Thornley says “it was time” in resigning from Beast

Melissa Thornley to seek new creative challenges

Beast, Company 3 and Method are losing their managing director Melissa Thornley who resigned Aug. 20 from corporate owner, LA-based DeLuxe Entertainment, after four growth years with the company. She will remain at the company until a replacement is installed and then plans to take some time off.

“This was a tough decision for me to leave something I know and love,” she told the Reel, “to take a risk to move closer to what really feeds me professionally.  I decided that if I were going to talk the talk, I needed to walk the walk.”

Beast Editorial had been a subsidiary of Ascent Media when Thornley joined in 2009, heading a staff of five, including two editors.  The following year DeLuxe purchased Ascent Media and enlarged the local staff and moved the offices. 

DeLuxe expanded still further last year by installing two other post services and relocating the now larger company in Tribune Tower offices.

Previously, Thornley had been managing director of The Whitehouse starting in 2005, following the departure of the founding partners to New York.

She cited her reason for leaving the company in a philosophic blog on a women’s empowerment site, writing metaphorically that it was time “to let go of the rope” and take a leap of faith into the next phase of her evolvement.

“I look forward to continuing our creative journey, but just from a different vantage point,” Thornley said.