The Moving Picture Company (MPC) has promoted head of strategic projects Davie Johnston to the role of chief technology officer, replacing Nick Cannon who has left to become chief operating officer at Escape Studios.

Johnston has been with the company for 14 years working in all aspects of Technology and Engineering. He also joins the exec board.

Cannon joined MPC as chief technology officer in 2003 overseeing all film and commercials work alongside the opening of new offices overseas. He has also worked for Morse and Yahoo.

Cannon said of his new job: “Whilst working at MPC I saw first hand the value of Escape's training in preparing people for industry. Escape is helping to bridge the gap between industry and academia.”

During his time at MPC Johnston has been responsible for project managing the design and build of MPC's new office in Los Angeles. Prior to this he was head of technology for the commercials and TV department responsible for running and development of the technology team.

He has also worked for Orbit Satellite Networks, Oasis Television, Chrysalis Television and MTV Europe.

MPC creates high-end digital visual effects and computer animation for the feature film, advertising, music and television industries. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of Thomson. Recent credits include James Bond Quantum of Solace and the Sky 1, 2 and 3 re-brand.

Escape Studios, based in London, provides computer animation and visual effects training.