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Nick Chiou upped to editor at Cutters

Chicago’s Cutters has promoted Nick Chiou to editor. The announcement was made by managing director/partner Craig Duncan and is effective immediately.

A Chicago native and life-long hockey player, Chiou earned his B.A. in digital cinema from DePaul University. After beginning his career as an assistant editor working for several Chicago area post companies, he joined Cutters as an assistant in 2011.

Chiou is an AICE Chicago Camp Kuleshov committee member, and the captain of the Cutters Studios hockey team. His most recent commercial credits include national spots for American Airlines/Citibank, Disney, Nike and Spalding, working alongside top-tier directors and agency executives.

“The recent work Nick has done with Spalding, Nike and Citibank really pushed him over the edge from a creative perspective, making it impossible for us to not give him his own chair,” said Duncan.

On the occasion of his promotion, Chiou addressed the often-expressed sentiment that industry professionals worldwide referring Cutters’ family atmosphere. “In the supportive, collaborative environment that has been established here, everyone is approachable and available for anything, and everyone is treated with equal respect and encouraged to explore their creativity,” Chiou began. “The result is a work environment where we all look forward to doing our jobs to the best of our abilities.”

At Cutters Chicago, Chiou joins staff editors Tom Brassil, Chris Claeys, Christopher Gotschall, Grant Gustafson, Kathryn Hempel, Aaron Kiser, Michael Lippert, Tim LoDolce and Matt Walsh, each of whom is available for projects anywhere.

2015 AICE Awards: Cut + Run’s Sam Ostrove wins Best in Show

At the 2015 AICE Awards, held May 14 at the Skirball Center in Los Angeles, the four-minute Volvo Vintersaga (pictured below) film from the Swedish ad agency Forsman & Bodenfors, edited by Sam Ostrove of Cut + Run, was named Best in Show. The film also won Ostrove the AICE Award in the Automotive category.

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Editors Graham Chisholm of Married to Giants, Chris Franklin of Big Sky Editorial, Joe Guest of Final Cut, Nadav Kurtz of Cutters and Adam Pertofsky of Rock Paper Scissors each won two AICE Awards. Chisholm won in the Public Service category for work for Cundari’s CIBC Run for the Cure and in Best of Toronto for the Toronto Raptors. Franklin won in the Dialogue/Monologue/ Spoken Word category for American Express and in National Campaign for E*Trade. Guest won in the Montage category for Lurpak and in Storytelling for John Lewis. Kurtz won in the Online Campaign category (which he shared with Cutters editor Cameron Yergler) for CVS and in Under 50K for Wingmate. Pertofsky won in the Fashion/Beauty and Best of Los Angeles categories for his work for Levi’s.

Rock Paper Scissors editor Damion Clayton won for a Beats by Dre spot in the Alternative Media – Over :90 category while editor Biff Butler won in the Best of New York category for work for Adidas.

Beast editors took home three AICE Awards: Blake Bogosian won in the Alternative Media Category — :90 and Under category for Johnny Random; Karen Kourtessis won in Comedy for Hayden 5’s Hello Flo; and Jai Shukla won in Spec Spot for New Balance. Cutters editors were recognized with three AICE Awards; in addition to the winners for Kurtz and Yergler, editor Louis Lyne won in the Best of Detroit category for Ford.

The Mill editor Adam Scott won in the Color Grading category for Axe White Label, while the company’s Lisha Tan and Andrew Proctor won in the Design category for work for the Texas Lottery. Winning the Visual Effects award were Phil Crowe, Chris Bayol, Robert Sethi, Becky Porter, and Jacob Bergman for their work for DirecTV.

The full list of winners is available online at http://www.aice.org/?section=events/aice_awards_show/winners/&view_by=year:::2

Quick Chat: Cutters producer Heather Richardson

Cutters in Chicago recently hired producer Heather Richardson, who comes to the editing house after nine years at New York City’s Cosmo Street Editorial. She brings with her a ton of experience working with ad agencies and on commercials. This move allowed Richardson to come back to her home town.

While at Cosmo, she produced commercials for the company’s editors and many leading directors. Some of her most recent projects were for AT&T, DirecTV, ESPN, Geico, GoDaddy, Land Rover, MasterCard, Mercedes, Samsung and Verizon.

Richardson began with Cosmo Street in Los Angeles before moving to New York in 2008, and prior to that, she was a producer at LA-based visual effects studio A52.

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Cutters adds former agency producer Julia Pepe

New York — Cutters has added Julia Pepe to its New York staff as a producer.  This editing and post house also has offices in LA, Chicago, Detroit and Tokyo.

Boston native Pepe joins Cutters from McGarrybowen’s Chicago office, where she was an associate broadcast producer. During her nearly three years with the agency, she produced high-profile, cross-media commercial and branded content projects for Cars.com, Disney, Kraft and Sears.

Pepe is also a filmmaker, having written, produced and directed independent films focused on a wounded Marine and other soldiers returning home from Afghanistan. Her background also includes stints working for various PBS productions, and serving as a reporter in the local NPR newsroom in Washington, DC.

“Coming from the agency side of the business, Julia is very much aware of the entire creative process, from start to finish,” said Elizabeth Krajewski, executive producer for Cutters.  “She is from the East Coast, but having lived and worked in Chicago, she brings a little Midwest to her style of producing. We consider ourselves very fortunate to have her onboard as we grow our New York team.”