Motion Pictures Laboratories (MovieLabs) has appointed Spencer Stephens to the role of Senior Vice President, Production Technology and Security.
Stephens joins the non-profit research technology lab full-time. He previously consulted for MovieLabs and served as the principal author of The Evolution of Production Security – Securing the 10-Year Vision for the Future of Media Production, Post and Creative Technologies.
MovieLabs is a non-profit technology research lab jointly run by Paramount Pictures Corporation, Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc., Universal Pictures, Walt Disney Pictures and Television, and Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.
Rich Berger, CEO of MovieLabs, said: “Spencer’s deep technical knowledge of production, post-production and security is unparalleled in the industry. His knowledge and leadership will help us work together with the industry to realize the MovieLabs 2030 Vision. We are very fortunate that Spencer is able to join the MovieLabs team full-time.”
Stephens has extensive experience working in senior technology functions at several Hollywood studios, including serving as CTO of Sony Pictures, VP of Technology and GM of Motion Picture Imaging at Warner Bros. Entertainment, as well as VP of Technology and Digital Production at Disney Television Animation.
While serving as CTO at Sony Pictures Entertainment, Spencer led the studio’s technology group working on technology innovation and application, from on-set through post-production and mastering and delivery.
Spencer holds masters degrees in computer science and information and cybersecurity from the University of California, Berkeley.
Stephens added: “I am excited to join the MovieLabs team full time, and to work more closely with our member studios to help define and shape the future of production and post-production in the cloud.”