announced the opening of two new offices in Atlanta, Georgia and Portland, Oregon. The agency, now part of WPP, now has five locations in North America and ten offices globally. Its other US offices are in New York, San Francisco and Washington D.C. In a statement, AKQA chairman Tom Bedecarre (pictured) said the company was "experiencing strong demand across all regions".
Click 3X has added directors Jonathan Yi and Simon Blake to its live action division. Blake has worked for brands such as AT&T
, Chase, Burger King and United Airlines and is known for his mixed media approach. He has also completed a number of short films and viral videos. Yi's clients in the advertising world have included Nike, Intel, Smirnoff, JetBlue, Microsoft, SAP, TD Ameritrade, and Schick. He has also directed HBO's series East of Main Street
, and has shot projects for Twisted Sister, Poison, Daniel Johnston, Mates of State and The Locust. He also shot, directed and produced his own film, Shift
New York City-based digital, interactive and creative post-production studios Spontaneous, BlueRock, Blast, Motive
, Ballistic and Scarlett have branded under the new parent company name, Lively Group. Lively Group works as a hybrid independent/interdependent company model that integrates editorial, design, VFX, CG, audio, finishing and digital/interactive capabilities.
Chicago-based production and post house Radar Studios has entered into a collaborative partnership with LA-based visual effects company Eden FX. Eden was founded by visual effects artist John Gross and is dedicated to high-end visual effects, 3D animation, compositing, digital environments, character animation, on-set supervision, and conceptual design for TV and motion pictures.