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Tromel New TV-Loonland Head of Development

Damien Tromel joins TV-Loonland as its new head of creative affairs and development, based out of the company's Paris office. Tromel will be responsible for sourcing new projects, finding new talent and supervising all editorial matters regarding the development and production of all projects produced and co-produced by TV-Loonland.

Entertainment Headline News

Dugan New Head of Entertainment Rights North America

Entertainment Rights Plc. announced the appointment of Deborah Dugan to the position of ceo/president of Entertainment Rights North America. Dugan will report directly to Mike Heap, ceo, Entertainment Rights Plc,. She will be based at the company's U.S. headquarters in New York.

Production Headline News

Saperstein Joins Blueprint Ent. To Head New Blueprint Kids

Blueprint Ent., a leading creator, producer and financier of filmed entertainment based in Canada, announced today (May 10, 2007), the formation of Blueprint Kids, a new business unit dedicated to the development, production and rights management of family and children's programming. Industry veteran Frank Saperstein will head the new venture, as svp, animation and children's programming.

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Cookie Jar's Snyder New VP, Original Movies, Disney Channel

Fonda Snyder has been named vp original movies responsible for supervising the development of all Disney Channel Original Movies.

She was Cookie Jar Ent.'s svp of creative development and U.S. sales, where oversaw the development of more than 50 properties for multiple platforms, selling preschool, comedy and boys action animated series to networks, including Disney Channel (for Playhouse Disney), Kids' WB! and Cartoon Network.

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Portfolio Ent. Ups Rutherford to Director of Sales & Acquisitions

Portfolio Ent. has upped Jon Rutherford to director of sales and acquisitions, additionally responsible for sales in Europe, Latin America, the U.S. and Canada, as well as acquisitions for worldwide distribution.

"Jon is unstoppable," said Joy Rosen, founder/president, Portfolio Ent. "He has done a tremendous job cultivating new international relationships while conscientiously maintaining existing relationships with broadcasters and production companies."

Animation Headline News

Snyder to Lead Turner's Animation, Young Adults & Kids Media Division

Stuart Snyder will take the reigns of Turner Broadcasting System's newly aligned portfolio of cable networks, digital properties and entertainment businesses for kids and young adults.

Education Headline News

Cookie Jar Education Ups Posacki & Purcell

Cookie Jar Education Inc., a leading publisher of educational materials and teaching aids, has promoted Roger Posacki to coo, while Tom Purcell comes on board as svp, finance.

Based in Greensboro, North Carolina, Cookie Jar Education is the educational arm of The Cookie Jar Group, owner of Carson-Dellosa Publishing and HighReach Learning.

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Grossmann New Publicity Director for Taffy Ent.

Marc Grossmann is onboard Taffy Ent. as director of public relations, responsible for overseeing worldwide publicity, advertising and special events for Taffy Ent., in addition to similar responsibilities with other MoonScoop Group partners Mike Young Prods., MoonScoop Prods., Kabillion, Queen Bee and more.

He reports to Cynthia Money, president, Taffy Ent. worldwide consumer products and marketing.

Creative Headline News

Hawley Joins 808inc. as Design Director

Chris Hawley has joined award-winning creative and production studio 808inc as design director.

Prior to joining 808inc., Hawley led the creative team at A.D. Vision, the number one multimedia producer and distributor of anime content in the U.S. He was responsible for hiring and managing a team of 12 designers and assisted in the early stages of hiring, training and development of a manga design team.

Film Headline News

Animal Logic Gains Joy As Head of Film VFX Production

Animal Logic has announced that Karin Joy has joined the company as head of film vfx production, where she will be responsible for overseeing the production of feature film VFX projects. She started her career at Boss Film Studios as a coordinator on SPECIES, WATERWORLD, DROP ZONE, THE SPECIALIST and TRUE LIES before becoming visual effects producer on MULTIPLICITY and AIR FORCE ONE. She then served as head of bidding at Cinesite, where some of her credits included X-MEN, THIRTEEN DAYS, PRACTICAL MAGIC and ARMAGEDDON.

