Production Company Motion Theory (MTh) announced that Aric Ackerman has joined the company as chief operating officer. In his role as COO, Ackerman will manage finances and help drive business development and joint ventures across film and advertising sectors for MTh. Aric will also serve on the board and manage finances at sister company Mirada, a studio co-founded in December 2010 by Guillermo del Toro, MTh partners Mathew Cullen and Javier Jimenez as well as Guillermo Navarro.
“Motion Theory (MTh) is an incredible studio with experience that spans concept development, live-action and digital production, essentially the complete lifecycle of creative development,” Ackerman said. “This is a tremendous opportunity as the company is poised to grow dramatically. The level of talent here is enviable. This is a company with a fantastic foundation and I’m looking forward to helping the great team take MTh to new heights.”
Ackerman has more than 15 years of experience in driving production, postproduction and business development efforts in advertising and film. He previously spent eight years as COO of @ radical.media overseeing 300 percent business growth through acquisitions and added operations in four countries. Most recently he co-founded and was CEO of Resolve Market Research.
Currently, Ackerman serves on the board of trustees of the Motion Picture Pension and Health Plans. Aric began his career in entertainment and media with Price Waterhouse where he rose to a principal consultant advising three of the major Hollywood studios.
“Aric is a successful veteran with a proven track record, and we’re thrilled to have him on board,” said Jimenez, co-founder, MTh. “His broad range of experience will be invaluable across many aspects of our business, and as we prepare for a new phase of growth for both companies.”