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The-Artery Adds 8 New Tech and Production Staff

Studio bolster its VFX capabilities with new Unreal, Animation and CG team hires.

The-Artery continues to expand its VFX capabilities with the addition of artists and production staff for its Unreal, Animation and CG teams. New hires includes Michael McCarthy; Danielle Shimshoni; Jared Biunno; Abbey Kurtz; Madeline Mack; Samantha Diaz; Leanne Maurer; and Maia Rosenbaum.

McCarthy joins the team as Senior VFX Producer, bringing experience from various media formats, including commercial broadcast production, interactive long format, short format, motion graphics, VR video content, and social media. In addition, he has expertise in managing a wide range of budgets, teams, and pipeline development and execution.

An award-winning TD and film director, Mack originally joined The-Artery as an Executive Assistant before becoming Resource Manager. She has subsequently directed a TV series pilot for The-Artery, drawing on her experience working on several projects with Director Dan Minahan.

Shimshoni worked in the entertainment industry as a Production Coordinator at Impartial Partners and as a former member of The Lincoln Project. In her new role as Production Manager, the Israeli creative will support all VFX and live-action production initiatives inside the studio.

Biunno recently joined the company as a VFX coordinator. Although the team's newest member, he previously collaborated with The-Artery during his tenure at PepsiCo and Anheuser-Busch, where he managed large workflows while producing quality content, leading PepsiCo and Anheuser-Busch’s content studio and in-house creative agency, respectively.

Kurtz, a Pratt graduate, has joined the company as a Junior Nuke/CG artist. Diaz, also a Pratt graduate, is joining as a Junior Compositor, where she will QC all film assets. In addition, Diaz is continuing her professional development and training as a Flame Artist.

Boston College Intern Rosenbaum joins as a VFX Assistant, while Leanne Maurer, from SVA, has joined as the Community Manager. She attends to the daily office needs and lends her talents as a storyboard artist from SVA. Both are also involved in managing The-Artery’s text-to-speech generated, animated virtual talent, SYNTHia.

Commenting on the new staffing additions, The-Artery MD/Executive Producer Deborah Sullivan said, “They’re a young group of hardworking, exceptional people, and we’re very glad to be the ones to help them continue to learn and grow in the industry. We simply have an amazing group of talented artists and producers who are doing a phenomenal job.”

Source: The-Artery

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