Arc Productions names Jeff Young as president, COO

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Jeff Young is being appointed pres­i­dent and chief oper­at­ing offi­cer of Arc Pro­duc­tions, Canada’s lead­ing CG ani­ma­tion and visual effects stu­dio, as part of a new man­age­ment restructuring.

For­merly known as Starz Ani­ma­tion Toronto, Arc Pro­duc­tions — recently acquired by a Cana­dian own­er­ship group from Starz Media US — is reshap­ing the stu­dio man­age­ment team. After four and a half years as exec­u­tive vice-president and head of stu­dio, David Stein­berg is leav­ing Arc Pro­duc­tions to pur­sue the cre­ative devel­op­ment of his own projects.

Under Steinberg’s stew­ard­ship, the com­pany became a major global force in the ani­ma­tion and visual effects sec­tor. Stein­berg over­saw the pro­duc­tion of five fea­ture films in five years — most notably the Gnomeo & Juliet.

I am very proud of what we have built and all that we have accom­plished together in my time here,” Stein­berg said Thurs­day. “I will per­son­ally miss the incred­i­ble group of tal­ent that I’ve had the priv­i­lege to assem­ble and work with so closely every day, and I wish them and the stu­dio the very best of luck.”

The pur­chase of Arc from Starz and the devel­op­ment of an aggres­sive growth strat­egy as a Canadian-owned com­pany has required us to cope with many changes,” said part­ner and co-CEO Tom Mur­ray. “Chief among the changes is the pro­mo­tion of Young. The oppor­tu­ni­ties are tremen­dous, and we are happy to see Jeff assume more responsibility.”

Young added, “Gnomeo & Juliet’s recent box office suc­cess solid­i­fied Arc as a major pres­ence in the ani­ma­tion indus­try. The lat­est reviews for Camelot clearly show the company’s emer­gence as a force in the VFX world.

I am excited to lead an orga­ni­za­tion com­prised of such world-class tal­ent both in ani­ma­tion and visual effects. Our goal is to expand the com­pany aggres­sively with a clear focus on inno­v­a­tive deal-making and part­ner­ships. We will cer­tainly be active in the marketplace.”

In addi­tion to Young’s appoint­ment, Mur­ray also con­firmed the addi­tion of Peter Kozik to the Arc team as vice-president of Finance. A for­mer Price Water­house Cooper senior man­ager, Kozik will report to Young and assume senior finan­cial man­age­ment responsibilities.

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