Smuggler has signed director Ben Tricklebank for global commercial representation. Tricklebank won an Emmy for his interactive documentary "Clouds Over Cuba," one of the most-awarded digital projects in the U.S. in 2013. His commercial work includes campaigns for Hennessy, Sony Bravia, Mini Cooper, Nationwide, PlayStation and an experimental series for Glenfiddich Whisky. His film for the Converse "Made By You" campaign was shortlisted in two categories at the 2016 One Show. So far in 2017, he has created a film for Sony and directed spots for Microsoft, Toyota, Audible and Lexus.
Little Minx, the Santa Monica-based production company, has added Finnish director Pekka Hara to its roster for U.S. commercial representation. Hara's commercial work includes projects for brands including Philips, Volvo, Mitsubishi, Nokia, Disney, Ikea, Sprite, and the University of Phoenix. Currently he is developing his first American feature film, "Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes," adapted from the young adult novel of the same name and produced by Hawk Koch, known for such films as "Heaven Can Wait," "Primal Fear," and "Wayne's World." Hara was previously signed to Blink and Stink in the U.K., and Furlined and RSA in the U.S.
MediaMonks has promoted Olivier Koelemij to managing director for its U.S. West Coast operation. Previously executive producer, Olivier was responsible for founding the Los Angeles office in 2014 and its acquisition and merger with Stopp LA. He was also a key driver behind MediaMonks Los Angeles' move to its current premises in Venice Beach. He will work alongside MediaMonks' New York Managing Director Jason Prohaska, reporting to Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer Wesley ter Haar.
Production company Helo has appointed Phoebe Smith to the role of managing director, based in London. Smith has experience as a producer working on projects for SAP, Fifa, BlackBerry, Live Nation Entertainment, GSK and Dentsu Asia. She has worked for companies including GMR Marketing and Onedotzero, as well as heading up special projects for the Ministry of Sound in London.