Anne Globe takes over as DreamWorks Animation's new head of worldwide marketing and consumer products. Globe replaces Terry Press, the longtime and highly effective marketing head of the studio, who announced plans to step down from her role, but to continue to work with the studio as a consultant, as well as to take on other non-competitive projects in the industry.
Christine Davis joins Cookie Jar Ent. as the company's newest in-house producer. Based in Cookie Jar's Toronto headquarters, Davis will report to Pamela Slavin, vp production and will be responsible for producing new series for the company's growing original production slate.
A 20-year producing vet, Davis' credits include LITTLE PEOPLE, THE NEWSROOM, THE WRONG COAST, ANNE; JOURNEY TO GREEN GABLES, ANNE OF GREEN GABLES, BRUNO and SESAME STORIES.
Brian Simpson joins Keyframe Digital Prods. as its new ceo. Reporting to Keyframe Digital's founders, Darren Cranford and Clint Green, Simpson's mandate is to assume responsibility for the strategic direction and implementation of Keyframe's productions. He will be operating from the head office located in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada.
Beth Goss joins Turner Broadcasting System as evp of Cartoon Network's ad sales, marketing and enterprises group, effective Jan. 29, 2007. Goss will be based in New York City.
Paramount Pictures president Gail Berman is leaving her post, the trades have reported with confirmation from the company.
Paramount chairman/ceo Brad Grey announced this afternoon (Jan. 10, 2007) that Berman has exited her job, effective immediately. A reorganization of the studio's production structure will be announced shortly.
Berman, who joined Paramount in May 2005, had a number of films under her watch, including NACHO LIBRE, WORLD TRADE CENTER and the recently released FREEDOM WRITERS, that marked the beginning of a turnaround at Paramount.
Henry Ahn has been promoted to evp, NBCU Television Networks Distribution, responsible for all sales and sales support of NBCU's television content to cable, satellite and telco industries.
Ahn will continue to work closely with JB Perrette, president, NBCU Digital Distribution and his team, to deliver digital products to all of NBCU Television Networks Distribution's customers.
Bernd Conrad joins TV-Loonland as its new licensing and merchandising head to help expand the company's L&M business. He will be operating from the Munich office.
Reporting to TV-Loonland coo Olivier Dumont, Conrad will devise and implement the company's strategy on marketing and L&M opportunities, as well as be responsible for the selection and management of licensing agents internationally. Furthermore, he will directly handle L&M in German-speaking Europe and pan-international deals.
Paul Shurgot, a key member of Disney's financial team for more than 11 years, has been promoted from deputy cfo to svp/cfo for The Walt Disney Studios. In his new role, Shurgot oversees all finance, accounting and information technology for the studio, including Walt Disney Pictures, Touchstone Pictures, Walt Disney Animation, Pixar Animation, Miramax Films, Buena Vista Worldwide Marketing and Distribution, Buena Vista Worldwide Home Ent., Disney Theatrical Prods., and the Buena Vista Music Group.
VIZ Media Llc. Has relocated its European operations from Amsterdam to Paris. The new European company will be called VIZ Media Europe, S.A.R.L (VME) and officially opens on Jan. 15, 2007. John Easum has been appointed president/gérant of VME and will oversee all of VIZ Media's European, Middle Eastern and African operations from Paris.
Joseph Gilland reminisces about his move into the sweet home of animation in this month's "The Animated Scene."
Premiere animation studio W!LDBRAIN has hired named Lisa Rose as its director of public relations and marketing. An award-winning public relations specialist with more than 13 years of experience, Rose reports directly to Charles Rivkin, president/ceo of W!LDBRAIN.
"We are delighted to welcome Lisa to W!LDBRAIN at this exciting time in our company's history," said Rivkin. "Her proven creativity and extensive experience in entertainment public relations and marketing make her a perfect addition to our talented management team."
DreamWorks Animation announced today (Dec. 15, 2006) that Kristina Leslie, its cfo, will be leaving the company. Leslie will remain in her role through Feb. 2007 to oversee the reporting of the company's year-end results. DeamWorks will begin the search for a replacement.
