Animax Broadcast Japan, a joint venture between Sony Pictures Ent. Japan and four major Japanese animation studios -- Toei Animation, Sunrise, TMS Ent. and Nihon Ad Systems -- announced that Masato (Mark) Oda has been appointed deputy president and general manager of the Japanese anime channel.
British independent distributor, rights owner and producer of programming for children, Abbey Home Media, has appointed Stephen Moore as a partner and shareholder.
Set up in 1989 by Anne and Ian Miles, Abbey Home Media specializes in distributing programming for preschool franchises. These franchises currently include HORRID HENRY from Novel, SESAME STREET from Sesame Workshop, THE MAGIC ROUNDABOUT from Pathe, SPOT from Penguin and PADDINGTON BEAR and THE WOMBLES from Cookie Jar's FilmFair Catalogue.
IMAX industry veteran Patricia Brandino has joined 3D Entertainment Distribution in the newly created position of VP, Film Sales. Effective September 7, Brandino will be responsible for theatrical sales of the company's current and future film catalogue in North America, including Jean-Michel Cousteau's DOLPHINS AND WHALES 3D released domestically at IMAX 3-D theatres earlier this year. She will report directly to Francois Mantello, the chairman of 3D Entertainment and its distribution unit.
Video game industry veteran Geoff Keighley has been named executive in charge of video game publisher relations for Spike TV. In his new position, Keighley will spearhead the network's year-round video game programming strategy, as well as manage Spike's editorial relationships with game publishers.
Nickelodeon/MTVN Kids and Family Group has named Jane Gould to the position of VP, Consumer Insights. The announcement was made by Ron Geraci, SVP, Research and Planning, Nickelodeon/MTVN Kids and Family Group, to whom Gould will report in New York.
Producer/director/writer Jack Olesker, creator of the MIGHTY MORPHIN' POWER RANGERS television series, has been named President of KEN Creative Studio, the India/U.S. production arm of KEN Group, the Bangalore, India-based multinational conglomerate.
Olesker's immediate task will be to develop a slate of original animated feature films and television series for distribution in the U.S. and internationally, and to be produced jointly in the U.S. and India.
On the occasion of the official Disney tribute to the animation legend who passed away in April, AWN offers remembrances from those who knew and were influenced by him.
Senior Colourist Simon Bourne has joined Framestore's award-winning Telecine team. Bourne took up his TK tools at Noel Street at the beginning of August, working alongside Framestore veterans Dave Ludlam and Steffan Perry.
Smoke & Mirrors New York has added award-winning VFX Supervisor/Flame Artist Nicholas Seresin to its growing roster of talented artists. Most recently, Seresin was a vfx supervisor/Flame and Inferno artist at London-based The Moving Picture Company. Prior to MPC, Seresin operated the flame for film, TV and commercials projects at The Mill.
Steve Anker, dean of the School of Film/Video at California Institute of the Arts announced that Laura Heit will join Paul Vester as a co-director of the Experimental Animation Program.
Commercial visual effects and finishing boutique Sea Level VFX has announced a slate of key new hires, including Executive Producer Steve Reiss and VFX Artists/Supervisors Christopher Noellert and Glen Bennett.
The Jim Henson Company has appointed children's television industry veteran Sam Ewing to handle the international sales of its newest property SID THE SCIENCE KID.
In his new position, Ewing will be responsible for overseeing the international sales effort of the acclaimed 3D animated pre-school series, SID THE SCIENCE KID, debuting in the U.S. on September 1, as part of the popular PBS KIDS preschool destination, the hosted two-hour morning block and online destination at pbskids.org.
Technicolor, the Services division of Thomson has hired Rick Mischel as Technicolor Content Services' Exec VP, Animation & Interactive Services.
Videogame developer and publisher Ignition Ent. has added two executives to its U.S. team -- Susan Hale as Executive Director of Public Relations and Melody Khanbeigi as Product Marketing Manager.
Hale comes to Ignition with more than 25 years of public relations expertise with posts at Disney, Universal and Tokyopop. Khanbeigi's background includes roles at THQ, Disney and Experian.
Erstwhile Animation Pimp Chris Robinson talks to Nina Paley and Bill Plympton about their new movies.
Yoav Segal, one of the U.K.'s brightest new directors and his producer, former Head of TV at Grey Advertising, Amanda Lowit, have joined th1ng.
Segal is best known for his most recent short film THE BATTLE OF CABLE STREET, an award-winning mixed media narrative about the British fight against fascism seen through the eyes of a young Jewish boy. In the film he uses cinematic live action, rotoscoping and frame-by-frame painted animation to transport the characters into the boy's sketchbook.
The co-creator of the hit Nickelodeon show chats with Andrew Farago about punk rock, CalArts, Mexican folklore, and his role as "the Diego Rivera of animation."
Corus Entertainment has a number of changes to senior management positions.
Effective September 2, 2008, John Cassaday will assume, in addition to his current role as President and CEO, operating responsibility for Corus Radio on an interim basis. This reporting structure change follows the July 16 announcement that John Hayes will step down as President, Corus Radio effective August 31, 2008.
Tom McLean talks to noted vfx supervisors Eric Brevig, Dean Wright, Stefen Fangmeier, Colin Strause and Rpin Suwannath to find out how they made the leap to directing features.
Cuppa Coffee Studios is welcoming series producer Christine Davis back to the fold. Davis returns to the Toronto-based studio after a brief hiatus and will be producing a second season of Cuppa Coffee's award-winning series RICK & STEVE: THE HAPPIEST GAY COUPLE IN ALL THE WORLD for MTV sister channel LOGO.
VFX software provider GenArts has hired former Massive, Inc. COO and Co-Founder Katherine Hays as the new CEO.
Hays helped found and establish Massive, which was acquired by Microsoft in 2006, as one of the industry's first and most innovative dynamic in-game advertising companies. As CEO, Hays will play a critical role in strengthening GenArts' technological leadership position, expanding its share of the high-growth video content creation market and providing digital artists with the solutions they need to reach audiences with even higher quality aesthetic content.
From Bakshi and Disney to Riddick and beyond, the cutting-edge animator continues to do things his own way.
Prime Focus Group and Frantic Films announced that Michael L. Fink has been appointed President, Visual Effects Worldwide and will be operating out of the Frantic Films VFX facility located in Hollywood, California.
In his new role, Fink will be serving as Senior VFX Supervisor for projects awarded to Frantic Films VFX, and will be overseeing the integration of visual effects production for all of the Prime Focus Group VFX facilities across North America, India and the U.K., including London-based vfx facility Machine.
In response to a vfx-heavy forecast of commercial spots coming down the pipeline, Topix recently expanded their vfx capabilities by adding the creative and technical talents of two veteran artists: VFX Supervisor and Flame Artist Rob Del Ciancio and Digital Matte Artist and Designer Andrew Nguyen.
Del Ciancio comes from Topix's feature film sister company, Mr. X, Inc., while Nguyen has worked as a matte painter and compositor at Rocket Science and Mr. X over the past few years.