Digital animation and vfx house Pendulum Studios has added Colin Hodges as its Director of Performance Technology. Hodges will be directly involved with the studio's 3D animation productions as well as managing its software development team, which includes the ongoing evolution of their award winning facial performance technology, AlterEgo.
rhinofx recently signed VFX Supervisor/Artist Jim Rider to reinforce their growing feature film division. With considerable experience across the entire realm of effects projects, Rider's talents include motion control, Flame, compositing, and animation.
Motion graphics design studio Fish Eggs (www.fisheggs.tv) has added Tom Neston to its design group as Senior Designer at Large.
Neston comes to Fish Eggs after almost five years as lead designer and animator at Fox Sports. He brings with him a wide range of design disciplines and production experience as well as an impressive list of awards and accomplishments, including four Gold, two Silver and three Bronze Promax/BDA awards.
Natalie Gee has been appointed to the role of Creative Director, Global Networks Asia Pacific, an international division of NBC Universal. The announcement was made today by Raymund Miranda, Managing Director, Global Networks Asia Pacific, to whom she will report. The new appointment is effective immediately.
In this newly-created role, based in Singapore, Gee will play a key role in NBC Universal’s strategy to launch new channels across the Asia Pacific region over the coming months as well as managing the creative requirements of the existing Global Networks channels.
Jetix Europe has hired Orion Ross to the newly created position of VP Original Content and Creative. Ross will join Jetix Europe this summer and will report to Marc Buhaj, SVP of Programming for Jetix Europe.
Ross will spearhead original content and creative strategy for Jetix Europe, including the development of original series, the production of current series and branding across all platforms.
Gender bias in media is a topic society has been tiptoeing around since the women's liberation movement of the 1960s. Although women represent 51% of the population, a woman has yet to achieve the position of president of the United States -- though one is trying -- and for some reason the number of women represented in animation or G-rated entertainment is not even close to the number of men. Why?
Actress Geena Davis, who has portrayed moms and swashbucklers, asked that very question while she was watching TV with her then two-year-old daughter. On her fingers, she started counting girls on the screen in lead roles. Then she counted the girls in the crowd scenes. She had too many fingers left over.
MPC has signed two of the industry's most creative individuals to add to their team of outstandingly talented Flame artists, vfx supervisors: Yourick Van Impe and Rob Walker.
Van Impe joins from The Mill. Van Impe's recent credits include a Pontiac spot directed by Pleix at Furlined, Audi R8 by Olivier Gondry at Partizan and Audi RS6 for Paul Hunter at Prettybird.
Warner Home Video has promoted three executives who will now oversee New Line products as part of the company's integration into the larger studio, per VARIETY.
Mike Saksa, Jeff Baker and Jeff Brown are now exec VP and general manager of their respective North America units and will report to Mark Horak, president of Warner Home Video for North America.
Shari Black has been promoted to SVP, Retail Business Development for Warner Bros. Consumer Products, it was announced today by Karen McTier, Executive VP of Domestic Licensing and Worldwide Marketing, Warner Bros. Consumer Products.
John Cline has joined Curious Pictures as its Head of Production. The announcement was made by Mary Knox, Executive Producer at the New York-based production company.
He brings to the studio an extensive background as both an agency producer at a number of New York agencies, most recently Nitro, as well as on the production company side of the business.
Entertainment Rights has appointed Fabian Milburn, formerly Senior Vice President of Business Operations at Oxygen Media, to the position of Senior Vice President, Business Affairs, North America and Global Digital, effective immediately.
Image Metrics, the leading developer of performance-driven CG facial animation in video games and film, announced that Dave Rolston has joined its board of directors.
Rolston, who is Chairman and CEO of Forterra Systems, comes to Image Metrics' board with more than 35 years of experience in a broad spectrum of technical industries, including extensive involvement in 2-D and 3-D graphics, imagery, gaming and entertainment, simulation and training, and artificial intelligence.
HIT Ent., an independent children's producer and rights owner, has announced expansion plans and promotions within its International Home Entertainment business.
