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Arnold KLP has appointed former Naked and Mother creative Jim Thornton as its new executive creative director. He joins this month and will be responsible for leading the agency's integrated creative product. His appointment follows the recent hiring of Martin Smith as head of planning from Saatchi & Saatchi and the agency's P&O Cruises integrated account win. Thornton's previous career includes stints at TBWA, Mother, Leo Burnett and most recently Naked, where he developing the return of Alan Partridge and Vic & Bob for Foster's. While at Mother as a creative director, he oversaw its award-winning campaign for rebranding the National Drugs Helpline as 'Frank'.

Hornet has signed director Julia Pott for commercial representation. She has a Masters in Animation from the UK's Royal College of Art and has worked for clients such as Bat for Lashes, Etsy, The Decemberists, J. Crew, Malibu Rum, Skins and Toyota in addition to making her own short films, My First Crush, Howard and Belly. Pott will be moving to New York.

McKinney has promoted Liz Paradise to executive vice president/group creative director. Paradise, who originally joined McKinney as a copywriter, was named group creative director in 1997 and senior vice president in 2004. She has worked on brands that include Audi, Nasdaq, Select Comfort, Virgin Atlantic Airways, Aetna, Lands' End and Coldwell Banker and currently directs EAS, Nationwide Insurance and Radio Flyer. McKinney has also named Lea Daughtridge Wharton and Naomi Newman as senior vice presidents. Wharton joined McKinney in 2003 as director of human resources from Publicis NY and was most recently director of talent management, while Newman joined McKinney in 2002 and has been vice president since 2006.

London-based animation production company Film Club Productions has added filmmaker Em Cooper to its roster for commercials representation. Prior to joining Film Club, Cooper worked freelance as a director, editor and lead animator for commercials and documentaries, as well as directing and producing shorts for festival screenings. Her latest short film, Confusion of Tongues, premiered at the Brooklyn Film Festival in July 2011.

Commercial production studio Pictures in a Row has hired Roger Hunt as executive producer. Hunt brings over 25 years of production experience to Pictures in a Row from companies including Tony Kaye Films, The End, Inc. and New Reality. He will oversee production, working with Pictures in a Row's roster, which includes new addition DarkFibre, the film, commercial and music video directing duo of Ishbel Whitaker and Marc Hawker. Former creative directors at BBH, DarkFibre's work includes Renault Clio's 'Va Va Voom,' featuring Rihanna and Dita Von Teese, as well as spots for Levi's, Channel 4, Amnesty International and Partnership for a Drug Free America.
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