New Yorker Guerrero joins Radar as new CD, director

Jason Guerrero, Radar’s new CD/director

RADAR STUDIOS HAS EXPANDED its full production services with the addition this week of creative director Jason Guerrero of New York, whose background is in visual effects, 3D animation, compositing and collaboration conception. He will also make his debut as a live action director.  

Guerrero freelanced as a CD with New York agencies and production houses, including MassMarket, Psyop, and MA3 Agency and held posts with Tronic Studio, Hurd Studios, GoldRun, Absolute Post, Sub Rosa and Antebellum, to name a few. 

The company is pleases to promote Guerrero’s directing career and what he will bring to the post side as a CD working with fellow CD Steven Gray, notes Radar EP Graham Gangi.  Jason and Steven have complimentary skills that will elevate the studio.”  

Radar began looking for a CD a year ago, Gangi says.  “We saw his site and hired him to freelance with us and learned about his desire to direct. We were impressed by the director’s montage that he took off three months to build himself. We told him he’d be a good fit for Radar and we’d give him the support to grow his directorial career.”

On Radar’s current roster are directors Pix Talarico, AK, Don Hoeg, Sam Macon, Adam Pierce and Toben Seymour. 

AFTER 11 YEARS headquartered in a Streeterville multi-purpose production facility, Anthony Izzo, Paul Kopchalk and Pete Hendricks’ Ki Edit & Design has been absorbed into parent Company Tastrytrade’s expanded space at 19 N. Sangamon. And that means their 540 N. Lake Shore Drive space is for rent.  (See details in Classifieds.) 

Ki  now shares a 10,000-sq. ft. studio with 2-year old tastytrade network, which every weekday cranks out 8 hours of live internet financial news and related programming.  Tastytrade bought i in March, 2012 and put the Ki guys behind the cameras. 

Ki’s former 3,700-sq. ft. studio space is set up for start-to-finish production and includes an independent machine room in the unit, fully wired Cat6e network from core to suites and carpeting.

FOUR LOCAL AGENCIES were greenlighted to appear on AMC’s reality TV “The Pitch,” during the second season starting Aug. 15.  The agencies are Commonground, The Monogram GroupCentral Coast, Bee-Line Communications of Libertyville.  They will compete against 10 similar agencies from L.A., Nashville and Atlanta.

LEIGH JONES’ BOOM THRIFT production company, which applies EP Jones’ successful indie feature and spot experience “to keep things nimble and mean,” signed Julie Vargo & Associates as its Midwest rep.  The collaborative company’s recent work includes K-mart, Sharpie and National Hockey League spots for Draftfcb. Directors are Justin Hayward, and L.A.-based John Allan Thompson.

RARELY THESE DAYS do we hear about mysteriously disappearing equipment so we were surprised at a report that police investigated the theft Thursday of several MacBooks stolen from agency Translation.

NATAS IS GOING GREEN this year. For the first time, the Midwest chapter’s 55th Emmy Awards entries will be uploaded and judged online.  (Given the number of categories, just think of all the trees that will save.) And as you know, there’s a commercial category as well as those for internet video content and documentaries. Deadline is June 14. Click here for entry info.