12:05pm PT by Carolyn Giardina
O.D. Welch Named President of Visual Effects House Digital Domain
Visual effects studio Digital Domain has announced that post/VFX industry veteran O.D Welch recently came on board in the newly created role of president, responsible for Digital Domain’s Playa Vista and two Vancouver locations. He steps into a newly created position to run day-to-day operations at the company, which is headed by Daniel Seah, CEO, Digital Domain 3.0 and chairman and CEO, Digital Domain Holdings.
With three decades of industry experience, Welch had most recently been working through his Evolve consulting firm, following three years as COO of James Cameron’s 3D venture Cameron Pace Group. Earlier, he held roles including COO of Prime Focus Group and COO and CFO of the former Computer Café group. He spent 14 years as president and CEO of 525 Studios.
Digital Domain uses the term "3.0" to describe itself following a series of ownership changes that have made it a closely-watched VFX business. After filing for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in 2012, China’s Galloping Horse became its majority owner. Galloping Horse U.S. was then acquired by Sun Innovation in 2013. Hong Kong-listed Sun was then renamed Digital Domain Holdings.
The VFX house is currently working on X-Men: Apocalypse, led by DD VFX supervisor Lou Pecora. Recent projects include Furious 7 and Pixels.
Digital Domain's VFX work has earned Oscars, notably for Titanic and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. It also services commercials and video games.
Said Welch in a statement: "I firmly believe its best days still lie ahead. My goal is to ensure that DD is doing ground breaking work for a long time to come."