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Artemple-Hollywood Marks One-Year Anniversary, Names Industry Veteran as Executive VP

Award-Winning Director David Fincher Has Long-Standing Working Relationships With Artemple’s Principal/Creative Director Wei Zheng and Company’s VFX Supervisor Marco Maldonado, Including Most Recent Collaboration on Gone Girl


Marco Maldonado, left, and Wei Zheng, right, of Artemple-Hollywood

Artemple-Hollywood, a full-service visual effects and design company specializing in the art of seamless and “invisible” visual effects work for feature films, television, commercials, themed entertainment, special venue projects, and original content creation, is marking its one-year anniversary, having produced visual effects work for one of last year’s most successful films. The company also is currently producing visual effects for an upcoming studio feature, and has hired a noted industry executive.

Currently, Artemple-Hollywood is producing visual effects for Warner Bros’. highly anticipated film, Entourage, directed by Doug Ellin. Since its formation in January 2014, Artemple-Hollywood produced visual effects for the critically and commercially acclaimed film, Gone Girl. Both Principal/Creative Director Wei Zheng and VFX Supervisor Marco Maldonado have enjoyed long-standing working relationships with Gone Girl director David Fincher, and have collaborated on several of his past films, such as The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Zodiac, The Social Network, and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.

Additionally, Zheng announced that Karin Levinson has been named executive VP, Features & Television, for Artemple-Hollywood. In her new post, she will be responsible for spearheading new business opportunities for the company with major motion picture studios, television networks, advertising agencies, production companies and themed entertainment. Levinson also will handle all of the marketing and PR efforts on the company’s behalf. Prior to her new post, Levinson held a similar position with Gravity (formerly RhinoFX) from 2005 to 2013.

Regarding Artemple-Hollywood’s first year anniversary milestone, Zheng said, “We are delighted to have had such a successful first year, and we’re thrilled to welcome Karin to our team. We’re also very proud of our new, state-of-the-art facility, which has been designed as a scalable system—one that can meet the demands of any project, large or small, and for any screen.”

He added, “The name of our company—Artemple—is in reference to our great respect for art. By specializing in ‘invisible’ effects, our goal is to always support the vision of the client and the director, and to enhance the storytelling process.”

As an LA-based company, Artemple-Hollywood will be able to provide feature film and television clients with a 25-percent California tax incentive for visual effects work once the newly passed legislation takes full effect later this year.

About Wei Zheng:
Trained as a production designer at Beijing Film Academy, Wei Zheng has a strong background in traditional painting and drawing. In 1998, he made a successful transition into digital media while working at ILM as a digital matte painter for Star Wars: Episode 1 – The Phantom Menace. During his eight years at ILM, and subsequent four years at Digital Domain, Zheng worked with some of the entertainment industry’s most prolific filmmakers.

About Marco Maldonado:
Marco Maldonado has a diverse background working as a cinematographer and visual effects supervisor. His vast knowledge of cameras and integration allows him to seamlessly create CG images that aren’t noticeable to the naked eye. His expertise is in creating “invisible” effects that augment the story of each project that he spearheads. Prior to joining Artemple-Hollywood, Maldonado was the visual effects supervisor for Brand New School in Los Angeles. During his tenure, he headed up commercials for such major brand clients as Coca-Cola, eBay, Google, Intel and Old Navy, among many others.

About Karin Levinson:
Before joining Artemple-Hollywood, Levinson had been EVP, Features & Television with Gravity (formerly RhinoFX) from 2005 to 2013. During her tenure, she provided her feature film clients with tax incentives on visual effects and design work produced by Gravity’s offices in New York, LA, and Stamford, CT. Among the feature film projects Levinson procured for Gravity were The Adjustment Bureau; Salt; The Other Guys; I Love You, Philip Morris; and The Nanny Diaries, among many others.

From 2002 to 2005, Levinson was an EP and VFX producer at Black Box Digital, where she was involved with Mr. & Mrs. Smith and Hellboy. Levinson began her entertainment industry career working as an apprentice film editor on New Line Cinema’s hit comedy, The Mask.

January 27, 2015