Digital Domain taps tech veteran Hanno Basse as its first CTO

Hanno Bass

Visual effects studio Numerical domain appointed digital technology pioneer Hanno Basse as the company’s chief technology officer. He will oversee the studio’s continued growth as it expands its global operations, while helping to develop new technologies and techniques that ensure the highest level of quality across all mediums.

With offices around the world – including a new 500+ person workshop in Montreal – the VFX house will celebrate its 30th anniversary in 2023 with a full portfolio of projects, ranging from feature films to episodes and major advertising campaigns. As CTO, Basse will oversee the continued development of Digital Domain’s digital human and autonomous human technologies, as well as its AI-powered tools. It will also help ensure clients and artists can utilize the most advanced visual effects and filmmaking techniques, including everything from virtual production to real-time CG.

“For the past 30 years, Digital Domain has provided the industry with top-notch artistry and groundbreaking technologies to combine,” said Daniel Seah, CEO of Digital Domain. “In a rapidly changing content industry with multiple emerging platforms and mediums, Hanno is exactly the right person to help us take our cutting-edge technology offerings to the next level.”

Basse is an entertainment industry veteran, with over 30 years of experience helping businesses integrate and implement new technologies. His resume includes a recent tenure as CTO of Microsoft Azure Media and Entertainment, where he oversaw the implementation of Microsoft’s Azure cloud technology, as well as edge and artificial intelligence technologies. He also managed content production and post-production workflows for studios, while working with clients, partners, industry groups and vendors.

Prior to joining Microsoft, Basse was CTO at 20e Century Fox Film Corporationwhere he was instrumental in positioning the company for the next generation of entertainment technologies, including the advent of High Dynamic Range and Ultra-HD.

Prior to his time at Fox, Basse was a member of Direc TV, where as senior vice president of broadcast systems engineering, he was integral to its transition to HD in 2005 – the largest such deployment at the time. In 2009, he also helped launch DirecTV’s video-on-demand infrastructure, spearheading the movement toward a new content distribution model.

Along with his corporate accomplishments, Basse is a Fellow of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and a Fellow of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers. He also obtained 30 separate patents.