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Craig Zerouni Named Head of Technology, Deluxe VFX.
(February 15, 2017)
Los Angeles, CA -- February 15, 2017 -- Deluxe has named long-time media technology executive Craig Zerouni Head of Technology, Deluxe Visual Effects (VFX), to drive the technology vision for the global VFX production environment. In this role Zerouni will focus on continuing to unify software development and systems architecture across Deluxe's Method studios in Los Angeles, Vancouver, New York, and India, and its Iloura studios in Sydney and Melbourne, as well as Deluxe VR, based in Los Angeles, to integrate and expand global production capacity.
Based in Los Angeles and reporting to President and GM of Deluxe VFX and VR Ed Ulbrich, Zerouni will lead VFX and VR R&D and software development teams and systems worldwide, working closely with technology teams across Deluxe's Creative division to benefit from and contribute to the deep pool of IP, knowledge, and resources across the global Deluxe technology organization.
Ulbrich said, "Our VFX work serves both the features world, which is increasingly global, and the advertising community, which is increasingly local. Behind the curtain at Method, Iloura, and Deluxe in general, we have been working to integrate our studios to give clients the ability to tap into integrated global capacity, technology and talent anywhere in the world, while offering a high-quality local experience. Craig's experience leading global technology organizations and distributed development teams, and building and integrating pipelines is right in line with our focus. He has done amazing work improving workflow and optimizing systems at VFX and animation companies of all sizes, and he's a great team leader."
Zerouni has been working in media technology and production for nearly three decades, joining Deluxe most recently from DreamWorks, where he was Director of Technology at its Bangalore, India facility overseeing all technology. Prior to that he spent nine years at Digital Domain, where he was first Head of R&D responsible for software strategy and teams in five locations across three countries, then Senior Director of Technology overseeing all aspects of technology including software, systems, production technology, technical directors and media systems. He has also directed engineering, products and teams at software/tech companies Silicon Grail, Side Effects Software, and Critical Path, and was a Co-Founder of pioneering London computer animation company CFX. Zerouni's work has contributed to features including TRON: Legacy, Iron Man 3, Maleficent, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Ender's Game and others, and more than 400 commercials, TV idents and titles. He is a member of BAFTA, ACM/SIGGRAPH, IEEE, the Visual Effects Society, has served on the AMPAS Digital Imaging Technology Subcommittee, and is the author of the technical reference book "Houdini on the Spot."
Zerouni said, "I'm excited to come on board with Deluxe right at this time - the company is expanding and integrating its VFX studios around the world and what comes through strongly is a commitment to growth and innovation. There's a great opportunity to harness all of the worldwide VFX talent and technology skill sets across these companies to support clients on an even bigger, broader scale."
Artists from Iloura have been recognized with Academy Award nominations for Visual Effects two years running, for Mad Max: Fury Road and Deepwater Horizon, and earned the 2016 VFX Emmy Award for work on Game of Thrones. Recent work from Method Studios includes VFX Academy Award-nominated Doctor Strange, along with Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Captain America: Civil War, and award-winning commercials. Method is currently in production on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Knights of the Round Table: King Arthur and other features and advertising projects.
About Deluxe Entertainment Services Group
Deluxe Entertainment Services Group Inc. is the global leader in digital services and technology solutions for content creation and delivery. Since 1915 Deluxe has been a trusted partner to Hollywood studios, independent filmmakers, TV networks, online content producers, brands, and anyone looking to bring stories and experiences to audiences. Deluxe Creative companies house the world's top talent, amplified through a unified technology and business infrastructure to streamline processes, move media seamlessly, and connect our teams globally. Deluxe Delivery Solutions offer everything clients need to transform and deliver content in any format and release or broadcast window, for any recipient, to any device and destination. With headquarters in Los Angeles and New York, and operations in 25 key media markets worldwide, the company relies on the talents of 7,000 of the industry's premier artists, experts, and innovators. bydeluxe.com
About Deluxe's Method Studios
Method Studios is an award-winning global visual effects brand built around an exceptional team of visual effects professionals to service high-end feature film, commercial and motion graphics clients. Its network of international facilities provides a full range of services around the clock for productions in any location. methodstudios.com
About Deluxe's Iloura
Iloura is based in Melbourne and Sydney and houses a collective of award-winning animation and VFX artists motivated by creativity and technical innovation. The team helps film and television productions to engage with any audience across any media platform, and is passionate about producing the best impact on screen - from high quality, fast-turnaround pre-visualisation through to a flawless final shot or sequence. www.iloura.com.au
About Deluxe VR
Deluxe VR provides end-to-end services across all VR platforms, including creating real-time and pre-rendered CG content as well as 360° live-action video. Its dedicated team of immersive experience designers, artists and developers work with the world's leading brands and content partners to redefine what's possible in content, communication and commerce.
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