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All the Production Moves From Around the Industry

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Alison Maclean
Alison Maclean Credit: Courtesy of Robber's Dog

Australasian production company Robber's Dog has signed Alison Maclean to its growing roster.

Canadian-born and New Zealand-raised Maclean directed the 1989 short film, "Kitchen Sink and later "Crush," and "Jesus' Son." Since then her work has grown to include commercials and broadcast work including "Sex and the City," "Carnivale," "The Tudors," "The L-Word," and "Gossip Girl." Within commercials she has directed films for clients including, IKEA, Intel, AT&T, among others. Alison's arrival at Robber's Dog comes after the completion of her latest feature, "The Rehearsal," based on the novel by Eleanor Catton. Maclean is represented by Park Pictures in the U.S. & Europe.

Linus Johansson
Linus Johansson Credit: Courtesy of PetGorilla

Pet Gorilla has signed three new directors for U.S. commercial representation - Linus Johansson, Joris Debeij and Norton.

Johansson, a Swedish based native, was formerly with production house ACNE in the U.S. before signing with Pet Gorilla. Previously he has directed for brands such as Target, GE, IKEA, and Rabodirect.

Joris Debij
Joris Debij Credit: Courtesy of Pet Gorilla

With a background rooted in journalistic filmmaking, Debeij has recently broken into advertising with a Father's Day spot for Minwax and Deutsch. He also directed the JetBlue "FlyBabies" campaign out of Mullen/Lowe.

Norton Credit: Courtesy of PetGorilla

Music video director Norton joined Pet Gorilla after finishing a campaign with Nike and Barcelona football legend Neymar Jr, in collaboration with AKQA London. He has a background in editorial and finishing. He recently collaborated with St. Lucia and Converse for the track "Help Me Run Away."

Dan DiFelice
Dan DiFelice Credit: Biscuit Filmworks

Director Dan DiFelice is joining the commercial roster at Biscuit Filmworks. The self-taught filmmaker has an extensive background in digital visual arts, and most recently directed Jordan's acclaimed "Night Shift" spot via W+K featuring professional athletes Dez Bryant, Andre Ward, and Victor Odelipo.

DiFelice's work includes the independent short film project, "The Great Unknown." He has experience in motion graphics, visual effects creation, design and editing and his work includes 2014's "Anomaly" and 2016's "Carved in Mayhem," as well as an SGBL commercial titled "Let's Get Things Moving." DiFelice has also directed a branded short for Lincoln commissioned by Vimeo, a brand film for the World Surf League and most recently a two-spot campaign for Reebok via Venables Bell.

Paul Riccio
Paul Riccio Credit: Courtesy of The Traveling Picture Show Company

The Traveling Picture Show Company has added Paul Riccio to its roster for exclusive representation. His work includes the film "The Timmy Brothers -- Water Makers." as well as "Space Cadet." He has also worked with brands including PBS, Funny or Die, Verizon, NASDAQ, and the NBA.

Tom Carty
Tom Carty Credit: Courtesy of Humble

Humble has signed director Tom Carty for representation in the U.S. and Canada. The writer and director began his career in advertising as a copywriter. He has worked with creative partner Walter Campbell at AMV BBDO producing work for brands including Dunlop Tyres, Volvo, and Guinness.

He has worked in Britain and on several spots for BBC, Nike, Levi's, The Economist, and ITV starring Gary Oldman.

Zach Math
Zach Math Credit: Courtesy of Caviar

Caviar has added Zach Math to its directorial roster. His work includes a series of spots for K-Mart "Ship My Pants" garnered over fifty million views on YouTube and won a Webby Award. Two of his branded shorts are in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art via the AICP Show.

His documentary feature "The Final Member," premiered at the Toronto Hot Docs International Film Festival and played festivals all over the world. The distribution rights were purchased by Drafthouse Films and was released on Netflix.

Since then, he's worked with brands such as Fox Sports, Nissan, AT&T, Comcast and the NFL consistently winning accolades for his directorial work, including Cannes Lions.

mr/tommy zee
mr/tommy zee Credit: Courtesy of BoomBox

Toronto-based music and sound design company BoomBox has signed music director, producer and composer mr/tommy zee to its roster for Canadian representation.

Based in Amsterdam, but now available to the Canadian market through BoomBox, mr/tommy zee is the founder of music collective HLGRM and previously worked as a creative director for MassiveMusic. His credits include award-winning work for global brands such as Nike, Audi, Google, BMW, Heineken, as well as the recent national Team Canada spot, "Ice In Our Veins."

