People news from Backyard, Slim and more
Backyard adds Townsend to roster; Silverman signs with Slim; new directors at Logan and more.Published: Oct 08, 2012
Slim has added director Melissa Silverman to its roster. Clients include Starz/Directv, McDonalds, Revlon and Tuborg Beer, and she has an EMMY nomination for Nickelodeon. She began her career at On Air Promotions at MTV where she conceptualized, wrote and directed campaigns with celebrities including Madonna, Conan O'Brien, Donald Trump and The Foo Fighters. Recent work includes spots for The Cooking Channel as well as the 30-minute scripted comedy All Over It that she co-created and co-directed with fellow MTV Alumni Ted Pauly.
Logan & Sons (L&S), the live action division of bicoastal Logan, has added directors Emily Kai Bock, Paul Minor, Hauke Hilberg, Jens Gehlhaar and Luke Gilford to its roster. Minor has directed spots for Nike, Tenant's Lager and O2 featuring Coldplay, and has started his tenure at L&S strongly with projects for Microsoft, Kinect and Cricket. Hilberg has just completed a film for Nike featuring Dallas Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki,while Gelhaar just finished a 6-spot Skylanders campaign through 72andSunny. Kai Bock has recently completed her first commercial assignment via Logan & Sons for Coca-Cola and NYC agency Johannes Leonardo while Gilford has just completed a film for Dom Perignon featuring David Lynch.
Psyop has hired visual effects engineer Jean-Francois "JF" Panisset as chief technology officer, bridging the bi-coastal production company's technology and creative teams. Panisset has worked at Discreet Logic and then Autodesk, where he was instrumental in writing the code for the first version of Inferno. He worked with Psyop's COO, Mark Tobin, for several years at Rock Paper Scissors and a52, and again at Moving Picture Company