Former Rhythm & Hues film division president Richard Hollander has ankled his position to join Pixar Animation studio as a producer, according to a story in The Hollywood Reporter. Lee Berger, exec producer of the film division, will succeed Hollander as R&H’s new topper in February.
Hollander learned about the producing position from former Lucas Digital president Jim Morris who also joined Pixar as a producer two years ago. Hollander told the trade that he had been doing vfx for a long time and wanted to get ‘the juices flowing again.’ He said he prefers Pixar’s feature-length focus and its ‘different outer premise.’
Hollander’s motion graphics facility VIFX merged with Rhythm & Hues in 1999. Berger has over two decades of vfx expertise and animation and has led teams on prestige pics such as Titanic, Volcano and Batman Forever and was also VP of production at Blue Sky Studio before joining n R&H. The studio is best known for its Oscar-winning work on Babe and last year’s nominated vfx for The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Rhythm & Hues has also been very busy in 2006, having delivered key scenes for Happy Feet, Night at the Museum and Charlotte’s Web and is working on 2007’s vfx-heavy pics Evan Almighty and His Dark Materials: The Golden Compass.