Company mixes it up with president Tom Kendall changing hats as new head of business development; new hires include Paul Richards as EVP of Technology, and Crys Forsyth-Smith as EVP of Global Production.
Streamland Media’s Ghost VFX has named Patrick Davenport president. Tom Kendall, the company’s previous president, has taken on the new role of head of business development, sales, and marketing. Rounding out the team, Paul Richards has joined Ghost as EVP of Technology, and Crys Forsyth-Smith has been named EVP of Global Production. All four will be based at the company’s Burbank, California location.
“Patrick is well-known in the visual effects industry, and we’re thrilled to have him helm the talented team at Ghost VFX,” shared Streamland Media president and CEO Bill Romeo. “Patrick’s background and international experience make him the right leader at this time of tremendous growth and opportunity for Ghost VFX.”
Davenport most recently served as COO at Method Studios, a division of Company 3. Previously he held the same role at MPC Advertising. Davenport brings 30 years of industry experience that includes producing visual effects for commercials and features. He led teams behind the scenes of such notable recent titles as Top Gun: Maverick, The Witches, Loki and For All Mankind.
Kendall has chosen to lead the company’s business development and outreach. In his new role he draws from his expertise and experience in building alliances with the people and companies creating compelling episodic stories for audiences everywhere.
With 20 years of technical and business experience in visual effects, Richards brings his leadership experience, structuring enterprise-level architectural design, development, and operations onto a secure unified pipeline. Most recently, he held the position of CTO of VFX at Method Studios, where he was responsible for the company’s brands serving major motion pictures, streaming platforms, broadcast TV, advertising, and video games.
Forsyth-Smith joins Ghost VFX from Method Studios where she served as VP of Digital Production Operations. Her extensive background in studio and production management in visual effects includes over 20 years of collaborating with filmmakers and clients to achieve their vision.
“I’m super thrilled to have the opportunity to lead the talented team at Ghost VFX,” added Davenport. “At a time of extraordinary change and challenges within the VFX industry, we are looking to build upon the great creativity and 20-plus years of experience at Ghost VFX, using this solid foundation to expand globally. We see many opportunities for innovation and doing things differently, which we believe will allow for continued success and a sustainable business.”
Source: Ghost VFX