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TRIXTER Announces New Leadership: Christina Caspers-Roemer and Christopher Hantel Take the Helm as Christian Sommer and Simone Kraus Townsend Depart Their Roles as Managing Directors

The change marks the next chapter of TRIXTER's integration within the Cinesite Group.

Munich, GermanyJuly 31st 2023 – TRIXTER, a leading provider of high-end visual effects for film & television, has announced a leadership transition. Simone Kraus Townsend, Co-Founder & Chief Creative Officer/Animation Supervisor, and Christian Sommer, Chief Executive Officer & Executive Producer will be departing their current roles, with Kraus Townsend turning her full focus to creative endeavors as Animation Supervisor.

The change comes following Cinesite’s acquisition of TRIXTER in 2018, after which a transitional period with existing management was planned. Now that TRIXTER’s integration into the Cinesite group is complete, this transitional period is concluded and a restructuring of management has taken place. Transitioning into Kraus Townsend and Sommer’s leadership roles at TRIXTER will be Christina Caspers-Roemer as General Manager and Managing Director, and Christopher Hantel as Head of Finance and Managing Director. Between them, they bring a fresh perspective and specialized knowledge which will greatly benefit TRIXTER. Caspers-Roemer has a background in virtual production and other cutting-edge technologies which can make filming & VFX production more creative and budget-friendly. Hantel brings 23 years of experience in the media industry with a focus on services,  film production, and a wide range of entrepreneurial topics.

Caspers-Roemer recently re-joined TRIXTER as Head of Studio & Business Development after working as Managing Director at Dark Bay GmbH – Europe’s largest virtual production stage. In this role, she oversaw the daily productions and supported and consulted shows from the scriptwriting process to the final image in all virtual production-related topics. The volume, one of the world’s largest LED installations, was used, among other things, for the filming of the Netflix series “1899”.  With a background in VFX and XR, she previously worked as Head of Operations & HR for TRIXTER on projects such as Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, Black Widow, The Suicide Squad, Foundation Season 2, and more.

Hantel, who joined TRIXTER as Chief Financial Officer and Managing Director in April 2023, is a highly experienced Managing Director, CFO, and Commercial Manager with a proven track record of success in finance, controlling, business operations, and restructuring—including M&A and carve-outs. He has held many executive positions throughout his career, including serving as Commercial Manager of ARRI Media GmbH, a leading German post-production facility. There, he was deeply involved in carving ARRI Media out of the ARRI group, and subsequently in the selling of ARRI Media to a strategic investor. Hantel also served as Managing Director of Band Pro Munich GmbH, where he oversaw the sales and distribution of high-end camera technology with national and international manufacturers, distributors, and key accounts.

As they prepare to step back from their current roles and transition into new pursuits, the previous management’s achievements and contributions are recognized as being pivotal in TRIXTER’s journey. Kraus Townsend co-founded the company in 1998 along with Michael Coldewey, and under her creative guidance, the studio worked on many high-grossing blockbusters and television programs, including Captain Marvel and Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, as well as Academy Award-nominated films such as Iron Man 3 and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2.  Her prominent animation skills and deep industry expertise will be utilized and valued as she continues on in the role of Animation Supervisor for upcoming TRIXTER projects. Sommer has been at the helm of TRIXTER since 2014 when he joined as Chief Executive Officer. Following his strategic vision, the company grew significantly, with Sommer also acting as Executive Producer on many international and German feature films & television programs such as The Suicide Squad, The Marvels, The Loki Series, The Kangaroo Chronicles, and Jim Button and the Wild 13.

Antony Hunt, Group CEO of Cinesite: “This marks an exciting opportunity for TRIXTER and the Cinesite Group. With new management, we’re moving forward with a very strong strategic, commercial, and operational foundation. Looking ahead, I have no doubt that TRIXTER will continue the great progress we have seen under Christian & Simone’s leadership, and on behalf of the Cinesite Group, I would like to sincerely thank them both for all their efforts. We are looking forward to what the future holds.”



TRIXTER is one of Germany’s leading visual effects companies, specializing in creating high-end visual effects for film & television, with international clients such as Marvel, Disney, Skydance, Warner Bros, X-Verleih, and more. With a track record spanning 25 years, TRIXTER has established itself as a trusted partner in the entertainment industry, delivering stunning visuals that captivate audiences worldwide. For more information, visit

Christina Caspers-Roemer

General Manager & Managing Director

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Christopher Hantel

Head of Finance & Managing Director

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