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Promotion for Gareton At Warner Bros.

Marc Gareton has been promoted to Executive Vice President, International, Warner Bros. Digital Distribution, it was announced Monday.

Gareton will report directly to Thomas Gewecke, President, Warner Bros. Digital Distribution.

As Executive Vice President, International, Gareton will continue his oversight of the studio's digital strategy, partnerships in digital services and emerging business activities outside of the US.

Headline News

NewTek Appoints Silber to Senior VP Of Worldwide Sales

NewTek, Inc., manufacturer of industry-leading video and 3D animation products, announced Monday the appointment of Charles Silber to the position of Senior VP, Worldwide Sales.

Most recently the VP of Sales and Service Operations for Avid Technology of Tewksbury, Massachusetts, Chuck is charged with the expansion of NewTek's reseller channel, growing and enhancing its sales organization and increasing revenue in its core video and 3D animation businesses.

He will report directly to NewTek President and CEO Jim Plant.

Cartoon Headline News

Sci-Fi's Swartz In At Cartoon Network

Sci-Fi Channel executive Robert Swartz has been named vice president of original series for Cartoon Network, it was announced Friday by Robert Sorcher, chief content officer for the network.

Swartz's hiring marks the consolidation of the network's development andcurrent series departments under one roof at Cartoon Network Studios in Burbank.

Swartz will start on March 17, and be based at the studio in Burbank, reporting directly to Sorcher.

Company Headline News

Kofsky Promoted To Partner At Curious

Lewis Kofsky, director of computer graphics and visual effects at Curious Pictures, the animation and mixed media production studio, has been made a partner in the company.

The announcement was made by Steve Oakes, one of Curious Pictures' founding partners and a top director of TV spots, branded content and programs at the shop.

In his role as head of CG/VFX, Kofsky, 36, guides all digital production at the company, whose work encompasses advertising, TV programming, feature films, branded content for marketers and computer games.

Design Headline News

Promotions At Planet Propaganda

Planet Propaganda promoted Nate Theis and David Taylor as associate creative directors in its growing design, advertising and interactive company.

They will work closely with each other and their colleagues to support such clients as Trek Bicycle Corporation, Teva footwear, and Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches.

Theis also was named director for the firm's motion design group.

Marvel Headline News

Former Disney Marketing Head Goes To Marvel

Geoffrey Ammer, former Sony and Disney marketing head, will now oversee advertising, publicity and promotional campaigns for Marvel Studio's self-produced flicks.

He'll start with IRON MAN (opening May 2) and THE INCREDIBLE HULK (opening June 13), working with studios issuing those releases; Paramount for IRON MAN and Universal for HULK.

Ammer will handle marketing for the home video releases as well, including direct to DVD titles and will report to David Maisel, chairman of Marvel.

Nickelodeon Headline News

Linn Named Senior VP At Nickelodeon

Nickelodeon/MTVN Kids and Family Group has named Jennifer Goodman Linn to the position of senior vice president of brand marketing.

The announcement was made by Pam Kaufman, Chief Marketing Officer, Nickelodeon/MTVN Kids and Family Group, to whom Linn will report.

Linn is responsible for implementing both short- and long-term strategies to promote the Nickelodeon brand, its shows and overall company initiatives.

Headline News

Osiecki Joins Haydenburri As Head Of Art Department

Hillary Hayden Burri, President of Oakland-based branded children's product and multi-media company Haydenburri Lane announced today that Lori Osiecki has joined the company to head the art department.

Most recently, Osiecki has been an entrepreneur and illustrator, working with such brands as American Girl, Northland Publishing, Penguin Putnam, Klutz, Sonic, Idexx, Gamewright, Learning Resources, and Young and Rubicam.

From the late 1970s to 1987 she was a designer working with new product development design at Hallmark Cards in Kansas City, Kansas.

Production Headline News

Digieffects Adds Kolb To Company

Tim Kolb, an Emmy, Chicago Film Festival Hugo, and Telly Award-winning director and a 20 year veteran of video and television post production has joined Digieffects as the Chief Product Officer.

In this capacity, Kolb will lead the company's product marketing and management efforts.

Kolb has experience with a wide range of creative initiatives ranging from interactive projects as early as 1986 to broadcast news production and working with HD and 2K RAW acquisition/post production and compositing.

Headline News

Shambroom Moves Up At Crackle

Jonathan Shambroom will now be senior VP and general manager of Sony Picture Entertainment's online video site Crackle, THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER said Thursday.

Shambroom, the former head of product development and marketin, will lead Crackle, apparently taking over for founders Josh Felser and Dave Samuel.

The REPORTER said a spokesman for the company said "their roles are changing and that's still being worked out," when asked if the two would retain a managing role.

Headline News

Jeanne Smith Joins Haydenburri Lane As VP Of Creative

Hillary Hayden Burri, president of Oakland-based branded children's product and multi-media company Haydenburri Lane, announced Tuesday that Jeanne Smith has joined the company as Vice President of Creative.

