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Headline News Cosgrove Hall Films Founding Partner Retires

Cosgrove Hall co-founder Mark Hall has followed in his partner s (Brian Cosgrove) footsteps, announcing his official retirement, July 17, 2003, from the company he started 27 years ago in Manchester, England. He helped make the company into one of the most prolific animation studios in the world and a winner of numerous international and national awards including six BAFTAs and three International Emmys.

Headline News Drew Tests the Waters at DUCK

Award-winning Illustrator/animator Jeff Drew joins DUCKs roster of directors available for commercial work. Drew is known for numerous animated television spots that have appeared in the New Mexico area, giving the local market a funky twist, as well for several "in-house" animations for Marshall Field's in Chicago. His illustrations have appeared in a number of American magazines, and he recently created a series of posters for the Target Corp., promoting literacy for kids.

Headline News 14 New Governors Elected to Academy Board

Five new governors, four of them first-timers, plus nine incumbents have been elected by their branches to represent them on the board of governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, beginning August, 1, 2003.

Incumbent governors Richard Edlund, visual effects, and Jon Bloom, short films and feature animation, were re-elected, along with Ed Begley Jr., actors branch; Jeannine Oppewall, art directors; Michael Mann, directors; Arthur Dong, documentary; Dede Allen, film editors; Cheryl Boone Isaacs, public relations; and Frank Pierson, writers.

Headline News Kulkarni Elected to International Television Academy Board

JadooWorks Animation Studios coo Ashish Kulkarni has been elected to the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences as an associate member. He was elected by a majority vote from the full board of directors of the Television Academy to serve a two-year term. In his role representing animation, he will help to organize Academy activities, such as judgings and panels, and will participate in the various sub-committees.

Headline News SPTI Ups LeGoy to SVP of European Sales

Keith LeGoy, svp of sales, Europe, at Sony Pictures Television International (SPTI), was promoted to md, Latin America, relocating from London to Miami. Dorien Sutherland, who held the post at SPTI since March 1994, has left the company to pursue other interests and consulted to SPTI during the transition period.

Michael Grindon, president of SPTI, said LeGoy's most recent efforts, "have led to significant improvements in our licensing business in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and he is well prepared to assume this new leadership role."

Headline News SplutterFish Appoints Meyer as Director of Sales and Marketing

SplutterFish, a high-end 3D rendering software solutions provider, has appointed Gary Meyer to the new position of director of worldwide sales and marketing. Meyer will handle SplutterFish's sales and marketing efforts in the company's core film, broadcast and visualization markets. His responsibilities will also include the expansion and development of the company's reseller and channel networks as well as direct sales for the company's award-winning Brazil Rendering System and other software products.

Headline News Yu Runs Back to Sideshow as Art Director

John Yu has returned to Sideshow, where he previously worked as a senior inferno artist/designer, as its new art director. Yu has left his post as designer at Liquid Light, where he worked on projects such as the redesign of WNBC News Channel 4, the launch of the YES Network and a Dove Shampoo campaign.

Headline News Disney Int'l TV Promotes Kreissl

Walt Disney Television International promoted Michael Kreissl from managing director of Disney Channel Germany to vp, programming and production of WDTV-I, Europe, Middle East and Africa. Kreisel will continue his position with the German channel and will oversee planning of the programming schedules and production for eight Disney channels (France, Spain, Germany, Portugal, Scandinavia, U.K. and Middle East) in addition to 42 Disney branded blocks across 32 countries. Kreissl reports to John Hardie, svp and managing director of Walt Disney Branded TV, Europe, Middle East and Africa.

Headline News Portfolio Entertainment Ups Two

Canadian TV execs are on the move to Toronto-based Portfolio Entertainment which has named Kate Horton as creative director and Stephen R. Kelley as head of sales and acquisition. Horton, previously director of development at Cabium Entertainment, where she produced MONSTER BY MISTAKE, then oversaw the development and implementation of a successful merchandising program for the show, which generated books, plus dolls and home video product. Horton will seek development partnerships for Portfolio.

