Swedish directorial duo Tomas Skoging and Filip Nilsson, known as Tompa and Rondo, have joined RSA Films for commercial representation in the U.S. Prior to teaming up to direct last year, Skoging was cofounder/director of Swedish creative collective Acne, while Nilsson spent over two decades as the creative leader of Forsman and Bodenfors, and also worked as vice president of BETC Paris. Tompa and Rondo's work includes campaigns for Ikea including "Blue Bag" and "Who Are You Cooking For?", and Milka. "I always loved RSA," Skoging says in a satement, noting that Acne was repped by RSA 10 years ago. "It felt natural to reach out again."
Director Jakob Strom is signing with Cultivate.Media for U.S. representation. Strom is best known as the director of "Dear Daddy," a film for Care Norway that represents a letter to a father from his unborn daughter, which was part of a worldwide campaign to highlight abuse against women. It went viral in a week and has been viewed over 300 million times worldwide and translated into 10 languages, as well as winning gold and silver Lions in Cannes, the White Pencil at D&AD and the Grand Prize award at the New York Festivals. Strom is a former art director at TBWA, who made the leap into production initially working as an assistant to director Fredrik Bond. He launched his directorial career with the Swedish production company RAF.
1stAveMachine is adding animation director Will Samuel to its roster. Samuel has worked with brands such as Google, Apple, Adidas, Nike, Channel 4, Twentieth Century Fox and CNN, and a film for the BBC won him a D&AD pencil. He worked as a graphic designer at studio Why Not Associates, then collaborated with other designers to create We are Iso, before becoming an independent director.
Separately, 1stAveMachine has formed a strategic partnership with Gotham Group, the management and film and television production firm. The deal formalizes a close relationship between the two companies that dates back over a decade and will allow 1stAveMachine commercial directors to move into other platforms, including film and television. Ross Siegel, who heads up the recently formed 1stAveMachine Management, will oversee this new relationship for 1stAve; Peter McHugh for The Gotham Group.
Durable Goods is signing director/writer Sebastien Guy for U.S. commercial representation. Los Angeles/Sydney-based Guy has helmed spots for brands such as Mercedes, Volvo, Olay, Nokia, Ford, McDonald's, Snickers and Amnesty International. A former model and actor, he also wrote and directed the 2013 psychological drama feature "Nerve" and is currently in development on a number of long-form projects. Prior to Durable Goods, he was represented in the U.S. by The Cortez Brothers.
Saville Productions is signing two-time Academy Award-nominated documentary film director Dan Krauss for U.S. branded content representation. Krauss won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary at the Tribeca Film Festival and the Truer than Fiction Independent Spirit Award for his feature "The Kill Team." The film also garnered nominations from the Director's Guild of America and the Emmy Awards, was shortlisted for an Academy Award, and has been adapted into an upcoming feature film directed by Krauss and starring Alexander Skarsgård. Krauss' most recent film, "Extremis," won the jury award at Tribeca Film Festival, was an official selection at the Telluride Film Festival, and debuted in September as Netflix's first-ever short documentary. He has additionally directed a feature documentary film financed by a major brand for Saville Productions, which will start its film festival run in 2018.
Production service company Rabagast is hiring Jeanette Rulli Rahill as executive producer, North America. Rahill has produced commercials and music videos for such production companies as Partizan, Stink, Chelsea Pictures, Curious Pictures, HSI, Villains and Robot Films. She recently judged at the Ciclope Festival of Film Craft in Berlin.
LightHouse Films is appointing Susie Shuttleworth as executive producer. Shuttleworth's career has recently included three years as commercial and post executive producer at Alkemy X and production lead at Mill+. She has been creative executive producer on more than 30 network launches and rebrands, most recently for Comedy Central.
Austin-based post house TBD Post is adding editor Andrea Mendoza to its team. Most recently at Cutters, Mendoza brings over 17 years of commercial editing to her role, having worked with brands including Snickers, McDonald's and AT&T. Her portfolio includes commercials for both the English-speaking market and the Hispanic market, and career highlights include working on the AARP campaigns featuring Betty White.