Arri Media's Bill Lovell Dies at 59

The U.K.-based exec joined the company in 1996 after two decades with the BBC Film Department.

Bill Lovell, head of 3D and digital at Arri Media, died unexpectedly on March 13. He was 59.

The U.K.-based exec has been with Arri since 1996, and before that he spent two decades with the BBC Film Department.

"Bill Lovell was a force in the transition from film to digital, both for Arri and for the industry," said Steve Schklair, CEO of 3Ality Technica. " Bill was a solid human being, a true innovator, and one of the good guys. He treated everyone honestly, and always went above and beyond no matter what was requested of him. Bill made the world a better place and shall be sorely missed."

Said Bill Russell, Arri's vp of camera products: "Bill Lovell was a kind, patient and knowledgeable colleague who shared his insight and wisdom with us on many levels. he played a key role in the success of our digital imaging technologies and made it all look easy. We will miss him dearly."

“He was known to thousands of students [and] cinematographers with whom he exchanged his courteous and kind demeanor in explaining with a smile and generosity of spirit the intricacies of the digital world,” said a tribute to Lovell on the web site of Imago, the European Federation of Cinematographers. “Bill embraced the digital revolution of which it can be said he was a true pioneer."