Global VFX Powerhouse Taps Amazon Studio’s ‘The Lord of the Rings’ Producers to Help Deliver Next Phase of Growth

DNEG, a world-leading visual entertainment services company, announced today the hiring of Emmy-nominated producers Ron Ames and Jesse Kobayashi in Los Angeles. Most recently, Ames and Kobayashi led the delivery of ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power’ for Amazon Studios, managing the delivery of 9,000 shots and nearly 9 hours of content across multiple vendors.

In their new roles as In-House Filmmakers at DNEG, the pair will draw on more than 50 years of combined industry experience to provide filmmaking, production, and technical expertise and advice, working directly with DNEG’s in-house teams to improve and advance the company’s service offerings. Additionally, the pair will collaborate with DNEG’s filmmaking partners to help navigate the digital production process, recommending technology approaches and providing creative solutions to filmmaking challenges.

DNEG CEO Namit Malhotra said: “I have always been impressed with the experience, ideas, and clarity of purpose that Ron and Jesse bring to the huge-scale productions that they have managed in the past. From streamlining operations through the deployment of new technologies, to fostering seamless inter-departmental collaboration and promoting a healthy work-life balance for their crews, they have always ensured timely and budget-conscious delivery of their work. In their new roles at DNEG, they will bring the benefits of this experience and knowledge to our in-house teams and will work closely with our clients to unlock new efficiencies and new technologies in the digital production process as we considerably ramp up our operations following the industrywide disruption in 2023.”

Ames commented: “Both Jesse and I have worked with Namit and DNEG on a number of occasions over the years, most recently on Amazon Studios ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power’. Watching the studio grow over the last decade to become the biggest player in the visual effects industry has been incredible. There are huge opportunities and efficiencies to be found at the confluence of art-making and film technology, leveraging cloud-based production, gameengine integration, and unlocking the power of metadata, relational database and ontology systems. Jesse and I are excited to bring the benefits of our years of experience to the amazingly talented teams at DNEG and to work closely with filmmakers to rethink the conventions of contemporary production.”

Ames has been a filmmaker and storyteller for his whole career. From producing and directing television commercials in the golden age of advertising, to his first feature film experience with Martin Scorsese on ‘The Aviator’, to Amazon Studios’ ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power’, Ames has been involved in every phase of film production, as a First Assistant Director, Producer, VFX Producer, Post-Production Supervisor and as a Producer of Film Technology. His expertise has been integral to more than 20 productions, including ‘Avatar’, ‘The Aviator’, ‘The Departed’, ‘Star Trek: Into Darkness’ and ‘Star Trek: Beyond’, and ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’. On ‘The Lord of the Rings’, he produced all the technology departments, from camera capture to final exhibition, including VFX, post-production and sound.

With more than 20 years in the post and VFX sectors, Kobayashi also began his career as a filmmaker, directing a series of short films before shifting his focus to the integration of creativity and technology and, more specifically, the transition of dailies from film to digital at both Laser Pacific and Warner Bros. post facilities. As an executive for Legendary Pictures, Kobayashi oversaw VFX production on over a dozen features and television shows, and as a client-side VFX Producer he has worked on a diverse array of projects, including ‘Krampus’, ‘Warcraft’, and ‘Pacific Rim Uprising’. Kobayashi also has experience in the video gaming sector, having held the role of Producer of Cinematic Entertainment at Riot Games.

About DNEG

DNEG is a world-leading visual entertainment services company for the creation of feature film, television, and multiplatform content, with worldwide offices and studios across North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. DNEG’s critically acclaimed work has earned the company seven Academy Awards® for Best Visual Effects and numerous BAFTA and Primetime EMMY® Awards for its high-quality VFX work.

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Allan Torp Jensen
Author: Allan Torp Jensen

Allan has worked on visual effects for feature films and television for 20 years. He has experience of the full VFX pipeline but has focused on compositing for the past 15 years and has been a Lead Compositor and Compositing Supervisor on various shows. He has worked with the talented people at Cinesite, Bluebolt VFX, Automatik VFX in London, and Weta Digital in New Zealand. For the past five years, he has worked remotely at his own Torper Studio on various high-end TV and feature film projects.