Applebaum Joins Wondros, Tool Signs Avery and More
Wondros has added Chris Applebaum to its roster of directors. Applebaum's work includes a trilogy of spots for Carl's Jr. with Paris Hilton, Kate Upton and Nina Agdal, as well as music videos for artists such as Rihanna and Miley Cyrus. He has scored 30 number one videos on MTV, while other commercial work has included spots for brands including Smirnoff, Head & Shoulders, Bud Light, Hugo Boss, John Freida, and Kmart.
Tool has signed Australian writer and director Julius Avery for his first U.S. commercial representation. Avery's debut feature film "Son of a Gun" starring Ewan McGregor opened in 2014 and he is also known for several award-winning short films, including "End of Town," which won the Emerging Australian Filmmaker award at the Melbourne International Film Festival, "Jerrycan," winner of the Jury Prize winner at the Cannes Film Festival, and "Yardbird," which won the 2013 Best Australian Short Film at Flickerfest and Special Jury Mention at Tribeca Film Festival.
MPC Creative has added live action director, creative director and editor Eric Anderson to its team as creative director. Anderson, who joins from Logan, is a two-time Emmy Award winner for his opening title sequences for "Dexter" and "Six Feet Under." After founding music studio Pachyderm Studio, he moved into editing and creative directing at Digital Kitchen, where he worked for 12 years including setting up its Chicago shop. His commercial work includes Adobe's "Echosign" spot, which was captured entirely in-camera, and campaigns for brands such as Target, Bud Light, Kohler, Coors and Nike.
Humble has signed Justin Leibow to its directorial roster for commercial representation in the U.S. Leibow will also join the roster for Humble's new sister shop, Postal, which specializes in effects- and design-heavy projects. Leibow moves over from Wild Plum; he also spent eight years as executive creative director at Superfad, which he co-founded in 2005. He has worked across both live-action filmmaking and motion graphics, including as a director on spots for Coca-Cola, Visa, Toyota, Gap, Target, and Sprint. Other work includes the main title sequence for NBC's "About a Boy."
Cutters has promoted Kristin Gerhart to editor. Gerhart has worked for the company since 2008, first in Chicago and since 2012 in California, editing campaigns for BCBG, CVS Health, Esurance, Jack In The Box, Kellogg's, and Toyota among others. Other work includes editing director Anthony Vietro's narrative feature film "Collusions," which is set to debut later this year, as well as director Raphael Rogers' short film "Revelations: The Fall" and the half-hour documentary "The Chain" from director Scott Weintrob.
Synthetic Pictures has named Stephanie Seligman Balint as East Coast executive producer. Most recently, Balint was executive producer at design and animation company Scout. Her previous roles include head of production at Chelsea Pictures, and launching the New York office of A Band Apart. She has also worked with Palma Pictures in Spain, and recognition for her work includes a Gold Lion from Cannes for her work for Staples while with Industrial Artists.
Bicoastal music and sound design shop Squeak E Clean has appointed Rob Barbato to its Los Angeles office as associate creative director. Barbato, a composer, producer and musician, has produced records for artist such as Bleached, Kevin Morby and La Sera. Prior to joining Squeak E Clean, he was an in-house composer at Black Iris Music where he arranged "Beautiful Dreamer" for Canon's "Inspired" spot, via Grey New York, which garnered an Emmy and Silver Lion. His commercial portfolio also includes original compositions for Target, Nike, Toyota, and Google.