Tool of North America Signs Leigh Marling


Last Updated: December 8, 2015 5:55 pm GMT
(New York, New York--December 8, 2015) Tool of North America today announced that it has signed live action director Leigh Marling to its roster.

Marling is the latest artist to join the integrated production company’s diversified, visionary roster of live action and integrated directors. Curated by Oliver Fuselier, Managing Partner, Live Action, the directors on Tool’s roster consistently deliver brilliant and cutting edge work that continues to fuel Tool’s 21-year legacy of creating groundbreaking and award-winning entertainment for clients.

A prolific storyteller, Marling’s television work for brands including Pizza Hut, Smirnoff, Snickers, T-Mobile and Wrigley’s built his reputation for smart humor and inventive storytelling and design, winning him various awards including Cannes Lions, The One Show Silver and Bronze Pencils, ADDYs and Clios. His recent directorial credits include: Nissan: “Conquer” (2014), Crea: “Look it Up” (2013), Bacardi: “Our History is Unbelievable” (2013), Nescafe: “Reminders” (2013), Comcast: “Clown” (2012), Target: “Workout” (2012), Lego: “Brick Thief” (2011), Living Social: “Changed My Life” (2011), Verizon: “Test Flight” (2011), and Hyundai: “Hybrid: Live Smart” (2010). Marling has also co-directed music videos for Fatboy Slim, New Order and Dirty Vegas, and accolades for his work include a MTV Europe Best Music Video Award for co-directing The Avalanches’ single “Since I Left You” and a Grammy nomination for Best Music Video for Days Go By b y Dirty Vegas.

"From our very first meeting, I was bowled over by Tool,” Marling said. “Not only are they an elite production company and leaders in their field, but I loved their drive and energy, as well as their evident commitment to embrace the future of creative communication in a fast changing media environment. As a committed artist and storyteller I couldn’t ask for a better partnership and I’m looking forward to a long and prosperous relationship."

“We’re thrilled to welcome Leigh into Tool’s growing family of elite artists and storytellers,” said Fuselier. “At Tool, we want to work with the best people to produce the best work and Leigh’s track record of creating informative, entertaining work that’s beautifully executed speaks for itself. We look forward to working with him to creatively expand his visions and collaborate with clients to push beyond comfort zones and connect with consumers in exciting new ways.”

Previously, Marling founded London-based design agency Blue Source, where he served as creative director and created acclaimed artwork for artists and brands before moving to Los Angeles and establishing himself as a solo director.

About Tool of North America

Tool of North America is a best-in-class multiplatform integrated production company. In addition to producing hundreds of television commercials annually, Tool boasts a growing in-house digital team, which collaborates directly with top brands like Airbnb, Netflix, and Facebook. Tool was recently inducted into the FWA Hall of Fame, joining the ranks of the best digital production shops worldwide. Since its launch, Tool has created work that has been honored by the Emmys, Cannes Lions, The One Show, SXSW, AICP and many more. Its roster stands at the forefront of innovation for integrated productions and includes Golden Globe-nominee Marc Forster (Quantum of Solace, Finding Neverland), Academy Award-winner Scott Hicks (Shine, The Boys Are Back) and legendary motion artist GMUNK (Tron) along with a series of elite interactive directors. @toolofna /


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