The Mill has appointed a new head of production and an executive producer to further bolster the growing production team at its Chicago studio.
Newly named as head of production, Erica Hilbert has already taken a leading presence on the production team since joining The Mill in 2015. Having proven herself a valuable asset to the company, Hilbert steps in to this new role while continuing to lead, mentor and grow the talent at The Mill Chicago.
Meanwhile, Blake Nickle has joined The Mill Chicago as exec producer. Nickle arrives from Digital Kitchen where he worked as EP. He started his career at places like ESC and ILM working on feature films and later found himself drawn to the VFX production world, working on such features as Life of Pi, Moneyball and Star Wars: Episode III–Revenge of the Sith. At Digital Kitchen Chicago, Nickle had the opportunity to work with such brands as Buick, Bose, Amazon and McDonald’s.
Nickle joins the executive producer team and together they will lead the new business initiatives for the studio and explore new ways of servicing the Midwest market.