LOS ANGELES & NEW YORK CITY — Full service production and post company Hayden5 (www.hayden5.com) has announced two new appointments. Ben Nelson joins the studio as director of Cloud Cuts and live operations, while Melissa Balan comes on board as director of post production.
Nelson is an experienced post production professional with an extensive history working in film and digital media. He joins Hayden5 from Complex Networks, most recently, in the role of manager of post & studio operations, where he created the systems, processes and resources for the post and studio teams to maximize efficiency. Prior to that, he was post production manager at Complex, overseeing the post process across seven channels. He joins the company’s New York headquarters.
Balan brings nearly 10 years of experience as both a producer and director of post for short- and long-form content. Her credits span commercials, documentaries, branded and scripted content. Most recently, Balan served as associate director of post production at Conde Nast, where she led the creation of unscripted editorial video content for the company’s various brands, including Vanity Fair, Vogue, Teen Vogue, Wired, Architectural Digest, Glamour, Allure and GQ. She got her feet wet as an editor before transitioning to post management, joining CH Media as post supervisor when she relocated from New York to Los Angeles. In her new position, she will work out of Hayden5's recently launched Los Angeles outpost.