As head of business development and a member of the executive management team at Rising Sun Pictures, Jennie Zeiher leads the team responsible for the visual effects studio’s forward slate of high-quality film and series projects. Zeiher considers staying abreast of the development schedule and saying yes to opportunities as they arise to be key to her company’s success, which is not an easy feat being half a world away from Hollywood. “Over the past several years RSP’s relationships have broadened and through consistent high quality delivery we’re developing new ones,” she says. “It's a virtuous cycle.”
The Hollywood Professional Association has named Paul Chapman, Kari Grubin, and Joachim Zell to its board of directors. They will serve three-year terms that began January 1. Michael DeValue joins the board for a one-year term as the SMPTE representative, a role vacated by Chapman at the end of his term.
Showcase Cinemas has named company veteran Laura Correia assistant vice oresident, film & event cinema. Correia, who started her professional career with National Amusements in 1997, will oversee the event cinema program as part of her new role. Showcase Event Cinema exhibits more than 250 events annually and includes fine arts, classic films, anime, documentaries, inspirational content and concerts. Showcase Cinemas is committed to continuing to expand this program and offer the most engaging content for moviegoers.
Post-production innovator and software development company DigitalFilm Tree has named Nancy Jundi as chief operational officer. Jundi brings a wealth of experience to her new role, with more than 20 years of experience guiding entertainment and technology companies, both start-up and global, through exceptional growth challenges. She has been an outside consultant to DFT since 2014 and will now be based in DFT’s Los Angeles headquarters, where she will join founder and CEO Ramy Katrib in pioneering revolutionary new offerings for DFT and the industry.
The Chicago-based editing, design, and postproduction boutique's The Colonie has added colorist Jennifer Gaida to its staff. Gaida recently worked for Energy BBDO’s Flare and officially joined The Colonie staff at the beginning of the year. She also previously worked at Utopic as both a colorist and editor.
The board of twofour54 Abu Dhabi has appointed Michael Garin as its CEO. Following the formation of a board of directors for twofour54 last July and the appointment of H.E. Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak as chairman and the then CEO H.E. Maryam Eid AlMheiri as vice chair, the CEO position became vacant.
The Motion Picture Sound Editors association has elected Mark Lanza as president. Lanza is an award-winning supervising sound editor and currently serves as the organization’s treasurer. His two-year term as president begins in January. He succeeds Tom McCarthy.
The American Society of Cinematographers presented their 34th annual Outstanding Achievement Awards Saturday night at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. The Theatrical Award for best cinematography in a motion picture went to Roger Deakins, ASC, BSC for 1917. Jarin Blaschke took the Spotlight Award for The Lighthouse, and Fejmi Daut and Samir Ljuma won the inaugural Documentary Award for Honeyland.
The American Society of Cinematographers will bestow its Board of Governors Award to Oscar and Emmy Award nominee Werner Herzog. The tribute will be made at the 34th Annual ASC Awards for Outstanding Achievement on January 25 at Hollywood & Highland’s Ray Dolby Ballroom.
CJ 4DPlex today named Don Savant CEO of CJ 4DPlex Americas, the U.S. branch of the groundbreaking next-generation motion picture technology company. Savant will be responsible for growing both premium formats, 4DX and ScreenX, in the Americas, while continuing to collaborate with movie studios to deliver the best films in both formats for consumers.