8:31am PT by Carolyn Giardina
'Game of Thrones' VFX House Pixomondo Ups Jonny Slow to CEO
Less than a year after Mayfair Equity Partners completed a majority investment in Pixomondo, the VFX house behind the Emmy-winning HBO series Game of Thrones and the Oscar-winning 2011 film Hugo, has upped Jonny Slow to the role of global CEO.
Pixomondo founder Thilo Kuther, who previously was CEO, will continue in his additional role as president and executive producer. Slow will work with Kuther, COO Sara Mustafa and CFO Alexi Papadakis to oversee the running of Pixomondo. New Mayfair shareholders will additionally work with them in strategic planning.
Britain-born Slow was previously U.S. divisional CEO of television production group Zodiak Media. He began working with Pixomondo at the Los Angeles headquarters last fall, a few months after the investment by London-based Mayfair Equity Partners that at the time valued Pixomondo at $65 million.
Pixomondo maintains bases in Toronto, Vancouver, Frankfurt, Stuttgart (Kuther hails from Germany), Beijing, Shanghai and Montreal. Recent credits include the studio’s continued work on HBO series Game of Thrones and providing media for Aerosmith’s Las Vegas residency, Deuces Are Wild, at Park MGM resort.
With today's announcement, Pixomondo reported that it will explore putting down deeper roots in Europe, which presumably includes Mayfair’s home in London, which is a hotbed for VFX talent. At the time the Mayfair deal was announced, Pixomondo also said it intended to research machine learning and artificial intelligence to advance VFX production.
“Jonny has been working with us intensively since October last year and I am looking forward to working with him in this new capacity,” said Kuther in a released statement. “The addition of Jonny to the team alongside the financial firepower of Mayfair is a compelling proposition, as we continue to build on the foundations of our past and address the opportunities for Pixomondo in the future.”
Slow added, “Since founding Pixomondo in 2001, Thilo has built a phenomenal group of companies with a studio presence across the globe.… I look forward to continuing to build on the foundations already in place.”