Optimus Promotes Hrastar, Consolidates Operations in Chicago

Optimus Promotes Hrastar, Consolidates Operations in Chicago

Chicago-based Optimus has promoted Brian Hrastar to executive producer/managing director to help lead the production and post house as it shifts day-to-day operations to the key partner team from the owner group. As part of the restructuring, Optimus also announced that the Santa Monica office has closed and all post operations will be consolidated in its Chicago office.

"With our efforts and resources now focused on our Chicago office, it is the perfect time for our core management/partner team to take over day-to-day management responsibilities,” said Optimus President Tom Duff. “The appointment of Brian Hrastar as the new EP/Managing Director of our creative post group is a big part of that shift. Brian has been a leader here at Optimus for 20 years, and we are lucky and proud to have Brian at the helm.”

Hrastar started with Optimus in 1996 after graduating from Indiana University. He quickly worked his way through the ranks, from intern through operations positions. He was an assistant editor before assuming the producer role in 2002, and was promoted to EP in 2010. In May 2015, Brian was made a partner.

“The talent and motivation of our creative post group is second to none, and I am excited and honored to lead this team in our next growth phase as a creative company,” said Hrastar.

As Optimus continues to refine its direction to focus on Chicago and streamline operations, the timeline for moving to the next space has expanded, and the company will remain in its current location for the time being. Optimus leadership will take the time to ensure the next move aligns well with the production and post house’s continued evolution.