Anonymous Signs Tim Godsall, Duddy Joins DNA and More
Director Tim Godsall, formerly of Biscuit Filmworks LA, has joined Anonymous Content for commercial representation in the U.S., U.K. and Europe. The signing grew out of a relationship that developed while Anonymous produced Godsall's upcoming feature film debut, "Len and Company." Godsall, whose work includes spots for Axe, Old Spice, Southern Comfort, ESPN, FedEx and XBox, was named the most-awarded commercial director in the world in the 2013 Gunn Report. "Len and Company," starring Rhys Ifans, Juno Temple and Jack Kilmer, will be released next year.
DNA (David Naylor and Associates) has signed director Cameron T. Duddy to its roster. Duddy has directed various music videos for Bruno Mars, including "Gorilla," "Lazy Song" (which earned upwards of half a billion views on YouTube) and videos for the entire album Unorthodox Jukebox. He was also asked to do creative direction for Mars' 2014 North American tour. He has helmed campaigns for Donna Karan and DKNY featuring celebrity models Karlie Kloss and Cara Delevingne as well as a Nintendo 3DS commercial shot entirely in 3D.
RSA has signed Italian director Marco Gentile for representation in the U.S. Gentile's breakthrough project was "Life and Roll" for Rolling Stone, a satirical online spot for which he won a Cannes Silver Lion in 2010. He has also shot for global brands including Adidas, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Tod's as well as doing a series of short films for Sky Atlantic UK. He currently works in both Europe and Los Angeles as a commercial, music video and docu-series director, and resides in LA. He was previously represented in the U.S. by The Institute.
Production company Process has signed Clubhouse, the directorial team comprising Ross Finkel, Trevor Martin, and Jonathan Paley. Founded in 2009, the directorial team was renamed Clubhouse in 2014 for content and commercial work but still goes by the team's original name Guagua Productions for their feature film directorial work. The trio have also directed commercial work for the likes of Goodwill Industries International, Stanford University, Drew University, Tenet Healthcare, Scion, Adobe, Bankstreet College, Success Charter Networks, Roadside Food Projects, Ellipse Technologies, and others.
Framestore has named two new executive producers of live action. Jennifer Siegel will work in Framestore's New York office, and John Duffin in Los Angeles. Both will be responsible for overseeing live action and design. Siegel was most recently executive producer at Shilo TV, and prior to that, executive producer at Tool of North America. Duffin joins Framestore from Epoch Films, where he started in 1997 to help launch its Los Angeles office and served as executive producer.
Post-production company Butcher has added editor Jason Painter to its roster. He was at Nomad New York and Los Angeles for the past five years. Painter has edited spots for brands including Apple, Chevy, Hyundai, Pepsi, Twix, ESPN, Visa, Burger King, Hyatt Hotels, and most recently, Credit Suisse, Dodge Ram, Toyota, State Farm, and Fiat. He was nominated for two Emmys for editorial work on the MTV PSA "Train."
Chicago's Utopic has hired Lauren Gray as a producer. She was most recently an integrated broadcast production manager at Energy BBDO and, prior to that, worked at Weber Shandwick. She has worked with clients including SC Johnson, Unilever, Bayer, Wrigley and Quaker and was a cinematographer, photographer and editor on several films through a program with the American Film Institute.