Douglas Glen, the chairman and CEO of Hong Kong-based Imagi Intl. Holdings Ltd., has stepped down, according to VARIETY. Imagi is currently searching for a new chairman, while board member William Courtauld will serve as acting CEO. Glen plans to work as a consultant for the following six months. He joined the animation company at the end of 2006. While their he had overseen the troubled ASTRO BOY feature, which had to shut down production in January before Imagi secured additional funding.
Renata and Thomas Haegele topped the event from last year and again the numbers of attendees increased. Again more and internationally renowned speakers came to Stuttgart, again for four days the sunny town became animator’s land And that in those dark and gloomy times of worldwide economic crisis. And I did not discover one unhappy face during all those days.
You know what´s interesting about the fmx?. You stay there in the foyer, in the halls, you have this big accessibility to each and everyone. So I found myself talking to one of the big visual effects designers of this planet.
The fmx may not be as big as SIGGRAPH, but like an American professional stated, it is superbly organized, which makes it a truly wonderful event throughout the world of Visual Effects, Animation, Games and Digital Media.
Cloudy, sometimes rainy. Stuttgart, the capital of the German federal state of Baden Wüerrttemberg is once again for the next four days the global center of animation. The fmx conference opened its gates to the huge crowds of professionals, students, journalists and all enthusiasts.
Press Release from Ascent Media Group
SANTA MONICA, Calif. -- Digital Intermediate (DI) Colorist Scott Gregory, whose credits include such films as TWILIGHT, LAKEVIEW TERRACE, DISTURBIA and THE BUCKET LIST, has joined Ascent Media's Company 3. Gregory will be based out of Company 3's facility on Arizona Avenue in Santa Monica, where he will focus exclusively on DI work for feature films. His first project will be THE MAD COW, an independent feature from directors Jamie Bradshaw and Alexander Doulerain.
Press Release from 9 Story Entertainment
TORONTO, CANADA, April 27, 2009 -- Toronto-based production studio 9 Story Entertainment today announced that children's programming producer Liliana Vogt has been named Vice President, Development for the award-winning animation, production and distribution company.
Press Release from Gamer Doc
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif., April 28 -- Gamer Doc, the retail video game store franchise that delivers a new and interactive customer experience, today announced that Bill Noah has joined the area developer team, where he will direct store development in the city of Raleigh and the surrounding area. Gamer Doc currently has area developers for Northern Virginia, Atlanta, Miami, St. Petersburg and Orlando, Florida, Orange County, California, and in the Toronto and Philadelphia metro areas.
Press Release from Cartoon Network
Chris Waldron has been promoted to the position of vice president, gaming operations for Cartoon Network, it was announced today by Paul Condolora, senior vice president, digital for Turner Broadcasting's Animation, Young Adults & Kids Media group. Waldron is now responsible for overseeing Cartoon Network's game development studio, game production, and overall games strategy for Cartoon Network Digital. Waldron is based in Atlanta and reports directly to Condolora.
Press Release from Cookie Jar Entertainment
Burbank, CA (April 29, 2009) -- Longtime TV executive Tom Mazza has joined Cookie Jar Entertainment as EVP and Head of Worldwide TV. Mazza will run Cookie Jar's new primetime label, THE JAR. He will also manage the company's development and production departments as well as sales and distribution, program acquisition and international co-productions.
Press Release from Marvel Entertainment, Inc.
NEW YORK -- Marvel Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE:MVL) has promoted Alan Fine, 58, to Executive Vice President, Office of the Chief Executive. Mr. Fine joins David Maisel and John Turitzin in this position. Messrs. Maisel, Turitzin and Fine, along with Marvel's Chief Executive Officer, Issac Perlmutter, comprise the Office of the Chief Executive, which oversees all of Marvel's divisions and operations.
