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Sheldon Candis Profiles More Strong Women in Ford Follow-Up, “Born to Roll 2.0”

Second series of spots profile an artist, a firefighter and a doctor. LOS ANGELES—Director Sheldon Candis of A Common Thread tells the stories of three women living their dreams in a sequel to Ford’s celebrated “Born to Roll” campaign from agencies Global Team Blue and UniWorld Group. As with the original series, which were also directed by Candis, the new ...

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Derby’s Ryan Balas Launches “TheFoodPornHub.com”

Derby’s Ryan Balas Launches “TheFoodPornHub.com” Video community is dedicated to the sexy art of food photography. New York City— Filmmakers Ryan and Alec Balas have launched a first-of-its-kind showcase dedicated to food as cinema. Going by the cheeky name of TheFoodPornHub, the new site celebrates the sensual pleasures and visual splendors of the culinary arts. There are no pedestrian cooking ...

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Yard Dog Welcomes Comedy Director Tom Feiler

LOS ANGELES— Yard Dog has added a touch more humor to its roster, signing comedy director Tom Feiler for exclusive representation in the United States. Feiler specializes in performance-based comedy often involving odd characters and skewed scenarios. His many credits include campaigns for Walmart, McDonald’s, Iams and Tim Horton’s. “Tom is just flat out funny,” says executive producer Joe Piccirillo. ...

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Yard Dog Signs Director Darren Statman

LOS ANGELES— Director Darren Statman has joined Yard Dog for U.S. work in commercials and branded content. Based in London, Statman has won admirers among agencies and brands across Europe for work noteworthy for its striking, artfully- crafted visuals, nuanced storytelling and raw emotional power. Among Statman’s best-known projects is Hades, a black & white film for British custom motorcycle ...

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A Common Thread Signs Aussie Director Cassie De Colling

LOS ANGELES— A Common Thread has signed Australian director Cassie De Colling for exclusive representation in the United States. De Colling has directed ads, branded content and virtual reality for clients including insurance giant AAMI, travel company The Great Escape, the University of Melbourne and others. This is the first time she has had representation outside Australia. “Cassie is a ...

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Dutch Director Werner Damen Makes U.S. Debut Via Yard Dog

LOS ANGELES— Director Werner Damen has joined Los Angeles-based Yard Dog for exclusive representation in the United States. A native of the Netherlands, Damen is in high demand across Europe and Asia, but this is the first time that he has pursued advertising work in the United States. Known for capturing beautiful imagery and for storytelling with a strong sense ...

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VR Director Tyson Sadler Joins Derby for Immersive Branded Projects

New York City— Derby has signed VR Director Tyson Sadler for exclusive representation as part of its push into immersive media. Sadler brings a deep resume in VR on subjects ranging from Alaska’s melting glaciers to child labor in Western Ghana. At Derby, he’ll focus on creating unique immersive experiences for brands. “We’re intrigued with VR, AR and other immersive ...

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STORY Signs Director Laurence Thrush

The accomplished visual storyteller has helmed spots for ESPN, HP, Amstel Light and Honda. CHICAGO— Director Laurence Thrush has joined STORY for exclusive representation for advertising work in the United States. Thrush brings high regard for his naturalistic storytelling and cinematic style, which he has applied to commercials for diverse international and national brands, including ESPN, HP, Amstel Light, McDonald’s, ...

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Peter Dietrich Hits the Bullseye with “Hole Maker” for Snack Food Chipita

Director, represented in the U.S. by A Common Thread, re-teams with Black Cherry for a Western spoof. LOS ANGELES— For a new spot for snack food giant Chipita, director Peter Dietrich created a scene straight out of a classic Western. A clean-cut stranger walks into a bar and engages in a test of marksmanship with a surly tough guy. The ...

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Eli Green Directs Campaign Touting Luxury-for-Less Air Travel with JetSuiteX

LOS ANGELES— A Common Thread’s Eli Green has directed a new campaign for boutique airline JetSuiteX that has accomplished the seemingly impossible task of making flying fun. Conceived by Sacramento agency MeringCarson, the spots tout the benefits of JetSuiteX, which offers a private jet experience at low cost. One spot shows happy travelers arriving at the airport a mere 25 ...

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Derby’s Josh Hayward Explores the Poetry and Brutality of Combat Sport in “Muay Thai”

Director’s atmospheric film is screening on Nowness. New York City—Muay Thai, a short film from Derby director Josh Hayward, is currently enjoying its world premiere on the global video channel Nowness. A surreal exploration of the intense form of martial art that has become an international phenomenon, the film takes viewers inside the psyche of a Muay Thai boxer named ...

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Harmonic Appoints David Krall to Its Board of Directors

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Feb. 12, 2018 — Harmonic (NASDAQ: HLIT), the worldwide leader in video delivery and cable access virtualization, today announced it has expanded the company’s board of directors with the appointment of David Krall. “I’m delighted to welcome David to our board,” said Patrick Harshman, president and CEO of Harmonic. “David’s extensive executive leadership and board experience, ...

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Comedy Director Kevin Smith Joins STORY

CHICAGO— Continuing to grow its creative roster, STORY has signed award-winning director Kevin Smith for exclusive national representation. Smith, whose recent work includes campaigns for Home Depot, AT&T, Blue Cross/Blue Shield and Carnation, is known for an intelligent, meticulously-crafted style of subtle, sometimes ironic humor. “Kevin is a great addition to our roster,” said STORY executive producer Mark Androw. “I ...

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Director Kelsey Larkin Launches U.S. Career via Yard Dog

LOS ANGELES— Yard Dog has signed director Kelsey Larkin for exclusive representation in the United States. The agreement is the first with a U.S. production company for Larkin, who, although born in Chicago, resides in Toronto and has previously worked exclusively in Canada. A bold and highly original visual storyteller, she has recently directed projects for GoodLife Fitness, Inov8, Vega ...

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Sherpas Cinema Pays Tribute to Skiing Legend J.P. Auclair in North Face Film “Imagination”

Latest project from adventure filmmakers, represented in the U.S. by Accomplice Media, becomes an instant free-skiing classic. Los Angeles— A boy riding in the backseat of his parents’ car through snow-swept Nelson, British Columbia, has his skiing fantasy spring to life in a sweetly thrilling short film produced by Sherpas Cinema for The North Face. Directed by Dave Mossop, Imagination ...

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