Coraci Joins Merman X Pulse, Uber Content's Lee Launches Sanctuary and More
Merman X Pulse has signed "The Wedding Singer" director Frank Coraci to its roster. Coraci most recently wrapped shooting on "The Ridiculous 6," starring Adam Sandler, Taylor Lautner and Steve Buscemi, the first Netflix original feature film, which premieres on Netflix this week. Coraci, who is best known for his work with Sandler, has directed a number of his films including "The Waterboy" and "Click" as well as "The Wedding Singer."
Former Uber Content co-owner and executive producer Preston Lee has launched a Culver City-based production company, Sanctuary. Lee, who will be the owner and executive producer, is bringing over a number of directors from the Uber roster, including Fred Savage, Cole Webley, Lucia Aniello, and Scott Pickett. New additions Laura Murphy,who directed "Girl Code," and Canadian filmmaker Natalie Rae Robison will round out the launch roster. Lee, who spent ten years with Uber, plans to eventually open a New York office for Sanctuary.
Tool has signed director Leigh Marling for representation. His commercial work for brands including Pizza Hut, Smirnoff, Snickers, T-Mobile and Wrigley's has picked up awards including Cannes Lions, The One Show Silver and Bronze Pencils, and Addys. His recent directorial credits include work for Nissan, Bacardi, Nescafe and Comcast. Marling has also co-directed music videos for Fatboy Slim, New Order and Dirty Vegas.
Producer, director and former child actor Peter Billingsley has joined the directorial roster of Committee L.A., the hybrid production company/creative content development studio led by directors Frank Samuel, Jeff Reed and executive producer Lauren Bayer. Billingsley's work as a director includes the 2009 movie "Couples Retreat," starring Jason Bateman and Vince Vaughn, and more recently the TBS series "Sullivan & Son." He began his career as a child actor, playing Ralphie in "A Christmas Story" (1983). He has also worked as a producer and executive producer on films including "Iron Man" (2008), "The Break-Up" (2006) and "Four Christmases" (2008).
Kaboom Productions has signed director Christian Riebe for exclusive U.S. representation. This is the first U.S. signing for the director, who has worked throughout Europe and Asia, and splits his time between Germany, France and L.A.. His work includes commercials for Sony Bravia, Miele, Philadelphia Cream Cheese, and LG.
Integrated production company Honor Society has launched in New York and L.A., with Megan Kelly as executive producer and managing director and Eli Rotholz as executive producer and head of sales. Prior to founding Honor Society with Rotholz, Kelly led production teams for shops including Savage, Shilo, The Sweet Shop, Public Domain and Czar. Most recently she started the live action division at Click 3X. Rotholz worked with Kelly at Click 3X, and has also spent time at Ziegler/Jakubowicz and Moustache. The Honor Society's roster includes "Inside Amy Schumer" co-creator Daniel Powell, plus Cary & Jon, Robert Boocheck, Adam Donald, Kezia, Stoney Sharp, Gina & Mark, Lara Shapiro, Simon Burrill and Zeke O'Donnell.
Post-production house Therapy Studios and bicoastal music production company Ring The Alarm have teamed up to form a partnership for music and sound offerings to clients in the advertising, film, and television industries. The first project born out of the partnership was Beats by Dre's "The Game Starts Here, " out of R/GA London, which focused on the captains of France, England and New Zealand's rugby teams as they prepared for the 2015 Rugby World Cup.