CEO | Executive Producer
As CEO of Pixomondo, Thilo Kuther is responsible for all aspects of international operations and technology. In the early 80’s, Thilo became increasingly influenced by computer science. His exploration of programming for the creation of 3D and his love of design soon led to scenography.
In 2001, Thilo founded Pixomondo in Frankfurt. The company took on large-scale projects for international industry clients and made a move into feature film visual. Under Thilo’s guidance and creative vision, Pixomondo expanded worldwide to set up a network over three continents with facilities in the United States, Europe and Asia.
Thilo continues to be the company’s driving force, always looking to the future and the opportunities ahead in the new world of international production.
COO | Executive Producer
Jan studied Business Administration and Media Production at the University of Applied Sciences in Darmstadt/Germany and the CIT Cork/Ireland. With a background in event management and media design, Jan has joined PIXOMONDO since 2001.
In his role as one of the PIXOMONDO’s COOs and Heads of VFX Production, he was responsible for the setup of several PIXOMONDO facilities in Germany. He was involved in the development and establishment of production standards and pipelines, to ensure a smooth operation on projects across time zones with our studios and partners in the US and Asia.
In October 2009, Jan took up residence in China to oversee the development of the new PIXOMONDO facilities in Shanghai and Beijing and to manage the integration into the PIXOMONDO 24/7 global pipeline.
Kai von der Horst
Chief Financial Officer
Kai is a qualified banker who studied economics at Johann-Wolfgang-Goethe University of Frankfurt and holds a master degree in business administration.
In 2000, he began his career as a consultant at Clifford Chance where Kai engaged in different national and international IPO (Initial Public Offering) and M&A-projects.
He worked as international auditor at the Helaba before moving to 3U Telecom AG in 2004, listed in the German Prime Standard. At 3U Telecom AG Kai held responsibility for the entire group as Controlling Manager before he was promoted to Director Finance and Administration in 2005.
From 2008 to 2010, Kai was Head of Finance, Personnel and Administration at CDV Software Entertainment AG, listed in the German General Standard, before joining Cybits Holding AG, a listed company in the German General Standard, as Chief Financial Officer in early 2011.
In April 2014, Kai joined PIXOMONDO Frankfurt as Chief Financial Officer.
Joni Jacobson is responsible for new business development and cultivating relationships with studio executives, directors, producers, visual effects supervisors/producers and post production supervisors. She has extensive experience in visual effects production and was recently the EP for feature films Wonder Woman, The Fate of the Furious, Power Rangers, Live By Night, The Promise, xXx: The Return of Xander Cage, and Bridge of Spies.
Prior to joining Pixomondo she was Executive Producer and Head of Business Development at CafeFX and was previously Executive in Charge of Production Marketing for Industrial Light & Magic (ILM).
Joni also brings considerable experience as an artist to her role at Pixomondo. She designed the logo and corporate identity for the world renown company Efilm and has been an accomplished compositing artist/supervisor on many major feature film and television projects.
Over the past two decades she has worked for such noted facilities as Digital Domain, CIS Hollywood, Sony Pictures Imageworks, Rhythm & Hues, Entity FX, Asylum and Dream Quest Images. Among her long list of feature film credits are Oblivion, After Earth, Fast & Furious 6, The Amazing Spiderman, Snow White and the Huntsman, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Seven Pounds, and Pirates of the Caribbean: At the World’s End.
Executive Producer • Large Format Attractions
As Executive Producer of Themed Entertainment David Garber has lead Pixomondo into the arena of large format films for immersive ride experiences for entertainment centers and theme parks, in both the U.S. and China.
Having recently opened the two most successful ride films in the Wanda Entertainment Center in Wuhan, China, “Flying Over Hubei” and “Journey to the Stars,” David continues to develop large format ride experiences for clients in Europe, Asia and North America, while guiding the artists at Pixomondo into the creation of original IP for multi-dimensional, experiential, theatrical shows.
David holds a Masters of Environmental Design from Yale University’s School of Architecture, a Bachelor of Architecture from Carnegie Mellon University and a Graham Foundation Award for Experimental Studies in Experiential Design.
COO I Executive Producer
Christoph Malessa oversees the day-to-day operations at Pixomondo’s Stuttgart studio. His deep roots in technology and problem solving capability quickly led him to play an important role in expanding Pixomondo into the global arena.
Malessa started his career in VFX at Pixomondo in 2004 as a motion graphics artist in Frankfurt upon receiving a Master’s degree in computer animation. Malessa naturally gravitated towards project management, regularly managing teams and interacting with clients to facilitate seamless communication and workflow. His role gradually shifted from project management to department management and now facility management.
