11/2008: Acclaimed editor Adam Jenkins has joined bicoastal Union. Jenkins, who comes over from Cut and Run, counts ads for Panasonic and Zed.com, as well as the Brad Pitt-Anjelina Jolie feature Mr. and Mrs. Smith among his most notable projects. His first assignment with Union is a Tooheys Beer campaign, for frequent collaborators Glue Society.
"I'm excited by the people and the prospects at Union," said Jenkins of the move. "Adam personifies the kind of company we want to be - not just his work but who he is," said Union Partner/Executive Producer Michael Raimondi. "He's hungry for interesting work, and wants to work in an environment with people who strive to do meaningful projects whether they are commercials, films or documentaries."
"Adding Adam to the roster makes my job easier," noted Union's New York-based Executive Producer Caryn MacLean. "Along with Sloane (Klevin) and Geordie (Anderson), Adam makes it a pleasure to come to work every day. I have always admired his work and I'm very happy to be collaborating with him."
The New Zealand-born Jenkins attended university for a year, but left seeking inspiration. "I started painting houses for a living," he recalled, "and ended up painting sets." He worked his way up through the ranks of production and post in Australia, heading to London as an editor at Final Cut. Jenkins enjoyed a successful four-year run editing spot, clip, and feature projects, before relocating to New York. "I don't mind the cold," he mused, "but I was tired of being wet and never seeing the sun!"
A meeting with Raimondi in a SoHo café, in which the two discussed their shared love of cycling, led to more formal discussions about a new home for Jenkins. "The thing I love most about Adam's work is that his choices are unexpected," Raimondi said. "I look forward to viewing his cuts, to the little surprises." For his part, Jenkins is happy to be bringing his energy and all those surprises, to Union. "With the established presence in LA and the burgeoning operation in New York, joining Union allows me to be a part of making something great even better. We're working hard to make this venture all that it can be."
Jenkins' recent work includes a music video for The Virgins "A Private Affair", helmed by Matt Lenski, and an ESPN NASCAR campaign for director Jon Watts.