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Imax Headline News

3D Entertainment Hires Former National Geographic IMAX Film Sales Director

IMAX industry veteran Patricia Brandino has joined 3D Entertainment Distribution in the newly created position of VP, Film Sales. Effective September 7, Brandino will be responsible for theatrical sales of the company's current and future film catalogue in North America, including Jean-Michel Cousteau's DOLPHINS AND WHALES 3D released domestically at IMAX 3-D theatres earlier this year. She will report directly to Francois Mantello, the chairman of 3D Entertainment and its distribution unit.

Game Headline News

Keighley Named Video Game Publisher Relations Exec For Spike TV

Video game industry veteran Geoff Keighley has been named executive in charge of video game publisher relations for Spike TV. In his new position, Keighley will spearhead the network's year-round video game programming strategy, as well as manage Spike's editorial relationships with game publishers.

Nickelodeon Headline News

Jane Gould Named VP, Consumer Insights At Nickelodeon

Nickelodeon/MTVN Kids and Family Group has named Jane Gould to the position of VP, Consumer Insights. The announcement was made by Ron Geraci, SVP, Research and Planning, Nickelodeon/MTVN Kids and Family Group, to whom Gould will report in New York.

Series Headline News

Jack Olesker Named President Of KEN Creative Studio

Producer/director/writer Jack Olesker, creator of the MIGHTY MORPHIN' POWER RANGERS television series, has been named President of KEN Creative Studio, the India/U.S. production arm of KEN Group, the Bangalore, India-based multinational conglomerate.

Olesker's immediate task will be to develop a slate of original animated feature films and television series for distribution in the U.S. and internationally, and to be produced jointly in the U.S. and India.

Work Headline News

Smoke & Mirrors Adds VFX Specialist Nicholas Seresin

Smoke & Mirrors New York has added award-winning VFX Supervisor/Flame Artist Nicholas Seresin to its growing roster of talented artists. Most recently, Seresin was a vfx supervisor/Flame and Inferno artist at London-based The Moving Picture Company. Prior to MPC, Seresin operated the flame for film, TV and commercials projects at The Mill.

International Headline News

Jim Henson Co. Brings Latest Preschool Property To International Market

The Jim Henson Company has appointed children's television industry veteran Sam Ewing to handle the international sales of its newest property SID THE SCIENCE KID.

In his new position, Ewing will be responsible for overseeing the international sales effort of the acclaimed 3D animated pre-school series, SID THE SCIENCE KID, debuting in the U.S. on September 1, as part of the popular PBS KIDS preschool destination, the hosted two-hour morning block and online destination at

Disney Headline News

Ignition Ent. Taps Two Industry Vets

Videogame developer and publisher Ignition Ent. has added two executives to its U.S. team -- Susan Hale as Executive Director of Public Relations and Melody Khanbeigi as Product Marketing Manager.

Hale comes to Ignition with more than 25 years of public relations expertise with posts at Disney, Universal and Tokyopop. Khanbeigi's background includes roles at THQ, Disney and Experian.

Film Headline News

Award-Winning Directing Talent Joins Th1ng

Yoav Segal, one of the U.K.'s brightest new directors and his producer, former Head of TV at Grey Advertising, Amanda Lowit, have joined th1ng.

Segal is best known for his most recent short film THE BATTLE OF CABLE STREET, an award-winning mixed media narrative about the British fight against fascism seen through the eyes of a young Jewish boy. In the film he uses cinematic live action, rotoscoping and frame-by-frame painted animation to transport the characters into the boy's sketchbook.

Headline News

Corus Management Changes

Corus Entertainment has a number of changes to senior management positions.

Effective September 2, 2008, John Cassaday will assume, in addition to his current role as President and CEO, operating responsibility for Corus Radio on an interim basis. This reporting structure change follows the July 16 announcement that John Hayes will step down as President, Corus Radio effective August 31, 2008.

Headline News

Christine Davis Returns For Another Cuppa Coffee

Cuppa Coffee Studios is welcoming series producer Christine Davis back to the fold. Davis returns to the Toronto-based studio after a brief hiatus and will be producing a second season of Cuppa Coffee's award-winning series RICK & STEVE: THE HAPPIEST GAY COUPLE IN ALL THE WORLD for MTV sister channel LOGO.

Headline News

GenArts Hires Massive Founder Katherine Hays As CEO

VFX software provider GenArts has hired former Massive, Inc. COO and Co-Founder Katherine Hays as the new CEO.

Hays helped found and establish Massive, which was acquired by Microsoft in 2006, as one of the industry's first and most innovative dynamic in-game advertising companies. As CEO, Hays will play a critical role in strengthening GenArts' technological leadership position, expanding its share of the high-growth video content creation market and providing digital artists with the solutions they need to reach audiences with even higher quality aesthetic content.

Films Headline News

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.

Headline News

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.