Press Release from Stun Creative
Los Angeles, CA, April 27, 2009 -- Mark Feldstein and Brad Roth, co-presidents of Stun Creative, an award-winning agency and production company, have named Jeremy Colfer as Vice President, Branded Content and Development, a new post.
VARIETY reports that Isao Matsuoka, the 52-year vet of Japanese cinema, is set to leave his chairmanship at Toho on May 28th. He will take the title of honorary chairman and will still serve as chairman of the Federation of the Japanese Films Industry.
Press Release from projectiondesign
Fredrikstad, Norway, 22 April 2009 -- Underlining the company's commitment to developing new markets, and to support key existing and new partners in today's challenging economic times, Norway's projectiondesign has promoted Sondre Fauskanger to the new post of Product & Application Manager, Simulation and Visulization and Trond Solvold to Product & Application Manager, 3D and Medical.
Press Release from SEGA Entertainment U.S.A. Inc.
GLENDALE, Calif. -- SEGA Entertainment U.S.A. Inc. (SEUI) today announces the hiring of Cory Haynes as its COO & President. Mr. Haynes will assume his new position on April 22nd, 2009. Mr. Haynes formerly held the position of Vice President of Amusement/Midway Operations for Dave and Buster's Inc, and brings over 26 years of experience in the location-based amusement and gaming industry to SEUI. Mr. Haynes will manage SEUI's operations and drive strategic growth opportunities in North America.
As a graduate of Caltech (specializing in physically-based modeling) and former Pixar animation scientist (building the Slinky Dog model for Toy Story, developing lighting technology and working on other software R&D), Ronen Barzel is tailor-made for chairing this year's SIGGRAPH. The 36th annual show will take place in New Orleans (conference: Aug. 3-7; exhibition: Aug. 4-6) at The Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. Barzel spoke to VFXWorld about what's new this year (including more emphasis on music and audio), the challenges of coping with the economic downturn and what technological advancements are of particular interest.
Press Release from PorchLight Entertainment
Los Angeles -- April 20 -- Rick Eldridge has joined PorchLight Entertainment's Board of Directors, it was announced today by PorchLight's CEO, Bruce Johnson.
"With over 30 years in the entertainment business as a musician, producer, director and entrepreneur, Rick knows how to make projects happen," said Johnson. "PorchLight is moving in new directions and Rick gives us access to new people, places and ideas that can aid in our expansion."
Press Release from Disney Interactive Studios
BURBANK, Calif. -- (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Disney Interactive Studios today announced the appointment of Dan Tudge as vice president and general manager of Propaganda Games, Disney Interactive Studios' development studio in Vancouver, British Columbia. Tudge is tasked with overseeing the operations of the 130-person studio as it continues the development of two unannounced games.
Press Release from Digital Domain
Venice, CA -- April 16, 2009 -- Digital production studio Digital Domain has named veteran Visual Effects Supervisor and technologist Thad Beier to the new position of Head of CG. In this role Beier will oversee production technology and long-term facility planning to ensure that artists across all feature productions can create the highest quality images efficiently and effectively.
VARIETY reports that two London-based Disney Channel EMEA execs have departed the company: Steve Aranguren, VP for global original programming and managing director Michael Cairns.
The departure happened two weeks ago, and is related to Disney's full takeover of Jetix Europe. Bob Ferguson is now set to run the television side in the U.K. and Ireland and act as general manager for the Jetix and Disney Channels. He has more than 20 years of broadcast experience and 13 years running three Jetix channels in the U.K. and the Nordic region.
Press Release from Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
TOKYO, April 15 -- Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCEI) announced today that David Reeves, President, CEO and Co-COO, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE), and Deputy President, Sony Computer Entertainment Inc., will retire from Sony Computer Entertainment Group as of April 30, 2009.
Press Release from Massive Software
Auckland, NZ (April 16, 2009) -- Massive Software, developer of the Academy Award-winning 3D animation software for AI-driven characters, today announced the appointment of Kevin Mannion as VP Product Strategy and Israel Cooper as Director of Finance.