Passion Signs Burcher, McQuillan Takes Managing Director Post at Jam3 and More
Passion Pictures has signed London-based director Cassidy Burcher to its roster for exclusive representation. Burcher is a young Londoner whose breakthrough commercial project was Honda's Perfect Fit film announcing the new HR-V. Having started his career as a runner at Rattling Stick, Burcher worked in a number of roles including as director of photography on several music videos. He became a second unit director on shoots for brands such as Renault and Kit Kat, and most notably on the multi-award-winning Ringan Ledwidge-helmed "Three Little Pigs" spot for The Guardian. Subsequently he earned independent freelance directing jobs from agencies, including a Morrison's film via DLKW Lowe.
Toronto digital production and design company Jam3 has appointed Mark McQuillan, who founded the firm in 2003 and has served as its technical director since its inception, as managing director. His former duties are being split among Aaron Morris, who has been with Jam3 since 2007 and now takes on the title technical director, and Adam Slayer, who joined Jam3 in May as head of development and user experience.The changes follow a 50% increase in employees and doubling of revenues in 2014-2015. Jam3 has moved into new offices in downtown Toronto, has opened outposts in Europe and Latin America and is set to open an office in Los Angeles this fall.
Mssng Peces has appointed directorial pair Henry & Ssong to its roster. Their work includes Saroo Brierley: Homeward Bound, the award-winning short spot for Google currently being developed into a feature film. The ad had over a million views and was awarded the Young Directors Award at Cannes, as well as being named one of TED's "10 Ads Worth Spreading" of 2014. Their first work with Mssng Peces includes a docuemtary-style Amex spot about the company Tiny Superheroes.
French director Nan has signed with production company The Devil You Know for U.S. representation. Nan, who is represented in France by 75, has helmed spots for the likes of Nike, Ikea, Orange, KFC and Adidas. He has also shot documentaries including "Unclaimed," about the travels of a suitcase that once belonged to Marilyn Monroe, and "Dream," about the St. Louis Rams. His most recent short film, "Oracle," is being developed as a TV series.
Character-effects firm MastersFX (MFX) has named longtime VFX producer Scott Coulter as its new VP-executive producer of visual effects. His feature film credits include "The Expendables," "Conan the Barbarian," "Dogma" and others. In 2001, he founded Worldwide FX, headquartered in Bulgaria, to meet the visual effects needs of its owner NuImage/Millennium Films. He eventually expanded the facility, opening a second facility in Shreveport, La.
Whitehouse Post has added Brian Gannon to its Los Angeles office. Gannon will relocate from the Whitehouse Post Chicago office, where he began his career in post over a decade ago. He has worked on a variety of campaigns for brands such as Skittles, Cars.com, Capital One, McDonald's, and Bud Light. He has also edited music videos and documentaries.