Former Microsoft/Fox Exec Hanno Basse Joins Digital Domain as Chief Technology Officer

Hanno Basse
Hanno Basse
Hanno Basse
Hanno Basse

Digital technologies pioneer Hanno Basse has been named Chief Technology Officer at the award-winning visual effects studio Digital Domain.

Basse will oversee the studio’s continued growth as it scales up its global operations while helping to develop new technologies and techniques that ensure the highest level of quality across all mediums.

Basse joins Digital Domain during an unprecedented period of growth for the company. With offices around the world — including a new 500+ person studio in Montreal — the VFX house will celebrate its 30th anniversary in 2023 with a full docket of projects ranging from blockbuster features to high-profile TV shows and major ad campaigns.

As CTO, Basse will oversee the ongoing development of Digital Domain’s industry-leading digital human and autonomous human technologies, along with its AI-powered tools. He will also help to ensure that both clients and artists can call upon the most advanced VFX and filmmaking techniques, including everything from virtual production to real-time CG.

Over the last 30 years, Digital Domain has provided the industry with top-of-the-line artistry and groundbreaking technologies to pair,” said Digital Domain CEO Daniel Seah. “In a rapidly evolving content industry with several emerging platforms and mediums, Hanno is exactly the right person to help bring our leading technology offerings to the next level.”

Basse is an entertainment industry veteran, with over 30 years of experience helping companies integrate and implement new technologies. His resume includes a recent tenure as the CTO of Microsoft Azure Media and Entertainment, where he oversaw the implementation of Microsoft’s Azure cloud technology, as well as edge and AI technologies. He also handled content production, and post-production workflows for studios while working with customers, partners, industry groups, and vendors.

Before joining Microsoft, Basse held the role of CTO at Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp, where he was instrumental in positioning the company for the next generation of entertainment technologies, including the advent of high dynamic range and Ultra-HD. Prior to his time at Fox, Basse was a member of DirecTV, where as a Senior Vice President of Broadcast Systems Engineering, he was an integral part of its 2005 transition to HD — the largest rollout of its kind at the time. In 2009, he also helped to launch DirecTV’s video-on-demand infrastructure, spearheading the movement toward a new distribution model for content.

Along with his corporate accomplishments, Basse is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and a Fellow of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers. He has also been awarded 30 separate patents.

“The next few years are going to be crucial for the VFX industry, as studios adapt to the needs of both the clients and audiences,” Basse said in a statement.. “We can’t just keep up, we need to continue to innovate and develop new tools and pipelines to give content creators more options while also ensuring our artists have what they need to succeed and thrive. I am thrilled to be part of Digital Domain, and I can’t wait to see where we go next.”

Digital Domain aims to create genre-defining experiences that entertain, inform and inspire. Throughout the last quarter of a century, the studio has established itself as a leader in the film visual effects industry, expanding to encompass episodic series, commercials, and game cinematics, while also embracing previsualization and virtual production. Digital Domain has also become a pioneer in digital humans and virtual reality, adding to a rich legacy that consists of hundreds of blockbuster feature films for every major studio, thousands of commercials, music videos, game cinematics, and digital content by world-renowned directors and brands.

A creative force in visual effects and premium content, Digital Domain has brought artistry and technology to films including TitanicThe Curious Case of Benjamin Button, and blockbusters Ready Player OneAvengers: Infinity War, and Avengers: Endgame. Staff artists have won more than 100 major awards, including Academy Awards, Clios, BAFTA awards, and Cannes Lions.

Digital Domain has also successfully become the first independent visual effects studio to enter Greater China. It has additional locations in Los Angeles, Vancouver, Montreal, Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Taipei, and Hyderabad.