Visual effects producer and senior VP Debbie Denise has been promoted to exec VP of production infrastructure and exec producer at award-winning visual effects and digital character animation company Sony Pictures Imageworks. Denise most recently completed production on the CG feature, The Polar Express, on which she also received an associate producer credit.
With this promotion, Denise continues in her role as an exec producer while overseeing Imageworks production infrastructure. Together with exec VP Jenny Fulle, she will lead all aspects of Imageworks production, from client relations and bidding to production management and staffing.
"We have accomplished so much in building Imageworks literally from the ground up," says Denise. "We relish the challenge that comes with artistic vision. Its stimulating to work beyond the boundaries of what has been done before and our ability to meet that challenge expands the possibilities of what we can do."
Denise joined Imageworks with effects wiz Ken Ralston in 1995. She began her career in visual effects at ILM, where she served as visual effects producer on Death Becomes Her (1992 Academy Award, Best Visual Effects) and Forrest Gump (1994 Academy Award, Best Visual Effects). In April 1995, she was named interim head of production at the Northern California-based studio.
At Imageworks, Denise is in production on Monster House, a computer-generated fantasy film that will employ the performance capture technology developed for The Polar Express. She is also working on The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio. Past credits include exec vfx producer turns on 50 First Dates, Seabiscuit, Matchstick Men, Peter Pan, Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone, Cast Away, What Lies Beneath and the Academy Award-nominated Stuart Little.