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Rainmaker Visual Effects Announces New President Marianne O’Reilly




Vancouver, BC, (August 27, 2007) – Marianne O’Reilly, an eight year veteran of Rainmaker Visual Effects has been named President of the division, it was announced today by Warren Franklin, CEO of Rainmaker Entertainment Inc. (“Rainmaker”). In addition, Franklin has announced the promotions of Shauna Bryan to Head of Business Development and Jason Dowdeswell to Head of Digital Studio. Continuing in their roles will be Dennis Hoffman as Head of Production, Brian Chacon as Head of Production Technology, Greg Bosworth as Commercial/Games Executive Producer and Rainmaker UK’s Executive Producer Roma O’Connor, who oversees the London operations. Bryan, Dowdeswell, Hoffman, Chacon, Bosworth and O’Connor will report directly to O’Reilly.

“Marianne has been a key player in the growth of the visual effects industry in Vancouver and a prominent contributor to Rainmaker’s growth for almost a decade. She has the skills needed to deal with the internal structure of a visual effects facility as well as the experience to engage and retain clients,” states Franklin. “As Rainmaker continues its growth curve, we are positioning the Visual Effects division to take advantage of the global prospects. Marianne’s the perfect person to do this for us.”

“I’m thrilled to be given the opportunity to take this company to the next level and to explore new territories,” says O’Reilly. “We have a very creative and energetic team at Rainmaker. Working with Shauna and Jason over the years has been great. They’ve proven their ability to handle the needs of their new roles,” states O’Reilly. “Our entire team is very enthusiastic about pursuing the goal of Vancouver becoming a larger hub for the international visual effects industry.”

O’Reilly has been in entertainment management for over 17 years both in film, television and sports. She began her career at Rainmaker in 1999 as visual effects producer. Over the years, she worked on such television productions as “Stargate SG-1,” “Stargate Atlantis,” “Dead Like Me,” “Ancient Clues” and “So Weird.” In 2003 she transitioned to film visual effects with “Garfield.” O’Reilly was named Rainmaker’s Executive Producer in 2004 and oversaw the facility’s feature effects work including “Elektra,” “I, Robot,” “Dr. Dolittle 3,” “Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties,” “Night at the Museum,” “Blades of Glory” and most recently, the upcoming “Vantage Point.” Prior to Rainmaker, O’Reilly held executive positions and was a sports entertainment producer for the NHL’s Buffalo Sabres and Vancouver Canucks, and the CFL’s BC Lions. She first entered the entertainment world as a producer/account manager at Northwest Imaging & FX in the early ’90s.

Dowdeswell, who will be responsible for the overall implementation of the digital and creative aspects of the pipeline, joined Rainmaker in 2002 as Digital Production Supervisor after gathering more than a decade’s worth of experience at some of the industry’s most highly-acclaimed studios. Dowdeswell began his career in BC working at CSS Graphic Multimedia Research Lab where he honed his animation skills. After moving to Los Angeles in the early ’90s, he quickly became known for his lighting and compositing artistry while working at Boss Film Studios where his credits included “True Lies,” “Species,” “Outbreak” and “Multiplicity.” He segued to the newly formed Sony Imageworks as a digital lead artist on such features as “Anaconda,” “Starship Troopers,” “Godzilla” and “Stuart Little”; and then onto Industrial Light & Magic, as senior digital compositor on “Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones,” “Jurassic Park 3,” “The Mummy Returns” and “Men in Black 2.”

Bryan, a fifteen year industry veteran and most recently Rainmaker Visual Effect’s Senior Producer, brings extensive experience to her new responsibility of business development. As the facility’s Executive Producer on “The Da Vinci Code,” Bryan was instrumental in setting up Rainmaker’s London facility and establishing Rainmaker UK. In her previous position, Bryan oversaw the facility’s largest production to date, the hit comedy “Blades of Glory.” Prior to taking on the senior role in production, Bryan was one of the Rainmaker’s visual effects producers with credits including “She’s the Man,” “Man About Town,” “Firewall” and the upcoming “Case 39.” Her visual effects credits also include the television movies or series “White Chicks,” “Earthsea” and “Dead Zone.” Bryan’s career prior to specializing in visual effects included stints in post-production and as associate producer with some of the television industry’s most prolific producers — Chris Carter (“The X-Files”), Leonard Goldberg (“Ground Zero”), Daniel Blatt (“Miracle on the 17th Green”) and Lawrence Horowitz and Michael O’Hara (“First to Die”).

Recently completed or currently in production at Rainmaker Visual Effects in Vancouver are “Nightwatching,” “Vantage Point,” “Case 39,” “Hot Rod,” “Trick ‘r Treat,” “A Tale of Two Sisters,” “Tropic Thunder,” “Snow Buddies,” “Stargate Atlantis,” “Search and Rescue” and Vivendi WET; and in their London facility, “Golden Compass,” “Inkheart,” “Fred Claus,” “Vantage Point, “28 Weeks Later,” “La Vie en Rose” and “1408.”

About Rainmaker Entertainment Inc.

Rainmaker, headquartered in Vancouver, Canada, is an award-winning visual effects, 3D animation and post-production company with a 28 year history of technical excellence and outstanding service in feature films, television, games and commercials. From its origins in the pioneering west coast post house Gastown Productions, Rainmaker has grown into one of North America’s pre-eminent post-production service providers. Rainmaker, the largest visual effects and animation company in Canada, has three divisions — Rainmaker Animation, Rainmaker Visual Effects and Rainmaker Post. Rainmaker also operates a facility in London — Rainmaker Animation & Visual Effects UK Ltd. (Rainmaker UK) — which offers cutting edge visual effects and 3D animation in that market. Rainmaker Animation, with the inclusion of recently acquired Mainframe Entertainment, creates 3D animation for the feature film market and is the industry leader in CG animation for television and direct-to-DVD family entertainment. Rainmaker Visual Effects creates state-of-the-art CG effects for the high-end feature film, television, commercial and game markets. Rainmaker Post provides a wide array of post-production services ranging from traditional film lab processes to the very latest in digital image processing including HD. Rainmaker also maintains an office in Los Angeles. California. For more information, visit


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