Company 3® and Method Studios Join Beast Editorial in Chicago

Melissa Thornley Appointed Managing Director

Jul 18, 2012, 11:00 ET from Deluxe Entertainment Services Group

CHICAGO, July 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The award-winning post production houses of Company 3, Beast and Method Studios, subsidiaries of Deluxe Entertainment Services Group Inc., have for the first time ever co-located within one facility in Chicago's historic Tribune Tower.

"I can't say enough good things about the talent and creativity in this town," says Stefan Sonnenfeld, President of Deluxe Creative Services Group and founder of Company 3. "Chicago's creative community rivals those found on both the East and West Coasts and if our businesses should be anywhere its Chicago. I am excited to build our presence and team with the amazing resources this city has to offer."

While Beast already has a long established presence in Chicago, Company 3 and Method Studios will provide a local offering utilizing the best in regional and national talent thereby unlocking greater accessibility to their combined global talent pool and scalable infrastructure.  By co-locating, the businesses will offer more efficient end-to-end project management and a seamless workflow.

Melissa Thornley, Beast's Executive Producer, has been promoted to the role of Managing Director for the combined Chicago location. Founder of Beast in Chicago, Angelo Valencia remains Senior Creative Director. Method is relocating two of its top West Coast talents: Executive Producer, Krystina Shales Wilson who has been leading some of the largest and most complex commercial projects in Los Angeles; and Gil Baron, Method's longest serving employee since 2000, joins Method's Chicago team as Creative Director.

"The ad community in Chicago is tight knit and there is camaraderie within the creative community that's so rewarding to be part of," says Melissa Thornley. "The talent is already here, plus we are bringing in amazing artists from other locations to provide a hub for inspiration, creativity and problem solving."

The brand new state-of-the art facility on the 22nd floor provides the three sister companies with amazing views and a beautiful outdoor terrace space. Method Studios brings a comprehensive visual effects offering for both features and commercials and will house two suites for client attended sessions plus a hub of CG workstations, for compositing, finishing, CG and design. Company 3 has a full-scale color bay and a second, fully calibrated, room with 'virtual' capabilities to allow clients the freedom and flexibility to work with any Company 3 colorist in Los Angeles, New York, Atlanta or London. Beast offers six edit/finish rooms and the editorial talent of Beast's already established Chicago roster.

About Company 3

Company 3 is a group of post-production facilities for features, commercials and music videos. Known for our creative color artistry, pioneering technology and global reach, Company 3 is trusted to deliver a quality product every time.

Company 3's incredible talent roster includes John Bonta, Sean Coleman, Siggy Ferstl, Billy Gabor, Adam Glasman, Dave Hussey, Tim Masick, Stephen Nakamura, Mike Pethel, Rob Pizzey, Tom Poole, Rob Sciarratta and Stefan Sonnenfeld.  Recent commercial projects include campaigns for Apple, Audi, BMW, Heineken, Nike and others. Recent feature film credits include Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Drive, and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.

About Beast

Beast is one of the country's top editorial houses for commercials, music videos and web virals. With facilities 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, Electronic Arts, Converse, AT&T, Reebok, Southwest Airlines, GM, Toyota, BMW, Mercedes, USAF, Linkin Park and Black Eyed Peas.

About Method Studios

Method Studios is an award-winning international visual effects group with facilities in Los Angeles, Vancouver, New York, London and Australia.  As an artist-driven company known for its creativity, the company services high-end feature film, commercial, television and motion graphics clients in the global marketplace.  Built around an exceptional team of visual effects professionals, Method's international facilities provide a full range of visual effects services including conceptual design, look development, on-set supervision, 3D animation/CGI, matte painting, finishing and full stereoscopic workflow.  With its global reach accented by its boutique accessibility, the company has the capacity to service its clientele wherever production is situated.

About Deluxe Creative Services Group

Deluxe Creative Services Group includes a close-knit group of facilities overseen by Stefan Sonnenfeld that includes Company 3, Beast, Deluxe New York, EFILM®, Method Studios, RIOT and Rushes, and leverages a comprehensive suite of end-to-end services, access to world-class artists, technical expertise and a tight infrastructure with global connectivity. The Creative Services facilities are wholly owned by Deluxe Entertainment Services Group Inc., (, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of MacAndrews & Forbes Holdings Inc.

SOURCE Deluxe Entertainment Services Group