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MGM Ousts Sloan as CEO

MGM made a bold move this week to tackle its $37B debt. The struggling lion removed Harry Sloan as CEO and appointed Stephen Cooper. Sloan has worked the past four years to nurture MGM back to life as a major studio player.

Variety reports Cooper, also named Vice Chairman, begins work immediately tackling such issues as the fate of MGM’s library, the James Bond franchise and a pivotal stake in THE HOBBIT movies.

Post Headline News

Post Logic NY announces New Hires

Press Release by Post Logic

New York, NY (August 17, 2009) -- Leading post-production facility Post Logic Studios, a division of Prime Focus Group, announced today two new hires, Kevin Wilson as audio engineer and Mick O'Connor as manager, new business. Both will be based out of Post Logic Studios' New York facility.

Studios Headline News

ICM Signs Comic Book Icon

Comic book legend, Neal Adams, is taking his Continuity Studios to ICM for representation, says today’s HollywoodReporter.

Adams plans to take his creations across all forms of media while he makes the artistic transition to film writing and directing. Adams’ realistically modern imagery has received great acclaim as displayed in the 1960s and 1970s comics “Uncanny X-Men," "Green Lantern and Green Arrow" and "Batman.”

Headline News

Twilight’s Stephenie Meyer Joins the Female Force

TWILIGHT author Stephenie Meyer’s own story will be re-told in the comic book “Female Force,” reports

Bluewater Productions publishes the biographical comic, a popular read celebrating strong women.

Two editions (Standard and Collectable) will hit store shelves before NEW MOON’s November theatrical release. The comic’s assigned writer, Ryan Burton, has hinted that a popular vampire will serve as narrator, but teased nothing more.

Syfy Headline News

Plotkin New SVP at SyFy

Former Warner Bros. TV exec Andrew Plotkin has stepped into the role of SVP of original programming at SyFy, reports VARIETY. He will report to Syfy original programming EVP and Universal Cable Prods. co-head of original content Mark Stern. Plotkin will work closely with Syfy's other SVP Erik Storey.

Plotkin takes the post that Tony Optican vacated to head FremantleMedia North America's scripted programming division.

Production Headline News

Disney, DreamWorks Exec Named to The Box Board

Press Release from The Box Ltd.

LOS ANGELES, July 29, 2009 -- David L. Simon, a highly respected entertainment industry veteran who has held senior level executive positions at DreamWorks Animation, Fox Television Station Group and Disney among others, has been named to the advisory board of The Box Ltd, the Israeli content creation and new media company. The announcement was made today by Yaki Gani, vice president, The Box Ltd.


SDCC 09: Thursday in 3-D!

By Dan Sarto | Friday, July 24, 2009 at 10:29am

The first official day of San Diego Comic-Con 2009 was a doozy for animation and visual effects aficionados, with sneak peeks at the most anticipated 3-D films set to release in the next year. Imagi’s Astro Boy, Disney’s Alice in Wonderland and Tron Legacy, Sony’s Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and the mother of them all, James Cameron’s Avatar all debuted footage in 3-D to rapt audiences.

Creative Headline News

Manic Signs Creative Director Fran Roberts

Press Release from Manic

NYC based visual effects/conceptual design company, Manic has signed Creative Director Fran Roberts as part of its continued growth as a leading creative brand. Fran's reputation and extensive capabilities in graphic design, computer-generated animation, photography and visual effects will provide Manic's clients with a creative visionary disciplined in a concept through production approach to all projects.

Work Headline News

MPC Hiring Squad Attending SIGGRAPH 2009

Press Release from MPC

MPC is to undergo significant expansion in the coming months. Capacity is set to increase in both the Vancouver and London studios to cover exciting projects. With these developments; MPC's recruitment team are on the lookout for talented individuals to work in each of their locations; and will have a booth at SIGGRAPH New Orleans where they will be interviewing for specific roles.

Marvel Headline News

Marvel Welcomes Theo Paphitis to International Advisory Board

Press Release from Marvel Entertainment, Inc.

NEW YORK -- Marvel Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: MVL), a global character-based entertainment and licensing company celebrating the 70th anniversary of its founding in 1939, announced today the addition of Theo Paphitis to the company's International Advisory Board. Comprised of business leaders from key international growth markets, the Advisory Board works with Marvel executives to explore opportunities for expanding the presence of the Marvel brand and key character franchises in international markets.

Headline News

Loesch to Head Hasbro, Discovery Multimedia Venture

Hasbro, Inc. and Discovery Communications announced that children’s entertainment veteran Margaret Loesch has been named President and CEO of the companies’ multi-platform joint venture. The yet-to-be-named network is expected to premiere in Fall 2010 reaching approximately 60 million U.S. households on what is currently Discovery Kids channel. Loesch will assume her new position on August 17th and will be based in Los Angeles.

Universal Headline News

Universal Studios Home Ent. Bolsters Marketing and Publicity Team

Press Release from Universal Studios Home Entertainment

Hilary Hoffman has been named to the newly-expanded position of Executive Vice President, Marketing and Lea Porteneuve has advanced to Senior Vice President, Communications & Publicity for Universal Studios Home Entertainment (USHE). Both promotions were announced today by USHE President Craig Kornblau.

Kids Headline News

Swin Chang Joins E1 As Director of Development For Kids, Animation

Press Release from E1 Entertainment

Toronto / Los Angeles / London -- July 14, 2009 -- E1 Entertainment is pleased to announce the addition of Swin Chang as Director of Development for Kids and Animation at E1 Television. Based out of E1's corporate headquarters in Toronto, Chang reports directly to Frank Saperstein, SVP Kids and Animation in the Los Angeles office.

Effects Headline News

VFX Supervisor Bryan Grill Joins Scanline VFX/Los Angeles

Press Release from Scanline VFX

Los Angeles, California (July 14, 2009) -- Visual Effects Supervisor Bryan Grill has joined international visual effects company Scanline VFX in their Los Angeles studio.

Brickyard Headline News

Cassie Hulen Joins Brickyard VFX as Executive Producer

Press Release from Brickyard VFX

Artist owned-and-operated bi-coastal effects boutique Brickyard VFX announced today that Cassie Hulen has been hired as Executive Producer at the company's Santa Monica shop, teaming up with Head of Production Diana Young Gomez.

"Cassie has an extensive background as an executive producer working with some of the top directors and agencies in the industry," said Steve Michaels, Managing Partner, Brickyard VFX. "We welcome her experience and know she'll make a great addition to the Brickyard team."