Cutters Tokyo

Managing Director & Editor


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Born in Chicago to editor and original Cutters founder, Tim McGuire, Ryan’s formative years were spent growing up ‘in the business’. Having ventured to the Swiss Alps for high school, he subsequently chose Tokyo for his university studies. After a stint in marketing, Ryan hopped back across the Pacific and joined Cutters in Chicago. After a leave of absence to work as personal interpreter to Tadahito Iguchi and the 2005 world champions, the Chicago White Sox, Ryan continued his Cutters career in LA, working with top name directors and agencies on notable campaigns for Volvo, Cadillac, Coca-Cola, Mercedes Benz, Vevo, Nissan, and numerous others.

Ryan established Cutters Tokyo in 2012, conceiving a creative culture in which great artists can produce great work, operating under the following principle: ‘if you’re not having fun, you’re not doing good work’. Ryan’s intuitive style of editing has brought in accolades including multiple Cannes Lions, a pair of trophies from the Spikes Advertising Festival, a Hugo, a TED “Ads Worth Spreading” award, and the craft award for editing at the 53rd ACC Awards in Japan. He is married to fellow Cutters Tokyo editor Aki Mizutani, and recently welcomed the very beautiful Oia McGuire into the world.