As part of its international expansion, Bigpoint.com, a provider of browser-based online games and one of the top gaming portals, is expanding its management team. In Simon Guild, the Hamburg-based company has hired someone with wide international experience in the media industry.
Los Angeles-based creative production and post studio DUCK is bringing the dynamic four-man directing team of nObrain onboard to complement their existing roster of talent. The Paris-based collective, composed of Directors Sebastien Fourcault, Nicolas Pasquet, Charles Keramoal, and Sylvain Lefebvre, is known for boundless creativity in merging high-energy animation with live-action footage for TV, music videos, and spot work.
Dan Rosensweig has been named president and CEO of Activision Publishing's RedOctane, the business unit which develops the blockbuster GUITAR HERO franchise and soon to be released DJ HERO.
ADi, a Portland-based computer animation company, has added Nancy Hoffman as client relationship lead.
With more than 15 years building and nurturing client relationships for companies such as Creative Media Development and Waggener Edstrom, Hoffman will be charged with bringing ADi’s animation expertise to new clients in high-tech, consumer electronics, medical, consumer packaged goods, and education.
Spin Master Ent., the new entertainment division of Spin Master Ltd., has appointed Jennifer Picherack in the role of exec producer for BAKUGAN BATTLE BRAWLERS.
Based out of Spin Master's Toronto headquarters, Picherack will work with EP Matt Wexler to develop and produce original content for the division. The pair are charged with the company's television and feature film development, production and acquisition activities.
Image Metrics came to GDC to show off its facial animation solutions (with new rigging) and to host a tech talk on its services titled "End Helmet Tyranny" tomorrow from 4:30-5:30 p.m. in room 2000. However, it's also assembled a new team of industry professionals with extensive experience bringing videogames and its technology to market.
At this weekend's ComicsPRO Annual Meeting, the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund announced changes to its Board of Directors. After five years of service as President and seven years on the Board, Chris Staros has stepped down from the organization to devote more time to the growth of Top Shelf Prods. Chris Powell, General Manager of Lone Star Comics, and President Pro-Tem of ComicsPRO, will take over the presidency.
Studio100 Media, a subsidiary of Belgium's family entertainment group Studio100, has appointed Peter Kleinschmidt as Director Marketing, Licensing & Merchandising as of March 2009. Most recently he served as Managing Director for CTM Concept -- TV & Merchandising based in Munich.
Jason Anderson, one of the original FALLOUT design team members, has joined the inXile Entertainment as creative director for a new, unannounced role-playing game (RPG) from inXile. Anderson recently left Interplay, where in his second tenure there served as creative director working on the next generation MMO Project: V13.
Thomson has appointed Tim Sarnoff as president of its Technicolor Digital Productions division. This new division, within the Technicolor Business Group, will focus on the company's expertise in animation, games and visual effects. Its mission will be to develop Technicolor's animation operations in Bangalore and VFX operations in Beijing, as well as under the MPC brand in London, Los Angeles and Vancouver, into centers of excellence and growth.
Giorgio Stock has been promoted to exec VP and managing director, Disney Channels, Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), and will lead The Walt Disney Company's portfolio of kid-focused, family inclusive television channels including Disney Channel, Playhouse Disney, Disney XD and Cinemagic, in the territory. He will also serve as a Disney representative on the board of SRTL, Disney's joint venture with RTL Group.
Cookie Jar Ent. has named Jamie Waese Head of Current Programming. Reporting to Pam Slavin, VP, Head of Production, he will handle all creative elements of the company's prolific production slate.
For the past four years, Waese has worked as a writer, producer and director for Cookie Jar Entertainment. He wrote, produced and directed three seasons of THE DOODLEBOPS, wrote and co-directed Doodlebops Live!, and produced and co-directed GOTTA CATCH SANTA CLAUS, Cookie Jar's first Christmas special starring William Shatner as the voice of Santa Claus.
Vfx vet Jenny Fulle reports on how the global economic slowdown will affect the industry and force innovation and reinvention.
Craig E. Engler has been promoted to SVP and GM, SCIFI Digital, and will continue to report to Dave Howe, president, Sci Fi Channel. Craig previously served as SVP, SciFi.com and SCI FI MAGAZINE.
At this year's KidScreen in New York, Heather Kenyon surveyed the participants on how they're surviving the recession and what we all should do to keep the animation industry afloat.
THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON producers Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall are set to leave Universal Pictures, per VARIETY, and will have a first-look deal at Columbia Pictures that starts April 1.
The frequent Steven Spielberg collaborators, who started their company in 1991, will be at Columbia for an 18-month term. Their last Universal film was THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM.
Sesame Workshop will cut 20 percent of its workforce, another victim of the recession, according to VARIETY.
The nonprofit producer of SESAME STREET and other educational programming will eliminate 67 of its 355 positions.
Sesame debuted the still-running SESAME STREET in 1968 and recently premiered a remake of their popular 1970s series THE ELECTRIC COMPANY.
After our in-depth making of coverage, the Watchmen director discusses bringing the landmark graphic novel to the screen.
3ality Digital, a developer of advanced live-action 3D entertainment technologies, has named Gari Ann Douglass to the post of Chief Operating Officer.
Director Steve Chase, a top talent in the U.S. ad industry who has directed commercials for some of the world's most iconic brands and major ad agencies, has signed with Curious Pictures for commercial representation. A nominee for the DGA Award for commercial directing, and with a spot in the permanent collection at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Chase joins Curious from Go Film.
To screen Chase's work, go to http://www.curiouspictures.com/reels/chasesteve_dir_reelh264.html.
MPC has signed award-winning colorist Paul Harrison to their team. Complimenting the talents of Jean-Clement Soret, Mark Gethin, George K and Kenny Gibb, Harrison joins as Senior Colorist. The team sheet includes some of the most highly respected international colorists and is lead by Jean-Clement Soret who graded Danny Boyle's multiple Oscar-winning SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE.
Concept Illustrator Scott Lukowski discusses his experiences on Watchmen and some other high profile movies.
LAIKA, the Portland-based animation studio whose first feature film, CORALINE, was released by Focus Features on February 6, has announced that Travis Knight has been named President and CEO of the company. Knight, the son of LAIKA's owner Philip H. Knight, succeeds Dale Wahl, who has held the position since 2005. Travis Knight, who sits on the LAIKA Board and has been Head of Animation since 2007, was one of the lead animators on CORALINE, the first stop-motion animated feature film to be produced in 3-D.
Rob Segal and Kobi Ofir will join the WorldGaming as chief marketing officer and chief technology officer, respectively. Both Segal and Ofir will fill their positions immediately and join company co-founders Billy Levy, President, and Zack Zeldin, VP, as the company prepares for launch this spring.
WorldGaming will be an online destination for console gamers to network and challenge other players from around the world in tournaments for real money.