Vfx house Union has promoted Lucy Cooper to managing director and Simon Hughes to creative director. Both will report directly to Founders Tim Caplan and Adam Gascoyne.
Cooper has more than 20 years of creative industry experience having worked in broadcast, film, TV and commercial post production and physical special effects including eight years at VFX software vendor The Foundry. She has been working at Union for over two years and is being promoted from her role as commercial and operations director where she has been “instrumental” in the company’s recent expansion into new premises in Rathbone Place, London.
Simon Hughes has over 20 years in the industry in the UK and Canada at studios including Cinesite, Image Engine, Double Negative, Clear Film, CIS/Rainmaker and now Union. His credit list includes District 9, for which he won a Visual Effects Society award for Outstanding Compositing in a Feature Motion Picture.
Since joining Union in 2012, he has worked on projects including Annihilation, Suffragette, Bridget Jones’ Baby, Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri and most recently Mamma Mia 2.
Union has grown from 51 to nearly 100 staff in the last 12 months delivering work on projects including Annihilation, Victoria and Abdul, My Cousin Rachel, Trust, The Guernsey Literary Potato Peel Pie Society, Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri and Mamma Mia 2.
Tim Caplan, Co-founder said: “It’s been a very exciting year at Union working on some great projects and moving into our new space. Both Lucy and Simon have been key to making this happen and these appointments are in recognition of the roles they’ve taken on in our growing team. Both Adam and I will continue to rely on them to help us run and scale the business whilst ensuring we remain the company that Union has always set out to be.”
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