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Ted Schilowitz Ankles Red, Inks Consulting Deal at Fox (Exclusive)

Former 'Leader of the Rebellion' tasked with high-resolution digital movie production and post workflows

Ted Schilowitz, who took the startup Red Camera Co. to a leading position among digital camera suppliers for filmed entertainment, has left the company he helped found and signed a consulting deal with Fox.

Schilowitz left the company where he had held the official title co-founder and “leader of the rebellion'” just ahead of his scheduled retirement. He will work at Fox alongside the studio’s president of physical production, Joe Hartwick, and its president of feature post, Ted Gagliano. Officially, Schilowitz will work with the studio on high-resolution digital movie production and advanced post-production pathways/workflows.

“(Fox) felt like a really good place for me to use the contacts and skills I had built out during my days at Red,” Schilowitz said, “and to be connected to a forward-thinking studio that’s shooting a lot of movies on digital.”

Ted is a really smart, brilliant guy, and innovative,” Gagliano told Variety. “We just looked at this as an opportunity to get someone who has been on the inside to look at where we’ve been, where we are and where we should be going.”

Expertise such as Schilowitz’s is especially valuable because digital shooting is so different from 35mm film shooting. Film offers fewer, simpler choices, and directors tend to shoot a predictable number of feet a day. With digital filmmaking, formats and tools are evolving so quickly that no two projects are quite the same.

“Now the entire movie business is the computer business; it’s the IT business,” Schilowitz said. “And with that comes a tremendous amount of choice, a tremendous amount of flexibility and with that can come confusion. It’s not just big movie studios trying to figure this out, it’s everybody.”

He told Variety his plans other than this deal are uncertain, and he was gratified by Fox’s flexibility and support, as the studio has left the door open for his consulting position to be either short or long term, and to have a flexible time commitment.

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