MoviePass has named former product leader at Spotify, Viacom and Comcast, Mike Berkley chief product officer. Berkley’s role at MoviePass will be to lead the product strategy and vision for the MoviePass service, as the company continues its efforts to grow its subscriber base and expand technology integrations with exhibitors and other partners.
CinemaNext today announced the official opening of CinemaNext Middle East & Africa in Jebel Ali Free Zone, located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Cinema industry professional Francois Inizan will serve as its general manager.
GPL Technologies has hired Felix Fissel to lead its VFXnow unit as vice president of global operations. Fissel, an IT specialist with deep experience in the visual effects industry, will oversee VFXnow operations in Los Angeles, New York, and Vancouver. He will also lead business development and seek to expand markets for the unit, a hardware-as-a-service provider to visual effects studios, game developers, editing houses and other creative services companies.
Éclair has appointed Dan Clark as its commercial director in the United Kingdom. Clark started his career in 2001 with Kodak Motion Picture as feature and short film manager before becoming post-production and digital cinema manager, and then technical manager.
Arri Rental, a leading provider of camera, lighting and grip equipment, is pleased to announce the addition of Peter McCaffrey to its marketing team. As international marketing executive, McCaffrey will function as a bridge between Arri Rental and set, helping to form and nurture industry relationships.
The American Society of Cinematographers has named Eric Rodli as executive director, effective immediately. In his new role, Rodli will be responsible for driving initiatives that uphold the mission of the organization – to advance the art and science of cinematography – and creating a supportive community for its members.
Veteran colorist Trent Johnson has joined MTI Film. Johnson brings more than 25 years of experience and credits spanning features, animation, episodic television and restoration. His recent credits include Columbia Pictures’ The Emoji Movie, Screen Gems’ Proud Mary and the upcoming MGM comedy Overboard.
The CTC has named Sarah Lewthwaite, managing director and senior vice president Europe, Movio, and Sandie Caffelle, sales and marketing manager, Jack Roe to its board of governors.
H. Loren Nielsen has joined Xperi Corporation as vice president, content relations and strategy. Nielsen will serve as the studio liaison for DTS:X object-based immersive sound technology from DTS, a wholly owned Xperi subsidiary.
Vista Group International has announced that Kimbal Riley will take over as group CEO from Murray Holdaway. Holdaway will take up the position of chief product officer and will continue in his role as an executive director on the Vista Group board. This has taken place as part of a succession planning process. The transition takes effect April 3.