F/x power relights senior exec lineup

ILM ups England to Senior VP of prod'n

In an effort to improve the efficiency of the facility, f/x powerhouse Industrial Light & Magic has streamlined its senior management structure.

In the move, Chrissie England has been upped to senior veep of production, a post that puts her in charge of all aspects of ILM’s feature f/x work.

An ILM vet of 24 years, she most recently served as veep of feature production for the past two years.

In her new post, England becomes one of only two ILM production execs who report directly to Jim Morris, prexy of Lucas Digital. The other is Patricia Blau, who continues to head the f/x studio’s foray into digital feature animation as senior veep of production.

“Chrissie’s superb knowledge of all areas of the f/x business, and her hands-on solution-oriented approach, make her the perfect person to lead this new organization,” Morris said.

New executive chart merges the management of ILM’s production and facilities operations, with some middle management posts cut and overhead costs reduced. It also trims the number of ILM execs that artists and film producers have to deal with at the f/x studio.

Reporting to England are Mark Miller and Gail Currey, who move into newly created roles as executives in charge of production. They’ll oversee all of ILM’s feature productions, working directly with film producers on specific projects.

ILM is finishing up f/x sequences for Warner Bros.’ “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” and “Dreamcatcher,” Miramax’s “Gangs of New York” and Paramount’s “Timeline.” It is also tackling U’s “The Hulk” and “Van Helsing,” Warners’ “Terminator 3: The Rise of the Machines,” Disney’s “Hidalgo” and “Pirates of the Caribbean” and the Revolution/Columbia/Universal co-production “Peter Pan.”

Most recently, Miller served as executive producer. He has been with ILM for the past 18 years.

Currey, who has been with ILM for 14 years, most recently served as chief operating officer. That post will not be filled under the new management structure.

Also upped and reporting to England are Colum Slevin, director of computer graphics, and John Ellis, director of production operations.

Jeff Mann, veep of creative operations, and Cliff Plumer, ILM’s chief technology officer, will also now report to England.

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