Named Legend 3D Inc.’s Chief Executive Officer in December 2016, Foley brings decades of executive-level experience in the technology and entertainment industries to the multi-national technotainment production powerhouse, having established a significant track record of growth and accomplishment in the companies he has helped to manage. He has earned a reputation for designing the strategic and operational elements of business through the perspective of the customer, a distinction which has resulted in strong growth in both revenue and brand awareness for those firms. As part of the management team of several industry category leaders, he has gained experience running creative, software, hardware and services companies on a global scale.
Foley is Founder/CEO of AF Double Eagle, a corporate development company. As part of his efforts there, in 2011, Foley led the group that acquired Fox Mobile, the international mobile network business distributing studio and television content worldwide, from Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation. The company was sold three years after acquisition, at over 28 times invested capital, as part of a roll up in the industry. During his tenure at Double Eagle, Foley also provided NCR Corp. management expertise on its content distribution business through its kiosk operations, Blockbuster Express, and led the relationships with the studios and other content companies critical to these operations. The company was sold to Coinstar as part of a strategic partnering relationship with its Redbox enterprise.
Foley serves on the Board of Directors, and is Chairman of the Strategic Partnering Committee, of Truevision 3D Surgical, a medical device company specializing in digital 3D visualization and guidance for microsurgery. Truevision has strategic partnerships with Alcon, Leica, and others, for the distribution and support of the Truevision products on a global basis, and is the established leader for neurosurgery and ophthalmology.
Prior to Double Eagle, Foley joined Ascent Media Group (AMG), a roughly $1 billion media and entertainment services company providing services for the production, management and distribution of digital media through over 40 companies in the U.S., Europe and Asia, owned by John Malone’s Liberty Media Corp., as Chief Marketing Officer. Additionally, Foley served as President of the company’s Enterprise Solutions Group, a team of industry professionals providing broad consulting and professional services to AMG’s extensive client base. He directed the company’s transition from Liberty Livewire to Ascent Media with a successful major multi-media brand launch campaign.
Previously, Foley spent eight years as the Chief Executive Officer of Eastman Kodak’s Digital Motion Imaging Division, managing several global businesses concurrently. Key among these businesses was Cinesite, an award-winning visual effects company with operations in Los Angeles and London, where he served as Chairman and CEO.
Foley serves as a frequent spokesperson on issues impacting the entertainment industry and is a member of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers and the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from UCLA.
Mark Steffler was named Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Legend in 2014, tasked with managing the financial strategy of 500+ employees across their Los Angeles and Toronto locations. Steffler is committed to maximizing long-term shareholder value, ensuring a balanced portfolio of growth initiatives, and maintaining the highest level of integrity that Legend is known for.
Prior to Legend, Steffler was VP Finance for Northwater Capital Management. During his time with Northwater Capital, Steffler gained his extensive experience in financial planning and analysis, profit-and-loss leadership, and mergers and acquisition.
Steffler holds an Honors Business Administrations degree in Accounting from the University of Windsor and is CPA, CA certified.
Beginning his career in the role of VFX Compositor over 14 years ago, Richard’s background is a wealth of VFX and 3D conversion expertise. His creative leadership in the industry has established him as a respected professional in the creative process and guidance of such prominent studio features as, Bill Condon’s “Beauty and the Beast”, Alfonso Cuarón’s “Gravity”, Marc Forster’s “World War Z” and David Yates’ “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows”.
As testament to his career, Richard has been recognized by the Advanced Imaging Society as a Creative Arts Award winner for ‘Best 2D to 3D Conversion”, and received Visual Effects Society nominations for ‘Outstanding Composting in a Feature Motion Picture’. Such accolades are what have lead him to a trusted and longstanding career with such top tier clients as Marvel, Warner Bros., and Disney.
A marketing communications veteran, Stagg brings a wealth of experience to his position at Legend 3D, Inc. which he joined in February 2017.