Television Headline News

SPTI Ups Lerner to SVP, Development & Current Programs

Sony Pictures Television International (SPTI) has upped Jeffrey Lerner to svp, development and current programs. Based at SPTIs headquarters in Culver City, California, Lerner oversees the development and production of projects in multiple genres, including, situation comedies, soap operas, talk shows, crime dramas and reality shows. His responsibilities extend from the U.S. to other countries throughout the world, including the U.K., Russia, Spain, Latin America and Poland.

Sega Headline News

Berman Returns to TMS Post

Andrew Berman, a 20-year veteran of the entertainment industry has returned to TMS Ent. as evp/gm of TMS Ent. USA Inc. TMS Ent. Ltd. (TMS), is an affiliate of videogame giant SEGA Corp. in Japan and is one of the largest and most prolific anime producers and distributors in the world today.

Berman oversees the North American operations for TMS. His responsibilities include sales and marketing of an expansive animation library, as well as further expanding the existing business of TMS and SEGA Corp. relating to entertainment programming.

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Hardwick New Porchlight Ent. VP Marketing & Promotions

Continuing to accelerate its worldwide marketing and branding objectives across its multiple divisions, Donna Hardwick has joined PorchLight Ent. in the newly created post of vp, marketing and promotions. Hardwick is responsible for the marketing and branding strategies on a multileveled corporate, divisional and product platform, including the company's major children's brands, JAY JAY THE JET PLANE, TUTENSTEIN and ANIMALIA, scheduled to debut on public television next year.

Television Headline News

Magnuson Tops New Warner Bros. Television Group Publicity Deck

The Warner Bros. Television Group is creating a new communications structure within its Warner Bros. Worldwide Television Marketing unit and has promoted Sharan Magnuson to the newly created position of svp, worldwide publicity. Magnuson will oversee business and trade communications for WBTVG's five production divisions -- Warner Bros. Television, Warner Horizon Television, Telepictures Productions, Warner Bros. Animation and Studio 2.0 -- as well as entertainment consumer publicity for the content they create.

Production Headline News

Entity FX Appoints Tricia Pifer to Head Production

Entity FX has named Tricia Pifer to the newly formed position of head of production. Pifer's industry experience spans more than a decade working with entertainment companies such as Jim Henson Prods. and ABC. She joined Entity FX in 2004.

"Tricia plays an important role day to day at Entity FX," stated Kymber Lim, exec producer, Entity FX. "Her detailed knowledge of scheduling, staffing and coordination ensures that our projects deliver smoothly, efficiently and on time. She is in tune with the artists, and she keeps things fun."

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Imagi Expands U.S. Creative Team

DreamWorks and Disney animation vets have joined the rapidly expanding U.S. creative team at Imagi Studios.

The appointments, which come on the eve of the worldwide release of Imagi Studios first major motion picture, TMNT, further enhance the position of the Hong Kong-headquartered company as a major global animation studio.

International Headline News

J.D. Beaufils New PorchLight International Sales VP

J. D. Beaufils joins PorchLight Ent. as vp, international sales. Based in Los Angeles, he will work closely with Adam Wright, PorchLight's svp, international sales. His territories include key European and Asian territories.

"J.D. 's extensive experience in contracts and sales throughout the international marketplace makes him the right addition to the PorchLight sales team as we continue to grow its acquisition and distribution venues," Wright said.

Marvel Headline News

Marvel Shuffles Exec Deck

Mort Handel, chairman, Marvel Ent., announced that David Maisel has been named chairman, Marvel Studios and Kevin Feige has been named president of production.

Maisel joined Marvel in Dec. 2003. He was responsible for the conception and execution of the company's new film production initiative, including the establishment of the $525 million non-recourse loan facility to finance that strategy.