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Page 5 of 43 4 POST SEPTEMBER 2017 BITS & PIECES LOS ANGELES — The Visual Effects Society has named writer/director/ producer/actor Jon Favreau as the next recipient of its Lifetime Achievement Award, recognizing his valuable contributions to filmed entertainment. The award will be presented at the 16th Annual VES Awards on February 13, 2018 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. The VES Lifetime Achievement Award, bestowed by the VES Board of Directors, recognizes an outstanding body of work that has significantly contributed to the art and/or science of the visual effects industry. VES will honor Favreau for his boundary-breaking use of visual effects to create a seamless and invisible background for remarkable stories and vibrant characters to play across film and television. Favreau's creative vision and inventive tech- niques have garnered him the Harold Lloyd Award for filmmaking from the Advanced Imaging Society and Virtual Reality Society, the Filmmaker Award from the Cinema Audio Society, and his engaging instant classic The Jungle Book earned five awards at last year's Visual Effects Society Awards, including the top honor for Best Photoreal Feature. "Jon Favreau has introduced the reinvention of a new style of film that demands visual effects artists to push beyond the boundaries of what can and has been done before," says Mike Chambers, VES board chair. "He has created exceptionally humanistic stories through his vision, unique approach to storytelling and full embrace of emerging technology to enhance the moviegoing experi- ence. With this journeyman at the helm, having acted, written, directed and produced across many break- through projects, we expect to witness new kinds of entertainment from Jon that utilize VFX at its core and help redefine entertainment on a global level. For this, and more, we are honored to award him with the prestigious Visual Effects Society Lifetime Achievement Award." "I'm so honored to join such an esteemed list of past recipients," says Jon Favreau. "The Visual Effects Society represents the wizards of our industry. I am extremely pleased and moved by their recognition." Favreau continues to challenge himself with an eclectic roster of projects. He is currently directing the Disney live-action feature, The Lion King, hot off the heels of directing The Jungle Book, the wildly successful and critically acclaimed live-action adapta- tion of the animated film. Before tak- ing on the Disney live-action universe, Favreau was seen in the Open Road Films feature, Chef, which he also wrote and directed, and created the Gnomes & Goblins VR experience with Wevr and Reality One. He is slated to direct The Second Jungle Book and will produce Avengers: Infinity War and its untitled sequel. Favreau directed the Dreamworks/ Universal feature Cowboys & Aliens and both blockbuster hits Iron Man and Iron Man 2, as well as Elf. In addition to his success on the big screen, Favreau has served as the creator, producer and host of the critically acclaimed and Emmy- nominated IFC series Dinner For Five, and has directed the pilots for the CBS's Big Bang Theory spinoff Young Sheldon and the Seth McFarlane Fox sci-fi comedy The Orville. As an actor, Favreau's feature film credits include Spider-Man: Homecoming, The Wolf Of Wall Street, I Love You, Man, The Break-Up, Something's Gotta Give, Wimbledon, Daredevil, Rocky Marciano, Love & Sex, The Replacements, Very Bad Things, Deep Impact and Rudy. His television acting credits include Seinfeld, a re- curring role on Friends and a spe- cial appearance on HBO's critically acclaimed The Sopranos, in which he played himself. Previous winners of the VES Lifetime Achievement Award have included James Cameron, Steven Spielberg, Ray Harryhausen, George Lucas, Robert Zemeckis, Richard Edlund, John Dykstra, Frank Marshall & Kathleen Kennedy, Sir Ridley Scott and Ken Ralston. VES SOCIETY TO HONOR JON FAVREAU Favreau MUNICH, GERMANY — FilmLight ( has opened a fully-staffed office in Munich. The location was chosen not just to serve the growing creative market in Germany, but to provide an excellent starting point for hands-on service across central Europe and beyond. Leading the new office is FilmLight's image engineer, Daniele Siragusano. Over the last four years, Siragusano has been helping FilmLight customers implement com- plex workflows, as well as presenting the company's color technology to professionals across all continents. He is joined by a team of workflow and support engineers — with a well- known colorist expected to join the team in the coming months. "This is a great development because it enables us to engage more directly with our users," says Siragusano. "With highly-skilled col- leagues on hand, we can offer great- er product expertise to our expand- ing customer base in the region. And the new office includes a grading suite, so we can offer professional training, giving creatives in Europe the choice of courses on-site, in London and now in Munich." Mark Burton, head of EMEA sales for FilmLight, will also spends a sub- stantial part of his time working from Munich. "As well as being a post production powerhouse, Munich is a great base from which to travel, with fast train and comprehensive flight connections around Germany and the surrounding countries," he explains. "Europe is a big market for us, and the key to our success has always been close co-operation with our users. Having a well-placed European base also ensures that regardless of the outcome of Brexit, there will be no adverse impact on our customer base." Burton adds that FilmLight needs to stay close to its customers because the "market is changing fundamentally. The conversations we are now having are increasingly detailed and require very specific technical knowledge around workflows, color technology and systems integration. We owe it to our customers to put our experienced people where they can best serve them. Whether the question is about efficiencies, joined-up workflows, HDR, VR or any other issue of the moment, we have the best people to provide definitive and personalized support." The new Munich office opened in August. There is space to expand, and the intention is to grow the team based there in the coming months and years. This will include the ability to rotate FilmLight's experienced staff from around the world, bringing new approaches to European cus- tomers while also allowing the team to gain more from their careers. FILMLIGHT ADDS MUNICH OFFICE The Munich office expands FilmLight's service offerings.

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