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Known for his expert cinematic storytelling, Sean Durkin has signed with Moxie Pictures for global representation.

His directorial debut, Martha Marcy May Marlene, which he wrote and directed, made a significant impression at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, earning him the prestigious Best Director Award. The film’s success continued as it was showcased at the Cannes Film Festival and secured distribution by Fox Searchlight. From there, he saw ongoing success with projects including Southcliffe, The Nest, and Dead Ringers.

Most recently, Sean wrote, produced, and directed feature film The Iron Claw for House Productions and A24 Films, which received rave reviews.

On joining the Moxie roster, Sean shares, “I am thrilled to be joining such a prestigious company with exceptional directors. I can’t wait to dive into the world of commercials and take on some exciting projects.”

Robert Fernandez, CEO and co-owner of Moxie Pictures, says, “Anytime you can work with a director of Sean’s ability, you jump at it. He is a tremendous addition to our roster, and I look forward to what he can bring to the commercial genre.”

Moxie Pictures is happy to congratulate UK director and comedy expert Simon Bird on a well-deserved BAFTA win. Hosted by Rob Beckett and Romesh Ranganathan, the BAFTA Television Awards took place on Sunday, May 12. Such Brave Girls, a Hulu comedy series from the UK exploring life and love, won the Scripted Comedy title for 2024.

Congratulations to all the nominees and winners at this year’s BAFTA TV Awards!

Moxie Pictures is thrilled to announce the arrival of director Florence Noble to our team. Known for her sharp wit and visual flair, Florence’s path into advertising traces back to her childhood, stealing pens from Saatchi & Saatchi Design London, where her mother served as Creative Director.

After attending school in Paris, and Art School in Brighton, Florence entered the agency world working as a copywriter at TBWA London, TBWA Hunt Lascaris, Johannesburg, and Whybin TBWA, Auckland.

Florence’s lifelong love for British comedy inspired her to enroll in a film course and embark on a career in directing. Her reel includes successful short films and commercial campaigns for brands such as Pizza Hut, eBay, and Tower Insurance.

Welcome to the family, Florence!

Moxie Pictures-produced Progressive spots have received significant recognition across multiple prestigious award ceremonies. The 2024 AICP show shortlisted the popular Dr. Rick ads, directed by Martin Granger, and the ANDYs recognized the campaign with two gold awards. Adding to the already impressive list, the commercials earned three wins at the Clios, highlighting a remarkable consistency in delivering outstanding content.

Congratulations to everyone involved!

Moxie Pictures director Rory Kennedy’s latest documentary offers a deep dive into the 30-plus years of Synanon’s rise and fall. Now on HBO, the film begins in 1958, when a landmark breakthrough in the treatment of heroin addicts became a source of controversial therapy called ‘The Synanon Game.’

Soon enough, its founder, Charles Dederich, evolved into a cult leader and eventually faced allegations of child abuse and attempted murder in the 1970s. Rory, joined by her husband and producing partner Mark Bailey, gained access to extensive archival material for this four-part documentary, featuring reflections and insights from past members.

The Synanon Fix is now available to stream on Max, with new episodes debuting on subsequent Mondays.

Moxie Directors Henry & Rel crafted a 20-minute short film, Who is Sabato de Sarno? A Gucci Story, released exclusively on Mubi. Shot over five days in September 2023 and narrated by Paul Mescal, the documentary offers an inside look into the making of the Gucci Ancora fashion show, marking the debut of the brand’s new Creative Director, Sabato De Sarno.

“The film was supposed to be five minutes long, but it ended up being 20 minutes because we captured so much great material,” said Henry & Rel. “We are so grateful that Sabato trusted us to tell his story.”

Take a look at the trailer and catch the film on Mubi from March 15 – June 30.

Director Lee Hirsch’s documentary “The First Class” is screening in March at DOC NYC, a festival at the center of celebrating and supporting documentary storytelling.

Produced by Hirsch, Robert Fernandez, and Moxie Pictures, the documentary immerses viewers into the lives of the very first students and teachers at Crosstown High in Memphis, Tennessee, a school that’s attempting to break the mold in a city craving change. This closely observed verité film is full of humor and emotion and shines a light on a national movement aimed at redefining the future of learning in the U.S.

Catch the DOC NYC screening of “The First Class” on March 12th at 7 pm at the IFC Theater. Find tickets here.

Moxie Pictures is excited to announce our new partnership with director Rory Kennedy, who we’ve signed for global representation. Rory’s work spans streamers and broadcast networks including Netflix, HBO, National Geographic, and Hulu.

“Whenever you have the opportunity to work with such a prolific filmmaker, you jump at it,” said Moxie CEO Robert Fernandez, “Rory’s reputation in the documentary space is unparalleled and we look forward to many great collaborations with her.”

With an incredible career highlighted by an Academy Award nomination and a primetime Emmy win, Kennedy’s portfolio of over 30 films, including acclaimed works such as “Last Days in Vietnam” and “Ethel,” cements her as a force in documentary filmmaking. Her recent Netflix hit, “The Volcano: Rescue from Whakaari,” topped charts worldwide, while her HBO series, “The Synanon Fix,” debuted to critical acclaim at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival. Her directorial expertise extends to advertising, evidenced by her captivating commercial projects like “The Evolution of Barbie” for Mattel and Verizon’s campaign addressing the digital divide.

Thrilled about the collaboration, Rory says, “Moxie Pictures has a stellar reputation for making some of the most engrossing commercials in the industry,” said Kennedy, “I’m excited to be partnering with them and look forward to making cutting-edge and dynamic content together.”

Take a look at Rory’s reel.

Moxie Director Martin Granger and Arnold Worldwide continue to impress with another comedic spot for Progressive Insurance. In the last commercial, Dr. Rick has the help of LL Cool J as he attempts to guide another young homeowner away from embarrassing parent-like behavior. This time, young homeowners who are turning into their parents have been hoarding junk without realizing it.​ All signs are pointing to a trip to the dumpster with Dr. Rick.

Watch ‘Letting Go‘ and take a look at Martin’s reel.

In Chris Werner’s latest for Saturday Night Live’s first show of the year, Alaska Airlines employees share the company’s new slogan after a cabin door broke off mid-flight.

The sketch features jokes like a safety card replaced by an oversized manual and a souvenir photo befitting a theme park. Watch the parody featuring Jacob Elordi, Kenan Thompson, and Heidi Gardner.

Following four Golden Globe nominations, Todd Haynes’ May December was nominated for Best Original Screenplay at this year’s Academy Awards. Congratulations to Sammy Burch and Alex Mechanik!

May December is streaming now on Netflix in the US and on Sky TV in the UK.

Directed by Martin Granger, Progressive Insurance recently released its latest commercial in the ongoing series with the Dr. Rick character. “Chance Encounter” highlights Progressive’s long-standing theme of young homeowners inevitably transforming into their parents with a special appearance from LL Cool J.

The campaign that’s become a classic blends humor with common life transitions to resonate with a broad audience. Remi Ken, Progressive CMO, underlined this approach, stating that the company’s “goal is that their creative remains relatable and that people can always see themselves in the work from Progressive. The nostalgia and subtle connection to hip hop adds a new layer to the insight behind the Dr. Rick campaign.”

Watch as Dr. Rick attempts to guide another young homeowner away from embarrassing parent-like behavior.