Barbara Ford Grant

Barbara is a media and entertainment executive, advisor, and former CTO, who has been working in film, series, and location based entertainment production for over 25 years. She most recently served as President of Prysm, NEP Virtual Studios, leading development creative services and operations for global virtual production in film and series production. As CTO at Meow Wolf, she led the company’s mixed-reality platform and IT divisions. Before Meow Wolf, she served as SVP, Digital Production at HBO overseeing studio production and post-production operations, and next-gen technologies. She previously worked at entertainment companies Digital Domain, Sony Pictures Imageworks, and DreamWorks Animation, where she enabled new digital human animation and rendering, digital story and post production workflows, and simulations technologies. Her credits include groundbreaking Film and TV productions Game of Thrones, Maleficent, Alice in Wonderland and the Shrek franchise.

She is a member of both the Television Academy and the Motion Picture Academy, currently serving as Chair of the Scientific and Technical Awards Committee, is a member of the Technology Committee of the Visual Effects Society.