Motion picture and television sound executive Paul Rodriguez passed away September 26th in Los Angeles of cardiac arrest after a brief hospitalization. He was 65. Rodriguez was president of South Lake Audio Services and vice president of audio services and development at Roundabout Entertainment in Burbank where he oversaw post-production sound for projects including HBO’s Westworld.
Motion Picture Solutions has appointed Matt Aspray the company’s chief executive officer. He takes over from Howard Kiedaisch, who is stepping aside to focus on the growth of Bel Air Cinema, a company he co-founded and in which MPS is a principal partner.
Ymagis Group has appointed Jean Firome has been appointed chief financial officer, replacing Rémi Gérard, who left the group this summer for personal reasons. Philippe Lefebvre joins the group as vice president procurement. Benoit Schils is the group’s new quality director.
Movio has promoted Matthew Liebmann to global president, Movio Cinema. He previously held the title of senior vice president, the Americas.
SMPTE today announced that it will elevate 12 industry leaders to the status of SMPTE Fellow. This honor is conferred on individuals who have, through their proficiency and contributions to the industry, attained an outstanding rank among members of the Society. The new SMPTE Fellows will be honored at the SMPTE 2017 Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition at the Hollywood and Highland Center in Los Angeles in October. The new SMPTE 2017 Fellows include:
Almost Never Films has appointed Daniel Roth as chief creative officer and Damiano Tucci as chief operating officer. Roth and Tucci will be integral to Almost Never Films' business operations, and potential acceleration of the company's expansion strategy.
The Hollywood Section of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers has announced the results of its 2017 section elections. Newly elected to a one-year term as Hollywood Section officers are Jim DeFilippis as section chair and Steve Wong as secretary/treasurer.
Volfoni has announced that technology industry veteran Allen Schoonmaker has joined the company in the newly created role of chief marketing officer.
The March on Washington Film Festival, a nonprofit entity of the Raben Group, has hired Samantha Abrams as executive director. This announcement comes on the heels of the group’s most successful festival to date as it strives to build on its recent success. Abrams is a longtime Washington D.C.-based corporate and nonprofit business leader.
Award-winning London production studio Jellyfish has appointed Charlotte Loynes as its development producer. Drawing from her extensive career in animation spanning 20 years, Loynes will support and guide the creative ideas Jellyfish generates internally as well as their collaborations with external developers.