British director and photographer Stuart Douglas, co-founder of Nice Shirt Films, has signed with Believe Media for exclusive U.S. representation. Douglas began his career working with his brother Andrew as the still photography duo The Douglas Brothers. The pair later transitioned to directing music videos and commercial campaigns, beginning with a series of short films for Adidas. Douglas then founded Nice Shirt Films with long-time collaborators Jon Hollis and Richard Martin. He has directed work for Carlsberg, Coca-Cola, Guinness, Pepsi and Nike as well as car brands Jeep Ford, Land Rover, Volvo, and Saab. In 2013, he wrote and directed a nine-part web series for Sony Ericsson to launch its Xperia X1 phone.
London-based comedy director and writer Josh Appignanesi has signed to Independent Films and Indy8 for commercial and content representation. Apiggnanesi is known for his comedy feature films "Song of Songs" and "The Infidel." He has also directed spots for brands such as Vodafone, and a Sony commercial starring John Malkovich.
Acne has added Swedish directing duo Mårlind & Stein, comprising Måns Mårlind and Björn Stein, to its U.S. roster. The pair have been working together for over a decade on films, commercials, and television and are best known for helming "Underworld: Awakening," starring Kate Beckinsale, and Scandinavian crime drama series" Bron," which has aired in 160 countries and been remade in the U.S. as "The Bridge."
Passion Pictures has signed Los Angeles-based director Joshua Harvey to its roster for exclusive representation. Harvey was previously creative director at Buck where he co-led, designed and animated films in various visual styles for clients including MTV, Honda, Telstra and ChildLine.
Editorial firm Spot Welders has hired Victoria Guenier as executive producer and director of development, working closely with co-founder and managing partner David Glean and EPs Carolina Sanborn and Joanne Ferraro. Guenier has spent almost 20 years on the agency side of the business working with clients such as IBM, Target, HTC, Motorola, Microsoft, and Playstation. Most recently, she worked as head of production at Omelet and prior to that was director of broadcast and content production at Deutsch LA.
Hornet London has signed German director David Luepschen to its roster. He is known for his animation work, including short film Chit Chat Roulette, which combines stop motion, puppetry and live-action showing a succession of strangers connected by webcams, and his work is also strongly influenced by skateboarding and graffiti.
Brooklyn-based SpecialGuest has hired Ashley McGee as business director/executive producer. Prior to SpecialGuest, McGee was global account director at Vice, where she ran Motherboard.tv, The Creators Project, and The Ultrabook Experience. She has worked on brand and commercial projects for Facebook, Qualcomm, TSMC, SquareSpace, and Google, and MTV's VMA-winning music video for OK Go's "The Writing's on the Wall."
Jonathan Hecht has launched Venn Arts, a Brooklyn-based firm that specializes in the creative practice of licensing songs and procuring artists for commercial projects. Hecht's resume includes positions at Tribal Brands, Red Light Management, EMI Music, and Sony Music as well as consulting assignments at agencies including McGarryBowen, Carmichael Lynch and Modco Creative.
London editorial house Stitch has opened an office in Los Angeles. Stitch co-founder/editor Andy McGraw has relocated to lead the new team, consisting of newly-hired editor Leo Scott, Executive Producer Juliet Batter and rep Millie Munro of Munro & Co. Scott has worked across commercials, film, music and documentary for the past decade. He has collaborated on a number of projects with director Harmony Korine, edited Gia Coppola's feature "Palo Alto." Most recently, he worked on Die Antwoord's "Ugly Boy" video.
Austin-based editorial firm Beast has promoted Ben Ellis to editor. Ellis has been with Beast for seven years, starting as a freelance assistant editor and moving up to lead assistant editor under Sam Selis, working on national commercial projects for Walgreen's, Zales, Pacifico Beer, and others.
Editorial company Cut and Run has hired Adam Becht as senior producer based out of its Los Angeles office. Becht started as a post producer in New York and then joined R/GA, where he produced digital branded content and post for global brands as well as overseeing the agency's production of internal content. Cut and Run also promoted Brian Mulvey to production coordinator after a year at the company.