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HSI Productions owner Stavros Merjos has named Michelle Ross
(left) and Rebecca Skinner (right) as partners. Ross is currently
head of sales, and has worked at HSI since 2001, joining from
Partizan. Skinner is executive producer at HSI and worked at RSA
before joining in 1996. She launched the company's music video
division, Mars Media, and has worked with directors and recording
artists such as Eminem, Britney Spears, Jay-Z, Michael Jackson, and
the Rolling Stones as well as on the commercials side of the
Hello! and Company has signed director and cinematographer Jeffrey Darling for North American exclusive representation. Darling comes to Hello! and Company from Believe, and from Radical where he was represented for the past 10 years. His work includes spots for brands such as Diner's Club, BMW, Boeing, Maybelline, Jaguar and Volvo, and his work for Jaguar and Boeing is on permanent display at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. He was awarded the Australian Film Institute's Best Achievement in Cinematography with his work on the feature film The Crossing, starring Russell Crowe.
Partizan Worldwide has signed directors Karen Cunningham and Michael Geoghegan to its roster for worldwide representation. Cunningham ran Pink Films for 10 years before turning to directing and setting up Spank Films. She has won awards including a BTAA Silver, Best New Director at Kinsale and Best New Director at CFP-E Cannes. Geoghegan's work includes direct/integrated campaign for the British Army, Start Thinking Soldier, which won Big Awards 2010 Gold, Eurobest Silver and a Merit Award at the One Show.