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4Kids Names Communications SVP

4Kids Ent., Inc. announced today that it has appointed Barry Stagg as SVP, Corporate Communications. In his new position, Stagg will be responsible for implementing a global communications program to expand the awareness of 4Kids' current properties and operations, as well as new brands and business ventures.

Media Headline News

Chase Rises at CN New Media

Molly Chase has been named VP and exec producer for Cartoon Network New Media. In her new role, Chase will oversee several Cartoon Network New Media departments including the design studio, technology group, game studio and the production team, and will be responsible for directing all aspects of production for, and

Production Headline News

Dan Lin Ankles SVP Post at Warner Bros.

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, December 12, 2007 at 12:00am

Dan Lin, who is overseeing JUSTICE LEAGUE, has left his SVP of Production post at Warner Bros. to form his own production unit on the lot, report the trades. Lin will officially move over to Lin Pictures starting Jan. 1. The deal will see Lin producing films for Warners exclusively for the first three years of his contract, as well as remaining the shepherd on projects he already has in development and in production under his current SVP role.

Headline News

Game Over for Pokemon USA President

Pokemon USA, Inc. has announced that Akira Chiba, who has led the American branch of the company since 2002, will resign at the end of the year. Chiba joined Pokemon USA when the company's New York office was established -- the brand's first corporate headquarters outside of Japan and helped to re-establish Pokemon as a successful global brand.

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Sesame Workshop Appoints VP for Government Affairs

Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit educational organization behind SESAME STREET and other educational programs, has announced the addition of Aura Kenny Dunn to its staff as Assistant VP, Government Affairs. In this capacity, Dunn will manage government relations efforts and advance Sesame Workshop's visibility in federal policy and funding arenas to promote education and well-being for children around the globe. She will report to Myung Kang-Huneke, VP, General Counsel.

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MIT Presidential Fellow To Chair SIGGRAPH 2008

Jacquelyn Martino, a renowned researcher and graduate from MIT, was recently selected to chair SIGGRAPH 2008, the 35th International Conference and Exhibition on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques. With the theme Evolve, SIGGRAPH returns to the Los Angeles Convention Center. The conference will take place Aug. 11-15, with the exhibition occurring Aug. 12-14.

Brickyard Headline News

Sue Troyan Joins Brickyard VFX

Sue Troyan has joined Brickyard VFX's Santa Monica facility as exec producer after departing Method Studios as head of production.

"I have known and worked with Sue on and off for over 15 years, and she has a deep knowledge of the visual effects process and a fantastic reputationamong top commercial production companies and advertising agencies," said Steve Michaels, managing partner, Brickyard VFX. "We're really excited to have her on board."

Entertainment Headline News

Entertainment Rights Appoints New Kids Specialist

Entertainment Rights (ER) Plc, the U.K.-based media group specializing in the ownership of children's and family programming, characters and brands, has announced the appointment of Adam Selly as Head of Sales (excluding the U.S., Canada and Japan). In the newly created position, Selly will be responsible for generating and maximizing revenue across the ER group's entire television and home entertainment businesses, exploiting opportunities within existing successful markets and identifying new revenue streams in emerging markets.

Licensing Headline News

Fox Appoints New Licensing VP

As part of an effort to accelerate the growth of its presence in the Asia-Pacific markets, Twentieth Century Fox has announced the appointment of Grant Kahn to VP of International Licensing. Kahn has more than 13 years of international business development experience, representing U.S. companies in strategic planning, marketing and selling to Asia-Pacific countries.

Cartoon Headline News

Register Inks Deal with Warners

Veteran animation executive Sam Register (BEN 10, TEEN TITANS, HI HI PUFFY AMIYUMI) has entered into a multi-property development and production deal with Warner Bros. Animation. Register will also continue to work with sister company Cartoon Network through a first-look development deal that was announced last fall.

Animation Headline News

Animation Collective Names New COO, Sales Director

Leading children's entertainment producer Animation Collective today announced it has appointed Doug MacLennan COO. Mr. MacLennan previously served as VP of Finance for the company, where he oversaw the budgeting and financing of its co-productions. In his new role, MacLennan will be responsible for leading Animation Collective's corporate strategy and multi-platform initiatives.

