The Napoleon Group Promotes Senior Staffers
The Napoleon Group has promoted three long-timestaff members to new leadership positions as it prepares to launch several newlines of business later in the fourth quarter of 2016. The promotions wereannounced by Marty Napoleon, Founder/Chief Creative Officer of Napoleon (www.napny.com), whichearlier this year expanded its operations to the West Coast with the opening ofa live action production arm in Los Angeles.
Annabel Salmon has been promoted to VicePresident, Executive Director of Operations. In her new post Salmon isresponsible for leading the bustling production hub that comprises Napoleon’sNew York studio. Encompassing 14,500 square feet on two floors of in the Chelsea neighborhood, the facilityhouses 34 full-time artists, designers, editors, producers and directors, alongwith creative and support staff.
In addition, Perry Morton, formerly Head ofProduction, has been named Executive Producer. He now oversees 3 key areas ofgrowth, Business Leadership for Volume Sales opportunities, ContentDevelopment/Production and Partner Relationship Management.
Rounding out the senior promotions is AngelaGianforcaro, who succeeds Morton in the Head of Production role. FormerlySenior Producer, Gianforcaro is a popular fixture at the studio who, is deeplyengrained in its culture and has played an outsized role in its growth andsuccess. She now oversees the project management team and their work in areasincluding pre-visualization, test production, audio post, VFX, motion capture,editorial and finishing.
“This is a company that engenders a high degreeof loyalty on the part of its staff, and it’s a feeling that’s routinelymutual,” says Napoleon. “We have many people who’ve spent the better parts oftheir professional lives here, and the career histories of Annabel, Perry andAngela are perfect examples. Collectively they have close to sixty years’experience at Napoleon. The knowledge, insight, experience and intuition theybring to our company, our clients and our talent is invaluable. In their newroles they’ll help lay the foundation as we reorganize in anticipation of thenew divisions we’ll be unveiling later this year. ”
A London native, Salmon studied graphic designat Central/St. Martins before travelling to New York in the early ‘80s. Afterworking for a small animation studio she landed at a New York test commercialstudio, where she quickly mastered the latest digital retouching equipment fromQuantel. In 1985 she joined Napoleon Group founder Marty Napoleon’s newlylaunched Napoleon Videographics, where her knack for solving business problems,married to a DP, with an understanding of working with creative people, led herto take on day-to-day operations of the company. She led the studio’s relocationin the late 1990s to the East Side of Manhattan from its Theatre Districtlocation, and performed the same miracles again when they moved to theircurrent Chelsea home in 2013.
Morton is a graduate of the Rhode Island Schoolof Design who got his start in the industry as a digital artist. He joinedNapoleon early in his career and quickly progressed to editorial, compositingand finishing work for some of the studio’s most demanding ad agency clients.He was tapped by company founder and creative director Marty Napoleon to launchthe studio’s first 3D department in 2010, and has continued to lead the companyinto new areas of production and post, such as its growth into live action andmotion capture.
A graduate of the communications program atBoston University, Gianforcaro started at Napoleon in 2000, initially workingin client service (which, as she recalls, entailed making frequent runs toGrand Central’s Oyster Bar to feed overworked agency creatives), and rosesteadily through the ranks to her current post at Head of Production. Along theway she’s served as an Assistant Producer and Post Producer before being nameda Senior Producer in 2010. Unflappable and with a producer’s eye for detail,she’s led teams on many of the studio’s biggest and most complex projects.