For the past two years (2014-2016), Stagg served as Group Managing Director of Strategic Communications for Henrik Norremark, the former CFO/COO of Vestas Wind Systems (one of the world’s largest energy companies), who was wrongfully terminated. Working with Norremark’s strategic litigation consultants and lawyers, Stagg provided oversight of all Crisis Communications and Reputation Management activities executed with the Weber Shandwick agency (with teams in Denmark, Germany, India and the U.S.) and served as daily communications liaison between Weber and all members of the global Nørremark team. This effort was a major factor in reaching a positive settlement.
Previously, Stagg was Chief Communications Officer at Sync Beatz Entertainment, a marketing and licensing agency specializing in bringing global brands into the North American market. Among the agency’s primary launches was Tamagotchi L.i.f.e., a lifestyle line of products based on the enormously popular Tamagotchi, the world’s first virtual digital pet, which has sold over 80 million units since introduced by Bandai Co., Ltd. in 1996.
He served four years as Head of Corporate Communications at 4Kids Entertainment, Inc., a global organization devoted to the creation, development, production, broadcasting, distribution, licensing and manufacturing of children’s entertainment products including Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Yu-Gi-Oh!.
Previously he was Vice President, Corporate Marketing Communications for Ascent Media Group, a wholly owned subsidiary of Liberty Media Corporation, which provides services to the media entertainment industry for the creation, management and distribution of content through more than 70 facilities worldwide; General Manager and Senior Vice President at Smith Public Relations; headed corporate communications at Homestore.com (now Move, Inc.); was Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications at Fox Family Worldwide/Saban Entertainment, launching brands including Mighty Morphin Power Rangers and businesses including Fox Family Channel; Senior Vice President, Publicity, Promotion & Advertising at Lorimar Telepictures/Warner Bros. Television, handling such series as Dallas, Knots Landing, Falcon Crest, Full House, Family Matters and Perfect Strangers; and Vice President, Publicity, Promotion & Advertising at Norman Lear's Tandem/T.A.T./Embassy Television, working on Diff’rent Stokes, The Facts of Life, Who’s The Boss, The Jeffersons and One Day at a Time, among others. He also served as a news writer and reporter at WINS Radio, Associated Press and the New York Daily News.
Stagg is a current member of the Board of Directors of the Entertainment Professional Publicists Society (EPPS), and a former Adjunct Professor of Public Relations, in the Annenberg School of Communications at the University of Southern California.
An award-winning executive with more than a decade of tech and leadership experience in the entertainment sector, Willman has played pivotal roles for major film studios as well as for tech companies. His experience ranges from oversight of a department of 50+ artists, production staff, and software engineers and completely redesigning and building a 3D film conversion pipeline at two major VFX studios, to supervising 3D output on 15 major theatrical films for studios such as 20th Century Fox, Lionsgate and New Regency Enterprises.
He has been called upon to serve as Stereo Supervisor/Stereographer on such feature films as War for the Planet of the Apes, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Assassin’s Creed, X-Men: Apocalypse, X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Hunger Games, Hotel Transylvania 2 and The Wolverine, to name a few.
In 2013, Willman founded Dimension X with production partner (and wife) Heather Willman, to provide a full range of 3D services directly to studio production teams and visual effects companies including full creative supervision, production management and editorial support. Under his direction, the company has developed extensive automation and proprietary techniques for post-processing natively captured stereo images. This process can be seen on such films as The Martian, Exodus: Gods and Kings, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, and the X-Men franchise.
Previously, he served as 3D Supervisor for Cinesite UK, based in London, where he designed, developed, and ultimately supervised the entire stereo production of John Carter (Disney/Pixar), the inaugural 3D conversion work attempted by the company. There, he assembled a small development team to build a modular, geometry-based pipeline that could interface with multiple outsourced vendors and support a team of 50+ artists to deliver end-to-end conversion. The advancements made here garnered notoriety from the ACM Siggraph conference where he was a guest lecturer.
Between 2007 and 2010, Willman worked as a technical director for Sony Pictures Imageworks, where he was a lead on animated titles such as Beowulf and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs as well as an established lighter, compositor and matte painter. He handled both 2D and stereo compositing on the blockbuster film Alice in Wonderland and performed various artistic services for G-Force 3D, Eagle Eye, Oz: The Great and Powerful and many others.
