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Headline News Jason Wells New SVP, Mobile Ent. for SPTI

Jason Wells joins Sony Pictures Television International (SPTI) as its new svp, mobile entertainment. Wells will relocate from Los Angeles to SPTI's European headquarters in London and will lead the newly formed mobile entertainment group. He will report to both Michael Grindon, SPTI's president, and John McMahon, president/md of SPTI in Europe.

Headline News John Loiacono to Head Adobe’s Creative Solutions Business Unit

Adobe Systems Inc. announced the appointment of John Loiacono as svp, Creative Solutions. In this role, Loiacono will have responsibility for the development, delivery and marketing of Adobe's entire creative software portfolio, including flagship brands such as Adobe Creative Suite, Macromedia Studio, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Premiere Pro, Macromedia Flash Professional and Macromedia Dreamweaver. Based at the company's headquarters in San Jose, he will report to Shantanu Narayen, Adobe's president and coo.

Headline News Nick Ups Marsha E. Williams to SVP Research & Planning

Marsha E. Williams moves up to svp of research and planning at Nickelodeon Networks, responsible for consumer insights for Nickelodeon and Nick Jr., including all brand, programming and production, merchandising, public affairs, online and other corporate consumer research for Nick.

Headline News Simon Kenny to Head Warner Bros. Digital Distribution

Simon Kenny moves into the new role of president of the newly formed Warner Bros. Digital Distribution, one of the companies that make up the Warner Bros. Home Ent. Group. In this newly created role, Kenny will manage the worldwide electronic distribution streams of the studios product over existing, new and emerging digital platforms, including pay-per-view, electronic sell-through, video-on-demand, subscription-video-on-demand, wireless and more.

Headline News Cinesite Expands 3D Roster With Award-Winning Artists

Cinesite (Europe), which recently completed work on Warner Bros. V FOR VENDETTA (opening March 17), has hired Quentin Miles as animation director. Ben Shepherd recently joined the team as visual effects supervisor and is currently working on X-MEN 3 for Twentieth Century Fox.

Headline News Dargaud Distribution Makes Key Promotions & Appointments

Dargaud Distribution, home to one of Europes largest animation catalogs, has restructured its sales team, starting with appointing Leon Perahia as the new president of Dargaud Distribution with Véronique Chalandar as deputy gm. Claude de Saint Vincent, ceo of the Dargaud and Dupuis Group, announced the appointments.

Perahia has worked at Dupuis since 1986 in various positions, including finance director and producer. He oversaw production on a number of series, including the popular SPIROU, FLASH GORDON, CEDRIC and KID PADDLE.

Headline News DI Colorist Doug Delaney Joins Post Logic Studios L.A.

Leading longform post-production company Post Logic Studios has hired digital intermediate colorist Doug Delaney, who is best known for his work on the digital intermediate for THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING. As one of three colorists supervised by Peter Doyle and cinematographer Andrew Lesnie, ASC, Delaney spent more than five months in New Zealand on the meticulous color grading of the effects-laden epic.

Headline News DIC Names Kaaren Lee Brown to Oversee Programming for CBS Saturday Morning Block

On the heels of the recent announcement of the partnership between CBS and DIC Ent. to launch CBSs Secret Saturday Morning Slumber Party, DIC has appointed Kaaren Lee Brown svp of creative affairs. Brown will oversee all aspects of programming for the new branded Saturday morning kids programming block.

Headline News TWC Hires Director Justin Klarenbeck

Director Justin Klarenbeck has signed with TWC for exclusive representation in commercials as the company continues to add highly accomplished, multi-talented filmmakers to its staff. Klarenbeck, whose expertise ranges from visual effects to directing talent, is probably best known for his automotive work, within credits including virtually every leading automaker. His recent work includes spots for Toyota, Chevy, Lexus, Honda and Mercedes Benz.

Headline News Stan Glasgow Named President/COO of Sony Electronics

Stan Glasgow will succeed Hideki Dick Komiyama as president and coo of Sony Electronics Inc. (SEL), the $11 billion electronics arm of Sony in the U.S., effective April 1.

Komiyama will now serve as SEL's chairman of the board, while continuing as corporate evp and senior general manager for Sony Corp. heading up global sales and marketing.

Headline News 4Kids Ent. Ups Carlin West to SVP, New Concept Acquisition & Development

4Kids Ent. Inc. has promoted Carlin West from svp of marketing and licensing to svp of new concept acquisition and development, responsible for the strategic identification and development of new product concepts and non-television properties.

Headline News Paul Condolora Upped SVP/GM at Cartoon Network New Media

Paul Condolora has been promoted from vp/gm to svp/gm for Cartoon Network New Media with expanded duties that include further developing new Cartoon Network and Adult Swim-branded products and services for burgeoning distribution platforms such as broadband, VOD, wireless and interactive television. Based in Atlanta, Condolora will continue to report to Mark Norman, svp of business operations for Cartoon Network U.S. and Boomerang.

Headline News Cosgrove Hall Ups Chris Bowden & Francis Vose

Francis Vose has been upped to creative director of Cosgrove Hall Films while Chris Bowden becomes exec producer. Lee Marriott has also accepted the post of financial and commercial director, according to Cosgrove Hall md Anthony Utley.

Headline News Aaron Simpson New JibJab Animation Production & Development VP

Emmy-nominated animation producer Aaron Simpson joins JibJab Media as vp, animation production and development. Simpson will oversee JibJab's animation productions, including projects for the Internet and mobile devices, as well as an animated feature film.

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:

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