Systems integrator Cutting Edge merges with Alt Systems
February 6, 2019

Systems integrator Cutting Edge merges with Alt Systems

SAN FRANCISCO — Cutting Edge (, a file-based media systems integrator, and Alt Systems (, the Hollywood-based media and entertainment solutions provider, have merged to form a new organization dedicated to driving technical innovation and providing leading services to content creators. The merger includes plans to expand staff and open a new sales and systems integration facility in Burbank, CA. The combined company will be privately held, with each division operating under its existing brand and maintaining respective headquarters in San Francisco and Los Angeles. 
“Cutting Edge and Alt Systems are a perfect match,” explains Cutting Edge CEO, Brian Botel, who will assume the title of VP of business development. “I can’t think of a better fit for our dedication to customer success than to join forces with Alt Systems, Hollywood’s premiere media and entertainment solutions provider. We’re thrilled to build upon the rich legacy of technical innovation and customer service for which both Cutting Edge and ALT Systems are widely known.” 

“Alt Systems and Cutting Edge are a powerful combination,” adds Alt Systems CEO and owner Jon Guess. “Brian has built a file-based media system integration powerhouse. Cutting Edge’s dedication to its customers is renowned across the media, broadcast, sports, and corporate media markets. ALT Systems’ expertise providing solutions for compositing, editing, dailies, color correction, data storage, networking, rendering, archiving, and large format film recording represents a natural fit to grow both organization’s value to the industries we serve.” 

Cutting Edge co-founder Sig Knapstad will serve as chief technology officer for the merged companies. “The explosive growth of media in everyday life, breakthroughs in technologies such as Artificial Intelligence, and a renewed emphasis on remote collaboration underscore why content creators need a trusted advisor,” says Knapstad. “Today’s merger means we are that technology partner – for both today and tomorrow.”