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Animation Headline News

Mark Taylor New Senior VP Of Nickelodeon Animation Studio

Nickelodeon has promoted Mark Taylor to Senior Vice President and General Manager, Nickelodeon Animation Studio.

He will be responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of Nickelodeon's Burbank Animation Studio, the largest producer of television animation in the U.S.

He will report to Brown Johnson, President, Animation and Alison Dexter, Executive Vice President, Production, Nickelodeon and MTVN Kids and Family Group.

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Gerry Donohoe Steps Down As Managing Director Of Granada

ITV today announced that Gerry Donohoe, Managing Director of Granada Ventures, part of ITV Worldwide, is to leave the company.

Donohoe has been with ITV for more than 17 years and during his tenure at Granada Ventures he was responsible for managing the success of the Thunderbirds licensing initiative and has brought a diverse range of top names and brands to Granada Ventures including LITTLE BRITAIN, CATHERINE TATE, THE ROYLE FAMILY, AL MURRAY and the BBC's NUMBERJACKS.

Wars Headline News

LucasArts Appoints New President

Darrell Rodriguez has been named president of LucasArts, the videogame division of Lucasfilm Ltd., it was announced today by Lucasfilm President Micheline Chau.

He replaces Jim Ward, who stepped down in February.

"Darrell is the ideal person to run LucasArts," Chau said. "Having worked at both Electronic Arts and Disney Imagineering he brings the perfect blend of production, operational, and creative expertise. For a games company such as LucasArts with its roots in film, this is an electric combination."

Digital Headline News

Jason Brenek Promoted To Newly-Created Position At Disney

Jason Brenek, who most recently served as the studios' vice president of Distribution Strategy, has been promoted to the newly created position of senior vice president, Worldwide Digital Cinema and Cinema Programming, it was announced today by Mark Zoradi, president, Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Group.

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MGM Chief Operating Officer Departs

Rick Sands, Chief Operating Officer of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios since January 2006, today announced his departure from the studio in order to pursue other opportunities in entertainment and content.

In line with the roadmap set forth by Harry E. Sloan, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of MGM, Sands accomplished several key strategic goals for the studio. Sands' contributions included the revitalization of a full service theatrical marketing and distribution infrastructure that allowed for the North American release of the studio's films.

Media Headline News

Bostick Named Co-CEO Of Walden Media

Michael Bostick has been named Co-CEO of Walden Media; Anschutz Film Group CEO David Weil announced.

Bostick, who until now has served as head of Tom Shadyac's Shady Acres Entertainment, will share CEO responsibilities with Walden Media's Cary Granat.

Bostick, who joins on April 16, will be responsible for the acquisition and development of all future Walden Media and Bristol Bay films, other than the company's current franchise, THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA, and a few other specific projects that Granat will oversee.

Production Headline News

Version2 Adds Art Director

New York-based editorial and VFX/motion design company Version2 welcomed the addition of Art Director/VFX Designer Niklaus Schlumpf.

Schlumpf is a visual artist and designer with many skills and an eclectic background in film production and drawing that has allowed him to produce a vast variety of inspiring and original work. H is a savvy Visual FX designer and flame artist and his acute sense of design and animation has benefited countless artistic and experimental endeavors.

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Click 3X Taps New Talent For Roster

New York-based design and production studio Click 3X has just expanded their roster with three producers and two designers as part of their dedication to providing the bandwidth and resources to deliver visual solutions for commercials, feature films, television, music videos and broadcast clients.

Their combined experience and talent will heighten the company's capabilities as a full-service provider of innovative, interactive visual solutions.

Key additions include:

--Jared Yeater: Producer--Emily Gleicher: Producer

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Warren Jenson Leaving EA As Chief Financial Officer

Electronic Arts today announced that Chief Financial Officer Warren Jenson will be leaving the company.

Jenson has served as EA's CFO since 2002 and will stay with the company to assist with its fiscal year-end close and financial reporting process. He has also agreed to help transition his successor into the role.

Brand Headline News

Brand New School Adds Vadim Turchin To NY Office

Brand New School, the bicoastal directing collective, announced the company signed Vadim Turchin as CG Supervisor for the New York office.

"I consider this to be a very significant and strategic hire for the company," says Executive Producer Danny Rosenbloom, Brand New School. "I have long admired and respected Vadim, and I can already see our CG department responding to the maturity, creativity and leadership he brings with him."

Visual Headline News

Watkins Hired As CG Supervisor At The Syndicate

Creative design and digital production studio The Syndicate has hired CG supervisor Adam Watkins for its commercial and feature film projects.

Watkins, who joins The Syndicate from Digital Backlot, has among his credits JOHN ADAMS, THERE WILL BE BLOOD, THE GOLDEN COMPASS, EVAN ALMIGHTY, 3:10 TO YUMA and THE LAST MIMZY. He also served as 3D supervisor on THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS 3: TOKYO DRIFT.

Previously at Digital Domain, Watkins utilized his proficiency in Massive software as an animator on key invasion sequences in FLAGS OF OUR FATHERS.

Post Headline News

Price Secures A Concrete Role To Build On The Brand

Concrete, one of the leading high-end postproduction facilities based in London's Soho neighborhood, announced the appointment of Martin Price this month.

