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Toonz USA Promotes Jayakumar and Christine

P. Jayakumar has been elevated to coo and Tiersa Christine has been moved up to director of production of Toonz USA, the Burbank-based studio's operations in India, headed by president/ceo Bill Dennis.

Jayakumar joined Toonz in 1999 with an extensive background in international finance and operations. He oversees operations in the Toonz' studios located in Trivandrum and Bombay, as well as the Toonz Academy in Trivandrum and soon to open Academy in Calcutta.

Christine joined Toonz two years ago coming from Disney-MGM studios and Turner Broadcasting, where for several years she held key production roles. In addition to heading up all production at Toonz, she's also the director of the studio's international animation festival, Week with the Masters (November 4-8, 2003).

Commenting on the promotions, Dennis characterized Jayakumar as a dynamic leader who as been key to the phenomenal growth of the studios. He also praised Christine for her key leadership position in production as well as her recent producer role on the studio's hit television series, THE ADVENTURES OF TENALI RAMAN.

Toonz Animation India Pvt. Ltd is an 18,000 square foot studio located at Nila, Technopark, Trivandrum. This multi award-winning studio is headed by a team of top professionals handpicked from different parts of the world. The company specializes in providing 2D and 3D animation services while producing its own television series based on Indian themes. Toonz has been providing state-of-the art training to its production crew right from its inception. On a commercial level, Toonz has recently set-up an animation school at Trivandrum to cater to the growing demands of the industry.

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