DNEG, a visual effects (VFX) and animation studio for the creation of feature film, television and multiplatform content, appointed Alaric McAusland as Managing Director of the firm’s new VFX and animation studio in Sydney, Australia. McAusland will take up his new post with DNEG in January 2023, bringing over 25 years of experience in the entertainment industry.
DNEG Sydney’s first project is leading the visual effects work for George Miller’s highly anticipated Mad Max prequel, Furiosa. Furiosa is being produced in Australia by Miller and Oscar®-nominated producer Doug Mitchell and stars Anya Taylor-Joy in the titular role alongside Chris Hemsworth and Tom Burke. The film is a Warner Bros. Pictures production in association with Village Roadshow Pictures (US) and is expected to premiere in 2024.
What is the industry expertise of McAusland?
Throughout his career, McAusland has held significant industry leadership roles in Australia and the US. Most recently, he served as Executive Director for the Australian Directors’ Guild and previously as Chief Operating Officer for the Emmy® award-winning, Los Angeles-based production house, Grace: A Storytelling Company. McAusland has also served as Managing Director of Deluxe Entertainment Service Group Australia and is a past Chair of Ausfilm.
As MD of Deluxe Australia, McAusland was responsible for building its local VFX and post production presence, which included Iloura in Melbourne and Method Studios in Sydney. He was a foundation team member, VFX Producer & General Manager of Aussie VFX firm, DFILM, which was awarded an Academy Award® for Best Visual Effects for its work on The Matrix.
McAusland is a past Chair of Ausfilm, the body for marketing Australia’s production capabilities and incentives to the Hollywood Studios. He has also served as a Non-Executive Director of The Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA), and a Councillor of Screen Producers Australia (SPA) which represents the interests of top screen producers.
What does the appointment mean for DNEG?
“The opening of DNEG Sydney is a great opportunity to bring DNEG’s filmmaker-focused, collaborative approach to Australia-based productions. Off the back of a record year for the Australian Visual Effects Industry and with the filmmaking industry in Australia going from strength-to-strength, attracting more international tentpole movies and series, in addition to fostering a slate of amazing homegrown projects such as ‘Furiosa’,” said McAusland.
“I cannot think of a better time for DNEG to be opening its latest global studio in Sydney. It’s an absolute privilege to be part of the foundation team, and I cannot wait to start helping to establish DNEG’s tenth global facility in this wonderful city of ours,” said McAusland.
“I am delighted to welcome Alaric to lead our Sydney team. Alaric has a track record of big contributions, including his most recent work as Executive Director for the Australian Directors’ Guild,” said Merzin Tavaria, President Global Production and Operations, DNEG.
“His extensive list of contacts will be a much-valued asset to DNEG as we continue to establish our local presence in Sydney and integrate our new studio into our global network. I look forward with great anticipation to what we will achieve together over the coming years.”
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