Special Visual Effects
Mark Scott Spatny
Mark Spatny is a five-time Emmy nominee and two-time winner. Most recently he has worked as the visual effects supervisor on the Fox television series Touch and the BBC’s iconic science-fiction series Doctor Who. He has worked in computer graphics for nearly 20 years, on more than 200 hours of television and 17 feature films. He currently holds the position of VP, Digital Effects, for Stargate Studios, a visua-effects company with offices in Los Angeles, Vancouver, Toronto, Atlanta and Berlin. Outside of work, Spatny has been a tireless advocate for the VFX industry. He is a two-term governor of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. In addition, he helped create the Visual Effects Society Awards and has served as its co-chair. He has lectured on television effects production for the DGA, SIGGRAPH, the University of Southern California, San Diego Comic-Con and in London for the BBC Children’s Festival. Mark also serves his community by working with the American Red Cross and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s CERT program. He has managed evacuation shelters during several wildfire incidents, including Southern California’s 160,000-acre Station Fire.
An industry professional for over 38 years, special effects supervisor Kevin Pike began his career in 1974 on the acclaimed feature film Jaws. On Back to the Future, he was considered for an Oscar nomination and received a BAFTA nomination. In 2000, Pike earned a Clio for Best Special Effects. In 1995, he received a Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Special Visual Effects for Earth 2. A member of the Television Academy since 1995, and now governor of the Special Visual Effects peer group, Pike has contributed his services to his Peer Group Executive Committee and serves on the Bylaws and Anomalies Committees. He is also a member of the Directors Guild of America and Screen Actors Guild. Also, he serves on the AMPAS Visual Effects Executive Committee. He now works as a talent agent with his Filmtrix Agency in Sherman Oaks, California.