Visual effects and animation studio Cinesite has added three to its management team: Melissa Taylor joins as general manager in London, Siobhan Bentley is head of production VFX in London, and Tamara Boutcher is the company’s new global head of production for feature animation in Montreal.
“Melissa, Siobhan and Tamara are proven talented executives with deep knowledge of the visual effects and feature animation industries,” reports Cinesite CEO Anthony Hunt. “Working toward equal representation in an industry that is statistically male-dominated is very important to us all, and we’re working hard to improve the balance. We have a collective philosophy on diversity and inclusion, which is embodied in our wider approach of encouraging everyone on the team.”
Taylor will oversee Cinesite London’s visual effects studio while working closely with Montreal colleagues and group VFX brands Image Engine and Trixter. Taylor brings over 30 years’ industry knowledge and relationship-building experience. She joins Cinesite from visual effects studio Framestore, where she served as global head of business development for film and was involved with projects such as Spider-Man: Far From Home, Wonder Woman 1984, Lady and the Tramp, Tom and Jerry and Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw. Prior to Framestore, Taylor was EP at DNeg.
Bentley is tasked with leading, developing and motivating the London production teams throughout a show’s lifecycle. She joins Cinesite from MPC, where she oversaw the production teams on many acclaimed films, such as The Lion King, Roma, The Jungle Book, The Martian and Guardians of the Galaxy. She will work closely with crewing and producers to ensure projects are progressing through departments and deadlines are being met.
Based at Cinesite’s Montreal studio, Boutcher will be responsible for the production and day-to-day operations of the company’s feature animation service slate, developed and produced out of the Montreal and Vancouver studios. Her animation career began at The Walt Disney Company and as the studio transitioned from 2D features to 3D features, Boutcher worked as the director of production, helping to guide the teams and develop practices and technologies for the blending of traditional animation and CGI. Her work is featured in The Addams Family, Dinosaur, The Angry Birds Movie and We Are Not Princesses.
Image Caption: L-R Siobhan Bentley, Melissa Taylor and Tamara Boutcher