UK visual effects software developer The Foundry has appointed Richard Shackleton as the new product manager for its compositing system Nuke.

Shackleton, who joins from Digital Vision, has more than 15 years experience of product development in the visual effects and editing markets. He takes over from Matt Plec who has become Nuke product designer.

A former lead product designer on Digital Visions' range of Digital Intermediate products, Shackleton was also formerly director of engineering at Nucoda and provided senior software consultancy to Sony Corporation Japan.

He has also worked at Avid's Parallax Graphics and Nortel. He returns to The Foundry having previously worked there as a lead development engineer.

Bill Collis, chief executive at The Foundry, said of the appointment: “Our goal is that Nuke becomes the automatic product-of-choice for all visual effects companies as they build, or rebuild, their visual effects pipelines. Richard has enormous experience and capabilities in this arena, and is already well known by many of our customers. We have an ambitious road map for Nuke, and Richard will be instrumental in helping us achieve it.”

Shackleton will immediately oversee the launch of Nuke 5.1, which features advanced 64-bit capabilities, a debut Nuke PLE plus support of the FBX 3D interchange format and The Foundry's Ocula plug-ins for 3D stereo image-processing.

The Foundary makes visual effects and image processing technologies that boost productivity in motion picture and video post-production. It has its headquarters in London.