New York-based Washington Square Films has signed directing duo Spielbergs (Alex Karpovsky and Teddy Blanks), for their first commercial representation. The duo, whose projects include the forthcoming Amazon series, "The New Yorker Presents," has already co-directed three music videos with the support of Washington Square Films. The pair initially met on Lena Dunham's indie feature "Tiny Furniture" in 2010, where Karpovsky played the male co-lead while Blanks created titles and composed the score. Blanks is also co-founder of the Brooklyn-based design studio Chips and has designed and produced title sequences for over 50 films and television shows. Karpovsky has directed five feature-length films and an episode of the HBO comedy series "Girls," on which he plays the role of Ray Ploshansky.
New York-based creative collective Variable has added Canadian director Lloyd Lee Choi to its roster. Choi's nine-minute lesbian love story for Unilever-owned U.K. ice cream brand Cornetto, "40 Love," narrated by singer Lily Allen, won a Silver Lion in Cannes in 2014. Recent work includes a chilling Playstation spot for Until Dawn, through Mofilm.
Film and animation content studio Not To Scale has signed director Kris Merc for representation worldwide. He has created music videos for acts such as De La Soul, Spirit Animal, and Joey BadA$, and for brands including HTC, Ziploc, Reebok, Nintendo, Coke, IBM, MTV and NBA. Prior to Not to Scale, Merc directed at 1st Ave. Machine, Humble, and Chrlx.
Editorial and post production company Nomad has promoted editor Jared Coller to partner. Coller joined Nomad nearly 15 years ago. Recent work includes spots for Comcast via Goodby Silverstein & Partners and American Express with Tina Fey via Ogilvy & Mather, plus ads for T-Mobile for Publicis/Seattle, Google via 72andSunny, and Facebook. He and co-editor Tom Muldoon shared editing credit on Lance Acord's 2013 Apple holiday spot, "Misunderstood," which won an Emmy in 2014 for best commercial. He has edited several episodes of the final season of FX show, "The League."
Derby, a live-action creative collective and production company, has launched in New York in partnership with audio post production studio Sound Lounge, under the leadership of executive producer Mary Crosse. Crosse previously founded Big Block Live in New York, and has worked as EP at Click 3X, and was a partner at Lucky Branded Entertainment. Derby, which currently has work in development with MRY and Saatchi & Saatchi for brands that include Johnson & Johnson's Listerine and General Mills' Lucky Charms, also offers a collaborative relationship with Nice Shoes and its team of creative directors, colorists, and VFX artists. Its founding directors are Lucas Borrás, Nickolas Duarte and Brad Hasse.
Optimus has added editor Carl Schumacher to its team. A veteran of the Chicago post community, Schumacher was most recently an editor and partner at Conspiracy. Before that, he worked at Cutters in Chicago from 2007 until early this year. He has experience with brands such as the Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox baseball teams, Disney, Indiana University Health, Miller Lite, Oscar Mayer and State Farm for agencies including DDB, Digitas, Leo Burnett, McGarryBowen and Schafer Condon Carter.