Cable marketing veteran Joanna Lisanti has been named VP of Marketing for kids TV and online entertainment service qubo. In this role, Lisanti will oversee all aspects of ad sales, affiliate and consumer marketing, and will help build awareness of qubo's on-air and online program offerings that promote literacy, positive values and the possibilities of a child's imagination.
With EM.Entertainment on the auction block, the company's managing director Susanne Schosser has left the company. Parent EM.Sport Media has been trying to sell the children's entertainment company and on Wednesday cut its asking price from 90 million Euros to 59 million.
EM.Entertainment's net profit dropped to $880,000 over the first nine months of 2007, having made $4.5 million in the same time frame the previous year.
Schosser was head of programming for Super RTL before coming to EM.TV in 2005.
Adina Pitt has been named vice president, content acquisitions and co-productions for Cartoon Network and Boomerang, it was announced today. In her new role, Pitt will be responsible for identifying, negotiating and acquiring pre-produced series, specials, movies and short-form product that fit the Cartoon Network and Boomerang brands for exposure on all platforms. She'll continue to oversee those programs once they have been acquired and positioned at each of the networks.
Stephen Moore, Aardman Animations' head of features/COO, has ankled his post now that his two-year contract is up, according to THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER. Aardman co-founder David Sproxton will take over Moore's role in the company.
The former 20th Century Fox president of international was hired in January 2006 to help conclude Aardman's distribution deal with DreamWorks and secure a new agreement. In April 2007, Moore sealed an exclusive three-year, first-look deal with Sony Pictures.
Moore will move on to work on several projects he has in development.
Phoenix Editorial & Designs has recruited motion graphics and visual effects artist Phil Spitler. The 15-year industry vet has worked with major ad agencies and prestigious clients in both the US and in his native England, where he was a founding partner of leading motion graphics studio Keyframe.
Cookie Jar Ent. has appointed Kirsten Hurd sales executive, it was announced today by Jean-Michel Ciszewski, SVP Head of International Sales and Co-Productions. Based in Cookie Jar's Toronto's headquarters, Hurd will be responsible for library and new programming sales.
In a move designed to drive the company through its next phase of growth and consolidation, Spanish animation company Zinkia has appointed Fernando de Miguel CEO.
De Miguel brings a wealth of corporate finance and business development expertise to the company, having worked over the last 15 years with a gamut of prestigious new technology, media and audiovisual companies.
Aniboom (www.aniboom.com) announced that it has appointed four key senior executives to its advisory board whose leadership spans television, new media and mobile industries.
The advisors include: Barbara Corday, a top American television executive; Peter Hirshberg, Chairman/CMO of Technorati and leading new media and technology entrepreneur and marketing innovator; John Mass, EVP/Head of Business Development and New Ventures for William Morris Agency; and Mauro Del Rio, founder and chairman of Buongiorno S.p.A., a leading global mobile entertainment company.
U.K.-based The Licensing Company (TLC) and Biplano, licensing and promotional marketing company for Southern Europe, have appointed Gemma Woodward as DreamWork Animation's European Brand Manager working within its Entertainment division. Previously employed at Dorling Kindersley Ltd, Sharpcards Ltd and Entertainment Rights PLC, Woodward will apply her expertise to meet the needs of DreamWorks and TLC UK, France and Germany and Biplano in Spain, to ensure a smooth and successful working relationship.
Curious Pictures has announced two changes to the studio's directorial roster, both of which reflect changes in directorial teams.
Chuck Dages, who oversees Emerging Technology for Warner Bros., has been shifted from Technical Operations to Warner Bros. Home Ent. Group. He retains the title of EVP and continues to have oversight of Motion Picture Imaging (the studio's postproduction facility for film mastering, restoration and digital imaging for movies and television) and the Advanced Media Editorial department (which prepares feature films for distribution on airlines, cable networks and broadcast television).
Pacific Title & Art Studio has drafted Crystal Dowd to lead the expansion of its burgeoning Visual Effects division. As exec producer of Visual Effects, Dowd will oversee all aspects of Pacific Title's vfx services from concept through delivery.
