With the imminent release of the newly re-scored anime Castle in the Sky, Andrew Osmond profiles Hayao Miyazaki's musical partner, Joe Hisaishi.
Jeffrey Kramer has been named the new president of Honkworm International's cross media division. Kramer's main role at Honkworm will be to attract new major talent to the Internet company. Kramer comes to Honkworm from David E. Kelley Productions, where he served as president. He was the executive producer on ABC's THE PRACTICE and Fox's ALLY MCBEAL.
Renowned director Paul Vester has left Rhythm & Hues to become the creative director, digital and mixed media for Class-Key Chew-Po Commercials. Vester has helmed spots for Xerox, Listerine, Hershey, Twizzlers, Geico Direct. He also served as the animation director of the Grammy-nominated music video for Oasis' "All Around the World." Recently, Vester's film ABDUCTEES was featured in the animated short film compilation, CARTOON NOIR, which has played in theatres across the U.S. Some of his other animated short film credits include SUNBEAM and PICNIC.
Steve Ziolkowski has signed on as director of animation at SuperToons, the new animation division of the Super 78 Company. At SuperToons, Ziolkowski will help build the company into a top-of-the-line producer of animation for PlayStation 2, the Internet and digital TV. Ziolkowski will also oversee Moscow-based Super 78/Russia, which specializes in CGI animation. Before moving to SuperToons, Ziolkowski was a senior animator at Disney's DreamQuest Studios (recently renamed The Secret Lab).
Brian Miller has been named VP and general manager of the new Cartoon Network Studios in Burbank. Miller will oversee the studio's production department as well as the day-to-day operations. Formerly, Miller served as VP of production at Nickelodeon's Nicktoons Animation Studio, where he oversaw all production. Before moving to Nicktoons, Miller was VP of animation at Hanna-Barbera Cartoons, where he managed all domestic and overseas productions.
Nickelodeon has named Michele Moore as the new VP of communications. Formerly, Moore served as director of media relations at interactive TV company Wink Communications. Moore will work out of Nick's New York office. She will oversee the development and promotion of publicity for Nick's TV division and its off-channel businesses, including public affairs, consumer products, recreation and magazines.
MIXME NETWORKS, INC., a developer of media technologies supporting dynamic, interactive e-marketing tools and interactive greetings, announced the appointment of RUSSELL T. GILLAM as the company's new CEO. Gillam is an Internet pioneer coming to MixMe Networks, Inc. from Disney Direct where he served as senior VP of commerce. Gillam was responsible for all the Internet initiatives of Disney properties. There he led a staff of over 1,000 people across the e-commerce units including Disney, ABC, ESPN and Go.com.
DIGITAL ENTERTAINMENT NETWORK, INC. (DEN), an on-line network targeting Generation Y, announced the appointment of MORRIS SIM as head of digital programming. Formerly with Microsoft, Sim held a variety of top-level managerial positions, supervising entire teams of programmers and designers for Microsoft's extensive line of consumer software. During his seven-year tour-of-duty, Sim was a key player in the development and design of some of Microsoft's top software products, like Access, VisualFoxPro, Visual Basic, Microsoft Works, Home Suite and Microsoft Office.
In the continuing crisis at CINAR Corp., husband and wife co-founders, Micheline Charest and Ronald Weinberg, have stepped down after senior VP and CFO Hasanain Panju was fired when US$122 million was found to have disappeared into investments without board approval. With tax fraud allegations floating in the skies, Charest will leave her chairman and co-CEO seat, while Weinberg will give up his president and co-CEO position. The couple will remain as leaders and directors of the company.
Two months before the WORLD ANIMATION CELEBRATION opens, festival director TRACY CROSSLEY has left "to pursue other interests." WAC has appointed a new director Danielle Robertson. "The team we have assembled to produce this year's event has an incredible amount of festival experience and has banded together to produce a memorable experience for everyone involved," said Robertson. "We appreciate the contributions Tracy had made and wish her the very best in all her future endeavors."
IFILM, a leading Internet resource for film fans, filmmakers and film
industry professionals, has increased their fold by three. The company
announced the appointments of Kevin Wendle, a co-founder of CNET and Fox
Broadcasting Company, as chief executive officer; Doug Sylvester, a
co-founder of E! On-line, as president and chief operating officer; and Tom
Harbeck, former head of programming for the Sundance Channel and a senior
Nickelodeon marketing executive, as the company's Senior VP of programming,
Harry Shearer.Harry Shearer is one of the most multi-faceted performers at work in voice acting today. A writer, producer, director and actor on the stage and radio and in television and film, Harry still finds time to voice our Simpsons favorites and host a weekly syndicated radio show, LeShow, which is in its sixteenth year on public airwaves. Harry Shearers award-winning career began early; at age seven he had his acting debut in the film classic Abbott and Costello Go To Mars....
To introduce the March 2000 Production Technology issue, Edwin Catmull, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of Pixar Animation Studios, takes the ten question challenge.
