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Universal Headline News

Shmuger, Linde Extend Deals To Lead Universal Through 2013

Marc Shmuger and David Linde will continue to serve as the leading executives of Universal Pictures in a new four-year contract extension that also sees Linde elevated to the position of chairman alongside Shmuger.

Production Headline News

Fresh TV Hires Terry Kalagian

Fresh TV Inc. has tapped Kalagian Productions to help broaden its development and production slates.

Working as a consultant, Terry Kalagian will source co-production and financing opportunities for both Fresh TV and its animation service partner, Elliott Animation Inc. Kalagian will introduce new partners to the growing company and help diversify its production and business activities.

Animation Headline News

Sarnoff Departs Sony Imageworks

Tim Sarnoff has resigned as president of Sony Pictures Imageworks amid a "smooth transition" for the Oscar-winning vfx division under the new Sony Pictures Digital Prods. (SPDP) umbrella formed last year. Sarnoff, who has led Imageworks since 2001, joined the company in 1997 as EVP and GM.

Films Headline News

Terry Clotiaux Joins Frantic Films VFX

Industry veteran Terry Clotiaux has joined Frantic Films VFX (a division of Prime Focus Group) as SVP/COO, Visual Effects Worldwide for Prime Focus Group, and Senior Exec Producer for North America. Clotiaux will be based out of Frantic's Hollywood facility, and has been tasked with building out the company's international vfx operation and establishing its Los Angeles, Winnipeg and Vancouver offices as the North American front-end for Prime Focus Group's network of global facilities, which spans across North America, India and the U.K.

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The Weinstein Company Appoints Tom Ortenberg President of Theatrical Films

Tom Ortenberg has joined The Weinstein Company as president of theatrical films. In this newly created position, Ortenberg will be involved in all aspects of domestic theatrical releases, including acquisitions, distribution, marketing and publicity of theatrical motion picture product released by both the TWC and Dimension banners.

Most recently the president of theatrical films for Lionsgate Ent., where he worked for over a dozen years, Ortenberg will begin his new position next week in TWC's Los Angeles office, reporting to Bob and Harvey Weinstein, co-chairmen of TWC.

Disney Headline News

Former Aardman Exec Joins Disney Euro TV Team

Disney has hired Stephen Moore to head its European TV distribution team, replacing Tom Toumazis, per VARIETY. Toumazis left in November to join Endemol.

Moore previously worked in senior positions at Aardman Animations and 20th Century Fox International and will be exec VP and managing director of Disney-ABC-ESPN Television, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Canada starting in late February.

Film Headline News

Nexus Sign Directing Duo FX & Mat

Nexus Productions have signed the French directing duo FX & Mat.

FX & Mat are attracting international acclaim with their amazing and diverse animations. From the pretty whimsy of their recent spot for the Royal Bank of Canada to the brooding intensity of their first short, EN TU BRAZOS, in which they bring to life and give feline grace to the tango dancing couple at the heart of this love story, FX & Mat are pushing creative boundaries and taking a chameleon-like approach to their work.

Headline News

Sagar Joins Satusfaction

Matthew Sagar, former HR Manager and Head of Recruitment at The Moving Picture Company, has joined Satusfaction, the post-production talent agency, to head up a 3D and VFX arm. The new venture aims to supply CG and compositing artists for Film, Broadcast and Commercial projects.

Studio Headline News

Scott Griffin Moves to MPC Vancouver

Scott Griffin, senior producer at MPC London, is moving to MPC's Vancouver location, where he will take the position of Head of Production.

The studio, which focuses on VFX for feature films, has recently completed sequences for Zach Snyder's WATCHMEN and is currently working on Jonathan Mostow's SURROGATES for Walt Disney Studios.

The studio is based in the Yaletown district of Vancouver, central to the vfx industry.

Effects Headline News

Roth's Contract Extended at VES

The Visual Effects Society (VES), the organization that represents the artists and technologists in visual effects worldwide, recently extended by two years the contract for Executive Director, Eric Roth. With the extension, the contract now expires in December, 2011.

