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VFX Supervisor Bryan Grill Joins Scanline VFX/Los Angeles

Press Release from Scanline VFX

Los Angeles, California (July 14, 2009) -- Visual Effects Supervisor Bryan Grill has joined international visual effects company Scanline VFX in their Los Angeles studio.

Bent Headline News

Bent Signs Stop-Motion Heavy Hitter Ken Lidster

Press Release from Bent Image Lab

The Portland, Oregon-based production company and creative laboratory Bent Image Lab is further expanding its roster with the recent signing of veteran animator and director Ken Lidster. Known for brilliant, award-winning commercials, such as those for Brisk iced tea that feature the voices and animated likeness of such stars as Bruce Willis and Danny DeVito, Lidster has directed noteworthy spots for Energizer, Chips Ahoy!, Kellogg's, Oscar Mayer, Quaker Oats, and Target.

Brickyard Headline News

Cassie Hulen Joins Brickyard VFX as Executive Producer

Press Release from Brickyard VFX

Artist owned-and-operated bi-coastal effects boutique Brickyard VFX announced today that Cassie Hulen has been hired as Executive Producer at the company's Santa Monica shop, teaming up with Head of Production Diana Young Gomez.

"Cassie has an extensive background as an executive producer working with some of the top directors and agencies in the industry," said Steve Michaels, Managing Partner, Brickyard VFX. "We welcome her experience and know she'll make a great addition to the Brickyard team."

Headline News

Academy Elects Bill Kroyer to Board for Animation

Press Release from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

Beverly Hills, CA (July 7, 2009) -- The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today that the annual branch elections of governors of the organization have returned nine incumbents to the board as well as four new governors and one who returns to the Academy's governing body after a year off.

Creative Headline News

Nexus Prods. Appoints Cedric Gairard As Exec Producer

Nexus has announced that Cedric Gairard is joining as exec producer. Gairard joins from the international Amsterdam-based agency, 180, where he was head of production and co-managed the day-to day running of the agency. During his 11 years at 180 he worked with clients such as Adidas, Sony and MTV and consolidated his reputation within the international creative community for his commitment to high quality creative work across a range of media.

Creative Headline News

Imagineering Exec VP to Lead Shanghai Disneyland

Bob Weis, executive vice president, creative, Walt Disney Imagineering, will be the creative lead for the in-development Shanghai Disneyland Resort, reports LAUGHINGPLACE.com.

This will be Weis' first lead in a foreign park project, and was chosen over Scott Trowbridge, VP of WDI R&D. Weis will lead all creative and master planning activities for the Shanghai park, including hotels, retail, dining and entertainment development.

The park is currently awaiting approval from the Chinese government, but is scheduled to open in 2014.

Headline News

Ferraiolo Returns to Soup2Nuts

Press Release from Scholastic Media

NEW YORK -- June 30, 2009 -- Scholastic Media, a division of Scholastic Inc., announced today that award-winning writer, producer and director Jack D. Ferraiolo has returned to the company's animation studio division, Soup2Nuts, in a new position as Development Executive.

Software Headline News

Stu Maschwitz Joins Red Giant Software as Creative Director

Press Release from Red Giant Software

San Francisco, CA, June 23, 2009 -- Red Giant Software (http://www.redgiantsoftware.com/) is proud to announce that Stu Maschwitz is now the new Creative Director for Magic Bullet products. Stu Maschwitz is the original creator of the Magic Bullet Suite of plug-ins.

Square Headline News

Square Enix Continues to Expand North American Executive Team

Press Release from Square Enix, Inc.

LOS ANGELES, Square Enix, Inc., the publisher of Square Enix(R) interactive entertainment products in North America, announced that it has strengthened its executive team with the addition of Ami Blaire as vice president of marketing.

Design Headline News

Emmy Nominated Corbett Joins Brainstorm Digital

Press Release from Brainstorm Digital

(New York) June 18, 2009 -- Emmy-award nominated title designer and visual effects artist J. John Corbett will join Brainstorm Digital's New York studio July 6th where he will continue his innovative and industry-leading work in title design, graphic design and visual effects.

Headline News

Aron Baxter Returns to Nice Shoes as New Creative Director

Press Release from Nice Shoes

NEW YORK (June 15 2009): Nice Shoes' new Creative Director Aron Baxter has come full circle. The London-born Baxter joined Nice Shoes as a senior VFX artist in January 2003 then moved over to Guava, the company's sister VFX Company. Now, with the merger of Nice Shoes and Guava, he has returned to the parent company to assume the new role of Creative Director.

Additionally, Jack Fahey has been appointed Head of Sales for the Nice Shoes family of companies which includes Nice Shoes, Nice Spots and Freestyle Collective.

Sega Headline News

SEGA Announces Promotions

Press Release from SEGA

SAN FRANCISCO & LONDON - (June 18, 2009) - SEGA of America, Inc., and SEGA Europe Ltd., today announced a series of management promotions that will further unite SEGA's global markets to drive growth.

Effective today, the longstanding leader of SEGA's videogame business, Mr. Naoya Tsurumi, will assume worldwide responsibility for SEGA's Consumer Business, incorporating SEGA of Japan, SEGA of America and SEGA of Europe.

Headline News

Sony Imageworks' Rob Bredow Moves to CTO

Sony Pictures Imageworks will promote visual effects supervisor Rob Bredow to chief technical officer as of July 1, replacing George Joblove, per VARIETY.

Bredow's job will be to contain costs while retaining quality. "We've always been known as one of the very few studios who can do the impossible in vfx," Bredow said. "We're not changing our agenda there."

Read more at Variety.com

Design Headline News

Stan Lim Joins Troika Design Group as Art Director

Press Release from Troika Design Group

Troika Design Group announced that Stan Lim has joined the strategic branding and design agency as art director, where he'll play an important role guiding creative on projects within Troika's collaborative environment. Lim comes to Troika from Imaginary Forces, where he developed a reputation for artistic rigor, strategic thinking and a fresh design approach -- qualities that will soon be put to use on upcoming work for Troika clients such as ABC and Fox.

Post Headline News

Crawford Post Deepens Talent Pool With Jim Bowhall

Press Release from Crawford Post Productions

Jim Bowhall returns to Crawford Post Production as creative director. Leading a team of artists, he collaborates with clients to develop storyboards and cultivate ideas while working on agency, corporate and broadcast projects. Jim is an award-winning editor, compositor, motion graphics designer and 3D animator. High-profile work includes The Coca-Cola Company, The Weather Channel, Krystal, GA Lottery, Yamaha, The National Geographic Channel and many others.

Headline News

Brennan to Succeed England as ILM President

Chrissie England will transition out of her role as president of Industrial Light & Magic, with Lynwen Brennan, exec in charge of production, tapped as her successor. Beginning Feb. 1, 2010, Brennan will become president and GM of ILM, which is enjoying a busy summer with STAR TREK, TERMINATOR SALVATION, TRANSFORMERS: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN and HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE.

Entertainment Headline News

Breakthrough Hires New Sales Executive

Press Release from Breakthrough Entertainment

TORONTO (June 10, 2009) -- Toronto-based distribution company, Breakthrough Entertainment has brought in Kate Blank as its new sales executive. The announcement was made today by Nat Abraham, Head of Distribution.

Ms. Blank will be responsible for sales in the Asia Pacific region, the Middle East, Central and Eastern Europe, and Africa.

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