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VFX outfit Milk gets £2m investment, former Pinewood CEO

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VFX company receives investment from the Business Growth Fund.

Ivan Dunleavy has joined Oscar-winning VFX company Milk as the non-executive chairman.

The former CEO of Pinewood Group has been hired to manage the growth of the company after 17 years of experience as Pinewood’s CEO.

In addition, Milk has received an investment of £2m from the Business Growth Fund (Bgf) which the company will use to expand its studios, invest in new technical equipment and add staff.

Milk has recently worked on the likes of Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them and Ben Wheatley’s Free Fire.

It is currently in production on Alex Garland’s Annihilation, Kingsman 2, TV anthology series Electric Dreams and Doctor Who series 10, among others.

Private Sme-backer Bgf was established in 2011 and is funded by five of the UK’s banking groups – Barclays, Hsbc, Lloyds, Rbs and Standard Chartered.

“Our new partnership with Bgf and the appointment of Ivan Dunleavy as chairman
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Former Pinewood Chief Ivan Dunleavy Joins ‘Doctor Who’ VFX Firm Milk

Ivan Dunleavy has joined Milk as chairman as the U.K.-based VFX firm raises new finance and scales up.

Milk has been more involved in TV than film, working on series including “Doctor Who” and “Sherlock.” As Dunleavy joins, it has raised £2 million ($2.6 million) from private investment group Bgf, which it will use to increase capacity and do more work in features.

Milk, based in London and in the Welsh capital of Cardiff, was founded in 2013 by Will Cohen and a group of other VFX executives. The company said it would be adding to its 150 staff with the new investment. Its upcoming projects include Alex Garland feature “Annihilation” and “Kingsman 2,” as well as Channel 4 and Amazon Philip K. Dick series “Electric Dreams.”

Dunleavy comes in after leaving Pinewood in April after 17 years. A successor has yet to be announced, with chairman Paul Golding in control as interim chief executive.

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Former Pinewood Chief Ivan Dunleavy Joins ‘Doctor Who’ VFX Firm Milk

Ivan Dunleavy has joined Milk as chairman as the U.K.-based VFX firm raises new finance and scales up.

Milk has been more involved in TV than film, working on series including “Doctor Who” and “Sherlock.” As Dunleavy joins, it has raised £2 million ($2.6 million) from private investment group Bgf, which it will use to increase capacity and do more work in features.

Milk, based in London and in the Welsh capital of Cardiff, was founded in 2013 by Will Cohen and a group of other VFX executives. The company said it would be adding to its 150 staff with the new investment. Its upcoming projects include Alex Garland feature “Annihilation” and “Kingsman 2,” as well as Channel 4 and Amazon Philip K. Dick series “Electric Dreams.”

Dunleavy comes in after leaving Pinewood in April after 17 years. A successor has yet to be announced, with chairman Paul Golding in control as interim chief executive.
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Milk Co-Founder Urges VFX Community to Hire More Women

Receiving applause, Will Cohen, co-founder and exec producer at U.K.-based visual effects house Milk, asserted Thursday that "it's up to us to further the roles of women in the VFX industry. We owe it to ourselves to make a difference."

Speaking on a panel about midsize VFX companies Thursday at the VFX confab Fmx in Stuttgart, Germany, he added: "We notice more women coming in on the entry level, which I'm pleased to say. But not a lot of women are in senior roles of either side of the camera." (Milk, incidentally, represents a notable exception; the studio was co-founded by...
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Milk Co-Founder Urges VFX Community to Hire More Women

Receiving applause, Will Cohen, co-founder and exec producer at U.K.-based visual effects house Milk, asserted Thursday that "it's up to us to further the roles of women in the VFX industry. We owe it to ourselves to make a difference."

Speaking on a panel about midsize VFX companies Thursday at the VFX confab Fmx in Stuttgart, Germany, he added: "We notice more women coming in on the entry level, which I'm pleased to say. But not a lot of women are in senior roles of either side of the camera." (Milk, incidentally, represents a notable exception; the studio was co-founded by...
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'Ex Machina's Sara Bennett first woman VFX supervisor to win Oscar

Bennett is only the third woman nominated in the category, also won by Suzanne Benson in 1986; UK VFX highlighted at awards.

On a night in which British talent dominated the field for best VFX Oscar, Sara Bennett, co-founder of UK studio Milk, became the first female VFX supervisor to win the award.

Along with artists from Double Negative, Andrew Whitehurst, Paul Norris and Mark Ardington, Bennett won for Alex Garland’s stylish sci-fi Ex Machina.

She is only the third woman to receive a nomination in the famously male-heavy category, which VFX artist Suzanne Benson won for Aliens (1986).

