Stargate Studios, which specializes in virtual production and visual effects, has hired sales and marketing specialist Thayer Jester as VP of business development. Jester’s responsibilities will include developing new business opportunities and strategic relationships for Stargate in the North American market.
“We are delighted to have Thayer join Stargate Studio’s executive team,” said Sam Nicholson, founder and CEO of Stargate Studios. “Her sales and marketing expertise, combined with her comprehension of the studio and postproduction market dynamics, will further enhance and strengthen our presence as a global provider of award-winning VFX services.”
Jester’s 15-year career in the entertainment industry includes executive positions at Ascent Media Group and The Image Resolution where she was responsible for developing and securing new accounts with clients such as Walt Disney Pictures, Paramount, Columbia Tri-Star, Lionsgate Entertainment and NBC Universal.
“I look forward to leveraging my many years of sales, business development and marketing background in helping the further expansion of this global company,” Jester said. “My initial focus is to support the already solidified relationships that Stargate has created while cultivating new market opportunities for future revenue growth. My new role will also enable me to pursue my true passion, which is visual effects.”
Stargate Studios, currently celebrating its 25th Anniversary, has won numerous Emmy and VES awards over the years. Stargate currently has offices in Los Angeles, Atlanta, Vancouver, Toronto, Berlin, Cologne, Malta, London, Dubai and Mexico City. The company’s global network allows clients to access more than 250 visual effects artists and supervisors all over the world, as well as high-speed data transfer and simultaneous international rendering.
Current projects include The Walking Dead in Atlanta; Grey’s Anatomy, House of Lies and Ray Donovan in Los Angeles; and 12 Monkeys and Haven in Toronto. In London, the studio is working on Apocalypse Slough and in Malta the popular Spanish series El Principe is in production. Stargate Mexico recently opened to work on Queen of the South.