Stays on as non-executive director

Will Cohen, CEO and co-founder of award-winning VFX studio Milk, has today announced that he is stepping down as CEO after eight years leading the Milk team, to explore new opportunities.

He will continue to work with the Board and senior team in the first quarter of 2022 on a number of important strategic and commercial projects and to ensure a smooth transition. Following that, he is excited to continue to be involved as a shareholder and non-executive board director to help Milk deliver its ambitious growth plans.

Will co-founded Milk in 2013, leading a small, passionate team who went on to win three consecutive BAFTA Awards in the first three years, in addition to an Emmy for the BBC/Hartswood’s Sherlock and co-founder Sara Bennett becoming the first woman in twenty years to win an Oscar for VFX in 2016.

Having been responsible whilst at Mill Film and TV for the VFX in the BBC’s revival of Doctor Who with Russell T Davies, Will continued the relationship with Steven Moffat and team, leading Milk to create the BAFTA-winning VFX for the Doctor Who 50th anniversary episode. Will went on to executive produce the BAFTA-winning VFX for episodic series Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell and brought BBC/Amazon’s acclaimed Good Omens to Milk which earned the team a BAFTA nomination in 2020.

Will has been on the board of UK Screen Alliance for the past five years and helped orchestrate the merger between UK Screen and Animation UK into the UK Screen Alliance.

Will Cohen said:

“I’m incredibly proud of Milk and the creative success we’ve achieved over the last eight years. With the confirmed slate we have for 2022 and the quality of the team we’ve been building it feels like the right moment to step forward into a new adventure.

“VFX is a team sport like no other and I want to celebrate all the talented people who have made Milk a success and will continue to, long into the future.

“Milk has always been about creating great work with people we love and it’s an honour for me to continue to be involved as a shareholder and in an advisory role as a non-executive board director. I am excited about the opportunities in store in 2022 for all of us!”

Jag Mundi, Executive Chairman, Milk Visual Effects commented:

“Will is passionate about the people, the work and the vfx industry and possesses a rare combination of creative and commercial flair. We would like to thank Will for his extraordinary passion and commitment to Milk. We are delighted he is going to continue to work with us all and that we can draw on his energy, expertise and experience as we build the business creatively and commercially into the future.”

During 2021, Milk has built a strong platform for growth. 2022 is set to be Milk’s busiest year ever with an exciting roster of work for major studios and production companies including Amazon, Netflix, Apple TV, Sony, the BBC, Left Bank and Working Title. In anticipation and as recently announced, the company has been strengthening the team with senior hires such as Michelle Martin (Chief Business Development Officer), Andy Morley and Oliver Cubbage (VFX/CG Supervisors) and a number of producers and this is set to continue.

Tanya Combrinck
Author: Tanya Combrinck

Tanya is a writer covering art, design, and visual effects. She has 15 years of experience as a magazine journalist and has written for publications including 3D World, 3D Artist, Computer Arts, net magazine, and Creative Bloq.