Executive producer Steve Schofield and creative directors
Chris Jones and Loni Peristere have exited Radium/Los Angeles to form effects house Zoic, which -- according to Schofield -- will be ready to take on commercial work October 1. The trio, who worked together at Digital Magic and POP before joining Radium two years ago, are known for their working relationship with Josh Whedon, creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer
and the new sci-fi series Firefly
, a relationship that will continue at Zoic. While at Radium, the team also handled effects work for "The Hire," BMW's award-winning series of online shorts.
"It's a matter of capitalizing on the right situation," Schofield says of the crew's departure from Radium. "We wish them no ill will. We always planned to move forward together as partners."
In the new venture, Jones will serve as CEO, Peristere as president and Schofield as VP-executive producer. Others
joining Zoic include head of CG Andrew Orloff -- who just joined Radium in March -- head of production
Kristen Branan, CG supervisor Emile E. Smith and digital effects supervisor Rocco Passionino.