Jacques Bled, CEO, Illumination Mac Guff
With a career of 30 years in creative medias spanning from digital visual effects for commercials and cinema to 3D animation Jacques Bled is a recognized figure of the media industry.
Upon completion of his cinema and social studies, Jacques Bled co-founded Mac Guff Ligne in 1986, a digital visual effects design studio specializing in 3D animation and VFX for commercials and feature films ("Azur et Asmar", "Irréversible", "Un Prophète", "La Haine", "Kirikou 3”…).
In August 2011, Jacques Bled became CEO of Illumination Mac Guff, a new company created by Universal Pictures. The animation studio based in Paris produced the franchise Despicable Me (2010-2017), "Dr. Seuss' The Lorax" (2012), "Minions"(2015), “The Secret Life of Pets” (2016), “Sing” (2016) and "The Grinch" (2018). The studio is currently working on a slate of 4 films, the sequels of “The Secret Life of Pets” (2019), “Minions” (2020) and “Sing” (2020), and an untitled original project (release date TBC). Two more untitled films have been announced, with release dates up to 2023.
Jacques was promoted "Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres" in 2009. He was also named « Personality of the year » for 2013 by readers of the magazine Le Film Français. Jacques is currently president of the college cinema of the SPFA (Animation Producer’s Film Union) and vice-president of Animation & VFX at the FICAM (French Technical Industries’ Union).