Vicki Dobbs Beck
Executive in Charge - ILMxLAB
Vicki Dobbs Beck has more than twenty-nine years of broad-based management experience in the entertainment industry. She drives top-level strategic vision and translates that into successful, sustainable strategies that foster creative growth, innovation, and excellence. She strives to be holistic in her approach and a catalyst for transformation in this increasingly dynamic environment.
Currently, Vicki is the Executive in Charge of ILMxLAB, a new division launched in June, 2015, whose mission is to create, develop and release premium, story-based Immersive Entertainment experiences for the home, theater and public venues. ILMxLAB wants people to ‘Step into our Stories’ through the use of emerging technologies such as VR, AR / Mixed Reality and the evolution of mobile. The division combines the storytelling and innovation talents of Lucasfilm, ILM, and Skywalker Sound and builds on a foundation of pioneering R&D in real-time computer graphics and virtual production. Under her leadership, ILMxLAB created a ground-breaking VR installation, Carne y Arena, that was the vision of Alejandro Iñárritu in association with Legendary Entertainment and Fondazione Prada. Carne y Arena was chosen for the Official Selection of the Cannes Film Festival (2017). In addition, ILMxLAB’s Holo-Cinema installation at Sundance was a Digital Craft Lions Finalist at the Cannes Lion Festival (2016). ILMxLAB has produced multiple promotional VR experiences supporting major film releases and is in development on an original episodic VR Story Series featuring Darth Vader.
Prior to ILMxLAB, Vicki served in a variety of roles at Industrial Light & Magic, most recently the Executive in Charge of Strategic Planning. In this role, she drove cross-functional initiatives that often spanned business units and emphasized holistic approaches and solutions to accommodate the complex and interdependent nature of industry opportunities and challenges. In addition to leading the effort to open three global studios, she acted as a bridge between Production, Technology, Finance and Operations, ensuring that efforts were aligned in support of overall company goals (both Lucasfilm’s and Disney’s).
As a member of Lucasfilm’s Executive Team, ILM’s Senior Staff and CG Operations Team, Vicki has received credits on 21 films: Rogue One, The Revenant, Ant-Man, The Force Awakens, Tomorrowland, Star Trek into Darkness, Avengers, Cowboys & Aliens, Pirates 4, Rango, Star Trek, Indiana Jones: Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Iron Man, The Spiderwick Chronicles, Transformers, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, Mission Impossible III, Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Speed 2, and Magnolia.