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Headline News Kristin Lowe Upped to Universal Pictures Production VP

Kristin Lowe has been promoted to vp, production, Universal Pictures, overseeing the day-to-day production activities for many of the studio's most anticipated films, including CHILDREN OF MEN, THE KINGDOM and BREACH.

Lowe joined Universal Pictures in 2004 as director of development, following a stint as director of development at Warner Bros. Pictures, She joined WB in 2002 as a creative exec after posts both at MGM and Michael Bay Films.

Headline News Jillianne Reinseth New Studio B Prods. Development Director

Jillianne K. Reinseth joins Studio B Prods. as director of development. She will head up Studio Bs new in-house content creation division, called the B-HIVE, and develop projects from external pitches as well.

Reinseth was a development producer with broadcaster Jetix Europe; senior manager, creative affairs at Walt Disney TV Animation; and also was manager, original series for ABC Cable Networks Group (Disney Channel).

Headline News David Graber to Head Wild Brain Business Affairs

Veteran Hollywood entertainment attorney/litigator David Graber joins Wild Brain Inc. as general counsel and head of business affairs, where he will oversee all business and legal affairs for the studio corporate, film, television, interactive and home video.

Headline News Peter Dougherty New Cartoon Network Branding SVP

Peter Dougherty joins Cartoon Network in the newly created position of svp, branding, responsible for the creative execution and communication of the Cartoon Network brand and its multiple properties to target audiences in the U.S. The includes overseeing the network's on-air environment and franchise presentations; in-house creative services responsible for print, electronic and outdoor advertising and collateral; execution of sponsored promotions, sweepstakes and contests; and creative development for Cartoon Network Enterprises' growing licensing and merchandising business.

Headline News Jim Lima Joins Zoic Studios

Citing a shared desire to push the limits of visual effects storytelling, visual effects supervisor Jim Lima has joined the team at Zoic Studios. Lima is known for a unique approach, combining art direction and visual effects to create innovative visual storytelling.

Headline News Lynn Chadwick Upped To Nelvana Worldwide Sales & Distribution VP

Lynn Chadwick has been promoted from vp, European sales and distribution to vp, worldwide sales and distribution for Nelvana Enterprises, responsible for overseeing sales activities around the globe. She has moved from the London office to company headquarters in Toronto with all international sales execs reporting directly to her. Chadwick reports to Doug Murphy, president, Nelvana Enter.

Headline News HIT's VP Business Development Jon Owen Expands Plans Into Europe

HIT Ent., one of the worlds leading pre-school childrens entertainment producers and rights owners, has stepped up the companys licensing activities into new and existing territories across Europe, with new deals in Scandinavia.

Headline News 14-Year-Old Turns Down Job at Aardman

When Aardman Animations received copies of Lewi Firth Boltons stop-motion film, they were so impressed they offered him a job, however, what the Oscar-winning studio didnt know was that Bolton is only 14 years old. BBC NEWS recently reported the story of the talent young filmmaker from Bridlington, U.K., who took up stop-motion animation three years ago after seeing Aardmans WALLACE AND GROMIT shorts.

Headline News ElementFX and Yanick Dusseault Join Forces

Yanick Dusseault, one of the most accomplished visual effects digital matte artists working today, has joined ElementFX as its art director. ElementFX is a digital post-production studio.

In naming Dusseault to the new post, Marjolaine Tremblay, the company's ceo/animation director, said, "Luring Yanick to our studio is a real coup for ElementFX. His expertise and wonderful reputation allow him to be very selective. The fact that he was drawn to our company's philosophy of client and artist collaboration is indicative of who we are and where we are heading."

Headline News Arthur Hair Tapped for CTO at Disney Studios

Arthur Hair has been named cto/svp for The Walt Disney Studios. He will report to president Alan Bergman and will be responsible for the studios technology strategies. He will work closely with the studios business units to identify opportunities for leveraging technology to take advantage of the rapidly evolving marketplace.

Headline News SPTI Announces European Distribution Team Promotions

Sony Pictures Television International (SPTI) announced several key promotions within its European distribution team and the expansion of its new digital initiatives group in response to the growth of digital content distribution in Europe. Stuart Baxter has been promoted to evp, European distribution. Danny Goldman has been named svp, sales, and Nina Pustilnik joins the company as vp, digital initiatives.

