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.
FuseFX has added two experienced visual effects supervisors to its creative team in Los Angeles. Dan Levitan brings more than 80 credits as a supervisor and artist on motion picture and television projects spanning two decades. At FuseFX, he is VFX supervisor for the CBS crime drama Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders, in addition to co-supervising the ABC drama Notorious.
Pinewood Atlanta Studios, the third-largest film studio in the United States, and the largest purpose-built film studio outside of Hollywood, has appointed Frank Patterson as its first president. Patterson will assume the newly created role on January 1, 2017. He will report to the Pinewood Atlanta Studios board of directors.
Arri has promoted Sebastien Laffoux to director of sales, camera systems, effective immediately. In this new role, he is responsible for managing the entire camera sales team for North America with regional representatives based in Los Angeles, New York and Toronto. Laffoux reports directly to Glenn Kennel, president of Arri Inc., who is based at Arri Inc.’s headquarters in Burbank, California.
John Heller, a highly accomplished visual effects supervisor whose credits include such films as Big Miracle, Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief and The Bourne Legacy, has joined the staff of FuseFX. Heller, based at the company’s Los Angeles studio, has already contributed to a number of television projects, including the series CSI: Cyber, The Outsiders and Rush Hour.