Marvel Enterprises has tapped former Saban exec Eric Rollman to head up its new direct-to-DVD venture with Lions Gate. As svp of home entertainment and TV production at Marvel Studios, he will oversee the development and production of animated DVD features. Set for a 2006 release, THE AVENGERS will be first title. In his new role, Rollman will oversee all aspects of this major commitment to original home entertainment programming, including development and production.
Noted animation industry veteran Troy Brooks has joined Pipelinefx as its cto. Brooks, formerly CG supervisor for the basketball franchises at Electronic Arts Canada, production systems supervisor at SquareUSA and lead programmer at Mainframe Ent., is a computer graphics animation pioneer with more than 13 years experience. "Troy is one of the most experienced animation experts in the industry. He knows the mechanics of both film and game production workflow inside and out," said Bill Spencer, Pipelinefx ceo.
Turner Broadcasting System (TBS) Europe has promoted Finn Arnesen to the joint roles of svp of Original Animation and Acquisitions for Cartoon Network, Boomerang and Toonami throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) as well as international head of Program Production with responsibility for all areas outside the U.S.
Target Entertainment Ltd. expands is rights management business, appointing John Eastaff to the newly created position of director of marketing and brand licensing. He will head up Targets licensing, home entertainment and marketing activity as well as oversee the branding of the companys expanding slate of properties. He will also identify opportunities for newly acquired properties across various genres, which will be a key role as the company expands its rights management business.
After seven years as CaféFX's senior effects producer and supervisor, Vicki Weimer has been promoted to exec producer. Weimer, a 30-year veteran of the motion picture industry, will handle team building and oversee all CaféFX feature film projects.
"Vicki has been an incredible asset to us during her tenure here at the Café. She has actually been doing the EP role here for years. We are just making it official," said Jeff Barnes, ComputerCafé Group's president/ceo.
Tim Dingersen, a designer, compositor and animator with experience in commercial and broadcast graphics, has joined Click 3x. Formerly of Curious Pictures, Dingersen has already completed his first assignment for Click 3x, a promotional campaign for Nickelodeon and is currently designing graphics for a long-form project for McDonald's (in conjunction with KanDoKid Films and director Jeff Kennedy).
Academy Award-winning writer Frank Pierson, has been re-elected to his fourth term as president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences by the organization's board of governors. Four other incumbent officers were returned to their posts as well.
Pierson, a governor representing the writers branch of the Academy for the past six years, was first elected to the Academy presidency in 2001. According to Academy by-laws, the 2004-05 term will be the last consecutive term he can serve in the office.
The Gnomon Workshop has announced the addition of Eric Hanson as senior producer of DVDs for the Gnomon Workshop Digital Library. Hanson brings a background in architecture, 3D imaging and more than a decade of experience in feature visual effects production.
Hanson said, "I'm thrilled to be joining the Gnomon Workshop to help produce what I believe will be the premiere DVD series on visual effects production available. We'll be working with some of the brightest minds and greatest talents in visual effects to take the Gnomon Workshop into new, exciting territories."
Paul Girouard has rejoined Toon Boom Animation as evp, worldwide sales and business development. Girouard previously held that position at Toom Boom until 2000 when he became vp of new business development worldwide for Dream Mechanics.
"It is with great pleasure that I accepted the opportunity to rejoin Toon Boom. These are exciting times and Toon Boom's offerings are certainly the leader in the technology arena. I look forward to catching up with our customers and develop new relationships in the animation industry," shared Paul Girouard.
Sony Pictures Digital Networks has promoted Brad Reinke to svp of sales and marketing and Dave Chaimson to vp of marketing. Both Reinke and Chaimson were part of the Sonic Foundry team, the Madison-based desktop software and service business Sony Pictures Digital Networks acquired in July of 2003, where they spearheaded worldwide sales and marketing efforts for the company.
Entertainment Rights (ER) is one of the fastest growing independent global media groups specializing in children's and family entertainment, recently recruited three new territory managers to bolster its strong international sales team. These include Gillian Calvert for Scandinavia and Benelux, Karen Vermeulen for Germany and U.K. and Leila Ouledcheikhfor Central & Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa.
Fresh off the success of three Promax Awards, leading creative concept, design/effects and production company Sideshow Creative has added creative director Andrew Kobliska to its team. Kobliska will be heading up the west coast creative group based in Los Angeles.
