Prettybird has signed Emmy-winning director Jason Zada for commercials representation. Formerly at Tool, Mr. Zada has directed both digital and broadcast projects for agencies including Wieden & Kennedy, Crispin Porter & Bogusky, Leo Burnett, Grey, Saatchi & Saatchi, RPA and more.
He recently wrapped shooting on his first feature film, "The Forest," via Focus Features, set to release in North America next year. The film stars Natalie Dormer (Game of Thrones, The Tudors) and Taylor Kinney (Chicago Fire, Chicago PD) and has a similar creepy sensibility to that of his interactive short "Take This Lollipop," for which he earned his Emmy.
Mr. Zada hails from the agency world and co-founded and served as ECD of San Francisco digital shop EVB before moving into directing. His projects there included the holiday campaign "Elf Yourself" for Office Max. Mr. Zada took home a Cannes Lion last year for "Remote Control Tourists," a campaign out of Clemenger BBDO for Tourism Victoria that allowed people to experience the region virtually, with the help of people they controlled online.
Aric Ackerman and Guy Pechard have joined The Cavalry Productions as chief operating officer /partner and European partner/executive producer respectively as the production company opens a new Paris office. Ackerman spent eight years as COO of Radical Media, where he met Pechard running Radical's French office. Pechard, who worked for Radical for ten years, will run The Cavalry's PariCutsian outpost; the firm has other offices in New York and Los Angeles. The Cavalry's expanded directorial offerings now include Steven Ada, Cecile Boisrond, Didier Canaux, Kevin Berlandi, Stephen Schuster, Chris Delaporte, Christophe Navarre, Henri Barges, the directing duo Rojomotorz and Doug Bernardt.
Production company Little Minx has added Sea Chant to its roster for commercial representation. The Los Angeles-based couple and directing team of Carissa and Andrew Gallo has collaborated with brands including Levi's, Lincoln Motor Company, Nike, Intel and Toyota, combining Carissa Gallo's background in still photography and Andrew Gallo's technical work in TV production.
Chelsea Pictures has signed creative collective Wander for representation. The Los Angeles-based group focused on cause-marketing comprises founder Aaron Weber, Eric Reinfeld, Cryssy Cheung and Phil Towle. Its "Follow the Frog" campaign for the Rainforest Alliance was awarded a Bronze Lion at Cannes in 2013, and it has created content and campaigns for clients including LinkedIn, Apple and Oxfam.
Culver City-based visual effects house Zoic Studios has added VFX supervisor Jeff Wozniak to its staff. Wozniak will be helming Zoic's newly launched New York studio. He started his career at ILM and has worked on films such as "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban," "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest" and Marvel's "The Avengers." He later served as head of computer graphics and senior VFX supervisor at Industrial Color.
Editorial company Whitehouse Post has added editor Charlie Harvey to its Los Angeles office. Harvey is currently based at Whitehouse in London and has made frequent trips to the West Coast to edit spots for brands such as Adidas and Gatorade. Earlier this year, she won a Best Editing award at AICP for her work on Powerade "There's Power in Every Game – Nico's Story." Harvey began her career as an editor at M&C Saatchi and spent three years at Willcox & Willcox before joining Whitehouse Post in 2007. She has edited spots for brands such as Nike, FIFA, Intersport, Foot Locker, Volkswagen, and Pepsi.