Technicolor, the Services division of Thomson has hired Rick Mischel as Technicolor Content Services' Exec VP, Animation & Interactive Services.
Technicolor's Animation & Interactive Services business unit combines its Games division, led by VP of Interactive Chan Park, and growing Animation division co-located in Burbank and the Bangalore, India-based Paprikaas Studio. The combined division produces art and animation for the games, television and DVD/Feature markets; and provides audio, versioning and localization services to the games and animation community. Recent projects include high-end cinematics for Midway and Epic, audio work for Activision and Microsoft, and animation production services for the BACK AT THE BARNYARD CG television series airing on Nickelodeon.
Mischel was the Founder and President of Reach Games, and earlier the CEO of Mainframe Ent. -- both located in Vancouver, British Columbia. At Mainframe, Mischel served as Exec Producer on numerous projects including the upcoming CG animated feature ESCAPE FROM PLANET EARTH; a new CG animated version of THE NUTTY PROFESSOR; and the recent videogame TONY HAWK'S BOOM BOOM SABOTAGE.
Before joining Mainframe, Mischel served President and COO of Harvey Ent. Company, the rights-holder to such properties as CASPER THE FRIENDLY GHOST and WENDY THE WITCH; as well as SVP, Acquisitions & Production, Live (Artisan) Ent. Mischel began his career as an entertainment attorney at O'Melveny & Myers.
Technicolor's Animation business in India is co-located within the company's Paprikaas facility in Bangalore, India -- and recently announced a strategic alliance with DreamWorks Animation to build a world-class animation facility there.
Paprikaas recently won an industry accolade at the Australian Effects & Animation Festival (AEAF) in Sydney, Australia, for their contribution to FARMkids that took home the honors for Best TV Series.
Mischel received his J.D. with distinction from Stanford Law School in 1987. Later, he taught at UCLA Law School.