Five editors made partners at Final Cut
April 19, 2022

Five editors made partners at Final Cut

NEW YORK CITY — At creative editorial house Final Cut (, five senior editors - Jeff Buchanan, Ashley Kreamer, JD Smyth, Crispin Struthers and Jim Helton - have become partners in the studio’s US business.

Photo: Buchanan, Kreamer, Smyth, Struthers, Helton

“I’m excited to see this team lead,” says Justin Brukman, managing director/head of global new business for Final Cut. “I view all of them as the next generation spearheading change and continuity of purpose. They are all a vital part of the DNA and soul of this company.”

“I’ve had the honor of working alongside this talented group, watching them lead and mentor our editors for many years,” adds Final Cut founding editor/CEO Rick Russell. “I’m excited to officially welcome them to the leadership team, where they will continue to inspire and grow.”  

As a creative editorial and post production studio, Final Cut collaborates with leading directors and agencies on prominent commercials, feature films and music videos. The company has offices in London, New York and Los Angeles.

Jeff Buchanan’s celebrated body of work includes Target’s Color Changes, which earned him an AICP award; ESPN’s World Cup ad, for which he won an Emmy; Salesforce’s The New Frontier for the 2022 Super Bowl; and the HBO series Barry, for which he was nominated for two Emmy awards. 

Ashley Kreamer joined Final Cut in 2001 and honed her craft within the walls of its US offices, working alongside founding editors from both the US and UK. She has been a mentor for the next-generation of talent, helping them expand their skills and become editors in their own right. Some of her credits include work for Lincoln, Verizon, Facebook, P&G, Target, Walmart, GAP, Chase and HBO.

JD Smyth has worked as an editor for 20 years, with over a decade at Final Cut. His work has been honored with Emmys, Cannes Lions and One Show Pencils. In addition to work for GE, the NFL, AT&T and HBO, he has longer-form content credits for Unilever, GQ and Sandy Hook Promise. His music video work includes projects for Beyonce, Radiohead and Justin Timberlake.

Crispin Struthers is a two-time Oscar-nominated editor who joined Final Cut’s Los Angeles office in 2014. Struthers was nominated for his work on the David O. Russell features Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle, which both won ACE Eddie Awards. His commercial work includes the Super Bowl campaigns Good Odds for Toyota, and Coke’s Mini (Hulk vs Ant-Man). 

Jim Helton is an award-winning editor of feature films, television and commercials. A long time collaborator of director Derek Cianfrance, Helton edited Cianfrance’s Academy Award-nominated film Blue Valentine, as well as The Place Beyond the Pines, and the Emmy-winning HBO series I Know This Much is True. He has also edited commercial for Montefiore, Burt’s Bees, PNC and Pfizer, and perhaps most notably, The New York Times’ The Truth Is Worth It campaign.