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DNEG Hires David Prescott to Lead Feature Animation Expansion

Former Skydance SVP joins LA office; will build creative team that provides range of services including pitching and development support, creative supervision and production management. 

LOS ANGELES DNEG, the visual effects and animation studio, has announced the appointment of David Prescott as senior vice president of creative production for feature animation. Working closely with Tom Jacomb, managing director, Prescott will lead the expansion of feature animation in the Los Angeles office, pulling talent from across DNEG’s international studios. The team will provide a range of services at various stages of the feature animation process, including pitching and development support, creative supervision and production management.

Prescott brings with him almost 30 years of experience working as a creative director and VFX supervisor on live-action and feature animation projects at companies such as DreamWorks Animation, Technicolor and Digital Domain. Most recently, he worked as SVP at Skydance, where he was responsible for the management of everything from technology development to the creative collaboration between filmmakers, artists and producers.

“Feature animation is in an incredible position in the entertainment industry, with strong market growth, and animated features regularly appearing in lists of the highest grossing films of the year,” commented Prescott. “I was drawn to the opportunity at DNEG both because of the company’s creative credentials, and because of the wealth of talent across its global facilities. This gives us the ability to bring together creative talent from all aspects of DNEG’s global business to provide the very best service to filmmakers, specifically tailored to the requirements of their projects. I think this puts DNEG in a unique position in the industry.”

“I am over the moon to be working with David again,” shared Jacomb. “He was my VFX Supervisor on Rise of the Guardians during our time at DreamWorks, and he is one of a very select pool of senior creatives in our industry who understand the requirements of both visual effects and feature animation at the highest level. David brings experience, knowledge, creative leadership and strong industry relationships to this new role, and I’m excited to work with him to develop a creative front-end in LA which provides filmmakers with support, advice and local access to DNEG’s wildly talented feature animation team!”

Source: DNEG