SOURCE: Escape Studios

Escape Studios

December 08, 2010 12:00 ET

Escape Studios Welcomes Susan Thurmond O'Neal as New Operations Director

CG Academy Appoints Visual Effects Industry Veteran to Manage and Enhance US Students' Experiences

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - December 8, 2010) - Today Escape Studios, one of the most successful and well-respected CG academies in the world, announced the appointment of Susan Thurmond O'Neal as operations director for the Los Angeles campus. In her role, O'Neal will lead the smooth operation of Escape Studios' new US campus and ensure students receive the amazing experience that's come to be associated with the academy.

With over fifteen years of experience in the visual effects industry, O'Neal has worked to build teams, track progress, inspire artistry and liaison for high-profile clients. Most recently at Side Effects Software Inc., providers of emerging technologies for the CG industry, O'Neal served as an account manager. There she cultivated tremendous insight into emerging visual effects technology that's essential to the field and her role at Escape Studios. As head of production at R!OT Pictures, O'Neal managed artists and producers to ensure projects ran smoothly. Additionally, she has worked with Digital Domain, A52, creo collective, Zoic Studios, Radium FX and GMFX and other companies over the course of her extensive career. She has also worked on teams that have produced such films and projects as T2:3D - Battle Across Time, Titanic, The Italian Job, West Wing, Six Feet Under and a host of commercials. 

"Hiring an experienced manager, communicator and industry veteran like Susan will strengthen the experience US students receive at Escape Studios' new Los Angeles campus," said Dom Davenport, CEO and founder of Escape Studios. "I am delighted to bring Susan on board knowing her talents will cultivate the next generation of CG artists we mentor." 

"Joining Escape Studios is a wonderful opportunity to help shape a growing and exciting industry," said O'Neal. "I look forward to contributing to such a well respected CG academy and industry recruiter."

About Escape Studios
Escape is one of the most successful and well-respected CG academies in the world. We're the proving ground for a new generation of computer graphics stars breaking into film, TV, games and commercials. We're a vibrant community of professional artists. We're a specialist creative recruitment agency for entertainment, advertising, architecture and manufacturing businesses. We're an authority on all things CG, offering informed opinions on cutting-edge creative, commercial and political issues. We are all of these things. We are Escape Studios.

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