Hit Entertainment, one of the world's leading independent children's entertainment producers and rights owners, announced today the resignation of its Chief Executive Officer, Bruce Steinberg, and the appointment of his successor, Jeffrey D. Dunn.
Sci-Fi Channel executive Robert Swartz has been named vice president of original series for Cartoon Network, it was announced Friday by Robert Sorcher, chief content officer for the network.
Swartz's hiring marks the consolidation of the network's development andcurrent series departments under one roof at Cartoon Network Studios in Burbank.
Swartz will start on March 17, and be based at the studio in Burbank, reporting directly to Sorcher.
Geoffrey Ammer, former Sony and Disney marketing head, will now oversee advertising, publicity and promotional campaigns for Marvel Studio's self-produced flicks.
He'll start with IRON MAN (opening May 2) and THE INCREDIBLE HULK (opening June 13), working with studios issuing those releases; Paramount for IRON MAN and Universal for HULK.
Ammer will handle marketing for the home video releases as well, including direct to DVD titles and will report to David Maisel, chairman of Marvel.
Planet Propaganda promoted Nate Theis and David Taylor as associate creative directors in its growing design, advertising and interactive company.
They will work closely with each other and their colleagues to support such clients as Trek Bicycle Corporation, Teva footwear, and Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches.
Theis also was named director for the firm's motion design group.
Nickelodeon/MTVN Kids and Family Group has named Jennifer Goodman Linn to the position of senior vice president of brand marketing.
The announcement was made by Pam Kaufman, Chief Marketing Officer, Nickelodeon/MTVN Kids and Family Group, to whom Linn will report.
Linn is responsible for implementing both short- and long-term strategies to promote the Nickelodeon brand, its shows and overall company initiatives.
Hillary Hayden Burri, President of Oakland-based branded children's product and multi-media company Haydenburri Lane announced today that Lori Osiecki has joined the company to head the art department.
Most recently, Osiecki has been an entrepreneur and illustrator, working with such brands as American Girl, Northland Publishing, Penguin Putnam, Klutz, Sonic, Idexx, Gamewright, Learning Resources, and Young and Rubicam.
From the late 1970s to 1987 she was a designer working with new product development design at Hallmark Cards in Kansas City, Kansas.
Tim Kolb, an Emmy, Chicago Film Festival Hugo, and Telly Award-winning director and a 20 year veteran of video and television post production has joined Digieffects as the Chief Product Officer.
In this capacity, Kolb will lead the company's product marketing and management efforts.
Kolb has experience with a wide range of creative initiatives ranging from interactive projects as early as 1986 to broadcast news production and working with HD and 2K RAW acquisition/post production and compositing.
Jonathan Shambroom will now be senior VP and general manager of Sony Picture Entertainment's online video site Crackle, THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER said Thursday.
Shambroom, the former head of product development and marketin, will lead Crackle, apparently taking over for founders Josh Felser and Dave Samuel.
The REPORTER said a spokesman for the company said "their roles are changing and that's still being worked out," when asked if the two would retain a managing role.
Hillary Hayden Burri, president of Oakland-based branded children's product and multi-media company Haydenburri Lane, announced Tuesday that Jeanne Smith has joined the company as Vice President of Creative.
The position was created specifically for Smith to utilize her multi-talents as an innovator, creator, developer, director, and musician.
Haydenburri Lane continues to grow in 2008 with new additions to be announced shortly.
Smith joins Haydenburri Lane from Arizona-based Beati Productions.
Disney Channels Worldwide has named six key executive appointments to support its expansion plans in Europe, announced John Hardie, Executive Vice President and Managing Director, Disney Channels Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA).
The executives are:
Disney Channel veteran Michael Cairns returns to his native U.K. as Vice President and General Manager, Disney Channels U.K. and Ireland;
Lars Wagner joins the company in the new role of Vice President and General Manager, Disney Channel Germany, Switzerland and Austria;
Vicon, the developer of Academy Award-winning motion capture systems, today announced that Brian Rausch has joined the company as Vice President of Production for Vicon and Vicon House of Moves.
Rausch comes on board from Sony Computer Entertainment of America, where he most recently served as Senior Manager of the Visual Arts Services Group.
