India's Reliance MediaWorks Names VFX Veteran George Murphy Creative Head

4:22 AM PST 04/09/2013 by Nyay Bhushan
Nyay Bhushan

An Oscar winner for “Forrest Gump,” the VFX expert will spearhead creative strategies for the company owned by DreamWorks partner Reliance Entertainment.

NEW DELHI – Reliance MediaWorks announced Tuesday the appointment of Oscar-winning VFX supervisor George Murphy as the company’s chief creative officer. Owned by DreamWorks' equal partner, Mumbai-based Reliance Entertainment, RMW's three main business units comprise film and media services, theatrical -- via India's largest cinema chain Big Cinemas -- and TV production with Big Synergy.

RMW's film services unit spans film processing and DI, VFX, animation, digital mastering and other post-production services. With presences in India, the U.K. and the U.S., RMW's facilities include its Burbank-based image processing facility (formerly known as Lowry Digital). RMW also runs India’s largest Hollywood-benchmarked studios, RMW Studios with a total built-up area of 200,000 square feet, including eight sound stages spread across a seven-acre area within Mumbai's Film City complex.

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 In his three-decade career, Murphy has worked at leading  companies such as Industrial Light & Magic, ESC Entertainment, Electronic Arts, WETA Digital and Disney’s ImageMovers Digital. Murphy's credits include Jurassic Park, Planet of the Apes, Forrest Gump (for which he received a best visual effects Oscar), King Kong, Starship Troopers, The Matrix: Reloaded and The Matrix: Revolutions.

“I'm excited to be joining the team at Reliance MediaWorks where I can collaborate in growing the company's expertise to fully support directors, producers, studios and other key creative in achieving their vision on a diverse range of projects. Building on RMW's current strengths, we will be expanding and refining the offerings from our Burbank team, with an aim to establish a hub of exceptional expertise in the areas of visual effects, animation and digital content creation,” said Murphy.

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RMW CEO Venkatesh Roddam added: “As a seasoned expert in Hollywood visual effects, George Murphy’s broad experience and accomplishments are sure to prove a perfect match for the creative future of RMW at global levels. In addition to Hollywood, the Indian film industry will also now have easier access to globally recognized talents like Murphy through RMW.”

"We look forward to Mr. Murphy's new role and working with him to produce creative, groundbreaking projects. Our desire to support Hollywood’s most demanding directors and Bollywood’s most creative directors make him the ideal choice to lead our global VFX team," said RMW president media and creative services Naresh Malik.

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