Mike Zimbard is the owner of Edit 1 and has been the driving force behind its creative growth. Joining the company during its infancy in 2001, he played a key role in diversifying its client base and establishing the 3D/design division that has now become the cornerstone of the company. A Syracuse University Newhouse alum, he's been a part of the test commercial side of advertising for nearly 15 years. Mike is proud to say he loves what he does and over the years has gained a reputation for keeping cool under pressure and always going the extra mile to deliver for his clients. During those brief periods when he's not at Edit 1, you'll find him enjoying dinner and drinks with friends, suffering through another mets season, or spending time with his family and 3 nephews.
Over his career Michael Donovan's tireless work commitment has garnered him some of the highest respect in our industry. Everyday, both clients and colleagues alike seek out his trusted advice as Michael has the uncanny ability to always solve even the most challenging problems (whether job related or not!) His can-do attitude and innate leadership ability made him the perfect fit for Edit 1's EP. Before joining the company, Michael spent 5 years as the Head of Production at New York based VFX/Design studio, NiceShoes. In 2001, he helped start New York based test commercial production company, Launch, a spin-off of Animation and Design company Charlex, where he started in 1996. When not at work, you can usually find Michael on the golf course, still trying to figure out the game he loves, spending time at the beach, or watching his beloved Yankees.
Dan Fuerst's infectious enthusiasm can be felt radiating through the walls of Edit 1 on a daily basis. Whether he's assembling our team for a live shoot or bidding out a Cinematic, Dan puts his all into every project he takes on. With a background in NYC production, he began as a Coordinator at Edit 1 before being promoted to producer in early 2010. Outside of the office, Dan enjoys Jiu-Jitsu, playing guitar and enjoying good food and gin in and around Williamsburg.
Todd Winter has worked in the TV and Feature Animation industry for over twenty years. With a background at DreamWorks and Blue Sky Studios and working on films such as Space Jam, Ice Age, and G-Force, he has been a part of the evolution of the visual effects industry. In recent years he has worked as director of photography, creative director and consultant for companies around the world, most recently completing a 4 year stint at Launch. The passion and vision that Todd brings to projects has earned him high admiration from both his peers and agency clients. He's excited to be leading the creative charge at Edit 1!
Erica joined Edit 1's team in January 2007 as a Photoshop artist. Her passion for design stemmed from her years of painting. Once discovering photoshop, she picked up her new favorite brush, the Waacom tablet pen. A few years back she wanted to take her designs a step further and show how a still design can take different shapes and become a beautiful fluid animation. Erica uses this passion daily at Edit 1 in thinking outside the box to execute our clients' visions.
Hailing from Central Valley NY, Zoe was raised watching an eclectic smattering of films. She went to RISD, majoring in Film, Animation and Video and transferred to NYU also for film. Her introduction to Pre-Viz came as an assistant editor at Launch. From there she produced the Bicycle Film Festival in Portland before returning to New York and interning at Maysles Films. This experience nurtured her love for documentary filmmaking and inspired her to begin her own documentary on the experience of her grandfather, who spied for the Israeli secret service for 13 years. Zoe has been a part of the Edit 1 team since 2008 and is delighted to be a part of the company's evolution!
Daniel is truly a rare talent combining technical expertise with artistic ability across illustration, design, animation, and composition. As our CG director he has been responsible for developing the pipeline that has allowed a boutique studio to compete with much larger pre-viz facilities. With over a decade of prior experience in Europe, Daniel joined the Edit 1 team in early 2007 and has played an instrumental role in the company's expansion into CGI-based Pre-Visualization. An avid drummer when he was younger, Daniel still maintains a love for many types of music and looks forward to the day when he can be the backbone of the highly anticipated Edit 1 band.
Sean is a graduate of School of Visual Arts with a Bachelor of Arts in 3D animation. In his role as senior 3D artist he strives to research new trends and techniques in CG animation. When not putting in the time at Edit 1, you'll find Sean focused on his personal art projects or roaming around galleries and museums in NYC.
Keun grew up watching CG film and animation. This addiction fueled his passion for creativity which led him to freelance around NYC with a focus on character animation and motion capture. For the past year he has thrived as 3D animator in the collaborative team environment at Edit 1. If he's not getting lost in a video game or listening to music you'll find him snacking on kiwi.
Fully versed in all aspects of creative production, Lesley has worked professionally as an artist, video editor, and art/electronics instructor in New York since 2002. Starting at Edit One as a both a designer and editor from 2002-2006, she rejoined the team as our business manager, proving that creative people can be very organized too! When she is not at Edit One, she is either teaching robotics to children or presenting her own artwork worldwide.