Framestore has promoted Grant Walker and Ahmed Gharraph to Joint Heads of CG in London.

The two will sit alongside Ross Burgess, Head of Animation, in the leadership of the  studio’s Advertising, Television and Immersive Entertainment work.

The appointment marks the return of Ahmed Gharraph to Framestore after a two-year stint at ILM, where he was lead FX Artist on Star Wars: The Last Jedi, receiving a VES nomination in Outstanding Effects Simulations in a Photoreal Feature. His credits advertising-side as CG Supervisor include ‘Mog’s Christmas Calamity’, Sainsbury’s award-winning 2015 festive campaign; and Shell V-Power ‘Shapeshifter’, directed by Carl Erik Rinsch.

Grant Walker joined Framestore in 2009, and in his time at the company has worked across film, advertising and television, building a portfolio as a CG artist with campaigns including the VES-nominated Freesat’s Sheldon; he was also instrumental in Framestore’s digital recreation of Audrey Hepburn in Galaxy’s 2013 campaign ‘Chauffeur’, for AMV BBDO. Most recently, he was BAFTA-nominated for his creature work in Black Mirror episode, ‘Playtest’.

Helen Stanley, MD, Integrated Advertising Worldwide, said: "It’s a pleasure to welcome Ahmed back to Framestore and to have such a strong joint leadership in place for our rapidly growing VFX team working across Advertising, Television and Immersive Entertainment. The breadth and depth of projects we are currently working across is not only exciting, but continually pushes us to raise our creative game in brilliant ways. With Grant, Ahmed and Ross at the fore, I’m confident that the quality of our output will go from strength to strength."

Pictured: Gharraph left, Walker right

Jon Creamer

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