November 14, 2019

Mill Film's Lauren McCallum Recognized With Two Awards for Her Work in Diversity & Inclusion

Global Managing Director of Technicolor’s Mill Film named as OUTstanding LGBT+ Role Model as well as Technology Leader to Be Proud Of.

Lauren McCallum of Technicolor’s Mill Film was named one of the UK’s OUTstanding LGBT+ Role Models for her achievements towards advancing LGBT+ people in the business community. The OUTstanding LGBT+ Role Model Lists reflect the incredible achievements of LGBT+ people in the business community and recognize senior executives and role models who are helping to make the workplace a more welcoming place.

Within the same week, McCallum won Start Proud’s Technology Leader to Be Proud Of award.

“On behalf of Start Proud, we are honored to celebrate the contributions of the LGBTQ+ community in organizations across Canada. These individuals are inspirational, real life examples that, despite the barriers we face as a community, we are forging ahead for a more diverse and inclusive workplace for all,” said Kary Cozens, President, Start Proud.

As Global Managing Director, McCallum champions inclusion throughout Mill Film’s Montreal, Adelaide, Bangalore and Los Angeles studios. A VFX veteran of 15 years, she has spent the last 18 months building Mill Film from the ground up, to a team of 700 diverse and talented artists, technicians, producers and developers.

So far under McCallum’s leadership, the studio has committed to global targets for gender equality, created a trans toolkit at Mill Film’s studio in Montreal, and installed gender-neutral toilets across each of Mill Film’s facilities. All of these efforts are conceived to create a safe space that allows individual team members of every identity to bring their whole selves to work.

Said [Technicolor]: “Inclusion is a business imperative, and as a business leader, Lauren McCallum is a champion for the people who create visual effects – making it a priority that they should look as diverse as the people who consume them. All of us at Technicolor would like to congratulate Lauren for these well-earned recognitions and for her contributions to diversity and inclusion both within the company and for the visual effects industry at large.”

With McCallum at the helm, Mill Film collaborated on major box office successes this year, most notably Disney’s Maleficent: Mistress of Evil and Paramount Pictures’ Dora and the Lost City of Gold. Currently, they are working on an upcoming feature already creating Oscar buzz, Cats from Universal Pictures.

Learn more about Lauren McCallum’s ‘Diversity in VFX’ goals for Mill Film.