Crafty Apes, a visual effects company based in Los Angeles and a portfolio company of Gemspring Capital, has hired Sean Looper as their new chief technology officer.

In this role, Looper will drive technical strategy for Crafty Apes in cloud-based workstations, artificial intelligence and machine learning utilization, asset management, and work-from-home enabling technologies. His 25-year tenure in digital content creation includes product development, engineering management, software engineering and business development roles at companies such as Amazon Web Services, DreamWorks Animation and Sony Pictures Imageworks where he led visual effects-focused technology initiatives and new product development.

“I first worked with Sean almost 15 years ago when he was already a superstar in VFX solution development,” comments Craig German, Crafty Apes’ chief executive officer. “Sean has always been impressive, and we are fortunate to have him join us to continue refining our technology vision and lead our innovation efforts across the company.”