(March 23, 2006 - Burbank, CA) - Spencer Stephens has been named Vice President and General Manager of Motion Picture Imaging (MPI), the state of the art digital post-production and restoration division of Warner Bros. Technical Operations, it was announced today by Chris Cookson, President, Warner Bros. Technical Operations and Chief Technology Officer, Warner Bros. Entertainment. Stephens will report to Charles Dages, Executive Vice President, Warner Bros. Technical Operations. “Spencer brings tremendous skills and experience in applying advanced technology to creative product. He has been instrumental in our efforts to make Warner Bros. Motion Picture Imaging the Industry’s finest and most client-friendly digital imaging facility,” said Dages. “Additionally, Spencer has had a key role in redesigning the facility and his management skills will ensure that MPI will become the first choice for filmmakers for the tools and the service MPI provides.” Stephens joined Warner Bros. Technical Operations as Vice President, Technology in September of 2002. He has worked extensively on content security particularly in home networking and on the technology for new business models such as mobile delivery of content and serves as a member of the cross-industry DVB Project Steering Board. From 1997 to 2000, Stephens served as Vice President of Technology & Digital Production for Walt Disney TV Animation, where he architected the transition from traditional to digital animation and built a digital end-to-end virtual studio that brought together facilities on three continents. He began his career in data communications as system engineer focused on the design and the innovative application of network systems. From 2000-2002, Stephens was Chief Technology Officer of Strix Systems, working on content delivery systems. Stephens has a BSc (1st Class Honors) in physics from the University of Sussex, UK and an MS in computer science from the University of California, Berkeley. He is headquartered in Burbank.
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