Emmy and Annie award-winning visual effects and animation company Jellyfish Pictures has announced a restructure of its leadership team and new key appointments supporting the company’s ambitious plans for further growth across existing and new sectors. The announcement follows Key Capital Partners’ minority investment in the company earlier in the year and the ongoing global expansion of the company’s operations powered by its virtual studio infrastructure.
David Patton, former global president of brand experience and advertising at Technicolor Creative Studios (where he led The Mill and MPC Advertising) has joined Jellyfish Pictures as chief executive officer. In this newly created role, Patton will work closely with Jellyfish Pictures' founder Phil Dobree to spearhead long-term growth across the business. Their focus will be to broaden the studio's product offering, build-out operational efficiencies, expand into new markets and nurture the company’s world-class creative talent.
Also joining Jellyfish Pictures is Mark Warburg as chief operating officer. Previously global head of talent at Technicolor Creative Studios, he will be responsible for all aspects of operational and talent excellence ensuring that Jellyfish Pictures continues to deliver cutting-edge technology and state-of-the-art production platforms to service the demands of the very best film and animation studios from across the globe.
Phil Greenlow, formerly the global managing director for film at MPC, joins Jellyfish Pictures as managing director of VFX across film and episodic content. He will leverage his 16 years of industry experience to build upon the impressive portfolio of work delivered on a diverse range of content, ranging from major feature films to the ever-expanding high-end TV market.
Natalie Llewellyn expands her role as managing director of Jellyfish Pictures’ Animation & Originals overseeing all the studio’s Animation production output and driving business development, client relationships and partner initiatives.
Former global head of talent at MPC, Sharn Gondal, has been appointed as Jellyfish Pictures’ head of people, responsible for the development and expansion of Jellyfish Pictures’ world-class globally located talent base.
Existing CFO Michelle David and director VFX and animation Luke Dodd will support the leadership team and work closely with new CEO David Patton on delivering the company’s ambitions and managing sustained growth.
Dobree said, "I’m delighted to welcome David as CEO to drive new growth opportunities and steer a new and refocused leadership team. Given our significant successes over the past few years, it's critical that we continue to strengthen and invest in our talent and technology - not only to continue to build scale but also to ensure that we are able to deliver the very best Tier 1 creative product and service to our clients across all markets.”
Patton said "Jellyfish Pictures is on an incredible journey and has tremendous ambition. The new leadership team and structure we now have in place will enable Jellyfish Pictures to remain creatively agile, fast-paced, and technology-leading. These set the platform for taking Jellyfish Pictures to the next level and I'm delighted to be joining the business at such an exciting time."