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.
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.
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.
In her latest column, Nancy Cartwright catches up with former Simpsons' colleague turned animation auteur Brad Bird.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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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.
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.
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.
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.
VARIETY reports that Nickelodeon has promoted Birkner Rawlings to VP of animation development. His new responsibilities have him shepherding all animated series at the network. Previously, he served as director of development where he supervised KUNG FU PANDA.
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.
Zoic Studios confirmed today that visual effects luminary Syd Dutton to help helm the company's digital matte painting and feature film endeavors. Zoic Studios' relationship with Dutton began during Zoic's filming of the feature film SERENITY.
Press Release from TV-Loonland
Munich/London - 03 June 2009 - TV-Loonland has appointed Barbora Sopkova as Sales Manager for TV & Home Entertainment distribution. Based out of our London office, Barbora will take up her new post with immediate effect.
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.