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Alaina Zanotti rejoins Cartel as executive producer

Santa Monica-based editorial and post studio Cartel has named Alaina Zanotti as executive producer to help with business development and to oversee creative operations along with partner and executive producer Lauren Bleiweiss. Additionally, Cartel has bolstered its roster with the signing of comedic editor Kevin Zimmerman.

Kevin Zimmerman

With more than 15 years of experience, Zanotti joins Cartel after working for clients that include BBDO, Wieden+Kennedy, Deutsch, Google, Paramount and Disney. Zanotti most recently served as senior executive producer at Method Studios, where she oversaw business development for global VFX and post. Prior to that stint, she joined Cartel in 2016 to assist the newly established post and editorial house’s growth. Previously, Zanotti spent more than a decade driving operations and raising brand visibility for Method and Company 3.

Editor Zimmerman joins Cartel following a tenure as a freelance editor, during which his comedic timing and entrepreneurial spirit earned him commercial work for Avocados From Mexico and Planters that aired during 2019’s Super Bowl.

Throughout his two-decade career in editorial, Zimmerman has held positions at Spot Welders, NO6, Whitehouse Post and FilmCore, with recent work for Sprite, Kia, hotels.com, Microsoft and Miller Lite, and a PSA for Girls Who Code. Zimmer has previously worked with Cartel partners Adam Robinson and Leo Scott.

Editor Kevin Zimmerman joins LA’s Spot Welders

Kevin Zimmerman, a comedy and dialogue specialist, has joined the editorial roster at Spot Welders in Los Angeles. Over the years he has cut pieces for such brands as Bud Light, Taco Bell, Jell-O, Xbox, Hotels.com and Capital One. Among his agency clients are shops like Crispin Porter + Bogusky, DDB, Deutsch and 72andSunny.

Zimmerman joins the company from NO6 in Santa Monica. Prior to that he was with The Whitehouse, also in LA. He got his start at Mad River Post, where he worked his way up from assistant before to full-time editor. He was also on the roster at FilmCore and spent several years as a freelance editor working at a range of editorial houses in LA, New York and Toronto.

Zimmerman studied film at SUNY in Binghamton, New York, before enrolling at Boston University for graduate-level studies in cinematography.  He relocated to the West Coast and found himself at Mad River, starting as the vault manager.  It was, he recalls, “a right place, right time” kind of move, as he quickly moved into editing, drawn to its ability to have more influence on the storytelling process.


Kia’s Valet

Since arriving at Spot Welders he edited Kia’s Valet spot for David & Goliath that introduced NBA great LeBron James as the brand’s newest ambassador. He’s also worked for longtime client Best Buy. Check out his reel here.

“I’m very much a comedy/dialogue editor, and I’m quite comfortable in that genre,” he explains.  “And with editors like Haines Hall and Dick Gordon on board, it allows us to team up to handle big projects and packages.”