MJZ, L.A., New York, London - Founded: 1990

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Principals: David Zander, President; Rocky Morton, Annabel Jankel, Directors/Partners

Roster: Rocky Morton, Spike Jonze, Dante Ariola, Frederik Bond, Marcus Nispel, Craig Gillespie, Kuntz & Maguire, Jonathan David, Victor Garcia, Sean Thonson, Clay Williams, Annabel Jankel, Keir McFarlane

MJZ went from sedate to sexy in a blink when David Zander managed to wrangle Propaganda refugees Jonze, Kuntz & Maguire, and Ariola into his stable last December. Then he pulled another bold move in April when he launched a London outpost, chasing that with another notable signing - former Harry Nash hotshot Fredrik Bond. Rumors of mega-bonuses aside, the company has truly gained A-list stature this year, through standout work from talents both new and old. Laughfests abound, with Rocky Morton in his prime with spots for Chocolate Milk and Mike's Hard Beverages, while Craig Gillespie helped resurrect the Fruit of the Loom guys and also shot for Chevy and EDS. As for the "newbies," Dante Ariola applied his askew sensibilities to Lee and an upcoming Sony campaign, and crackpots Kuntz & Maguire were on for the hilarious new Molson campaign, continuing with new work for Water Pik and Mercedes. And finally - we can exhale: the elusive Spike Jonze, on the last lap of his new film Adaptation, just wrapped his first spot out of the company, for Ikea and Crispin Porter + Bogusky.

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