Editor Keith Kristinat part of The Colonie’s expansion

Editor Keith Kristinat

Keith Kristinat joined The Colonie Monday as its sixth editor, after five-and-a-half months at the late Red Car Chicago, bringing strong agency relationships and a reel that includes Nintendo, Kellogg’s, Allstate and American Family Insurance.

The Colonie co-founder Bob Ackerman says that increasing business necessitated another editor and they were especially pleased to add Kristinat.

“Keith is young, talented and driven; he adds depth to the company,” Ackerman says. “We were very impressed with his passion to do great work.”

Prior to Red Car, Kristinat’s background includes three years at Utopic, from the time it opened in 2010, and four years at Optimus where he began his career as an assistant editor.

Among his recent work were a number of Nintendo spots for Leo Burnett. Other recent projects include spots “Sci-Fi” for Samsung and “Zombie” for Shout.

Kristinat is currently elaborating on an original public relations piece he had edited for LA-based director Thomas Whitmore, on Nike’s Chi-League summer basketball program, via Game Seven Marketing.

The Colonie’s fifth anniversary in September

Celebrating its fifth anniversary next month, The Colonie was formed by Ackerman and partners executive producer Mary Caddy and editor Brian Sepanik, who had worked together for many years at Avenue Edit, Chicago’s biggest post house at the time, before it abruptly closed due to management problems.

The trio started their editorial business in unique space at 610 N. Fairbanks and currently has a staff of 16.  With increasingly busy six editors and four assistants “who are on the verge of editing,” Ackerman says, the boutique will increase its Avid editing suites from five to seven.

Ackerman’s assistant, Graham Chapman, formerly of Foundation Content/Chicago, joined in July.  A few months ago, The Colonie added of motion graphics senior designer Jennifer Moody, alongside Lyndsay McCully, and built a new graphics workspace. 

Editors are Ackerman, Sepanik, Tom Pastorelle, Joe Clear and Kristinat; assistants, Brian Salazar, Jimmy Helm, Lauren Malis and Chapman. Anne Siwek is producer; Tom Dernulc, VFX/finish; Robert Ferguson, engineer and Amanda Corbett, client relations.

Ironically, Kristinat says, Red Car and Avenue Edit were two of the post houses where he had interned in 2004 after graduating from Bradley University.