The position was created specifically for Smith to utilize her multi-talents as an innovator, creator, developer, director, and musician.

Haydenburri Lane continues to grow in 2008 with new additions to be announced shortly.

Smith joins Haydenburri Lane from Arizona-based Beati Productions.

Disney Headline News

Disney Channels Worldwide Expands, Promotes

Disney Channels Worldwide has named six key executive appointments to support its expansion plans in Europe, announced John Hardie, Executive Vice President and Managing Director, Disney Channels Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA).

The executives are:

Disney Channel veteran Michael Cairns returns to his native U.K. as Vice President and General Manager, Disney Channels U.K. and Ireland;

Lars Wagner joins the company in the new role of Vice President and General Manager, Disney Channel Germany, Switzerland and Austria;

Motion Headline News

Rausch Joins Vicon

Vicon, the developer of Academy Award-winning motion capture systems, today announced that Brian Rausch has joined the company as Vice President of Production for Vicon and Vicon House of Moves.

Rausch comes on board from Sony Computer Entertainment of America, where he most recently served as Senior Manager of the Visual Arts Services Group.

Rausch has more than 10 years of production experience, with a heavy specialization in motion capture and animation.

Films Headline News

Spy Post Now In CG

The San Francisco-based company signed VFX supervisor and lead CG artist Joe Henke to lead commercial campaigns for Lexus and Interactive Brokers, and will continue their work on several high-profile feature films.

Henke most recently ran his own studio, Hero Motion Pictures, where he worked on various advertising film and video game projects with clients including Electronic Arts and Carl's Fine Films.

Headline News

Classic Media Appoints Henderson

Classic Media, an entertainment rights group company, appointed Nina Henderson to marketing director of seasonal, preschool and family brands in North America.

Henderson is experienced in marketing established children's brands like SESAME STREET and BARNEY.

She will be responsible for spearheading brand strategies in North America to support the portfolio of iconic seasonal, preschool and family properties, including CASPER THE FRIENDLY GHOST, LASSIE, LITTLE GOLDEN BOOKS, PAT THE BUNNY, POSTMAN PAT, and THE ORIGINAL CHRISTMAS CLASSICS.

Directors Headline News

ka-chew! Expands Director Roster

Celebrating 10 years, ka-chew!, the commercial production company owned by multi Emmy Award winning creative giant Klasky Csupo, Inc., is adding directors and directing teams to its roster.

ka-chew! specialties include CGI, 2D, stop motion, motion design and live action combo.

Six Point Harness, Parallex Studio, Seattle-based independent filmmaker David Russo, directing team Paul Cummings and Tony Fiandaca, Elliot M. Bour, Liz Blazer and Carolle-Shelley Abrams were all signed by ka-chew!

Creative Headline News

New Promotions At Taffy Entertainment

Taffy Entertainment, the worldwide distribution and brand management arm of the MoonScoop Group, announced Monday staff promotions in its consumer products and marketing group.

David DiLorenzo will now serve as Vice President of consumer products and marketing, responsible for all of Taffy Entertainments North American consumer products and marketing activities.

He will focus on the U.S. market while Cynthia Money, President of worldwide consumer products and marketing will devote more time to the growing overseas markets.

Visual Headline News

Paramount Ups LoCascio To SVP VFX

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, February 6, 2008 at 12:00am

Paramount Pictures has promoted Kimberly LoCascio to SVP of visual effects. LoCascio had been VP of visual effects since 2004. Added to her duties of shepherding the development and production of visual effects for Paramount, MTV Films and Nickelodeon Movies productions, she will oversee feature animation and and specialty projects, such 3-D films. Since joining Paramount, she has worked on CHARLOTTE'S WEB, MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE III, WORLD TRADE CENTER, CLOVERFIELD and THE SPIDERWICK CHRONICLES. Prior to Paramount, LoCascio was a freelance VFX producer. Her career started at ILM.

Channel Headline News

Hatchling Welcomes New President

Leading interactive agency, animation studio and content creator Hatchling Studios has announced that Mark Samber, formerly Managing Director of Wunderkind Studios, has joined the company as president. Samber will oversee all aspects of the company, from client acquisition and retention to internal operations and client strategy, allowing Hatchling founder, CEO and Chief Creative Officer Marc Dole to focus exclusively on driving the company's creative services.

Headline News

Former Corus Director Siegel Joins Image Ent.

Image Ent. Corp. announced the hiring of Bonita Siegel, former director of original productions for the Corus Kids channels. In her new position as creative producer and head of development, Siegel will produce and develop television and film content for Image Ent.

Based in Montreal, Image is run by Sylvain Viau and has co-produced with Paris-based Marathon Media several hit series on Teletoon or YTV, including TOTALLY SPIES, MARTIN MYSTERY and MONSTER BUSTER CLUB among others.

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