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New Research VP At Turner's Animation Group

Veteran research strategist Lanie Richberger has been named VP of research for Turner Broadcasting System's Animation, Young Adults and Kids Media (AYAKM) group, it was announced Monday by Jon Marks, SVP of Turner Research. In this capacity, Richberger will be responsible for managing all aspects of research, including organizing, analyzing and reporting on audience ratings, delivery, and user information supporting the cable television networks Cartoon Network, Adult Swim and Boomerang, along with their online businesses and digital enterprises.

Advertising Headline News

Activision Gets New Chief Creative Officer

Activision Publishing has appointed Brad Jakeman as Chief Creative Officer, expected to join the company in early November 2008.

In this newly-created position, Jakeman will be responsible for leading global advertising, media, marketing and consumer research for all of Activision Publishing's franchises. Jakeman will report to Mike Griffith, President and CEO of Activision Publishing, Inc.

Studios Headline News

Industry Veterans Headline Platinum Studios Advisory Board

Platinum Studios, Inc., an entertainment company that controls an international library of more than 5,600 comic book characters which it adapts, produces and licenses for all forms of media, announced that it is creating an Advisory Board. The Advisory Board is being formed to help further the company's pursuits of home video and theatrical distribution, marketing, and developing content for new media.

Production Headline News

Rainmaker Adds Development, Technology And Recruiting Executives

Rainmaker Ent. has promoted animation producer Jennifer Twiner-McCarron to Vice President of Production, Rainmaker Ent. Twiner-McCarron has been producer or exec producer on most of Rainmaker's films for the past eight years.

Warren Franklin, CEO of Rainmaker Ent. also announced that Kimberly Dennison has joined Rainmaker as Director of Development and Barbara Dawson has returned to the company as Director of Talent Relations and Recruiting, both newly-created positions. Tony Pelle has been promoted to Director of Technology, also a newly created post.

Headline News

Rod Humble Promoted to Exec VP, Head of The Sims at EA

Electronic Arts has promoted Rod Humble to Exec VP and Head of The Sims Label of EA. In this role, Humble will be responsible for The Sims Label, which develops and markets life-simulation games and online communities with an emphasis on creativity, community and humor. THE SIMS is the best-selling PC franchise of all time.

Former The Sims leader Nancy Smith will manage special projects for The Sims Label until she begins a new executive role at EA, to be defined over the coming months.

Headline News

Mark Eyers Promoted To VP of Content, Turner Ent. Networks Asia

Turner Entertainment Networks Asia has promoted Mark Eyers to the new position of Vice President for Content. In his new role, Eyers will oversee all aspects of TENA's content business, including scheduling, acquisitions, programming operations, presentation, original production & development and new brands/business initiatives.

Licensing Headline News

Marvel Promotes Simon Philips To Head of Consumer Products

Marvel Ent. has promoted Simon Philips to President, Worldwide Consumer Products. Philips, who was previously President, Marvel International, will also remain in the role as Marvel's Head of Worldwide Animation.

Idea Headline News

Big Idea Appoints Mike Nawrocki Head of Creative And Development

Big Idea, Inc., an Entertainment Rights group company, has appointed VEGGIETALES co-creator, Mike Nawrocki, to VP Development. In this newly created position, Nawrocki will oversee all creative and production at the Big Idea studio, including the popular VEGGIETALES and 3-2-1 PENGUINS! series.

Visual Headline News

CafeFX Appoints Joni Jacobson Exec Producer

Visual effects facility CafeFX has named respected industry veteran Joni Jacobson Executive Producer and Head of Business Development. Jacobson will oversee the company's Los Angeles production operation at the spacious facility it shares with sister company, commercial and design studio The Syndicate.

Series Headline News

LAIKA Hires New Commercial Director

LAIKA/house President/EP Lourri Hammack has welcomed director Nicholas Weigel to the expanding director roster for the commercial studio.

"Nicholas brings a unique voice and wonderfully off-kilter vision to the studio. He is currently applying his skewed funny bone to a live action/animation campaign, which rolls out in November. He is a great addition to our talented group of directors and also gives us greater depth in original content creation," said Hammack.

Headline News

Broadway Video Hires Editor/VFX Artist Mark Repasky

Editor, compositor and vfx artist Mark Repasky has joined the creative staff at Broadway Video. Repasky, who arrives from the Creative Group, New York City, brings sterling credits in short-form media including work for Showtime, Time-Warner, VH1, CBS and Matrix.

Production Headline News

W!LDBRAIN Promotes Amy Capen

W!LDBRAIN Animation Studios has promoted Amy Capen to Head of Commercial and New Media Production. In her new position, Capen is charged with developing new business, recruiting creative and production talent as well as overseeing commercial and short form production. Capen will report to Marge Dean, General Manager, W!LDBRAIN Animation Studios.

Games Headline News

Nickelodeon Games Appoints Management Positions

The Nickelodeon Kids and Family Games Group, recently formed to provide its audiences with innovative gaming experiences, made several new key management appointments. David Bergantino has been named VP of Premium Games Production; Shaan Kandawalla, VP of Retail and Licensed Games; and Pete Banks, VP of Engineering. The announcements were made by Dave Williams, SVP and GM, Nickelodeon Kids and Family Games Group, to whom the team will continue to report.

Production Headline News

New GMs For Disney, Pixar Animation Studios

Disney animation exec Andrew Millstein has been named general manager for Walt Disney Animation Studios, and industry effects production veteran Jim Morris will take on a parallel role as general manager for Pixar Animation Studios

Both executives will be responsible for guiding overall operations of their respective studios, and will continue to oversee all aspects of production related to animated features, short films and special animated projects. They will report directly to Ed Catmull, president of Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios.

Visual Headline News

LAIKA/house Appoints New Visual Effects Supervisor

LAIKA/house President/Executive Producer Lourri Hammack has hired Ben Fischler as Visual Effects Supervisor for LAIKA/house.

In his new position, Fischler will drive the look and push the visual quality of projects within the LAIKA/house CG Department.

Fischler joined LAIKA/house after leaving DreamWorks Animation, where he worked as a Production Lighter on projects including: MADAGASCAR, MADAGASCAR 2: ESCAPE 2 AFRICA, BEE MOVIE, SHREK 2, SHREK THE THIRD, and OVER THE HEDGE.

Licensing Headline News

BabyTV Hires Exec To Head L&M

Baby Networks have expanded their London-based executive team by hiring Ralf Kies as Director, Licensing & Merchandising. In this role Kies will be overseeing the off-air strategic commercial development of the BabyTV brand across home entertainment, licensing and merchandising, FMCG promotions and retail partnerships on a worldwide basis.

Additionally Kies responsibilities include developing broadcast partnerships for Baby Networks Ltd. portfolio of audiovisual content through syndication of programming to international TV channels.

Blogs

Totoro Forest Project Gallery

By Dan Sarto | Monday, September 8, 2008 at 10:27pm

Word coming from the Bay Area is that the Totoro Forest Project auction at Pixar was a stellar success. The world's top film animators, comic book artists and illustrators came together after creating original works of art inspired by the iconic animated film My Neighbor Totoro for an auction to benefit the Totoro No Furusato (Totoro's Homeland) National Fund

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