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Beast Austin Hires Senior Editor Ariel Quintans and Smoke Artist Jim Reed

— Full-service editorial facility adds finishing room; partners with Company 3 to provide Virtual Telecine services —


, one of the country’s top editorial facilities, announced the expansion of its Austin location with the addition of a Smoke room for finishing projects and the hire of two major talents: senior editor Ariel Quintans and Smoke artist Jim Reed. In addition, Beast Austin has partnered with sister company

Company 3

to provide virtual telecine services.

“We’re thrilled to have added online finishing and virtual telecine capabilities to our existing infrastructure,� said Beast Austin executive producer Brent Holt. “Jim Reed has a wealth of experience as a finishing artist, and Ariel is a very talented editor with a devoted following. Coupled with the remote technology employed by Company 3 for virtual collaboration, we are now well-positioned to tackle a whole range of new projects.�

Ariel Quintans, Senior Editor, Beast

Ariel Quintans has been an editor in Austin, Texas for over 12 years and has developed a reputation for impeccable taste and a passion for storytelling. Combining a unique understanding of music and rhythm with a keen ability for graphic and motion design, Quintans has stretched his story-telling abilities to cover as many formats as possible. In addition to his body of spot and music video work, Quintans served as lead editor on “Rollergirls,� a 13-episode reality series for A&E, was the supervising editor for four seasons of the Emmy Award-winning documentary series “Downtown,� and has been a contributing editor and motion designer on feature length features and documentaries. His recent work on the Basic Military Training microsite for has been featured in the 2010 Communication Arts Interactive Annual.

“I’ve been friends with Beast Austin co-founder Sam Selis for several years and always thought we would work really great together as a team,� Quintans commented. “The timing was perfect for me to make the switch to Beast and join their extremely talented roster.�

Jim Reed, Smoke Artist, Beast

An industry veteran with over 30 years of experience, Reed joins Beast from 501 Post, where as senior editor and post production supervisor he worked on feature film projects such as “Sin City� and “Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2.� Reed also has a long list of commercial credits for dozens of brands, including AT&T, BMW, Burger King, Kohler, Land Rover, Snickers and Wal-Mart, among others.

“I’m excited to be joining Beast and starting up their in-house finishing,� Reed said. “The variety of projects and clients Beast brings to the table was very attractive in my decision to join the team. Plus my new room here is top-of-the-line, offers the greatest amount of creative input, and delivers a terrific end product.�

Company 3 will employ its remote technology for post production services on commercials and features, enabling clients at Beast Austin to collaborate in real time with Company 3 artists on color grading projects. A high-resolution monitor calibrated by a certified Company 3 engineer coupled with a video conferencing system ensures that client feedback reaches their Company 3 colorist in Los Angeles or New York without delays or color discrepancies.

About Beast

Beast is one of the country’s top editorial facilities for commercials, music videos and web virals. With offices in Santa Monica, New York, Austin, Detroit, Chicago and San Francisco, Beast serves a global clientele with an unparalleled roster of established, award-winning editors as well as up-and-coming talent. Since opening its doors in 2006, Beast has built an impressive and varied body of work for such clients as Harpo Films, Nike, AT&T, Reebok, Southwest Airlines, GM, Toyota, BMW, Mercedes, USAF, Linkin Park and Black Eyed Peas.