Arc Productions, Canada’s leading CG-animation and visual effects studio, has hired Stephanie Denton to head its Los Angeles office as senior vice-president of sales and business development.
Formerly known as Starz Animation Toronto, Arc Productions was recently acquired by a Canadian ownership group from Starz Media US. Starz remains a minority shareholder in the Toronto-based cartoon maker.
The studio animated Gnomeo & Juliet for Miramax Films and Elton John’s Rocket Pictures.
Denton’s responsibilities will include trying to get more Hollywood studios to bring their projects to Arc so that they can find up-front cost savings from local film and digital tax credits.
“We are thrilled to have Stephanie join our team. Her knowledge of the feature film business is exceptional,” Jeff Young, president and chief operating officer of the 3D animation studio, said Monday.
“Her background in domestic and international distribution, independent film financing, and creative development will be a tremendous asset to the company. Stephanie’s appointment’ in conjunction with the company’s recent decision to engage Paradigm to represent the company’ again demonstrates our aggressive growth strategy,” he added.
“This is a great opportunity to join the Arc Productions team. The studio has an amazing artistic talent base that has established itself as a world-class service studio for both animation and VFX. In addition to growing the service business, I am excited to be a part of Arc’s initiative to enter the intellectual property business,” Denton said.
Before joining Arc Productions, Denton accrued 24 years of experience, many of them as president of international sales and distribution for such leading independents as Bold Films, Lionsgate, Initial Entertainment Group and Lakeshore International.