Robert P. Coleman
President, Digital Artists Agency, Inc.
In 1998, Bob Coleman founded Digital Artists Agency (DAA) a Los Angeles talent agency exclusively representing an international and award-winning portfolio of VFX artists for work in feature film, commercials and entertainment television and related fields. He leverages his experience in top-level management positions at respected industry companies, with his high regard for artists, to further the development of the visual effects craft.
Bob Coleman’s visual effects and postproduction career spans over 32 years. Prior to starting DAA, Bob served as President of 525 Studios, a division of Virgin Digital Studios in addition to acting as Managing Director for Virgin Television de Mexico.
Prior to 525, Bob served as President of Digital Magic and Transfer Company. Digital Magic specialized in visual effects for the television and theatrical motion picture industry. Perhaps best known for its Emmy Award winning work for special visual effects in STAR TREK THE NEXT GENERATION and DEEP SPACE NINE.
In 1991, Bob Coleman was recruited to join George Lucas' renowned audio postproduction facility Skywalker Sound South, as Vice President and General Manager. He also held the post of General Manager of EditDroid, which sold and leased Mr. Lucas' famed non-linear editing system.
Skywalker Sound South was considered the premier audio postproduction service in Los Angeles for theatrical release motion pictures and television. Credits included JFK, GRAND CANYON, MR. SATURDAY NIGHT, A FEW GOOD MEN, JOY LUCK CLUB, THE PLAYER, IN THE LINE OF FIRE, TRUE ROMANCE, HEAVEN AND EARTH, NORTHERN EXPOSURE, and THE SIMPSONS.
In 1986 he was appointed President of Editel Chicago. Editel, then the largest video post- production facility in Chicago, featured telecine, editing, computer animation, visual effects and image compositing. During his leadership, Mr. Coleman pioneered the creation of The Effects Animation Design Group, a separately marketed division within the company, which helped position Editel in 3D animation, digital optical effects and image compositing.
Under his leadership Editel Chicago introduced the first digital audio suite in 1987 and the first component digital editing suite in 1989, one of four in the country at that time.
Mr. Coleman has served as Treasurer, Executive Committee Member and Board Member of the Visual Effects Society (VES). He chaired the Benefits Committee, and co-chairs the Business Labor & Law Committee. He also launched the very first VES Production Summit and also serves as Chair of the VES Awards Committee. Previously he served as International Chairman of the Monitor Awards and as a board member of the ITS/Southern California Chapter from 1991 to 1997. Mr. Coleman was a founding member of the Chicago Chapter of the ITS and served on its executive board. He was also a founding board member, of The Chicago Coalition, credited with turning around runaway production from Chicago.