Rainmaker ups O’Reilly to president

VFX producer's credits include 'Stargate SG-1'

Rainmaker visual effects has upped veteran vfx producer Marianne O’Reilly to president.

CEO Warren Franklin also announced the promotions of Shauna Bryan to head of business development and Jason Dowdeswell to head of digital studio.

Bryan and Dowdeswell will report directly to O’Reilly.

Rainmaker vfx had been without a prexy since Franklin became CEO in July 2006.

O’Reilly, a 17-year showbiz vet, was a sports entertainment producer for the NHL’s Buffalo Sabres and Vancouver Canucks and the Canadian Football League’s BC Lions before moving into visual effects.

Her TV credits include “Stargate SG-1” and “Dead Like Me.” In 2003, she moved into features, including “Garfield” and “Elektra” and “I, Robot.”

Bryan helped launch Rainmaker’s London facility and oversaw Rainmaker’s work on “Blades of Glory.” Her vfx credits also include “Earthsea” and “The Dead Zone.”

Dowdeswell is a vet of Sony Imageworks, where he worked as a digital lead artist on “Starship Troopers” and “Stuart Little,” and of the “Star Wars” films at Industrial Light & Magic. He joined Rainmaker in 2002 as digital production supervisor.

He will be responsible for overall implementation of the digital and creative aspects of Rainmaker’s pipeline.

Rainmaker is one of North America’s larger vfx companies, with many TV credits and an increasing presence in feature films. Rainmaker visual effects has facilities in Vancouver, where the company has its HQ, and in London.

Company’s recent credits include Sci Fi Channel skein “Stargate Atlantis” and feature “1408.” It is one of three divisions of Rainmaker Entertainment, which also includes animation and post-production.

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