Wildchild Signs leature Editor David Moritz For Spots, Clips – Brief Article
Company Expansion Includes New Facility Set To Open Next Month.
NEW YORK– Feature editor David Moritz–whose credits include Rushmore and Bottle Rocket, both helmed by Wes Anderson (who directs spots via bicoastal The Industry)–has signed with Wildchild Editorial. New York, for exclusive representation in commercials and music videos, effective next month. Moritz will come aboard just as Wildchild is slated to move into a 10,000-square-foot facility in New York. The inking of Moritz and the new digs–which will house four or five Avid suites as well as an online room–constitute part of an overall expansion for the company.
“We are going after those editors at the top of their craft in various arenas to round out a boutique image,” said Wildchild’s head of sales and development Leslie Lyons, “and we are very excited about David.” Lyons, who recruited Moritz, said she was attracted to the editor mainly through his work with Anderson. “David’s ability to blend irony and comedy in the context of storytelling came through in his projects with Wes–and this sensibility lends itself perfectly to spotwork.”
At press time, Moritz was cutting Knockaround Guys, starring John Malkovich and Dennis Hopper, for New Line Cinema. The film’s directors are Brian Koppelman and David Levien.
Meanwhile, Wildchild has also promoted Brendan Sherman to full-fledged editor, and has added executive producer Maria Fugere, formerly of New Yorkbased Consulate. Sherman had been working in tandem with Wildchild editor/president Yvette Pineyro. He recently wrapped an adidas spec spot directed by Mark Celentano of WildLife Management, New York, and is currently in the midst of a Pseudo.com project, in which actor Willem Dafoe performs a T.S. Eliot spoken-word piece.
Once Wildchild’s facility is up and running in January, Pineyro said the goal will be “to offer an eclectic roster of editors that directors and producers can come to for creative collaboration and expertise.” Additionally, the company will have access to a design/graphics company, Voodoo, that operates independently but will be on the same premises as Wildchild. Voodoo is being launched by director of design/graphics Steve Marino and designer/artist Jim Forster. The new venture will officially open next month when Wildchild’s facility debuts.
“The advantage to having Wildchild and Voodoo together in the same space is to be able to package projects for clients with high-end work coming from both sides,” related Lyons, who will represent Voodoo as a separate company from Wildchild for spots, music videos, and feature film main titles.
Marino and Forster are moving over from 89 Design, New York, where the former had been since ’96 and the latter since ’97. The two artists have worked together since their days at R/Greenberg Associates, New York, in ’89. They will continue to be involved in design and graphics, effects, CG and compositing, with Marino serving as visual effects supervisor. Marino and Forster recently wrapped a music clip for the Beastie Boys’ just-released Beastie Boys Anthology: The Sounds of Science album. Additionally, Marino and Forster have assorted commercials to their credit for such clients as Panasonic, Bell Atlantic and Fmit of the Loom.
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