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Mike Fink Joins Prime Focus Group

Prime Focus Group and Frantic Films announced that Michael L. Fink has been appointed President, Visual Effects Worldwide and will be operating out of the Frantic Films VFX facility located in Hollywood, California.

In his new role, Fink will be serving as Senior VFX Supervisor for projects awarded to Frantic Films VFX, and will be overseeing the integration of visual effects production for all of the Prime Focus Group VFX facilities across North America, India and the U.K., including London-based vfx facility Machine.

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Topix Adds VFX Fire Power

In response to a vfx-heavy forecast of commercial spots coming down the pipeline, Topix recently expanded their vfx capabilities by adding the creative and technical talents of two veteran artists: VFX Supervisor and Flame Artist Rob Del Ciancio and Digital Matte Artist and Designer Andrew Nguyen.

Del Ciancio comes from Topix's feature film sister company, Mr. X, Inc., while Nguyen has worked as a matte painter and compositor at Rocket Science and Mr. X over the past few years.

Directors Headline News

Veterans Carry AMPAS Board Elections

Eight incumbents have been reelected to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Board of Governors, along with six other filmmakers who will return to the board after a time away.

The sole first-time governor elected is Annette Bening, representing the Actors Branch. All will serve three-year terms.

Returning to the board after a hiatus are Jeffrey Kurland, Art Directors; Martha Coolidge, Directors; Arthur Hamilton, Music; Don Hall, Sound; and Phil Robinson, Writers.

Film Headline News

Award-Winning Animator Tom Brown Joins Calon

Calon, the Cardiff-based animation company, has brought in award-winning animation graduate Tom Brown to work on its latest project a campaign film for the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

Brown and Calon have been working with the EHRC-funded Croeso campaign on the 40-second film YOUR CHOICE, which tackles bullying, bigotry and prejudice in the schoolyard.

Design Headline News

Slate Of New Hires At Phoenix Editorial & Designs

Phoenix Editorial & Designs announced that Julia Sonder-Patchin and Zara Finlay have come on board as senior producer and producer, respectively. Combined, they have more than 30 years experience working in design, visual effects and production. Also joining the company are Associate Producer Lindsay London and Assistant Editor/IT Manager Russ Miller.

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Theatrical Marketing Promotions Announced At Sony Pictures

Sony Pictures Ent. has promoted Valerie Van Galder and Marc Weinstock to co-presidents of Worldwide Theatrical Marketing, it was announced today by Jeff Blake, chairman of worldwide marketing and distribution for the studio, to whom the two will report.

Van Galder and Weinstock will collectively develop and oversee worldwide marketing campaigns for all films released by Columbia Pictures, Screen Gems and Sony Pictures Animation.

Interactive Headline News

Teletoon Names New Interactive Director

Teletoon Canada has appointed Caroline Soucy to the position of Director Teletoon Interactive. Soucy will lead Teletoon interactive and web development projects and supervise all aspects of the award-winning website, the recent winner of the Promax/BDA Silver Award for Consumer Website.

Animation Headline News

Not To Scale Sign Vincent for Commercials, Video

London-based boutique animation studio Not To Scale have signed London-based directing duo "Vincent" for worldwide commercials and music video representation. The duo who formed Vincent in 2007, John Hill and Rheea Aranha, made a very busy start with projects including last year's BBC2 Christmas campaign and BBC2's iconic "Thursdays are Funny."

Global Headline News

Microsoft Announces Delman As VP, Global Marketing, Interactive Ent. Business

Marketing veteran Michael Delman has been named corporate VP of global marketing for the Interactive Entertainment Business (IEB) in the Entertainment and Devices Division at Microsoft.

Delman, who currently serves as the corporate vice president of the Global Marketing Communications Group at Microsoft, will be assuming his role with IEB starting in August.

Effects Headline News

VFX Supervisor Mark Lasoff Joins Pacific Title & Art

Academy Award-winning Visual Effects Supervisor Mark Lasoff has joined Pacific Title & Art Studio's Visual Effects division, it was announced today by Ladd Lanford, Vice President and General Manager of Pacific Title.

Lasoff, who garnered an Oscar for Achievement in Visual Effects for his work as Digital Domain's Digital Effects Supervisor on TITANIC, will report to Crystal Dowd, Pacific Title's Executive Producer of Visual Effects.

Media Headline News

Robert Oswaks Promoted To President, Marketing, For Sony Pictures TV

Robert Oswaks has been promoted to president, marketing for Sony Pictures Television (SPT). This was announced by Steve Mosko, president, SPT, to whom he reports. In this position Oswaks directs the development and strategic implementation of advertising, marketing, promotion and the media and client relations efforts for network, syndication and cable and new media programming, as well as corporate brand marketing activities.

