festival for her film "Handprints". She is also a writer, including long-form narrative scripts as well as ad copy, and has worked as an actress since she was 17.
New York-based Pink Riot Films, a tabletop and culinary lifestyle production company, has added director Adam Karsten to its roster. Karsten, previously with Bob Industries and Arf & Co, has directed spots for Taco Bell, Ketel One vodka, Dr Pepper, Orville Redenbacher's and Healthy Choice. Pink Riot has also formed a partnership with Imaj Studios in Istanbul, Turkey, the largest post-production facility in the Middle East, creating Pink Riot-Istanbul.
Post-production studio Nomad has launched a visual effects and finishing division to be led by executive producer David Ziek. Ziek has worked on feature films including "Tron" and "X-Men: First Class," as well as commercials for brands such as Nike, Microsoft, and Mercedes-Benz. Prior to Nomad, he spent five years as a VFX producer at Digital Domain, and from 2005 to 2009, he was senior VP at Pangea Pictures.
Wax, the film editorial company and creative collective that opened last year, has added editor Christopher Huth to its roster. Huth joins from Lost Planet, where he worked with Smuggler director David Frankham on spots for Mercedes and Bank of America, and with Independent Media's Janusz Kaminski on spots for the New York Times Magazine. Other work includes the Cannes Gold PR Lion-winning Honey Maid's "This is Wholesome" campaign for Droga5 and AICP Best in Show spot "Dear Sophie," for Google Chrome. He is currently editing his first campaign for Wax for AT&T, directed by The Mercadantes via BBDO NY.