DNEG Hires Eric Brevig and Greg Butler as Visual Effects Supervisors – Film News in Brief

Eric Brevig and Greg Butler have been hired as visual effects supervisors at VFX and animation studio DNEG, the studio announced Thursday.

Brevig and Butler come to the studio as Oscar winners for Best Visual Effects. Brevig won for ‘Total Recall’ in 1991, while Butler won an Oscar and a BAFTA for ‘1917’ in 2020. Additionally, Brevig received an Oscar nomination for ‘Hook’ and ‘Pearl Harbor’ as well as a BAFTA nomination for ‘Men in Black’, while Butler received a BAFTA for ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2’ and a Visual Effects Society Award for Best Character Animation for his work on the character of Gollum in “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King”.

“I am proud that Eric and Greg, two highly accomplished industry veterans, each with their incredible heritage of jaw-dropping work, are joining the creative ranks of DNEG,” said Namit Malhotra, President and CEO of DNEG. , in a press release. “Eric and Greg will certainly help us continue to push the creative boundaries of what is possible during this time of technological advancements in our industry and unprecedented demand for our services. The addition of professionals with backgrounds, talents and expertise like theirs further strengthens DNEG as the leading visual effects and animation studio in the category.

John Riccitiello donates $14 million to USC School of Cinematic Arts

John Riccitiello, CEO of San Francisco-based Unity Technologies, has donated $14 million to the Interactive Media and Games Division of the USC School of Cinematic Arts to establish the John Riccitiello Fund.

The donation provides an ongoing source of financial support to help the school continue to be a creative incubator for future professional interactive media creators. Danny Bilson, SCA professor, IMGD president and director of USC Games, will be named the John Riccitiello Chair in Games and Interactive Media.

CAS Dean Elizabeth Daley said, “We are extremely grateful to John Riccitiello for this generous and meaningful gift. The games industry is the fastest growing sector of the entertainment industry, and this endowment will ensure our students have the lasting support needed to continue breaking down barriers and finding new ways to create impactful games, interactive experiences and innovative research.

Muslim Public Affairs Council Announces Winners of 30th Annual Media Awards

The Muslim Public Affairs Council’s annual Media Awards will reward the series “We Are Lady Parts”, “Mira, Royal Detective”, “United States of Al”; “I’ll meet you there” and “Americanish” functionality; as well as journalist Amna Nawaz and actor-activist Hisham Nawfiq. The virtual awards ceremony will take place on June 26. The 30th anniversary of the awards will also pay tribute to the 78 past winners.

Harry Ransom Center creates endowment in honor of Robert De Niro and announces birthday gala

The Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin has announced that it will create a new endowment in honor of Robert De Niro, called De Niro Curator Film. The center also announced with De Niro that it will host a gala titled “A Celebration of Film” to celebrate the center’s 65th anniversary.

For more than 16 years, De Niro has demonstrated an ongoing dedication to the center and its mission. In 2006, the acclaimed actor donated his archive documenting his film career, and he has continually made additional contributions of material throughout the present, adding to the Center’s vast collection of film-related documents and artifacts. highlights of American culture.

“I strongly believe in and support what the Harry Ransom Center is doing to open up the creative process of filmmaking to students and the community,” De Niro said. “The Center has done an outstanding job of curating a wide range of collections highlighting the history of the art form and the business.”

The ‘Celebration of Film’ gala, to be held Sept. 24 at the AT&T Hotel and Conference Center in Austin, will highlight the impact and legacy of film archive history and benefit the collection of films and the Centre’s research mission. The Ransom Center Film Archive tells the stories of important producers, directors, writers and actors from Hollywood’s long history.

“It is a privilege to welcome Robert De Niro, a great friend of the Ransom Center and an outspoken advocate for the arts, to Austin as we celebrate 65 years of archiving important American cultural history,” said Stephen Enniss. , director of the Harry Ransom Center. “This endowment will support ongoing work to preserve film history and inspire the next generation of filmmakers.”

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