With over a decade of experience in the entertainment industry, Will’s background encompasses VR, VFX, Animation, Story Development & 3D Conversion. His expertise on both the creative and production sides of the industry has been a key factor in his ability to build and maintain long-term trusted relationships with filmmakers and studio execs. He has produced VR, VFX and 3D projects for Fox, Sony, Warner Bros., Lionsgate, Paramount, Annapurna Pictures, Alcon Entertainment, Samsung, MasterCard, and the legendary Stan Lee. In addition, Will has shared his experience in VR on panels at Sundance, TIFF, VR on the Lot, VES, Digital Hollywood, the HP Summit and at the NASDAQ. Will’s passions lie in collaborating with difference makers across the VR landscape to set new standards for storytelling, visual, audio and distribution/monetization for VR.
Jeff has been part of Legend’s team since 2010. As leader of the company’s Human Resources operations worldwide, Jeff has played an instrumental part in Legend’s exponential growth over the years. Jeff’s experience encompasses all facets of human resources management for both domestic and international operations. Prior to Legend, Jeff worked for Nuera Communications Inc. from inception through to its subsequent acquisition by AudioCodes Inc. In addition, he worked for The Parsons Corporation, where he held Human Resources management roles both domestically and internationally. Jeff holds a Master of Arts Degree in Psychology from Pepperdine University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of California – Irvine.
Ellie joined Legend in September 2016 after ten years at MGA Entertainment, Inc. a privately held consumer products and entertainment company, where she served as General Counsel. She advises Legend on a wide range of issues related to its business, including negotiating company agreements, financing and other strategic issues. She previously served as Counsel at Overbreak, where she provided legal advice to the company’s product development, marketing, finance, and human resources departments and managed its intellectual property portfolio. A graduate of Whittier Law School, Trope also has experience in private practice serving as counsel to companies and individuals in consumer products industries. In her spare time, Ellie enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, and occasionally watching episodes of “Chopped.”
Well versed in all aspects of production, including visual effects, from budgeting, scheduling and on-set work to crewing, pipelines and stereo deliverables, Crys brings over 20 years’ experience to the Legend team, including serving as Vice President, Production for Method Studios, VFX Producer at Sony Pictures Imageworks, and as Production Manager for several companies including Digital Domain.
Stephanie Winslow, born and raised in a small town in upstate New York, cultivated an interest in film very early on. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Bowling Green State University and continued on to Indiana University, Bloomington, before settling in Los Angeles to start a successful career in feature film.
Highlights of her career include working at one of L.A.’s esteemed talent agencies, freelance producing on multiple feature projects, and holding a diverse set of leadership roles during her tenure at Legendary Entertainment as part of the team that oversaw Production, VFX and Post Production. Her roster of work includes successful hits such as “The Dark Knight”, “Watchmen”, “The Hangover”, “The Hangover Part II”, “Warcraft” and “Suicide Squad”.
Stephanie’s well-rounded experience in theatrical features; freelancing, facility work, and studio roles, alongside her strong background in both production and business development, makes her the perfect candidate to serve as the key liaison between Legend and Hollywood’s top studios and executives.
Lisa Sepp-Wilson joins the Legend family as Head of VFX Production - Toronto. Her extensive VFX background includes over 20 years of on-set production, post production and animation in both Vancouver and Toronto, two Gemini and Leo Award wins and several Emmy and Visual Effects Society Award nominations. She served as VFX Producer and CFO at Anthem Visual Effects, the Vancouver-based agency she co-founded, as well as working as VFX Producer and Executive Producer for Encore in both their Vancouver and Toronto studios, on such TV series as Under the Dome, Homeland, Newsroom and Orange is the New Black, to name but a few.
Nancy joined Legend in 2010 after editing for broadcast television and marketing. Throughout her seven- year tenure, she has bridged the needs of our creative forces with our technology teams, ensuring that Legend consistently meets and exceeds the ever changing technical needs of our clients. Whether it’s a 4K, theatrical stereo conversion or a multi-camera, high frame rate VR project, Nancy shepherds our I/O and Editorial teams to make sure that our deliverables and handoffs to clients go smoothly. She has been highly involved in the technical project management and pipeline integration of our Depth Grade process, and is eager to bring other improvements and innovations to Legend’s new state-of-the-art facility in Hollywood.
