RSA has signed directors Anna Sandilands and Ewan McNicol to its roster, as their film "Uncertain," a Southern gothic tale set on the Texas/Louisiana border, premiers at the Tribeca Film Festival. The filmmaking duo are co-owners of Lucid, a documentary production company based in Seattle, and they have made TV commercials and communications for clients including Google, Apple, Nike, Nokia, and BlackBerry. Their short films have screened at festivals including Sundance, Tribeca, BFI London International Film Festival and SXSW, and they have received awards including a Cannes Silver Lion, BAFTA nomination, Webby for Best Documentary and a One Show award.
Swedish director Filip Nilsson has joined Blink and Skunk for U.K. and U.S. representation respectively. His work includes Volvo's "Technician" and "Hook," two films in the Volvo "Live Tests" campaign, as well as recent commercials for Sony Headphones through DDB Toronto, and Statoil for SMFB Norway. A founder of Stockholm-based Folke Film, he has also helmed music videos for Royksopp, John de Sohn and Peter Bjorn & John.
Director Johnny Hardstaff has moved from RSA to Academy and A+ for U.K. commercial and content representation. Hardstaff has worked on ads for brands such as Honda, Smirnoff, Kenco, Sony, Xbox and Philips as well as the viral campaign to promote Ridley Scott's "Prometheus" starring Michael Fassbender, who played the robot in the film.
76 Ltd has signed directors Russell Bates and Patrik Bergh to its portfolio of directors. Bates, previously signed to Madam, created Snickers' "You're Not You When You're Hungry" ad with Joan Collins, as well as commercials for the Oscars, Axe, Bet Victor, L'Oreal, Sony, and Head & Shoulders. He also directed the short film "Derek Zoolander, Male Model" starring Ben Stiller for the VH1 Fashion Awards that led to the feature film "Zoolander." Bergh joins from B-Reel London, where he shot commercials for brands such as Argos and Google. He also spent a decade as a commercials director with Partizan. Recent work includes a series of six-minute shorts for Google.
RSA/Black Dog has signed Swedish director Asa Riton to its commercials roster. Riton's work includes fashion, music videos and commercials for the likes of Philips. It has been shown at the Gothenburg International Film Festival, Nike Showrooms, Kulturhuset Stockholm, Playstation Portable Gallery, Diesel New Art, and The London Institute of Contemporary Arts.
Framestore has promoted Christine Cattano to executive producer of its Virtual Reality Studio in New York. Cattano moves up from her previous position of producer and will continue to work directly alongside the department's founder, executive creative director Mike Woods. Before joining Framestore, Cattano was senior producer at marketing agency Campfire, where she worked on campaigns for brands such as National Geographic Channel, HBO and Harley Davidson.
Director Noah Marshall has signed with Sweet Shop US for commercials. He moved into directing after working as an art director at agencies including Bates, BBDO, and FCB, and has shot commercials for clients such as Beats by Dre, Nike, Coca-Cola, Heineken, Sony, Panasonic, Ford, Toyota, General Motors, HSBC, Barclays Bank, HP and Schweppes.
Pulse Films has appointed Sarah Park in the role of executive producer, music videos, based in its L.A. office. Park has worked in a freelance capacity with Pulse for a number of years and her credentials include the video for the Vitalic track "Stamina" which won the Best Music Video Award at SXSW. Her production of J. Cole's "She Knows" with Pulse director Sam Pilling won the award for Best Urban Video -- International at the U.K. Music Video Awards 2014.
Visual effects and design studio Artemple-Hollywood has expanded its in-house team with Richard Kidd as creative director/senior VFX supervisor and Scott McCullough as director and director of photography. Kidd was most recently the on-set visual effects supervisor/producer for 20th Century Fox's "The Longest Ride," for director George Tillman, and has also worked in VFX on films such as "Twilight." McCullough is a commercials director whose past clients have included Pepsi, Ford, Nascar, GM, Polaris, Jeep, Coors, Home Depot, Target, Lowe's and Budweiser.
Production company Tinygiant has launched in New York, headed up by former Hungry Man and Moxie Pictures producer Veronica Diaferia. Diaferia has previously worked with directors such as Bryan Buckley, Martin Granger, Bennet Miller and Frank Todaro. Directors on the production company's roster include Jason Ho, Mark Nickelsburg, Daniel Garcia, Andrew Gant, Simon Stock and Ben Jacks.
Moondog Edit is rebranding as Moondog, an integrated company offering creative, live action production, editorial, effects and music. The new company comprises Moondog Creative, Moondog Films (formerly Gypsy NY), Moondog Edit, Moondog VFX (formerly Hectic New York) and Moondog Music (formerly Sound Foundation). In addition to executive creative director Pete Kasko and managing drector Bernadette Quinn, Moondog will be led by Sophie Gold as director of business development.
Formosa Group has added mixer John Bolen to its team at Formosa Villa, its commercial and branded entertainment division based in Santa Monica. Bolen joins Formosa Villa from Play with over two decades of experience in post-production sound and has worked with agencies such as TBWA/Chiat/Day, Media Arts Lab, 72andSunny and David&Goliath.