Executive Producer | Managing Producer
Pascal initially wanted to pursue a career as a musician before he fell in love with the film industry. He began volunteering at an advertising agency in 1996, where he soon rose to the position of junior account representative. In 1998 Pascal decided to work freelance in various disciplines of the film industry – ranging from set-runner to set-dresser, stylist, location scout, set-manager and unit manager.
In 2000 he joined Neue Sentimental Film Frankfurt as a production assistant and in less than a year he became one of their junior producers. In that same year he also volunteered for 9 weeks as a development aid worker for FEEDBACk e.V., in Capetown.
At the end of 2000, Pascal and some colleagues launched a new subsidiary of Neue Sentimental Film called GROUP.IE. where he was a producer for many large scale clients such as Volkswagen, EXPO, Mercedes-Benz, and Telekom. Due to his expertise in interdisciplinary fields, he was chosen to establish the R&D department within GROUP.IE. One of his well-known projects is the Frankfurt based advertising film festival “VDW Award,” which was established in 2003 and is more recently called “Werbefilmpreis”.
In 2003 Pascal left GROUP.IE to launch his own project “komma9“ which is still in operation. Between 2004 and 2012 he was also working as a freelance producer in the advertising industry. He produced TV commercials for numerous clients including Dr. Oetker, FIAT, PORSCHE, MAZDA, Samsung, UNICEF, and Sony.
From 2009 and 2010 he started working as a post-production producer and became the deputy-managing producer for “VCC GmbH – Agency for Postproduction” in Düsseldorf. This increased his experience in the field of post-production and visual effects, which led him to PIXOMONDO.
Pascal initially joined PIXOMONDO as a freelance VFX Producer in 2013. During that year, his roles and responsibilities continuously expanded from project to project. Aftewards Pascal founded the start-up “SPS Feed,” which focused on R&D for sustainable protein sources based on insects.
In September 2014, Pascal returned to PIXOMONDO as the COO and managing producer of PIXOMONDO STUDIOS GmbH & Co KG. He is currently at the Frankfurt branch of the company, where he is also Executive Producer.
Sabrina Gerhardt has worked on a variety of projects including Game of Thrones, Melancholia, Super 8, The Amazing Spider-Man, After Earth, and more.
She initially joined the PIXOMONDO team in 2008 as producer. In 2011 Sabrina became Executive Producer and COO for the Frankfurt branch, overseeing a team of 60 – 120 people.
Sabrina worked for PICTORION das werk prior to joining PIXOMONDO. During these 9 years, she able able to gain extensive vfx experience with commercial and feature film projects.
Markus Golisano, has been in the film industry for 15 years and recently has worked as a line producer especially in international co-productions, e.g. Lilly the Witch 1 & 2 and Yoko.
After completing his MBA he worked in various filmproduction companies as a production manager. Since 2003 he has worked as a freelance line producer and financial advisor for various film und TV productions, a long period of that time at Blue Eyes Fiction in Munich. By working in projects which were heavy in post production, he gained a lot of experience as a production manager/Line Producer throughout the years.
Markus Golisano joined the team in Munich 2012 and is currently Executive Producer at the Frankfurt office.
VFX Producer / VFX Supervisor
Christoph has worked on projects such as Star Trek Into Darkness, Game of Thrones, Oblivion, Fast Five, The Amazing Spider-Man, and the Academy Award-winning film Hugo.
When he joined PIXOMONDO in February 2009, he already had over five years of experience as a senior artist in the game industry and shipped several AAA titles.
In the Frankfurt office Christoph was responsible for commercial, corporate and live media projects, which all benefited from his rich technical and creative knowledge and design background. Christoph quickly became a valuable member of the production staff with his proven project management capabilities and track record of delivering projects on time and in budget. His artistic background also contributed to strong client relationships.
Christoph worked in various PIXOMONDO offices in Germany and China. At the end of 2010, he joined PIXOMONDO Beijing to help integrate the facility into the company’s global production pipeline and further develop PIXOMONDO’s engagement into the local market.
Regarding local projects, he was involved in Breakup Guru by Deng Chao and produced the visual effects for director Jiang Wen’s new movie Gone with the Bullets. He continues his passionate work as producer and supervisor on upcoming local and international projects.
Aslan Malik is a creative director who graduated from the Berliner Technical Art School in 2005 with a BFA in Multimedia Design.
After graduation, he worked in his hometown Berlin for many years as Motion Designer and Art Director for high-profile clients such as Nike, Puma, Motorola, Audi, Volkswagen and Bacardi. Aslan proceeded to win many of Germany’s highest ranked awards for advertising and was featured in numerous publications.
