Bolstering our Episodic leadership team in Montreal!

Congratulations to Al Lopez, Daryl Shail and Dan Charbit on their new roles

We’re delighted to share the news of some positive changes to our Episodic leadership team in Montreal!


Al Lopez promoted to Head of Episodic

Al Lopez, Executive Producer for our Episodic team in Montreal, has been promoted to Head of Episodic, Montreal. Bringing over 25 years of experience to the role, Al previously served as VP of Creative Services at Stargate Studios before joining DNEG in 2019, and his résumé includes Emmy and VES Award wins for his work on Nightmares & Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen King ‘Battleground’ in 2007, and credits on shows such as The Walking Dead, Heroes, Narcos, 24, BlacKkKlansman and many others.

In his new role, Al will focus on expanding client relationships old and new, while continuing to oversee our Episodic VFX work in Montreal with a focus on production, and will also take on the line management for our dedicated Episodic core and VFX Supervisors in Montreal.


Daryl Shail comes onboard as Executive Producer

Daryl Shail has recently joined us based in Toronto as our new Executive Producer for Episodic. Daryl brings 27 years of experience to the position with a career spanning forensic imaging, software development, and visual effects.

During his long career he has been an Artist, a VFX Supervisor and an Executive Producer, with credits including The Handmaid’s Tale, The Expanse, What We Do in the Shadows, The Haunting of Hill House and Star Trek: Discovery.


Dan Charbit promoted to Executive VFX Supervisor

Dan Charbit, who has overseen some of our biggest Episodic productions as one of our talented VFX Supervisors, takes up the position of Executive VFX Supervisor for Episodic in Montreal. In his new role, he will work closely with the Business Development team and with our clients on the creative development of new projects, as well as overseeing the creative management of all Montreal-led Episodic shows.

Dan has led DNEG’s work in Montreal on shows such as Catch-22 (for which he received an Emmy nomination), Altered Carbon Season 2 and The Right Stuff, and he is currently supervising our work on an exciting new episodic project which has not yet been announced.


Erika Burton (President, Global VFX Production) said:

“Our new leadership team in Montreal will allow us to bring a renewed focus to ensuring that our Episodic offering is joined up across our locations. In their new roles, Al, Daryl and Dan will be collaborating closely with the leadership of our London Episodic team, Executive VFX Supervisor Paul Riddle and Executive Producer Natalie Reid. Together, they’ll ensure that we are not just delivering the most highly-creative work in the industry as efficiently as possible, but also that we are creating a culture and identity for our global Episodic teams that ensures we continue to win the best work and attract the best talent to come and join us. There are great things to come!”




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