Cartoon Network Studios has promoted Jennifer Pelphrey from director to vp of production. In her expanded role, Pelphrey will oversee day-to-day production of all the studios original series, maintaining responsibilities for scheduling, budgeting and administrative management.
Reporting directly to Brian Miller, svp/gm, Cartoon Network Studios in Burbank, California, she will work closely with Miller to leverage and enhance the Studio's core production competencies, including developing the approach to new kinds of production, training and mentoring the production staff and ensuring effective communication between the Studio and network departments. Additionally, Pelphrey will supervise a Flash animation unit of 20 people currently assigned to produce 26 half-hour episodes entirely in house of Cartoon Network's newest hit original series, FOSTER'S HOME FOR IMAGINARY FRIENDS, created by animator Craig McCracken (THE POWERPUFF GIRLS).
"As part of the original production team when we launched the studio four years ago, Jennifer has proven to be an invaluable member of our continually growing operation," said Miller. "This promotion comes in recognition of her outstanding organizational skills, her ability to manage and find creative solutions for scores of artists and her dexterity for handling multiple projects with apparent ease and sensitivity."
Pelphrey joined CN in 2000 as director of production, following a two-year stint at Nickelodeon Animation Studios, where she was a producer of the original animated series CATDOG and DORA THE EXPLORER. Previously she was at Sony Animation, overseeing several productions, including the primetime animated series, DILBERT. She also served a one-year term in 1997 as post-production supervisor at Telcipro in France.
Pelphrey began her career in animation in 1992 as a line producer on multiple network and syndicated series before moving to Hanna-Barbera in 1996 where she produced THE REAL ADVENTURES OF JONNY QUEST.
Cartoon Network Studios is a 45,000-square-foot production facility established by Cartoon Network in 2000 to produce original animated programming for the 24-hour cable/satellite channel. With nine original series currently in production, the studio will deliver more than 100 half-hours of programming in 2004, the largest output in the studio's history. During the next five years (2004-2008), Cartoon Network will commit $500 million toward original animation to be telecast worldwide to more than 170 million households.
Cartoon Network (CartoonNetwork.com), currently seen in 87.1 million U.S. homes and 160 countries around the world, is Turner Broadcasting System Inc.s ad-supported cable service offering 24/7 animated entertainment.