Editors Tim Wilson and Ben Suenaga have departed Go Robot!, New York, and opened an editing company with partner and managing director/executive producer Melissa Mapes. Dubbed Friendshop!, the new venture will temporarily operate as “Artists in Residence” at Outpost Digital, New York, while permanent offices are undergoing construction.
Wilson and Suenaga had each been on staff at Go Robot! for more than a decade. Wilson’s credits include ad campaigns for HP, Exxon, UPS, and Ikea while Suenaga’s spots span such clients as IBM, Starbucks, AT&T and PowerAde.
Mapes previously served as executive producer and sr. partner at Ogilvy, New York, where she led American Express, UPS, IKEA and Stoli among others.
For her part, Mapes said that her 15 years at Ogilvy “prepared me in a great way to handle the wily ways of the creative and demanding world of advertising.”
“Ben, Tim and I have essentially grown up together in this business, and have been relying on each other as partners since our careers began,” she added. “We’re excited to officially join forces and take on the many opportunities and challenges ahead.”