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A Common Thread Signs Keith Rivers for Music Videos

LOS ANGELES—Director Keith Rivers has signed with A Common Thread for exclusive representation in music videos. Rivers gained considerable notoriety last year when a commercial campaign he directed for Microsoft’s Internet Explorer ignited the singing career of soulful British singer Alex Clare, whose song Too Close was featured in the soundtrack. Rivers went on to direct an official music video for the song that has also become a viral hit.

“Keith is a great filmmaker,” says Jennifer Trujillo, A Common Thread’s Sales Representative for Music Videos. “He likes to tell stories and he does so in a cinematic way. He is also a musician himself, and he draws on that background in his work as a director.”

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Accomplice Partners with The Joneses in New Production Entity

Production companies merge in order to collaborate on commercials, branded content and other projects.

SANTA MONICA, CA—West Coast-based production companies Accomplice Media and The Joneses have joined forces under the Accomplice name. Executive Producers Jeff Snyder and Mel Gragido will co-manage the company, overseeing a roster of 16 directors that includes award-winning filmmakers Don Burgess, Jeff Gorman, Vincent Laforet, David Jellison, Rick Knief and Hans Petter Moland, as well as the dynamic young directing team Sherpas Cinema.

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Want to work in Ghana? Now Available Africa is seeking talent in Cannes.

Want to spend some time down in Africa? Where it rains? Sorry, had a Toto song in my head. Now Available.it have opened a 'Afropean' shop in west Africa, in Ghana's capitol Accra: Now Available Africa. If you're keen, you have a chance to interview with the Italian board in Cannes. Details below.

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Loyalkaspar Welcomes Chief Development Officer Robert Blatchford & Creative Director Anna Minkkinen

Entertainment branding agency loyalkaspar is pleased to announce a bi-coastal expansion with the addition of Chief Development Officer Robert Blatchford (Los Angeles) and Creative Director Anna Minkkinen (New York). The hires cap off an exciting benchmark year for the agency, which recently opened an LA office and celebrates its 10th anniversary this year.

With a combined 20+ years' experience, Blatchford and Minkkinen offer loyalkaspar a savvy creative-business duo with award-winning pedigree. Stalwarts of the advertising and branding world, their level of dedication and professionalism will further propel the agency's evolution as one of the premier branding studios.

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MPC Dell Spot Takes Home AICP for VFX

MPC’s recent Dell spot, Thomas, took home a 2013 AICP for VFXdespite a fiercely competitive field. The spot, a collaboration with Furlined Director Bjoern Ruehmann and Y&R NY, is a remarkable alternate world of anthropomorphic animals brought to surreal life amid the very ordinary backdrop of a morning commuter train.

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Simian Celebrates the Arrival of Summer with Two Hot Enhancements

Industry-leading media management platform launches new microsite, plus enhanced embeddable reel player.

Laguna Niguel, Calif.—Simian, the global leader in creative workflow and media management solutions, today announces the release of two key upgrades to its groundbreaking media-sharing platform. The new release includes a redesigned and enhanced microsite component—an industry first and one of the most popular features of Simian—as well as The Embeddable Reel Player™, offering a new method for embedding reels into websites.

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a52 Continues Fincher Collaboration With Netflix Breakout “House of Cards”

Continuing an already exciting year, VFX studio a52 brings the finishing touches to David Fincher’s game-changing Netflix-exclusive series, “House of Cards.” Led by Colorist/Lead Smoke Artist Paul Yacono, the a52 team delivered comprehensive color and finishing services for the series’ first season.

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Click 3X Hires Megan Kelly as Executive Producer/Managing Director of Live Action

Click 3X has added production and agency veteran Megan Kelly to its roster as executive producer and managing director of live action. In her new role, Kelly will be charged with oversight and expansion of Click 3X’s already robust veteran roster of live-action directors, which includes Jonathan Yi, Juan Delcan, Simon Blake, and the duo of Josh and Vince.

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NO6, Peepshow Post Merge

Bicoastal post house NO6 and London and NY based Peepshow Post Productions are joining forces, uniting two complementary talent rosters behind the deep resources of the combined studios. This new partnership, which will retain the NO6 name, will be positioned to handle all aspects of postproduction – providing editorial, finishing, color correction, and more in and between LA, New York, London and, soon, Chicago.

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Accomplice Signs Director Rick Knief

Los Angeles—Director Rick Knief has joined Accomplice Media for exclusive representation in commercials. A former award-winning creative director, Knief has directed campaigns for such brands as the Wall Street Journal, Century 21, IBM, Time-Warner and American Express, producing work that spans a range of genres from comedy to visual storytelling to real-people documentary. Last year, he earned critical and popular acclaim for a music video for indie singer/songwriter Joseph Arthur that was shot with a rig equipped with nine iPhones.

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