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Headline News Lori Joseph Named Producer At Spy Post

Lori Joseph joins San Franciscobased post-production company, Spy Post, as producer, working closely with svp/exec producer Anastacia Maggioncalda to produce for the telecine, visual effects and finishing departments.

"As we continue to grow our business, it is important to provide our clients with the level of production support needed to meet their expectations," said Eric Hanson, Spy Post ceo. "Lori has a proven track record as a producer in a variety of mediums and brings great focus, energy and professionalism to our team."

Headline News Paul McGuire to Head The CW Communications

Paul McGuire is the new svp, communications, The CW, the new fifth broadcast television network, a joint venture between Warner Bros. Ent. and CBS Corp. scheduled to launch in fall 2006. Dawn Ostroff, who is slated to become The CW's president of entertainment, made the announcement.

Headline News Don Hahn Interim Head of Walt Disney Feature Animation

Disney Studios chairman Dick Cook announced to studio employees via email that Don Hahn, producer at Walt Disney Feature Animation, will assume the role of interim head of WDFA until the Pixar acquisition is complete.

Animation website CGCHAR (www.cgchar-animation.com) first published the full text of the email which reads:

Headline News Julia Pistor Upped to Nickelodeon Movies EVP

Veteran feature development exec Julia Pistor has been promoted from svp to evp, Nickelodeon Movies, overseeing the development, production and release of all feature films produced under the Nickelodeon Movies banner, part of the newly formed MTV Networks Kids and Family Group. Pistor had been svp of the division since 2000.

Headline News Key Senior Management Shuffle for Nickelodeon/MTVN Kids & Family Group

Nickelodeon president Cyma Zarghami, recently named head of the newly formed MTVN Kids and Family Group, has announced key executive promotions to support Nick's growth as a multiplatform kids and family brand.

Headline News Disney Channel Recruits Mike Moon to Oversee Animated Series

Disney Channel has recruited Emmy Award-winning animator Mike Moon to further build its animated series business as vp, animated series. This was part of a trio of promotions, which includes moving Adam Bonnett up from vp to svp, original series and Jeff Brustrom has been named vp, live-action series.

Gary Marsh, president, entertainment, Disney Channel Worldwide made the announcements. Bonnett will continue to report to Marsh. Brustrom and Moon will report to Bonnett.

Headline News HIT Ups Marie Chappelow to VP, TV Distribution — EMEA

Continuing HIT Ent.s (HIT) internal restructure of its London office, Marie Chappelow has been promoted from head of International TV & Video to vp, Television Distribution EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa).

Chappelow, who has been with the HIT for five years, will focus in her new role exclusively on managing the television side of the business in the crucial EMEA region, including sales to all broadcast and new media platforms.

Headline News Terry Press to Market DreamWorks Animation

Terry Press moves from head of marketing for DreamWorks SKG for the past 10 years to DreamWorks Animation as worldwide head of marketing.

Press joins the animation company now that DreamWorks SKG has been acquired by Paramount Pictures. Paramount is responsible for the distribution of DreamWorks Animation films. Press will be the DreamWorks Animation senior liaison with the marketing team at Paramount.

Headline News Studio Exec Vet Rick Sands New MGM COO

Rick Sands, most recently the president/coo of DreamWorks SKG and the former coo of Miramax Films, has been named coo of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc. (MGM). In this newly created position, Sands takes on the initial responsibilities of leveraging and managing the world's largest modern film and television library across all platforms, including the new media landscape of internet and mobile as well as the traditional channels of distribution television, video and international.

Headline News Animation Exec Vet John Carey to Head CritterPix Studios Production

John Carey, a 30-year show business veteran, joins CritterPix Studios in northern California as svp of production.

Carey has established and maintained CG pipelines for several animated feature productions and companies. Most recently he was vp of production and technology at Walt Disney Pictures, where he led a team of some 150 professionals that managed both technology and film production. Previously Carey was cto for Toronto-based, C.O.R.E Ent.

Headline News Carrie Holecek Joins Post Logic Studios L.A.

Leading longform post-production company Post Logic Studios has hired marketing exec and digital intermediate producer Carrie Holecek for the newly created position of vp of business development. In her new role, Holecek will have oversight of the companys sales and marketing activities; her responsibilities will also extend to the studios digital production workflow and client relationships and services.

Headline News David Stainton Steps Down as Head of Disney Feature Animation

In the wake of yesterdays announcement of Walt Disney Co.s $7.4 billion acquisition of Pixar Animation Studios and the elevation of Pixars Ed Catmull and John Lasseter as heads of Disney Feature Animation, BLOOMBERG NEWS confirmed that David Stainton will step down, but will not leave the company. As president of Feature Animation, Stainton helped guide the studio through its difficult transition to all-3D animation, commencing last year with the moderately successful CHICKEN LITTLE and continuing this year with the Dec. 15 release of MEET THE ROBINSONS.

Headline News Susan Kantor New SVP, Marketing for Warner Bros. Domestic TV Distribution

Susan Kantor has been named SVP, marketing for Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution and Telepictures Prods.

In this newly created position, Kantor is responsible for overseeing all of the marketing efforts for WBDTD, as well as manages the affiliate relations and promotions activities of the companys Telepictures-produced first-run series.

Headline News Borders To Head PDI/DreamWorks as Burke Transitions to Consult

Gloria Borders joins DreamWorks Animation as head of PDI/DreamWorks, the studios Redwood City, California, campus. Borders is taking over for Patti Burke, who transitions into a senior consultant role at the company. Borders will oversee all production and operations at PDI/DreamWorks.

Headline News Klasky Csupo Signs Michael McGahey, SVP Feature Film Development

Michael McGahey joins Klasky Csupo as svp, feature film development.

Klasky Csupo founders Arlene Klasky and Gabor Csupo jointly stated, We are thrilled to have someone of Michaels knowledge and expertise join our company at this time. He comes to us with excellent taste for the commercial market and he will work with our current development team on our features projects in development with Viacom.

Headline News Yoram Gross Sells Studio Holdings to EM.Ent.

Yoram Gross and his family have sold their 50% holdings in Yoram Gross-EM.TV to the other 50% shareholder, EM.Ent., an affiliated company to the German media company EM.TV AG.

Originally founded by Yoram and Sandra Gross 37 years ago in Sdyney, they sold 50% of their studio to EM.TV in 1999 to form Yoram Gross-EM.TV.

The Gross family will continue to hold a majority shareholding in a related company, Yoram Gross Prods., until its current slate of productions is completed to ensure continuity of production and creative control.

Headline News Stephen Moore New Aardman Head of Features/COO

Stephen Moore has relocated from Los Angeles to the U.K. to join Aardman as head of features/COO.

Moore was president of International for Twen-tieth Century Fox for eight years, overseeing both the theatrical and home entertainment divisions.

Aardman is very pleased to have been able to appoint Stephen at this point in the studios history," said David Sproxton, exec chairman of Aardman. "Stephens vast expe-rience will enable the studio to build considerably on its recent successes and increase its opportunities in many arenas.

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