LOS ANGELES — Ghost VFX (www.ghostvfx.com) has appointed Patrick Davenport (pictured) president, replacing Tom Kendall, who has taken on the new role of head of business development, sales and marketing for the company. In addition, Paul Richards has joined Ghost as EVP of technology, while Crys Forsyth-Smith has been named EVP of global production. All four will be based at the company’s Burbank, CA, location.
“Patrick is well-known in the visual effects industry and we’re thrilled to have him helm the talented team at Ghost VFX,” says Bill Romeo, president and CEO of parent company Streamland Media. “Patrick’s background and international experience make him the right leader at this time of tremendous growth and opportunity for Ghost VFX.”
Davenport most recently served as COO of Method Studios, a division of Company 3. He previously held the same role at MPC Advertising. With 30 years of industry knowledge that includes producing visual effects for commercials and features, Davenport’s leadership is grounded in support for the talent and a passion for storytelling. He led teams behind the scenes of recent titles that include Top Gun: Makerick, The Witches, Loki and For All Mankind.
Kendall has chosen to lead the company’s business development and outreach. This new role harnesses his expertise and passion for building alliances with the talented people and companies creating compelling episodic stories for audiences everywhere.
Richards brings 20 years of technical and business experience in visual effects to Ghost VFX, having successfully led teams in structuring enterprise-level architectural design, development and operations onto a secure unified pipeline. Richards most recently held the position of CTO of VFX at Method Studios.
Forsyth-Smith joins Ghost VFX from Method Studios, where she served as VP of digital production operations. Her background in studio and production management in visual effects includes over 20 years of collaborating with filmmakers and clients to achieve their vision.