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The Cortez Brothers has added European director Ago Panini to its roster. Panini has shot spots for auto brands such as Mercedes Benz, BMW, Nissan, Fiat, Alpha Romeo, Chrysler and Lamborghini. He is also co-founder of Milan-based production company Lebowski Films, which focuses on commercials, music video and cinema. His longer-format projects include the short film "Scorpioni," and the feature "Waiting for the Sun," an Italian black comedy, which he co-wrote and directed.

Anomaly Amsterdam has appointed Mark Sloan as executive creative director. Sloan, who will work alongside president Hazelle Klonhammer, joins Anomaly from TBWA / Media Arts Lab in Los Angeles where he was associate creative director on Apple. Before, that, he was head of design at Wieden+Kennedy Amsterdam working across brands including Nike, Heineken, Electronic Arts, Film Institute Netherlands and Coca-Cola.

Jeremy Southern has joined Leo Burnett Vietnam as executive creative director. Southern was most recently in the Middle East as CD/ECD at BBDO Dubai and digital creative director at Memac Ogilvy. He has also worked throughout Australia and New Zealand, including stints at Y&R Adelaide, Clemenger BBDO Sydney, Y&R Wellington and M&C Saatchi Wellington/Auckland. He has created work for brands including Mercedes, Emirates airlines, Visa, Pepsi, Lion Nathan, Smiths, Mitsubishi, Coke, Volvo and IBM, and his work has been recognized at shows including Cannes, D&AD and One Show.

Carmelo Maselli and Luis Sanchez Zinny have joined Leo Burnett Argentina as general creative directors. The pair worked at the agency between 2007 and 2010 as creative directors, and for the past two years have been at BBDO Argentina. Both began their careers at McCann Erickson and later worked at Y&R. They have worked on brands including Coca Cola, Nextel, Chevrolet, Nestle, Fiat, Nike and Pepsico, winning a Cannes Lion for Nike work.

CP+B has promoted Aymi Beltramo and Aaron Kovan to executive integrated producers. Beltramo (left) is based in the agency's Los Angeles office, while Kovan is based in Boulder. Beltramo has worked at CP+B since 1999 in all of the agency's US offices from Miami to Boulder to LA, producing both international and domestic work for Burger King as well as projects for clients including VW, Best Buy, Guitar Hero, Coke Zero, belVita, Sprite, Kraft Macaroni and Cheese, Microsoft, Domino's Pizza and American Express. In her new role, Beltramo will oversee all production for Kraft brands as well as American Express Open.

Kovan (left) came to CP+B two years ago and has since worked on projects for Best Buy, Vail, Old Navy, Burger King and Windows Phone. Most recently as senior integrated producer, Kovan led the production of Applebee's "See You Tomorrow" TV campaign. Prior to joining CP+B, he worked at GSD&M in Austin where he produced work for BMW including "The Ramp".

1stAveMachine has added two new hires to its visual effects team. Greg Anderson (left) joins as visual effects supervisor. He has over 15 years of experience in film and commercials. As founding partner of production studio, burn.crash.repeat, he worked on campaigns for BBDO and McCann Erickson. Anderson was also CG supervisor on X-Men 2 and Matrix Revolutions among other films.

Ariel Altman, (left) who joins 1stAveMachineas lead visual effects artist, began his visual effects career as a Flame artist at 89 Editorial and Sideshow Creative, and then Headlight Design and Visual Effects where he performed finishing, effects and supervision for spots like Kanye West's Runaway, U2's Magnificent and a range of beauty clients. At 1stAveMachine, he recently led visual effects for Fuze "Zoetrope" before joining as a permanent member of the team.
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