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Strange Beast, the mixed media production company which is part of the Passion Group of companies, is opening an office in New York, its first in the US. Strange Beast NYC will be based at Passion Pictures' existing New York studio. Founded in January 2008, the company looks for creative opportunities for its artists and directors through collaboration with partners in advertising, fashion, music and interactive. The company's roster includes Peppermelon (whose work is pictured), Andy Martin, Jordan Bruner, Lemuria, Sam Mason, Shy the Sun and United Fakes.

Digital agency Rokkan has appointed Bryan Le as creative director. Le, who joins from Huge, has developed and executed creative campaigns for brands including Comcast, Pepsi Co., Adidas, and Nintendo. He began his design career at 16, designing video gaming websites, and sold his first start-up at 18. He worked at F-I, Toth Brand Imaging, and as a junior designer at Rokkan back in 2008 before joining Huge.

Framestore has hired Liz Oliver as a CG line producer. Oliver joins Framestore from her most recent position as a producer at boutique animation and retouch studio, Taylor James. She has spent the last five years working in both permanent and freelance production positions for companies inculding Munky, Hooper Productions, Flaming CGI and DAD. In addition to working in visual effects and TV commercials, she also has experience in radio, print and digital.

Speedshape has appointed Nicole Stone to be account executive for the postproduction firm in the Midwest, responsible for introducing Midwest agencies to its services. Stone was formerly a producer at the hybrid CGI, interactive, design, and 3D company. She joined Speedshape in 2008 and has since produced broadcast, digital, CGI and social media campaigns for the company's LA, Detroit and London divisions, including projects for brands such as GE, Ford, and Jack Daniels.

New York/Portland-based Search Party Music has hired music producer Genevieve Vincent work with its New York office team. Vincent joins Search Party from the music department at Y&R, NY, where she worked on campaigns for Campbell's, Land Rover, Dell and Xerox. Additionally, she is a vocalist and composer with an independent feature film and commercial work to her credit, including "Ode To A Post-It Note," a web film for 3M that won the 2011 WEBBY Award for Best Branded Content. Vincent's responsibilities will include producing original music for Search Party, as well as music supervision. Together with Search Party EP Sara Matarazzo, she is co-music supervising the independent feature Five Dancers, directed by Alan Brown.

Get Reehl has taken over representation of the Mid-West territory for Elias Arts, which specializes in music, sound design and licensing. Founder Jill Reehl along with Chris Brown and Kim Mohan will cover this territory, while Get Reehl will continue to also represent Elias Arts in the West.
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