Gerald Ding
Gerald Ding Credit: Courtesy of Sibling Rivalry

Sibling Rivalry has signed Gerald Ding to its roster. The director has helmed spots including Apple "Loved," Google Android "Handshake," as well as others for brands including Nike, Adidas, Coca-Cola, Gillette, Pepsi, McDonald's, Samsung and Converse. He has also worked with musical artists including Red Hot Chili Peppers, Vampire Weekend, Kid Cudi and the House of Marley.

He most recently directed a campaign for Airbnb that stars K-Pop star/fashion maven G-Dragon and is set to make his long-form narrative debut this autumn via a television series focused on Japanese artisanal sake breweries.

Kitty Turley and Belle Palmer
Kitty Turley and Belle Palmer Credit: Courtesy of Strange Beast

Strange Beast has elevated Kitty Turley and hired Belle Palmer to serve as executive producers.

Turley has been with the company for four years has worked with clients such as Coca-Cola, the British Fashion Council and IKEA. Palmer worked at Strange Beast's sister company Passion Pictures and she has over nine years experience working with clients like Audi, BBC, Adidas and Burberry.

Cori Cooperinder
Cori Cooperinder Credit: Courtesy of Strike Anywhere

Strike Anywhere has hired Cori Cooperider to serve as executive producer. Cooperider's career has encompassed in-house tenures at Aero Film, Psyop and Backyard Productions, and several years in the field as a freelancer. Her initiative-taking spirit attracted her to the Los Angeles and San Francisco-based Strike Anywhere.

Michael Merryman
Michael Merryman Credit: Courtesy of No Smoke

Production company No Smoke has brought on Michael Merryman as executive producer.

Merryman has experience in art, advertising and entertainment. In 2011, he co-founded Durable Goods. Earlier, Merryman spent 15 years in a freelance career while in film school before becoming an executive producer.

Vince Genovese
Vince Genovese Credit: Courtesy of BSSP

Vince Genovese will take on the role of executive director of integrated production, at BSSP.

He has worked with BSSP on numerous campaigns for MINI, Raise the River, and others as co-owner of production company Republic Content.

After selling his stake in Republic several years ago, Genovese began working as a freelance producer across the country. In addition, he has worked as director of broadcast production at McCann Worldgroup SF, and over the years has worked at 72andSunny, Goodby Silverstein, DDB, FCB and Chiat/Day, among others.

Laura Grzeszczak
Laura Grzeszczak Credit: Courtesy of MassiveMusic

MassiveMusic has appointed of Laura Grzeszczak, who joins the company's London office as Client Service and Project Manager.

Laura joins the MassiveMusic family following three years at a competing global music agency. She will be tasked with continuing to develop the branding and music strategy that is central to MassiveMusic's 2016 expansion plans, both on a local and international scale. Laura will also take on a client servicing role which will see her forging new relationships with diverse global brands and seeking to discover musical solutions to consumers' wants and needs.

Robert Herman
Robert Herman Credit: Courtesy of Ruffian

Ruffian has opened a new animation division in collaboration with Blinkink in London, adding a roster that includes Greg Barth, Layzell Bros, Elliot Dear, Joseph Mann, Chris Bristow, Nicos Livesey, and Becky & Joe to its slate of stateside talent. Layzell Bros this year earned the Film Grand Prix for their work on Harvey Nichols' "Shoplifters" through Adam & Eve/DDB.

MPC team
MPC team Credit: Jeremy Goldberg

After eight years in Santa Monica, MPC LA is moving to a 25,000-square-foot digital studio in Culver City, twice the size of its former space.

The company has also bolstered its offerings with more resources dedicated to VFX, color and finishing. The new space also will host a dedicated VR/AR infrastructure and its content production arm, MPC Creative.

MPC Film will offer filmmakers the opportunity to collaborate with MPC's creative talent in pre-production. Creative services include concept and production design, previs & visual development, preliminary bidding and budgeting and VFX supervision.

Technology provided by the space includesan MPAA-approved previs artist workspace and a screening room with 3D stereo, HD, and 2K/4K projection, offering 2k synced reviews, TVIPS video feed, and video conferencing.

John Velasco
John Velasco Credit: Courtesy of Moondog Music

MoonDog Music has relaunched as a licensing and branding company. The full-service music house with offerings spanning, music publishing, music production, original composition, artist management and sound design, along with licensing and branding services. John Velasco will lead the revamped division in the role of president. Velasco's background includes executive posts held in both the US and UK at companies including United Artists, Cherry Lane Music and CBS Songs. Career highlights include representing Yes, Black Sabbath, ABBA, ELO, Tina Turner, Hal David, John Denver, Davy Jones, Tommy Boyce, Tom Paxton, Randy Edelman and Marvin Gaye, to name a few.

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