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Savage Exits GigaPix Studios

John Savage has resigned as president of CGI animation company, GigaPix Studios, according to GigaPix ceo Chris Blauvelt.

"I accept John's decision to move on and wish him the very best in his future endeavors," said Blauvelt. "We have initiated a search for a replacement for John and anticipate an announcement shortly."

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Buzz Hays to Head 3-D Stereoscopic Production at Imageworks

Buzz Hays has been appointed senior producer for Sony Pictures Imageworks recently formalized Imageworks 3-D stereoscopic pipeline. This pipeline is dedicated to the creation of three-dimensional stereoscopic versions of standard release films for the IMAX 3-D and Real D platforms.

Hays first projects are the 3-D stereoscopic adaptations for Columbia Pictures MONSTER HOUSE for Real D theaters and the first CG feature from Sony Pictures Animation, OPEN SEASON, in IMAX 3-D.

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Engine Room Visual Effects Adds Supervisor Andrew Honacker

Engine Room Visual Effects has hired visual effects supervisor Andrew Honacker. An Emmy, BDA and VES award-winner, Honacker has worked as CG supervisor with the company in a freelance capacity on such projects as THE DA VINCI CODE teaser trailer, new theatrical opens for Lionsgate Films, a recent GMC Denali commercial campaign, the upcoming feature film release ALPHA DOG, the Discovery Channel TITANIC promo, a campaign for NASCAR on FOX and THE DREW CAREY GREEN SCREEN SHOW.

Disney Headline News

Patti McTeague Upped to SVP, Kids’ Communications, Disney-ABC Television Gr

Patti McTeague has been promoted from vp to svp, kids communications, Disney-ABC Television Group, overseeing strategic planning and implementation of communications and publicity initiatives for all of the Kids Communications areas for the Group, including the wholly owned basic cable kids platforms and programming blocks Disney Channel worldwide, Playhouse Disney, Toon Disney and Jetix as well as ABC Kids, Walt Disney Television Animation and Radio Disney.

Channel Headline News

Walt Doublestein New Channel M VP Videogame Integration

Walt Doublestein has joined New York City- and Los Angeles-based Channel M as vp videogame integration.

For the past nine years, Doublestein worked at BBDO Detroit, where he was most recently director video gaming & non-traditional marketing. One of the pioneers in videogame integration, he oversaw projects, such as NASCAR 06 TOTAL TEAM CONTROL, TONY HAWKS UNDERGROUND 2, TONY HAWKS AMERICAN WASTELAND, THE MOVIES and TOMB RAIDER: LEGEND.

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Dominic Gardiner Coming to Jetix UK as Director Of Programming

Dominic Gardiner will join Jetix UK as director of programming in September, with responsibility for overall channel content programming, acquisitions, scheduling and on air promotions with a strong focus on improving channel ratings and share performance.

He will report to Boel Ferguson, Jetix UKs recently appointed md. Gardiner will work closely with both Jetix UKs marketing director Allan Stenhouse and Jetix Europes svp of programming Michael Lekes, to deliver an overall programming strategy and fine tune the channel editorial line.

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Six New & Eight Incumbents Governors Elected to AMPAS Board

Six new governors have been elected to represent their branches on the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Eight incumbent governors were reelected.

Newcomers to the board are Rob Epstein, documentary branch; Mark Goldblatt, film editors; and James L. Brooks, writers. Returning to the board after a hiatus are Paul Mazursky, directors; Mark Johnson, producers; and Bill Taylor, visual effects.

Animated Headline News

Flickerlab Signs Animation Director Eric Merola

FlickerLab, the New York City-based design and animation studio, has added director of animation Eric Merola to its creative roster, responsible for the direction of animated spots and the creation of original content. He will also work directly with FlickerLab founder/creative director Harold Moss as a creative partner on original properties, both live-action and animated.

Animation Headline News

Eamonn Butler to Head Double Negative Animation

Double Negative has appointed Eamonn Butler as its new head of Animation. Butler spent 10 years at Walt Disney Feature Animation, where he worked on a number of productions, including FANTASIA 2000, DINOSAUR and REIGN OF FIRE. He was most recently animation supervisor for CHICKEN LITTLE.

