Nomad is expanding to Austin, Texas, helping the creative editorial and visual effects company develop a presence in the U.S. Southwest, while adding to a global network that includes offices in New York, Los Angeles, London and Tokyo.
Leading Nomad’s new team in Austin is partner and editor Ariel Quintans, a Texas native and 20-year industry veteran. Throughout his career, Quintans has worked in advertising as well as edited music videos, short films, documentaries and long-form digital content.
“Building something like this has been a dream of mine for some time, and to do so with a brand like Nomad is a true honor,” said Quintans in a statement. “I feel lucky to be affiliated with their caliber of talent, and the culture that they’ve established is a natural fit. It’s going to be a blast growing Nomad into this dynamic market that has grown me and beyond.”
Joining Quintans will be Meredith Roach as executive producer and Editor Ben Ellis. Roach, previously executive producer at Rabbit Foot Studios, has 20 years of agency experience working across all media formats. She has both developed departments and built them from scratch. Ellis, also a long-time Austin resident, brings more than 15 years of editorial experience, having worked on everything from traditional :30 spots to long-form branded documentary content.
Longtime Nomad Partner Jim Ulbrich will help anchor the studio while splitting his time in New York City.
“During the pandemic I had the opportunity to work remotely in Austin and fell in love with the city. Austin, and Texas in general, is a dynamic market from a cultural and business perspective, ” said Ulbrich, also in a statement. “With the addition of this office, we’re determined to capitalize on that growing culture. The opportunity to partner with Ariel was just too good to pass up. Together, we are growing the Austin office and can now offer up the ability to edit locally in Texas to our international roster of editors.”
The new office space in Austin reflects Nomad’s culture and environment. Repurposing a more than 100-year-old Victorian home, Nomad Austin has converted the house’s four ample-sized rooms into three edit bays and a finish room in East Austin, near to restaurants, bars and a hike-and-bike path.
”To say we are excited about launching in Austin with this stellar team is an understatement,” Roach added. “Austin’s continual growth, in addition to an ever-expanding advertising landscape, equals a very robust community to work in.”