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SHIPPING + HANDLING Adds Jerry Spivack, Michael Pethel and Matthew Schwab

Three veteran creatives join West Coast office of post-production company specializing in VFX, animation and coloring. 

(From L to R) Matthew Schwab, Michael Pethel and Jerry Spivack.

LOS ANGELES – SHIPPING + HANDLING, a post-production company specializing in VFX, animation and coloring, has announced the addition of three new creatives to their team: VFX creative director, Jerry Spivack, and colorists, Michael Pethel and Matthew Schwab.

Spivak will join executive producer, Scott Friske, and creative director, Casey Price, in expanding their creative bandwidth. As the creative director/co-founder at Ring of Fire, Spivak was responsible for crafting and spearheading VFX on commercials for brands including FedEx, Nike, Jaguar; episodic work for television including Netflix's Wormwood and 12 seasons of FX's Always Sunny in Philadelphia; promos for NBC's The Voice, Titan Games; and feature films such as Sony Pictures' Spider-Man 2, Bold Films' Drive, and Warner Bros.' The Bucket List.

“We couldn’t be more excited to welcome Jerry’s talent and experience to our team,” Friske remarked. “His leadership and relationships immediately take our game to another level.”

“Throughout my career I have surrounded myself with amazing, talented people,” Spivack noted. “This new chapter with SHIPPING + HANDLING and Spot Welders is all that and more. With our ever-changing industry landscape, this new opportunity provides the ability to merge our clients together to offer them a wider spectrum of services. I have always been a huge fan of the work that has come out of the Spot Welders/SHIPPING + HANDLING compound and now I am super excited to be a part of it.”

A founding partner of Company 3, Pethel has been delivering content to screens for over 20 years. For the last five years, he has serviced client and director relationships under his BeachHouse Color brand, which he will continue to maintain. Pethel’s work includes campaigns for Carl’s Jr., Chase, Coke, Comcast/Xfinity, Hyundai, Jeep, Netflix, and Southwest Airlines.

“I’m thrilled to be joining such a fantastic group of highly regarded and skilled professionals at SHIPPING + HANDLING,” Pethel shared. “There is so much creativity here; the people are awesome to work with and the technology they are able to offer clientele at the facility is top notch.”

Over the last 2 years, while at Roving Picture Company, Schwab has worked with SHIPPING + HANDLING on multiple campaigns, including Apple, Acura, and QuickBooks. Now part of the company’s official roster, Schwab will continue to be available through Roving Picture Company. Schwab has collaborated on projects for Amazon, Honda, Mercedes-Benz, NatGeo, Netflix, Nike, Sony PlayStation, and Smirnoff.

“It's exciting to be part of a team that approaches every project with such energy,” Schwab stated. “This partnership represents a shared commitment to always deliver outstanding color and technical results for our clients.”

“Pethel is easily amongst the best colorists in our industry,” Friske added. “As a longtime client of his I have a real understanding of the professionalism he brings to every session. He is a delight in the room and wickedly talented. Schwab’s talent has just been realized in the last few years and we are pleased to offer his skill to our clients. If our experience working with him over the last couple of years is any indication, we’re going to make a lot of clients happy he’s on our roster.”

Spivaka, Pethel and Schwab will be operating out of SHIPPING + HANDLING’s West Coast office with sister company, editorial post house Spot Welders.