Chief Executive, Milk VFX
Will Cohen is the CEO and a co-founder of Milk Visual Effects, a BAFTA and Academy award-winning independent visual effects company with studios in London and Cardiff. Milk create innovative and complex sequences for high-end television and feature films.
CEO, Jellyfish Pictures
Phil setup Jellyfish Pictures in 2001 and has successfully helped transform it into a globally respected VFX and animation studio. Phil has a unique insight into the VFX and Animation industries, having been in the industry for more than 20 years.
Oli Hyatt MBE
Oli Hyatt MBE set up Blue-Zoo in 2000 straight from university and over the following 16 years he has slowly grown the studio into one of the largest character animation studios in Europe. Oli was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday honours list for services to Children’s TV and Animation, as well as picking up BAFTA Production Company of the year for Blue-Zoo.
Director of Operations, Company 3
Claire is Director of Operations for Company 3 in London under the global Creative Services Group umbrella for Deluxe Entertainment. In the past Claire has worked in 3D, digital, and post production, at some of the industry’s foremost visual effects companies such as Framestore and Cinesite.
MD, The Mill
Sean Costelloe is Managing Director of The Mill’s London studio. He has more than 15 years’ experience in the visual effects industry and brings his insight and experience to drive new relationships, opportunities and strategic leadership across the group.
Managing Director, Gorilla Group
Rich has worked in the Post Production Industry for over 25 years. Beginning in VT ops and tape editing, Rich gained a reputation as one of the most respected finishing editors in Wales. Rich has started, built and been involved with many UK post houses including Pyramid Post Production, Platform Post Production, The Joint and Mwnci.
Finance Director, Aardman Animation
Kerry is the Finance Director at Aardman Animations (Wallace & Gromit, Shaun the Sheep, Timmy Time, Chicken Run), a role he has held since 2003, after joining the company in 1996.
Chief Executive, UK Screen Alliance
Neil has been involved with UK Screen as a director right from its inception in 2004. His background is in broadcast post-production where he was an editor/MD/owner for 20 years and he was a pioneer of non-linear editing. He was appointed CEO in 2016 and is the organisation’s principle spokesperson and policy advocate.
Executive Chair, Animation UK Council
Kate is an established consultant specialising in training and education in the creative industries with over 20 years’ previous experience as executive director and deputy CEO of Creative Skillset. Kate was appointed Executive Chair of the Animation UK Council in 2016, and focuses on business and skills policy, with emphasis on liaison with government and industry stakeholders.
Managing Director, Film, Framestore London
With 20 years in the Industry, Lucy was Managing Director of Framestore’s Montréal office for three years before returning to the London office in 2018 as Managing Director, Film. With experience working both in facilities and production, Lucy holds an in depth understanding of the challenges of the industry.