Nomad launches new studio in Austin
May 20, 2022

Nomad launches new studio in Austin

AUSTIN, TX — Creative editorial/VFX company Nomad ( has expanded is US operations with the launch of a new Austin studio. The new space will help the company develop a creative presence in the Southwest market, and adds to a global network that also includes locations in New York, Los Angeles, London and Tokyo.

Photo (L-R): Ariel Quintans, Ben Ellis, Meredith Roach and (bottom) Jim Ulbrich

Spearheading the new Austin team is partner/editor Ariel Quintans, who is a Texas native and 20-year industry veteran. Quintans has worked in the advertising, music video, short film, documentary and long-form space. His credits include work for Anheuser-Busch, The United States Air Force, Southwest Airlines, John Deere, BMW, Goodyear and AT&T.

“Building something like this has been a dream of mine for some time, and to do so with a brand like Nomad is a true honor,” says Quintans. “I feel lucky to be affiliated with their caliber of talent, and the culture that they’ve established is a natural fit. It’s going to be a blast growing Nomad into this dynamic market that has grown me; and beyond.”

Joining Quintans will be agency veterans Meredith Roach, who will serve as executive producer, and editor Ben Ellis. Roach was previously executive producer at Rabbit Foot Studios, and is an award-winning producer with 20 years of agency experience working across all media formats. Ellis, also a long-time Austin resident, brings over 15 years of editorial experience, having worked on everything from traditional :30 spots to long-form branded documentary content.

Long-time Nomad partner Jim Ulbrich will help anchor the studio while splitting time in New York City. 

“During the pandemic, I had the opportunity to work remotely in Austin and fell in love with the city,” says Ulbrich. “Austin, and Texas in general, is a dynamic market from a cultural and business perspective. With the addition of this office, we’re determined to capitalize on that growing culture. The opportunity to partner with Ariel was just too good to pass up. Together, we are growing the Austin office and can now offer up the ability to edit locally in Texas to our international roster of editors.”

The new digs will reflect the brand’s open, casual and welcoming culture and environment, which has played a significant role in forming and maintaining client relationships. Repurposing a 100-plus-year-old Victorian home, Nomad Austin converted its four ample-sized rooms into three edit bays and a finish room. The space provides for a unique and creative working experience, and combines the charm of well-adorned living spaces, art gallery aesthetics and coffee shop vibes. The new outpost is situated in the vibrant East Austin neighborhood, adjacent to downtown, nestled amongst restaurants, food trucks and galleries.

”To say we are excited about launching in Austin with this stellar team is an understatement,” Roach says. “Austin’s continual growth, in addition to an ever-expanding advertising landscape, equals a very robust community to work in.”