Mullen has hired art
director and copywriter duo Blake Kidder and Patrick Almaguer as
creative directors. The pair join Mullen from David&Goliath in
Los Angeles, where they were associate creative directors on Carl's
Jr. and Hardee's. They were previously with TBWAChiatDay in LA,
where they served as associate creative directors on Activision's
Call of Duty, Nissan and Gatorade.
Kidder and Almaguer also spent a year at Wieden + Kennedy in
Amsterdam working on Nike, Coke Zero and EA. Their work There's
a Soldier in All of Us for the Call of Duty: Black Ops video
game launch, the Sony
PlayStation3 launch campaign and the Nissan Leaf Polar Bear spot.
Kidder and Almaguer have received an Emmy Nomination and have been
award winners at The One Show, Cannes, Clios, CA, Andys, Archive,
Beldings, ADDYs, Shark Awards, Epicas and LIAA.
Independent has signed director Mickey Smith to its roster. Smith has just finished doing the second unit for Rupert Saunders on Snow White and the Huntsman as well as touring with Ben Howard and directing his last promo "Only Love". He started his career as an underwater DOP and surf photographer when he was a teenager.