Marvel Ent. has appointed Ira Rubenstein to the position of Executive Vice President of Marvel's newly launched Global Digital Media Group. In this newly created position, Rubenstein will oversee Marvel's digital distribution strategy across all media and platforms. Rubenstein will relocate to Marvel's New York headquarters and report to John Turitzin, Executive Vice President, Office of the Chief Executive.
Image Metrics, the leading developer of performance-driven CG facial animation in video games and film, announced it has appointed Michael Starkenburg to the position of Chief Operating Officer.
Starkenburg, who has served as a consultant to Image Metrics for the past year, will provide leadership for all operations of the company in the U.S. and U.K.
Chuck Huebner, president and CEO, Big Stage, announced an addition to the company's executive ranks with industry vet Jonas Gray as SVP of marketing.
Gray, who has spent nearly 20 years creating synergies between brands and consumers, will help identify and implement strategic marketing partnerships for Big Stage, and drive overall branding, product marketing, and communications efforts on behalf of the company.
In a move designed to further strengthen the company's presence in the animation and home entertainment markets, Marvel Entertainment has promoted Eric Rollman to President, Marvel Animation.
In his new role, Rollman -- who was most recently Executive Vice President, Home Entertainment & TV Production for Marvel Studios -- will oversee Marvel's animation slate, as well as partnerships with key broadcasters and home entertainment studios. Rollman will report directly to Simon Philips, President of Marvel Entertainment International.
Director Rob Minkoff and Senior VFX Supervisor Ron Simonson tell Thomas J. McLean what's behind The Forbidden Kingdom.
Jeff Blake has signed a long-term contract with Sony Pictures in which the respected industry veteran will continue to serve as chairman of worldwide marketing and distribution for the Columbia TriStar Motion Picture Group through 2012.
In addition to his role overseeing the studio's worldwide marketing and distribution division, Blake continues to serve as vice chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment.
Jetix Europe today announced that Daniel Wineman has been appointed to the newly created position of Director of Original Series and Co-productions. He will join Jetix Europe in April 2008 and will report to Marc Buhaj, Senior Vice President of Programming for Jetix Europe.
Wineman will be in charge of all creative aspects of Jetix Europe's original series and co-productions. He and his team will ensure that Jetix's vision and brand consistency are carried throughout the development and production process.
Peter Plantec previews the speakers, presentations and parties that will make fmx/08 the most fun media conference of the year.
Gary Bonilla has been hired to the new position of SVP of Creative Strategy for Nickelodeon/MTVN Kids and Family Group.
The announcement was made by Leigh Anne Brodsky, President of Nickelodeon and Viacom Consumer Products; and Russell Hicks, Executive Vice President and Executive Creative Director, Nickelodeon/MTVN Kids and Family Group, both to whom Bonilla will report.
VARIETY reports that Time Warner is cutting 450 jobs from New Line, which was widely expected since February.
The cuts, announced Monday afternoon, leaves New Line with about 40 to 50 employees. A Time Warner spokesman told VARIETY about 40 New Line employees will be offered jobs within Warner Bros.
Dismissal notifications began Monday and will continue Tuesday.
Bill Desowitz chats with Jeff Barnes, co-founder of The ComputerCafe Group and the new chairman of the VES, about the state of VFX and the Society's new direction.
Visual effects producer Joe Gareri has joined Sony Pictures Imageworks' production management team, it was announced today by Tim Sarnoff, president of Sony Pictures Imageworks.
For his first assignment, Gareri will be in Chennai to manage and supervise the staffing and project work flow of Imageworks India's visual effects work to and from Sony Pictures Imageworks facilities throughout the United States. Gareri will report to Jenny Fulle, executive vice president of production at Imageworks and co-managing director of Imageworks India.
Audrey Brown chats with the veteran voice actor about Star Wars, haunted mansions, and all things Disney.
Nickelodeon has named John Paul Geurts to the new role of Vice President and Creative Director, Nickelodeon Recreation.
In this role, Geurts will be responsible for overseeing all creative and design development for Nickelodeon's Recreation business segments, including: hotels; theme parks; cruises; and live entertainment.
