Whitehouse Adds Deb Schimmel, Promotes
June 2, 2016 by Screenmag
Whitehouse Post recently announced two staffing moves: the addition of editor Deb Schimmel to their Chicago roster and the promotion of James Dierx to editor.
A Chicago native, Schimmel got her start in the industry as an intern at Cutters and grew her skills at Optimus, where she was an assistant and then editor for more than two decades.
“We are very excited for Deb to join us,” says Partner/Editor Matthew Wood. “We’ve known Deb and admired her work for such a long time, we’re thrilled that she has decided to come aboard.”
Known for her lifestyle and comedic work, Schimmel has built a diverse reel that includes major brands such as Coca-Cola, McDonald’s, Kraft, Dove and the Chicago Blackhawks. She works frequently with agencies including Y&R, Ogilvy, Leo Burnett and mcgarrybowen and has built relationships with directors Omri Cohen, Brian Billow and Matthäus Bussman, among others. In addition to commercial work, Schimmel was a member of the venerable indie electronic band TRS-80 and has recently begun work on a feature-length documentary about the infamous Hollywood punk rock flophouse, Disgraceland.
Born in Toronto and raised in Chicago, Dierx discovered his enthusiasm for editing while making action films as a child. He attended film school at Depaul University in Chicago and joined Whitehouse Post as an intern in 2007, readily working his way up to Assistant Editor. In 2011 James moved to Whitehouse Los Angeles, transplanting from Chicago where he had just directed and edited his internet-shattering Cats in Tanks, which was featured at Gold Coast Film Festival and became a viral success with over one million YouTube views.
James has since gone on to work with highly-respected directors like Smuggler’s Henry Alex Rubin, documentarian Rory Kennedy, music video director Hiro Murai, and MJZ’s Dante Ariola. His reel ranges from Allstate to Toyota, GE to Barbie and Google, and agency relationships include BBDO, Saatchi and Saatchi, 72andSunny, David & Goliath, CP+B, Leo Burnett, and TBWACHIATDAY. In addition to his awards for Cats in Tanks, James also received AICE Trailer Park Gold in 2009, and a Silver Plaque at the Chicago International Film Festival TV Awards in 2015.
“James excels at VFX and technical expertise and has a strong intuition for editing,” says co-founder and Creative Director Rick Lawley. “He has the ability to turn out both pointedly comedic as well as visually stunning and beautifully emotive work. We’re very happy to welcome him onto our LA roster.”