Pulse Films has added Brooklyn-based Ben & Katja to its stable of commercial directors.

Content creators Ben Sinclair and Katja Blichfeld produced the web-series High Maintenance and recently closed a deal for the show to become Vimeo On Demand’s first directly funded original series.

Sinclair appeared in 30 Rock while Emmy-winning casting director Blichfeld cast that show and The Carrie Diaries.

“We are so excited to be working with Ben & Katja, it’s rare to find such fresh and original voices able to produce such a refined type of comedy,” said Pulse Films CEO Thomas Benksi (pictured).

“When we came across High Maintenance we were all blown away – it’s modern, playful yet so poignant. They are able to tap into themes and characters that are so relevant in today’s landscape yet do it without a heavy hand or pushing through overtly simplified stereotypes.

“Ben & Katja’s natural ability to reflect society through a simple premise, attentive casting and superb comedic writing leaves me with no doubt that the future for them is extremely bright.”

“Thomas’ passion for forward-thinking media was definitely very attractive to us,” said Sinclair and Blichfeld. “Pulse is known for fostering emerging talent and finding ways to maintain the artist’s voice, even whilst participating in commerce.

“We plan to bring sophisticated, subtlety humorous, and character-driven content that subverts expectations to our commercial and branded content work. Something we recognised early on while working in the overcrowded internet space is that it’s necessary to lower the viewer’s barrier to entry.

“Our hope is to keep making short ‘snackable’ stories with satisfying conclusions that leave the viewer wanting more.”