Vfx giant DNEG, which is enjoying a growth spurt at the moment, has appointed Josh Jaggars to the newly created role of group president, vfx and stereo. Here are the details:
- Jaggars will lead the global vfx and stereo conversion teams across the U.K.-based company, including the Redefine unit, which offers services to international markets like China and India.
- Based in L.A., he will report to DNEG chairman and CEO Namit Malhotra. He will assume the position on November 8.
- In his new role, Jaggars will liaise closely with filmmakers and other clients, and will also “provide new production solutions.”
- Jaggars was most recently svp, vfx and stereo production at Legendary Entertainment, the production company behind Dune (for which DNEG provided effects). His credits there also include Godzilla vs. Kong, Enola Holmes, Godzilla: King of the Monsters, and Pokémon Detective Pikachu.
- Previously, he was vfx producer at Warner Bros., working on Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice, Justice League, and Man of Steel. Prior credits include Hancock, Fast Five, and 2012 (for which he was nominated for a VES Award).
- In August, Novator said it was investing $250 million in DNEG. Shortly afterward, DNEG announced an expansion of its Canadian operations, which will create up to 500 jobs.
- The company is growing its feature animation division, whose first film Ron’s Gone Wrong came out last month. It is also exploring areas such as gaming and original IP creation.
- DNEG currently employs around 8,000 staff across nine locations. It plans to increase that to 10,000 within the next year.