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Industry Update Week(s) of September 24th & October 1st

Accounts

Amtrak has selected a group of WPP agencies as its new agency of record. The Amtrak Partnership will be led by Y&R and the remit includes digital shop Wunderman. Amtrak spent an estimated $6.6 million on measured media in 2017.

Following a review, LinkedIn has appointed EP+Co as the platform’s first social-media agency for B2C.

Levi’s has appointed Heat agency of record for the denim brand’s Denizen line.

Agency Creative/ Producers

Jordan Chouteau and Cerra Buckholzto have joined Forsman & Bodenfors New York as group creative directors.

Rob Perillo has joined Philadelphia-based Klunk & Millan as executive creative director.

Wolff Olins has hired Chris Maclean as creative director in its New York office.

Directors/Production

Superprime has added filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos to its roster.

Shelley Lewis has joined the roster at Bullitt for representation in the U.S.

Director/photographer Jason van Bruggen has joined the roster at Community Films.

Wondros has signed director/DP Sean Thonson.

Directing team Nick & Charles have joined the roster at m ss ng p eces.

Serial Pictures has signed directing duo BRTHR (Alex Lee and Kyle Wightman) for representation in the U.S.

Durable Goods has signed director David Falossi.

Tobin Sanson has joined the roster at kaboom productions.

Hound has signed director Ken Karpel.

John Duffin has resigned as MD of Recess Films.

Dom Thomas, Morgan Clement, James Cunningham and Justin Benoliel have partnered to launch production company Object & Animal with offices in London and Los Angeles.

Tabletop director Brett Froomer and former agency EP Ivo Knezevic have launched French Butter Films in L.A. and Chicago.

Design/Editorial/VFX

MPC N.Y. has appointed Camila De Biaggi to the role of senior executive producer and hired Angela Lupo as managing director. Lupo joins MPC N.Y. from Method Studios where she was VP, executive producer.

Editor Antonio Gómez-Pan has joined the roster at Therapy.

Framestore has promoted Anthony Gibbs to creative director.

Misc.

Free The Bid has published its database of women composers for visual media.

MDC Partners’ Crispin Porter & Bogusky is closing its Los Angeles office, consolidating its North America operations in Boulder.

WPP is merging Y&R with VML. VML global chief executive officer Jon Cook will lead the new agency, which will be called VMLY&R. VML’s global chief creative, Debbi Vandeven, will take on the role of global chief creative at the combined agency.

Ongoing/Upcoming Events

Sept 28 – Oct 15 | New York Film Festival (NYC, New York)
October 18 | Shots Awards (London, UK)
October 25 | UKMVA (London, UK)
November 8 – 9 | Ciclope Festival (Berlin, DE)