Scott Jenkins speaks with artist Doug Chiang and Sparx*s Alan Portillo about the epic 3D universe, building momentum under the name Robota.
Front Porch Digital Inc. has named Nikesh Kalra U.S. director of sales and marketing. Kalra brings more than 10 years of experience selling digital media solutions in the media and entertainment sector.
Buena Vista International Television (BVITV) has promoted three members of its London, Munich and Rome-based programming sales teams.
Carsten Fink, based in Munich, has been promoted from director of sales to exec director, sales, German-speaking markets. Carsten Fink joined BVITV in 2000 from United Distributors, where he was an international sales manager. Fink leads German-speaking sales for such territories as Germany, Austria and Switzerland and reports to BVITVs vp of sales, Alison Homewood.
Urs Rohner will remain under contract as ceo of German broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1 until 2006, under the new regime headed by the group's new owner, Haim Saban. Many had speculated that Saban would replace Rohner with a handpicked successor.
Mark Miller has been promoted from exec in charge of production to vp/sr exec in charge of production at Industrial Light & Magic. The 19-year ILM vet will be responsible for overseeing and managing the production department and its staff, as well as take a leading role in ILMs strategic marketing and bidding efforts.
Czech animation is renowned for its rich heritage, even as it continues in crisis. Andrew Osmond interviews two of its leading figures on upholding a proud tradition.
High-tech/entertainment journalist David Bloom has joined Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc. as vp corporate communications. Bloom will help coordinate company-wide publicity and media relations, work on political and technological issues with the MPAA, and assist in all internal and external corporate communications initiatives.
Chris Grace, one of the pioneers of S4C and the founder of the animation industry in Wales, will step down from his full-time post at S4C in the next few months, but will continue to develop and oversee animation projects.
Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution has promoted Cristina Mancini to the newly created position of exec director, marketing, promotion and publicity, responsible for the publicity group within the marketing department reporting to Michael Bessolo, svp of marketing, promotion and publicity.
David Miercort joins Miramax Films in Los Angeles as svp of acquisitions and business affairs. Reporting to both Agnes Mentre, head of Miramaxs acquisition group, and co-president of production, Bob Osher, Miercort will be involved in motion picture acquisitions activities from a business affairs/legal perspective and help facilitate agreements for promotions initiatives.
rhinofx has hired former Industrial Light & Magic visual effects producer Camille Geier (GANGS OF NEW YORK and PUNCH DRUNK LOVE) as its new senior exec producer. Her addition represents rhinofx's plan to secure longform projects while continuing its foothold in TV commercials.
Tribune Entertainment president/ceo Dick Askin was elected Aug. 22, 2003 by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences' board of governors to replace writer/producer Bryce Zabel as chairman. Askin had served as vice chair and ran unopposed. Current second vice chair John Shaffner has moved up from to vice chairman. Newly elected to the post of second vice chair is Karen Miller becomes the second vice chair. Re-elected to second terms are secretary Daniel Birman, treasurer Leo Chaloukian and Los Angeles-area vice chair Mitch Waldow. New terms begin Oct. 1, 2003.
Michelle Guy joins Fox Kids U.K. as press and pr manager, replacing Anna Sargent who left the company in June 2003. Guy is responsible for generating press coverage for Fox Kids channel, online, interactive and consumer products activities in the U.K. and for promoting the Fox Kids brand to U.K. audiences.
USC Animation's Christine Panushka reports that Cal Arts founding director of experimental animation, Jules Engel, is critically ill in a hospital in Los Angeles. Engel was also a co-founder at UPA and Format Films. Panushka reports his condition came on very quickly as a result of a fall. If you'd like to send Jules a message, e-mail messages are preferred. Messages should be sent to: email@example.com and she will read them to him.
or faxes may be sent to:Jules EngelSchool of Film /Video661-252 7824
FilmCore has promoted Tiffany Burchard to editor. For the past five years, she has been an assistant to editor Paul Norling and has worked as an editor for the past four years with Green, FilmCore's boutique for emerging editors.
FilmCore president Steve McCoy said, "Promoting Tiffany to editor is a tribute to her talent. She has an inviting and understated manner and a phenomenal depth of artistry when it comes to bringing a unique point of view to a project."
Todd Miller, has been promoted from md of AXN Asia, to svp of International Networks, Asia, Sony Pictures Television International (SPTI).
Cinesite Hollywood has announced that Daphne Dentz has been promoted to vp, business development from her post as a visual effects producer, which she assumed in August 2000. In her new role, she will focus on developing the companys digital intermediate technology as a creative tool for cinematographers. Dentz will report to Dan Lombardo, president/gm Cinesite Hollywood.
Rick DeMott interviews three agency creative directors to find out how they go about deciding when to use animation as well as what talent for a commercial spot.
Comic-Con veterans Jerry Beck, Kellie-Bea Cooper, Mark Evanier, Fred Patten, Sander Schwartz, David Silverman and Linda Simensky share their take on the annual convention in San Diego.
Creative editorial company Cutting Room and motion graphic design studio r OO M welcome two new members to its team: editor Dean Gonzalez and producer Jon Jacobsen.
Gonzalez joins Cutting Room after a six-year tenure at Avenue Edit. His commercial credits include spots for Chevy, Kawasaki and Sears, and music videos for Zwan, Trail of the Dead and Guster.
In the aftermath of Haim Saban's takeover of ProSiebenSat 1, the German broadcast group is getting a new supervisory board. The board will consist of Saban, his brother Arieh Saban, also a media businessman; Adam Chesnoff, coo of the Saban Capital Group; former head/architect of Fox Kids Europe and Saban Capital director Ynon Kreiz; Wolfgang Hartmann, an exec at Germany's Commerzbank; and Ron Kenan, Sabans music chief and now media consultant.
Universal Studios licensing exec Tim Rothwell is headed over to Marvel Enterprises to be president of its worldwide consumer products group. Rothwell will be overseeing Marvels core licensing and merchandising division, the companys principal source of profit and cash flow. His immediate directives from Marvel ceo Allen Lipson are to develop Marvels international licensing business and strengthen retailer relationships, which Marvel sees as underdeveloped areas with huge growth potential for the company.