UNIT9 has signed Pasadena Art Centre College of Design graduate Gevorg Karensky, whose viral student piece Grand Theft Auto: RISE has received more than 13million YouTube views and has been the top rated video on YouTube. Awards for his work so far include AICP, a Golden Addy Award and a Silver Telly Award.
Rattling Stick has added ex Lowe and TBWA creative Ed Morris to its roster as a director. Morris is the former executive creative director at Lowe London and has worked on brands including Stella Artois, Sure, HSBC, Sony Playstation, John Lewis, Johnnie Walker and the Big Issue Foundation. Prior to joining Lowe in 2004, Morris worked at agencies including TBWA, BMP DDB and BBH. Previous directing work includes an AIDS awareness spot for MTV's Staying Alive campaign that picked up a Diploma at the 2010 British Arrows Awards. He is currently president of the UK's Creative Circle.
Venice, CA-based production company Wild Plum has added executive producer Tanya Cohen to its team. Cohen's experience includes executive producing for Digital Domain and launching sister company Mothership, as well as serving as EP of Michael Bay's The Institute. She also worked at Crossroads Films and in a partnership with Stacey Altman in her repping firm. Prior to that, Cohen worked as a literary agent for the William Morris Agency both in London and Los Angeles. Her feature experience also includes four years as a vice president for Robert Lawrence Productions, working in feature film development and production.
Las Vegas agency R&R Partners has promoted Shawn Lein to director of user experience within the agency's digital strategy & development department. He will work on digital media for clients such as Boeing, Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, Norwegian Cruise Line, Western Digital and Western Union. Prior to joining R&R Partners, Lein spent his career at digital shops including WorldDoc, Inc. in Las Vegas, NextGen Internet in Cranbury, New Jersey and MarketSource Interactive in Plainsboro, New Jersey.