"Frank Patterson is a studio executive, entrepreneur and higher education thought leader. He currently serves as President of Pinewood Atlanta Studios, the second largest purpose built film studio in North America, where the films Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2, Spider-Man: Homecoming and Passengers were produced, among others.
Prior to Pinewood, Patterson co-founded and served as the CEO of Pulse Evolution Corporation, a technology company that produces hyper-realistic digital humans for live and virtual reality applications. While at Pulse, he produced the immersive live production of Michael Jackson's ""Slave to the Rhythm"" at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards, which featured an original performance by Pulse's computer-generated and animated human likeness of the late Michael Jackson.
Patterson launched his entertainment career by founding and leading several film production companies, including Houston Cinema Group and Envisage Media, where he produced and directed straight-to-video feature film content as well as commercials and various video products for brands.
As an educator, Patterson teaches producing at FSU's College of Motion Picture Arts, where he served as dean from 2003 to 2016. He has been a member of the faculties of the University of Texas and Chapman University, where he also served as Associate Dean; and The Los Angeles Film School, where he led the school as President.
The ""Hollywood Reporter"" named Patterson one of the nation's top mentors to a generation of Hollywood filmmakers. The Florida Governor's Office recognized him for ""inspiring a generation of Florida filmmakers"" and for his ""contribution to and support of production in Florida.""
His creative and research activities are focused at the intersection of artificial intelligence and immersive technologies, with an interest in digital human agency.
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