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Final Cut, Backyard Sign New Directors

C StruthersCreative editorial company Final Cut added Oscar-nominated editor Crispin Struthers, best known for his work with director David O. Russell, to its roster.

Struthers–who received Academy Award nominations for his editing work on Russell’s last two films “The Silver Linings Playbook” and “American Hustle”–will join the facility in its Los Angeles office to do creative work for clients.

Beyond his film pedigree, Struthers has a history in advertising: he began his career in the TBWA\Chiat\Day editorial department.

Greg_Bell_photoVenice-based production company Backyard has signed comedy director and agency veteran Greg Bell.

Bell–who previously directed campaigns for Epoch Films and added his comedic touch to work for clients including Google, Toyota, Kraft, Firstbank, Carl’s Jr./Hardee’s and Old Navy–began his ad career at Cliff Freeman & Partners before working with Goodby Silverstein & Partners and co-founding San Francisco’s Venables Bell & Partners in 2001.

Backyard partner Chris Zander explains the hire, writing:

“It’s a ridiculously crowded marketplace for comedy directors right now, but Greg’s reel cuts through the clutter like a Hanzo Sword.  You can feel smart ad-thinking in all of his work, and his reel is laugh-out-loud funny after hundreds of viewings.”

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