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Lauren Shawe has joined Chicago production studio Leviathan as a producer. Most recently, Shawe was the senior VFX producer for New York City's Smoke and Mirrors. She has also worked as a freelance producer for Final Cut New York, Cut + Run, Lost Planet, and Transistor Studios. Her project credits include the American Express commercials directed by Wes Anderson and M. Night Shyamalan, the 2008 You Are Powerful spot from Mother London and Amnesty International, McGarryBowen's 2010 iPad launch spot for Verizon, music videos for The Dead Weather and La Roux, and short and long-form productions for Spike Lee.

Nexus has added directors Kris Hofmann (pictured, left) and Philippe Gamer to its roster. Hofman's Royal Colllege graduation film, Breakfast, was screened at festivals around the world and she has secured funding from the Austrian Film Council for her second stop-motion film, Screwed Up. Gamer opened his own animation studio, Space Patrol, in 2004 and has worked on commercials for blue-chip clients including Nescafe, Kellogg's and Danone. He has worked both as a director and animator.

New York based agency Amalgamated has added two creatives to its team. Coral Garvey joins as design director from Anomaly, where she was an art Director/designer working for brands like Diesel, Converse, Umbro, Budweiser and others. Previously, she worked at Apple in the package design department, and MTV Networks as a designer/art director.

Jake Dubs joins Amalgamated as a writer from 72andSunny, where he spent two years as a writer on brands including K-Swiss, Activision, Carl's Jr. and Blackberry. A 2009 graduate of the VCU Brandcenter, Dubs also held an internship as a writer at Crispin Porter + Bogusky working on brands such as Coke Zero, Burger King and Microsoft. Both he and Garvey will report to chief creative officer, Eric Silver.

Brooklyn creative agency Big Spaceship has appointed Mark Pollard as vp of brand strategy. He was most recently SVP, director of planning innovation at Saatchi + Saatchi NY. An Australia native, he moved to New York from McCann Sydney and previously held positions at Leo Burnett, Tribal DDB and Ogilvy. At 20 years old, Pollard founded hip hop magazine Stealth and has worked with brands including: Amstel, Audi, Cannon, Dove, Heineken, Kleenex, MasterCard and Levi's.
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