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.
Eight incumbents have been reelected to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Board of Governors, along with six other filmmakers who will return to the board after a time away.
The sole first-time governor elected is Annette Bening, representing the Actors Branch. All will serve three-year terms.
Returning to the board after a hiatus are Jeffrey Kurland, Art Directors; Martha Coolidge, Directors; Arthur Hamilton, Music; Don Hall, Sound; and Phil Robinson, Writers.
Calon, the Cardiff-based animation company, has brought in award-winning animation graduate Tom Brown to work on its latest project a campaign film for the Equality and Human Rights Commission.
Brown and Calon have been working with the EHRC-funded Croeso campaign on the 40-second film YOUR CHOICE, which tackles bullying, bigotry and prejudice in the schoolyard.
Joe Strike talks to the Pixar artist about cars, Cars and the creation of the robotic couple of the year.
Phoenix Editorial & Designs announced that Julia Sonder-Patchin and Zara Finlay have come on board as senior producer and producer, respectively. Combined, they have more than 30 years experience working in design, visual effects and production. Also joining the company are Associate Producer Lindsay London and Assistant Editor/IT Manager Russ Miller.
Sony Pictures Ent. has promoted Valerie Van Galder and Marc Weinstock to co-presidents of Worldwide Theatrical Marketing, it was announced today by Jeff Blake, chairman of worldwide marketing and distribution for the studio, to whom the two will report.
Van Galder and Weinstock will collectively develop and oversee worldwide marketing campaigns for all films released by Columbia Pictures, Screen Gems and Sony Pictures Animation.
Teletoon Canada has appointed Caroline Soucy to the position of Director Teletoon Interactive. Soucy will lead Teletoon interactive and web development projects and supervise all aspects of the award-winning website teletoon.com, the recent winner of the Promax/BDA Silver Award for Consumer Website.