Founder, Digital District

DAVID DANESI, founder of DIGITAL DISTRICT is both a talented artist and an astute businessman who has integrated these twin aspects into his company.

Paris native Danesi began his career as an editor and became fascinated with Visual Effects, studying the Flame when it arrived in Paris in the early 90’s.

As a Flame Artist and Visual Effects Supervisor working in commercials, his strong artistic eye and common language with directors brought him so much success that he decided to build his own company.

In 2001 he founded Def2Shoot, starting with 2 partners, a Flame machine and an assistant. Within 2 years he had over 70 employees and was working in commercials, features and  children’s animation for television for the French market.

In 2008 he created Digital District with new partners and his creative team followed him, giving the company a core group who have been together for 13 years, with work expanding beyond France to all corners of the world.

David’s desire to provide a nimble and reactive culture for his clients has resulted in offices in Paris, Brussels, Montreal and Shanghai.  Recent awards include the Gold Clio for Best Visual Effects, The Cannes Lion, and The New York Advertising Award amongst many others.
 

Speaker years: 
2013