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PEOPLE 35 POST SEPT/OCT 2021 LIBBY BEHRENS CGI studio Realtime, which works in the games, broad- cast and automotive space, has appointed Libby Behrens as operations director. The company has UK studios in both Manchester and Lancashire. Behrens joins the team from sports app Zwift, where she managed the implementation of new production processes as live operations producer. Previously, she was head of operations at LA-based Electric Theatre Collective. She has more than a decade of experience in media production in London, Los Angeles and New Zealand. In her new role, Behrens will oversee the introduction of new technology, IT, resourcing, and staff and skills development at Realtime. STEVE MORRIS Editing company Nomad, in Manhattan, has ex- panded its creative team with the recent addition of senior lead Flame artist Steve Morris. He joins the studio after spending seven years as a senior Flame artist at Method, where he worked on campaigns for Squarespace, Johnson & Johnson and Comcast. Prior to Method, Morris spent nearly five years as a VFX artist at Company 3. In addition to his commercial work, Morris has also contributed to long-form content. His collaborations with Marvel include work on Guardians of the Galaxy 2 and The Defenders. He has also contributed to the films Drive, Tower Heist, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, and Runaway, to name a few. In addition to overseeing all work at Nomad NYC — which is increasingly integrating CG and design into their edits — Morris will also help mentor East Coast artists and collaborate with the studio's VFX teams in LA, London and Tokyo. TONY ARREDONDO Portland, OR-based Xencelabs Technologies has named Tony Arredondo channel enterprise sales manager, responsible for identifying new business op- portunities and increasing brand visibility across the western region of North America. Xencelabs launched in early 2021 with its Pen Tablet product. Arredondo will be instrumental in strengthening the company's market position, primarily focusing on enterprise markets, in- cluding higher education and the media and entertainment industry, along with the resellers that partner with these segments. He will be directly involved in several key business initiatives to establish the new brand as a leading develop- er of professional digital design tools. At Xencelabs, Arredondo rejoins several of his former colleagues from Wacom Technology. He spent more than 20 years developing and executing sales strategies for major corporate and education accounts. His background also includes a range of new business, sales and marketing leadership roles. ADRIANA LEGAY Creative editorial house Final Cut, in New York City, has welcomed editor Adriana Legay to its roster. She studied cinematography at ERSA in Paris, and then began training on Avid systems, working soon as an editor on music videos for artists such as Sean Paul, Major Lazer and The Blaze. She has gone on to work on high-fashion and beauty projects for Dior, Givenchy and Yves Saint Laurent. Legay had the opportunity to work with her idol, Jean Baptist Mondino, as an on-set editor for a Dolce & Gabbana film featuring Gisele Bündchen. Other commercial credits include work with Apple, Diesel, Heineken, Canal+, Orange, Burger King and Paco Rabanne. BECKY SMIALEK Cutters Studios has promoted Becky Smialek to executive producer of Cutters Editorial Detroit. She returned to the city a few years ago, when she took on the role of director of business development for Cutters Editorial, and later expanded her duties to represent all disciplines under the Cutters Studios brand. Smialek is a former VFX producer for Hectic NY and its sister company Moondog Edit. She also held roles that include producer/rep for Sonic Union in New York City and assistant editor/graphics producer for Postique. JULIE B. NICHOLS, ROB BARBATO, JUSTIN HORI Squeak E. Clean Studios, the global creative audio network, has promoted Julie B. Nichols to creative director after two years working as a senior com- poser. The Chicago-based composer/songwriter/music director/producer has over a decade of experience composing for commercials, film, live theater and her band, Chicago Soul Spectacular. Rob Barbato has been promoted at the LA studio to executive creative producer, following six years as a creative director with the company. He will oversee the company's creative direction and presence, fusing his composing and producing expertise. And creative director Justin Hori will transition from the Chicago shop to its Los Angeles studios, where he will head up the West Coast effort. JOHN MILLER, LAUREN MONTUORI, ARIEL ALTMAN Visual effects studio FuseFX has promoted key staff members to leadership positions at its New York studio. John Miller has been promoted to head of stu- dio-NY/senior VFX supervisor. Joining him as part of the New York leadership team are executive producer Lauren Montuori and senior VFX supervisor/head of creative Ariel Altman. Miller has over 20 years of experience in television and feature film production, as well as post production. He has successfully created and managed visual effects, graphics and editorial departments at Princzco Productions, Flicker VFX @ SMA, Moving Images, Point 360 New York and Perception NYC. Montuori brings over a decade's worth of experience in visual effects and animation. Her recent work at FuseFX includes contributions to Prodigal Son, Black Lightning, Iron Fist, The Dangerous Book for Boys, The Get Down, The Blacklist and Mr. Robot. And Altman has been part of the New York team since its launch in 2014. He brings a decade of experience as a compositor and supervisor, with credits spanning television, commercials, broadcast media and music videos.

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