CINESITE APPOINTS DREW JONES AS CHIEF VFX BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT OFFICER
Former Peerless executive will oversee strategic and operational sales and marketing activities across the Cinesite group
Reporting to Antony Hunt, Cinesite Group CEO, Drew will spearhead worldwide business development for Cinesite’s VFX studios in London and Montreal, including Cinesite’s partner companies Image Engine & TRIXTER, as well as develop new business opportunities for the group across feature film, broadcast, SVOD platforms and digital entertainment.
“Drew brings a wealth of knowledge and relationships that will strengthen our existing VFX teams and support our clients,” says Hunt, Cinesite Group CEO. “He will open new doors for our talent and deliver a fresh business development strategy to elevate Cinesite’s profile even further.”
Drew’s appointment at Cinesite comes at an exciting time for the studio, which was recently recognised as one of Europe’s fastest growing companies in the Financial Times special report FT1000. Cinesite’s artists and technicians recently delivered 264 shots for Marvel Studios Avengers Endgame, its studios are currently in production on Paramount Pictures Rocketman and Sonic the Hedgehog, Lost In Space S2 and Raising Dion for Netflix and The Addams Family for MGM.
As a highly regarded executive producer, Drew has worked with some of the world’s biggest VFX studios across a diverse range of prestigious feature films and TV Shows. His 24-year career includes many critically acclaimed projects including The Bodyguard, Spectre, Harry Potter Featuresand The Constant Gardener to name a few.
Commenting on his appointment Drew said “This is an exciting time for Cinesite, the studio is incredibly well-positioned and has so much opportunity in the VFX market right now – with the ever-changing entertainment landscape, the need for creative, robust, and nimble production partners is greater than ever. As a passionate, creative and artist led family of companies the world-class visual effects work produced by the group is second to none. I look forward to supporting all the VFX teams as we raise the creative bar moving into the next phase of growth.”
For the last five years Drew has headed up VFX at Peerless; from initial project engagement through active creative production involvement and exec-producing films and series including; Robin Hood, The Kid Who Would be King, The Foreigner, Alien: Covenant, The Alienist and The Spanish Princess. Prior to this Drew held senior management executive roles at Method, MPC & Framestore. Drew’s strong connections and respect of his peers throughout the industry served him well during his 2013-2016 appointment as Chair and co-chair at the UK Chapter of the Visual Effects Society.