MONTREAL — London and Montreal-based creative studio Cinesite has hired Marianne O’Reilly as chief operating officer of its feature animation studio in Montreal, Quebec. She will be responsible for the oversight, development and management of Cinesite Animation service work as the studio continues to grow its roster of animated feature films. Under her leadership, the Cinesite Animation studio will increase its capacity to span two floors within the building in order to support its current work on 3QU Media’s four-film slate.
O’Reilly joins Cinesite from the Vancouver Film School, where as head of animation & visual effects she was responsible for 300 graduates per year and a faculty of 65. Having started her career at Rainmaker Entertainment as a visual effects producer, O’Reilly progressed to the role of president of the visual effects and animation division. During her tenure she helmed an award-winning team of producers, supervisors, artists, department heads and administration in Vancouver and London. Other notable career highlights include effectively leading all aspects of the Vancouver & London CIS facilities, while navigating the successful transition from Rainmaker to CIS upon purchase by Deluxe Entertainment in 2008.
O’Reilly’s appointment follows Cinesite Animation welcoming its new chief creative officer, former Illumination Entertainment executive Dave Rosenbaum.