Visual Effects Society Executive Director Eric Roth to Retire September 30

The Visual Effects Society (VES) recently announced the upcoming retirement of Eric Roth, Executive Director of the Society who held the position for nearly 20 years. Roth will complete his tenure as head of the organization on September 30, 2022, midway through the Society’s landmark 25th anniversary year. The Executive Committee of the VES Board of Directors, under the leadership of VES President Lisa Cooke, has created a search committee that will soon begin the process of identifying the next Executive Director.

“We were exceptionally proud and fortunate to have a leader of Eric’s caliber, with such passion, integrity and vision – and the unparalleled skills needed to drive this dynamic organization forward. As a colleague and friend, Eric is the kind of collaborator, mentor and cheerleader you always hope to work with. Eric has done transformative work to make the Society a rich global community, and he leaves us a huge legacy to continue,” said VES President Lisa Cooke.

Here is the full text of the letter Eric Roth delivered to the VES Board today:

Dear friends and colleagues –

For nearly 19 years, I had the privilege of being the Executive Director of VES. Working with all of you – our extraordinary volunteer leaders serving on the Board of Directors to represent our members worldwide, and certainly the six individuals who have held the title of President – ​​has been a true honor and the pinnacle of my professional career. And now, it is with mixed emotions that I announce my retirement, effective September 30 of this year.

At this point in my life, while being aware of some underlying health issues, I look forward to spending more time with my family, traveling, and pursuing my next chapter. Given that I’m about to turn 65 in a few weeks (time is definitely flying!) and we’re currently celebrating the Society’s 25th anniversary, it seems like a good time to make a transition and usher in the next leader. which will take us forward.

Truly, my time with VES has been filled with many points of pride and accomplishment – ​​we launched our award-winning VFX Voice magazine five years ago, created three editions of the VES Handbook of Visual Effects, produced 20 years of our amazing VES Awards Show, hosted our annual VES Honors and Hall of Fame program and provided a strong slate of top-notch online programming and content.

But more than that, we have created a “voice” for our industry and our society over these years by working together with a common goal. Although we are an honorary society, we have found our power – our voice – when we convene industry leaders on vital topics or publish important white papers on the state of the industry or the latest technologies. . And when we announce the annual winners of our fabulous VES Awards Show, the industry really takes notice! Ultimately, I believe VFX is the beating heart of the global entertainment industry and if you want the best visuals on your show – and who doesn’t? – you want to discover the VES.

We are an organization that runs on the “passion of volunteerism”. SO many extraordinarily talented people have voluntarily given up their nights and weekends in the service of VES over the years. I – and the Company – know that we can never fully repay or recognize everything you have done. Just know that you are truly appreciated in a deeply felt way for all the contributions you all have made. In fact, our volunteer committees continue to do vital work in service to our members and the global visual effects community, including creating industry-leading mental health benefits, mentorship programs, diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives, future-facing technology projects, video archives. and a soon-to-be-realized digital VFX museum, and exclusive opportunities that promote education and professional development.

To be honest, the achievement that really stands out for me is the sheer growth in membership and reach of VES… bonded together in a global community. In other words, WE ARE NOW TRULY GLOBAL. When I took on this role, we were about 750 people, mostly located in California; now we have over 4,400 members in 45 countries and 14 chapters worldwide. I will proudly consider our global expansion and influence as the most important part of the legacy I leave behind.

This summer, I will work with all of you to continue to raise the profile and recognition of VES and the industry, while paving the way for the leader who will succeed me and take VES to new heights.

The Executive Committee of the Board of Directors, under the leadership of Lisa Cooke, has just created a search committee which will shortly begin the process of identifying the next CEO. I know they will share more with you as this business unfolds.

In closing, it has been my greatest honor to be your CEO for nearly two decades. Thank you for entrusting me with this responsibility. I am more grateful than you will ever know.

I also thank you for your leadership and integrity, support and friendship and look forward to hearing all about the great things to come for VES!

All My Best – Eric Roth

VES is the only official entertainment industry organization representing the extended global community of visual effects practitioners, including supervisors, artists, producers, technology developers, educators and studio executives. VES’ more than 4,200 members in more than 45 countries around the world contribute to all areas of entertainment – ​​film, television, commercials, animation, music videos, games and new media.

Briana R. Cross