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Visual Effects Society Re-Ups Executive Director Eric Roth

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A six-year renewal will keep the veteran on the job through 2018.

The Visual Effects Society announced today that it has renewed its contract with Executive Director Eric Roth, extending it until December 2018.

Under Roth’s leadership as Executive Director beginning in 2004, the VES has more than tripled its size – from 900 members to more than 2,700 members worldwide in twenty-eight countries. The VES describes itself as the sole honorary organization representing artists and technologists in visual effects worldwide.

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Roth’s efforts have also led to the formation of VES Sections in the San Francisco Bay Area, greater New York area, Vancouver, Montreal, London, Australia and New Zealand, paralleling the upsurge of VFX as a worldwide business and as a mainstay of effects-driven and smaller movies alike.

“I am honored to receive this vote of confidence from the Board of VES, and proud to continue representing our members to the film, television, animation and entertainment community,” said Roth. “The VES plays a critical role for the VFX community, which isn’t otherwise represented by a union or trade organization, by facilitating dialogue among our members and the entertainment industry at-large.”

“Mr. Roth has continued to go above and beyond in his service to the VES – not just to the membership but to the entire entertainment community,” said Jeffrey A. Okun, VES Chair. “When we consider the challenges that are facing visual effects artists and our industry as a whole, we have come to realize that Eric’s passion, dedication, leadership and guidance has become paramount to bringing about the eventual change that must occur – and still keep our core mission – to honor, recognize, educate and form a trusted community in which our art will thrive.”

VES members includes supervisors, artists, producers, technology developers, educators and studio executives in film, television, commercials, music videos, games and new media. The 11th Annual VES Awards show is scheduled for February 5, 2013.

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