Headline News Adam Watson Joins Rushes

Award-winning vfx operator Adam Watson, whose CV includes stints on Oscar-nominated feature films MOULIN ROUGE and THE MATRIX, is joining Rushes expanding VFX department.

Watson joins the team headed up by Paul Hannaford. Further, he joins at an opportune time for Rushes, following its recent multi-million pound investment on new kit, suites and talent.

Headline News Ken Tsumura New Mainframe Ent. Production & Technology SVP

Animation production vet Ken Tsumura joins Mainframe Ent. as svp, production and technology.

Tsumura was a producer and production manager for multiple high-profile animated series and feature films, including CURIOUS GEORGE for Universal, ADAM SANDLERS EIGHT CRAZY NIGHTS for Columbia Pictures, THE PRINCE OF EGYPT, JOSEPH KING OF DREAMS and FATHER OF THE PRIDE for DreamWorks Animation, THE SIMPSONS for Gracie Films and numerous series for Disney Animation.

Headline News SCI FI Channel Announces Visions For Tomorrow Advisory Board

SCI FI Channel has launch a new Visions for Tomorrow public affairs initiative set to champion a bold, optimistic view of the future and is predicated on the belief that individuals can have a positive impact on the human condition. What began as a two-day SCI FI Channel management off-site in the Chabot Space and Science Center in Oakland, California in May 2004 has become the inspiration for SCI FIs ambitious new public affairs campaign, which is comprised of public service announcements, educational outreach, nonprofit advocacy efforts and an illustrious advisory board.

Headline News Jonathan Friedland New Disney Corp. Com. VP

Jonathan Friedland joins The Walt Disney Co. as vp, corporate communications, where he will participate in developing and executing the communications strategies for various issues and initiatives, including financial reporting, legislative and regulatory issues, corporate reputation management and executive communications. He also will work closely with Disney's businesses, including Parks and Resorts, Media Networks, Consumer Products and Studio Ent.

Headline News 9 Story Adds Natalie Osborne to Exec Team

9 Story Ent., the Emmy and Gemini award-winning animation company, has added Natalie Osborne to its growing executive team. In her new role as evp of business development, Osborne will lead the effort to grow international distribution and the companys portfolio of intellectual properties. A 10-year vet, she worked with some of the worlds top media companies, including NBC Universal in London, where she specialized in childrens and family programming.

Headline News Kyra Reppen Named SVP/GM of Neopets

Kyra E. Reppen, the former head of NickJr.com and creator and architect behind the recently launched ParentsConnect brand, has been named svp/gm of NeoPets, the largest and fastest-growing youth community on the Internet. In her new role, Reppen will lead and manage all day-to-day operations, creative direction and business strategy for NeoPets, which is based in Glendale, California.

Headline News Portfolio Ent. Ups Aron Dunn to Creative Development Manager

Toronto-based Portfolio Ent. Inc. has upped Aron Dunn from development exec to manager of creative development. In his new role, Dunn will over see the acquisition of new intellectual properties and shepherd them through the development process. He will also explore the extension of all brands across multiple delivery platforms including web, mobile and game applications.

Headline News Jetix Europe Seeks to Fill Programming VP Spot

Jetix Europe announced today (Sept. 22, 2006) that Michael Lekes has resigned from his position as svp of programming for personal reasons. He leaves the company at the end of September after four years service. Jetix Europe actively seeking a replacement to take over the leadership of its content division as soon as possible.

Headline News Kimball & Sayre Join AMPAS Science and Technology Council

Mark Kimball and Rick Sayre have joined the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Science and Technology Council, bringing the groups membership to 25.

Kimball, the director of digital production at the Walt Disney Co., shared a Scientific and Engineering Award in 1991 for the design and development of the CAPS production system for feature film animation. Sayre, the supervising technical director at Pixar Animation Studios, shared a Technical Achievement Award in 1996 for the creation and development of the Direct Input Device.

Headline News Carol Lee New VP, Home Ent., North America, Granada International

Carol Lee has been named vp, home entertainment, North America, Granada International, based at the companys U.S. headquarters in Sherman Oaks, California, and is responsible for delivering Granada Internationals substantial programming library across all digital platforms. She will be involved in securing new distribution deals, overseeing product release strategy and expanding sales opportunities.

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