Deluxe has combined its post entities — Company 3, Beast, Deluxe New York, Encore, Efilm, Level 3 Post, Method Studios and Rushes — into a new Creative Services division that will centralize operations of color, editorial, visual effects and all other post services across multiple platforms, including feature-length movies; web, cable and network television programs; commercials; web content; and everything else Deluxe’s clients require. So, for example, you might see a feature colorist working on a television series or a spot colorist working on a feature.
All individual company names will remain.
Stefan Sonnenfeld, founder/president of Company 3, becomes CEO of the division while still continuing to do color work. In fact, he just completed Michael Mann’s upcoming Blackhat, and worked on The Imitation Game.
Bill Romeo will move up from his post as executive VP of Encore to become CMO, and Joshua Touber, who held a similar role at Ascent Media a decade ago before co-founding Xytech and Xymox, will serve as COO.
“As the division among different types of content continue to blur,” explains Sonnenfeld, “our new, centralized Creative Services division will offer clients greater efficiency and flexibility — and our incredibly talented artists will no longer be locked into working only on features, episodic TV or commercials.”
Additional staff changes include long-time Encore employee Jay Bodnar being named CTO, and Lawrence Kelly is now senior VP of finance. Bodnar served as SVP engineering, TV for over a decade. He spearheaded the television division’s transition to file-based workflows for all post and VFX work as well as the near-set dailies service (MobiLabs) pipeline. According to the company, he has been instrumental in unifying multiple engineering teams to maximize resources and efficiencies among multiple facilities. Kelly, who joined Deluxe in October as VP of finance for Method Studios, has 20 years of experience on the studio side of the business. He was at Warner Bros. Universal and Paramount Pictures.
Main Photo: CEO Stefan Sonnefeld.