In the beginning of 2010, Aslan left Berlin to pursue opportunities in Shanghai, Tokyo, Beijing and New York, consistently generating interest and buzz across the globe for his work in design and art worlds.
In the past few years, Aslan has continued to create forward-thinking work for Porsche, BMW, MINI, Absolut Vodka, Mercedes, Universal Music and many more. He has been winning awards at the Cannes Lions festival and Red Dot the ADC Europe, while also having his artwork presented in museums and galleries all over the world.
Viktorija has 16 years of production and post-production experience in international film and documentary. She was most recently the VFX Producer for Game of Thrones Season 5 & 6, Chinese blockbuster Gone with the Bullets and WANDA’s theme park production “Space Journey.”
Viktorija has a wide range of skills in addition to her background in film production and management. She has a strong knowledge of VFX pipeline and workflow tools, scheduling, budgeting, and planning. Viktorija is truly a global member of the team, having worked at our Stuttgart, Berlin, Los Angeles, Burbank, Frankfurt, and Toronto offices.
Prior to joining PIXOMONDO in 2008, Viktorija had 8 years of on-set experience with Vilnius Grandma Production House, Driver Films, Baltic Film Services, Lithuanian Film Studio, and NIAMA-Film Production.
She is fluent in English, Lithuanian, Russian, and has basic knowledge of German.
Visual Effects Supervisor
Sven Martin has over ten years of experience in the visual effects industry. He began his studies at the “Filmakademie Baden-Wuertemberg” in 1997 and later directed the award winning animated short Ritterschlag. Sven worked as freelance compositor and 3D artist for various companies before becoming VFX Supervisor at Elektrofilm Postproduction between 2004 and 2008.
In 2008 he joined PIXOMONDO Frankfurt where he is currently CCO/ VFX Supervisor. Since joining the team he has implemented a strong creature and character animation pipeline. Sven´s film credits include productions such as Super 8, Iron Man II, Melancholia, Star Trek, The Amazing Spider-Man, The Hunger Games and the HBO TV Series Game of Thrones, for which he received two Emmy Awards and several VES Awards.
Emmy Award-winning VFX Supervisor Thilo Ewers is known for his work on feature films and television series such as Game of Thrones, Oblivion, Sleepy Hollow, Hugo and The Physician.
He studied at the Institute of Animation and Visual Effects of the Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg, and his student diploma work earned numerous acknowledgements including the VES Student Award. Thilo joined the Pixomondo team in 2008 as a matte painter and compositor at the Stuttgart branch. He then spent three years at Pixomondo Los Angeles as Lead Environment Artist and later as Environment Supervisor.
Thilo received an Emmy and VES Award for his environment supervision for season 2 of the award-winning HBO series Game of Thrones. As VFX Supervisor Thilo now oversees a crew of over 60 artists in Stuttgart.
His film credits also include: After Earth, Super 8, Ninja Assassin, 2012, Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, The Last Airbender, Sucker Punch, Fast Five, Red Tails, Beautiful Creatures, Iron Sky 2, Doktor Proktor Fart Powder and Diplomatie.
Ken Nakada has contributed his artistic talent on some of the most visually stunning films of our time including Life of Pi, City of Ember, The Tree of Life, and Avatar.
He is currently Pixomondo’s show designer for Shanxi Multimedia Live Extravaganza, a live-action stage show with actors, stunt performers, large mechanical props, and water/pyrotechnic effects. He has been leading a team of artists in designing the stage, sets, characters, costumes, props, lighting/pyrotechnics and assisting in script modifications.
Ken has also been involved in 180° ride films with Pixomondo. He has creating the look and design for The Legend of Heilongjiang and for Jiangxi Porcelain Dream, Ken assisted in creating a methodology for HD projections onto a prop and screens.
Ken was previously Art Director and Matte Painting Supervisor at Rhythm and Hues, where he helped deliver work for projects including Life of Pi, X-Men: Days of Future Past, and Winter’s Tale. It was here that Ken had begun work with 360° stereoscopic ride films.
At Frantic Films, Ken helped build an international matte painting and concept department. He hired and trained artists, built a pipeline and even helped design proprietary internal software. His roles alternated from VFX supervisor and VFX designer/matte painting supervisor. Prior to Frantic Films Ken was a freelance art director and matte painter, working with many visual effects facilities including ILM, Captive Audience, ESC, Stan Winston Digital, Cinesite, CIS, as well as directly with the studios.
At Riot, Ken was responsible for matte paintings, 3D animation, digital compositing and digital cinema photography. After working on over 40 feature films, Ken’s expertise in all aspects of the visual effects pipeline moved him forward as VFX Supervisor for a multitude of feature films, episodic content, commercials and music videos.