He will be responsible for the research and development of new markets and will also help to further build the Concrete brand with the aim of growing and expanding the business.

Entertainment Headline News

Schwartz New Head of Development at DreamWorks Animation

DreamWorks Animation today announced that Alex Schwartz has been named Head of Development, overseeing all projects for the studio.

She's filling the position vacated by Kristine Belson, who will produce the studio's upcoming feature film with the working title, CROOD AWAKENING.

Schwartz began her entertainment career in 1990 at Walt Disney Studios' Touchstone Pictures, where she oversaw such titles as WHAT'S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT, SISTER ACT, ROMY AND MICHELLE'S HIGH SCHOOL REUNION and RUSHMORE.

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Toby Emmerich Named President Of New Line

Toby Emmerich has been named President and COO, New Line Cinema and will lead its reorganization to become a stand-alone production entity as part of Warner Bros. Entertainment, it was announced today by Barry Meyer, Chairman and CEO, and Alan Horn, President and COO, Warner Bros.

New Line co-chairmen and co-CEOs Robert Shaye and Michael Lynne left the studio in late February as it consolidated into Warners.

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New CEO for Foundation 9 Announced

Foundation 9 Entertainment announced today that James North-Hearn, previously Managing Director of Foundation 9 Europe, is assuming the CEO role at the company, the world's largest independent developer of computer and video games.

Former Chairman and CEO Jon Goldman will serve as non-executive chairman for six months.

Entertainment Headline News

PorchLight Entertainment Promotes Jones

PorchLight Entertainment, Emmy-award-winning producer and worldwide distributor of quality family programming, announced Tuesday that it is promoting Gary Jones to president.

Jones joined PorchLight as a senior vice president in early 2007 to oversee the launch of a home entertainment label for the company. Overseeing acquisitions, sales, marketing, and operations, Jones has built the PHE label from the ground up.

Film Headline News

Elson Leaves MPC

Michael Elson, head of film and COO at MPC has decided to leave to pursue other film production interests.

Christian Roberton, head of production for film at MPC will be taking over from Elson as head of film.

Mark Benson, CEO at MPC said, "Michael has played an enormous part in establishing MPC as a global player in the field of feature film VFX and has always prioritized creative excellence; this has had an enormously positive impact on both the film and commercials business at MPC. We wish Michael every success in the future.

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Cerna Named To Position At qubo

John Cerna has been named Creative Director, On-Air Promotions for qubo, the TV and online entertainment service for children.

The announcement was made today by Rick Rodriguez, president and general manager, qubo, to whom Cerna reports.

In this role, Cerna will oversee all on-air promotion for qubo and bear responsibility for producing new on-air promos, on-air contests, interstitial programming and on-air branding.

He will supervise a team of editors, audio engineers, designers and producers and work closely with qubo's marketing team.

Animation Headline News

Sony Names Osher President of Digital Production and Minghella Animation Head

Following Yair Landaus announcement this week that he is departing as president of Sony Pictures Digital, Sony moved quickly to regroup and proclaim that any contemplated sale of its vfx and animation units is now off the table. Bob Osher has been promoted to president of the newly named Digital Production division (comprised of Sony Pictures Imageworks and Sony Pictures Animation), and Hannah Minghella has been upped to president of production at Animation, replacing SEVP Sandra Rabins, who will continue working with the division as a producer.

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Landau To Leave Sony

After serving as president of the digital division at Sony Pictures Entertainment for nearly 10 years, Yair Landau is planning to leave the studio in April, it was announced today by Sony Pictures Chairman and CEO Michael Lynton and Co-Chairman Amy Pascal.

Landau, who has been with Sony Pictures for 17 years, is planning a new games and animation venture to develop and produce content for use across all media.

Lynton and Pascal said a replacement for Landau in the studio's digital division will be named soon.

Production Headline News

Warners Promotes Two To VP Of Production

Matt Reilly and Sarah Schechter have been promoted by Warner Bros. Pictures to vp's of production, THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER reports.


He joined Warners in 2004 as a creative executive and was promoted to production executive in March 2006. Prior to Warners, he was head of development at Marcus Nispel's indie production company.

He began his film career as an assistant at CAA and then as an agent trainee at Endeavor.

Licensing Headline News

McLaughlin Appointed To Licensing Manager At Classic

Classic Media, an Entertainment Rights group company, announced today that it has appointed Colin McLaughlin to the position of Licensing Manager, effective immediately.

Based at the company's headquarters in New York, McLaughlin will report to Karyn Schneider, Vice President, Licensing.

McLaughlin brings to Classic Media a proven track record of developing and executing character and brand-driven retail programs.

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Blue Room Adds Senior Designer

Blue Room, the award-winning creative services agency, continues its expansion with the addition of Senior Designer Chieh Yen to its creative roster.

Yen comes to Blue Room having spent the last three and a half years as Senior Designer at post facility nyc.

There, he worked on advertising, broadcast and film projects for clients including 2K Games, Advil, Canon, CitiBank, Electrolux, LG Electronics, Red Bull, Subway, Verizon, W Hotels, Macy's, JCPenney, Fisher Price, NFL, HBO, FUSE Network, Food Network, and TV Land.