Johannes Leonardo has signed copywriter Iain Nevill and art director Dave Tomkins. Botswana-born, Zambia-raised, Nevill was the founder of Borne Magazine, a Scotland based fashion and culture mag distributed at American Apparel and Urban Outfitters locations in the U.K. Nevill had moved to Scotland as a teen. There, he started his career at Frame before moving on to S.C.P.F. in Barcelona, where he worked on clients like Mini, BMW, Ikea and Vodafone. Tomkins moves from Mother London, after stints at Clemenger BBDO Sydney and Happy Soldiers.
Roo Reynolds has joined Wieden + Kennedy London as Head of Emerging Platforms. Reynolds will work with both the creative and planning departments, helping clients to explore and understand emerging platforms. Reynolds moves from the BBC, where he had been the portfolio executive for social media at BBC Vision. Reynolds is also the co-creator of weekly geek podcast Shift Run Shop.
Directing duo Liam + Grant has joined the roster of Rascal Films. The pair's work includes spots like Virgin Trains "Falling in Love," Volvic "Jug," Windex "Head Games," Peugeot's 'David Blaine' and 'Creases,' and the long-running "Tomcat" series for Bacardi Breezer. Currently, they're directing a BBC promo for "High Street Dreams."
Mark Rowland has been named Director of Interactive Design at Simple Truth, Chicago. Rowland moves from Washington D.C.'s Syscom, where he was creative director for over ten years. His past client list includes Choice Hotels, Lockheed Martin, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and Volunteers of America.
Director Dario Piana, formerly of Filmmaster, Milan, has opened a new production company, Piana Film, with executive producer Paolo Gatti. Gatti had previously been Head of Research and Development at Filmmaster.