Optimus Adds Jonah Mueller, Promotes Dana Huiras
August 4, 2015 by Screenmag
Optimus announced this week that it has added veteran producer Jonah Mueller to its production arm One and that Dana Huiras has been promoted to offline editor.
Mueller has been freelancing for ONE as a line producer and bidder for the past year. His contributions during that time earned him this new role.
“As we continue to expand and elevate ONE, we are so excited to welcome Jonah to our team,” commented One at Optimus EP/Managing Director Lisa Masseur. “Jonah and I have worked together in previous positions for over a decade, and he consistently has impressed me with his ability to work with directors both on a project level and on the bigger picture. Jonah is an excellent problem-solver, and works with the entire project in mind.”
After a series of ad agency internships, Mueller cut his teeth as an assistant account executive at Laughlin Constable in Chicago. From there, he went to Radar Studios as a PA and worked his way up as a producer under the team that included Masseur. After the past year working as a freelancer, Mueller is excited to begin a new chapter with ONE.
“I am so excited to join One at Optimus full-time under the leadership of Lisa and Executive Producer Sarah Wien,” said Mueller. “They have thoughtfully and effectively grown ONE’s footprint and reputation in the market by adding remarkable talent to the roster and bringing in bigger and better work. I am thrilled to be part of a company that is moving forward so quickly.”
Mueller has worked with brands including The Chicago Bulls, Crystal Light, Fifth Third Bank, Johnsonville, McDonald’s, Motorola, Nintendo, Perkins Restaurants, Samsung, and others. Besides producing commercials and content, Jonah produced a feature documentary, “Sign Painters,” as well as many music videos. He has shot around the U.S. and internationally in Canada, France, Ukraine, Czech Republic, Russia, and Lebanon.
Huiras has worked on projects from Shedd Aquarium to Payless ShoeSource to Girls Inc. with a wide range of appreciative agencies including DDB and Marc USA, among others.
“Dana consistently impresses clients and coworkers with her confidence, creativity, resourcefulness and easygoing personality,” said Optimus Editor Deb Schimmel. “She has been working toward this goal with a laser focus, and we have no doubt she will continue to shine in her new role.”
Dana has been at Optimus since 2008, when she started as an intern after graduating from Columbia College. She joined the offline department in 2011, where she polished her assistant skills with several seasoned editors and gained a wealth of knowledge about the industry. She was promoted to senior assistant in December 2013, while continuing to develop her editorial style with a wide range of projects.
“To craft your skills in all editing genres, you really need to get your hands on different projects and experiment as much as possible,” said Huiras. “Optimus encourages individuals to push themselves to find what they are passionate about and to collaborate with the like-minded people around them. I couldn't be more thrilled to join the talented roster of editors at Optimus. These halls are filled with some of the most creative and funny people I've ever met, and I'm happy to call it my home away from home.”