Rattling Stick has signed Scandinavian directing collective Traktor to its roster in the U.K. and U.S. Traktor, previously signed to Partizan, is behind music videos and commercials including Basement Jaxx's, "Where's your Head At?" as well as Heineken's "The City," Three's "Sing it Kitty" and the "Booking.com" series. The group comprises five directors: Mats Lindberg, Sam Larsson, Pontus Lowenhielm, Patrik von Krusenstjerna and Ole Sanders, and two producers, Richard Ulfvengren and Rani Melendez. The L.A.-based group has twice been named the most-awarded commercial directors in the world by the Gunn Report. Their awards include an Emmy for FedEx's "Sticks" and two Grand Prix at Cannes, for Diesel Jeans and Fox Sports.
"American Pyscho" author Brett Easton Ellis has joined the directorial roster of new production company The Devil You Know, launched by executive producers Simon Wallon and Don Block. The company, whose roster also includes directors Ben Younger, Bo Mirosseni and Alex Hanson, will be a sister company to Gartner and Kiss & Kill, which Block and Wallon will continue to run respectively. The company will be engaged in traditional production and as well as new-media content, series and long-form project. Easton Ellis embarked on a directorial career a year ago. After completing a series of short films at Prettybird, he wrote and directed a short brand film for Persol out of Publicis Paris and L'Ecurie for Wallon and Kiss & Kill. He is currently working on creative for his next branded short.
The Traveling Picture Show Company has signed director Paul Street for exclusive representation. Street, who is known for his automotive work, joins after shooting a Hyundai campaign. He has helmed projects for brands such as Mercedes, Ford, Honda, Hyundai, Nissan, Snickers, Toyota, Subaru, Volvo and BMW and has recently completed his first film, "Borderland."
New York-based production and animation studio Not To Scale has added writer/director Robert Rugan to its roster. Rugan has worked with clients including Google, XGames and Durex. He also created a short film, "Danny and the Wild Bunch," which was a Vimeo staff pick, and is set to direct adventure feature "Beaugegard Thibodeaux and the Curse of the Rougarou."
Barcelona-based directing duo Fermin Cimadevilla and Lorena Medina, who go by the name This is Felo, has signed with Paydirt Pictures for exclusive representation in the U.S. for commercials and ad content. Their music video for Chulius & the Filarmonicos titled "Don't" was honored at the 2015 Berlin Fashion Film Festival for Best Production Design. Other projects include Medina's anti-drug PSA for Spain's FAD (Foundation Against Drug Addiction) and Cimadevilla's campaign, "The Town Where Nothing Ever Happens," created by Shakelton in Madrid for a consortium of pay TV channels, which was honored with seven Cannes Lions.
Owen Trevor has signed with Stink USA as a director after relocating to the U.S. from the U.K. His work includes McVitie's recent "Sweet" campaign, as well as spots for VW, Pep Boys, Centraal Beheer, Ford, Fiat, Wild Turkey, Range Rover and Mercedes. He began his career shooting shorts and music videos in his native Australia before directing global BBC TV show "Top Gear" for four seasons.
Eric McCasline has joined Final Cut Los Angeles as executive producer. Most recently, McCasline was the EP at design-based collective Wolf & Crow, overseeing projects for Nike, Google, Apple and Jeep. During his time, the company also worked on projects such as Bjork's "Black Lake" installation for MoMA. McCasline previously worked at MPC in both Los Angeles and London, and has also worked in production with Smuggler, Backyard, MJZ, Radical Media, HSI, Hungry Man and Tool.