BiG MACHiNE Promotes Sean Owolo To Company Partner

Visual production company BiG MACHiNE is pleased to announce that Executive Producer Sean Owolo has been promoted to company partner alongside Co-Founders/Creative Directors Steve Petersen and Ken Carlson. Owolo’s new role will allow each of the partners to focus on innovating the core disciplines of BiG MACHiNE’s business: Design & Animation, Live-Action Production and Content.

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Director Georgi Banks-Davies Joins Madheart

LOS ANGELES—Georgi Banks-Davies is heading to Madheart. The British director, the subject of growing international acclaim for her work for Coca-Cola, AT&T, O2 and other brands, has chosen the boutique, Los Angeles-based production company to orchestrate her entry into the U.S. market.


Click 3X Adds Montes, Witt to Roster

Click 3X is following the launch of its slick reactive website ( with a pair of significant additions to its roster. Digital innovator Esteban Montes joins the crew as interactive art director, while interactive designer Melissa Witt, who has been freelancing at Click 3X for some time, officially joins the staff as an interactive designer.

Montes’ creative work ranges from art books to HTML5 games optimized for tablets and smartphones. A digital innovator, designer and communication specialist, he will continue his well-honed method of working closely with clients to find original solutions to their creative problems by marrying new technologies with big ideas.


NO6 Adds Plew to Roster

NO6 is pleased to announce the addition of editor Paul Plew to its talented lineup. With a reel that includes work for Honda, Pepsi, Microsoft Xbox, Volkswagen, Oakley, and Sony, Plew brings deep experience and a proven record of working with top clients to his new home. He joins NO6 after spending eight years as a commercial freelance editor in Los Angeles.

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ACNE Launches Digital Restructuring with Addition of Jesper Palsson as CEO of US Operations

Kicking off a massive restructuring of its digital operations and an aggressive expansion in the US market, ACNE has tapped fellow Swede Jesper Palsson, former CEO and partner at Stopp LA, to head its US office. Palsson, best known for his award-winning work for clients such as Google, Lincoln, Chevrolet, and Toyota, will play a key role in diversifying ACNE from its traditional broadcast and integrated roots into the rapidly evolving digital space.


The Cortez Brothers Welcome Director Laurentius

Production and creative development company The Cortez Brothers has expanded its directorial roster with the signing of Laurentius for representation in both the US and Hispanic markets.

“It’s great to not only find, but also sign a director like Laurentius who is a young director with a very seasoned reel,” says Ed Rivero, The Cortez Brothers Executive Producer. “Everyone is always surprised when they meet him because of his youth. Imagine what he will do from this point.”


Click 3X Signs Cannes Lion-Winning Director, Vellas

Click 3X is pleased to announce the addition of Vellas – a Brazilian director whose spot for Leica, Alma (Soul), earned an impressive five Lions at this year’s Festival of Creativity in Cannes. The signing marks an important next step in the evolution of the Click 3X live action roster, enhancing its impressive roster of directorial talent and establishing a crucial foothold in the rapidly expanding global production industry.


Click 3X Takes the Gold at PromaxBDA

Click 3X is proud to announce multiple wins at this year’s PromaxBDA awards. The production, design and interactive studio took two Gold awards, for Lifetime’s ‘My Life is a Lifetime Movie’ launch (Best On-Air Typography) and MTV’s ’2012 Video Music Award’ campaign (Special Event Campaign Using Multiple Media). The studio won Silver for the YES Network’s ’2012 Brooklyn Nets Launch’ (Art Direction / Sports Media).


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.”


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.