William Sargent, CEO and Founder, Framestore

William co-founded Framestore in 1986 after studying Business and Law at Trinity College. He has been part of Framestore’s successful rise from an award winning commercials house to world renowned film VFX company in both London and New York.

During William's time at Framestore the company has worked on Steven Spielberg’s War Horse, Joe Johnston’s Captain America: The First Avenger, Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, David Yates’ Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Spike Jonze’s Where The Wild Things Are and most recently Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity.

He has Partnered and Executive Produced The Tale of Despereaux, Harry Brown, Heartless, Me and Orson Welles and UTZ, as well as Spitting Image and The Florentine Intermedi.

Equally at home in Hollywood and government, he was Permanent Secretary, Regulatory Reform, at the Cabinet Office, Board Director of HM Treasury and afellow of the Royal Society for the Arts. He was knighted by the Queen in 2008.

The company’s highly creative reputation is a reflection of his continued ambition and expectations for Framestore. His numerous interests include: football, cricket, rugby, architecture, wine, world travel and modern art.

Find out more about William in interviews with the Financial Times, Little Black Book and from the film above, which is part of The Beak Street Bugle's profiles series

FMX is funded by the Ministry of Science, Research and Arts and the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Labour and Housing of the State of Baden-Wuerttemberg, the City of Stuttgart and MFG Baden-Wuerttemberg, taking place in cooperation with the VES Visual Effects Society and ACM SIGGRAPH, supported by the Animation Media Cluster Region Stuttgart (AMCRS), Autodesk, Backstage, Epic Games/Unreal Engine, Foundry, Mackevision and ScanlineVFX. FMX is an event by the Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg, organized by Animationsinstitut, hosting the Animation Production Days (APD), a joint venture with the Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film (ITFS).

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