Headline News Lombardo Named Cinesite President

Dan Lombardo has been named president of Cinesite Hollywood, and Jerry Pooler is stepping up to a new role as exec director, creative. Lombardo will also continue in his new role of general manager. He joined the facility two years ago as vp of production. He succeeds Ruth Scovill as president. Pooler joined Cinesite in 1992 when the facility pioneered the use of digital technology during the restoration of SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS.

Headline News DisneyToon Studios Ups Robinson

Michelle Pappalardo-Robinson has been appointed vp of production for the recently renamed DisneyToon Studios, to oversee production for its video/DVD premiere and theatrical properties.

"Michelles 14 years of experience and overall knowledge of production will serve as a tremendous asset as we continue to expand the division and break new ground," said Sharon Morrill, evp at DisneyToon Studios.

Headline News Higgins New Programming Chief at Cartoon Network

Family programming veteran Bob Higgins has been appointed svp, programming and development for Cartoon Network's kids businesses. The former Sony Pictures Family Entertainment exec will manage Cartoon Network's development, production and programming departments, plus oversee new original animated series, shorts, features and specials created in the network's Burbank studio and with various external production partners. He will also supervise acquisitions of off-net kids' programming, including anime and theatricals from domestic and international sources for Cartoon Network, U.S.

Headline News Catlett Joins Video Symphony

Greg Catlett joins Video Symphony, a leading Hollywood TV, film and DVD education center; in the new post of director of admissions/vp. Catlett will review potential student candidates plus consult with them regarding their curriculum, career paths and employment goals.

Catlett had been a business consultant to numerous leading California-based CPA and accounting firms from 1985-2000. Before that, he was an award-winning salesman with two large companies, Carlson Companies (on the retail side), and Continental Business Services (on the business side) for many years.

Headline News Weidman Joins Sony TV as Development VP

Sarah Weidman has joined Sony Pictures Television (SPT) as vp, development, reporting to Melanie Chilek, svp, development and syndicated programming. Weidman will collaborate with Chilek and Zack Van Amburg, svp, development and cable programming, on the creation of new, unscripted programming for the network, cable and syndication marketplace.

Headline News Reilly Leaves FX for NBC

FX entertainment president Kevin Reilly is ankling his post to join NBC as president, primetime development. In the new position, Reilly will oversee the NBC Studios division and the network's development department. Reilly worked at NBC in development in the late 1980s and early '90s. He went on to Brillstein-Grey Entertainment for six years before moving to the top programming job at FX in 2000. There he raised the channel's profile with projects such as THE SHIELD and LUCKY.

Headline News Rhinoceros Rebrands and Renames

In accordance with its new emphasis on VFX, New York City-based Rhinoceros Visual Effects and Design has changed its name to rhinofx. In addition, the studio has added three of its freelance artists to the roster: Ronen Sharabani, Joseph Burrascano and Joshua Frankel.

According to partner/senior exec producer Rick Wagonheim, hiring freelancers works for both parties. "Team chemistry and collaboration is important at rhinofx." Some of the projects they have been working on at rhinofx include Dentyne Ice, L'Oreal, Baskin-Robbins, Scotch-Brite, Cadillac and Krylon.

Headline News Bica Finds Herself at Lost Planet

Award-winning editor Kim Bica joins Lost Planet to work out of both of its Los Angeles and New York locations. Prior to joining Lost Planet, Bica was an editor at Spotwelders where her clients included Levis, Southern Comfort, Saturn and HBO, as well as ad agencies Goodby, Silverstein & Partners, Arnold St. Louis, GSD&M and TBWAChiatDay. Bica was at FilmCore Editorial in San Francisco and worked on commercials for Nike, Adidas, Supercuts and Robertson Stevens. She began her career at Red Sky Films in San Francisco.

Headline News Ascent Media Gains New CFO

Ascent Media Creative Services Group, a technical and creative services provider for the entertainment industry, has promoted Robert T. Wenrich to the position of cfo. In his new role, Wenrich will handle the strategic and financial management of the company's the entertainment television, commercial television and creative sound services operations. He originally joined the firm in 2002 as cfo for the Creative Sound Services unit.

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