Animation World Magazine, Issue 3.3, June 1998


Barry Levy. Photo courtesy of NELVANA.

Musical Chairs. Disney-owned effects studio Dream Quest Images has hired Andrew Millstein as vice president and general manager. He was previously director of visual effects for The Walt Disney Company's Motion Picture Division. . . . Walt Disney Television Animation has promoted two of its top executives, Sharon Morrill and Barry Blumberg, from senior to executive vice presidents. Morrill, who joined Disney in 1993, will oversee development and production of Disney Video Premieres, Movietoons and TV Specials. She currently has more than 60 projects in development and production. Blumberg, who joined Disney in 1994, will oversee all development and production for network and syndicated animated series. . . . Animation historian and author of several books on animation, Jerry Beck, has left his full-time consulting post at Walt Disney Television Animation to focus on his own consulting business, The Cartoon Research Company. He is currently working on projects for Harvey Entertainment, Time-Life Entertainment and The Disney Channel, and is represented by Burbank, California-based agency, Animanagement.. . . . John Bullivant, former head of co-production and acquisitions for U.K. distribution company HIT Entertainment (Brambly Hedge), has been recruited by Pearson Television to head up a new animation division which will be a partnership with its sister company, Penguin Books. With the new division, Pearson and Penguin intend to exploit existing Pearson animated properties such as Dangermouse and Wind in the Willows while developing new ones based on Penguin Books. . . . Film Roman has hired Andi Copley and Danica Katz as vice presidents of development. Copley, who will oversee prime time and live-action television development for Film Roman, was previously an executive producer at the Disney Channel. Katz, who will focus on Saturday morning, cable and direct-to-video development, was previously director of programming at Fox Kids Network. . . . Another recent departure from Fox Kids Network is Sidney Iwanter, who has left his post as vice president of programming and acquisitions. Roland Poindexter is filling in while Iwanter's replacement is found. . . .

Stephanie Slack. Photo
courtesy of Porchlight Entertainment.

Los Angeles-based NELVANA Communications (the U.S. office of Toronto-based NELVANA) has promoted Barry L. Levy from manager to director of development. . . . DIC Entertainment has hired M.J. Chisholm as vice president of merchandising. She previously ran her own licensing/marketing consulting firm, Chiseled Steel. . . . Palo Alto, California-based Pacific Data Images (PDI) has promoted Cindy Cosenzo to executive producer, Commercials. She joined PDI in August 1997 as a producer, after a producing post at London-based Pizazz Pictures. . . . Leslie Sullivan has left her post as director of the World Animation Celebration, as has former festival coordinator Marisa Materna, who recently joined Klasky Csupo as director of recruitment. It is not yet determined when the annual WAC festival will take place in 1999. . . . Laurie Hollinger has joined Digital Domain as vice president of human resources. She was a vp at Paramount. . . . Karen Schmidt, formerly director of recruiting, training & development for Warner Bros. Feature Animation, has returned to The Music Center where she is now chief of staff. . . . The Art Institute Of Pittsburgh (API) has hired Alan Hyers as president, replacing Dennis J. Fantaski.

Andrew Millstein. Photo courtesy of
Dream Quest Images.

Santa Monica, California-based Porchlight Entertainment has named Stephanie Slack director of worldwide sales. She was previously employed in the sales and acquisitions department of Pandora Cinema in Paris. . . . Toronto-based Spin Productions has named Dave Geldart director of its CG Animation division, Dale Smith creative director of Design and Gary Thomas senior Henry artist and designer. . . . Steve Walsh has relinquished his duties as managing director of EVA Entertainment, to focus on overseeing the completion and launch of the company's first feature film, A Monkey's Tale. . . . Art Vitello is no longer directing Fox Animation's second feature film, Planet Ice, as the studio announced he was in February. The film, the majority of which will be done in computer animation, is now being directed by Blue Sky|VIFX staffers Henry Anderson and Chris Wedge. . . . Actor Daniel Stern (The Wonder Years, Home Alone) has been cast as the voice of Dilbert for the animated series based on Scott Adams' comic strip. Additional voices which have been cast are David Letterman Show comedian and Tostitos spokesperson Chris Elliot as Dogbert, comedienne and Suddenly Susan star Kathy Griffin as Alice, Mad About You writer/director and voice actor/director Gordon Hunt (father of Helen) as Wally, actor Larry Miller as the pointy-haired Boss and actress Jackie Hoffman as Dilmom. Dilbert is currently in production at Columbia TriStar Television for UPN. . . . Miramax Films has hired comic book creator Neil Gaiman (Sandman) to write an English-language script for Hayao Miyazaki's animated feature, Princess Mononoke, which will be released theatrically in the U.S. by Miramax this summer. The highly anticipated U.S. release will feature a dubbed English voice track, but neither the music or the picture will be changed, per the strict distribution agreement with the film's producers, Studio Ghibli. . . . While it has increased its development department, Film Roman has downsized in the publicity arena. Former internal publicist Tricia Haarer and Suzy Missirlian have left, and the company is now being represented by external agency publicist Michael Saltzman. . . .

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