Imax China today named Daniel Manwaring as its chief executive officer, effective January 9, 2023. He succeeds interim CEO Jiande Chen, who will return to his full-time role as vice chairman of Imax China.
The award-winning visual effects studio Milk is opening a new studio in Bordeaux, France in January 2023. Leading the creative team and head of studio will be Milk VFX supervisor Andy Morley, who has been operating out of France for the last year. He will work with his extensive network of VFX talent in France and across Europe in addition to developing his relationships with key schools and universities to access the best emerging talent.
Vista Group International Limited has named Stuart Dickinson chief executive officer, which will take effect April 11, 2023. Dickinson will succeed Kimbal Riley, who is retiring after five years as CEO and nearly a decade at Vista Group overall.
After more than four successful years at Arri executive board member Dr. Michael Neuhaeuser has decided to devote himself to new professional challenges.
Rising Sun Pictures’ visual effects supervisor Julian Hutchens, alongside fellow nominees Tom Wood, Fiona Crawford, Joshua Simmonds and Adam Hammond have won the 2022 Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Award for Best Visual Effects or Animation for their work on Elvis.
Influx Worldwide has named Rolando Rodriguez as senior advisor. Rodriguez will assist Influx to develop strategic partnerships, strengthen cinema relationships and augment the company’s efforts to expand into other related verticals. He will also work closely with Influx CEO and founder, Harish Anand Thilakan, on strategic decisions as the company continues to grow at a rapid pace.
Vista Cinema has promoted London-based Mischa Kay to the new role of chief revenue officer. Kay’s promotion comes as the Vista Group accelerates its platform-based strategy.
The Motion Picture Sound Editors will honor two-time Academy Award-nominated supervising sound editor Gwendolyn Yates Whittle with its 2023 Career Achievement Award. Whittle, whose more than 150 film and television credits include Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace, Minority Report, Munich, Iron Man, Cloverfield, Jurassic World and Fight Club, will receive the award at the 70th MPSE Golden Reel Awards February 26, at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre in Los Angeles.
Neon has named Andrew Brown president of digital distribution. The executive, who has served as senior vice president of digital strategy, marketing, and distribution for Neon since 2017, will also continue to serve as co-chairman of Decals, the home entertainment distribution company launched by Neon and Bleeker Street last year.
Ruben Östlund has been appointed as the new Honorary President of the Göteborg Film Festival. Östlund will be an advisor for the festival and leave his artistic imprint on the festival program, starting with the upcoming Göteborg Film Festival 2023.