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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT.
21 June 2018

Whether you're enjoying Cannes or cursing your luck for not being at Cannes (don't worry - there's rain forecast), DAVID thought this would be the ideal opportunity to catch up on some of the news floating around the industry.

From BBC Three commissions to fast food controversy via colourful developments down Fitzrovia way, there's plenty for curious types to mull over below...


1. PrettyBird's Sindha Agha directs 'Body Language' for BBC Three



BBC Three have enlisted filmmaker Sindha Agha for their online series ‘Body Language' - a quartet of five-minute films which explore women's health issues (such as the menopause and sexual discomfort) in eye-catching fashion.

Blending stop-motion animation, irreverent prop work and candid monologues, Agha hopes her films "compel those who typically wouldn't to stop and listen… building empathy for the way in which women still suffer on a massive scale from systemic injustices in healthcare".



2. Cherry Cherry launch POP.



Polka Post are currently settling into their new digs at Cherry Cherry VFX as the two studios launch their new ‘POP' service. The move will see POP offer everything from editing to grading… aided by a new Baselight studio.

Cherry Cherry MD Ian Harland and Polka's Kenny Gibb look forward to what they can achieve under the same roof, with Harland noting: "I've known Kenny for over twenty years so this collaboration is as natural a fit as they come."

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3. A Burger King-sized blunder.



Hard to swallow.  

Vuvuzelas and rampant mosquitoes aside, Russia 2018 has largely gone off without a hitch… unless you're a member of Burger King's Russian marketing team. The fast food chain have apologised for offering cash and a lifetime supply of Whoppers to any woman impregnated by a World Cup player.

The online ad was pulled followed by a brief statement admitting the campaign was "too insulting" - no VAR required for that decision. This - and Mastercard's dubious efforts to fight world hunger through goals - proves ludicrous displays needn't be confined to the field of play this summer.

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THREE NEW SIGNINGS AT HUNKYDORY.

HunkyDory have bolstered their commercial offering by signing directors Victoria Pile, J J Adler, and Sune Sørensen.


THE UNTOLD STORY.

After plying their trade at The Mill for a number of years, Neil Davies and Darren O'Kelly are heading an ambitious new post-production enterprise called Untold Studios.


SPINDLE ARE LOOKING SHARP.

London's newest production company has arrived in the form of Spindle.


MISCHA ROZEMA JOINS NEXUS STUDIOS

Dutch filmmaker and motion graphics guru Mischa Rozema has joined the team at Nexus Studios for global representation.


ODDS ON SUCCESS.

ODD is one of the interesting new companies taking advantage of the ad industry's shifting landscape by providing a new offer to brands.


RATTLING STICK WELCOME JAMIE JAY JOHNSON.

Rattling Stick have signed television comedy director and documentarian Jamie Jay Johnson.


MUSTAFA MAZOUZI LEGS IT TO OUTSIDER.

DAVID chats with Mustafa Mazouzi as the French director joins Outsider.


JESS COULTER HEADS TO O POSITIVE

O Positive have signed comedy director Jess Coulter to their roster for commercial representation.


EMILIO GAMAL BOUTROS FITS IN AT NICE SHIRT.

ADCAN award-winner Emilio Gamal Boutros has been promoted to Nice Shirt's New Talent roster.


UNIT9 SIGN CLEO SAMOLES-LITTLE.

UNIT9 are pleased to welcome an "exciting new talent" in the form of London-based filmmaker Cleo Samoles-Little.


TWO THROUGH THE DOOR AT MY ACCOMPLICE.

My Accomplice have bolstered their commercial division with the additions of director-slash-photographer Harvey Pearson and filmmaker Michael Yanny.


ICELAND'S CHRISTMAS PUBLICITY COUP

Iceland are garnering a lot of publicity on the back of the decision to 'ban' a Christmas ad originally made for Greenpeace.


IT'S DAVID BETTERIDGE FOR DARK ENERGY.

David Betteridge claims he owns "more cameras than pairs of shoes" as the director brings his 360-degree video savvy to Dark Energy.


GUY PATERSON LAUGHS HIS WAY TO DARLING FILMS.

Christmas has come early for Darling Films as the company announce director Guy Paterson as their latest signing.


MEGAN MACZKO HEADS TO MISSING LINK

Missing Link have signed actress-turned-director Megan Maczko for representation.


DEEPA KESHVALA JOINS VISION.

London-based director of photography Deepa Keshvala is the latest to join Vision's DP roster for representation.


OB MANAGEMENT WELCOME JACK RETALLACK.

OB Management are pleased to announce the signing of director Jack Retallack to their Individuals line-up.


TIME TO DRAW A LINE UNDER HARASSMENT.

The ad industry is trying to put its own house in order with a campaign designed to end sexual harassment.


KELLY ANNA HAS A TASTE FOR JELLY.

Jelly have bolstered their illustration roster with the signing of London-based artist and designer Kelly Anna.


GABRIEL BISSET-SMITH JOINS DIRTYWORK.

Director Gabriel Bisset-Smith has joined Rattling Stick's up-and-coming talent roster, DirtyWork.


OMRI COHEN ARRIVES AT PULSE FILMS.

Intrepid filmmaker Omri Cohen is pleased to call Pulse Films home as the Israeli joins for global representation.


PODCAST - MATT DOMAN

In our latest podcast, Matt Doman describes a truly remarkable career.


NOW AND FOREVER FOR CHLOE SHEPPARD.

Director-stroke-photographer Chloe Sheppard has joined Forever for representation.


KODE WELCOME KONRAD BEGG.

Director and noted petrolhead Konrad Begg is the latest to join Kode's growing roster for immediate representation.


TWO ARRIVALS AT BLINKINK

Blinkink have signed a pair of talented new directors - Sophie Koko Gate and James Papper.


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