AICE’s New York Chapter, which will host this year’s AICE Awards Show, has elected a new President, Vice President and Secretary, representing a slate of new leaders for the association’s largest chapter. The new President of the Chapter’s Board is Gloria Pitagorsky, Managing Director and Partner of Heard City. She succeeds David Gioiella, Editor and Partner at Northern Lights, who remains a Board member. Pitagorsky steps up to the top position at the Board after a two-year term as Vice President.
Also elected to top leadership posts are Tina Mintus, Editor and Founder of KYLE nyc, the editorial and post production boutique, who succeeds Pitagorsky as Vice President of the Board, and Adam Barone, Managing Director and Co-Founder of the audio post production and music house Sonic Union, who will serve as Secretary. He succeeds Rosemary Quigley of Hooligan.
Joining the new leadership slate are three new Board members: Robin Hall, Executive Producer at Northern Lights; Mark Valentine, Founder / Creative Director of ANATOMY; and Celia Williams, Executive producer of Freefolk.
“I can speak for the entire AICE community when I welcome Gloria, Tina and Adam to their new positions as leaders of our New York chapter,” says Executive Director Rachelle Madden. “All of them are committed industry movers who are no strangers when it comes to volunteering their time, passion and knowledge to the association and its many activities. They’ll have a huge impact on the chapter, and we’re all going to benefit from their vision and their increased involvement.”
Madden also took the opportunity to thank Gioiella and Quigley for their service to the Chapter. “David and Rosemary have been great assets to our association, and have led the way as the New York Chapter has worked to increase member involvement, offer new events that help our members succeed and flourish and continue to keep an eye on the next generation of talent. We owe them a lot.”
A member of both the New York Chapter Board and AICE’s International Board, Pitagorsky is also a producer, philanthropist, activist and 18-year veteran of the industry. Seemingly everywhere at one time, she serves on the boards of several nonprofit organizations, including the Food Bank for New York City, a hunger-relief organization working to end food poverty throughout the five boroughs. Aside from her day job, she’s committed to mentoring and supporting women in technology, film and advertising roles, and is a member of New York Women in Film & TV, The Ad Club of New York, The One Club, New York Women in Advertising. She’s also a patron of the Film Society of Lincoln Center.
Mintus is a star editor whose work for a range of brands has been hailed as energetic and trend-setting. She launched KYLE Edit in 2011 after having worked for over a dozen years at V2 Editorial, previously Vito DeSario Editing. While there she grew from an Assistant to a Senior Editor, and was mentored by DeSario himself. Her company recently rebranded as KYLE nyc and has expanded its services to include production, visual effects and color grading.
Barone launched Sonic Union in 2008 with partners Michael Marinelli and Steve Rosen, both mixing engineers. A native of western New York, he’s an honors graduate of the Rochester Institute of Technology. After graduating he worked for one of the leading companies in the cinema advertising industry (which was eventually acquired by Technicolor), then transitioned into post production at Buzz, a Manhattan audio post and video finishing boutique, before co-founding Sonic Union. A dedicated volunteer, Barone sits on the International Board of Compeer, a social service organization that provides companionship and support to people with disabilities.
The companies represented by the chapter’s new board members – Northern Lights, ANATOMY and Freefolk – represent a cross-section of the industry, coming from an integrated editorial house with effects and design wings, a broadcast promotion specialty studio and an effects and color grading shop with roots in the UK.
Hall’s career in post spans over four decades. In addition to his work at NL, he’s served in EP roles at Crew Cuts and Chickonkey and was a producer at BlueRock. He brings an expansive knowledge of the industry to the Board and clear ideas on what member companies can do to diversify, grow and succeed in today’s challenging landscape.
Valentine brings an extensive background in broadcast promotion via his work at Anatomy, adding important new perspective about this category to the Board. An editor, he launched Anatomy 16 years ago, and has launched, branded and marketed media and entertainment companies for nearly two decades. An alumnus of the iconic broadcast branding studio Lee Hunt Associates, Valentine continues to run Promax/BDA's annual Hot Spot Seminar, which is often the highest-attended event of the conference.
Williams’s resume reflects her depth of experience on the ad agency, post production and audio post sides of the business. She’s held EP or Head of Production roles at such agencies as DDB, Arnold Worldwide, mcgarrybowen and The Martin Agency (and freelanced at several other top shops), and spent several years at the music and sound design studio Endless Noise. Freefolk, which opened its local office just a few months ago, focuses on 3D, VFX, color grading and finishing, and is the first US office of a London-based post boutique formed from the merger of Finish and Realise Studio.
A full list of current AICE New York Chapter Board members is available here.