Encore Ups Jay Bodnar, Tom Kendall and Morgan Strauss to Senior VP

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Hollywood, CA -- Post production and visual effects company Encore today announced the promotions of Jay Bodnar to SVP, Engineering; Tom Kendall to SVP, VFX; and Morgan Strauss to SVP, Operations. In new positions designed to spearhead Encore’s next phase of growth, the executive trio remains in the company’s Los Angeles headquarters, reporting to Encore Executive Vice President Bill Romeo.

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“Jay, Tom and Morgan have an unparalleled collective cache of experience and have been instrumental in the global success of Encore. As we embrace new markets and technologies, they will continue to be guiding forces within both Encore and the industry as a whole,” explained Romeo. 

Bodnar and Strauss have been with Encore since 2000 and 2001 respectively, by way of former sister company R!OT, while Kendall joined the company in 2002. Each has been actively involved in advancing their particular division within Encore Hollywood and will now extend their venerable expertise to the company’s growing worldwide network. 

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A leader in the company’s transition to file-based workflows, including 4K, Bodnar has overseen Encore’s talented team of engineers and ensured that clients benefit from the company’s innovative use of advanced technologies. In his expanded role, Bodnar will be working with his team to architect and deploy progressive technical solutions and optimize pipelines across the Encore locations for a cohesive, global post production experience. 

Under Kendall’s direction, Encore’s VFX department has rapidly become a rising star in episodic television. During the 2013 awardsseason, Encore took home both Emmy and Visual Effects Society Awards for outstanding VFX work, and looks to continue the trend through its current slate of projects, with Encore artists recently nominated for a 2014 Emmy Award. Kendall now helms worldwide VFX efforts for Encore, maintaining the high quality of VFX that have been a hallmark of Encore Hollywood at all facilities while also driving efficient collaboration for maximized synergy across locations. 

As Director of Operations, Strauss has been the logistics expert for Encore Hollywood’s post production arm. From business development and strategy to workflow design and IT, Strauss and his team have provided Encore’s sizeable roster of clients with a seamless experience by ensuring technology and creativity interact flawlessly. In addition to Encore Hollywood, Strauss now oversees day-to-day operations for Encore Vancouver and will be responsible for new Encore locations as well. 

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Encore is a Deluxe Entertainment Services company with locations in Los Angeles, New York, Vancouver, Toronto and London. The company also offers near-set services anywhere in the world via mobilabs, a proprietary compact system for on-site color management and dailies.

About Encore 

Since its inception in 1985, Encore has been providing its clients quality service while consistently remaining at the forefront of technological advances. The combination of award-winning engineering, state-of-the-art technology, an end-to-end file-based workflow, and some of the most respected and creative artists in the industry comes together to make Encore a one-stop-shop for any production's color management, editing and visual effects needs. 

About Deluxe Entertainment Services Group Inc.

Encore is part of Deluxe Entertainment Services Group Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of MacAndrews & Forbes Holdings Inc., is the leading provider of a broad range of entertainment industry services and technologies to the worldwide entertainment industry including the Hollywood studios, broadcast/cable/ satellite providers, digital distribution, gaming as well as content owners and creators. Services for content creation in features, television and commercials are offered in production, post production, digital distribution, marketing services and asset management.

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Top image: Jay Bodnar; Middle image: Tom Kendall; Bottom image: Morgan Strauss

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