NYC-based post studio Northern Lights has added veteran editor Ben Whitten to its staff. Whitten has nearly two decades of experience as an editor, with work spanning commercials, broadcast promos, long form and PSAs. He has worked many ad agencies over the years, including Grey, JWT, Y&R, DraftFCB, as well as networks like USA Network, Food Network and WE. Prior to joining Northern Lights, Whitten cut campaigns for the shows White Collar, Burn Notice, Complications and Suits.
Whitten uses Avid Media Composer as his main tool. “About six years ago, the company I was at switched over to Final Cut, so I worked exclusive on Final Cut 7 for two years,” he explains. “But I switched back over to Avid; besides my familiarity with the system, I missed how ‘real’ the realtime editing and effects are in Avid.”
Whitten studied Jazz Performance at Philadelphia’s The University of the Arts before heading to NYC hoping to work in the recording industry. At night he interned at a record label, but during the day he held a job at a boutique ad agency — it was there he got the chance to cut a number of small projects. In addition to editing, he climbed the ranks to director of broadcast production, overseeing both in-house and outside production including editing, sound design, recording, mixing and licensing.
With more editing under his belt, Whitten moved on to Mad House, an edit shop where he spent nearly 15 years working with ad agencies on campaigns including an Addy Award-winning USPS 9/11 spot featuring Carly Simon’s “Let the River Run” and a series of music-driven spots for Burger King. He also used his musical background on a range of projects for Atlantic Records artists for almost a decade.
So why Northern Lights, and why now? Why NL and why now? “I have always been a fan of the creativity and quality of the work that comes from Northern Lights,” says Whitten. ” I am also impressed with how well they’ve done building a truly one-stop creative shop. When the opportunity opened up to talk with [the partners] about joining the team, I was really interested and intrigued. After talking with them I knew this was the right place for me.”
Check out Whitten’s reel.