Splendid Signs Chilcott, Brett Foraker Joins Sweet Shop and More
L.A. production house Splendid & Co has added director Lesley Chilcott to its roster. Chilcott began her career in the commercial world before becoming a documentary producer of films such as the Academy Award-winning "An Inconvenient Truth," and the Barack Obama biographic film "A Mother's Promise" for the 2008 Democratic National Convention. Her latest documentary, "Codegirl," was released this November. Prior to its debut, Chilcott released the film for free on YouTube in conjunction with Google's Made with Code, and it hit nearly one million views in five days. She has directed spots for brands such as Motorola, AT&T, Corona, M&Ms and Cover Girl.
Director Brett Foraker, the former creative director at Channel 4, has signed with The Sweet Shop for global representation, excluding the U.K.. His commercial work includes Toyota, Sony, Virgin Atlantic, Samsung and SyFy and he has won awards from Cannes, Creative Circle, D&AD and others. He left Channel 4 in 2010 to pursue a directing career.
Los Angeles-based creative studio Eskimo has signed writer, director and indie filmmaker Nicole Dorsey to its roster. The Toronto native has worked on commercials for the likes of Arla, Nike, Nestle and Kashi. Her festival films include "Dennis," Star Princess" and "Ivadelle." She has also co-created half-hour series "Fraternal Love," which is being produced by comedy network Jash.
Alkemy X has added director Bernie Roux to its roster. Roux, who won a Bronze Lion earlier this year at the 2015 Cannes Lions for his Samsonite campaign, is currently executive creative director at the Prague-based production company Eallin. He has over 20 years experience in the film and animation industry, and has shot more than 150 television commercials, idents and PSAs. Originally from South Africa, he has lived and worked in locations including Auckland, Moscow, Johannesburg, Mumbai, London and Stockholm.
Whitehouse Post has added editor Mark Paiva to its roster. Paiva has worked with brands including Nike, Adidas, Hyundai, Kia and McDonald's. In 2009 he helped found Posterboy Edit, which merged with Bijou Editorial in 2014 to help form Saints Editorial. His work has been honored at hows including Cannes, D&AD, AICE and One Show.
Production company Taylor James has appointed Jason Guerrero as creative director, Marie De Leon as head of production, and Jacques Tege as senior technical director. All will be based in New York. Guerrero brings 15 years of experience in the design and animation industry and has worked at studios like Mass Market, Psyop, Tronic Studio and MA3. De Leon has spent 20 years in post-production and produced campaigns for commercials, feature films, and TV. Tege has specialized in CGI technical direction for 15 years working at companies including Eyeball, 1st Avenue Machine, Click 3x and Hornet.
Elastic has signed director and designer Carlos Andre Stevens to its roster. His work includes short film "The Alchemist's Letter," as well as projects including a long-running campaign for International Delight and commercials for the likes of Sony and UFC on Fox. He has won awards at AICP and Cannes.
NY-based audio post shop Mr. Bronx has expanded, with the addition of two new mix rooms and the hiring of mixer / sound designer Eric Hoffman and producer Claudia Gaspar. Hoffman has nearly a decade of experience as a sound designer and mixer, working with brands including Pepsi, Reebok, NHL, YouTube and Heineken as well as numerous trailers and film projects. Gaspar has experience as a producer, studio manager and scheduler for NYC-based post shops including Headroom Digital Audio, Penny Lane Studios and Ataboy Studios.
Following the acquisition of the Stopp network by MediaMonks, the founders of Stopp U.K., Anna Crona and Maria Tamander, have gained independence from the Stopp Family network to take full control of Stopp U.K.. The integrated production shop will be renamed Crona Tamander & Co. Co-founder and chief executive Crona and co-founder and executive producer Tamanda founded Stopp UK as the Stockholm network's fourth global office in 2014, and have both independently owned the agency since its foundation. They are joined on the management team by Markus Weichselbaumer, a former account director at Stopp Family, who takes the role of account manager/interactive producer at Crona Tamander & Co.