Film and media agency Picture Motion has appointed Brian Walker, a 15-year veteran of the industry, to serve as the company’s CEO.
In this role, Walker (pictured) will lead Picture Motion’s marketing, advocacy and distribution campaigns for its films, documentaries and scripted media. Along with the agency’s COO, Juliette Richey, Walker will oversee the agency’s vision, business strategy and partnerships.
In a news release on Wednesday (May 5), Walker said he looks forward to deepening Picture Motion’s engagement with critical stakeholders, including audiences, partners and clients from underrepresented communities.
“This is a critical time for social and equal justice movements and Picture Motion is strategically positioned to elevate the important stories of these communities and to provide meaningful calls to action for intersectional audiences,” Walker said.
Picture Motion, founded in 2012, has worked on impact campaigns for more than 200 films and media projects, with clients that include National Geographic, Amazon Studios, Hulu and Netflix.
Recent projects Picture Motion include IMPACT with Gal Gadot for National Geographic, Covid Diaries NY for HBOMax and DCTV, and Moment of Truth for Amazon.
Prior to this position, Walker was a stakeholder engagement leader with the Enterprise Diversity & Inclusion Group at The Walt Disney Company, where he advised senior corporate leaders on multicultural and social justice competency, and strategic external relations.
He also served as the first culture and entertainment advocacy director at Color of Change, the largest online racial justice organization in the U.S., and led the Hollywood Culture Project, an initiative to better ensure accurate, diverse, empathetic and human portrayals of Black people in entertainment and media.
Picture Motion founder Christie Marchese and president Wendy Cohen meanwhile have moved to advisory roles on the company’s board of directors, the agency also announced.
“We started this company to use stories to accelerate change and support films in reaching and engaging audiences in new and impactful ways. We are so proud of what we’ve accomplished and now it’s time to pass the baton to new leadership who will carry on our mission into its next chapter,” Marchese and Cohen said in the news release.