Randy Reck, an engineer and product specialist with broad expertise in production and post-production workflow technologies, has joined MTI Film as director of product development. Reck will oversee product development, sales and marketing for Cortex, the company’s line of dailies solutions, DRS Nova, its digital restoration package, and other software-based products. Reck’s background includes senior technology posts with Panavision, EFilm and Encore Hollywood.
Continuing to broaden its roster of commercial filmmakers, Accomplice Media has signed comedy director Ben Whitehouse for exclusive representation in the United States. The British-born director launched his career in 2009 and since then has established himself as a master of character-driven comedy through work for Subway, Amazon, Enterprise, KFC, Specsavers, Phones 4U and others.
CineCardz has appointed Guillaume Thomine Desmazures chief executive officer effective immediately.
Movie has appointed Dr. Bryan Smith as the company's chief data scientist. A computational scientist with research and management experience, Smith most recently was research group manager, information & communications technologies at Callaghan Innovation, the New Zealand government agency, which commercializes technical innovation of New Zealand companies. The announcement was made by Will Palmer, Movio’s chief executive and co-founder.
Continuing to grow its sound department, Sony Pictures Post Production Services has added award-winning re-recording mixers Steve Pederson and Daniel J. Leahy to its creative staff. Pederson and Leahy have worked as a team on a number of motion picture projects, including the Antoine Fuqua film The Equalizer, which, as independents, they mixed on Sony Pictures’ Cary Grant Stage last year. They are currently mixing Fuqua’s latest film, Southpaw on the Sony lot. Upcoming projects include HBO’s True Detective and Fuqua’s remake of The Magnificent Seven.
The Cinema Advertising Council has announced two additions to its board of directors. Spotlight Cinema Network president Michael Sakin was elected to represent the association’s Level II members – vendors who represent exclusive selling rights on 4,999 U.S. movie screens or less – replacing Bob Shaw; and Marcus Theatres assistant vice president, sales/research & development Clint Wisialowski has been chosen to represent CAC affiliate members, replacing Stewart Harnell.
Accomplice Media has signed German director Lino Russell for exclusive representation in the United States. Russell, who was educated in the United States and England, is an automotive and visual specialist known for his technical skill, dynamic visuals, deft handling of talent and ability to craft vivid stories. His credits include Audi, Ferrari, BMW, Alfa Romeo, Volkswagen, Toyota, Chevrolet and other global car brands.
The Board of Governors of the American Society of Cinematographers has re-elected its slate of officers for another term. Continuing to serve in their roles will be Richard Crudo as president; Owen Roizman, Kees Van Oostrum and Lowell Peterson as vice presidents; Matthew Leonetti as treasurer; Fred Goodich as secretary; and Isidore Mankofsky as sergeant-at-arms.
Supervising senior colorist Todd Bochner has joined Chainsaw, Hollywood, a Sim Group Company. Bochner arrives with more than 20 years of experience and credits on more than 50 television series, as well as numerous features, commercials and music videos. His first project at Chainsaw will be the HBO series The Leftovers.
The Ymagis Group has appointed Maxime Rigaud general manager of exhibitor services for France, Switzerland and Africa. The announcement follows the group’s purchase statement on March 25 of the French company R2D1, which is specialized in the installation and maintenance of digital cinema equipment.