MacLennan will report directly to Larry Schwarz, Animation Collective's founder and CEO, and replaces Michael Gold, who left the company to pursue an educational software venture.

Digital Headline News

Digital Domain Promotes Mark Miller to CEO

Mark Miller has replaced Carl Stork as CEO of Digital Domain. The former ILM exec will continue as president and retain his seat on the board of directors. Stork will now serve as vice chairman of the board.

"Mark Miller has two decades of experience in the visual effects industry," said Stork, "and he has demonstrated effective leadership of the company.It's great to recognize Mark's contribution with this promotion to CEO. I certainly plan to remain an active voice in the direction of this company, and I look forward to my new role as vice chairman."

Headline News

Scholastic Hires and Promotes

Scholastic Media, the entertainment and media division of children's publishing, education and media company Scholastic, has hired Daisy Kline as Director of Marketing & Brand Management, reporting to Leslye Schaefer, SVP, Marketing and Consumer Products. Kline will be responsible for overseeing all marketing initiatives and brand strategies for Scholastic Media properties, including CLIFFORD THE BIG RED DOG, GOOSEBUMPS, WORDGIRL, I SPY, THE MAGIC SCHOOL BUS, and DRAGON for the multimedia and consumer products arena.

Production Headline News

DreamWorks Ups Damaschke and Batter

By Rick DeMott | Thursday, November 15, 2007 at 12:00am

DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc. today announced that senior team members Bill Damaschke and John Batter have been promoted to Co-Presidents of Production for Feature Animation, with Damaschke also being appointed to the newly created position of President of Live Theatrical.

Creative Headline News

MTV Names Frontini for Latin Post

Viacom's MTV Networks Argentina has appointed Juan Frontini Creative Director of MTV Latin America. The appointment is part of MTV Networks Latin America's strategy to regionalize and expand its programming and production operations locally. Based in Buenos Aires, Frontini will report to Sean Saylor, Vice President of Creative for MTV and VH1 Latin America, based in Miami Florida.

Comedy Headline News

Comedy Central Ups Corrao

Veteran programmer Lauren Corrao has been named president, original programming and development for Comedy Central. Corrao, who is based in the network's offices in Los Angeles and was formerly exec VP, original programming and development, will continue to report to Doug Herzog, president, MTV Networks Entertainment Group.

Headline News

Nick Expands Dawkins' Role to SVP

Nickelodeon/MTVN Kids and Family Group has expanded Nicktoons Network GM Keith Dawkins' position to SVP, Nickelodeon Programming Partnerships. In this new role, Dawkins will be responsible for forging new creative partnerships and co-productions with non-traditional programming partners, while overseeing the international and domestic acquisitions of series, films and short-form programming for both Nickelodeon and Nicktoons Network. Dawkins reports to Marjorie Cohn, EVP Development and Original Programming, Nickelodeon/MTVN Kids and Family Group.

Animation Headline News

Anirights Expands Leadership Team

Indias Pune-based Anirights Infomedia has added two new vice presidents as part of an expansion spree, reports ANIMATION XPRESS. Praful Gade joins the company as VP, 3D Animation Pipeline and Shamboo Phalke is the new VP, 2D Animation Pipeline.

During his 20-year career, Gade has worked in various capacities, leading teams at Prasad Studios and Chromatic Technologies, among others. Prior to joining Anirights, he was Chief of Operations at Delhi-based Escotoonz.

Effects Headline News

VES Unveils 2008/2009 Board of Directors

The Visual Effects Society (VES) has elected a new board of directors for the upcoming year. The new members will take office at the Jan. 9, 2008, board meeting.

"This group of people represents an amazing array of talent and diversity," said Jeff Okun, outgoing chair. "They range from heads of companies and model makers to Academy Award-winning visual effects supervisors and producers.VES has always attracted the most talented, experience and knowledgeable individuals to it and we will surely be in good hands with group talented individuals at the helm."