NEW YORK CITY — Jason Mayo has joined digital production company Bonfire (www.bonfire.nyc) as its new managing director and partner. He brings deep experience managing digital and post production companies.
Bonfire was launched in 2016 by Flame artist Brendan O’Neil. The studio offers services that include VFX, design, CG, animation, color, finishing and live action.
Mayo comes to Bonfire after several years building Postal, the digital arm of the production company Humble. Prior to that, he spent 14 years at Click 3X, where he worked closely with Bonfire partner Peter Corbett. While there he also worked with executive producer Dave Dimeola, who cut his teeth at Click as a young designer/compositor. Dimeola later went on to create The Brigade, where he developed the network and technology that now forms the remote, cloud-based backbone referred to as the Bonfire Platform.
“This really was what I’d been looking for,” says Mayo. “The chance to be part of a creative and innovative operation like Bonfire in an ownership role gets me excited, as it allows me to make a real difference and genuinely effect change. And when you’re working closely with a tight group of people who are focused on a single vision, it’s much easier for that vision to be fully aligned. That’s harder to do in a larger company.”
“Jason’s arrival is the missing link for us at Bonfire,” adds O’Neil. “While each of us has specific areas to focus on, we needed someone who could both handle the day to day of running the company while keeping an eye on our brand and our mission, and introducing our model to new opportunities. And that’s exactly his strong suit.”
Mayo stresses that while the cloud-based platform is a huge advantage for Bonfire, it’s just one part of its profile.
“We’re not a company riding on the backs of freelancers,” he points out. “We have great, proven talent in our core team who work directly with clients. What I’ve been telling my longtime client contacts is that Bonfire represents a huge step forward in terms of the services and level of work I can offer them.”