Digital Domain Media Group (NYSE: DDMG) announced that Tim Hanser, a former executive with the St. Louis Cardinals organization, has joined the company to lead its initiative in bringing its expertise in high-end digital production to sports teams and venues.
Hanser spent 12 years with the St. Louis Cardinals organization as part of the executive team following the 1996 purchase of the team by a group of investors that included Hanser’s father, Vice Chairman and Director Frederick O. Hanser. During his tenure with the team, Tim Hanser held leadership roles in baseball administration, international scouting, community outreach and the development of the Cardinals new downtown ball park. He joins DDMG from the apparel company A&E Group, where as president he oversaw the launch of a new international brand of photo-real shirts licensed by the NBA, MLB and NHL that sold nationwide. Hanser began his professional career as a researcher for Missouri Senator Jack Danforth in Washington, DC, and holds an Engineering degree from Yale.
Hanser will lead business and strategic initiatives that leverage the creative teams and technologies at DDMG’s Florida studio to enable sports teams and venues to create experiences that excite fans, honor teams’ legacies and iconic players in new ways and take in-venue sports entertainment to the next level. The company’s first productions resulting from this effort, created for the New York Mets, are playing now at Citi Field in New York and on MLB.com. See them here: http://www.ddmg.co/sports_venues
DDMG CEO and Chairman John Textor said, “Tim’s background – having served both a major league sports organization and a business that served fans’ appetite for team-related products -- is an ideal combination for us as we create sports-related assets that can be taken into venues and across a wide range of media platforms.”
Hanser noted, “Digital Domain is an iconic company with some of the world’s most spectacular film and advertising imagery coming out of its studios. It’s a wonderful calling card to take to sports teams and venues looking to give fans something new to inspire and entertain them. I’m thrilled to be part of bringing this expertise into a realm where I see so many opportunities.”
About Digital Domain Media Group
Digital Domain Media Group (DDMG: NYSE) leverages its expertise in digital visual effects (VFX) and computer-generated (CG) animation across a group of interrelated businesses. At its foundation is Digital Domain Productions (DDPI), an award-winning digital production company founded in 1993. This leading provider of visuals has contributed to more than 90 major motion pictures, including Titanic, the Transformers series, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End and TRON: Legacy, hundreds of commercials, and recently created the virtual likeness of rapper Tupac Shakur for Dr. Dre’s show at the Coachella Valley Music Festival. Mothership, a DDPI subsidiary, focuses on creating advertising, entertainment and branded content from concept to completion, across multiple media platforms. DDMG, its work and its employees have been recognized with numerous awards, including seven from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The company is building on its success in VFX to participate as a co-producer in major productions and is currently co-producing the upcoming live-action sci-fi feature film Ender’s Game, as well as virtual likenesses for Elvis Presley that will be jointly owned by CORE Media Group and DDMG. DDMG also converts two-dimensional (2D) imagery to three-dimensional (3D) imagery and holds key patents in this area. The company is also applying its CG expertise to produce original, family-friendly animated feature films at its subsidiary Tradition Studios. The first movie, The Legend of Tembo, is in pre-production and two more features are in development. The company’s education subsidiary, the Digital Domain Institute, sets a new standard in digital media education through a pioneering public-private partnership with The Florida State University College of Motion Picture Arts. DDMG is expanding its worldwide footprint of the highest quality visual effects and animation at the lowest possible cost through global partnerships in India and China. The company has studios in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Florida and Vancouver and is currently establishing studios in Beijing and Abu Dhabi. http://www.ddmg.co