California-based 2D-to-3D conversion specialist Legend3D announced the promotions of three key executives – Anthony Lopez to chief information officer, Jared Sandrew to chief creative officer and Matt Akey to EVP of production and chief marketing officer.
“Legend is fortunate to have these talented professionals who can comfortably take on new executive responsibilities,” said Legend CEO, Brian Robertson. “We are delighted that Matt, Jared and Tony are going to take the company to newer heights in our industry.”
Sandrew arrived at Legend3D in 2010. During his tenure, he has shaped the stereoscopic look and feel of many 3D releases including his work with Zack Snyder on Man Of Steel and with Chris Miller, Phil Lord and Chris McKay on The Lego Movie. He also developed the company’s 4K conversion pipeline and is spearheading Legend3D’s corporate expansion into VFX and Virtual Reality. Sandrew is a member of the International 3D Society and a contributor to the VES Visual Effects Handbook.
Akey oversees the completion of all of Legend3D’s film conversions and is the company’s primary liaison to both filmmakers and studio clientele. In addition to heading up Legend’s new business and marketing initiatives as EVP of production and chief marketing officer respectively, Akey produced the 3D conversion work on Man of Steel, The Amazing Spider-Man (1 and 2), Hugo, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Green Hornet, the Shrek trilogy and The Smurfs (1 and 2). Prior to joining the company in 2010, Akey worked on the Emmy award-winning series Back at the Barnyard while serving as production manager at Steve Oedekerk‘s Omation Studios. He holds an M.F.A. in film producing.
In his new role as chief information officer, Lopez will continue to lead technological and development initiatives and spearhead the innovation of the company’s 3D and VFX pipelines. An executive IT professional with more than 15 years of experience in the entertainment industry, Lopez received a Lumiere award on behalf of Legend3D from the International 3D Society in 2013, for Legend’s 3D conversion pipeline. Prior to joining the company in 2010, Lopez was director of technology at Omation Studios where he oversaw IT, pipeline development and created the international infrastructure that supported two high-profile animation series for Nickelodeon Animation.
Legend3D currently has a 60,000 sq. ft. production studio in Carlsbad, Calif. and just completed a new 3D review hub in Hollywood.