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Peter Chernin to Step Down as President, COO of News Corp in June

Peter Chernin, News Corporation's President and Chief Operating Officer and CEO of the Fox Group, will step down when his contract expires on June 30, 2009. The Los Angeles-based Fox businesses will report directly to Chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch upon Chernin's departure.

Chernin will launch a Fox-based production company later this year, among other ventures.

Headline News

The Foundry Hires New Staff

Visual effects software developer The Foundry has appointment of new sales and product management staff to help boost global sales of the company's Nuke VFX compositing and image-processing plug-ins products, and maintain the focus on customer-driven product development.

Joining the company are: Michael Bailey in the role of director of sales, worldwide, who has responsibility for expanding global sales; Schel Kuehnert, who becomes the new director of sales for the Americas and Tom Cowland, who takes on a customer-facing role as plug-ins product manager.

Media Headline News

Big Stage Continues Growth with Executive Team Hire

Big Stage Ent., a media technology company that lets consumers project themselves photo-realistically into the digital realm, has named digital media industry veteran Patrick Barry to the role of vice president, content alliances. In this newly created role, Barry will focus on growing partnerships with media and entertainment companies interested in developing both new digital revenue opportunities and deep consumer engagement.


Oscar Tour Comes to Close at DreamWorks

By Dan Sarto | Sunday, February 22, 2009 at 6:21pm

The Oscar Showcase tour came to an end on Friday with a visit to DreamWorks. The filmmakers were clearly tired from their long week and a half, but their excitement hasn't wavered. Ron invited Academy board member Rick Farmiloe to join us for the day to experience the tour with the filmmakers.


My Day at Disney with the Nominees

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, February 19, 2009 at 9:55am

Academy member Bob Degus talks about his day with the filmmakers of three of the nominated shorts — "Oktapodi," "Lavatory Lovestory," and "La Maison en Petite Cubes" — as they were welcomed into and toured the “birthplace” of American animation – Walt Disney Studios.

Production Headline News

Anita Olan Returns to Imaginary Forces NYC

Design and production studio Imaginary Forces has named Anita Olan to the position of exec producer/general manager of its New York office.

The move is a homecoming for Olan. One of the company's longest-tenured employees, she spent over a decade with IF, both in its Hollywood and New York offices. During this time she worked on every aspect of the company's business, from leading its production department and developing strategy and creative for major network rebranding efforts to producing innovative entertainment content for such clients as Animal Planet and Lexus.


Another Sold Out Year at the Academy

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, February 18, 2009 at 5:41pm

The screening at the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences is always an exciting event for the nominees. Sell out crowds are eager to see the films and are always very receptive. The screening is also a big press event with the nominees juggling interviews and photo ops with news outlets from around the world.

Television Headline News

Rupert Dilnott-Cooper, Helen McAleer Join Rocket Licensing

Independent licensing and brand development company Rocket Licensing has announced the appointment of two media figures as non-exec directors of the company.

Rupert Dilnott-Cooper and Helen McAleer have many years of experience in senior roles in such major entertainment companies as Carlton Communications, Walker Books, Channel 4 and BBC Worldwide.

Company Headline News

New Execs Appointed at Amberwood

Jonathan Wiseman has been promoted to the position of SVP at Amberwood Ent., based in Ottawa. In this position he will be responsible for creative content on all productions as well as continuing to manage all sales and marketing activities for the company.

Craig Young has been appointed VP of production. In this newly-created position, he will have responsibility for all production matters on all projects undertaken by the company.