Berney will oversee daily operations of Digital Domain Media Group’s (DDMG) Florida studio and joins from Sony Pictures Imageworks.

Jim is the ideal leader for our growing Florida studio,” DDMG CEO and chairman John Textor said. “He has overseen operations at a top visual effects studio and is highly technical.

“Most importantly, he has been a visual effects supervisor for many years and is recognised among the top talent in our industry. Everything in our studios is about supporting the creative. Jim understands that, and his leadership philosophy reflects that.”

Berney served 17 years at Sony Pictures Imageworks, four of those leading teams at the company’s New Mexico studio.

He has acted as visual effects supervisor on more than 20 films, earning an Oscar nomination for his work on The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe.”