VFX studio Milk’s CEO and co-founder, Will Cohen, has announced that he is stepping down as CEO after eight years leading the Milk team, to “explore new opportunities.”
He will continue to work with the Board and senior team in the first quarter of 2022 “on a number of important strategic and commercial projects” and to ensure a smooth transition. Following that, he will continue as a shareholder and non-executive board director.
Cohen co-founded Milk in 2013. The company went on to win three consecutive BAFTA Awards in the first three years, in addition to an Emmy for the BBC/Hartswood’s Sherlock and co-founder Sara Bennett becoming the first woman in twenty years to win an Oscar for VFX in 2016.
Having been responsible whilst at Mill Film and TV for the VFX in the BBC’s revival of Doctor Who with Russell T Davies, Cohen continued the relationship with Steven Moffat and team, leading Milk to create the BAFTA-winning VFX for the Doctor Who 50th anniversary episode. Cohen went on to executive produce the BAFTA-winning VFX for episodic series Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell and brought BBC/Amazon’s Good Omens to Milk which earned the team a BAFTA nomination in 2020.
Cohen has been on the board of UK Screen Alliance for the past five years and helped orchestrate the merger between UK Screen and Animation UK into the UK Screen Alliance.
Will Cohen said: “I’m incredibly proud of Milk and the creative success we’ve achieved over the last eight years. With the confirmed slate we have for 2022 and the quality of the team we’ve been building it feels like the right moment to step forward into a new adventure.
“VFX is a team sport like no other and I want to celebrate all the talented people who have made Milk a success and will continue to, long into the future.
“Milk has always been about creating great work with people we love and it’s an honour for me to continue to be involved as a shareholder and in an advisory role as a non-executive board director. I am excited about the opportunities in store in 2022 for all of us!”
Jag Mundi, Executive Chairman, Milk Visual Effects commented: “Will is passionate about the people, the work and the vfx industry and possesses a rare combination of creative and commercial flair. We would like to thank Will for his extraordinary passion and commitment to Milk. We are delighted he is going to continue to work with us all and that we can draw on his energy, expertise and experience as we build the business creatively and commercially into the future.”
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