Ken began his career at Illusion Arts as a matte painter under the acclaimed talent of Syd Dutton and Bill Taylor and working alongside colleagues such as Robert Stromberg and Mike Wassel. He earned an undergraduate degree in Kinesiology (study of motion) and a Master’s degree from UCLA in Neuromuscular Physiology before pursuing his career in the film industry. He also won the 1998 Telly Award with his directorial debut of Cognition: The Brain’s Inner Workings. His ability to combine a strong command of science and technology with a uniquely gifted talent in art has made him an invaluable asset to many projects and roles.
Ken currently lives in Los Angeles with his wife and three children.
In the years Boris Schmidt has been with Pixomondo, he has been the visual effects supervisor on many high profile projects. He is currently working as the Pixomondo VFX Supervisor on major sequences for “The Amazing Spiderman” and “Red Tails”. He has supervised VFX for numerous commercials for Porshe, Toyota, and Mercedes from our commercial divisions in Germany and won numerous awards. His work on “Sport in Zahlen” won 6 awards at the 2005 New York Film Festival He has several awards from Animago, and an ITVA Gold Award for his work on A2003 commercial for the Porsche 911.
Boris has a very strong technical knowledge. He was the CG supervisor for Pixomondo on Sucker Punch, The Last Airbender and The Red Baron. He has hands-on knowledge of 3D Studio Max, Vray, Motionbuilder, Nuke, Photoshop, AfterEffects and Brazil. He helped build Pixomondo’s pipeline and knows Max scripting language.
Boris is originally from Germany where he studied Media Design at the University of Applied Sciences in Mainz, Germany. He currently lives in Los Angeles.
Philip Nussbaumer has been a core member of the PIXOMONDO team for 14 years, working on projects such as Game of Thrones, Star Trek Into Darkness, Oblivion, Hugo, Hunger Games, and Red Tails.
Prior to his current role as VFX Supervisor, Phillip performed many key roles including media producer, compositor, technical director, head of 2D, and compositing lead/supervisor.
Philip is well versed in Python and is a member of PIXOMONDO’s global pipeline team. He has assisted in setting up the pipeline as well as guidelines for the compositing department.
Philip was compositing supervisor for a large range of projects including the sci-fi feature film Impossible, an upcoming motion ride for WANDA Entertainment Group, the industrial commercial Porsche Macan, and the animated feature Petterson and Findus.
He was also a compositor for Sleepy Hollow Season 1 and 2, Wolf Totem, Beautiful Creatures and Hunger Games.
Philip recently supervised the visual effects for Chinese blockbuster Lost in Hong Kong and television series Limitless, Sleepy Hollow Season 3 and Fear of the Walking Dead.
Senior VFX Producer
Jan Fiedler is VFX producer at PIXOMONDO Images in Stuttgart, Germany. He has produced a wide range of work including feature films, episodic content, commercials, television movies, 3D ride films and industrial projects.
Jan studied Media Production at the University of Applied Sciences in Darmstadt with focuses on both 3D animation and project management. During his studies Jan began working on movies like Valkyrie as an on-set Data Wrangler.
Jan has been part of PIXOMONDO’s global team since 2007. He produced Hugo, which won an Academy Award for Best Visual Effects. His work on the second season of HBO’s Game of Thrones also won him a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Visual Effects.
His filmography portfolio also includes Diplomacy, The Hindenburg, 2012, Sucker Punch, Fast Five, Red Tails, and Ninja Assassin.
Malte Sarnes attended a school for art and media design in Hamburg with a focus on product and set-design. After graduation he was a CG product designer before finding his passion for moving pictures.
Malte worked for several European VFX and Post-production companies, specializing in visual effects for major commercials and feature films. He was responsible as Art Director and Supervisor for several international productions for clients such as Porsche, Audi, Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Lamborghini, Jeep, Nivea, Samsung and Loewe.
After joining PIXOMONDO in early 2011, Malte worked for multiple branches in Stuttgart, Frankfurt and Hamburg before joining PIXOMONDO Toronto in 2014.
As Visual Effects Supervisor he has been involved with Game of Thrones, The Taste of Apple Seeds, Rush, After Earth, Sleepy Hollow, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny and Fantastic Four.
Malte also was PIXOMONDO’s Lead VFX Supervisor for Jim Jarmusch’s latest film, Only Lovers Left Alive and Melissa McCarthy’s The Boss. He was both On-Set as well as overall VFX Supervisor for Anton Corbijn’s A Most Wanted Man.
