David Mamet, the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and Academy Award-nominated film writer and director, has signed with Aero Film for commercial representation. Mamet's work includes plays such as "Glengarry Glen Ross" and "Oleanna" and his screenplays have included "The Postman Always Rings Twice" and "Hoffa". His upcoming HBO Films biopic "Phil Spector", starring Al Pacino and Helen Mirren, will debut this March. Mamet's previous work in commercials consisted of two 2007 spots for Ford. Aero's other directors include James Mangold, Indrani, Yann Secouet and Jacques Steyn.
New York-based production company The Colony has signed live action and design director Andreas Berner to its roster, joining David Gaddie, Maria-Ines, Alex Smith and animation director Nam Doan. Berner will also assume the role of creative director at The Colony's VFX and design studio, Afterparty. Formerly a director and creative director at MassMarket, he has directed spots for Hyundai, Jim Beam and Samsung. He has also worked as a CG lead and VFX supervisor at Psyop, Imaginary Forces and Trollback.
Production house Brink Studio has opened in Toronto. Brink is led by president and founder Irfan Saleemi, the president and CEO of photography concessions company Digital Attractions, together with executive producer Richard Cureton, who has worked at Spy Films, and director of sales Jaime Randle, the founder of Plates Animation. Its roster of directors includes Nicole McDonald, a video game designer-turned-director who has created experiences for brands such as Cirque Du Soleil, Toyota, and Volkswagen; Brazilian animation director Nando Costa; JP Frenay, who has worked for Nike, Volkswagen and National Lottery; and Ace Norton, a music video and short filmmaker.
Bed Rudlin has joined the New York office of rehabstudio as designer. In his previous role as art director at Mother New York, Rudlin helped establish its in-house production team's digital design capabilities, and worked on campaigns for clients such as Microsoft, Stella Artois, Virgin Mobile, Target, Sour Patch Kids, Emusic, Sugar In The Raw and White Pike Whiskey. Prior to joining Mother, Rudlin worked as a freelance art director, and at Australia's Bigfish.tv.
Rebecca Manley has signed with Independent for worldwide representation. Her work includes a TV commercial for Sony's Little Big Planet on PSP, a short film for the FIFA World Cup 2010 opening concert, and a short commercial film for Fairy Liquid and Make a Wish Foundation. Other clients have included Starbucks, Hershey's, P&G, Google, Channel 4 and Hewlett Packard.
Creative collective Poetica has signed director Douglas Purver to its roster. Purver has worked with brands such as Nokia, Sprint, Audi, Nike, and agencies including, TBWA/Chiat/Day, Grey, Goodby Silverstein & Partners, and Wieden+Kennedy. He also directed live-action short, "Omar & His Skyhook", which has been shown on the festival circuit.
New York based studio Click 3X is opening a color correction suite and has hired Jordan Bramlett as a colorist. Bramlett has color graded projects including "Tucker", a fashion music video featured in the New York Times Magazine Style Section, "Angola Hardcore", a feature documentary that premiered at the Dubai Film Festival, and commercial clients including Macy's, Toys R Us, Heidi Klum, Comcast, Bushmills, GMC, Ford, VH1 and Verizon.
Logan Hefflefinger has relocated from Los Angeles to join Dallas' Lucky Post as editor. Most recently, he was lead editor at Plus Productions in Santa Monica. He has also worked at The Whitehouse in LA, and at Final Cut, with agencies including Wieden & Kennedy, CP+B, 72andSunny, TBWAChiatDay, Saatchi & Saatchi and AKQA.
Culver City-based Foundation Content has hired Nick Pezzillo as creative editor. He previously worked as a freelance editor, on rock videos including "All Your Light," by Portugal, which was voted one of the Top Ten music videos of 2012 on Vimeo, and on a video for Microsoft's announcement of "Surface".