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Park Pictures has signed Damian Kulash, frontman of the band OK Go, for worldwide commercial representation. Kulash has conceived of and directed 15 videos for the band in collaboration with nine other directors. His most recent work, the zero gravity video for OK Go's "Upside Down & Inside Out", gained 47 million views in its first week online. Other videos include "I Won't Let You Down", which features Honda scooters and thousands of Japanese dancers; "Needing/Getting", the Chevy Super Bowl spot in which Kulash himself stunt drives a Chevy rigged with robotic arms, and "This Too Shall Pass", which features an elaborate Rube Goldberg Machine. Last year, Kulash also directed an optical illusion-driven ad for Chinese furniture retailer Red Star Maccaline. He has also been a speaker at events including the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, SXSW, and The Future of Storytelling.
B-Reel Films has hired Margo Mars as managing director and partner for its London office. She was previously executive producer and head of production at Prettybird, helping to build its London office. Prior to her role there, she was a producer at RSA Films for eight years. Her experience includes working with technology such as wearables and interactive experiences as well as more traditional media.
Tool of North America has signed director Phillip Montgomery to its live action roster. Montgomery has directed commercials for brands including Jack Daniels, GE, Walmart, Guinness, Buick, and SU2C. His most recent work includes a documentary series that was part of Procter & Gamble's 'Raising an Olympian' campaign for the 2012 Olympic Games. The films helped earn him the 2013 New Director Award at the Cannes Lions festival. Montgomery made his feature film debut with #Regeneration, a documentary exploring the state of activism in today's youth, narrated by Ryan Gosling, which was released theatrically in May 2012.
New York and San Francisco-based content creation and production company Bodega has signed directors Jon Dennis and Randy Hackett for U.S. commercial representation. Dennis has a directorial background spanning commercials, live sports, branded content, and network promos for the likes of BBC, Sky and Channel 4. He has directed commercials for brands such as ING, Westfield, Yazoo, BMW and Dream Bingo. Hackett is a copywriter-turned-director who has worked with brands such as ESPN, Delta Airlines, Showtime, Comcast, Volvo, Microsoft, Vonage and Motel 6.
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Jam3 has hired Dirk Van Ginkel as a creative director for its Toronto office. He has worked at agencies including Delete, Poke New York (now Makeable), and most recently, Unit9 London, where he was a creative technologist and director. His work has stretched across website creation, applications, installations and experimental projects for brands including SyFy Channel US, Google, Focus Feature Studios, 20th Century Fox, Wrigley's, Pixar, Heineken and Disney.
Caviar is adding directing duo Los Perez, previously only represented in Paris, to its Los Angeles and Brussels rosters. The duo, Tania Verduzco and Adrian Perez, from Mexico and Spain respectively, are both cinema directors and specialize in writing, directing, editing and music composition. Recently, their campaign for Euromillions won awards at various award shows.
New York City-based editorial and post-production company Uppercut has appointed Stefanie Bassett as executive producer. During her career, Bassett has collaborated with agencies including McCann, Mother, McGarryBowen, 360i and Hill Holliday and brands such as Chevron, Cadillac and Maybelline. Her work includes the Breast Cancer Awareness PSA "Stare," which she counts as one her most rewarding achievements.
CG Director Andy Zazzera has joined creative studio Nice Shoes in New York City. Zazzera comes to Nice Shoes after working with SpeakeasyFX, Sarofsky Corp, and Buck, contributing to projects for Capri Sun, Huggies, Verizon, and Oreo. He has also led production for the title sequences for several Marvel films: "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," "Guardians of the Galaxy," and "Ant-Man."
Native Content has hired Ned Brown as executive producer and partner. Brown has worked in the commercial production industry for 20 years. During his tenure at The Directors Bureau, he evolved the shop from music videos to also encompass commercial production. He then opened Rock Fight, which he ran for eight years until its merger with HKM to form Hello & Co. Brown later helped to open the West Coast office of Humble.
Bi-coastal music services company Music And Strategy (MAS) has hired Joey Reyes as senior producer. An advertising music producer with over 15 years of experience on both the agency and production sides, Reyes worked at FCB and Lowe before moving into composing and producing at music houses including Stimmung, Nylon Studios and most recently, Amber Music. He has worked on campaigns including Levi's "To Work" and Gap's "Love Comes in Every Shade" as well as with clients including Coca-Cola, Sprite, Kraft/Nabisco, Google, Verizon, AT&T and Mercedes-Benz.
Content creation studio Wayfarer has opened its doors in Los Angeles, co-founded by CEO Justin Baldoni, the star of CW series "Jane the Virgin," and Ahmed Musiol, its president and head of the commercial division. Wayfarer launches on the heels of its short film "Dear Maiya" for Wells Fargo. Its other directors include Sundance winner Todd Kellstein, who helmed the documentary "Buffalo Girls." Farhoud Meybodi is chief operating officer and head of development for TV and digital.