Michael Taylor Joins Rising Sun as CEO

Michael Taylor, a former exec with Ascent Media and Digital Domain, has joined the Australian visual-effects studio Rising Sun Pictures as its new CEO, Variety reports.

The hire is part of a multimillion-dollar expansion that will expand Rising Sun’s production capacity and may include the addition of a facility in Asia.

Taylor also is planning to extend the studio’s relationships with Hollywood studios, the trade reports.

The studio recently unified its operations in Adelaide and has increased its shot capacity to 750 to 1,000 shots per year. The company is currently working on effects for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and The Sorcerer’s Apprentice.