Post New York Alliance chair Yana Collins Lehman has been appointed to New York City’s Film and Television Council, which operates under the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment. Collins Lehman will join other industry professionals, representing labor unions, production companies, soundstages, studios, and trade organizations, in promoting economic development programs and policies to support the film and television sector of the city’s economy.
Among the newest additions to Rising Sun Pictures’ Brisbane Studio is lighting artist Matt Dorey. A 2018 recipient of the studio’s Graduate Certificate in Dynamic Effects and Lighting, Dorey began his career at Pixel Zoo, Brisbane, and earned his first screen credit at Mill Film Adelaide (now MPC) on the post-apocalyptic drama Love and Monsters (a 2021 Oscar nominee for Best Visual Effects). He also spent two years in Toronto at the studios Mr. X and MPC, contributing to projects including Cowboy Bebop, Nightmare Alley, and Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio.
The Society of Camera Operators has announced the recipients of the upcoming Society of Camera Operators Lifetime Achievement Awards and the Technical Achievement Awards. Recipients will be presented and honored in-person for the first time since the COVID19 pandemic during the annual SOC Lifetime Achievement Awards dinner and celebration February 25 at the Loews Hollywood Hotel.
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.