Veteran creative Gary Koepke, co-founder of the former Boston ad agency Modernista!, has joined TheBridge.Co, a New York and L.A.-based production and content company that specializes in connecting artists with brands. Most recently, he was North American chief creative officer for SapientNitro (now SapientRazorfish). He joins TheBridge.Co as a director/art director/producer.
Koepke had already been working with the company on projects, which include "We Don't Ask," a spot for the Hyundai Genesis for Innocean. He also led creative on TheBridge.Co-led Hyundai live event in Seoul featuring Gwen Stefani, Andra Day and K-Pop band CL.
Pamela Romanowsky joins the roster of production company Rocket Film. Romanowsky is known for feature films such as her memoir-based Sundance and Tribeca entry "The Adderall Diaries" as well as short-form and branded content for Sotheby's, Dove Chocolate and Refinery29. She connected with Rocket Film through her alliance with Alma Har'el's Free the Bid.
Stink FIlms has added director Tom Green to its roster in the U.S.. He has won several awards for his PSA for Save The Children "Still the Most Shocking Second in Day" and his recent work includes "The Heist" for Oxfam, both through Stink London. In entertainment, his credits include "Misfits," a supernatural comedy-drama hit series for Channel 4 that won a BAFTA for Best Drama Series. His short "Brixton 85" was selected by the British Council and screened at the London Film Festival, as was his debut feature "Monsters: Dark Continent." He is currently in production on a new project for Channel 4 and Netflix, "Kiss Me First."
We Fly Coach is signing director Marcus Perry for global representation. The director, writer and producer has helmed work for clients including Paramount Pictures, 20th Century Fox, Warner Bros., Walt Disney Studios, McDonald's and Zappos, and directed talent such as Dwayne Johnson and Will Ferrell. He is also the creator of the Image Comics series "Descendant," and "Albert Einstein: Time Mason" for Action Lab Comics.
London's Nexus Studios is expanding with a Los Angeles office, which will offer film and immersive work for advertising and branded content as well as developing entertainment and digital products. Based in the Arts District, it will be led by executive producers Luke Ritchie and Diego Rosner. Ritchie, who has led the Interactive Arts team at Nexus Studios for over five years, relocates to L.A. and continues in this role across both L.A. and London. Rosner joined Nexus Studios this year with a background in business development and production. Nexus founder Chris O'Reilly is currently based in L.A. and continues in his role as executive creative director across all studio output.
MediaMonks is hiring Eric Wagliardo as creative director of experiential, based in New York. Prior to joining MediaMonks, Wagliardo worked with agencies including Droga5, AKQA, 72andSunny, Ogilvy, BBDO and BBH. His work includes Google's "Awaken the Force Within" and Sony's Xperia "Tweet Singer." He has over 15 years of experience in roles including creative director, designer, art director, animator, iOS developer, consultant, and founder. MediaMonks also recently hired Alexander Kraemer as an experience architect, to add to the experiential team.
MPC in L.A. is hiring flame artist and creative director Claus Hansen, senior flame artist Noah Caddis and executive producer Robert Owens to work on its finishing capabilities. The trio, who will be based in Culver City, join from Method, where they worked for over a decade. Hansen has worked with agencies such as CP+B, Wieden + Kennedy and Deutsch on content for brands including BMW, Lexus, Maserati, Microsoft, Target and Revlon. Caddis has worked on spots for brands such as Infiniti, Kia, Adobe, Diet Dr Pepper and others.
Hone Production, the New York and Atlanta-based production company/consultancy, is hiring Eli Rotholz as director of business development and content executive producer. Rotholz brings 10 years of sales and production experience, having begun his career as an independent sales rep for Ziegler/Jakubowicz, before moving on to Moustache NYC, Click3X and Honor Society Films.
Lucky Post is adding senior flame artist Dan Margules to the company. Margules is known for his work on such projects as Lego Batman for Sky, Gold Bond "Shaq Wisdom," Canada Dry's "Busy," and 360 VR experiences for movie film The Arrival. He has also worked on commercials for Kellogg's brands, incorporating character animations of Tony The Tiger and Toucan Sam by artist Chuck Gammage into live action narratives.
Editor Tobias Suhm has relocated to Los Angeles with Whitehouse Post. The formerly Berlin-based editor brings well over a decade's worth of experience to L.A. including work on projects for brands such as Nike, Dollar Shave Club, Gucci and particularly in the automotive sector for the likes of Land Rover, Mercedes-Benz, Chevrolet, Toyota, Lexus, and Volkswagen.