ATOMFILMS has announced that ERIC CALDERON has joined the company as
Animation and Digital Media Development Executive and RICHARD BARTON has
joined their board of directors. Before moving to AtomFilms, Calderon was
the former Director of Animation Development at MTV. Calderon will be in
charge of recruiting and developing animation and digital media talent,
content and technologies. At MTV, Calderon oversaw MTV animation series
such as: CARTOON SUSHI, CELEBRITY DEATHMATCH, DARIA, DOWNTOWN, and the
IVAN MOLOMUT has joined BLACK LOGIC, a design and animation house, as head
of sales. Molomut's firm Ivan and Company, which he established in 1997, to
market traditional film production, cel animation, CGI, visual effects,
editors and music houses, to advertising agencies and clients, has
represented Black Logic for the past two years. In 1991, Molomut formed
Velocity Film, a bi-coastal production company. As president, head of sales
and marketing and executive producer, he represented directors to ad
RIOT, a digital effect house, breaks out with the naming of a new visual
effects producer ALIX EGLIS and visual effects artist CLAUS HANSEN. As a
freelancer, Eglis has produced commercials for Santa Monica,
California-based Crew Cuts and Lost Planet. For Culver City,
California-based Mars Media, she produced the R&B group, TLC's "Unpretty"
video and Will Smith's "Wild, Wild West" video. Eglis will oversee projects
for Riot, acting as a liaison from the client to the artists. Prior to
RADIUM has expanded its Santa Monica office roster with a new head of
production JONATHAN WHITEHEAD and visual effects artists MARK HOLMES and
CHRISTINE RIVARD. Whitehead will oversee the daily operation of the Santa
Monica branch including client relations, bidding, marketing, personnel and
line producing. For the last six years, Whitehead was an executive producer
at Saatchi & Saatchi, primarily working on ads for Toyota. Whitehead's
feature film producing credits include GHOSTBUSTERS II, THE ABYSS, STEEL
Hamberg, Germany-based IGEL MEDIA AG, an independent distributor of family
programming, has announced ED GALTON as their new head of distribution.
Galton will head worldwide distribution for the company focusing on
strengthening its operations outside of Germany. Previously at Gaumont as
VP/Head of Television and Video Sales, Galton organized the pre-sales and
distribution for such titles as OGGY AND THE COCKROACHES, SPACE GOOFS and
HIGHLANDER, THE RAVEN.
RING OF FIRE expands its flames with six new artists. Joining the
Hollywood, California-based visual effects and design studio are Infero
artists ALI LAVENTHOL and ALAN LATTERI, visual effects/digital composite
artist JEREMY ALCOCK, CGI artist JOHN JENKINS and producers JILL HEINRICH
and KIMBERLY EVANS. Before Ring of Fire, Laventhol was a freelance Flame
artist working at Rhythm & Hues. Latteri comes to Ring of Fire with credits
on X-FILES: THE MOVIE, STAR TREK IX: INSURRECTION and GODZILLA. Coming from
ATOMFILMS, a leader in next-generation entertainment, announced that JOHN
MARCOM, former President of Time Inc. International, will join as the new
senior VP of worldwide revenue and media strategies. In his new role,
Marcom will coordinate worldwide on-line and off-line sales of AtomFilms'
growing library of short-form entertainment. During his stint at Time Inc.,
Marcom oversaw a catalog of more than a dozen national and international
news, business and lifestyle publications. Joining Time Inc. in 1993,
STEPHEN L. BRAIN, former senior VP and general manager at Fox Animation
Studios has joined STAN LEE MEDIA, INC. as their new executive VP of
Production. In his new post, Brain will create Stan Lee Media's new digital
animation studio dedicated to developing Internet entertainment. Brain will
supervise the production team of storyboard artists, digital artists and
Flash animators as well as increasing Stan Lee's roster of 50 artists to
100 artists within the next 90 days. Beginning his career in 1977, Brain
LYLLE BREIER was promoted to the newly created position of senior vice
president, special events, for THE WALT DISNEY STUDIOS. Breier will be
responsible for developing and overseeing a vast array of worldwide special
events relating to the domestic and international releases of the studio's
motion-picture and video product. Over her ten year career at Disney,
Breier has helped to stage some of Disney's major events, including the
1995 premiere of POCAHONTAS in Central Park, the 1997 "HERCULES Premiere
LUCAS LICENSING has appointed KERRY PHELAN in the new executive position of
director of domestic licensing & marketing. In her new role, Phelan will
oversee all aspects of the Star Wars licensing business for the U.S. Before
coming to Lucas Licensing, she was a long time marketing executive at LEGO
toys, where she was responsible for developing the LEGO brand among young
families. "The Star Wars licensing program has always been about creating
CINAR ENTERTAINMENT has filled the newly created seat of president with
PETER MOSS. In his position effective March 1, Moss will focus on
developing CINAR's entertainment business in North America, Latin America
and Asia. Before joining CINAR, Moss served as programming and production
VP for YTV, Canada's youth network. Moss has regularly worked in pre-school
programming with the Children's Television Network and the CBC.