Nickelodeon president Cyma Zarghami, recently named head of the newly formed MTVN Kids and Family Group, has announced key executive promotions to support Nick's growth as a multiplatform kids and family brand.
Disney Channel has recruited Emmy Award-winning animator Mike Moon to further build its animated series business as vp, animated series. This was part of a trio of promotions, which includes moving Adam Bonnett up from vp to svp, original series and Jeff Brustrom has been named vp, live-action series.
Gary Marsh, president, entertainment, Disney Channel Worldwide made the announcements. Bonnett will continue to report to Marsh. Brustrom and Moon will report to Bonnett.
Continuing HIT Ent.s (HIT) internal restructure of its London office, Marie Chappelow has been promoted from head of International TV & Video to vp, Television Distribution EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa).
Chappelow, who has been with the HIT for five years, will focus in her new role exclusively on managing the television side of the business in the crucial EMEA region, including sales to all broadcast and new media platforms.
Terry Press moves from head of marketing for DreamWorks SKG for the past 10 years to DreamWorks Animation as worldwide head of marketing.
Press joins the animation company now that DreamWorks SKG has been acquired by Paramount Pictures. Paramount is responsible for the distribution of DreamWorks Animation films. Press will be the DreamWorks Animation senior liaison with the marketing team at Paramount.
Scott Rowe has been promoted from to svp, corporate communications, Warner Bros. Ent. and will assume greater responsibility for the company's internal and external positioning in the business, trade and consumer press.
Rick Sands, most recently the president/coo of DreamWorks SKG and the former coo of Miramax Films, has been named coo of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc. (MGM). In this newly created position, Sands takes on the initial responsibilities of leveraging and managing the world's largest modern film and television library across all platforms, including the new media landscape of internet and mobile as well as the traditional channels of distribution television, video and international.
John Carey, a 30-year show business veteran, joins CritterPix Studios in northern California as svp of production.
Carey has established and maintained CG pipelines for several animated feature productions and companies. Most recently he was vp of production and technology at Walt Disney Pictures, where he led a team of some 150 professionals that managed both technology and film production. Previously Carey was cto for Toronto-based, C.O.R.E Ent.
Daniel Taylor is stepping down from his post as president of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc. (MGM), as of Jan. 31, 2006, having completed the first phase of MGM's transition to its new business model as well as restructuring MGM's operations.
Leading longform post-production company Post Logic Studios has hired marketing exec and digital intermediate producer Carrie Holecek for the newly created position of vp of business development. In her new role, Holecek will have oversight of the companys sales and marketing activities; her responsibilities will also extend to the studios digital production workflow and client relationships and services.
In the wake of yesterdays announcement of Walt Disney Co.s $7.4 billion acquisition of Pixar Animation Studios and the elevation of Pixars Ed Catmull and John Lasseter as heads of Disney Feature Animation, BLOOMBERG NEWS confirmed that David Stainton will step down, but will not leave the company. As president of Feature Animation, Stainton helped guide the studio through its difficult transition to all-3D animation, commencing last year with the moderately successful CHICKEN LITTLE and continuing this year with the Dec. 15 release of MEET THE ROBINSONS.
Sharon Katz talks with independent animators Patrick Smith and Signe Baumane about the agony and the ecstasy of entering ones film into festivals.
LAIKA/house (previously known as Vinton Studios), has promoted longtime LAIKA/house director Kirk Kelley to creative director and Jan Johnson, formerly head of 2D production, will assume co-exec producer title for all LAIKA/house productions.
Susan Kantor has been named SVP, marketing for Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution and Telepictures Prods.
In this newly created position, Kantor is responsible for overseeing all of the marketing efforts for WBDTD, as well as manages the affiliate relations and promotions activities of the companys Telepictures-produced first-run series.
Gloria Borders joins DreamWorks Animation as head of PDI/DreamWorks, the studios Redwood City, California, campus. Borders is taking over for Patti Burke, who transitions into a senior consultant role at the company. Borders will oversee all production and operations at PDI/DreamWorks.
Michael McGahey joins Klasky Csupo as svp, feature film development.
Klasky Csupo founders Arlene Klasky and Gabor Csupo jointly stated, We are thrilled to have someone of Michaels knowledge and expertise join our company at this time. He comes to us with excellent taste for the commercial market and he will work with our current development team on our features projects in development with Viacom.
Dan Philips joins LAIKA Ent. in Portland, Oregon, in the newly created post of vp/head of production.
Yoram Gross and his family have sold their 50% holdings in Yoram Gross-EM.TV to the other 50% shareholder, EM.Ent., an affiliated company to the German media company EM.TV AG.
Originally founded by Yoram and Sandra Gross 37 years ago in Sdyney, they sold 50% of their studio to EM.TV in 1999 to form Yoram Gross-EM.TV.
The Gross family will continue to hold a majority shareholding in a related company, Yoram Gross Prods., until its current slate of productions is completed to ensure continuity of production and creative control.
Stephen Moore has relocated from Los Angeles to the U.K. to join Aardman as head of features/COO.
Moore was president of International for Twen-tieth Century Fox for eight years, overseeing both the theatrical and home entertainment divisions.
Aardman is very pleased to have been able to appoint Stephen at this point in the studios history," said David Sproxton, exec chairman of Aardman. "Stephens vast expe-rience will enable the studio to build considerably on its recent successes and increase its opportunities in many arenas.
As Marvel Studios moves into a production unit of its own, the house that superheroes built has promoted Kevin Feige to president of production, Ari Arad to evp production and Craig Kyle to vp creative development, animation, according to THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER.
BET has hired three new execs, which includes a head for its new animated programming division, according to THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER.
Denys Cowan has been hired for the new position of svp animation. Previously, Cowan worked with Hudlin on the Adult Swim series THE BOONDOCKS as producer and supervising director for Sony Pictures Television Animation. Hudlin is one of the exec producers of BOONDOCKS.
Greg Gilhooly joins Cookie Jar Ent. Inc. as vp, business and legal affairs. Based in the companys Toronto head office, his responsibilities will support Cookie Jars dynamic growth as the company continues to introduce several new shows a year, expands its entertainment operations globally and solidifies its new business initiatives.
Don Ballance and Ralph Messana have rejoined NewTek. They have spent the last two years developing and promoting the 3D Arsenal suite of software tools, a companion to LightWave 3D. 3D Arsenal is designed to make the creation of motion graphics quick and easy for video producers and editors not already versed in 3D animation.
News Corp. has promoted Jeremy Philips to EVP/office of the chairman and will focus on acquisitions and strategy across the company and will oversee Internet investments. He will continue to report to News Corp. chairman/ceo Rupert Murdoch.
Philips, 33, will also join the company's executive management committee.
Prior to joining News Corp., Philips was vice-chairman of ecorp Ltd., and worked at Citigroup and McKinsey & Co.
Herb Scannell has stepped down as vice chairman, MTV Networks, and president, Nickelodeon Networks to pursue other business opportunities, triggering a restructuring of the Nickelodeon Networks management structure.
HIT Ent. Ltd. (HIT) London announced a raft of new agent appointments to represent its properties across the world. "This marks a major shift in gear for HIT as we reinvigorate our licensing business in all key markets," said Peter Byrne evp of International at HIT. "It's all part of a major refocus of the company and our aggressive expansion drive into international territories."