Malte is recently working on Terry George’s The Promise featuring Oscar Isaac and Christian Bale in lead roles.
Nina Göldner is known for her work on large projects such as Furious 7, Oblivion, Sleepy Hollow and Red Tails.
She earned her degree from University of Applied Sciences Stuttgart – Hochschule der Medien with a diploma in Medienwirtschaft (Media Economics).
In 2011 Nina joined PIXOMONDO as Junior VFX Producer, where she quickly rose to VFX Producer. Since joining the Stuttgart team she has worked on multiple feature films, television movies, and episodic content.
Sebastian is a VFX producer at PIXOMONDO’s Stuttgart office. He first joined PIXOMONDO in 2009 as a VFX Editorial Intern, working on projects such as The Ghost Writer, Teufelskicker, and Hindenburg.
Sebastian studied Media Management at the University of Applied Sciences in Würzburg with an emphasis in film. After graduation, he returned to PIXOMONDO Stuttgart as VFX Coordinator for Game of Thrones season 2 and 3, Oblivion, and a number of live media projects.
He quickly became instrumental to the studio’s production team as Associate VFX Producer for The Physician, Diplomacy, and Sleepy Hollow Season 1. Sebastian was recently Junior VFX Producer for Zhong Kui: Snow Girl and the Dark Crystal.
He also produced Gone with the Bullets which won Best Visual Effects at the Asian Film Awards and Wolf Totem which won Best Visual Effects at the Tiantan Awards.
In his young years Piet Hohl made his life as a sculptor. While studying interior design, he stumbled into computer animation and became a 3D artist.Since 2007 he has supervised numerous projects for Pixomondo Pfungstadt and later Pixomondo Frankfurt.
Several of his works include the Lufthansa PAX Briefing, Terra X, a TV documentary and many car commercials. Besides leading the CG team Piet Hohl has also been responsible for concept creation, a lot of set supervision and some directing. In 2011 Piet Hohl supervised his first movie project, leading the Frankfurt crew for Fast Five.
Lance graduated in 2003 with a BFA in Computer Animation and a BA in Visual Effects Compositing. He then started compositing on feature films, TV series and commercials for companies including CaféFX, Ring of Fire and Method.
After several years, Lance was hired by Digital Domain to work on films such as Transformers, 2012 and G.I Joe. Here he also was part of the Academy Award-winning team for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.
He then joined Pixomondo Los Angeles in 2010 as a compositor, working on films such as The Last Airbender, Sucker Punch, and Fast Five. Since then, Lance has developed, structured, and trained Roto/Paint divisions across the global offices at Pixomondo. This transitioned him to a role of Roto/Paint Supervisor worldwide, overseeing Pixomondo artists across the globe. Lance worked on numerous projects including Hugo, The Amazing Spider-Man, Snow White and the Huntsman, Star Trek Into Darkness, After Earth, Oblivion, Fast 7 and Fantastic Four.
Lance is currently the VFX Supervisor for television show The Walking Dead.
Throughout her career, Mihaela has held many roles including producer, compositing supervisor, visual effects division supervisor, and digital effects supervisor.
Mihaela joined Pixomondo in April 2011 as division VFX Supervisor for Hugo, which won an Academy Award for Visual Effects. She was division VFX Supervisor for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, Oblivion, and Sleepy Hollow, as well as Digital Supervisor for The Amazing Spider-Man. In addition to project supervision, Mihaela is one of the managers for Pixomondo’s Toronto office.
Before joining Pixomondo, she worked on many feature films such as Red Riding Hood, The A-Team, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, The Incredible Hulk, The Book of Eli, X-Men – The Last Stand, Fantastic Four, Knight and Day, and The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.
Mihaela holds a MS in Electronic and Telecommunications from Politehnica University of Bucharest, Romania.
After studying Computer Animation and Visual Effects, Mahmoud started his professional career in 2003. Throughout the past decade, he has worked on various feature films, TV series and commercials.
Mahmoud joined Pixomondo in early 2011 as CG and VFX Supervisor. Since then he has worked on feature and episodic projects including Oblivion, Hugo, Sleepy Hollow, Da Vinci’s Demons, Snow White and The Huntsman, The Amazing Spiderman, and most recently Marco Polo. In addition to project supervision, Mahmoud is one of the managers for Pixomondo’s Toronto office.
Prior to Pixomondo, Mahmoud was at C.O.R.E. Digital Pictures where he had worked on projects such as Silent Hill, SAW II, The Tudors, Lucky Number Slevin, and Splice.
Mahmoud has been teaching Visual Effects at Seneca College for almost a decade and has been a mentor to many young Visual Effects artists in Toronto.