"Andrew's vast experience in all realms of our industry makes him a natural fit for Sideshow," said Scott Mantel, Sideshow Creative ceo. "He brings the highest pedigree of strategic thinking and creative leadership to his new role at the company."
The Jim Henson Co. has promoted Kelley Oien Perez from director of childrens television to vp, creative affairs. In her new role, Perez will continue to develop preschool and childrens programming for both television and direct-to-video productions in animated and liveaction formats. She will also work closely with HIT Ent. on pre-school projects for the co-production agreement recently announced by the two companies.
The first of these projects is FRANCES, currently in pre-production and based on the best-selling FRANCES TREASURY series of books.
Adina Pitt has been promoted from director to vp of Acquisitions for Nickelodeon and Nicktoons, Nickelodeon's digital channel for the next generation of animation. Pitt will handle pre-buys and acquisitions for both networks, reporting to Pete Danielsen, svp of programming, Nickelodeon; and Keith Dawkins, vp/gm, Nicktoons.
Elected in a special board election was Marc Lanza (JFK, GLORY) as secretary. Newly elected to two-year terms are sound editors Harry Cheney (BOTTLE ROCKET, DRACULA), Jeremy J. Gordon (THE OC, SMALLVILLE), Robert Hargreaves (DUCK DODGERS, BATMAN BEYOND) Anne-Marie Slack (BRING IT ON, HOUSE OF 1000 CORPSES), Roland Thai (L.A. CONFIDENTIAL, CITY OF GOD) and Steven D. Williams (THIRTEEN DAYS, ARMY OF DARKNESS).
Producers Tyra Hanshaw and Cara Buckley have joined the production department at Click 3x. Both Hanshaw, who arrives from Berwyn Editorial, and Buckley, formerly with Spontaneous, have broad experience in producing visual effects, animation and other post work. At Click 3x, they will produce both commercial and broadcast design projects.
Richard Kilgarriff has been promoted from consultant to svp/gm for all of Turner Broadcasting's U.K. Entertainment channels Cartoon Network, Boomerang, Toonami and TCM with the managers of each channel now reporting directly to him. He will also continue as a consultant to Turner's news network, CNN International.
John Geoghegan joins LucasArts, a leading developer and publisher of entertainment software for videogame consoles, computers and the Internet, as vp marketing.
Geoghegan is a veteran marketing exec with nearly 20 years of experience creating and managing marketing, communications and advertising campaigns and brand-building programs for such globally known companies as Sun Microsystems, Procter & Gamble, Sprint, Nestle, British Airways, Dupont and Chevron.
Former Disney kids programming exec Lou Fazio joins GSN, the Network for Games in the newly-created position of vp of scheduling and acquisitions, effective Aug. 2, 2004. Fazio's responsibilities for the Sony Pictures Entertainment and Liberty Media owned cable network will include overseeing program scheduling and acquisitions for the 55 million home network.
In the wake of Tom Frestons recent elevation to co-president and co-coo, Viacom Inc. he today (July 20, 2004) named Judy McGrath chairman/ceo, MTV Networks. McGrath, who reports directly to Freston, was previously MTV Networks Group president, responsible for MTV, MTV2, VH1, CMT, Comedy Central and the recently announced LOGO, set to launch in 2005. Freston also announced that, regrettably, Mark Rosenthal, currently president/coo, MTV Networks, has made the decision to leave the company.
Framestore CFC has appointed Andy Boyd as the company's new head of 3D, commercials. Boyd came to the company from Glassworks last September, and has already amassed an impressive list of credits at Framestore, including work on Goodyear HALFPIPE, Lynx TOUCH, Daewoo SHEET and the Post Office ANT spots. His most recent project has been the forthcoming Johnnie Walker TREE, which features noteworthy 3D arboreal action.
Walt Disney has promoted Bob Lambert to svp for worldwide media technology and development, reports VARIETY. In his new expanded role, he will oversee several new digital media projects, Disney's relationships with technology companies, regulatory matters and piracy protection. He will continue overseeing the New Technology and New Media group and providing corporate guidance for the Walt Disney Imagineering Research and Development unit.
Mindy Brown has been joined Sony Pictures Television International (SPTI) as exec director, global advertising sales, International Networks.
"Mindy has years of experience building revenue for fast growing media companies," said Jamie Weissenborn, vp, global advertising sales, International Networks, SPTI, to whom Brown reports. "She has a reputation for creating unique advertising solutions for her clients. Our global sales efforts will surely benefit from Mindy's valuable portfolio of business skills."