DreamWorks Animation announced today (Dec. 15, 2006) that Kristina Leslie, its cfo, will be leaving the company. Leslie will remain in her role through Feb. 2007 to oversee the reporting of the company's year-end results. DeamWorks will begin the search for a replacement.
Antonio Huab joins HIT Ent. as the new vp for Asia. Huab, a 15-year seasoned licensing and marketing exec in the entertainment industry, will be responsible for driving the Asia Pacific consumer products and TV distribution business out of HIT's recently opened office in Hong Kong.
Bill Desowitz speaks with Oscar-winning visual effects supervisor Joe Letteri about staying on the cutting edge of digital acting and 3D environments at Weta Digital.
In this month's column, Martin "Dr. Toon" Goodman reflects on how Woody Woodpecker helped save his life -- literally.
DreamWorks Animation president Lewis Coleman has been elected to the company's board of directors.
"Lew is a widely-respected leader and advisor who has greatly contributed to the success of DreamWorks Animation, both as the company's president and as a prior board member," said Roger Enrico, the DreamWork's chairman. "He has worked hand-in-hand with our board and management team over the past several years in establishing the core objectives of this company and his continued leadership will be instrumental in accomplishing these goals."
AWN chats with filmmaker Don McWilliams about a giant box set for a giant of animation -- Norman McLaren: The Master's Edition.
Nick Jr. and NOGGIN will blend their creative and management teams into a unified group -- Nickelodeon Preschool, the largest preschool and parent's destination in the world -- with 109 hours of preschool television a week, representing 56% of all preschool programming on television. The new preschool team will be led by Brown Johnson who has been named evp/exec creative director, Nickelodeon Preschool and gm of NOGGIN.
Nina Jacobson has signed a three-year, first-look agreement at DreamWorks Studios, according to THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER. This deal comes six months after she was removed as head of the Walt Disney Motion Pictures Group. The new agreement goes into effect in January.
Jacobson previously worked at DreamWorks as a senior film exec prior to taking the post of president of the motion picture division at Disney in 1998. At DreamWorks, she developed hits, such as WHAT LIES BENEATH and ANTZ, for which she is credited as formulating the original idea.
Rainmaker announced today (Dec. 4, 2006) that former Mainframe ceo Rick Mischel will now serve as an exec producer with a first look deal at Rainmaker. Rainmaker recently acquired Mainframe Ent. Mischel was instrumental in the sale of the company and will moves into his new role immediately.
NBC Universal today (Dec. 4, 2006) announced expanded responsibilities for several senior executives, and appointed Michael Pilot as new head of Ad Sales.
Rhythm & Hues film division president Richard Hollander is leaving the Los Angeles area visual effects studio to join Bay area Pixar Animation Studios as a producer, according to the HOLLYWOOD REPORTER.
R&H' film division exec producer Lee Berger succeeds Hollander as R&H's new president in February, the trade reports.
Hollander reportedly had been looking for new challenges, and learned of a producing position at Pixar through former Lucas Digital president Jim Morris, who joined Pixar as producer two years ago.
Lisa Hill joins Cosgrove Hall Filmsin the U.K. as PR and marketing manager, as the studio, the birthplace of childrens classics -- including DANGERMOUSE and COUNT DUCKULA -- celebrates its 30th anniversary and embarks on a new era by developing a slate of new programs.
Hill has six years PR and marketing experience and is an associate member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (ACIPR). She has spent the last three years raising the profile of North West Vision (the film, TV and digital media agency for Englands North West).
Artist owned-and-operated effects boutique Brickyard VFX has hired lead 3D artist Julian Sarmiento to join the CG division. He joins co-heads of the CG department, Robert Sethi and Yafei Wu.
Peter Risafi has been upped to svp, brand marketing/exec creative director, for Comedy Central and will continue to be based at the company's headquarters in New York City. In his newly expanded role, Risafi will be responsible for all brand creative and strategic marketing, ensuring a consistent look and unified voice for the Comedy Central brand across all media and platforms. This includes consumer, ad trade and affiliate marketing; network brand strategy and creative positioning; its digital assets and all other ancillary businesses.
News Corp. has appointed 18-year Fox veteran Peter Levinsohn, 40, president of Fox Interactive Media (FIM), following the resignation of the unit's current president, Ross Levinsohn, effective Nov. 27, 2006.
Cartoon Network has signed veteran animation exec/creator Sam Register to a first-look deal to develop both kids and adult programming for the network.
Sam brings a talent and vision to the world of animation and programming that fits our sensibilities perfectly, said Jim Samples, vp/gm for Cartoon Network. He has a successful and proven track record with Cartoon Network as a development exec with prominent projects from BEN 10 and TEEN TITANS to MY GYM PARTNER IS A MONKEY, and we are thrilled to be continuing our relationship with him in this capacity.
A decade of Don Hertzfeldt's acrid yet amiable animation comes to DVD at last on Bitter Films Vol. 1 1995-2005. Taylor Jessen reviews and interviews the animator.
TV-Loonland has appointed Kirsty Guthrie UK sales & licensing consultant for its new pre-school brand LITTLE PRINCESS (produced by The Illuminated Film Co).
After working in the licensing industry some 11 years, Guthrie left her position at Universal Studios to set up independently as KJG Ltd. just over a year ago.
Warner Bros. Pictures has appointed Chris deFaria to evp, digital production, animation and visual effects, Warner Bros. Pictures.
MTV Networks International has promoted Mark Levine to svp, Nickelodeon marketing & communications, in an expanded role to drive Nickelodeon's continued business growth and kids'-first brand proposition around the world. Pooja Midha also has been promoted to vp, marketing, reporting to Levine.
Blue Fang Games has hired Bill Schofield as director of software engineering. He will be responsible for creating and driving the vision of the engineering department, and aligning it to deliver on Blue Fang's mission and goals. Schofield will also coordinate and prioritize departmental work, foster use of best development practices and apply his extensive knowledge and experience with Agile development to game development projects at Blue Fang.
As part of recent expansion efforts at Post Logic Studios, post engineering expert Merle Sharp has been appointed chief technology officer, and Tracey Grimes returns as director of sales. With these new hires, Post Logic Studios remains well positioned to build on its current success and become a model for the digital services company of tomorrow.
John Cawley chats with Bob Boyle about the challenges the creator faces balancing production on two new shows, Wow! Wow! Wubbzy! and Yin Yang Yo!, which air on two separate networks.
Thirty-year animation veteran Ellen Besen is the new creative director of the Kalamazoo Animation Festival International (KAFI) to be held May 17-20, 2007, in downtown Kalamazoo. Michigan. She will oversee the competitions, screenings, professional development and networking interaction between todays and tomorrows animators booked for the four-day festival in the southwest Michigan community.