Global Headline News

Expanding Nickelodeon Consumer Products Promotes From Within

Nickelodeon and Viacom Consumer Products (NVCP), a division of MTV Networks, announced newly developed senior management roles and responsibilities that reflect the division's rapid global expansion.

The newly re-aligned team will provide strategic focus on maximizing the position of MTVN's leading portfolio of brands in key markets, customized consumer product offerings and continued global expansion. The announcement was made by Leigh Anne Brodsky, President, Nickelodeon Viacom Consumer Products, to whom the team reports.

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ITV Announces Management Structure For Global Division

Gustavo Antonioni has announced the first appointments in his management team prior to joining ITV's Global arm as Commercial Brands Director on July 14, 2008.

Antonioni will report to Peter Iacono, President and Managing Director ITV Worldwide, with a dotted line to David Pemsel, Group Marketing Director, ITV. He will be responsible for driving the global marketing and licensing strategy for ITV's key commercial brands, working closely with ITV plc's marketing team.

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Men-from-Mars Invests In Award-Winning Talent

Joe Pavlo, the 2005 Emmy winner for vfx supervision on BBC/HBO production ROME, joins Men-from-Mars as Senior VFX Supervisor/Head of 2D.

Pavlo's other award winning vfx supervision credits include; THE LIFE AND DEATH OF PETER SELLARS for which he won the 2004 Emmy for Best VFX and BAND OF BROTHERS (Emmy nominated in 2002 as assistant vfx supervisor).

Studios Headline News

Colin Hodges Joins Pendulum As Director Of Performance Technology

Digital animation and vfx house Pendulum Studios has added Colin Hodges as its Director of Performance Technology. Hodges will be directly involved with the studio's 3D animation productions as well as managing its software development team, which includes the ongoing evolution of their award winning facial performance technology, AlterEgo.

Film Headline News

rhinofx Recruits VFX Veteran Jim Rider

rhinofx recently signed VFX Supervisor/Artist Jim Rider to reinforce their growing feature film division. With considerable experience across the entire realm of effects projects, Rider's talents include motion control, Flame, compositing, and animation.

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Fish Eggs Hatches New Senior Designer

Motion graphics design studio Fish Eggs ( has added Tom Neston to its design group as Senior Designer at Large.

Neston comes to Fish Eggs after almost five years as lead designer and animator at Fox Sports. He brings with him a wide range of design disciplines and production experience as well as an impressive list of awards and accomplishments, including four Gold, two Silver and three Bronze Promax/BDA awards.

Creative Headline News

Natalie Gee Appointed Creative Director, NBCU Global Networks Asia

Natalie Gee has been appointed to the role of Creative Director, Global Networks Asia Pacific, an international division of NBC Universal. The announcement was made today by Raymund Miranda, Managing Director, Global Networks Asia Pacific, to whom she will report. The new appointment is effective immediately.

In this newly-created role, based in Singapore, Gee will play a key role in NBC Universal’s strategy to launch new channels across the Asia Pacific region over the coming months as well as managing the creative requirements of the existing Global Networks channels.

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Jetix Europe Appoints Orion Ross VP, Original Content

Jetix Europe has hired Orion Ross to the newly created position of VP Original Content and Creative. Ross will join Jetix Europe this summer and will report to Marc Buhaj, SVP of Programming for Jetix Europe.

Ross will spearhead original content and creative strategy for Jetix Europe, including the development of original series, the production of current series and branding across all platforms.

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Gender in Media: Females Don't Rule

By Jan Nagel | Wednesday, May 21, 2008 at 12:00am

Gender bias in media is a topic society has been tiptoeing around since the women's liberation movement of the 1960s. Although women represent 51% of the population, a woman has yet to achieve the position of president of the United States -- though one is trying -- and for some reason the number of women represented in animation or G-rated entertainment is not even close to the number of men. Why?

Actress Geena Davis, who has portrayed moms and swashbucklers, asked that very question while she was watching TV with her then two-year-old daughter. On her fingers, she started counting girls on the screen in lead roles. Then she counted the girls in the crowd scenes. She had too many fingers left over.

Artists Headline News

MPC London Signs On Flame Artists

MPC has signed two of the industry's most creative individuals to add to their team of outstandingly talented Flame artists, vfx supervisors: Yourick Van Impe and Rob Walker.

Van Impe joins from The Mill. Van Impe's recent credits include a Pontiac spot directed by Pleix at Furlined, Audi R8 by Olivier Gondry at Partizan and Audi RS6 for Paul Hunter at Prettybird.