Peter Goeltenboth & Florian Giefer, better known as Pet & Flo, have signed with Slim Pictures for U.S. representation. The Berlin-based directing duo, known for their stop motion visuals, have already directed several spots for the U.S. market including Yoplait via Bromley and Nature Valley out of McCann Erickson NYC. They met while attending school together in London, directing effects-driven music videos in the 1990s before founding Berlin-based production house Filmlounge. Their work includes commercials for the likes of BMW, Olympus and Coca-Cola, as well as web campaigns, viral videos, documentaries, animations and visuals for live music.
Director Giovanni Messner, whose work includes Procter & Gamble's "Raising an Olympian" series, has signed with The Famous Group to direct commercials and branded content. Messner was first hired by Famous this fall to direct four spots for eBay's holiday campaign. Prior to going solo in 2011, he spent five years at The ZiZo Group as creative director, directing work such as the P&G Pampers series "Love Comes Early" and the "Road to Reunion" series for USO/Walmart. He began his commercial production career at MJZ and shot commercials for Levi's, P&G's Pantene, Nestle and Starbucks.
Kerstin Emhoff, co-founder/ executive producer of Prettybird, will serve as chairperson of the 2015 AICP Show: The Art & Technique of the American Commercial. As part of her AICP Show duties, Emhoff will preside over AICP Week, which includes the AICP Next Awards and will take place in New York from June 2-4, 2015.
Visual effects supervisors Andy Boyd and Jake Montgomery and executive producer Asher Edwards, all ex-MPC, have founded visual effects boutique Jamm in Los Angeles. The company is already at work on its first spot, a Super Bowl commercial directed by Jake Scott. Boyd has worked at Framestore, Method, and as head of 3D at MPC, and was most recently the lead 3D supervisor for Peter Berg's Call of Duty "Advanced Warfare." Montgomery has worked at Glassworks, Method and MPC L.A. on spots such as Fiat's "Godzilla." Edwards was previously an executive producer at MPC L.A.
Production company Stardust has appointed Shannon Lords as executive producer/L.A. Lords, who will be based in the company's Santa Monica office, was executive producer/ managing director of Morgan Spurlock's Warpaint, a commercial and content company. Before Warpaint, she was a Los Angeles- and New York-based producer/line-producer, working on projects with directors including Bryan Singer, Barry Levinson, Spike Lee, Wim Wenders, Zack Snyder and Michael Bay.
Rock Paper Scissors has added editor Christjan Jordan to its Los Angeles team. He spent the previous six years as one of the original editors at Arcade Edit. Mr. Jordan is a long-time collaborator with 72andSunny for Activision and Samsung, working alongside directors Wayne McClammy, Mark Romanek, James Mangold and Lance Acord. Most recently, he edited a tie-in between Activation's Call of Duty and Mountain Dew for 72andSunny.
Editor Eddie Ringer has joined the creative roster at Wildchild and Bonch, the New York and L.A.-based editorial, design and production collective. Ringer joins Wildchild after a six-month stint freelancing for Bay Area ad agencies including Goodby Silverstein + Partners, Barrett SF and Godfrey Q. Prior to that he spent over eight years at BSSP. He has worked with directors such as Noam Murro, on a Benefit Cosmetics spot, and Erich Joiner of Tool, on a comic campaign for Greyhound.
ArsenalFX has named Sean Starkweather as creative director. He was previously creative director at Stardust, working on spots for brands such as Air Jordan, Samsung and Starbucks. Prior to that, he directed on campaigns for Toyota, Yahoo!, Blackberry RIM, Microsoft, Hyundai, U.S. Cellular and BP.
Director Adria Petty has joined m ss ng p eces for North American representation and Cadence for European work. Ms.Petty, previously repped by Moxie and White Label, has directed commercials for Target, Lancome, Hershey's, Alexander McQueen, and created music videos for the likes of Beyonce, Rihanna and Coldplay. Feature films include "Paris, Not France," a documentary about Paris Hilton, and the 2010 concert film, "Regina Spektor: Live in London."