• Wednesday, Jun. 16, 2021
People on the Move
Editor Justin "Q" Quagliata Joins Union
Justin Quagliata, aka "Q"
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Editor Justin Quagliata, whose work has been honored with the Cannes Grand Prix For Good, as well as D&AD, AICP, Webby Awards, and more, has joined bicoastal Union Editorial. Known for nearly two decades as “Q,” he recently edited E*Trade’s return to the Super Bowl--“Workout”--created via Mullen Lowe, directed by Smuggler’s Randy Krallman, and featuring the theme from The Karate Kid. Other notable work includes March for Our Lives’ “Generation Lockdown” (via McCann, directed by Hungry Man’s Brian Buckley, and edited by Q and Jason Macdonald of NO6) and a diverse campaign for JBL (via Doner/Detroit, directed by frequent collaborator Brian Billow of O Positive). Q recently cut the maiden campaign for Rhythm Energy, created via Mojo Supermarket and helmed by The Director Brothers of Bullitt. Q’s affiliations before Union Editorial include NO6 and Cosmo Street.

“As a boutique that has found success in both long and short form editorial, Union is unique in our business,” Q observed. “I’m thrilled to be on board for the next chapter in Union’s story, and I can’t wait to make my mark here.”

Union partner/managing director Caryn Maclean said of Q, “I have been a fan for a long time and we knew this would be a really good fit.” Maclean presides over the company with partner/managing director Michael Raimondi, executive producer Joe Ross in L.A., executive producer Melissa Lubin in NY, and executive producer Vicki Russell in Austin. 

After graduating from University of Iowa, where he studied film, journalism, and communications, Q decided to pursue the craft of film editing. “I wish I could say it was the Kurosawa and Ingmar Bergman double feature I saw as a child that moved me to want to study film,” he mused. “It was Die Hard. I saw it 13 times in the theater… as a 12 year old. Nothing was the same for me after that.” Q began his career in Chicago, but moved home to New York and eventually found his way to Cosmo Street. He joined NO6 in 2010. Among his celebrated projects are March for Our Lives’ “Generation Lockdown” (a Cannes Grand Prix For Good, British Arrows Gold and Silver, Clio Silver, AICP Next Award, and Webby Award winner) and Defy The Name’s Anti-Bullying PSA (D&AD Wood Pencil, Clio Shortlist, AICP, Webby Award). 

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