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Veteran CD Steve Sweitzer, most recently a freelancer, has been named executive creative director at DDB/Dallas.

Karen Ellis, formerly owner of advertising and branding firm Company K, has joined Deutsch in New York as senior VP-group creative director.

Richard Crispo, formerly VP-creative director at DDB/Chicago, and Mike Fazende, formerly partner and creative director at Ogilvy & Mather/Dallas, have joined Publicis in Mid America/Dallas as principals/CDs.

Libby Brockhoff has been named group creative director at Minneapolis' Carmichael Lynch.

Freelance creative Michael Kadin has joined Deutsch/Los Angeles as VP-ACD.

Brian DiLorenzo and Rob van de Weteringe Buys have been promoted to executive producer at Fallon/Minneapolis.

Scott Sugiuchi, formerly of Vibranium/Backbone Design, has joined Baltimore-based agency Eisner Communications as senior graphic designer.

Former Propaganda director Nzingha Stewart has signed with David Naylor & Associates/DNA for spot and music video representation.

Director Thom Higgins, formerly of Bedford Falls, and Doug Taub, formerly of M-80, have signed with Green Dot Films, Santa Monica.

Tim Abshire, formerly of Shelter Films, has signed with Backyard Productions, with offices in Venice, Calif., and Chicago.

Christopher Buckley, formerly of HKM satellite Public Works, has joined Red Car/L.A. as managing director.

Rick Hassen, formerly of Sea Level, has joined West Hollywood-based effects and design house A52 as managing director. Also at A52, Darcy Leslie Parsons has been promoted to executive producer, and freelancer Scott Boyajan has signed on as senior producer.

Andrew Orloff, formerly of 525 Post, has joined effects studio Radium, Santa Monica, as head of the CG department. He is joined by effects artist and fellow 525 alum Steve Meyer.

Animator Jeff Jankens, formerly of Hollywood's Imaginary Forces, has joined San Francisco's One Six Eight Design Group.

Jeremy Hollister has been promoted to creative director at Manhattan's Riot Design.

David Giles, formerly a senior AD at Campbell Ewald, has joined San Francisco's Menuez Pictures as head of production.

Stephen Mann, formerly of Kleiser-Walczak, has joined bicoastal production house Hornet as CG supervisor.

Editor Cary Gries, formerly of Ghost Light Editorial, has joined New York's Version2 Editing.

Kristin Anderson, formerly a graphic designer at American Heritage, has joined Portland, Ore., ad agency Coates Kokes as an art director.

Editor and producer Rick Orlando, formerly of Penny Lane Studios, has joined New York's Creative Bubble.

Jon Johnson, who won an Academy Award last year for his sound design work on the feature U-571, has joined Malibu-based Howling Music as chief sound designer.

Sonia Lamba, formerly creative director at Attik's London office, has been named CD at Santa Monica's Goodspot, a design and editorial company.

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