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Laura Howard, executive producer/ creative director at Slo Graffiti, a division of Palomar Pictures, Los Angeles, has left the company after opting not to renew her contract last month. "I decided not to renew my contract in order to pursue the business plan I started with Slo Graffiti, which was never meant to be a traditional production company," Howard says. The division was conceived two years ago as a means for directors and other artists to work on non-traditional advertising projects, ranging from viral campaigns to alternative media, such as subway tunnel advertising. Under Howard, Slo Graffiti worked on projects for clients such as Ecko, the Pew Charitable Trusts and Earthlink. The division will continue under the direction of Matt Marquis, formerly of Fuel.

Post Perfect, long a fixture on the New York postproduction scene, shut its doors in January as part of a restructuring undertaken by Creative Content Artists (formerly Burning Suits), which purchased Post Perfect and the rest of the New York Media Group last summer. "Post Perfect's time has passed," CCA chairman David Carmen, who is also a partner in Los Angeles-based production company Anonymous Content, said in a published statement. "New York is ready for a talent-based, digital-oriented content studio. CCA will bring Post Perfect's legitimate successor to New York." That successor has set up in temporary Manhattan offices, a move CCA chief executive officer Steve Hendricks describes as "a stepping stone to a new visual effects company."

Minneapolis-based Intelefilm has sold Chelsea Pictures back to the management team of the New York-based production company. Intelefilm acquired Chelsea in March 1999 via a stock swap with then-owner Steve Wax. The new ownership consists of Wax, managing director Allison Amon and executive producer/head of sales Lisa Mehling. All three will now go by the title of partner. "The truth is that it's a very happy parting of the ways," says Wax. "It was a perfectly amicable deal."

Patti and David Coulter have officially launched Santa Monica-based BeachHouse Films, the successor to production house Tropix. The Coulters founded Tropix, a division of Atlas pictures, in 2000 before deciding to close it last fall to forge out on their own. The BeachHouse roster includes Tropix directors Richard Taylor, Martin Shewchuk, Harry Karidis and Larry Carroll. The company has also recently signed directors Bob Marden and Scott McCullough.

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