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Deluxe’s Method Studios Names Global Production Operations Leaders as VFX Studios Continue to Integrate

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    September 7, 2017
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Eric Combrié promoted to COO and Tom Wild to VP Global Production Operations to unify Method, Iloura, VR/AR operations across Los Angeles, New York, Vancouver, Sydney, Melbourne & Pune; Jeff Werner returns as Director of Digital Studio, Method LA

Los Angeles, CA – September 7, 2017 – To enable the global production capacity and capabilities that blockbuster features and world-class advertising require, Method Studios continues to integrate VFX and VR/AR operations, and has added new leadership roles at the global level. Eric Combrié has been promoted to Chief Operating Officer, reporting to President of VFX and VR/AR, Ed Ulbrich. Tom Wild has been promoted to VP of Global Production Operations, joining Combrié’s team, along with Jeff Werner, who returns to Method as Director of Digital Studio in Los Angeles. 

Ulbrich said, “Over the past year we’ve begun to identify the best systems and processes within all of our locations and implement them across the board to standardize production operations. This new team will lead us as a global operation, working closely with production and technology leadership in our LA, New York, Vancouver, Sydney, Melbourne and Pune studios, to shift and share capacity and capabilities as a fully unified global operation.” 

Combrié joined Method in 2016 as SVP, Global Business Operations after having spent nearly two decades at Technicolor in senior financial roles, most recently as Division CFO, Production Services, overseeing finance and operations for VFX, animation, games and post-production for entities including MPC, The Mill, Mr. X and Mikros Image. 

Wild, a 20-year production veteran, has been promoted to the global team from Iloura in Melbourne, where he was National Head of Production. There he designed and managed an integrated system that connects production, finance, recruiting, operations, and sales across multiple facilities. He will focus on extending this system to further unify Method, Iloura and VR/AR global operations. Wild’s credits include the Mad Max: Fury Road and the VFX Emmy®Award-winning Game of Thrones. 

Werner, who spent five years at Method, returns as Digital Studio Director, Los Angeles, most recently from MPC, where he was Head of Production. He will cultivate and lead artist, artist management and art department teams for feature and commercial VFX and VR/AR, and support studio operations locally. Globally, he will lead artist initiatives to facilitate international mobility and support the expansion of the Method artist team in Pune. His credits include The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, two Pirates of the Caribbean features and X-Men 2, and commercial campaigns for top brands. 

Method and Iloura recently completed work on Spider-Man: Homecoming from Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures. Method also recently completed VFX for Netflix’s Okja and Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2 from Marvel Studios and Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. 

About Deluxe’s Method Studios
Method Studios is an award-winning global visual effects company, built around an exceptional team of visual effects professionals to service high-end feature film, commercial and motion graphics clients. Its network of international facilities provides a full range of services around the clock for productions in any location, including conceptual design, look development, on-set supervision, 3D animation/CGI, motion graphics, matte painting, compositing, and finishing.

About Deluxe Entertainment Services Group (Deluxe)
Deluxe is a global services and technology company enabling the worldwide market for professionally created video through unmatched scale, technology and capabilities. Deluxe Creative companies house the world’s top talent enabled by cutting edge technology connecting teams globally. Deluxe Distribution offers end to end solutions for any format, window, screen and destination. The world’s leading content creators, broadcasters, OTTs and distributors rely on Deluxe’s experience and expertise for content management, localization, and distribution. With headquarters in Los Angeles and New York and operations in 25 key media markets worldwide, the company relies on the talents of 7,000 of the industry’s premier experts, engineers and innovators.