Former Th1ng managing director brings an impressive roster of global animation talent, including London-based Hush, directorial duo David & Boris, animation and mixed media director Alon Ziv, and stop-motion director Anthony Farquhar Smith.
NEW YORK -- Click 3X has appointed Bill Hewes as Executive Producer of X3 Films. Bringing an impressive array of global animation talent to lead as part of X3 Films, Hewes will be responsible for overseeing all projects, identifying new business opportunities, maintaining client relationships and bringing in new mixed-media and live-action talent.
Hewes is well versed in all forms of content creation, spanning motion design, animation, VFX, live action and post-production. Previously, Hewes was Executive Producer & Managing Director of Th1ng, where he opened and managed all aspects of the US office for the London-based production shop. During his tenure there, he also oversaw creative management of all North American work, oversaw the company’s growth and was a major catalyst in the merger of Th1ng and the US based office of Filmtecknarna. Hewes has served as an Executive Producer at several production companies and studios including Filmtecknarna and Digital Kitchen in both Los Angeles and New York.
“At Click 3X, we have always been creatively strong in animation and motion design but the addition of these new amazing talents from around the globe takes this to a whole new level. Their work has to be seen to be believed,” said Corbett. “By adding this talent to our existing team, we really elevate our work to a different plain. Bill represents the next iteration of where the industry is going.”
Hewes brings with him:
- London-based Hush, led by Executive Producers, Lydia Russell and Ru Warner. Hush specializes in 2-D, 3-D and mixed media. Hush boasts an award winning international roster including Will Barras, Nerdo, Kirk Hendry, Woodwork, Chris Wiegrandt and David Anderson among others. Hendry's recent US work includes a campaign for the Tombras group and humorous spots for NHTSA's ‘Click It or Ticket’ campaign. Barras has recently completed two American Express spots.
- Director-duo David & Boris, known for blending live action and animation, who’ve created campaigns for Kyocera, Chevrolet and Hugo Boss. The duo also worked on background projections for musicians including Madonna, international fashions shows and recently collaborated with Terry Gilliam, creating graphics for hundreds of large environmental screens in Zero Theorem.
- Alon Ziv, an animation and mixed media director, most noted for his work on commercials, branding films, broadcast and main titles including high profile campaigns for Chivas, Sony, Schweppes, TCM, Absolut, Oxfam and MTV.
- Stop motion director, Anthony Farquhar Smith, who’s created commercials for Tazo Tea, HSBC and Samsung and has numerous honors for his short films. Whether working in advertising or for feature film directors like Wes Anderson and Tim Burton, Farquhar Smith is known for his ability to bring inanimate objects to life imbuing them with personality and feeling.
This new group of directors joins an already skilled and awarded animation roster at Click 3X that includes Aron Baxter, Hayley Morris, Noella Borie.
“I love animation and joining X3 has allowed me to leverage my talent and animation studio relationships to provide opportunities in the changing adverting landscape. Click 3X is a remarkable company with a scope that includes broadcast commercial, content, social media and digital as well as impressive initiatives in VR. Through its digital and fully integrated production, animation and post facilities, along with our new talent and partnerships, X3 is well on its way to being able to deliver ground-breaking work,” said Hewes. "In a couple of weeks we’ll be announcing new live action directors to add to our already impressive roster."
Source: Click 3X