VFX Company Framestore Names Mel Sullivan CEO


Visual results large Framestore — whose newest work might be seen in Disney/Marvel’s Doctor Strange within the Multiverse of Madness — has promoted COO Mel Sullivan to CEO, with a founding accomplice and CEO of 26 years William Sargent getting into a brand new function as a chairman of the Framestore and Company 3 group.

Framestore, the London-headquartered visible results home whose work on Gravity and Blade Runner 2049 received VFX Oscars, has skilled fast development since its acquisition of postproduction large Company 3, VFX enterprise Method Studios, and their sister corporations in November of 2020.

As 2022 started, Framestore accomplished the merging of Method’s function and TV VFX enterprise into its Framestore VFX enterprise, which now has eight workplaces throughout 4 continents and a headcount of practically 3,000 artists, producers, and technologists. Its current and upcoming credit embrace VFX work on the aforementioned Madness, together with The Little Mermaid, Peter Pan & Wendy, Wonka, and episodic work reminiscent of His Dark Materials, Moon Knight, and the upcoming season of The Crown. (The former Method accomplished VFX work on Top Gun: Maverick.)

With Sullivan’s promotion, world managing director of movie Fiona Walkinshaw has been given the newly created function of CEO of movie and episodic, whereas Charles Howell, who was main the New York workplace, will function as president of the world promoting and content material.

Sullivan started her profession in finance and company brokerage, earlier than becoming a member of Framestore in 1998 when the VFX firm was under one roof in London with 150 workers. “We are going to continue to do what is at the heart of our success — work on the most challenging and ambitious creative projects and continue to push boundaries of what new technology can achieve,” she says, noting that this consists of refining digital manufacturing pipelines.

She additionally emphasizes Framestore’s concentration on the range. “We worked hard on our apprenticeships [and] we are committed to trying to increase diversity in the company and the industry as a whole. I think it’s important to see that in terms of leadership. They should be inclusive and relatable.”

Sullivan describes the corporate as having a “unique mixture of creativity, collaboration and boldness of vision — it sets our work apart and it sets our people apart, and it’s something we’ve been keen to hold onto throughout the integration of studios in Montreal, Vancouver and Melbourne, the growth of our Mumbai studio and the strides we’re making in fields like real-time, machine learning and virtual production.”

In his function, Sargent will concentrate on figuring out new alternatives for Framestore and Company 3, in addition to offering help to Framestore’s senior administration group, which incorporates new group CFO Claire Price who joins the group on July 1.

“Framestore has grown and evolved in startling ways since we started the company with five people and a big idea,” says Sargent. “From ad spots and pop promos for David Bowie and Madonna we’ve moved into blockbuster franchises, tentpole episodic productions, and landmark theme park installations. In less than five years the company has doubled in size and expanded into three new territories, so it definitely feels like Mel is taking the reins at another pivotal stage of the company’s evolutionary growth. I have absolutely no doubt that under her stewardship we will see the company continue its ambitious trajectory.”

Sullivan will be supported by Fiona Walkinshaw, who takes on the role of Chief Executive Officer, Film & Episodic, and Charles Howell, who will serve as Framestore’s President, Global Advertising and Content.

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