MINNEAPOLIS — Ditch (www.ditchedit.com) has added editor Aaron Nelson to its team, as well as promoted long-time assistant editor Ben Thompson to a full creative editor position. The news follows Ditch editor/owner Brody Howard’s recent partnership to launch the interactive studio Ditch Creative (www.ditchcreative.com).
“We’re thrilled to have Aaron join us here at Ditch,” says Howard. “Having spent time in-house at an ad agency as an editor, Aaron really understands the demands put on our clients. He is a great young talent, and he really expands our roster perfectly. Ben has been with Ditch for several years as an assistant editor and has grown to develop his own voice in the room. These two editors represent the next generation of creative editorial talent; it’s been exciting to see their new thinking in the suite.”
(L-R) Thompson and Nelson
Nelson is a homegrown creative editor who excels at efficiently crafting stories that connect with audiences. His influences include music, film, and competitive leisure sports. He spent six years as an in-house editor at Minneapolis-based ad agency Olson, where he cut broadcast spots for Sears, Bauer, and Minnesota State Lottery among others. He’s also a guitarist/songwriter who has toured the US, Canada, and Europe.
Thompson hails from Iowa, where as a kid, he honed his skills making kung fu films with buddies and later dominated local film festivals. Like Nelson, he too graduated from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design with a degree in film. In the past year at Ditch, he’s cut campaigns for national brands American Family Insurance and Purina, among others.