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August 23, 2019

Making Monkeys with DNEG in THE HOT ZONE

DNEG Visual Effects Supervisor Michael Enriquez on creating monkeys for National Geographic’s THE HOT ZONE (VFX Voice)

Disney-Sony Standoff Ends Marvel Studios & Kevin Feige’s Involvement In Spider-Man

Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige won’t produce any further Spider-Man films because of an inability by Disney and Sony Pictures to reach new terms that would have given the former a co-financing stake going forward (Deadline)

Sony Is Acquiring Insomniac Games, Studio Behind Spider-Man for PS4

Sony Interactive Entertainment clinched a deal to acquire longtime PlayStation games developer Insomniac Games in its entirety, the company announced Monday (Variety)

Pinewood Sells Stake In Atlanta Studios After Six Year Run

The Pinewood Group has sold its equity in Pinewood Atlanta Studios, the second-largest purpose-built film and TV hub in the U.S., to its joint venture partner in the facility (Deadline)

Scorsese’s New Mob Epic, The Irishman, Has Netflix and Theaters at Odds

When Martin Scorsese signed with Netflix to make The Irishman, he put himself in the crossfire of the so-called streaming wars (The New York Times)

Chernobyl, Orville and More Series’ VFX Pros Reveal Secrets to Creating Burning Reactor Cores, Fiery Galactic Battles

The Emmy-nominated visual effects supervisors on Deadwood: The Movie, Catch-22 and The Man in the High Castle also share how they made the Black Hills of South Dakota, flew a squadron of B-25s and destroyed the Statue of Liberty (The Hollywood Reporter)

Matrix 4 Officially a Go With Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss and Lana Wachowski

Lana Wachowski is set to write and direct a fourth film set in the world of The Matrix, with Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss reprising their roles as Neo and Trinity, respectively (Variety)

People on the Move

VFX Producer Amy Wixson Joins UK Studio Outpost

Amy Wixson, the VFX producer whose credits include A Quiet Place, Ghost In The Shell and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, has joined UK studio Outpost VFX as executive producer (Screen Daily)


Patrick Smith Joins Technicolor Pre-Prod Studio as Head of Visualization

Technicolor has appointed industry leader Patrick Smith as head of its Visualization department (Animation Magazine)


VFX Supervisor Jesper Kjölsrud Joins Cinesite London

Veteran visual effects and CG supervisor with 20 years’ experience brings his creative vision to studio as it ramps up productions (Animation World Network)


SHIPPING + HANDLING Adds Jerry Spivack, Michael Pethel and Matthew Schwab

Three veteran creatives join West Coast office of post-production company specializing in VFX, animation and coloring (Animation World Network)


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