TBD Post, a premiere post production studio in East Austin, is making plans for expansion by adding two industry veterans and sales representation to its team.
TBD Post founders Brandon Thomas, partner/colourist, and Ted Griffis, partner/editor, are making these announcements as they enter their 10th year in the Austin market. Griffis and Thomas have been steadfast in creating a cutting edge studio with the best talent and technology available for delivering quality editing, color, finish, VFX, sound design, mix and delivery of content of any length. Their work ranges from features to social content to advertising.
As its newly named executive producer, Ron Rendon will work side by side with managing director Karen Jacobs, who had been playing a combination MD and EP role. Jacobs, an agency, production and industry leader, joined TBD Post in 2020 and will focus on growth for the company in long form and commercial work, while Rendon manages day to day production. Jacobs was previously co-owner of agency/production/post hybrid Greatest Common Factory, and was co-owner of the hybrid shop, Action Figure. Her background is in agency production and management at such agencies as GSD&M and JWT/SF, as well as working in the music and long form production arena.
Rendon joins TBD Post from Beast, where he’s held the role of EP for close to a decade. Prior to that he was with Charlie Uniform Tango and 501 Post. His brief will be to help TBD get to the next level in its commercial work, and continue to raise the bar in terms of the creative quality of its product, process and people.
“We’ve known and admired Ron for some time, and for years we’ve been professionally envious of what he was doing at Beast,” says Griffis. “He’s always been interested in talking about the community, he’s been generous with his introductions and he’s committed to seeing our market thrive.” Adds Thomas, “Ron is so well-respected across the industry. He’s the kind of person we’ve always wanted to have here at TBD. So we’re all thrilled that he’s come on board.”
For Rendon, the move to TBD is logical. “This company grew during the pandemic and added staff, which says quite a lot, and they’ve built a wonderful facility here that was designed for post production from the ground up.”
“TBD is well poised for growth beyond the Austin market,” adds Jacobs. “I’m excited to expand the talent roster, and bring the skills and beautiful work of this team to others, either remotely or have them join us for a fun time here in East Austin.”
Rendon will continue to serve on AICP’s Post Council, as the company has been an active member of AICP for years. TBD is also active in FreeTheWork, the group devoted to boosting diversity in the production and posts ranks. Jacobs and Rendon both serve on the advisory board for Austin based E4Youth, a non-profit working to get students of color into the creative workforce.
In addition to the management team, the company has also signed with Rogue Rep for representation on both the East and West Coasts.
On signing with Rogue Rep’s Dave Campbell, TBD’s partners are excited about the possibilities. “We’ve been fortunate to build such a strong company without representation up ‘til now, so we’re looking forward to partnering with Dave,” says Griffis.
TBD partners with creative powerhouse agencies like GSD&M, R/GA and The Martin Agency, as well as networks and streaming services like Apple+, Netflix and Disney. Recent work coming out of the studio includes contributing to two Super Bowl spots, one for EA’s “Madden 2022” starring the retired running back Marshawn Lynch, and Avocados from Mexico for GSD&M.
On the long-form front, TBD worked on CNN’s documentary series on LBJ, provided post for a new documentary on baseball legend Nolan Ryan that premiered at SXSW and worked on two features set to premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in June. TBD also provided audio and finishing for the online series “In Space with Markiplier,” an innovative YouTube Originals two-part interactive science fiction comedy, which recently launched with millions of views in the first 24 hours.