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The Cortez Brothers, an LA-based company specializing in international productions, has signed Ricardo Maldonado to its directorial roster. Maldonado has earned more than 35 international awards, including at the Cannes, New York Festivals, LIAA, and APAP, among others. His 15-minute documentary 'To Peru from Peru' recently won Grand Prix honors at El Ojo de Iberoamerica, FIAP and the El Sol Festival in Bilbao, Spain. Maldonado is currently shooting his first feature film, a comedy called "AsuMare."

AKQA has hired Sung Chang as the creative lead for Verizon Wireless, for which AKQA has been named a strategic digital partner. Chang, who will be based in AKQA's New York office and report into chief creative officer Rei Inamoto, was most recently executive creative director, senior partner at Ogilvy & Mather worldwide, leading all creative for Motorola, Nestle and Castrol EDGE. Prior to his eight-year tenure at Ogilvy, he worked at Red Sky Interactive, with clients such as Sony, Nike, Kraft, Time Warner and PaineWebber. He also helped pioneer interactive TV at NBC Television's Enhanced Broadcast Group. He has earned awards including Cannes Lions, Effies and CLIOs, and taught architecture and studio classes at Columbia University and the Miami Ad School.

San Francisco agency Eleven has made seven new creative hires. They are (pictured from left to right) junior art director Amanda Day, previously a student at the Academy of Art University; copywriter Jimmy Carson, previously a copywriter at TBWAMedia Arts Lab, working on Apple; senior designer Matthew Wakeman, who previously owned his own design consultancy Matthew Wakeman Design; senior copywriter Ray Connolly, previously a copywriter at Cutwater and Deutsch, working on Volkswagen, Feeding America and Real California Milk; consumer application architect Michael Neuman, previously a human factorsengineer at Apple; creative director Jack Harding, previously a creative director at BBDO, working on Comcast SportsNet, Mars Brands, Bank of America and MGM; and senior integrated art director Sara Worthington, previously senior art director at Goodby, working on Sonic, Sprint, and Commonwealth Bank of Australia.

Lucky Post, a new post company combining creative editorial, graphic design, compositing, sound design, audio mixing, and creative finish has opened in Dallas. The post house is a sister company to production companies Directorz and Lucky Twenty One.

Razorblade Films has signed its first US-based director, Dan Mirvish, for exclusive commerical representation in India. In addition to his short-form commercial and music video work, Mirvish is best known as a feature director, whose newest film "Between Us", starring Julia Stiles, is currently in post-production. A co-founder of the Slamdance Film Festival, Mirvish is also a bestselling author. Mirvish is managed in the US by Provocation Entertainment.

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