LONDON — Animation & VFX studio Cinesite (cinesite.com) has appointed Bradley Wald chief operating officer for animation. Currently based in Los Angeles, Wald will operate as part of Cinesite’s senior leadership team and brings over 25 years of senior-level experience to the newly-created role, which stretches across the company’s international animation operations in Vancouver, Montreal and London. He will be responsible for leading Cinesite’s animation business operations as the studio continues to grow its roster of animated feature films and series, while also cultivating a range of growth opportunities.
Wald’s career highlights include managing the release of Laika’s award winning feature films Kubo & the Two Strings and Missing Link, as well as growing brand extensions and commercial opportunities through live exhibitions, consumer products and planning its move into tv adaptation, while developing the studio’s social media presence. He also managed NBCU’s successful brand and commercial activities surrounding Downton Abbey via distribution, home entertainment and other revenue streams.
Prior to joining Cinesite, Wald was SVP and managing director, Europe, Middle East & Africa, at Comcast International Media Group, where he led a team which developed and distributed E! and other Comcast television brands throughout the region.
“As the former CFO and SVP of Operations at LAIKA, and prior to that the Chief Commercial Officer for NBCUniversal’s international TV production business in London, Brad has far-reaching, high-level business expertise, vast international experience, sensitivity to the creative process, and wise governance that will be invaluable to our ongoing evolution,” states Cinesite Group CEO, Antony Hunt. “Brad’s appointment is testament to the maturity and volume of animation work being created within the Cinesite group.”