Harpoon adds Shannon & Mike, Framestore opens in L.A. and more

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Harpoon Pictures has expanded its directorial roster with commercial representation for directorial duo Shannon Goldman and Mike de Avila. Known as Shannon & Mike, the duoe began a career together in the early nineties creating indie motion pictures and television productions. They have worked with brands such as Victoria’s Secret, Keds, Gap, J. Crew, Evian, Procter & Gamble, American Eagle Outfitters, Chanel, the Susan G. Komen Foundation, and Kenneth Cole. They also created Lunkerville, a reality series that airs internationally on NBC Sports network, World Fishing network, and PBS.


Framestore has opened a new LA operation in Culver City (pictured). The new studio will be led by Aron Hjartarson as creative director, Alex Thomas as senior flame / VFX supervisor, Kati Haberstock as executive producer, Ben West as head of CG (LA) and Mary Nockles as producer, all reporting to president of integrated advertising worldwide, Jon Collins. Hjartarson previously headed the company's former Iceland studioand prior to that was head of 3D at the Mill NY. Thomas worked at Animal Logic in Australia and The Mill in both London and New York, before joining Framestore's London HQ in 2005. Haberstock has worked on projects with Michael Jackson, Madonna, U2 and Snoop Dogg as well as brands like American Express. West previously worked at ROBOT VFX in his native Australia, while Nockles has worked at Framestore NY since 2005, and prior that Psyop. The LA studio will connect with London, New York and the company's newly-opened Montreal office.


Psyop has added interactive design and game development to its service offerings with two new hires. Psyop’s first creative technologist, Brian Kehrer, joined in November. He co-founded Muse Games, where he directed Guns of Icarus Online and served as technical director for CreaVures. Kehrer is joined by Will Adams, formerly of B-Reel, who has worked interactive projects including AFL-CIO's "Work Connects Us All," True Blood "Dig Deeper", and Hotels.com "Trip Your Face". Together, Kehrer and Adams will pitch and direct alongside Psyop’s creative directors and CG teams on a variety of projects, from microsites to branded games.


Integrated production company The Famous Group has added commercial director and filmmaker Hailey Bartholomew to its roster. Bartholomew is based in Brisbane, Australia, where she runs film and photography company You Can’t Be Serious. Her work includes TV spots and longer-form video content.



Director Rick Knief has joined Accomplice Media for exclusive representation in commercials. A former creative director, Knief has directed campaigns for such brands as the Wall Street Journal, Century 21, IBM, Time-Warner and American Express. His most recent work includes campaigns for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Radio Shack and  Weis Markets. He was most recently represented by Untitled.



Bicoastal post house NO6, and London and NY-based Peepshow Post Productions are joining forces. The new partnership  will retain the NO6 name, and will be positioned to handle all aspects of postproduction between LA, New York, London and, soon, Chicago. Finishing and design services will be offered under the newly established Seven brand. NO6 and SEVEN will be represented by Shortlist Management on the West Coast, and Kelly Halpine and Gay Guthrey in the Midwest territories. East Coast representation will be announced in the coming months.


1stAveMachine has added Melinda Nugent to its team as executive producer. Nugent's work includes producing the 2012 Superbowl halftime spot "It’s Halftime in America", for Chrysler starring Clint Eastwood. She has more than a decade of experience and has worked with directors like Angus Wall, Iain MacKenzie and David-Gordon Green.



David Wilson has joined The Directors Bureau for commercial and music video representation in the US. He has directed spots for the likes of Wieden + Kennedy, Mother, and Saatchi & Saatchi for clients including Nokia, BP and Guinness. He won the British Arrow Silver for Best UK TV Series for the IKEA spot “Bright Shiny Colors,” as well as the Silver Creative Circle for Best New Director in 2013.




Pulse Films has signed director Eidur Snorri to its roster. Snorri is best known as the founding member of the directing group The Snorri Brothers and has shot commercials for brands such as BMW, Comcast, Verizon, Hummer and Mercedes. He also directed the Daysleeper video for REM, shooting and carefully piecing together over 10,000 still images.



Creative director, 3D animator, compositor, andphotographer Jason Guerrero has joined Chicago-based integrated production studio Radar. Guerrero will be represented as a director for commercial and broadcast projects and along with Steven Gray, will oversee the studio’s production, post, visual effects and animation factions as creative director. He has worked with agencies and studios in New York including MassMarket, Psyop, and MA3 Agency for brands such as Sears, McDonald’s, Samsung, Allstate, Autotrader, and Nintendo. He has also held posts with Tronic Studio, Hurd Studios, GoldRun, Absolute Post, Sub Rosa, and Antebellum.


Marc Rienzo has joined the roster at Indy8 and Independent. He recently worked as a director and visual effects supervisor at Digital Domain Media Group on a variety of projects, directing several spots for the New York Mets. He has worked in visual effects going back to 1998 at studios such as Weta Digital, Industrial Light & Magic,  PDI Dreamworks, and Sony Imageworks. 



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