Smoke & Mirrors the international visual effects and design company, has named Mary Knox to the position of Managing Director of its New York office. The appointment comes as part of a global strategy to strengthen the successful brand across its key international studio locations.
Most previously, Knox was Managing Director of the creative editorial boutique Red Car New York. Before that she was Managing Director of commercials for Curious Pictures, where she executive produced all advertising assignments and successfully expanded the company’s directorial roster to include live action in addition to animation.
Smoke & Mirrors offers its clients an impressive array of post-production services, including shoot supervision, 2D/3D design and animation, Flame, color grading and versioning, all supported by a team of producers and visual effects artists and an industry-leading technical infrastructure. A global company, it has offices in London, Shanghai and Sao Paolo, in addition to New York.
In London, Smoke & Mirrors has recently launched a live-action production company, Rock Hound. This venture is also soon to launch in the US, alongside a new editorial company.
“Smoke & Mirrors has an absolute dedication to great work and successful partnerships with agencies and brands,” says Knox. “Add to that the exciting things brewing in London and I couldn’t resist this opportunity to join the team.”
“This is a very exciting appointment, as it’s another step forward in our push to be a truly global offering,” adds Gary Szabo, Managing Director of Smoke & Mirrors in London.
Founded in London in 1995 and opened in New York City in 2003, Smoke & Mirrors is regarded as one of the most knowledgeable resources for Flame internationally. Recent U.S. commercial clients include agencies BBDO, mcgarrybowen, Kirshenbaum Bond Senecal & Partners and brands such as BMW, Mountain Dew, Reebok, ESPN, Google, Jaguar, Land Rover, Verizon, Absolut, MTV, and Coke. Smoke & Mirrors most recently completed CGI and VFX for the pilot of "Hannibal," an NBC show directed by David Slade (“Twilight,” “Breaking Bad”), slated to break early next month.
The company is represented in the U.S. by its staff Sales & Marketing Manager Julie Batkiewicz, as well as by the New York-based independent rep Victoria Venantini.