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Fat Chimp Studios Adds Three New Employees


St. Louis-based video production company Fat Chimp Studios announced that it has hired senior account manager Kelly Smith and 3D animators Thatcher Bell and Jim Perry.

“2013 was a great year for Fat Chimp. We grew revenue over one million dollars for the second year in a row and wanted to add another individual to our sales team to keep the momentum going,” said Kevin DePew, Fat Chimp executive director. “Kelly is a natural with clients and knows how to deliver high-quality video that meets their needs.”

Smith comes to Fat Chimp Studios with a medical sales background. Previously she led a quality assurance program for pharmacies across the nation, consulting with pharmacists on how to improve their products.

“With an increase in the number of client projects and the growth of animation services used in the marketplace, we also needed to add to our graphics and animation department,” said DePew, “Thatcher and Jim both have impressive backgrounds and further round out our creative team.”

Bell has been conjuring professional 3D animation and effects for over 20 years. Perry has also worked in the video industry for over 20 years. For the last 15 years, he has been creating animation projects for Fortune 500 companies, professional sports teams, broadcast television stations and amusement parks.

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Vicon Introduces Mobile Mocap at SIGGRAPH

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