Duo to guide expansion into games market

Venice-based visual effects house Digital Domain has named vfx veteran Cliff Plumer chief exec and upped Kevin Weston to chief financial officer.

Digital Domain’s previous CEO, Mark Miller, remains with the company as president. He oversees the company’s visual effects biz, which is on the upswing this year, including major work on “Speed Racer” and “The Mummy 3.”

Plumer joined Digital Domain in 2006 as chief technology officer after 10 years at Industrial Light & Magic. Weston is another Lucasfilm vet, having been a VP for LucasArts. The pair aim to guide DD’s long-term expansion into the games market.

The company’s game division recently suffered a blow when Warner Bros. decided not to go ahead with an animated version of “Thundercats” using Digital Domain’s videogame engine. DD had been aboard to do both the videogame and the feature film and delivered proof-of-concept test footage, but Warner decided to go in a different direction with the project, which remains alive at the studio.

Digital Domain reassigned most of the “Thundercats” team to visual effects work and laid off about six artists. The company has not disclosed any other major game projects under way there.

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