Los Angeles-based commercial production company Tröll Pictures has added Natalie Johns to its directorial roster. Johns is currently nominated for an Emmy in Outstanding Directing for a Variety Special for "Annie Lennox: Nostalgia Live in Concert," and her recent documentary "I Am Thalente" won the Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature Film at the 2015 Los Angeles Film Festival. Her commercial work includes campaigns with brands including Spotify, Bacardi, Nike and Rock The Vote. She has also directed and produced live concert events, television and web specials with artists including Bono, Madonna, Rod Stewart, Sam Smith, The White Stripes, Peter Gabriel, Lauryn Hill and Adele.
Technicolor has acquired The Mill, the world's largest visual effects and content creation studio for the advertising industry, for $290 million. The French-owned media and production services company's portfolio of brands already includes MPC. The Mill, founded in 1990 in London, has offices in L.A., New York and Chicago. In a statement, Technicolor CEO Frederic Rose said: "In The Mill, we have found a company that aligns with our focus on excellence in talent, technology and operational performance. It is a perfect fit."