Agency producer Peter Hullinger started his new postproduction career Wednesday, Nov. 13 as executive producer of Beast editorial, Method visual effects and Company 3 color, the Chicago branch of LA-based Deluxe Entertainment. He had been a senior producer at Y&R for the past two-and-a-half years.
Hullinger leads a staff of 25, including four editors and two producers for Beast.
The EP recruitment was handled by senior editor Angelo Valencia, who had the Chicago branch of LA’s FilmCore, which DeLuxe acquired along with Beast, Method and Company 3 and opened here in 2009.
Valencia says he had reached out to people he knew and those who had been recommended in his search for an EP to replace Melissa Thornley. He had known of Hullinger and says he was very impressed with him when they had a chance to work together.
After several discussions with Hullinger, Valencia brought him in to talk to the staff. “I liked his demeanor and it was clear that he was the right choice,” he says.
Hullinger had been in the agency business since 2000, starting with FCB as an assistant account executive and moving to Element 79 as a producer for four years. He produced for Mullen in Winston Salem, returning to Chicago as a McGarryBowen producer and Y&R.
“Pete’s a super bright, buttoned, top notch dude and he will do famously at Beast,” says Matt Abramson, EP of Cap Gun Collective, who worked with Hullinger at Element 79,
Hullinger has had extensive experience producing for national brands, such as Famous Footwear, Sears, Maxwell House, TJ Maxx, Gatorade and Tropicana.
Thornley had led the post operation since it opened here in 2009, following a year on her own and 12 years at The Whitehouse. Last August she announced “it was time” to move on and stayed on until Hullinger’s position was finalized. She left the company Oct. 25.
The three companies are located in the Tribune Tower penthouse.