The Mill promotes Erica Hilbert, hires Blake Nickle

Blake Nickle and Erica Hilbert

Blake Nickle and Erica Hilbert

Erica Hilbert is now
Head of Production
Blake Nickle is
Executive Producer
at The Mill’s
Chicago office

The Mill is thrilled to appoint a new Head of Production and an Executive Producer to further bolster the growing production team at their Chicago studio.

Newly appointed as Head of Production, Erica Hilbert has already taken a leading presence on the production team since joining The Mill in 2015. Having proven herself a valuable asset to the company, Hilbert steps in to this new role while continuing to lead, mentor and grow the incredible talent at The Mill Chicago.

In addition to Hilbert’s promotion, The Mill welcomes Executive Producer Blake Nickle.

Nickle arrives from Digital Kitchen where he worked as Executive Producer. He started his career at places like ESC and ILM working on feature films and later found himself drawn to the VFX production world, working on such features as Life of Pi, Moneyball, and Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith. At Digital Kitchen Chicago, Nickle had the opportunity to work with brands the likes of Buick, Bose, Amazon and McDonald’s to name a few.

Nickle joins the Executive Producer team and together, they will lead the new business initiatives for the studio and explore new ways of servicing the Midwest market.

Managing Director, Carl Phillips comments “I am absolutely thrilled to see Erica Hilbert take on the Head of Production role and to have her in this key leadership position is very exciting for the Studio. I am also delighted to welcome Blake to the Studio — he has outstanding VFX experience and will be a great addition to our team.”

ABOUT THE MILL The Mill is a visual effects and content creation studio collaborating on projects for the advertising, gaming and music industries. While building partnerships based on creative excellence and cutting-edge technologies, the company produces visually driven projects for any screen and builds awe-inspiring interactive and immersive experiences, all built on the bedrock of cinematic legacy. At its core, The Mill is a creative culture of talented artists and technologists from multinational and homegrown backgrounds, nurturing innovation, flexibility and diverse ideas with studios in London, New York, Los Angeles and Chicago. Accolades include a Cannes Gold Lion for Innovation and a SXSW Innovation award, amongst scores of D&AD Pencils, Cannes Lions, APAs, British Arrows, AICPs, CLIOs and VES statues. For more information, please visit or contact Marketing & PR Manager, Morgane Moulherat,

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