CEO, Rainmaker Entertainment, Vice Chair, DigiBC

Warren Franklin, CEO of Rainmaker Entertainment, oversees one of North America's leading digital animation production companies.  Since joining Rainmaker in 2005, Mr. Franklin has re-focused the company to take advantage of the dynamic CG animation industry by acquiring Mainframe Entertainment in 2006, and in early 2008, selling its visual effects and post businesses to industry giant Deluxe Entertainment Services Group. 

In charge of setting the vision for the creative, technological and strategic goals of Rainmaker Entertainment, Mr. Franklin is creating one of the leading CG animation companies in the world.  Currently the company is in production on its first theatrical animated feature, Escape From Planet Earth with The Weinstein Company, and has over 300 employees. In addition Rainmaker is in the process of developing a slate of family-oriented feature films in a variety of genres.

Mr. Franklin has over twenty years experience in managing studio operations and digital production including such industry leaders as Lucasfilm Ltd. and Colossal Pictures. He was a key member of George Lucas’ creative and management team for more than a decade where as part of the three person executive committee of Lucasfilm  he managed the Entertainment Group’s six divisions, including Industrial Light & Magic (ILM), LucasArts Games and Skywalker Sound.

As the head of ILM for five years, Mr. Franklin spearheaded its growth and dominance as the industry’s premier visual effects company, which won five Academy Awards during his tenure.  He founded the ILM computer graphics department that created the ground-breaking digital effects for The Abyss, Terminator 2, and Jurassic Park.  As ILM’s production supervisor/production coordinator, Franklin supervised the production of visual effects for over 25 feature films, including The Empire Strikes Back, Raiders of the Lost Ark, E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Return of the Jedi and Back to the Future.

Mr. Franklin also served as the Chief Operating Officer of Colossal Pictures in San Francisco.  He oversaw the development of Moxy, the first real-time digital character for the Cartoon Network; and two highly acclaimed animated series created for MTV, Liquid Television and Aeon Flux.

Raised in Berkeley, California, Mr. Franklin studied film at San Francisco State University and completed the Executive Program at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business in 1987.  He is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), a board member of the Visual Effects Society (VES) and Vice Chairman of the board of DigiBC, the digital media & wireless association of British Columbia.
 

Speaker years: 
2010,2011