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Paul Christiansen has joined Shafer Advertising, Irvine, Calif., as a senior art director.

Jamee Houk, a digital character animator formerly at Edefx, has joined Click 3 West, San Francisco.

Carl MacNeal has joined the editing staff at National Boston Video Center.

Janice Aday has been promoted to executive VP at San Diego-based Image One, a graphic design and advertising firm.

Richard Goldstone and Farhad Mann, directors, have joined Emerald Films, New York.

Chris Knopf has been promoted to senior VP-creative director at Mintz & Hoke Advertising, Avon, Conn.

Paul Sass has been promoted from junior copywriter to copywriter at Tatham Euro RSCG, Chicago.

Clayton Boothe has been promoted from associate creative director to creative director at JTC Advertising, Chicago, and Bert S. Friedman has joined JTC as associate creative director/exec producer.

Barbara Spenningsby, a producer, and Bill Chesley, a sound designer, have joined the staff of Venice, Calif.-based music/sound company Machine Head's new New York facility.

Frank Stiefel of Stiefel & Co. has been elected chairman at the New York-based Association of Independent Commercial Producers, and Frank Scherma of Radical Media has been elected vice chairman.

John Yuiska, formerly at DDB Needham/New York, has joined Betelgeuse Productions, New York, as a designer.

Laura Zinn, formerly East Coast sales rep at Boss Films, has formed Zinndependent, a commercials representation firm based in New York, whose first client is Shadowrock Productions.

Scott Kulok has joined Grey Advertising/New York as a senior VP-senior creative director.

John Walker has been promoted to associate creative director at Long Haymes Carr, Winston-Salem, N.C. Also at the agency: Alex Dehesa and Michael Powers have joined as art directors, and Chris Bailey has been named an assistant art director.

John V. Seaton has been promoted from VP-executive broadcast producer to senior VP-director of broadcast production at DMB&B/St. Louis.

Richard J. Whelan has joined Waters Design Associates, New York, as VP-design services.

Lou Cangiano has joined Post Perfect, New York, as dailies color consultant.

Jim Brickman, a songwriter and pianist, has signed with Endless Noise, a Santa Monica-based music and sound design company, for commercials representation.

Melanie T. White and Jeff Rubin, art directors, and Brock Montgomery, a copywriter, have joined Dugan Valva Contess, Morristown, N.J.

Steve Sage has joined Clarity Coverdale Fury, Minneapolis, as an art director.

Jeff Watzman has joined Ammirati & Puris/Lintas, New York, as a senior copywriter.

Jennifer Warren has been named commercials account executive at The Post Group, Los Angeles.

Hugh Herbert Burns has been named executive TV producer at Wells Rich Greene BDDP, New York.

Joe Scibetta, formerly an executive producer at DDB Needham/New York, has joined The Leodas Group, New York, a film production/creative services company.

Bruce Tait, formerly director of account planning at BBDO/Toronto, has joined The Leap Partnership, Chicago, as a creative partner.

John Caley has joined Pagano Schenck & Kay, Boston, as a studio artist.

Vinnie Infantino, a producer at Grey Advertising/New York, has been promoted to

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