Riley Duster was named Director of Finance of Legend in 2015, responsible for overseeing the finance function across both Los Angeles and Toronto locations. Riley maintains a financial strategy true to Legend’s growth initiatives, while implementing directives key to Legend’s continued success.
Beginning his career as a public accountant, Riley brings 6 years of financial and managerial experience to the team. Growing up in an entrepreneurial environment, Riley draws on a vast array of industries with a specific focus in technology and manufacturing.
Riley holds an Honours Accounting degree from Brock University and is CPA, CA certified.
After beginning her career working freelance on feature films such as “Real Steel”, “OZ: The Great and Powerful” and “Into the Storm”, Sarah went on to gather a wealth of experience in Visual Effects/Post Production/3D, in house, at Legendary Pictures Entertainment and Studio 8. Now leading Business Development for Virtual Reality and VFX at Legend, Sarah works to create strategic partnerships and business opportunities for the company’s evolving lines of business.
Chris McClintock has a unique blend of over 15-years of experience in the film industry covering on-set production, post-production, animation, visual effects and virtual reality. Leveraging an understanding for emerging film technologies, he helped build stereoscopic workflows at companies including Stereo D, where he was the post-production producer on a range of projects, including Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Guardians of the Galaxy. As a producer at Prime Focus World, he led high-quality stereo conversions for movies from Men in Black 3 and Green Lantern to Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, also contributing to the studio’s visual effects production work on Avatar.
In a natural migration to the world of 360-degree imagery, he produced two ground-breaking VR experiences.
The first, The Martian VR Experience, a critically acclaimed fully interactive virtual reality companion piece that received the Silver Digital Craft Lion at Cannes 2016 and Raising-a-Ruckus, a 15-minute fully-CG animated VR fantasy film.
Chris began his career in post-production and has since worked on films around the globe including India, United Kingdom and Canada.
Now in her fourth year, Caprice joined Legend in as a Production Assistant in 2013 immediately following graduation from the University of Hawai’I at Manoa in 2013 with a BA in Film Animation. Named a Stereo Producer in 2016, Caprice has built an impressive list of credits including “Creed”, “Independence Day 2”, “X Men: Apocalypse”, “Doctor Strange” and “Passengers”.
Caprice has also worked on such titles as “BBC’s Enchanted Kingdom”, “The Amazing Spider-Man 2”, “Transformers: Age of Extinction”, “The Lego Movie”, “Maleficent”, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”, “Hunger Games: MockingJay”, “Poltergeist”, “Insurgent” and “Alice Through the Looking Glass”.
Tim Johnson is a member of the Producers Guild of America, having worked extensively in 3D, VR, Visual Effects, as well as physical production and traditional post, on over 60 major projects. His passion is in telling stories that cause an audience to re-examine their perspective, norms and values.
Rainy’s life long obsession with the Magical World of Disney fueled her pursuit for a career in Film & Television. Over 20 years ago, she started as a playback artist and matte painter at one of Canada’s leading Visual Effects studios. During this time she was molded and trained to extend her skills into VFX compositing.
In 1999 Rainy developed and taught one of the first Visual Effects compositing courses for Seneca College’s Media Arts program. In the early 2000’s she stepped away from Visual Effects to take on the challenges of being an occlusion artist in the very early days of 2D to 3D stereo conversion. However, missing the creative process, she returned to visual effects a few years later with a broadened knowledge and a much more finely tuned skill set.
With over 70 film and TV credits to her name, she has worked on many award winning shows. She has received various nominations & industry acknowledgment for her work. Some of these include Canadian Screen Awards (Formally Gemini Awards) nominations and she has contributed to numerous Emmy winning and nominated productions.
Her leadership and creative vision gained her respect that led to the transition from artist to manager. After years of successfully producing and managing various projects throughout the industry, Rainy joined the Legend team in 2016. Her recent credits include; Pete’s Dragon, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and King Arthur: Legend of the Sword.
