New York-based Washington Square Films has signed director Mark Pellington for U.S. commercial representation. Pellington's career began as a music video director and he went to work on short films, television, documentaries, narrative features, 3D concerts, commercials and more. He recently directed a series of branded films entitled "Soul of the Machine" for Aston Martin starring Tom Brady. In the past year, his work has included executive producing and directing for NBC drama series "Blindspot" and helming the feature film "The Last Word," starring Shirley MacLaine and Amanda Seyfried, which debuted at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. Upcoming work includes the feature drama "Nostalgia" starring Jon Hamm.
Director Zak Razvi has joined Furlined for U.S. and U.K. commercial representation. Razvi began his career as a producer at BBH London before moving to Pulse to run the music video department. As a director, his short film "Jordanne" won Best Documentary Short at the London Independent Film Festival, British Documentary Film Festival and the Kinsale Shark Awards. His commercial work includes a campaign for the Road Safety Authority of Ireland.
Director, comedic actor and social media influencer Ben Giroux has joined Superlounge for exclusive commercial representation in the U.S. His "Back to the 90s" video, which debuted May 1 on Facebook, has earned 60 million views on the platform to date. His career spans content creation for networks like FML, FailBlog and Fred, roles on Nick, Disney and more, and work with directors such as The Farrelly Brothers, Christopher Guest, and David O'Russell. He has directed short films with J.K. Simmons and Danny Woodburn.
Director Lauren Caris Cohan has signed with Stink Films. Cohan's work includes "Lost Angeles," a film for AG Jeans starring the British fashion icon Alexa Chung, and film series "Roshambo," starring Christopher Abbott. She is currently in development with Imagine Entertainment, 21st Century Fox and Hulu on a TV series based on her short film entitled "Dream Girl."
Zoic Studios has promoted John Kilshaw to creative director. Kilshaw joined Zoic's New York studio in 2016 as VFX supervisor having worked at VFX shops including ILM, Method and Double Negative. He has worked on major feature films such as "The Avengers," "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2," "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides," "Cloverfield" and "The Dark Knight." Most recently, he served as VFX supervisor on the Netflix superhero crossover series "Marvel's The Defenders," which was released on Aug. 18, and also worked on Darren Aronofsky's thriller "Mother."
Madison & Vine, the bi-coastal content studio, has appointed Richard Robinson as its first executive producer. He joins from L.A. production company D1str1ct, part of international production company Casta Diva Pictures, where he was executive producer and managing partner working with brands including Nike, Procter & Gamble, Samsung, Fiat and Lexus. He has worked on over 30 feature films, including the Oscar-winning movie "The Artist," as well as with various L.A.-based production companies such as Epoch Films, Anonymous Content, Biscuit and Caviar.
Advertainment studio Bark Bark, with offices in Atlanta, New York, and Los Angeles, has appointed Betsy Powell as VP of client partnerships, theatrical. After working in New York for HBO and Lifetime, Powell spent most of her career in Los Angeles at creative agencies, broadcast networks, movie trailer and feature film marketing companies including Aspect Ratio, New Wave Entertainment, Twentieth Century Fox, Buena Vista Pictures Marketing, and Warner Bros in-house theatrical agency.
Framestore has appointed Josh King as senior VFX producer within the company's advertising division. King started his career at Rushes, rising to senior producer before moving on to spend time at MPC. He has overseen campaigns for Three, Cravendale and Harvey Nichols, among others. He will work under department head Helen Hughes, recently promoted into the new role of head of advertising.
Eric Zumbrunnen, known to many as "EZ," the co-founder of editorial company Exile, has passed away from cancer at the age of 52. His early work included editing music videos such as Weezer's "Buddy Holly," Smashing Pumpkins' "Tonight, Tonight," Beck's "Where It's At" and Bjork's "It's Oh So Quiet. " He has edited commercials for Nike, Xbox and Apple, and several feature films. He collaborated with director Spike Jonze on films "Her," "Adaptation," "Where the Wild Things Are," and "Being John Malkovich." More recently, he was awarded a Bronze Lion for Editing at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, for his work on Jonze's Kenzo World fragrance ad "My Mutant Brain."