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DNEG Names Philippe Gluckman Creative Director – India

The former DreamWorks exec joins the studio’s growing creative leadership team that includes recent hire Angi Dyste as Senior Vice President, Episodic, and recently promoted Archie Donato as Head of VFX and Eoin Murphy as Head of CG.

Leading VFX and animation studio DNEG today announced the hiring Philippe Gluckman as Creative Director – India for DNEG Animation. Gluckman brings more than 30 years of experience in the animation industry to the company’s Mumbai, India studio.

In his new role, Gluckman will oversee creative output of the DNEG Animation teams in India and work closely with the global management team. Additionally, the studio notes, he will focus on the artist experience, facilitating collaboration, communication, and innovation.

“I am so pleased to welcome Philippe to our wonderfully talented team in India,” said Tom Jacomb, President DNEG Animation. “I had the pleasure of working with Philippe during our time together at DreamWorks on projects such as Puss in Boots and Rise of the Guardians, and I witnessed first-hand the talent and care that he brings to his work. Philippe’s focus on quality, and his desire to create the very best workplace experience for the artists in his team, are perfectly aligned with the ambitions of DNEG Animation as we look to the next phase of our growth in India and beyond.”

During his almost 15 years at DreamWorks Animation, Gluckman served as a Visual Effects Supervisor on projects such as Antz, Shrek, and Madagascar. In 2008 he relocated and began his role as Creative Director of DreamWorks’ Dedicated Unit in Bangalore, where he oversaw the creative and technical execution of animated movies such as Penguins of Madagascar, Puss in Boots, Trolls, and Boss Baby

“DNEG Animation brings together some of the best projects in the world and some of the best people in the industry, and I am very proud to be joining the team,” said Gluckman. “My work in India over the last 15 years, developing teams and coaching individuals who have gone on to great careers in the international animation industry has been incredibly rewarding. As DNEG continues to build out its animation teams worldwide and further cements its leadership position in the industry, I look forward to enhancing DNEG Animation’s reputation as a destination for animation artists in India where their talents can shine and be recognized.”

“I am delighted to welcome Philippe to our creative leadership team in India,” added Merzin Tavaria, President Global Production and Operations DNEG. “Bringing in leaders of the caliber and experience of Philippe is important in helping us to continue pushing the creative boundaries of what is possible in our industry and further solidifies DNEG’s position as the world leader in visual effects and animation.”

Gluckman’s hire follows the recently announced addition of Disney Television Animation executive Angi Dyste as its new Senior Vice President, Episodic, and the promotion of two members of its senior creative team into leadership roles. DNEG named Archie Donato, Head of VFX, and Eoin Murphy, Head of CG. The two served as VFX Supervisor and Supervising Technical Director, respectively, on Entergalactic and Nimona.

DNEG Animation is currently in production on Nimona for Annapurna Pictures and Netflix, Garfield with Alcon Entertainment for Sony Pictures, and That Christmas for Locksmith Animation.

Source: DNEG

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Debbie Diamond Sarto is news editor at Animation World Network.