Former Medialab prexy joins Load Media spinoff
Post-production vet Kelvin Duckett has been tapped CEO and prexy of Morgan Digital Studios, the Internet production studio spun off from Load Media Network last October.Appointment follows expected departure Friday of Load founder and CEO Morgan Warstler to pursue other dot-com endeavors. Jack Kennedy, former strategic adviser and acting director of corporate development at satellite-based Internet service Teledesic, has taken over as Load CEO. Company produces LoadTV video distribution and playback technology that can play full-screen video from a hard drive after it has been downloaded off the Internet. Although a spinoff, Los Angeles-based MDS operates as a separate company to handle production services for online programming, including camera work, video and sound editing, archiving and encoding of projects. “We will remain agnostic on where the material comes from,” Duckett said. “We want to be the machine in the middle. As the Internet moves from text to a video-based medium, digital video will be in high demand, and we’re ramping up operations to fulfill it.” With Warstler out of the picture, MDS’ moniker is likely to change. In his new post, Duckett will oversee the management and expansion of MDS in Hollywood, as well as the company’s national rollout into New York, Miami, Chicago and Dallas. Company has a staff of 60. Before joining MDS, Duckett built several post-production facilities, including 525 Post with partner Steve Hendricks, and served as exec veep, worldwide, of Virgin Studios. Duckett was also managing director of f/x studio Pacific Ocean Post, working on “Star Trek: First Contact,” “Armageddon” and “Independence Day,” among other projects. Most recently, Duckett was prexy of Canal Plus’ Medialab, a motion capture and animation studio in France and the U.S.