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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Entertainment Headline News

Cookie Jar Hires Gwen McCauley as VP Distribution/Sales Operations

Press Release from Cookie Jar Entertainment

TORONTO, CANADA (June 9, 2009) Cookie Jar Entertainment has hired Gwen McCauley as VP Distribution/Sales Operations for Canada. Based in Cookie Jar's Toronto headquarters, McCauley will develop and distribute programming that fits with Cookie Jar's brand and broadcaster needs. She will also lead all sales efforts throughout Canada including television pre-sales and library and home video entertainment. McCauley will report to Tom Mazza, EVP and Head of Worldwide TV.

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New Wildbrain CEO Named

Charles Rivkin, president and CEO, Wildbraina, announced the appointment of Michael Polis to the newly created position of CEO, Wildbrain Ent., effective immediately. Rivkin, who oversees operations for Wildbrain and its subsidiary Kidrobot, will step down as president and CEO, Wildbrain on June 5, 2009, having been named as President Barack Obama's candidate to serve as the United States Ambassador to France. Polis will report directly to Wildbrain's board of directors. Diego Marchioni, CEO of Kidrobot, will remain in his post and will also report directly to the board.

Production Headline News

marblemedia Welcomes Ted Brunt as VP, Interactive Production

Press Release from marblemedia

(Toronto, May 28, 2009) -- marblemedia is pleased to welcome Ted Brunt, Vice President Interactive Production, to its award-winning team. In this new role, Brunt will be responsible for developing and leading all interactive productions at marblemedia.

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Wildbrain CEO Named U.S. Ambassador to France

Nikki Finke reports that Wildbrain CEO Charles Rivkin has been named as the U.S. ambassador to France. The ex-Jim Henson Co. CEO was a big fundraiser for President Barack Obama's presidental campaign. He is also a member of the Homeland Security Advisory Council -- an organization of private citizens that advises the Homeland Security secretary -- and the Pacific Council on International Policy. His family has a record as ambassadorships. His father William R.

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THQ Exec VP of Publishing Resigns

Press Release from THQ Inc.

AGOURA HILLS, Calif. -- THQ Inc. (NASDAQ:THQI) today announced that Scott Guthrie, THQ's executive vice president of publishing, has resigned to pursue another opportunity, effective immediately. Guthrie had been responsible for overseeing North America sales and distribution, and marketing.

"THQ has a deep and experienced global sales and marketing team and we continue to execute on our focused product strategy," said Brian Farrell, THQ's chairman, president and CEO. "We wish Scott well in his future endeavors."

Brand Headline News

John Collins Appointed as Genie Consultant

Press Release from Moi j’aime la television and Helion Pictures

Paris/London 27 May 2009. Award-winning independent producers Moi j'aime la television (MJTV) and Helion Pictures are continuing to expand the reach of their hit Nickelodeon UK show GENIE IN THE HOUSE (www.genieinthehouse.com), appointing John Collins as brand consultant for the property.

Licensing Headline News

FitzRoy Beefs Up Licensing Team With Four Key Appointments

Press Release from Fitz Roy Media

NEW YORK -- (May 27, 2009) -- Fitz Roy Media announced today the appointment of Jonathan Breiter and Jennifer Zivic, two of the industry's most respected licensing and merchandising executives, as the designated U.S. licensing agents for the company's slate of children's properties. Breiter and Zivic will launch their representation of Fitz Roy's newest kid franchises including FUNNY FACE, HEATHCLIFF and SECRET WINGS at the 2009 Licensing International Expo in June.

Focus Headline News

Prime Focus Technologies Hires Michael Schunk

Press Release from Prime Focus Technologies

May 26, 2009 -- Prime Focus Technologies (PFT), a subsidiary of Prime Focus Group, announced the appointment of Michael Schunk as VP, business development, digital asset management. Schunk will be based out of Prime Focus' North American headquarters in Hollywood, CA, and will report to North American CEO Larry Birstock and PFT President and CEO Ramki Sankaranarayanan. Schunk's role will be focused on developing sales strategy for Digital Asset Management services globally, and driving sales throughout North America.

Animation Headline News

Heather Kenyon to Help Animate Sales at Starz Animation Toronto & Film Roman

Press Release from Starz Media

Burbank, Calif. and Toronto, Ont. -- May 20, 2009 -- Heather Kenyon has been appointed to the new position of vice president, project development and sales for Starz Animation, a division of Starz Media. She brings a wealth of experience across the animation business to her position, working with both Starz Animation Toronto and Film Roman to expand its slate of high-end work-for-hire and proprietary animated product.

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