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Cookie Jar Hires Gwen McCauley as VP Distribution/Sales Operations

Press Release from Cookie Jar Entertainment

TORONTO, CANADA (June 9, 2009) Cookie Jar Entertainment has hired Gwen McCauley as VP Distribution/Sales Operations for Canada. Based in Cookie Jar's Toronto headquarters, McCauley will develop and distribute programming that fits with Cookie Jar's brand and broadcaster needs. She will also lead all sales efforts throughout Canada including television pre-sales and library and home video entertainment. McCauley will report to Tom Mazza, EVP and Head of Worldwide TV.

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New Wildbrain CEO Named

Charles Rivkin, president and CEO, Wildbraina, announced the appointment of Michael Polis to the newly created position of CEO, Wildbrain Ent., effective immediately. Rivkin, who oversees operations for Wildbrain and its subsidiary Kidrobot, will step down as president and CEO, Wildbrain on June 5, 2009, having been named as President Barack Obama's candidate to serve as the United States Ambassador to France. Polis will report directly to Wildbrain's board of directors. Diego Marchioni, CEO of Kidrobot, will remain in his post and will also report directly to the board.

Production Headline News

marblemedia Welcomes Ted Brunt as VP, Interactive Production

Press Release from marblemedia

(Toronto, May 28, 2009) -- marblemedia is pleased to welcome Ted Brunt, Vice President Interactive Production, to its award-winning team. In this new role, Brunt will be responsible for developing and leading all interactive productions at marblemedia.

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Wildbrain CEO Named U.S. Ambassador to France

Nikki Finke reports that Wildbrain CEO Charles Rivkin has been named as the U.S. ambassador to France. The ex-Jim Henson Co. CEO was a big fundraiser for President Barack Obama's presidental campaign. He is also a member of the Homeland Security Advisory Council -- an organization of private citizens that advises the Homeland Security secretary -- and the Pacific Council on International Policy. His family has a record as ambassadorships. His father William R.

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THQ Exec VP of Publishing Resigns

Press Release from THQ Inc.

AGOURA HILLS, Calif. -- THQ Inc. (NASDAQ:THQI) today announced that Scott Guthrie, THQ's executive vice president of publishing, has resigned to pursue another opportunity, effective immediately. Guthrie had been responsible for overseeing North America sales and distribution, and marketing.

"THQ has a deep and experienced global sales and marketing team and we continue to execute on our focused product strategy," said Brian Farrell, THQ's chairman, president and CEO. "We wish Scott well in his future endeavors."

Brand Headline News

John Collins Appointed as Genie Consultant

Press Release from Moi j’aime la television and Helion Pictures

Paris/London 27 May 2009. Award-winning independent producers Moi j'aime la television (MJTV) and Helion Pictures are continuing to expand the reach of their hit Nickelodeon UK show GENIE IN THE HOUSE (, appointing John Collins as brand consultant for the property.

Licensing Headline News

FitzRoy Beefs Up Licensing Team With Four Key Appointments

Press Release from Fitz Roy Media

NEW YORK -- (May 27, 2009) -- Fitz Roy Media announced today the appointment of Jonathan Breiter and Jennifer Zivic, two of the industry's most respected licensing and merchandising executives, as the designated U.S. licensing agents for the company's slate of children's properties. Breiter and Zivic will launch their representation of Fitz Roy's newest kid franchises including FUNNY FACE, HEATHCLIFF and SECRET WINGS at the 2009 Licensing International Expo in June.

Focus Headline News

Prime Focus Technologies Hires Michael Schunk

Press Release from Prime Focus Technologies

May 26, 2009 -- Prime Focus Technologies (PFT), a subsidiary of Prime Focus Group, announced the appointment of Michael Schunk as VP, business development, digital asset management. Schunk will be based out of Prime Focus' North American headquarters in Hollywood, CA, and will report to North American CEO Larry Birstock and PFT President and CEO Ramki Sankaranarayanan. Schunk's role will be focused on developing sales strategy for Digital Asset Management services globally, and driving sales throughout North America.

