Deluxe Entertainment Services has tapped veteran production executive Kerry Shea to head its 500-person Vancouver studio, overseeing day-to-day operations for the company’s global visual effects brand Method Studios and TV post & VFX brand Encore, delivering top quality work for features and series. Shea reports to President and GM of Deluxe VFX and VR, Ed Ulbrich.
“Kerry’s institutional and operational knowledge of VFX and post is of the highest order,” said Ulbrich. “She has great operational skills and is fantastic at building teams, and we’re thrilled to have her overseeing our Vancouver operation.”
A key focus for Shea in this new role will be collaborating with global Head of Feature VFX Gabby Gourrier and studio leaders worldwide at Deluxe’s Method Studios facilities in L.A., Sydney, Melbourne, New York and India to appropriately match talent and production capacity with clients’ creative and budgetary needs. Shea’s leadership of both teams and studio-wide resources will optimize efficiency and quality across all productions.
Shea is credited on more than 60 feature films, carrying an extensive background in VFX and post production into her new position — as well as experience in live action, animatronics and creature effects. She joins Deluxe from previz company The Third Floor, where she was Chief Operating Officer.
Shea has previously served as a Digital Producer at Digital Domain on Disney’s TRON: Legacy; Head of Digital Productions at Jim Henson Co., where she spearheaded the digital studio and pipeline for Emmy-winning PBS series Sid the Science Kid; Production Manager at DreamWorks Animation on Madagascar; Digital Production Manager at Sony Imageworks (Polar Express, Stuart Little 2), Post Production Manager at Square USA; VFX Coordinator at DreamQuest Images; and Bidding Producer/Production Manager at Banned from the Ranch. Shea began her career at 20th Century Fox as a VFX Coordinator on Alien Resurrection.
“I’ve had the opportunity to work with Method on a number of features and I’ve always been blown away by the quality and inventiveness of the work,” said Shea. “When I met the Vancouver teams personally, the camaraderie, the collaboration, and the welcoming environment made me want to join immediately. That culture of teamwork, on top of the talent and massive technical capability of Deluxe overall, made it a very easy decision.”
Method Studios’ recent feature film VFX projects include Doctor Strange, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and Captain America: Civil War.