Folks VFX Names New Toronto Head Of Studio
By: Folks VFX
TORONTO - Sept. 14, 2020 - PRLog -- Folks VFX, a high-end visual effects studio and member of the FuseFX brand family, announced today Mihaela Orzea as its new head of studio - Toronto, one of the brands' seven studio locations across North and South America.
A near 20-year member of the Toronto FX community, Mihaela joins Folks VFX after a decade at Pixomondo Toronto, where Mihaela was Head of Studio in addition to serving as a VFX supervisor and VFX producer on several notable projects, including Ant-Man and the Wasp, Wonder Woman and The Umbrella Academy. Orzea is a well-known mentor and leader in the area, and works as a VFX professor at Centennial College in addition to her full time studio work. An industry veteran, Orzea is also a member of the AMPAS Visual Effects branch.
"We are so fortunate to have Mihaela join our team heading up the Folks Toronto studio," says Dave Altenau, founder and CEO of FuseFX.
"Our philosophy is to support strong leadership in each of our studios across FuseFX and Folks. We are committed to each studio location developing a full range of capabilities, and its own unique culture and talent under that leadership, while also focusing on highly integrated tools and communication across our global network of locations to share work and provide support for each studio.
Mihaela fits that philosophy perfectly, and has the capability to lead the ongoing growth of our Toronto studio, continuing our commitment to offer the highest quality visual effects in the world," says Altenau.
Sebastien Bergeron, founder and president of Folks VFX, adds that, "Mihaela has an impressive track record of growth and development. She's driven and persistent, always concentrating on success, which is completely on brand for us. Under her leadership, we are confident Mihaela will lead us towards our goal of more rapid growth, seamlessly integrating with our worldwide studios while expanding our talent pool and capabilities, to create a more dynamic global footprint."
Recent projects out of Folks VFX Toronto include FX's Fargo and Mrs. America, Netflix's Grand Army and VWars, Freeform's Shadow Hunters, USA Network's Colony, NBC's Taken, and Apple TV+'s See.
"After speaking with the founders of both FuseFX and Folks VFX, it was obvious that the company's core values match mine, and together we can create endless projects with lasting value," says Mihaela. "The entrepreneurial nature of this position creates passion, positive energy and excitement for me. I love to build things, and create a solid team, so I look forward to moving into a world full of new challenges and possibilities. I am extremely excited for what lies ahead of us!"
About Folks VFX:
Folks VFX was founded in 2012 by Sébastien Bergeron, Philippe Thibault and Matt Belbin, and is a full-service visual effects studio based in Montréal with additional locations in Toronto and Bogotá. With a strong track record of delivering photo-real CG and Compositing for both film and episodic content, Folks is recognized for consistently and professionally delivering the highest quality in VFX. Folks has provided work on such notable projects as The Umbrella Academy, See, Zombieland II, Siren, Messiah, Motherland, The Boys, Grand Army (upcoming), Jupiter's Legacy (upcoming), Mrs. America.
FuseFX was founded in 2006 in Los Angeles by David Altenau and co-founders Tim Jacobsen and Jason Fotter. Establishing itself as an award-winning studio, FuseFX provides full-service visual effects for episodic television, feature films, commercials, virtual and VR productions. The company has seven studio locations: its flagship studio in Los Angeles, CA, New York City, Vancouver, BC., and Atlanta. Studios in Montreal, Toronto, and Bogota, are serviced by FOLKS VFX. Folks joined the FuseFX family of brands in 2020. FuseFX is a portfolio company of EagleTree Capital.
About EagleTree Capital:
EagleTree Capital is a leading independent private equity and investment firm. EagleTree manages capital on behalf of institutional and individual investors. The firm focuses on investments in the media and business services, consumer, and water and specialty industrial sectors. EagleTree is located in New York, New York. For more information, visit www.eagletree.com.