NEW YORK CITY — Boutique production and post services company Sixteen19 (www.sixteen19.com) recently announced two key appointments: Bob Lowery as head of TV production, and Allison Varga as global feature film and episodic sales coordinator.
Lowery is a respected veteran VFX executive producer, with deep experience in episodic television. Most recently, he co-founded, with VFX supervisor Ed Mendez, PowerHouse VFX, a visual effect studio that has a strategic alliance with Sixteen19, and is co-located at Sixteen19’s New York office. At PowerHouse, Lowery has served as VFX executive producer on a variety of TV productions, including USA Networks’ The Purge, Deception and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.
Before PowerHouse, Lowery spent over 15 years in the VFX and post sectors, notably founding BigSmack TV and serving as VP of business development at Dive VFX. Lowery’s pre-PowerHouse TV credits include The Leftovers, Mr. Robot, Blindspot and Power.
“I’m thrilled to be heading up TV production at Sixteen19,” says Lowery. “I’ve spent the past few years working closely with [co-founders Pete Conlin and Jonathan Hoffman] during my time at PowerHouse, so I know that ours is a really unique partnership. This new role allows us to take that partnership to the next level, while continuing to deliver the excellent work Sixteen19’s episodic TV clients have come to expect.”
￼Allison Varga had worked as sales and marketing coordinator for three months prior to her promotion to global feature film and episodic sales coordinator. Before joining Sixteen19, she spent over two years as a production coordinator at Disney ABC Television Group.
“Since she joined Sixteen19, it’s been obvious that Allison fits perfectly with the highly-customized, client-first way we do business,” says Jonathan Hoffman. “We pride ourselves on building a creative environment that allows our clientele to thrive, and our sales team is a crucial part of that. Allison has shown time and again that she understands our clients’ needs, and that she puts those needs first. We’ve built our reputation by operating that way, and we’re confident that her leadership is going to enhance that reputation.”
“I’m so excited to be a part of a company whose vision I really believe in,” adds Varga. “It’s an amazing opportunity to join a growing company that goes above and beyond for its clients. I can’t wait to be a part of Sixteen19’s work and help foster the creative, collaborative culture that makes it a top option for post service industry-wide.”
This year, Sixteen19 plans to add HDR color suites to its facility, as well as open an outpost in France to support work on an upcoming Wes Anderson project. PowerHouse will also expand its CG department, and continue to grow its team of 40 talented artists.