He will also continue to oversee Nickelodeon Recreation's Design Studio based in Orlando, Florida. The announcement was made by Howard Smith, Executive Vice President, Nickelodeon Recreation, to whom Geurts will continue to report.
Nickelodeon has promoted Mark Taylor to Senior Vice President and General Manager, Nickelodeon Animation Studio.
He will be responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of Nickelodeon's Burbank Animation Studio, the largest producer of television animation in the U.S.
He will report to Brown Johnson, President, Animation and Alison Dexter, Executive Vice President, Production, Nickelodeon and MTVN Kids and Family Group.
ITV today announced that Gerry Donohoe, Managing Director of Granada Ventures, part of ITV Worldwide, is to leave the company.
Donohoe has been with ITV for more than 17 years and during his tenure at Granada Ventures he was responsible for managing the success of the Thunderbirds licensing initiative and has brought a diverse range of top names and brands to Granada Ventures including LITTLE BRITAIN, CATHERINE TATE, THE ROYLE FAMILY, AL MURRAY and the BBC's NUMBERJACKS.
Darrell Rodriguez has been named president of LucasArts, the videogame division of Lucasfilm Ltd., it was announced today by Lucasfilm President Micheline Chau.
He replaces Jim Ward, who stepped down in February.
"Darrell is the ideal person to run LucasArts," Chau said. "Having worked at both Electronic Arts and Disney Imagineering he brings the perfect blend of production, operational, and creative expertise. For a games company such as LucasArts with its roots in film, this is an electric combination."
Jason Brenek, who most recently served as the studios' vice president of Distribution Strategy, has been promoted to the newly created position of senior vice president, Worldwide Digital Cinema and Cinema Programming, it was announced today by Mark Zoradi, president, Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Group.
Rick Sands, Chief Operating Officer of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios since January 2006, today announced his departure from the studio in order to pursue other opportunities in entertainment and content.
In line with the roadmap set forth by Harry E. Sloan, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of MGM, Sands accomplished several key strategic goals for the studio. Sands' contributions included the revitalization of a full service theatrical marketing and distribution infrastructure that allowed for the North American release of the studio's films.
Michael Bostick has been named Co-CEO of Walden Media; Anschutz Film Group CEO David Weil announced.
Bostick, who until now has served as head of Tom Shadyac's Shady Acres Entertainment, will share CEO responsibilities with Walden Media's Cary Granat.
Bostick, who joins on April 16, will be responsible for the acquisition and development of all future Walden Media and Bristol Bay films, other than the company's current franchise, THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA, and a few other specific projects that Granat will oversee.
New York-based editorial and VFX/motion design company Version2 welcomed the addition of Art Director/VFX Designer Niklaus Schlumpf.
Schlumpf is a visual artist and designer with many skills and an eclectic background in film production and drawing that has allowed him to produce a vast variety of inspiring and original work. H is a savvy Visual FX designer and flame artist and his acute sense of design and animation has benefited countless artistic and experimental endeavors.
New York-based design and production studio Click 3X has just expanded their roster with three producers and two designers as part of their dedication to providing the bandwidth and resources to deliver visual solutions for commercials, feature films, television, music videos and broadcast clients.
Their combined experience and talent will heighten the company's capabilities as a full-service provider of innovative, interactive visual solutions.
Key additions include:
--Jared Yeater: Producer--Emily Gleicher: Producer
Electronic Arts today announced that Chief Financial Officer Warren Jenson will be leaving the company.
Jenson has served as EA's CFO since 2002 and will stay with the company to assist with its fiscal year-end close and financial reporting process. He has also agreed to help transition his successor into the role.
Brand New School, the bicoastal directing collective, announced the company signed Vadim Turchin as CG Supervisor for the New York office.
"I consider this to be a very significant and strategic hire for the company," says Executive Producer Danny Rosenbloom, Brand New School. "I have long admired and respected Vadim, and I can already see our CG department responding to the maturity, creativity and leadership he brings with him."