Bennett said: “I am beyond excited!! We are thrilled and honoured to be recognised by The Academy for our work on Ex-Machina. It was a privilege to work with Alex Garland, to bring his incredible vision to life, alongside Andrew Whitehurst and the Dneg team. I would love to see more women in prominent creative roles in our Industry
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Ex Machina's Sara Bennett becomes first woman VFX supervisor to win an Oscar

Bennett is only the third woman nominated in the category, also won by Suzanne Benson in 1986; UK VFX triumphs at awards.

In a night in which British talent dominated the field for Best VFX Oscar, Sara Bennett, co-founder of UK studio Milk, became the first female VFX supervisor to win the award.

Along with artists from Double Negative, Andrew Whitehurst, Paul Norris and Mark Ardington, Bennett won for Alex Garland’s stylish sci-fi Ex Machina.

She is only the third woman to receive a nomination in the category, which VFX artist Suzanne Benson won for Aliens (1986).

Bennett said: “I am beyond excited!! We are thrilled and honoured to be recognised by The Academy for our work on Ex-Machina. It was a privilege to work with Alex Garland, to bring his incredible vision to life, alongside Andrew Whitehurst and the Dneg team. I would love to see more women in prominent creative roles in our Industry – I was
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Herculean Task: Milk VFX & Hercules

With the Director’s Cut arriving on DVD & Blu-Ray for Hercules on December 1, 2014 in the UK, Trevor Hogg chats with Nicolas Hernandez and Will Cohen about the visual effects work contributed by Milk VFX…

“About a year ago we did a proof of concept of how soldiers could fight in formation and walk in the same foot lengths,” states Milk VFX Visual Effects Supervisor Nicolas Hernandez as to how the London based company got involved Hercules. We did a lot of different things like walking on different terrain. We had to do a city of Athens asset which had to be populated. We designed four assets: soldiers, male, female and child. We did different clothes and all of the men had to have various haircuts. Quickly, we were able to populate a full CG Athens with 15,000 people and soldiers. Golaem was able to add a procedural randomness into the haircuts and clothes.
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Elementary: Will Cohen talks about Sherlock

Trevor Hogg chats with Will Cohen about bringing the right elements together when putting together the visual effects for Sherlock

“The Milk team have been involved with Sherlock since it first started,” states Milk VFX CEO Will Cohen. “We are proud to be part of one of the UK’s most popular TV drama series.” Creative freedom was not a problem when bringing the iconic sleuth created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to small screen. “Television is a medium that often allows for true collaborative production partnership. The budgets and schedules create a situation where the VFX team is able to have a lot of creative ownership over what they are doing. As teams are smaller all the way up the chain, you get greater access to the client and so internal and external communication is a lot more streamlined. With an established franchise, everybody always respects what has come
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Will Cohen Discusses Doctor Who’s Anniversary Year VFX

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Philip Bates is a writer at Kasterborous Doctor Who News and Reviews - All the latest Doctor Who news and reviews with our weekly podKast, features and interviews, and a long-running forum.

One of the most interesting interviews about the making of Doctor Who’s 50th anniversary story, The Day of the Doctor, and Matt Smith’s swansong, The Time of the Doctor, has largely flown under the radar – and it’s a massive shame. But may we now point you to an in-depth chat with Will Cohen, CEO

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Time Lord: Will Cohen talks about Doctor Who

Trevor Hogg chats with Will Cohen about making timeless visual effects for the Doctor Who franchise....

“The Milk team [as Mill TV] have been creating the VFX for Doctor Who since the series’ regeneration in 2005,” states Milk VFX CEO Will Cohen. “The team continued to work on Day of the Doctor as Milk when it launched in June 2013. Milk was recently commissioned by the BBC to create the VFX for the forthcoming 8th series of Doctor Who, starring new Doctor Peter Capaldi [In the Loop].” The iconic British TV series celebrated a 50th anniversary. “Television is a medium that often allows for true collaborative production partnership. The budgets and schedules create a situation where the VFX team is able to have a lot of creative ownership over what they are doing. As teams are smaller all the way up the chain, you get greater access to the client and so internal and external communication is a lot more streamlined.
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'Doctor Who' Christmas Special Wraps Debut Year for VFX House Milk

'Doctor Who' Christmas Special Wraps Debut Year for VFX House Milk
When Will Cohen and a team of London-based VFX pros decided to open a business earlier this year -- in the middle of "VFX armageddon" and the bankruptcy auction for Rhythm & Hues -- you might have wondering why. But so far, the gutsy move has paid off. Among its latest projects is BBC’s Doctor Who Christmas episode, which airs next week. The first project from Milk Visual Effects was the bulk of BBC’s recent Doctor Who 50th anniversary episode, “The Day of the Doctor,” which broke records on Nov. 23 when it drew an average audience of 10.2 million in the U.K., and was

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Autumn statement: tax breaks for regional theatres

Consultation launched on extending tax credits to theatre, while threshold for tax relief on films is reduced from 25% to 10%

The film tax credits that have attracted blockbuster productions Game of Thrones and Iron Man to Britain are to be extended to theatres under Treasury proposals.

