Tool is adding the directing team Jerk Store (Ben Weinberg and Pat Andrews) to its roster. Weinberg and Andrews were previously ad agency creatives at Saatchi & Saatchi, DDB and Grip Limited before making the switch to directing and teaming up as Jerk Store in 2016. They have directed commercials for clients including Expedia, Orbitz, Pepsi, Frito Lay, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell and Royal Bank of Canada. Their first project for Tool is a spot for Mattress Firm with agency Havas.
Bullitt is adding directors Sasie Sealy and Jonathan Zames to its roster. Sealy is known for her work in the commercial world of fashion and beauty with clients such as Maybelline, Tory Burch, Suave, and Sally Hansen. Her work has appeared in Glamour, Refinery29, and Teen Vogue, among others. She is also in development on a pilot with Sarah Jessica Parker's company Pretty Matches. Zames has experience as a creative director for Google, and projects have included the 2017 Cannes Lion-winning Google "Pride For Everyone" as well as work for brands including Canon, Luminosity, Glad, and Benjamin Moore, among others. He lives in New York and works in Los Angeles, Europe and Asia.
Hornet is signing NY-based animation director Benjy Brooke to its roster. His work ranges from live concert visuals for Major Lazer to idents for the Powerpuff Girls, along with projects for Converse, Disney and Adult Swim, and a new spot for Cartoon Network's 25th Anniversary celebration. His 2016 short Power Hungry garnered a Vimeo Staff Pick.
Director Fenar Ahmad is joining Furlined for U.S. and U.K. commercial representation. Ahmad wrote and directed the feature film, "Darkland," which was shortlisted for the Academy Awards in Best Foreign Film, and has directed documentaries, short films, music videos and commercials for brands such as Reebok and Pepsi. He divides his time between Denmark, where he is represented by Bacon, and Los Angeles.
Nancy Hacohen is joining Moxie Pictures as executive producer. Hacohen has previously executive produced at Rock Paper Scissors Entertainment, Hungry Man, Tool, and House of Usher, working on campaigns for Nike, Apple, Mercedes and Google. Her recent work includes the Grammy campaign with Taylor Swift for female empowerment, and the NFL/Ad Council's "Love Has No Labels" project.
Stink Films is appointing Melinda Nugent as an executive producer. Formerly a West Coast executive producer for 1stAveMachine and Strangelove, Nugent also has two decades of experience as a line producer, working on commercial and film projects for clients including Adidas, Apple, Nike, and Google, as well as numerous car accounts. Nugent will be based in Stink's Los Angeles office.
New York audio company Sonic Union is expanding with a new studio and creative lab overlooking Bryant Park. The expansion is led by principal mix engineer/sound designer Joe O'Connell, co-founder of Blast, who has now partnered with original Sonic Union founders/mix engineers Michael Marinelli and Steve Rosen and their staff. Owen Shearer will serve as technical director, with an emphasis on VR and immersive audio, while former Blast executive producer Carolyn Mandlavitz has joined as studio director. Executive Creative Producer Halle Petro, formerly senior producer at Nylon Studios, will support both studios.
BlueRock, the New York-based creative editing company, is hiring Courtney Ryan Law as executive producer and managing director. Law started her career in post-production at Cosmo Street L.A., and was promoted to producer in its New York office. She then moved to Lost Planet, where she produced commercials for editor Hank Corwin, and Moondog, before joining BlueRock.
Santa Monica-based creative editing and VFX boutique Cabin Editing Company is hiring Sam Ostrove as partner and editor. Ostrove spent nearly a decade at Cut+Run. His resume includes projects for Adidas, work for Volvo, Beats, the Grammys, Mercedes-Benz, NBA 2K and Converse, as well as music videos for Run the Jewels and Jay-Z/Damian Marley. He has collaborated with directors including Gustav Johannson, Brian Beletic, Karim Huu Do, Rohan Blair-Mangat and Stacy Wall.
Method Studios' dedicated production group, Method EXP, is hiring long-time Electronic Arts (EA) executive Sinjin Bain as SVP, global head of VR/AR. In his 15 years at EA, he executive produced game titles for EA Partners such as "Rock Band." Bain was most recently the CEO of Maxplay, a platform for VR and AR.
Toronto-based Fort York VFX is adding Marco Polsinelli as VFX supervisor and flame artist. With over 20 years experience in post production, Polsinelli's portfolio includes work for Telus, RedBull, BMW, Pillsbury, M&Ms. Molson Canadian, Smirnoff, McDonald's and Captain Morgan. He began his career at Topix and worked there until joining Fort York.
Recently launched production company The Bigger Picture is appointing Daryl Devlin as the company's head of sales. Based in New York and Los Angeles, Devlin will work alongside The Bigger Picture founder Tracy Mays on national representation. She previously worked at Bernstein & Andriulli, as head of sales for BBC Technology and in a business development role for Getty Images.