Antonio Huab joins HIT Ent. as the new vp for Asia. Huab, a 15-year seasoned licensing and marketing exec in the entertainment industry, will be responsible for driving the Asia Pacific consumer products and TV distribution business out of HIT's recently opened office in Hong Kong.
In this month's column, Martin "Dr. Toon" Goodman reflects on how Woody Woodpecker helped save his life -- literally.
DreamWorks Animation president Lewis Coleman has been elected to the company's board of directors.
"Lew is a widely-respected leader and advisor who has greatly contributed to the success of DreamWorks Animation, both as the company's president and as a prior board member," said Roger Enrico, the DreamWork's chairman. "He has worked hand-in-hand with our board and management team over the past several years in establishing the core objectives of this company and his continued leadership will be instrumental in accomplishing these goals."
Bill Desowitz speaks with Oscar-winning visual effects supervisor Joe Letteri about staying on the cutting edge of digital acting and 3D environments at Weta Digital.
AWN chats with filmmaker Don McWilliams about a giant box set for a giant of animation -- Norman McLaren: The Master's Edition.
Nick Jr. and NOGGIN will blend their creative and management teams into a unified group -- Nickelodeon Preschool, the largest preschool and parent's destination in the world -- with 109 hours of preschool television a week, representing 56% of all preschool programming on television. The new preschool team will be led by Brown Johnson who has been named evp/exec creative director, Nickelodeon Preschool and gm of NOGGIN.
Nina Jacobson has signed a three-year, first-look agreement at DreamWorks Studios, according to THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER. This deal comes six months after she was removed as head of the Walt Disney Motion Pictures Group. The new agreement goes into effect in January.
Jacobson previously worked at DreamWorks as a senior film exec prior to taking the post of president of the motion picture division at Disney in 1998. At DreamWorks, she developed hits, such as WHAT LIES BENEATH and ANTZ, for which she is credited as formulating the original idea.
Rainmaker announced today (Dec. 4, 2006) that former Mainframe ceo Rick Mischel will now serve as an exec producer with a first look deal at Rainmaker. Rainmaker recently acquired Mainframe Ent. Mischel was instrumental in the sale of the company and will moves into his new role immediately.
NBC Universal today (Dec. 4, 2006) announced expanded responsibilities for several senior executives, and appointed Michael Pilot as new head of Ad Sales.
Rhythm & Hues film division president Richard Hollander is leaving the Los Angeles area visual effects studio to join Bay area Pixar Animation Studios as a producer, according to the HOLLYWOOD REPORTER.
R&H' film division exec producer Lee Berger succeeds Hollander as R&H's new president in February, the trade reports.
Hollander reportedly had been looking for new challenges, and learned of a producing position at Pixar through former Lucas Digital president Jim Morris, who joined Pixar as producer two years ago.
Lisa Hill joins Cosgrove Hall Filmsin the U.K. as PR and marketing manager, as the studio, the birthplace of childrens classics -- including DANGERMOUSE and COUNT DUCKULA -- celebrates its 30th anniversary and embarks on a new era by developing a slate of new programs.
Hill has six years PR and marketing experience and is an associate member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (ACIPR). She has spent the last three years raising the profile of North West Vision (the film, TV and digital media agency for Englands North West).
Artist owned-and-operated effects boutique Brickyard VFX has hired lead 3D artist Julian Sarmiento to join the CG division. He joins co-heads of the CG department, Robert Sethi and Yafei Wu.
Peter Risafi has been upped to svp, brand marketing/exec creative director, for Comedy Central and will continue to be based at the company's headquarters in New York City. In his newly expanded role, Risafi will be responsible for all brand creative and strategic marketing, ensuring a consistent look and unified voice for the Comedy Central brand across all media and platforms. This includes consumer, ad trade and affiliate marketing; network brand strategy and creative positioning; its digital assets and all other ancillary businesses.