Rausch has more than 10 years of production experience, with a heavy specialization in motion capture and animation.
The San Francisco-based company signed VFX supervisor and lead CG artist Joe Henke to lead commercial campaigns for Lexus and Interactive Brokers, and will continue their work on several high-profile feature films.
Henke most recently ran his own studio, Hero Motion Pictures, where he worked on various advertising film and video game projects with clients including Electronic Arts and Carl's Fine Films.
Classic Media, an entertainment rights group company, appointed Nina Henderson to marketing director of seasonal, preschool and family brands in North America.
Henderson is experienced in marketing established children's brands like SESAME STREET and BARNEY.
She will be responsible for spearheading brand strategies in North America to support the portfolio of iconic seasonal, preschool and family properties, including CASPER THE FRIENDLY GHOST, LASSIE, LITTLE GOLDEN BOOKS, PAT THE BUNNY, POSTMAN PAT, and THE ORIGINAL CHRISTMAS CLASSICS.
Celebrating 10 years, ka-chew!, the commercial production company owned by multi Emmy Award winning creative giant Klasky Csupo, Inc., is adding directors and directing teams to its roster.
ka-chew! specialties include CGI, 2D, stop motion, motion design and live action combo.
Six Point Harness, Parallex Studio, Seattle-based independent filmmaker David Russo, directing team Paul Cummings and Tony Fiandaca, Elliot M. Bour, Liz Blazer and Carolle-Shelley Abrams were all signed by ka-chew!
Taffy Entertainment, the worldwide distribution and brand management arm of the MoonScoop Group, announced Monday staff promotions in its consumer products and marketing group.
David DiLorenzo will now serve as Vice President of consumer products and marketing, responsible for all of Taffy Entertainments North American consumer products and marketing activities.
He will focus on the U.S. market while Cynthia Money, President of worldwide consumer products and marketing will devote more time to the growing overseas markets.
Former Aardman and Rhythm + Hues talent Michael Wright has joined the roster at New York-based mixed media and animation production company Curious Pictures.
Paramount Pictures has promoted Kimberly LoCascio to SVP of visual effects. LoCascio had been VP of visual effects since 2004. Added to her duties of shepherding the development and production of visual effects for Paramount, MTV Films and Nickelodeon Movies productions, she will oversee feature animation and and specialty projects, such 3-D films. Since joining Paramount, she has worked on CHARLOTTE'S WEB, MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE III, WORLD TRADE CENTER, CLOVERFIELD and THE SPIDERWICK CHRONICLES. Prior to Paramount, LoCascio was a freelance VFX producer. Her career started at ILM.
Lee Solomon has been named chief operating officer of The Weinstein Company, it was announced today by company co-chairman Bob and Harvey Weinstein.
Leading interactive agency, animation studio and content creator Hatchling Studios has announced that Mark Samber, formerly Managing Director of Wunderkind Studios, has joined the company as president. Samber will oversee all aspects of the company, from client acquisition and retention to internal operations and client strategy, allowing Hatchling founder, CEO and Chief Creative Officer Marc Dole to focus exclusively on driving the company's creative services.
Jim Ward, President of LucasArts, is leaving the gaming firm, reports IGN. Ward, who is leaving for personal reasons, will finish up his work over the next two weeks. Howard Roffman, President of Lucas Licensing, will take over Ward's duties until a replacement can be found.
Image Ent. Corp. announced the hiring of Bonita Siegel, former director of original productions for the Corus Kids channels. In her new position as creative producer and head of development, Siegel will produce and develop television and film content for Image Ent.
Based in Montreal, Image is run by Sylvain Viau and has co-produced with Paris-based Marathon Media several hit series on Teletoon or YTV, including TOTALLY SPIES, MARTIN MYSTERY and MONSTER BUSTER CLUB among others.
Radar Cartoons announced the addition of John Hardman, former SVP of Programming at the Kids' WB! Formed in 2004, Radar packages show concepts for sale to networks and co-productions and serves as a consultancy firm to animation studios, games companies and think tanks, helping them grow original content into global brands.
Frantic Films VFX, recently acquired by Prime Focus Group, has hired Kenneth Nakada to spearhead the company's new digital mattes & concepts division.