TOMATO BEACH IS A NEW YORK BASED CREATIVE PRODUCTION STUDIO SPECIALIZING IN DESIGN AND ANIMATION.
Our virtual studio model enables us to work with some of the best talent in the industry. We pursue projects that align with our curiosity and values, collaborating with organizations and individuals whose work aims to educate and bring about positive change.
KIRILL YERETSKY | CREATIVE DIRECTOR, CO-FOUNDER
Before TomatoBeach, Kirill worked at R/GA, a leading Advertising Agency, as an Executive Creative Director in the Content Studio, where he directed and supervised a wide range of animated and live-action content. In his eleven years with the agency, he played a key role in developing and running the animation studio, which serviced the agency’s global clients. Most recently, Kirill was the Art Director on three seasons of Stephen Colbert’s SHOWTIME satirical animated series “Our Cartoon President”. His design department was responsible for the creation of all characters, props and environments for the show. Previously, Kirill had the unique pleasure of working as the Animation Studio Creative Director for Jon Stewart’s satirical animated episodic project for HBO. This role encompassed Art Direction and Animation Direction, including all aspects of character design, modeling, 3D and 2D animation, motion graphics, and visual effects.
GERTA XHELO | CREATIVE PRODUCER, CO-FOUNDER
Gerta Xhelo has dedicated her 15+ year career to recruiting independent filmmakers and producing meaningful stories across platforms, styles, and genres, giving artists around the world opportunity, exposure, and creative freedom in service of a larger message. Gerta is the current Director of Production at TED-Ed. Since joining in 2013, she has had the immense pleasure of co-curating and overseeing the visual and editorial production of 1000+ animated short films which have reached over 1.5 billion views worldwide and have been featured in dozens of animation festivals, including Annecy, Animafest Zagreb, Anima Mundi, ASIFA, etc. Prior to TED-Ed, she recruited and developed talent for The Mill, a global leader in visual effects. She is also a professor at The School of Visual Arts and Pratt University where she teaches young artists career strategies.