MPC launches new VFX division for streaming and episodic content

Technicolor’s MPC announces the official launch of its new episodic visual effects division. The entertainment industry is currently experiencing one of its biggest shifts, brought on by the burgeoning of streaming platforms now available and an unprecedented demand for content. Pair that with the quality of viewing devices, which has enabled consumers to enjoy the highest quality picture and sound when and wherever they want, there is now heightened consumer expectations around episodic content. Those expectations are often answered through increasingly complex and dynamic stories, putting new demands – and creating new opportunities – within visual effects. As a result, MPC, renowned for its photoreal VFX and animation work, will offer episodic directors and producers access to the pioneering technology and world-class talent behind recent blockbusters such as The Lion King, 1917, Detective Pikachu and Godzilla: King of The Monsters. The division will be headed by MD Thomas Williams, who was previously COO for MPC Film. Before joining MPC, Williams spent 10 years at Sky, working in production planning and technical development for Sky Studios. The MPC episodic team will be led by executive VFX supervisor, Pete Jopling (The Bourne Legacy, Captain America: Civil War, Chernobyl), head of creative Gurel Mehmet (The Witcher, Avengers: Endgame, Inception) and senior producer Therese Zambra (Mars, Frontline). Williams said, “The episodic landscape has changed at an extraordinary pace, and now feels like the perfect time to launch this exciting new division. MPC has been behind some of the most awe-inspiring film and commercials work of the last decade and is well positioned to bring its phenomenal expertise to the episodic community.” The episodic division will be headquartered at MPC’s London studio and expands on Technicolor’s portfolio of film and episodic VFX studios, Mill Film, Mr. X and Mikros.