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Headline News Designer/Animator Dingersen Joins Click 3x

Tim Dingersen, a designer, compositor and animator with experience in commercial and broadcast graphics, has joined Click 3x. Formerly of Curious Pictures, Dingersen has already completed his first assignment for Click 3x, a promotional campaign for Nickelodeon and is currently designing graphics for a long-form project for McDonald's (in conjunction with KanDoKid Films and director Jeff Kennedy).

Headline News CaféFX Promotes Vicki Weimer to Exec Producer

After seven years as CaféFX's senior effects producer and supervisor, Vicki Weimer has been promoted to exec producer. Weimer, a 30-year veteran of the motion picture industry, will handle team building and oversee all CaféFX feature film projects.

"Vicki has been an incredible asset to us during her tenure here at the Café. She has actually been doing the EP role here for years. We are just making it official," said Jeff Barnes, ComputerCafé Group's president/ceo.

Headline News Pierson Re-Elected to Academy Presidency

Academy Award-winning writer Frank Pierson, has been re-elected to his fourth term as president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences by the organization's board of governors. Four other incumbent officers were returned to their posts as well.

Pierson, a governor representing the writers branch of the Academy for the past six years, was first elected to the Academy presidency in 2001. According to Academy by-laws, the 2004-05 term will be the last consecutive term he can serve in the office.

Headline News Eric Hanson Joins Gnomon Workshop To Produce DVDs

The Gnomon Workshop has announced the addition of Eric Hanson as senior producer of DVDs for the Gnomon Workshop Digital Library. Hanson brings a background in architecture, 3D imaging and more than a decade of experience in feature visual effects production.

Hanson said, "I'm thrilled to be joining the Gnomon Workshop to help produce what I believe will be the premiere DVD series on visual effects production available. We'll be working with some of the brightest minds and greatest talents in visual effects to take the Gnomon Workshop into new, exciting territories."

Headline News Paul Girouard Reups at Toon Boom

Paul Girouard has rejoined Toon Boom Animation as evp, worldwide sales and business development. Girouard previously held that position at Toom Boom until 2000 when he became vp of new business development worldwide for Dream Mechanics.

"It is with great pleasure that I accepted the opportunity to rejoin Toon Boom. These are exciting times and Toon Boom's offerings are certainly the leader in the technology arena. I look forward to catching up with our customers and develop new relationships in the animation industry," shared Paul Girouard.

Headline News Sony Pictures Digital Networks Promotes Sonic Foundry Execs

Sony Pictures Digital Networks has promoted Brad Reinke to svp of sales and marketing and Dave Chaimson to vp of marketing. Both Reinke and Chaimson were part of the Sonic Foundry team, the Madison-based desktop software and service business Sony Pictures Digital Networks acquired in July of 2003, where they spearheaded worldwide sales and marketing efforts for the company.

Headline News Entertainment Rights Expands Sales Team

Entertainment Rights (ER) is one of the fastest growing independent global media groups specializing in children's and family entertainment, recently recruited three new territory managers to bolster its strong international sales team. These include Gillian Calvert for Scandinavia and Benelux, Karen Vermeulen for Germany and U.K. and Leila Ouledcheikhfor Central & Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa.

Headline News Sideshow Welcomes Creative Director Kobliska

Fresh off the success of three Promax Awards, leading creative concept, design/effects and production company Sideshow Creative has added creative director Andrew Kobliska to its team. Kobliska will be heading up the west coast creative group based in Los Angeles.

"Andrew's vast experience in all realms of our industry makes him a natural fit for Sideshow," said Scott Mantel, Sideshow Creative ceo. "He brings the highest pedigree of strategic thinking and creative leadership to his new role at the company."

Headline News Kelley Oien Perez Moves Up in Jim Henson Co. Creative Affairs

The Jim Henson Co. has promoted Kelley Oien Perez from director of childrens television to vp, creative affairs. In her new role, Perez will continue to develop preschool and childrens programming for both television and direct-to-video productions in animated and liveaction formats. She will also work closely with HIT Ent. on pre-school projects for the co-production agreement recently announced by the two companies.

The first of these projects is FRANCES, currently in pre-production and based on the best-selling FRANCES TREASURY series of books.

Headline News Pitt New VP at Nick

Adina Pitt has been promoted from director to vp of Acquisitions for Nickelodeon and Nicktoons, Nickelodeon's digital channel for the next generation of animation. Pitt will handle pre-buys and acquisitions for both networks, reporting to Pete Danielsen, svp of programming, Nickelodeon; and Keith Dawkins, vp/gm, Nicktoons.

Headline News Motion Picture Sound Editors Elects New Board of Directors

Elected in a special board election was Marc Lanza (JFK, GLORY) as secretary. Newly elected to two-year terms are sound editors Harry Cheney (BOTTLE ROCKET, DRACULA), Jeremy J. Gordon (THE OC, SMALLVILLE), Robert Hargreaves (DUCK DODGERS, BATMAN BEYOND) Anne-Marie Slack (BRING IT ON, HOUSE OF 1000 CORPSES), Roland Thai (L.A. CONFIDENTIAL, CITY OF GOD) and Steven D. Williams (THIRTEEN DAYS, ARMY OF DARKNESS).