Roth has been the Executive Director of VES since 2004 and under his leadership, has doubled the size of the organization from 900 members to over 1800 members worldwide representing over twenty countries.

Animation Headline News

SpeakeasyFX Adds Trio Of Industry Vets

Animation studio SpeakeasyFX, dedicated to creating high-end computer generated character animation and visual effects for the broadcast, feature film, and commercial industries, continues its expansion with the addition of three industry veterans, Executive Producer Sally Anne Syberg, Animation Director Jan Carlee, and Art Director/Designer David Michael Friend.

Television Headline News

Paul Johnson To Leave Reed MIDEM

Paul Johnson, Television Division Director at Reed MIDEM, the Paris-based organizer of international exhibitions and conferences, is to leave the company in mid-March for a new career opportunity to be announced shortly.

Johnson was appointed Reed MIDEM's Television Division Director in April 2003 and was responsible for the company's MIPTV, MIPCOM, MIPDOC and MIP Junior events. He oversaw the launch of the MIPTV Content 360 initiative, the introduction of the International Digital Emmy Awards and the digitization of screenings at MIPDOC and MIP Junior.

Post Headline News

Colorist Craig Budrick Joins Post Logic Studios

Post-production facility Post Logic Studios, a division of Prime Focus Group, has hired colorist Craig Budrick. Budrick is an industry veteran with nearly two decades' experience as a colorist. He joins Post Logic from Technicolor, where for the last two years he worked on remastering feature film projects for Blu-ray, including AIRPLANE, WAYNE'S WORLD and PLANES, TRAINS & AUTOMOBILES.

Henson Headline News

Jim Henson Co. Restarts Consumer Products Division with Melissa Segal

The Jim Henson Company is relaunching its consumer products division and has appointed Melissa Segal to the new position of SVP, Global Consumer Products. Segal joins The Jim Henson Company from Brandolution, an innovative licensing and product development agency which she founded in 2006. For the past year, Brandolution has represented Henson, helping to build the licensing program for its new digital puppet preschool series, SID THE SCIENCE KID, a co-production of The Jim Henson Company and Los Angeles-based KCET.

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Click 3X Hires VFX Producer Christine DoRego

Expanding on their growing arsenal of talent, Click 3X recently brought in VFX Producer Christine DoRego to add depth and expertise to their roster. The hire is the latest in a string of moves that have extended both the company's size and scope.

Media Headline News

Rhinofx Enlists VFX Vet Kevin Quinlan

Rhinofx recently signed Flame Artist/VFX Supervisor Kevin Quinlan to add depth and expertise to the company's expanding pool of talent. With nearly 15 years experience across media platforms and production avenues, as well as an impressive education in all facets of visual media, Quinlan is a significant asset to the Rhino creative team.

Film Headline News

Zero 2 Sixty, Guerilla FX Sign Director/Cinematographer George Billard

New York-based commercial production company Zero 2 Sixty (0:2:60) and their design, effects and post partner Guerilla FX (GFX), have signed director/cinematographer George Billard for exclusive U.S. spot representation and for the creation of interactive content.

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CRASH+SUES Signs Veteran Smoke Artist Mark Anderson

CRASH+SUES has signed online editor/Smoke artist Mark Anderson to its talent roster.

Anderson joins the award-winning Minneapolis-based postproduction company after a 10-year stint at Avenue/Chicago. A graduate of Columbia College with a degree in Fine Arts, Anderson is also an experienced offline editor and DP, and worked in the capacity of sound engineer for Trackwork Orange from 1992-1994. His signing comes on the heels of CRASH+SUES recent restructuring and redesign as well as a campaign heralding the company's re-branding.

Media Headline News

Women In Children's Media Elects New Leadership

Women in Children's Media (WiCM) announced Ashley Fenwick-Naditch, a Producer with Sesame Workshop and CEO of Children's Media Consultants LLC, begins her term as President this month alongside existing staff and other newly named Board of Directors members.