Leading visual effects and design studio, The Mill, which already has offices in New York, Los Angeles and London, is to open an office in Chicago. The new office will be led by Jared Yeater as Executive Producer and will co-locate with award-winning editorial company, The Whitehouse. It is anticipated that the new Mill office, which will include a full complement of visual effects services, will be operational in Q1 of 2013.
Robin Shenfield, CEO and co-founder of The Mill said, “Over many years, the advertising agencies in Chicago have been great supporters of The Mill in New York, Los Angeles and London, so it seems the right time to repay that support by establishing a local presence with all the attributes of a full Mill studio including VFX, finishing, design and colour. We are delighted to announce Jared’s leadership of the new office and are lining up a team that will include key Mill talent from all our other offices.”
The Mill will co-locate with The Whitehouse in the landmark Courthouse Place building at 54 West Hubbard Street, Chicago. “We have a very long history with The Whitehouse,” said Shenfield. “Our two companies were established a block apart in London more than 20 years ago and their editor / partner in Chicago, Matthew Wood, actually began his career at The Mill in London so we have a terrific history of working alongside each other.”
David Brixton, Managing Partner of The Whitehouse, said, “There has always been a mutual creative respect between The Whitehouse and The Mill. We are excited about having The Mill here and being able to collaborate in providing our clients an integrated end-to-end solution. This will afford the local Chicago market the opportunity to access the best available talent across both editorial and visual effects in an efficient and seamless workflow.”
Jared Yeater is a long-time member of the production team at The Mill New York and a native Midwesterner with deep experience in finishing and VFX. At The Mill New York, he has successfully served clients across the Midwest and managed the delivery of numerous high-profile nationwide campaigns. As EP, he will be responsible for servicing the local advertising community and connecting clients to the services of The Mill in its three other locations.
Alistair Thompson, the Managing Director of The Mill New York, has worked with many of the advertising agencies in Chicago for more than ten years. He said, “Chicago is a thriving center of excellence for advertising so we’re very excited about now being able to be part of the community there. We will have a really talented team on the ground and it will be easier than ever for local clients to tap into the resources of our NY and LA office where it is appropriate.”