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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.

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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.

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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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John Hardman Joins Radar Cartoons

Radar Cartoons announced the addition of John Hardman, former SVP of Programming at the Kids' WB! Formed in 2004, Radar packages show concepts for sale to networks and co-productions and serves as a consultancy firm to animation studios, games companies and think tanks, helping them grow original content into global brands.

Disney Headline News

Eric Coleman Named Disney SVP

Former Nickelodeon exec Eric Coleman has been named SVP, Development, for Walt Disney Television Animation, it was announced by Gary Marsh, President, Entertainment, Disney Channels Worldwide, to whom Coleman will report. Coleman joins Disney after 15 years at Nickelodeon, where he most recently was VP and Exec Producer, Animation Development and Production, and was the Exec in Charge of Production on the iconic series SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS, among others.

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Agbe-Davies Named Kabillion Director of Programming/Development

Kabillion, the multi-platform kids' entertainment program service, today announced that Rebecca Agbe-Davies has been appointed Director of Programming and Development. Agbe-Davies will also be part of Kabillion's first-ever contingent to attend the NATPE Conference in Las Vegas beginning Jan. 28.

In her new role, Agbe-Davies will oversee content acquisitions and scheduling for the On Demand and online ( platforms, in addition to liaising with MSOs, collaborating with artists and animators to execute branded packaging, and coordinating project financing.

Production Headline News

Producer Berg Now SVP at Warners

Producer Jon Berg has been named SVP, Production, Warner Bros. Pictures.

In his new post, Berg will join the studio's senior motion picture production ranks and oversee a number of films each year through each stage of development and production, working closely with writers, producers, directors and third-party production entities that Warner Bros. Pictures partners with on various releases.

Channel Headline News

Dunsford Joins JimJam

Former BBC executive Wayne Dunsford has been appointed general manager of preschool channel JimJam, C21 MEDIA reports.

Dunsford has a longtime association with JimJam and was instrumental in establishing the joint venture between Hit Ent. and Chellomedia. In the role of general manager, he'll be responsible for supervising the partnership, as well as coordinating the channel's business activities and worldwide distribution.

Brown Headline News

Gregg Joins Brown Bag's Canadian Outpost

Award-winning animation studio Brown Bag Films has announced that Alan Gregg, former VP of the kids division at Alliance Atlantis, has joined the company as VP, International Production. Working closely with Director of Development Gerald Murphy, Gregg will oversee the expansion of the company's development slate in both television and feature films with an emphasis on preschool, family and tween properties. He reports to Cathal Gaffney, Managing Director, and will be working out of the newly-opened Toronto office.

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Joanna Lisanti Named qubo VP

Cable marketing veteran Joanna Lisanti has been named VP of Marketing for kids TV and online entertainment service qubo. In this role, Lisanti will oversee all aspects of ad sales, affiliate and consumer marketing, and will help build awareness of qubo's on-air and online program offerings that promote literacy, positive values and the possibilities of a child's imagination.

Million Headline News

Susanne Schosser Leaves EM.Entertainment

With EM.Entertainment on the auction block, the company's managing director Susanne Schosser has left the company. Parent EM.Sport Media has been trying to sell the children's entertainment company and on Wednesday cut its asking price from 90 million Euros to 59 million.

EM.Entertainment's net profit dropped to $880,000 over the first nine months of 2007, having made $4.5 million in the same time frame the previous year.

Schosser was head of programming for Super RTL before coming to EM.TV in 2005.

Nick Headline News

Pitt Named CN VP

Adina Pitt has been named vice president, content acquisitions and co-productions for Cartoon Network and Boomerang, it was announced today. In her new role, Pitt will be responsible for identifying, negotiating and acquiring pre-produced series, specials, movies and short-form product that fit the Cartoon Network and Boomerang brands for exposure on all platforms. She'll continue to oversee those programs once they have been acquired and positioned at each of the networks.

Post Headline News

Head of Features/COO Ankles Aardman Post

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, January 23, 2008 at 12:00am

Stephen Moore, Aardman Animations' head of features/COO, has ankled his post now that his two-year contract is up, according to THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER. Aardman co-founder David Sproxton will take over Moore's role in the company.

The former 20th Century Fox president of international was hired in January 2006 to help conclude Aardman's distribution deal with DreamWorks and secure a new agreement. In April 2007, Moore sealed an exclusive three-year, first-look deal with Sony Pictures.

Moore will move on to work on several projects he has in development.

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Phil Spitler Joins Phoenix Editorial & Designs

Phoenix Editorial & Designs has recruited motion graphics and visual effects artist Phil Spitler. The 15-year industry vet has worked with major ad agencies and prestigious clients in both the US and in his native England, where he was a founding partner of leading motion graphics studio Keyframe.