In this second installment, Greg Singer speaks with animation directors of the Green Screen Show to learn how they are integrating animation with the show's live-action improv.
Award-winning writer/producer Phil Lollar has become director of development for Renegade Animation. Lollar will develop episodic television, feature film, DVD and other entertainment projects for the animation studio. Renegade currently produces the Cartoon Network series HI HI PUFFY AMI YUMI debuting this fall.
Los Angeles visual effects and animation studio KromA has hired producer Bob Yukich to head vfx production. He is a former freelancer with broad experience in commercials, music videos, feature films and episodic television and will oversee production, day-to-day operations and sales. He will also seek to expand the company beyond its base in commercial and music videos into effects work for film and television.
The Animation Guild Local 839 IATSE elected officers on Sept. 27, 2004, to serve a three-year term through 2007. Re-elected incumbents included president Kevin Koch, business representative Steve Hulett, recording secretary Jeff Massie and sergeant-at-arms Jan Browning. Executive board member Earl Kress was elected to replace retiring vp Kathleen O_Mara-Svetlik.
Lumina Films has named Samantha Horley head of sales. She will be based in London. Previously, Horley was svp of distribution at Myriad Pictures and before that worked for Summit Ent. and Polygram Film Intl.
"I am looking forward to continue building Lumina into a feisty sale company," Horley said. "Lumina has some strong new English-language projects in the pipeline."
Lumina's slate includes MIDSUMMER DREAM, a Spanish-produced, CGI-animated version of Shakespeare's play.
Amy Jackson joins TV-Loonland as vp, creative affairs. Based in TV-Loonland's New York office, Jackson will be responsible for overseeing creative programming output as well as overseeing the creative development and production while maintaining and building production and strategic relationships with U.S. broadcasters, publishers, creators, rights owners and other potential partners.
Three new members have joined the Radium team vp/head of production Carey Crosby, producer Julie Goldberg and compositor Todd Hemsley. Crosby will be based in the San Francisco office, but will manage all producers and production in both locations.
Cartoon Network Studios has promoted Jennifer Pelphrey from director to vp of production. In her expanded role, Pelphrey will oversee day-to-day production of all the studios original series, maintaining responsibilities for scheduling, budgeting and administrative management.
Oregon animation guru Will Vinton has joined The Art Institute of Portland as Artist-in-Residence. Winner of Oscar, Emmy and Clio awards, Vinton is well known his pioneering work in Claymation and stop-motion animation. The Artist-in-Residence position helps further the mission of the College to support the creative community in Portland said Steve Goldman, president of the College. It is an honor to forge this new partnership with an artist of Will Vintons stature and accomplishment.
Former Paramount TV exec Robert Friedman has joined Spike TV as svp, programming, and will be responsible for all program planning, strategic acquisitions, media initiatives and original series launch projects for Spike TV.
Amy Kuessner has joined the Starz Encore Group Llc. (Starz) marketing team in the newly created position as senior director, program marketing at its Englewood, Colorado headquarters.
"This is a very exciting time for Starz and we want the best and brightest on our team," said Bill Brovsky, vp of tactical marketing, to whom Kuessner reports. "We are thrilled to add Amy with her incredible creative energy and enthusiasm, and look forward to her contributions."
The Disney-ABC Television Group has instituted a new communications structure by promoting two key execs Sue Binford, who will now oversee all corporate communications and Kevin Brockman, who will now oversee all entertainment communications.
Andy Lewis has been promoted from svp/gm to evp/gm,Warner Bros. Animation. Lewis, who joined Warner Bros. Animation in 1997 in his previous position, will continue to oversee general management of the animation studio, including the day-to-day studio operations, business affairs, finance and administrative matters, as well as his involvement in business planning.
Veteran advertising and production exec Stephen Axthelm joins ANIMAX as director of marketing, the digital animation, interactive and brand entertainment studio based in Los Angeles.
As exec producer of hundreds of advertising and promotional campaigns and author of strategic, creative and integrated marketing plans for many more, he brings a broad skill set to ANIMAXs work in a range of categories and genres.
The Video Lab Johannesburg has two announcements: not only has renowned international colorist Catherine Pantazopoulos joined the group, but they have secured the latest in grading wizardry: Discreets lustre 2.5, the only one in South Africa.
Joining luminaries such as Pixar Animation Studios and Sony Pictures Imageworks, The Video Lab plans to have the lustre up and running by mid-October in a custom, designed, world-class grading room.
Marvel Enterprises has announced that Alan Fine, president/ceo of Marvel's Toy Biz division, will take on the additional role of president/ceo of Marvel Publishing. Fine is replacing Gui Karyo, who left his post as Marvel Publishings president/cio to pursue new business opportunities.
Nine new members have been appointed by Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences president Frank Pierson to the organization's year-old Science and Technology Council, bringing the number of members to 23.
The new members are Peter W. Anderson, visual effects branch; Clay M. Davis Jr., sound; David W. Gray, sound; Richard Hollander, visual effects; Brad Hunt, associates; George Joblove, visual effects; Takuo Miyagishima, members at large; Daryn Okada, cinematographers; and Richard Patterson, visual effects.
Kristen Buckley has been promoted from director to vp of programming for Nickelodeon, responsible for managing and maximizing Nickelodeon's on-air inventory. She develops strategic promotional and media plans in support of the network's initiatives and its ancillary businesses. Buckley oversees the implementation of these plans by partnering with the on-air creative teams on assignments and concepts for tune-in, events, packaged and live dayparts, as well as Nickelodeon Movies.
Suzy Barbieri joins Klasky Csupo Animation Studio as svp of feature film development. Barbieri will head up the feature film development team, which includes Michael Faulkner (vp of feature film development) and will work closely with studio founders Arlene Klasky and Gabor Csupo in developing a diversified slate of projects for the studio.
Comic-Con veterans Jerry Beck, Mark Evanier, Butch Hartman, Fred Patten, Roland Poindexter, share their take on the annual convention in San Diego.
Multichannel vet Edward L. Huguez joins Starz Encore Group, Llc. as evp, sales, filling the position vacated by Robert Clasen when he was promoted to president/coo earlier this year.
Geneon Ent. has hired Rand Brenner as its new director of licensing, reports VARIETY. Based in L.A., Brenner will oversee establishing, directing and executing licensing partnerships worldwide. Previously, he served as vp of licensing and merchandising at Saban, where he managed all licensing, including the MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS. Most recently, Brenner was president/coo of startup Lasershield Systems.
Jennifer Moore has joined HI-WIRE in a newly created position of integrated services manager to focus on client development and services. Moore will be responsible for working with clients from concept through project management and completion, including advising on technology and overseeing job flow. She will work hand-in-hand with HI-WIRE managing producer Tammy Kimbler Weber.
Hema Govindan has been appointed head of marketing & communications for Walt Disney Television International (India), a division of The Walt Disney Company (India) Pvt. Ltd. in Mumbai. She will be responsible for putting in place an integrated marketing communications strategy and driving key research initiatives for Disneys television business in India, including its proposed pay TV channel operations as well as Disney branded programming blocks on mass entertainment channels.
DreamWorks coo Helene Hahn is resigning her post after 10 years with the company, reports VARIETY. She long been considered one of the top female execs and has been a partner with DreamWorks principal Jeffrey Katzenberg for more than 30 years. She will remain coo until a replacement can be found and will act as a consultant for a year following her departure.