The renowned technical expert assumes the new role and will continue to ensure that IMAX films attain the highest possible grade.

Keighley has been involved in the post-production of more than 265 IMAX films and will continue as president of IMAX’s post-production image and quality control subsidiary DKP 70MM, which he co-founded with his wife and business partner Patricia in 1972 and IMAX acquired in February 1988.

Keighley was appointed IMAX evp in July 2007 and prior to that has served as svp since July 1997. 

“While many organisations today are preoccupied with finding ways to do things cheaper, IMAX is focused on maintaining the highest quality of presentation and continuing to improve all aspects of the cinematic experience,” CEO Rich Gelfond said. “David Keighley has been the driving force behind that approach at IMAX for many years. By operating this way, we are able to deliver exceptional value to our audiences, partners and shareholders.”

“We were thrilled to hear of David’s promotion,” Christopher Nolan and Emma Thomas said. “His attention to detail, extraordinary technical knowledge and dedication to the highest standards of motion picture image quality have been essential to the IMAX presentations of our films.”

“David Keighley is an icon in the industry, earning a sterling reputation through his meticulous attention to detail and his sense of personal responsibility to the work he’s done for the best, brightest and most innovative filmmakers,” IMAX chairman and president of filmed entertainment Greg Foster said.