The IBC2019 International Honor for Excellence will go to Andy Serkis, the director, producer and actor who is today best known for his performance capture roles. These include Gollum, Supreme Leader Snoke, King Kong and Caesar in the Planet of the Apes series.
Award-winning VFX and animation studio Jellyfish Pictures has appointed Matthew Bristowe director of operations. Benefiting from both a creative and commercial background in some of the biggest VFX studios in the world, Bristowe’s hire solidifies Jellyfish Pictures’ continued expansion.
Award-winning sound pros Rick Ash and Ron Eng have joined the sound team at Periscope Post & Audio, Hollywood. Ash and Eng will be the lead sound talent at Periscope Post & Audio’s Hollywood facility, which launched last month. The sound department features a theatrical mix stage with an Avid S6 digital console, Pro Tools and Dolby Atmos capability, as well as three additional mix stages also featuring Avid S6 consoles, Pro Tools and Dolby Atmos.
Well-known French digital imaging technician and film workflow specialist, Matthieu Straub, has joined FilmLight. Based in Paris, he will provide technical advice and practical assistance to FilmLight clients in France and Benelux, as well as acting as the company’s voice in local key trade groups and with training partners in the production and post marketplaces.
Christie has appointed of Peter Chen executive director of sales, cinema, Greater China, at Christie Digital Systems (China) effective today. Chen was formerly the digital cinema sales director at Sony China.
Christie has appointed Eric Shim senior sales manager – cinema (Korea). He reports to Han Kim, senior cinema sales director, Asia Pacific.
Victoria Logan has been named manager, versioning and accessibility at Éclair Media’s Strasbourg office. Logan is a graduate of the Cinema, Radio & TV School at Louvain University in Belgium and spent most of her career at Arte G.E.I.E in Strasbourg as production manager.
Creative media company Alkemy X has appointed Rich Shurtliff as director of information technology. Shurtliff, who brings deep experience in IT for visual effects, design and content production, will oversee the company’s information technology strategy, services and operations at its Philadelphia, New York, and Los Angeles studios. He succeeds the retiring Bob Pyle, who held the post for nearly 30 years.
Production studio Alkemy X has named Clare O’Brien vice president of business development. O’Brien comes to Alkemy to help forge new business relationships with like-minded companies seeking high impact content, nationally and internationally. O’Brien, who will be based out of Alkemy X’s New York studio, brings deep experience in sales, creative and production roles and a passion for building strong, long-lasting client relations with agencies, brands and media companies.
Ymagis Group today announced the appointment of Benoît Jacheet as chief financial officer. He succeeds Jean Firôme in the position. Jacheet joined Ymagis Group’s finance department last month to assist in its current financial restructuring. His appointment as CFO as part of a transition mission gives him the means to carry out the necessary reforms to reorganize the finance function and quickly establish a cash culture and improved operational performance among all managers across the group.