The-Artery welcomes eight new tech & production pros
October 5, 2022

The-Artery welcomes eight new tech & production pros

NEW YORK CITY — Full-service creative studio The-Artery ( recently welcomed a new group of artists and production staff. Michael McCarthy, Danielle Shimshoni, Jared Biunno, Abbey Kurtz, Madeline Mack, Samantha Diaz, Leanne Maurer and Maia Rosenbaum each brings a unique background, perspective and skillset, which will be put to use as the company expands its reach into tech while deepening it roots in creative VFX. 

Photo: Top (L-R): Biunno, Mack, Shimsoni and Maurer; b ottom (L-R): Kurtz, Rosenbaum, Diaz

Michael McCarthy joins the team as senior VFX producer. He is an enterprising and motivated VFX producer with extensive experience in a wide variety of media formats. McCarthy has produced broadcast commercials, interactive long format, short format, motion graphics, VR video content, social media and more. He has expertise in managing a wide range of budgets and teams and has a strong skill set in pipeline development and execution.

Award-winning TD and film director Madeline Mack originally joined The-Artery as an executive assistant but quickly proved her worth and versatility, tackling the role of resource manager for the creative company’s ever-expanding production needs. She has since come to direct a TV series pilot with The-Artery, implementing her experience from working with director Dan Minahan on several projects. 

The-Artery gains a new production manager in Danielle Shimshoni, who brings extensive experience working in the entertainment industry as a production coordinator at Impartial Partners, and as a former member of The Lincoln Project. She even worked as an actor for several years, giving her insight into production from all angles. This Israeli creative now uses her diverse background to support The-Artery in all VFX and live-action production initiatives inside the studio. 

Jared Biunno has joined the team as a VFX coordinator. Although the newest member of the team, Biunno is no stranger to The-Artery, as he has collaborated with the creative company on several occasions throughout his time at PepsiCo and Anheuser-Busch. 

Abbey Kurtz brings her technical background from Pratt to excel as a junior Nuke/CG artist, while Samantha Diaz, also a Pratt graduate, comes onboard as a junior compositor who is training as a Flame artist. 

Additionally, The-Artery welcomes intern Maia Rosenbaum from Boston College, who is serving as a VFX assistant and quickly gaining experience in the field. And, Leanne Maurer joins The-Artery team as the community manager. When not attending to the daily needs of the office, she lends her talents as a storyboard artist from SVA.