Wim Buyens, senior vice president and general manager of Barco’s Entertainment division, has been appointed as chairman of the executive committee and board of governors of the Advanced Imaging Society. Buyens joined the society in 2014 and has been serving as vice-chairman since 2015.
Rooftop Films has awarded sixteen cash and service grants to alumni filmmakers, including The Rooftop Filmmakers’ Fund Garbo NYC Feature Film Grants, which were awarded to directors Robert Greene and Kirsten Johnson. Greene will receive a monetary grant of $15,000 to help finish his new film, Bisbee ‘17, and Johnson will receive a $10,000 grant to support her film, Deadpan.
Karol Martesko-Fenster and Evan Saxon have joined the executive team of Abramorama as executive vice president and COO, and West Coast head of acquisitions and business development respectively. Company founder Richard Abramowitz made the announcement.
Versatile colorist Dan Hermelin has joined Roundabout Entertainment as the facility continues to build its talent pool and broaden its services for picture finishing and restoration. Hermelin arrives with more than 20 years of post-production experience and a resume spanning features, television and restoration project, the latter including re-masters of Jerry Maguire, Men in Black and The Deep. At Roundabout, he will continue to service a diverse clientele, including his current project, the animated series Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for Nickelodeon.
CJ CGV, operator of 2,821 screens at 368 locations in seven countries, has named Paul Richardson as the first chief operating officer of CJ CGV Americas. The move comes as the company looks to increase its presence in the U.S. marketplace.
On January 9 Rémi Gérard will become Ymagis Group CFO, replacing Pierre Flamant who leaves after two years. Flamant, who also served nine years at the head of the finance department at Ymagis subsidiary dcinex (CinemaNext), has chosen to pursue other professional opportunities and will leave the group at the end of February.
Data management company DCIMPro360 has named post-production veteran Patrick Howley to be its director of technology. Howley has more than 40 years of experience as an engineer, consultant, sales director, project manager, and owner/operator of a large digital production and post-production center.
Atlanta boutique post-production house Nine Mile Circle has added creative director, Flame artist and finishing editor Les Umberger to its creative team. Umberger is an Emmy Award-winning artist who brings experience with major brands and top agencies through past stints at West Coast shops Digital Domain and R!OT. His presence will allow Nine Mile to offer clients comprehensive post-production packages, encompassing creative editorial, color grading, visual effects, editorial finishing and sound at a level on par with companies in Los Angeles, New York and Chicago.
Continuing to broaden its East Coast footprint, FuseFX has added two veteran visual effects supervisor and a producer to its New York team.
Screenvision Media has hired west coast sales veteran Vince Amalfi as vice president of national advertising sales. Based in Screenvision Media’s Los Angeles office, Amalfi will lead the LA ad sales team, deepen client relationships and grow opportunities for brands and agencies across the west coast.