RSA Films Signs Award-Winning Filmmakers Zach Merck and Michael Mann


By thelaegotist / / Globally acclaimed production company RSA Films has signed two award-winning filmmakers. Zach Merck signed for commercial representation in the U.S. Merck is often sought for his expertise working with real people and hidden camera, as seen in his incredibly successful campaign for Chevrolet. A versatile filmmaker, Merck also directed Volkswagen’s “Racing Under Green” doc-style TV series about the VW SCAA Racing Team via Crispin Porter & Bogusky, The Art of Walking, a branded documentary for Nat Geo created in partnership with the Tourism Board in Victoria, Australia, and ads for Cadillac, GMC, Travelocity, Dodge, Jack Daniels and many others. The news was announced today by Jules Daly, President, RSA Films. Joining RSA marks a return of sorts for Merck, who began his career in Hollywood with RSA co-founder Tony Scott. Merck went on to work as a producer at Propaganda Films and Hypnotic before segueing to directing full-time, first music videos, then commercials. His reel quickly grew strong, something he credits in part to taking Scott’s advice and knowing how to produce and direct in order to put every cent on the screen. Prior to joining RSA, Merck was represented for over a decade by Award-winning filmmaker Michael Mann, a four-time Academy Award nominee whose long list of accolades includes multiple EMMYs, a BAFTA and DGA honor, has joined RSA Films for commercial representation worldwide. Mann’s most recent project with the company is Nike’s “You Can’t Guarantee a Win, but You Can Guarantee a Fight,” featuring unbeaten Hong Kong boxer Rex Tso in a gripping ad that exalts resilience and will. It’s a reunion for the director and RSA, who first collaborated on a sultry thriller for Rolex called “Water,” via JWT Paris. Mann’s other short-form highlights include Mercedes-Benz’ “Lucky Star,” a branded film starring Benicio del Toro, additional spots for Nike (“Leave Nothing” and “The Plan”), and ads for Sprint, Ferrari and AT&T. The news was announced today by Jules Daly, President, RSA Films. A masterful director, writer and producer (with multiple WGA and PGA honors, as well), Mann helped define the modern-day thriller with his trademark atmospheric visuals, hand-held camera and intense dramatic performances in movies such as Heat, Ali, Public Enemies, Collateral, The Insider, Miami Vice, The Last of the Mohicans, Manhunter and Thief, and an epic list of TV credits including “Blackhat,” “Luck,” “Crime Story” and the iconic ‘80s series “Miami Vice.” Mann is currently in preproduction on “Hue 1968,” a mini-series about the Tet offensive, and is in development on a film about the complex relationship between two organized crime giants, the Untitled Tony Accardo/Sam Giancana biopic.