CO3 and Method Studios Team with Beast Chicago
Chicago, IL – The award-winning post production houses of Company 3, Beast and Method Studios have, for the first time ever, co-located within one facility in Chicago’s historic Tribune Tower.
“I can’t say enough good things about the talent and creativity in this town,” says Stefan Sonnenfeld, President of Deluxe Creative Services Group and founder of Company 3. “Chicago’s creative community rivals those found on both the East and West Coasts and if our businesses should be anywhere its Chicago. I am excited to build our presence and team with the amazing resources this city has to offer.”
While Beast already has a long established presence in Chicago, Company 3 and Method Studios will provide a local offering utilizing the best in regional and national talent thereby unlocking greater accessibility to their combined global talent pool and scalable infrastructure. By co-locating, the businesses will offer more efficient end-to-end project management and a seamless workflow.
Melissa Thornley, Beast’s Executive Producer, has been promoted to the role of Managing Director for the combined Chicago location. Founder of Beast in Chicago, Angelo Valencia remains Senior Creative Director. Method is relocating two of its top West Coast talents: Executive Producer, Krystina Shales Wilson who has been leading some of the largest and most complex commercial projects in Los Angeles; and Gil Baron, Method’s longest serving employee since 2000, joins Method’s Chicago team as Creative Director.
“The ad community in Chicago is tight knit and there is camaraderie within the creative community that’s so rewarding to be part of,” says Melissa Thornley. “The talent is already here, plus we are bringing in amazing artists from other locations to provide a hub for inspiration, creativity and problem solving.”
The brand new state-of-the art facility on the 22nd floor provides the three sister companies with amazing views and a beautiful outdoor terrace space. Method Studios brings a comprehensive visual effects offering for both features and commercials and will house two suites for client attended sessions plus a hub of CG workstations, for compositing, finishing, CG and design. Company 3 has a full-scale color bay and a second, fully calibrated, room with ‘virtual’ capabilities to allow clients the freedom and flexibility to work with any Company 3 colorist in Los Angeles, New York, Atlanta or London. Beast offers six edit/finish rooms and the editorial talent of Beast’s already established Chicago roster.
Source: Deluxe Entertainment Services Group