Encore, a Deluxe Entertainment Services company, announced today that technology expert Scott Ballard has joined its rapidly-expanding VFX division as Pipeline Supervisor. Ballard is tasked with expanding the company’s inter-studio pipeline across all Encore VFX facilities worldwide,  ensuring its operations are also at the state-of the-art level of efficiency.

Ballard brings a wealth of experience in the technical, IT and programming arenas, as well as a solid background in VFX and animation to this new role. He began his career as an animator and expanded his role to include IT and data management as his expertise developed in those areas. He comes to Encore from the Los Angeles area's offices of international technology and ride film company RGH, having dramatically expanded the company’s inter-office efficiency in handling very large, data-intensive projects.

"As Encore's VFX brand extends to New York, Toronto, Vancouver, and London, it's increasingly important to have experts on our team devoted specifically to our pipeline," says Bill Romeo, Encore's Executive Vice President. "With clients expecting feature quality work on a TV schedule, it's essential that all our VFX studios work together as a unit."

"Encore VFX works on dozens of shows simultaneously," Ballard notes, "and it is important that all locations can operate as a single seamless studio with standardized elements and procedures across the board. This is an important trend with global studios; we’ve developed centralized load balancing so that a production can easily spread resources across multiple studios."

About Encore
Since its inception in 1985, Encore has been providing its clients quality service while consistently remaining at the forefront of technological advances. The combination of award-winning engineering, state-of-the-art technology, an end-to-end file-based workflow, and some of the most respected and creative artists in the industry comes together to make Encore a one-stop-shop for any production's color management, editing and visual effects needs.

Encore is part of the Deluxe Creative Services Group: A close-knit group of facilities including Company 3®, Beast, Deluxe New York, EFILM®, Encore, Level 3 Post, Method Studios, and StereoD. The group leverages a comprehensive suite of end-to-end services, access to world-class artists, technical expertise and a tight infrastructure with global connectivity. The Creative Services Group businesses are wholly owned by Deluxe Entertainment Services Group Inc., (www.bydeluxe.com), which is a wholly owned subsidiary of MacAndrews & Forbes Holdings Inc.

About Deluxe Entertainment
Deluxe Entertainment Services Group, Inc. is a global leader in media and entertainment services across film, video and online original content from capture to consumption. 

Since 1915 Deluxe Entertainment has been the trusted partner for the world’s most successful Hollywood studios, independent film companies, TV networks, exhibitors, advertisers and others, offering best-in-class solutions in production, post production, distribution, asset and workflow management and new digital solution-based technologies.

The company employs nearly 6,000 of the most talented, highly honored and recognized artists and industry veterans worldwide. Deluxe Entertainment is a wholly owned subsidiary of MacAndrews & Forbes Holdings Inc. For more information, visit www.bydeluxe.com