AWS (Amazon Web Services) Thinkbox has welcomed Will McDonald as Head of Business Development. McDonald now leads client relationships for AWS Thinkbox, working closely with the business development team to help studios manage on-premises resources and rendering on the cloud.

“Will’s background in content creation and software development provides him with first-hand understanding of VFX workflows and the challenges studios face in production. At AWS Thinkbox, we are all committed to helping our customers meet their deadlines, and Will’s dedication, experience and leadership is an excellent resource for our customers. We’re very excited to have him join the AWS Thinkbox team,” said Chris Bond, Thinkbox Founder and Director Product Management EC2, EC2 Pricing and Launch Services, Amazon Web Services. 

“I really love the M&E industry and, as an artist and engineer, have always enjoyed finding new exciting ways to help both technical and creative people build new things. Joining AWS Thinkbox puts me in a position to help studios be even more successful and produce their best work,” noted McDonald. “I’m a huge believer in moving towards a more flexible way of working, whether that means leveraging cloud compute, machine learning, computer vision, or virtual workstations. The recent ability to burst to the cloud with Thinkbox Deadline at economical cost with EC2 Spot means tremendous opportunity for customers big and small in rendering, and we are only just getting started!”

McDonald comes to AWS Thinkbox from Conductor Technologies, where he served as VP of Product and helped launch the company’s cloud-based rendering platform. He has also spent more than four years at Autodesk as Senior Manager of Interactive and Emerging Technology, and has held various art, TD and R&D roles at Electronic Arts, ILM and Pixar Animation Studios. McDonald began his career as a VFX artist for LucasArts working on AAA video games and developing an internal particle simulation engine and node-based UI. He holds a Master of Software Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in VFX from Savannah College of Art and Design. With this new role, McDonald is based in Seattle, WA.

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