Rubicon Studios has appointed Marlene Sharp to the newly created position of Director of Development; it was announced by Executive Producer David J. Corbett.
Press Release from Rubicon
LOS ANGELES – (June 24, 2010) – Rubicon Studios has appointed Marlene Sharp to the newly created position of Director of Development; it was announced by Executive Producer David J. Corbett.
As director of development, Sharp will be responsible for finding intellectual properties for the studio to develop across all platforms, along with seeking out production and co-production partners for new and existing properties.
“Marlene is a seasoned development executive whose work has helped a number of intellectual properties for children realize their full potential in the marketplace. We are pleased to welcome her to our team and anticipate extensive growth for our company under her guidance,” said Corbett.
Commenting on the appointment, Rubicon CEO Randa Ayoubi said, “Marlene brings a wealth of entertainment industry experience to her new position that will support our growing team in Los Angeles under David’s leadership. We look forward to great success for our company with Marlene on board.”
“Rubicon is a dynamic company with enormous potential to carve out a significant foothold in the Los Angeles entertainment community. I am thrilled to join Rubicon’s team of executives and plan to play a significant role in the future success of the company,” said Sharp.
Sharp joins Rubicon from Two Twiggs & A Berry Productions, LLC, where she served as Co-CEO/Producer. During her tenure at Two Twigs, she developed and produced films, television programming and games for distribution across both traditional and emerging media platforms. Prior to Two Twigs, Sharp was Producer/Manager of Distribution and Marketing at Enemes, Inc., a South Korean company with offices in Los Angeles, where she contributed to such well-know animated properties as Higglytown Heroes, Z-Squad, Da Jammies and Z-Squad.
Sharp began her career in entertainment at Renaissance-Atlantic Films as Director of Development/Producer where she was involved in the production, development and marketing of children’s television series and video games including Power Rangers, Digimon and Heavy Gear, among others. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Drama/Communications from Loyola University and earned a Master of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre from San Diego State University.
About Rubicon Studios, Inc.Established in 2007, Los Angeles-based Rubicon Studios is the wholly owned development-production division of Rubicon Group Holding. Headed by veteran Executive Producer David J. Corbett, a 30-year kid’s television industry executive, the division specializes in providing the entire spectrum of concept development and pre and post production services. Rubicon Studios is a complete one stop production facility, comprising everything from scripts and story boarding, to voice over recording, character design and background design, animatics, and 5.1 surround sound editing and mixing capability; for all of Rubicon Group Holding’s productions. Specializing in 2D-digital as well as CGI television series, theatricals and internet downloadable content, the studio is a state of the art globally linked digital production facility.
Rubicon Studio’s flagship series, Pink Panther & Pals, co-produced and co-financed with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures, premiered spring 2010 on Cartoon Network in the U.S. and around the world. The company is seeking to apply its co-production strategy to a number of exciting new projects.
About Rubicon Group HoldingRubicon Group Holding is a leading emerging markets production company specializing in animation and edutainment, and dedicated to creating a new genre of feature films, television series, short theatricals and webisodes.
Lead by the Group CEO, Randa S. Ayoubi, and headquartered in Amman (Jordan) with subsidiaries in Los Angeles (USA), Dubai (UAE) and Manila (Philippines), Rubicon is equipped with a full complement of divisions capable of performing the entire production process for high-quality animated programming from concept to finished product. Programs include Tareq Wa Shireen, the first 2D animated series in Arabic that incorporates Arabic heritage, history, culture and music; Ben & Izzy, an animated comedy adventure series; and The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus, a 3D animated movie based on L. Frank Baum’s namesake book.
Rubicon is also a leader in e-education and gaming, offering packages designed to meet the best international standards and customized to conform to the official educational curriculum matrices of various countries.
In the brand licensing arena, Rubicon is engaged in the licensing and merchandising of its proprietary intellectual properties (IP) globally, as well as other IPs of major studios including MGM, Paramount, Sony and others in the Gulf, Middle East and North Africa regions.
Rubicon’s Location-Based Entertainment division provides value-added entertainment services for real estate projects in the MENA region based on its proprietary IPs and other major studio IPs to create new themes, characters and merchandising for parks and attractions.