Headline News Kilgarriff to Head Turner's U.K. Entertainment Channels

Richard Kilgarriff has been promoted from consultant to svp/gm for all of Turner Broadcasting's U.K. Entertainment channels Cartoon Network, Boomerang, Toonami and TCM with the managers of each channel now reporting directly to him. He will also continue as a consultant to Turner's news network, CNN International.

Headline News Geoghegan to Market LucasArts

John Geoghegan joins LucasArts, a leading developer and publisher of entertainment software for videogame consoles, computers and the Internet, as vp marketing.

Geoghegan is a veteran marketing exec with nearly 20 years of experience creating and managing marketing, communications and advertising campaigns and brand-building programs for such globally known companies as Sun Microsystems, Procter & Gamble, Sprint, Nestle, British Airways, Dupont and Chevron.

Headline News Click 3x Adds VFX Producers to Staff

Producers Tyra Hanshaw and Cara Buckley have joined the production department at Click 3x. Both Hanshaw, who arrives from Berwyn Editorial, and Buckley, formerly with Spontaneous, have broad experience in producing visual effects, animation and other post work. At Click 3x, they will produce both commercial and broadcast design projects.

Headline News Disney Exec Fazio Joins GSN as Scheduling and Acquisitions VP

Former Disney kids programming exec Lou Fazio joins GSN, the Network for Games in the newly-created position of vp of scheduling and acquisitions, effective Aug. 2, 2004. Fazio's responsibilities for the Sony Pictures Entertainment and Liberty Media owned cable network will include overseeing program scheduling and acquisitions for the 55 million home network.

Headline News McGrath New MTV Networks Chairman/CEO; Rosenthal Moving On

In the wake of Tom Frestons recent elevation to co-president and co-coo, Viacom Inc. he today (July 20, 2004) named Judy McGrath chairman/ceo, MTV Networks. McGrath, who reports directly to Freston, was previously MTV Networks Group president, responsible for MTV, MTV2, VH1, CMT, Comedy Central and the recently announced LOGO, set to launch in 2005. Freston also announced that, regrettably, Mark Rosenthal, currently president/coo, MTV Networks, has made the decision to leave the company.

Headline News Boyd New 3D Head at Framestore CFC

Framestore CFC has appointed Andy Boyd as the company's new head of 3D, commercials. Boyd came to the company from Glassworks last September, and has already amassed an impressive list of credits at Framestore, including work on Goodyear HALFPIPE, Lynx TOUCH, Daewoo SHEET and the Post Office ANT spots. His most recent project has been the forthcoming Johnnie Walker TREE, which features noteworthy 3D arboreal action.

Headline News Disney Gets New Tech Head

Walt Disney has promoted Bob Lambert to svp for worldwide media technology and development, reports VARIETY. In his new expanded role, he will oversee several new digital media projects, Disney's relationships with technology companies, regulatory matters and piracy protection. He will continue overseeing the New Technology and New Media group and providing corporate guidance for the Walt Disney Imagineering Research and Development unit.

Headline News Mindy Brown Joins SPTI Global Advertising Sales

Mindy Brown has been joined Sony Pictures Television International (SPTI) as exec director, global advertising sales, International Networks.

"Mindy has years of experience building revenue for fast growing media companies," said Jamie Weissenborn, vp, global advertising sales, International Networks, SPTI, to whom Brown reports. "She has a reputation for creating unique advertising solutions for her clients. Our global sales efforts will surely benefit from Mindy's valuable portfolio of business skills."

Headline News Steinberg Out as FKE CEO

Fox Kids Europe chairman/ceo Bruce Steinberg has left his post at a time when the company realized substantial revenue gains and a profit rise in its last reporting period.

A statement from the company's supervisory board did not say what were the terms or reasons for his departure, but a report in Reuters said FKE execs said it was the supervisory board's decision.

Headline News DZP Marketing Adds Veteran Exec Producer Rainville

DZP Marketing Communications (www.dzpusa.com) has added Ray Rainville as the company's exec producer. Rainville comes to DZP following a year as the exec producer of Design VFX for post house Betelgeuse Prods, New York. At Betelgeuse, Rainville led the launch of the Betelgeuse division, BETSY Design VFX, a design/visual effects boutique.

Headline News Bohm New NBC Universal TV Distribution VP Int’l Marketing

Pauline Bohm joins NBC Universal Television Distribution in the newly created post of vp, international marketing. Bohm will work closely with Dan Weiss, evp, marketing, to whom she report, developing marketing strategies for international markets serviced by NBC Universal International TV Dist., which includes a client-base in more than 200 countries.

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