Animation Headline News

Heather Kenyon to Help Animate Sales at Starz Animation Toronto & Film Roman

Press Release from Starz Media

Burbank, Calif. and Toronto, Ont. -- May 20, 2009 -- Heather Kenyon has been appointed to the new position of vice president, project development and sales for Starz Animation, a division of Starz Media. She brings a wealth of experience across the animation business to her position, working with both Starz Animation Toronto and Film Roman to expand its slate of high-end work-for-hire and proprietary animated product.

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KidScreen Promotes Jocelyn Christie

Press Release from Brunico Communications Ltd.

Toronto, Canada -- May 12, 2009 -- Brunico Communications Ltd. is pleased to announce that Jocelyn Christie has been promoted from Editor and Director of Events to Publisher of KIDSCREEN, a high-profile B2B brand, which serves the children's entertainment industry with an esteemed trade publication that's been in print for 13 years, the world's largest event for international kids business executives (KidScreen Summit), a daily e-newsletter and a robust community-centric website.

Production Headline News

Winder Joins Rainmaker

Catherine Winder, the Lucasfilm Animation exec who ramped up the studio for the production of CLONE WARS, has taken the president post at Rainmaker Ent.. Warren Franklin, who was president and CEO, will remain as chief exec.

Rainmaker is currently working on its first feature ESCAPE FROM PLANET EARTH. The Weinstein Co. will distribute. In the summer, it will start production on the short LUNA, helmed by former Pixar artist Jon Mead. Rainmaker is best known for its production of BARBIE and MAX STEEL.

Games Headline News

Jerry Bruckheimer Games Gets Leads

Jerry Bruckheimer and MTV Games announced two executive appointments that officially mark the producer’s entrance into the videogame industry. Industry veterans, Jim Veevaert and Jay Cohen, will lead Jerry Bruckheimer Games, Inc. as President of Production and President of Development respectively.

Veevaert and Cohen will build a creative IP development studio focused on the development and production of interactive content and original intellectual property that convey and reflect the sensibility of Jerry Bruckheimer's other creative ventures.

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Chairman/CEO Leaves Imagi

Douglas Glen, the chairman and CEO of Hong Kong-based Imagi Intl. Holdings Ltd., has stepped down, according to VARIETY. Imagi is currently searching for a new chairman, while board member William Courtauld will serve as acting CEO. Glen plans to work as a consultant for the following six months. He joined the animation company at the end of 2006. While their he had overseen the troubled ASTRO BOY feature, which had to shut down production in January before Imagi secured additional funding.


fmx 09: One Awesome Conference

By Dan Sarto | Friday, May 8, 2009 at 12:26pm

Renata and Thomas Haegele topped the event from last year and again the numbers of attendees increased. Again more and internationally renowned speakers came to Stuttgart, again for four days the sunny town became animator’s land And that in those dark and gloomy times of worldwide economic crisis. And I did not discover one unhappy face during all those days.


fmx 09: Rainy with Excellent Animation!

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, May 6, 2009 at 9:30am

Cloudy, sometimes rainy. Stuttgart, the capital of the German federal state of Baden Wüerrttemberg is once again for the next four days the global center of animation. The fmx conference opened its gates to the huge crowds of professionals, students, journalists and all enthusiasts.

Company Headline News

Company 3 Adds DI Colorist Scott Gregory

Press Release from Ascent Media Group

SANTA MONICA, Calif. -- Digital Intermediate (DI) Colorist Scott Gregory, whose credits include such films as TWILIGHT, LAKEVIEW TERRACE, DISTURBIA and THE BUCKET LIST, has joined Ascent Media's Company 3. Gregory will be based out of Company 3's facility on Arizona Avenue in Santa Monica, where he will focus exclusively on DI work for feature films. His first project will be THE MAD COW, an independent feature from directors Jamie Bradshaw and Alexander Doulerain.