Shawn Dunn, formerly an executive at Weta Digital, has joined Original Force, LTD as the company’s new Chief Technology Officer. At Original Force, Dunn will be responsible for overseeing the company’s technology foundation, implementing IT and workflow innovations in support of Original Force creative and artistic project, and the company’s games and animation divisions. Original Force has exploys nearly 1,200 people in offices in Los Angeles, Beijing, Nanjing, Shanghai and Chengdu. “Shawn is an accomplished leader with a great eye for taking complex concepts and translating them into digital worlds, which is the cornerstone of innovation at Original Force,” said Harley Zhao, president and founder of Original Force. “His years at Weta have given him a unique perspective on how technology serves the creative and artistic process and he will be an invaluable asset to our company as we produce the highest quality animation for our clients and our internally produced slate of films.”
Dunn spent 13 years with Weta, serving most recently as the Head of Research & Development for the Motion Group, where he oversaw R&D activity for Weta’s animation, motion editing, pre-vis and crowd simulation groups. In this capacity he supervised teams working on films such as Steven Spielberg’s upcoming The BFG, The Jungle Book, and Alvin and The Chipmunks: The Road Chip, among others. Prior to this role, Dunn was Head of Layout and Animation Technologies, where he worked on films such as Avatar, The Hobbit trilogy, Rise of The Planet of The Apes, Iron Man 3, Man Of Steel, and more. He started with the company as an Animation Technical Director. Prior to Weta, Dunn spent almost 5 years as a Team Leader in Global Customer Services at Alias|Wavefront. He began his career as a 3D Animator at ICE (Integrated Communications & Entertainment) in 1994.
Pamela Wolfe has been named Executive Vice President of Human Resources at Starz, the company has announced. She’ll assume responsibilities for all human resources functions across the Starz businesses for approximately 800 employees. She’ll work out of the company’s Beverly Hills offices. Wolfe comes with more than 20 years of experience in people management within entertainment, media, sports and advertising. She most recently served as Chief People Officer for Eleventh Hour Entertainment. Before that, she spent more than a decade leading the Human Resources team at CAA. Wolfe has also held executive posts Team One Advertising and EMI-Capitol Music Group and began her HR career at the Walt Disney Company.
“Pamela joins Starz with a wealth of expertise in organizational talent management which will serve the company well,” said Starz CEO Chris Albrecht. “As Starz continues to grow the networks and expand its business globally, Pamela’s experience within the creative community make her a valuable addition to the Starz leadership.” Said Wolfe, “I’m thrilled to join such a talented executive team at Starz. It’s an exciting time for the company and I’m honored to lead a best-in-class Human Resources team to support the company’s continued growth and evolution.”