Johannes Wolters dives into fmx/08, which this year offered an even greater number of stimulating discussions on the state of artistic and technological visual content.
Hasbro, Inc. announced that Bennett Schneir, most recently VP of Creative Affairs for ImageMovers Digital, is joining Hasbro in the newly-created position of SVP and Managing Director, Motion Pictures.
Zoic Studios has welcomed 3D supervisor Paul Ghezzo to the company. Ghezzo is part of Zoic's award-winning episodic division and is currently supervising production on a variety of pilots, new shows and name brand programs for the fall television season.
Over the past several years Ghezzo has held supervisory positions at several award winning commercial companies. The position at Zoic marks his return to episodic television.
HIT Entertainment has announced expansion plans and promotions within its International Home Entertainment business. Led by Gavin Metcalfe and supported by Luciana Bianchi, the EMEA team will now be responsible for the Asia/Japan region and helping to drive future growth for the region. Also with immediate effect, Metcalfe has been promoted to Senior Director International Home Entertainment and will be responsible for all sales and business development in this wider region.
Helen Round has been named to the position of International Marketing and Communications Manager at 4Kids Ent. International. Round will report to Senior International Marketing and Communications Manager Charlotte Hill.
Round will manage 4Kids' brands and agents in a number of EMEA territories including Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Benelux, Portugal, Turkey, Israel, the Middle East, and Africa. She will work alongside Hill, who focuses on France, Italy, Spain, Scandinavia, Greece and Eastern Europe at the company's European office.
Nickelodeon/MTVN Kids and Family Group has named Brian Offutt to the new position of SVP of Creative Operations. Offutt will report to Russell Hicks, EVP and Exec Creative Director, Nickelodeon/MTVN Kids and Family Group, and Sarah Kirshbaum Levy, COO, Nickelodeon/MTVN Kids and Family Group.
HORTON HEARS A WHO! helmer Jimmy Hayward has signed with UTA, according to THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER. Previously, he has no agency representation. Hayward made his feature debut on HORTON, which has grossed over $275 million worldwide thus far.
Hayward began his career working on REBOOT, before moving to Pixar where he worked on such films as TOY STORY, A BUG'S LIFE, TOY STORY 2, MONSTERS, INC., and FINDING NEMO. He started working for Blue Sky on ROBOTS.
In the wake of IRON MAN's success, Marvel Studios execs Kevin Feige and David Maisel are reaping the benefits. According to VARIETY, Feige has been upped to president and Maisel has signed on as the chairmen of the film unit through 2010.
Dennis Hoffman has been named SVP and General Manager of CIS Vancouver, it was announced today by Don Fly, President of the CIS Visual Effects Group. Hoffman has been CIS Vancouver's Head of Production since the beginning of 2007.
Fly has also announced that Marianne O'Reilly, currently President of CIS Vancouver (formerly Rainmaker Visual Effects) and a nine year veteran of the company, will relocate to the East Coast where she will consult on new business opportunities for the company.
Shea Fontana has been named Manager, Children's Programming, it was announced today by Bruce Johnson, company President and CEO. Her responsibilities will include the development of preschool programming, in addition to focusing on girl-related children's program development and sales.
"Shea has been working on most of the animation projects that have come through PorchLight over the past two years, including "early stage" development on several properties as well as assisting in various stages of production. She has made a great contribution to our team," said Johnson.
SVG Distribution / Crave Ent., a leading distributor and specialty publisher of console video games, today introduced David Burchi as its new Senior Vice President of Content and Strategic Development.
In his new role, Burchi is responsible for the general management of SVG / Crave's proprietary content business, which includes both the Crave Ent. publishing group and SVG's Exclusively Distributed content, as well as the purchasing function for SVG's non-proprietary product. Burchi reports to SVG / Crave President & CEO Michael Maas.
Mark Beaumont has been promoted to COO of both Capcom Ent. in North America and Capcom Ent. Europe, as well as maintaining his position on the Capcom Board of Directors.
Beaumont had been serving as Executive VP, Officer, and head of the consumer software publishing business in North and South America and Europe.