Director Miles Jay has joined B-Reel for US, UK, and Scandinavia representation, and will be based in the company's LA office. Jay directed the Facebook Connect music video for Young Empires titled "White Doves," and later created the interactive short film "Carly's Cafe," which this year won him the Young Director Award at Cannes Lions 2012. Jay has also won Best Student Film at the Toronto Film Festival, The Universal Studios Canada Student Filmmaker Award, The Norman Jewison Director Award 2011 & 2012, and Best Director & Best Film at the Air Canada Film Festival.
Stinkdigital has appointed Esther Downton as executive producer, based out of the shop's New York offices. She joins Stinkdigital following a two year stint as senior digital producer at AMV BBDO
on projects such as the
iOS audio game "The Nightjar" for Wrigleys (which received a BAFTA Games nomination) and Mercedes-
Benz UK's "Escape the Map" campaign with an interactive video directed by Carl Erik Rinsch and
produced by Unit 9 in London. Prior to AMV BBDO, she was freelancing at Collective London.
New York creative agency Loyalkaspar, led by David Herbruck and Beat Baudenbacher, has launched a Los Angeles office, hiring Richard Eng as the office's creative director and Mandy Novak as executive producer. Novak (left) joins Loyalkaspar following five years as an executive producer at the design company Fish Eggs in Venice, CA. Before Fish Eggs, she was post producer on the NBC show "Fear Factor" for nearly five years, and post producer for two years on "Deal or No Deal".
Eng (below) comes to Loyalkaspar from Digital Kitchen
where he served as executive creative director. His career includes senior creative roles at several leading design/animation studios as well as working as an art director at Nick at Nite, where he directed the network's rebrand and new logo.
MPC has added Gigi Ng as VFX supervisor/Flame artist, and John Skeffington as senior producer, both at its New York office. Ng, whose expertise includes VFX, compositing and supervision, has worked on campaigns for Emerson, Johnnie Walker, Gillette, Mercedes, AT&T
, Jordan Brand, and Barclays. Her agency collaborations include BBDO, Merkley + Partners, The Directors Bureau, Wieden+Kennedy, and Venables
Bell & Partners. Ng's lead Flame work for an OFFF campaign earned a Cannes Gold Lion in Design for Animation. Skeffington has worked on campaigns for Budweiser, Mentos, PUMA, Converse, Rolex, M&Ms. GE, and Givenchy, with agencies including Anomaly, JWT
, The Martin Agency
, BBDO and BBH
Following the promotion of Megan Meloth to EP, a52 has signed Andrew Bate as VFX Supervisor/Flame Artist. Bate's recent efforts include a Cannes Gold Lion-winning, Emmy-nominated Olympics spot for Procter & Gamble
, a D&AD Annual-winning ad for Xbox, a Sports Emmy-winning promo for MLB, and Honda
's Matthew Broderick's Day Off Super Bowl ad from earlier this year. In addition to work with adidas, Honda, Boost Mobile, JCPenney
, Affinity, PowerAde, Old Spice and Best Buy, Bate has created videos for the likes of Maroon 5, and worked on short films, including Nash Edgerton's Captain and Amanda Boyle's Pop Art. He also worked on the Sundance Grand Jury-nominated feature film Hasher
Grey Group is to acquire a majority stakeholding in ArtM Communications Group, a full-service integrated communications company in China. Founded in 1999 and with offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzen and Guangzhou, ArtM's service offering includes advertising, branding, digital marketing, public relations, events, retail marketing, merchandising and channel promotion. The group's subsidiaries include ArtM PR Consulting, Mercury Advertising, Lightning Digital Marketing, Imaginist Retail Marketing and Noblehorse Website. Clients include Intel, Microsoft
, TCL and China Mobile. The acquisition will see ArtM re-branded as "Grey ArtM Marketing Communications".