A consultation will be launched next year on tax breaks for Britain's theatres, with relief for commercial productions, including those touring to often cash- strapped regional playhouses, and theatres investing in new writing.

Creative industry leaders welcomed the latest round of incentives for their sector in the autumn statement, which include more generous tax breaks for films and a £5m investment for the National Film and Television School.

West End impresario Rupert Gavin, who is a shareholder in the Ambassador Theatre Group and whose productions of West Side Story and Priscilla, Queen of the Desert are currently touring the regions, welcomed the consultation. Also chairman of the Odeon cinema chain,
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Autumn statement: UK's special effects industry cheered by tax relief plan

Chancellor's measures to help film business likely to encourage more Hollywood studios to use British post-production facilities

The UK's film special effects industry has received a shot in the arm with the government announcing plans to make it easier for Hollywood studios to qualify for UK tax breaks.

George Osborne's autumn statement published on Thursday promises to overhaul the "cultural test", which scores elements of productions to see how British they are, to make it easier for films to qualify for UK relief.

The government has pledged to "modernise" the test to make it more competitive in relation to the incentives offered by other countries.

The new cultural test will see an increase in the points available for principal photography, special effects and visual effects work being located in the UK and for a film being English language.

This change is expected to be of the biggest benefit to the special effects industry,
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Milk to Provide VFX for Doctor Who Series 8

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Jonathan Appleton is a writer at Kasterborous Doctor Who News and Reviews - All the latest Doctor Who news and reviews with our weekly podKast, features and interviews, and a long-running forum.

Those technical wizards at Milk Visual Effects have been commissioned to produce effects for the next series of Doctor Who, which starts production in January. This will continue a long association with the programme for Will Cohen and his team, many of whom have worked on the programme since its 2005 return. When The Mill closed

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Sam Claflin Edges Closer to Finnick In ‘Catching Fire’; Lynn Cohen Cast as Mags

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Catching Fire rolls on, with a Lionsgate press release announcing that Lynn Cohen (Synechdoche, New York; Munich) will play Mags — the part rumored for Melissa Leo a few weeks back — in 2013′s sequel to the box office smash. Should you, like myself, be unfamiliar with the franchise (I missed the first movie, even), some context can be found in the note that Mags is “[a] former mentor to Finnick Odair, [and] an eighty year old Hunger Games victor from District 4.” It’s a classy choice for this franchise, yet no surprise; they’ve shown a very strong hand for casting throughout this entire run.

But the real focus, here, is Finnick Odair, a part that’s been up for debate since the film series was first announced. Armie Hammer, Taylor Kitsch, and Garret Hedlund were all eyed, and Grant Gustin (Glee) auditioned for the part. (For whatever this may be worth, it’s said that Ben Walker,
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Sacha Baron Cohen (aka 'The Dictator') will attend the Oscars

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Sacha Baron Cohen, whom some might describe as a sort of entertainment terrorist, has won: According to Deadline, Cohen -- in character as Admiral General Shabazz Aladeen -- will attend Sunday's (Feb. 26) Academy Awards.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences had attempted to ban Cohen's "The Dictator" character from the red carpet and ceremony, but apparently capitulated -- possibly when they saw how much attention Cohen could bring the ratings-hungry program (or at a prearranged time in what is all part of one massive stunt perpetrated by Cohen and the Academy).

Deadline reports that Academy officials changed their mind Friday afternoon. Cohen, in character, soon issued this statement:

"Victory Is Ours! Today the Mighty Nation of Wadiya triumphed over the Zionist snakes of Hollywood. Evil and all those who made Satan their protector were vanquished and driven into the Pacific Sea. What I am trying to say here
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Sacha Baron Cohen: Rejected Oscar host contender

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Picture it: British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen is picked to host the Oscars.

The big pre-Oscar buzz is, will he appear as himself, or one of his infamous alter egos? Will Ali G, Borat or Bruno be our source of entertainment for the night? Will Cohen pull another MTV Movie Awards stunt and *gasp* descend bare-bottomed on top of George Clooney's head?

Oscar producer Adam Shankman thinks that kind of speculation might be one of the reasons the Academy gave a resounding "No" to his and co-producer Bill Mechanic's first pick.

"The Academy swatted it down," says Shankman. "They thought it was too big of a wild card."

Shankman fessed up about his original host pick for this year's Oscars on National Public Radio's "Fresh Air" Thursday night.

Unfortunately for all you Cohen fans, the Academy doesn't tend to like the host overshadowing the nominees. Furthermore, it's not
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