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Beast Editors Tim Fender and Rich Smith Win Big at Ninth Annual AICE Awards

–Igor Kovalik, Doug Walker and Lucas Eskin named AICE finalists–


, one of the country’s top editorial facilities, announced today that two of its editors, Tim Fender and Rich Smith, were recognized at last week’s ninth annual Association of Independent Creative Editors (AICE) competition honoring creative excellence in editorial, design and visual effects. Beast San Francisco editor Tim Fender was awarded Best of San Francisco for his work on the U.S. Cellular spot “Calling all Communities,� and Beast Detroit editor Rich Smith named Best of Detroit for his work on “Can Confessions� for Bud Light Lime.

Beast editors Igor Kovalik, Doug Walker and Lucas Eskin were also finalists in the AICE competition. Kovalik was nominated in the Music Video category for Linkin Park’s “New Divide�; Walker had three spots nominated in the National Campaign category for his work on the Electronic Arts-E Sports Brand campaign; and Eskin was nominated in the Montage category for Discovery Channel’s “I Love the World Reprise.�

“Winning an AICE award is flattering because it comes from the editing community, people who know and respect the craft,� said Beast San Francisco editor Tim Fender. “Delivering a spot that is effective for the client—and wins an award—is as good as it gets.�

“It was a thrill to be recognized this way by my peers,� added Beast Detroit editor Rich Smith. “The AICE awards show is so important to us as editors—it gives us a place to shine.�

Rich Smith, Beast Detroit
Bud Light Lime: “Can Confessions”
Executive Producer: Marie Schroeder
Agency: DDB
Creative Director: Mark Gross
Agency producer: Scott Kemper
Production Company: Supply & Demand
Director: Greg Popp
DP: Byron Shah

Tim Fender, Beast San Francisco
U.S. Cellular: “Calling All Communities”
Agency: Publicis and Hal Riney
Creative Director: Roger Camp
Producer: D.P. Odishoo
Art Director: Joe Bultman
Copywriter: Michael Whelan
Production Company: Ruby Pictures. Doug Walker, director/DP
Colorist/Online: Dave Burghardt, Beast

Igor Kovalik, Beast Los Angeles
Linkin Park “New Divide” (Warner Bros)

Doug Walker, Beast San Francisco
Electronic Arts-E Sports Brand Campaign “Joy” “Push” “Training Camp”
Agency: Heat

Lucas Eskin, Beast Los Angeles
Discovery Channel “I Love the World Reprise”
Agency: 72andSunny

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.