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London-based Pulse Films has added Jonathan Van Tulleken to its roster of commercial directors. Van Tulleken has helmed two series of E4's "Misfits" and in 2013 directed the entire second series of Channel 4's drama "Top Boy." His shorts have been selected and screened at a number of international film festivals and his work in TV has been nominated for and has won various awards including BAFTA, BBC Short Film Awards, and Virgin Media Short Finals. His 2009 film "Off Season" was nominated for a BAFTA and is currently being adapted into a full-length feature for Big Talk Films and Studio Canal.
Bi-coastal VFX creative studio Ntropic has appointed Kathrin Lausch as executive producer of the company's New York City office. Lausch brings two decades of experience as an EP to Ntropic, having worked with production and post companies such as B-Reel, Partizan Entertainment and Compass Films, on clients including Puma, Perrier, and Infiniti.
Daniel Benmayor has signed to Independent Films for commercial and content representation. His work includes "Concrete," part of the Bombay Sapphire Imagination series with Independent and Gravity Road in 2013. He has also worked with clients such as Sony Ericsson, Mini, Playstation, Fanta, Mercedes, Nissan, Renault, Vodafone, Orange, Samsung, Repsol, Damm, and Lotus. He has directed three feature films; "Paintball" (2009) and "Bruc" (2010) and a new film, "Tracers," starring Taylor Lautner, which is currently in post-production.
Tool has promoted senior interactive developer Vincent Toscano to the role of tech manager, and hired Simon Lindsay as senior interactive developer. Toscano's promotion arrives after a two-year tenure with Tool, during which he has helped to execute digital projects including Sundance Channel's "Be Original." Lindsay joins the company following stints with Resn, Firstborn, and Fantasy Interactive. He will be based in NYC.
New York-based production company Blacklist has signed design and animation studio Golden Wolf to its roster. Its first project for the new partnership is a package of spots for the NHL, via NY agency Brooklyn Brothers. Based in London, and now with an office on New York's Lower East Side, Golden Wolf is sister company to design firm Ilovedust.
Casta Diva Pictures has opened a second U.S. office, in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles. The L.A. office is the eleventh in the network, founded by Andrea de Micheli and Luca Oddo in Milan in 2005. Casta Diva opened a New York office in 2013. It will be run and developed by partner/executive producer, Richard Robinson, who started his career in the industry in movies such "The Artist" and has since moved into commercials. The roster will include Rob Lieberman, Michael Givens, Paul Vos and Katja Brauer-Baratin and for special projects Casta Diva will represent directors including Christian Lyngbye and JH.
Flame/Smoke artist Tristian Wake has joined bicoastal post-production shop Arcade Edit. Wake, who has worked with directors including Tom Kuntz, Brian Buckley, John Hillcoat and Sofia Coppola, will be NYC-based. He previously worked as a creative director/VFX artist at Outside Edit + Design and a smoke artist for The Mill. His recent credits include Dos Equis's "Most Interesting Man in the World" campaign and spots for brands such as Verizon, Miller High Life, Miller64, Chase, Luvs, FiberOne, Johnnie Walker and Durex. Since joining Arcade he has worked on projects for Travelocity, Mastercard, FiberOne and MillerLite.
Creative studio Splice has added sound designer/mixer Troy Hermes to its team. Hermes, who will head the company's audio department, has previously worked in New York with Ogilvy & Mather, in London with Crow TV and as a sound mixer and sound designer for the BBC show "EastEnders."