Disney Interactive Studios today announced the addition of Jean-Marcel Nicolai to its executive team as SVP, global production. He will oversee Disney's worldwide video game production, including the company's five internal development studios, externally developed projects and future studio expansion. Nicolai will be based at headquarters in Glendale, Calif., reporting to Graham Hopper, exec VP and general manager.
Canadian-based production and animation studio 9 Story Ent. heads into 2008 with the addition of two new senior executives. Jill Fraser has been named VP, Business Affairs and Krista Barron, Manager Production Finance. The two will report directly to Steve Jarosz, VP and COO, 9 Story Ent.
As VP, Business Affairs, Fraser will be responsible for legal and business affairs matters for all areas of 9 Story's operations. Barron will be responsible for administration and certifications relating to tax credits, film agency and other domestic funding on all 9 Story productions.
Leading kids and family entertainment producer DECODE Ent., a subsidiary of DHX Media, has promoted senior executive Janice Walker to VP of Animation Production from her previous role of producer.
In her new positon, Walker will be charged with overseeing production on all animated series at DECODE and will report to Beth Stevenson, Exec VP, Production and Development.
Dave Howe, erstwhile General Manager of SCI FI Channel, has been appointed president of the network, it was announced today. Howe will oversee Original Development, Programming and Marketing, Global Brand Strategy and Market Development, Strategic Planning, SCI FI Digital (SCIFI.COM, SCI FI Pulse, DVICE.com), SCI FI MAGAZINE, Media Relations and SCI FI's recently launched public affairs initiative, Visions for Tomorrow.
Mark Lazarus has vacated the position of president of the Turner Ent. Group, reports VARIETY. Three high-ranking Turner execs -- Steve Koonin, Stuart Snyder and David Levy -- will assume new duties in the new corporate structure. The three, who previously reported to Lazarus, will now report to Phil Kent, Turner Broadcasting chairman and CEO.
Marketing executive Sue Kroll has been named to the newly created position of President, Worldwide Marketing, Warner Bros. Pictures, it was announced today.
Motion Theory has hired Angie Jones as animation supervisor. With more than 14 years of experience in creature and character animation for blockbuster films, TV, commercials and videogames, Jones is charged with strengthening the studio's animation department, pushing the ideals of how computer animated characters look and move and overseeing animation teams for all 3D and 2D project work.
The Visual Effects Society (VES) has chosen a new board of directors for 2008, with Jeff Barnes, co-founder and CEO of ComputerCafe Group, as chair. Barnes replaces the previous chair, Jeff Okun, who has reached his term limit.
Industry trade group Cartoon Italia has announced the appointment of Francesco Manfio, General Manager of Gruppo Alcuni, as its new president. Manfio was elected unanimously by the members of the executive board during the association's recent assembly.
Decode Ent.'s longtime head of distribution Dominique Bazay is leaving the company to join Astral Media's Quebec-based kids channel Vrak.TV as VP of programming, reports C21 MEDIA.
Decode partner Neil Court was philosophical about the loss. "If you have to lose an employee, it makes it a little easier if they are going to a broadcaster. We're losing an incredible executive, but we're gaining a client," he said.
Decode's international sales team will take over for Bazay in the short term, with a new appointment likely soon.
Veteran brand marketing and promotion executive Brenda Freeman has been named to the newly created position of chief marketing officer for Turner Animation, Young Adults & Kids Media. In her new role, Freeman will provide overall vision and leadership to all areas of marketing, on-air and trade creative services that support the cable television networks Cartoon Network, Adult Swim and Boomerang, along with their online businesses, and the digital enterprises GameTap and Super Deluxe.
Richard Kerris has left Apple to become the new CTO of Lucasfilm, filling the post vacated by Cliff Plumer, who's now with Digital Domain.
As CTO, Kerris will oversee the technical operations and help develop and execute the company's technology strategy for Industrial Light & Magic, Skywalker Sound, LucasArts, Lucasfilm Animation, Lucasfilm Animation Singapore and Lucas Online.