London, 27th October 2022: Award-winning VFX studio Milk has appointed VFX industry veteran Steve MacPherson as Chief Technology Officer.
In the newly created role, Steve will be responsible for all of Milk’s technology strategy and operations including Systems, Pipeline, Editorial and R&D, to support and develop the studio’s rapidly growing creative and technical ambitions as it takes on an expanding roster of premium film and episodic projects.
Steve brings to Milk his rich technology expertise born from his early days at NASA Ames for Cray Research, at MPC and as a co-founder of DNEG. Steve joins Milk from Framestore in London where he was Chief Technology Officer for ten years.
Steve’s appointment comes as Milk settles into its new studio in London’s Clerkenwell; its recent acquisition of Lola Post Production and continued boost of its creativity across an exciting range of episodic and film projects, including Sony Tristar’s highly acclaimed The Woman King and the much anticipated second series of Amazon’s Good Omens.
Steve will also work closely with Milk’s creative team to develop Milk’s real time / Unreal pipeline. In this role he will be collaborating with VFX and real time supervisor He Sun on the ambitious new eight part NBC series Surviving Earth.
Jag Mundi, Milk Executive Chairman said:
“We’re thrilled to welcome Steve to Milk, particularly someone of his calibre and rich VFX technical experience. Steve’s role will be pivotal as we continue to build a strong platform for Milk’s growth; he will sit at the top table helping shape our strategy and expanding our scale and capabilities to deliver premium, high quality film and episodic content to our clients.”
Steve MacPherson said:
“Milk represents all those reasons I fell in love with the visual effects industry – a strong, creative team, a dynamic and open culture, technology challenges and great people working on demanding projects. Furthermore, I’m excited by the growth ambition and the commitment by the Milk board to place technology development as a core driving force; it’s a rare and beautiful thing. I’m over the moon to help Milk VFX move forward into the future of entertainment.”
Notes to Editor –
Milk recently announced that it has acquired independent, BAFTA Award winning VFX studio Lola Post Production. Lola and its entire Soho based team will join the Milk VFX family while remaining as a separate, distinct studio with Rob Harvey at its helm. The combined capacity of the two studios will be over 300 representing a significant creative platform with the ability to create a full range of innovative visual effects for the premium film and television markets, spanning genres from drama to factual; well positioned to service the rapidly growing sector.
Award-winning visual effects studio Milk creates innovative sequences for high-end episodic and feature films – with a range of credits including Amazon/BBC’s acclaimed Good Omens; Netflix’ Cursed; Amazon’s Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams; Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them (Warner Bros.); Baltasar Kormakur’s Adrift; and Alex Garland’s Annihilation.
Milk was founded by a passionate team of VFX supervisors and producers in 2013 and prides itself on its friendly, thriving culture. The studio has won multiple awards for its creative work, including three BAFTA Television Craft awards for critically acclaimed BBC drama Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell and Doctor Who. Milk won an Emmy in 2016 for work on the BBC/Hartswood’s Sherlock; and in 2016 co-owner Sara Bennett became the first woman in twenty years to win an Oscar for best VFX on the film Ex-Machina at the 88th Academy Awards.
Milk’s credits also include feature films Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald; The Old Guard (Netflix); Kingsman: The Golden Circle (Lionsgate); Ben Wheatley’s Rebecca, Free Fire and High-Rise, The Martian (20th Century Fox), The Divergent Series: Insurgent; Poltergeist (Fox/MGM); Brett Ratner’s Hercules (Paramount/MGM); Everest (Universal); Dracula Untold (Universal); The Last Dragonslayer (Sky); Britannia (Sky) and episodic series Intergalactic (Sky) for which the team received a BAFTA Television Craft nomination earlier this year.