Television Headline News

Karen Miller to Head Worldwide TV Creative Services, for Warner Bros. TV Group

Karen Miller has been promoted to svp, worldwide television creative services, for the Warner Bros. Television Group, to manage the day-to-day operations of the creative services department and oversee the conceptualization and design of all print, digital and on-air advertising and promotional materials for the studio's worldwide television marketing, sales and publicity initiatives.

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Jim Noonan Upped to WB Home Ent. SVP

Jim Noonan has been promoted to the newly created corporate position of svp, worldwide strategic promotions & communications, Warner Bros. Home Ent. Group, charged with creating strategic cross-platform, cross-divisional promotions for product distributed via the WBHEG's businesses (including Warner Home Video, Warner Bros. Digital Distribution and Warner Bros. Interactive Ent.). In addition, Noonan will work with Warner Bros. Entertainment's Corporate Communications team in overseeing WBHEG's internal and external consumer and business communications.

Television Headline News

Nate Kirtman New NBC Universal Television Group Publicity VP

Nate Kirtman has been named to the newly created position of vp, NBC Universal Television Group Publicity, re-joining the department in Burbank, California, following communications roles at GE's corporate headquarters and Aviation business.

"We are fortunate that Nate will be re-joining our team," said Rebecca Marks, evp, NBC Universal Television Group publicity, to whom Kirtman will report. "Nate's affable style, diverse experience and organizational acumen will be key assets as the NBC-U Television Group continues to expand its horizons."

Disney Headline News

Walt Disney Co. Picks John Pepper to Succeed Sen. Mitchell as Chairman

The Walt Disney Co. board of directors today (June 28, 2006) elected independent Disney director and former Procter & Gamble chairman/ceo John E. Pepper, Jr., to serve as non-executive chairman of the board, effective Jan. 1, 2007. Pepper succeeds Senator George J. Mitchell, who has served as Disney chairman since March 2004.

Software Headline News

Luxology Taps Bob Bennett for VP of Marketing

Luxology Llc. has hired Bob Bennett as vp of marketing. An active player in the 3D software field for more than 15 years, Bennett has held key positions at leading software developers such as Alias Systems, Microsoft and Autodesk. Joining Luxologys team of industry gurus, Bennetts exceptional level of skill and experience will expand Luxologys core knowledge and provide a driving force in modos market expansion.

Post Headline News

Larry Birstock Rejoins Post Logic as CEO

Larry Birstock returns to Hollywood-based Post Logic Studios as ceo. He replaces Steve Hendricks, who served as ceo from 2005 to the present, revitalizing Post Logic as an independent post-production and digital intermediate facility. Birstock previously served as evp from 2000 to 2005.

Sound Headline News

Emmy-Winning Sound Specialist Geisler Joins Pacific Soundwaves

Leading post-production sound facility Pacific Soundwaves announced that animation sound specialist Michael Geisler has joined the company as supervising sound editor. Bringing the award-winning sound designer/editor on staff enables Pacific Soundwaves to better address the very specific needs of animated film, television, gaming and interactive projects. A highly-regarded audio pro and founder of sound postproduction company BadaBing BadaBoom, Geisler is now serving his extensive base of animation clients as a member of Pacific Soundwaves team, at its top-of-the-line Burbank facility.

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Caplan Upped to Hardlines & Van Gilder Joins Softlines for SPCP

Mark Caplan has been promoted from exec director of interactive to vp, hardlines for Sony Pictures Consumer Products (SPCP). Caplan represents the SPCP catalog of merchandising properties, whose key theatrical assets include OPEN SEASON and SURFS UP; television properties, including the animated series, ITS A BIG BIG WORLD and syndicated game shows WHEEL OF FORTUNE and JEOPARDY.

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Claudio Cappon New Head at RAI

RAI has upped Claudio Cappon, to the Italian pubcaster's top position, director general, according to the HOLLYWOOD REPORTER.

Cappon, 53, held the same top operative post at RAI from February 2001 to March 2002. Most recently, Cappon had been president of Italy's TV producers' association, ATP.

International Headline News

Alexander Coridass Renewed to Head ZDF Enterprises

Alexander Coridass, president/ceo of ZDF Enterprises, will remain in charge of the ZDF licensing subsidiary for another five years, according to Markus Schächter, gm of the German pubcaster ZDF, who said Coridass' contract has been renewed. The 51-year-old media manager has been in charge of the ZDF subsidiary since 1998.

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