An accomplished VFX veteran who has worked personally with such esteemed directors as Michael Bay, Tony Scott, Rob Letterman, Ryan Coogler, David Lowry and John Landis, Baldridge has amassed 20+ film credits during his 15-year tenure. In addition, the multi-faceted Supervisor has secured ten Published Patents as Inventor for 3D Conversion & Real Time Depth Grade for Motion Pictures and Virtual Reality, has co-authored the Visual Effects Society (VES) Handbook chapter on 2D to 3D Conversion, and is a VES member.
Recent titles on which Baldridge has served as Stereo VFX Supervisor: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017), Underworld: Blood Wars (2016), Pete’s Dragon (2016), Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016) and Ant-Man (2015). Click here for a full list of credits
A member of the Legend team since 2010, Anthony received his Bachelor’s Degree in Media Arts & Animation from the Art Institute of California – San Diego, and worked as a freelance graphic designer and animator before transitioning to stereo conversion and VFX compositing. Starting as an artist, Anthony committed to developing his skillsets and the understanding of feature film post-production. He works closely with clients and studios to achieve the creative visions set forth on each project, and continues to refine efficiencies within the pipeline, while also pushing the boundaries of the technology. His achievements include Stereo and VFX Supervision of recent titles such as Sony’s “Ghostbusters”, Marvel’s “Doctor Strange”, and Warner Bros.’ “Fantastic Beasts”.
Adam Ghering started his career in Motion Capture and Animation. He has worked at numerous companies such as Neversoft, Digital Domain, Light Storm Entertainment; as well as an instructor at the ART Institute of California- Los Angeles. He had the pleasure of working on the Visual Production team doing Post Viz and stereo compositing on James Cameron’s Avatar. He now works as a Stereo VFX Supervisor for Legend’s stereo conversion section in both the US and Canada. He was the Head creative during the ramp up and build out of their Toronto studio and also is a sitting board member of the VES – Toronto chapter. Adam has given compositing and stereo supervision to over 20+ projects; most recently:
Imax – A Beautiful Planet
Gods of Egypt
As well as stereo prep, correction, and conversion on such films as:
Spiderman 1 and 2
Oz The Great and Powerful.
Smurfs 1 and 2
And more (see IMDB for full list)
Beginning his seventh year with Legend 3D/VFX/VR, Matthew Kemper is proud of his contributions that have elevated the company to its industry leadership position. With over 40 blockbuster titles under his belt, including Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War”, Warner Bros.’ “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”, Disney’s “Pete’s Dragon”, Sony’s “Passengers”, and Fox’ “Poltergeist”, along with innovations in stereo and visual effects pipeline/creative work, Kemper has helped shape the landscape of the crafts of Stereography and Visual Effects. Rooted and educated as a traditional/CG animator, Kemper has crafted his eye and skill set to the subtle nuances of visually compelling filmmaking, and proudly represents Legend as a Stereo/Visual Effects Supervisor.
Ryan is originally from Orlando, Florida and is a graduate from the University of Central Florida. He is now a visual effects artist based in Los Angeles where he currently works at Legend as a VR and VFX Supervisor. His creative and technical skills have helped Legend complete over 16 major VR projects with everything from full live action mono and stereo, full cg, and integrations of both. His list of credits include Patron: Art of Patrón Virtual Reality Experience, Legendary’s Beware Crimson Peak, Muse’s VR music video for Revolt, New York Times’ Take Flight, Stan Lee’s Cosmic Crusaders, and Samsung’s Squad 360: The VR Experience for Warner Bro’s Suicide Squad.
Originally from Chicago, Mike joined the Legend team in September 2010 as a Depth Artist. From there he moved to the Compositing department and eventually worked his way into Research and Development as a Technical Director in 2014. Here he assisted with software development and acted as a liaison between creatives and technical developers.
In early 2015 Mike got involved with Legend's earliest VR projects. That led to Legend sending him to work on set for multiple productions (Patron, Ghostbusters, Borne, Jay-z concert, RIOT Games, Stan Lee's Cosmic Crusaders, REX real estate experience, Days of Empathy) to assist with camera and VR post production supervision. He's worked with a wide array of 360 camera setups and am very familiar with the technical aspects of capturing VR. He also works closely with Will Maurer (VP of VR and VFX) and Ryan (VR Supervisor) regarding bringing their VR content to the next level.