Goldcrest Post has appointed Phil Poli director of engineering. A 20-year industry veteran, Poli will be responsible for overseeing, maintaining, and developing technology and infrastructure for the facility. Technology strategy will also be part of his remit.
Prasad Corporation, which calls itself one of the world’s largest post-production houses, has named Mark Smirnoff president for North America and made him responsible for sales and operations.
Natalie Fischer has been named CEO of Locksmith Animation as the studio gears up for the October release of its first feature film Ron’s Gone Wrong. Fischer is a former COO of Illumination Entertainment and has been a senior adviser there for the past four years.
National CineMedia announced today that president Clifford E. Marks is retiring as of July 1. He will continue working with NCM on major new initiatives, corporate development, and affiliate partnerships as a consultant in a multi-year agreement through his new strategic media and marketing company, CMarksCo, LLC.
The social cinema platform Kinema has appointed Ryan Harrington, a veteran film executive who helped build premier theatrical documentary divisions within National Geographics, A&E, Discovery, and the Tribeca Film Institute, as the company’s first head of film.
An Adelaide native, Chelsea Mirus trained at Rising Sun Pictures in 2016 while working toward a Media Arts degree from the University of South Australia. Moving quickly into a staff position as a visual effects coordinator at RSP, she worked on a string of high-profile projects including Captain Marvel, Alita: Battle Angel, Thor: Ragnarok and Game of Thrones. Then, in 2019, she accepted a post with Important Looking Pirates, a VFX studio based in Stockholm, Sweden, and moved halfway around the globe to become part of a team attached to such hit shows as The Mandalorian, Westworld, Lost in Space and The Stand.
Cooke Optics has appointed Adrian Keane to the role of chief financial officer. Reporting to CEO Tim Pugh, Keane will be responsible for all financial aspects of the business as it continues to grow operationally and geographically.
The Board of Governors of the American Society of Cinematographers has voted on the organization’s 2021-2022 officers and Stephen Lighthill has been re-elected president. He will serve his next one-year term alongside vice presidents Amy Vincent, Steven Fierberg and John Simmons; treasurer Steven Poster; secretary Gregg Heschong; and sergeant-at-arms Jim Denault.
AFI Docs, the American Film Institute's documentary film festival, has announced that it will honor Dawn Porter as the 2021 Charles Guggenheim Symposium honoree. The festival runs June 22-27.
VFX Legion has announced the signing of veteran VFX producer Tony Gallardo. He will work in the company’s British Columbia office with Dylan Yastremski, Legion Studios/B.C.’s head of production and partner, and VFX supervisor/founder James David Hattin, who oversees the company’s global creative resources from its Burbank studio.