Branding/effects company Gravity named J. John Corbett as its new vfx supervisor/design director, based in the company’s New York office. Corbett won a 2011 Creative Arts Emmy on Sept. 10 in the category of Outstanding Special Visual Effects for a Series for his work as lead compositor on the pilot episode of HBO’s miniseries “Boardwalk Empire.” In his new post Corbett will work on all upcoming feature film and TV projects with Gravity features and TV VP Karin Levinson and newly promoted vfx supervisor Yuval Levy. Before joining Gravity, Corbett has worked at Brainstorm Digital and Big Film Design. Gravity’s clients include most major film studios, independents, TV networks and consumer products companies.
Industry vet Mike Footer has joined Testronic Labs as director of sales, reporting to CEO Seth Hallen and spearheading the company’s global sales operations. Testronic offers quality assurance services for film, TV, games, websites, hardware and software. Mike “possesses the experience, technical understanding and personality that will enable him to work closely with our global clients and lead our European sales teams,” said Hallen. “Our clients see us as consultative partners during this time of change and Mike will be a great asset in these discussions.”
Expanding its footprint in Europe, post tools provider Assimilate named Ezequiel Sarser as director of European sales. Building upon the company’s sales of Scratch Six and Scratch Lab data workflow product line, Sarser will be responsible for the expansion of Assimilate’s Euro sales channels, supporting the reseller network and strengthening customer relationships across the region. The company has recently experienced new worldwide sales into feature films, commercials, broadcast and music videos, and has stimulated fresh sales among on-set digital imaging technicians and cinematographers. New customers in Europe include The Mill and Prime Focus in London, RED Europe at Pinewood Studios, Screen Scene in Ireland, Wallpaper in France, D-Facto in Germany and Effetti Digitali in Italy. Also on board: DIT workflow specialists Digital Orchard and Brownian Motion.