USC names Entertainment Tech Center chief

Kenneth Williams becomes CEO, executive director

Kenneth S. Williams has been named CEO and executive director of USC’s Entertainment Technology Center, the center announced on Tuesday.

Williams follows David Wertheimer, who stepped down to take the position of prexy of digital at Fox. Wertheimer will continue on the board as the studio’s rep.

The School of Cinematic Arts’ think tank brings studios, tech providers and other stakeholders together to advance digital initiatives in the industry. The nonprofit was founded in 1993 with the help of George Lucas.

“This organization helps bridge entertainment and technology through dialogue as well as the sharing and dissemination of information,” Williams said. “The ETC@USC seeks to support industry stakeholders in the evolution of business.”

During his 20-year career at Columbia and Sony, Williams founded the Digital Studios Division and co-founded the vfx company Sony Pictures Imageworks. He served as chairman of the ETC@USC board in 2000.

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