DNEG Appoints Josh Jaggars as Group President, VFX, and Stereo

Josh Jaggars has worked with Legendary Entertainment & Warner Bros.

A leading visual effects (VFX) and animation studio for the creation of feature film, television and multiplatform content, DNEG announced  Josh Jaggars as its new Group President, VFX and Stereo. Jaggars Studio is based out of DNEG’s Los Angeles that will lead the global VFX and Stereo Conversion teams for the DNEG Group, comprising DNEG and its ReDefine division. He will directly be reporting to DNEG Chairman and CEO Namit Malhotra.

With more than 25 years of industry experience and expertise in the role, Jaggars will be a part of DNEG’s senior executive team. Here, he will be overseeing the company’s client relationships and its industry-leading team of VFX and Stereo supervisors. As per the new responsibility, he will also be leveraging the company’s production and creative strengths to drive new business and inspire dynamic new VFX that further approaches to elevate DNEG in the competitive marketplace.

Jaggars’ previous stint was at Legendary Entertainment as Senior Vice President, Visual Effects and Stereo Production since 2017. In this role, Jaggars’ credits include Dune, Enola Holmes, Pokémon Detective Pikachu, Godzilla vs. Kong, and Godzilla: King of the Monsters. Prior to that, Jaggars was VFX Producer at Warner Bros. with acclaimed work on Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice, Man of Steel and Justice League. Additional VFX producer credits include Hancock, 2012 and Fast Five.

DNEG Chairman and CEO Namit Malhotra said, “I am delighted to welcome Josh to our senior leadership team; his appointment is further evidence of the culture of excellence that we are building here at DNEG. I have had the pleasure of working with Josh for many years, including most recently on Dune, for which DNEG was the lead VFX partner. By bringing his experience and expertise to the leadership of DNEG’s world-class VFX and Stereo teams, Josh will further enhance our ability to bring together innovative technology and industry-leading creative talent to create award-winning work.”

“Furthermore, as we expand our horizons beyond VFX and animation to become a content creation partner to the industry, I am excited that Josh will be onboard to lead our creative engagement and provide new production solutions,” continued Malhotra. “His experience will be invaluable as DNEG continues to establish itself as a collaborator and co-producer with our partners.”

Josh Jaggars said, “After many years as a freelance producer, and more recently as a studio executive, I am thrilled to be returning to my roots to take on this new challenge with Namit and the DNEG team. This is an incredibly exciting time for our industry with many new opportunities for ambitious and visionary companies such as DNEG, which is forging a path that elevates it beyond the traditional facility/vendor relationship.”

Talking about his new role, Josh Jaggars continued, “DNEG presents an opportunity for me to remain at the forefront of VFX, technology, and creative endeavours, where I can help to build an amazing portfolio across multiple platforms. Namit’s vision, and the expansion of DNEG’s global footprint, exemplify how this company is transforming beyond a pure-play VFX offering to become a ‘next-level’ partner with content producers. DNEG has an incredible foundation with award-winning artists and visionaries. I look forward to expanding, innovating and furthering DNEG’s creative culture and commitment to our industry’s future.”

DNEG Industry Awards

DNEG’s VFX work has won:

  • 6 Academy Awards® (9 Nominations)
    • Best Visual Effects
    • Winners:
      • Tenet (2021)
      • First Man (2019)
      • Blade Runner 2049 (2018)
      • Ex Machina (2016)
      • Interstellar (2015)
      • Inception (2011)
  • 6 BAFTA Awards (10 Nominations)
  • 11 Visual Effects Society (VES) Awards (28 Nominations)
  • 3 Primetime Emmy® Awards (6 Nominations)

DNEG announced in August that Novator Capital Advisors, LLP (Novator) has invested $250 million in subsidiaries of Prime Focus Limited, the parent company of DNEG. The Novator investment has allowed Prime Focus Founder Namit Malhotra to streamline the Group’s ownership structure, consolidate minority investments and position DNEG for future growth.

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