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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.

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Rory Bruer Named President, Worldwide Distribution at Sony

In a move that consolidates Sony Pictures' worldwide theatrical distribution activities under one roof, Rory Bruer has been promoted to President of Worldwide Distribution.

As part of the consolidation, Mark Zucker has been named president of Sony Pictures Releasing International. The moves finalizes the goal of Jeff Blake, Chairman of Sony Pictures Worldwide Marketing & Distribution, to integrate the studio's marketing and distribution divisions on a global basis. Last year, Blake completed the merger of the studio's worldwide marketing operations.

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GenArts Names Steve Bannerman as CMO

GenArts, a provider of visual effects software for the film, broadcast and video industries, announced the addition of Steve Bannerman to its executive team as Chief Marketing Officer. With more than 20 years of experience at companies such as Apple, CastStream and UGOBE, Bannerman will drive the company's brand and marketing strategy worldwide.

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Columbia Promotes Gumpert to President of Biz Affairs

Andrew Gumpert has been promoted to President of Business Affairs and Administration for Columbia Pictures.

Gumpert will report jointly to Michael Lynton, Chairman and CEO of Sony Pictures Ent. (SPE) and Amy Pascal, Co-Chairman of SPE and Chairman, SPE Motion Pictures Group.

Animation Headline News

Calabash Animation Adds Animator Jessica Plummer, New Green Technology

Thanks in part to several new creatively challenging assignments -- including a comprehensive campaign for General Mills that includes both on-air and online components -- Calabash Animation, the animation studio led by Creative Director Wayne Brejcha and Executive Producer Sean Henry, has made several significant investments in new animation talent and technology.

Studios Headline News

Connors Named COO at Marvel Studios

Tim Connors has been named Chief Operating Officer of Marvel Studios, the Hollywood subsidiary of Marvel Ent. In his new role, Connors will manage Marvel Studios' day-to-day business operations as well as oversee the business transactions for all studio productions including the anticipated releases of IRON MAN 2 on May 7, 2010, THOR on July 16, 2010, THE FIRST AVENGER: CAPTAIN AMERICA on May 6, 2011, THE AVENGERS in July 15, 2011 and ANT MAN.

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Animation Director Piotr Karwas Joins Asylum

Los Angeles-based vfx and design company Asylum has signed award-winning animation director Piotr Karwas.

Karwas brings more than 10 years of experience in the film industry to Asylum. While working for visual effects facility Digital Domain, he played an integral part in several high-profile feature films, including Peter Jackson's THE LORD OF THE RINGS - THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING, Alex Proyas' I, ROBOT and Tim Burton's CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY.

Music Headline News

VFX Artist Andy McKenna Joins a52 as Lead Flame Artist

Santa Monica vfx boutique a52 has added award-winning vfx supervisor and artist Andy McKenna to its full-time staff.

At a52, which is well known for its artful contributions to major commercial, music video and television projects, McKenna joins a team that includes the talents of Flame artist/VFX supervisor Patrick Murphy, 3D/VFX supervisor Andrew Hall, and others.

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Curious Names Lawson Head of Development

Curious Pictures has named Elyse Lawson as Head of Development. The move is in response to the studio's expansion into original production in areas such as feature films, TV series and games. Lawson joins Curious from Anonymous Content, where she was Director of Development, based in the company's New York office.

Visual Headline News

Yowza Expands Development Team

Toronto's Yowza Animation is expanding their development team with the recent addition of Heather Walker as Head of Development. The company's reel includes work with large studios such as Warner Brothers, Universal, Disney and considerable television service work. Yowza's development slate includes original I.P. as well as optioned materials and ranges across all ages, genres and media including traditional broadcast, new media and direct-to-DVD.

Yowza plan to roll out the new additions to their I.P. roster at Kidscreen Summit in New York in February.