Washington Square Signs Klayman, Native Adds Mackenzie and More
All the Production Moves From Around the Industry
Washington Square Film has signed Alison Klayman as director. Klayman's debut feature documentary "Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry" was shortlisted for an Academy Award, nominated for two Emmys, won a Sundance Special Jury Prize and earned a Director's Guild of America nomination. Klayman has directed commercials for Lululemon and Hewlett Packard Enterprise.
Humble has hired Mark Kovacs as executive producer. Kovacs has worked for brands including Chevy, Cadillac, Audi, BMW, Verizon, AT&T, Procter & Gamble, and more. He cut his teeth at One Such Films, moving through the ranks from production assistant to ultimately head of production and line producer; he later freelanced as both a line producer and first assistant director. During that time, he also owned his own production company Commercial Vehicles Productions, which managed global projects for Jaguar, among others. He began working with Humble on a freelance basis in 2010.
Bullitt has appointed directors Larry Charles, Scot Armstrong, and Tristram Shapeero to the filmmakers' collective. Charles has worked on films including "Borat," "Religulous," "Brüno," and "The Dictator" and TV including "Seinfeld" and "Curb Your Enthusiasm." He has directed for commercial brands including Corona and Pringles.
A former creative at W&K Portland, Armstrong is the director of the upcoming feature film "Search Party" and is the creator, show runner and director of Showtime's half-hour comedy "Dice." As a screenwriter, Armstrong is credited on "Old School," "The Hangover Part II," "Road Trip," "Starsky & Hutch," "Heartbreak Kid" and "Semi Pro."
Shapeero is a British television director and executive producer. He has worked on Netflix's "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt," "Veep," "Parks and Recreation," and more while his commercial credits include a collaboration with Joel McHale on the branded web series "The Klondike Celebrity Challenge."
Logan has appointed Marie Soto as an executive producer. Soto will head up sales and business development at Logan and Logan & Sons. Previously, Soto was an executive producer at Omnicom Group, @radical.media, Accent Media and Belief Design. She has worked with clients including Nike, Subaru, Infiniti, Visa and 20th Century Fox.
Production company Friend has signed Dax Martinez-Vargas as director for the U.K. market. Formerly one half of comedy duo Sniper Twins, he has worked with agencies including Droga5, Grey, Mother, and BBHdirecting commericals for brands such as Carling, Coors, Burger King and Mentos. Mr. Martinez-Vargas remains repped out of Mssngpeces in the U.S.
Park Pictures has signed documentary and commercial director Kief Davidson for exclusive international representation. Nominated for an Oscar for his documentary "Open Heart," Davidson worked on commercials for brands such as GE, Toyota, Absolut and Facebook, and in collaboration with the Lego Company directed the Radius/Weinstein Company feature documentary "A Lego Brickumentary" in 2015.
Backyard has signed award-winning director Sorrel Brae for U.S. commercial representation. Brae has directed more than 50 TV campaigns for Toyota, P&G, Don Julio, Firefox, Pacific Life, Bank of America, NFL and American Express. His work has earned him awards including a Cannes Young Director Award. Brae got his start as a director at Anonymous Content, and then Humble.
Cut+Run has appointed Jared Thomas to the role of senior producer of its Los Angeles office. Previously, he was a freelance producer for production and postproduction companies. He has contributed to projects for such brands as Nike, Geico, Adidas, Coors Light, Mercedes, Microsoft, and Starbucks for agencies 72andSunny, 180, BBDO, Venables Bell & Partners.
CarbonVFX has launched a Chicago office and hired Executive Producer Phil Linturn and Creative Director Liam Chapple. Linturn joins Carbon after spending well over a decade at Glassworks. Chapple has worked at London design and animation studio Mainframe where his working included leading design and direction on a campaign for British department store Harrods.
Whitehouse Post has added editor Deb Schimmel to its Chicago roster. A Chicago native, Schimmel previously worked at Cutters and Optimus, where she was an assistant and then editor for more than two decades. She has worked on brands such as Coca-Cola, McDonald's, Kraft, Dove and the Chicago Blackhawks. She works frequently with agencies including Y&R, Ogilvy, Leo Burnett and Mcgarrybowen and has built relationships with directors Omri Cohen, Brian Billow and Matthäus Bussman, among others.
The Hit House has added Jesse Goodwin as the company's firstVP of music supervision. Previously from Seismic Productions, he also ran music departments for several other houses including Big Picture Entertainment, Herzog & Co, and created work at Disney's Four Wall.