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Headline News Askin Elected ATAS Chairman

Tribune Entertainment president/ceo Dick Askin was elected Aug. 22, 2003 by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences' board of governors to replace writer/producer Bryce Zabel as chairman. Askin had served as vice chair and ran unopposed. Current second vice chair John Shaffner has moved up from to vice chairman. Newly elected to the post of second vice chair is Karen Miller becomes the second vice chair. Re-elected to second terms are secretary Daniel Birman, treasurer Leo Chaloukian and Los Angeles-area vice chair Mitch Waldow. New terms begin Oct. 1, 2003.

Headline News Michelle Guy to Manage PR for Fox Kids U.K.

Michelle Guy joins Fox Kids U.K. as press and pr manager, replacing Anna Sargent who left the company in June 2003. Guy is responsible for generating press coverage for Fox Kids channel, online, interactive and consumer products activities in the U.K. and for promoting the Fox Kids brand to U.K. audiences.

Headline News Jules Engel Ill in L.A. Hospital

USC Animation's Christine Panushka reports that Cal Arts founding director of experimental animation, Jules Engel, is critically ill in a hospital in Los Angeles. Engel was also a co-founder at UPA and Format Films. Panushka reports his condition came on very quickly as a result of a fall. If you'd like to send Jules a message, e-mail messages are preferred. Messages should be sent to: and she will read them to him.

or faxes may be sent to:Jules EngelSchool of Film /Video661-252 7824

Headline News FilmCore Promotes Burchard

FilmCore has promoted Tiffany Burchard to editor. For the past five years, she has been an assistant to editor Paul Norling and has worked as an editor for the past four years with Green, FilmCore's boutique for emerging editors.

FilmCore president Steve McCoy said, "Promoting Tiffany to editor is a tribute to her talent. She has an inviting and understated manner and a phenomenal depth of artistry when it comes to bringing a unique point of view to a project."

Headline News Dentz Named Cinesite VP

Cinesite Hollywood has announced that Daphne Dentz has been promoted to vp, business development from her post as a visual effects producer, which she assumed in August 2000. In her new role, she will focus on developing the companys digital intermediate technology as a creative tool for cinematographers. Dentz will report to Dan Lombardo, president/gm Cinesite Hollywood.

Headline News Cutting Room and r OO M Move in Gonzalez and Jacobsen

Creative editorial company Cutting Room and motion graphic design studio r OO M welcome two new members to its team: editor Dean Gonzalez and producer Jon Jacobsen.

Gonzalez joins Cutting Room after a six-year tenure at Avenue Edit. His commercial credits include spots for Chevy, Kawasaki and Sears, and music videos for Zwan, Trail of the Dead and Guster.

Headline News Saban Sets New ProSiebenSat 1 Board

In the aftermath of Haim Saban's takeover of ProSiebenSat 1, the German broadcast group is getting a new supervisory board. The board will consist of Saban, his brother Arieh Saban, also a media businessman; Adam Chesnoff, coo of the Saban Capital Group; former head/architect of Fox Kids Europe and Saban Capital director Ynon Kreiz; Wolfgang Hartmann, an exec at Germany's Commerzbank; and Ron Kenan, Sabans music chief and now media consultant.

Headline News Universal Licensing Muscle Moves to Marvel

Universal Studios licensing exec Tim Rothwell is headed over to Marvel Enterprises to be president of its worldwide consumer products group. Rothwell will be overseeing Marvels core licensing and merchandising division, the companys principal source of profit and cash flow. His immediate directives from Marvel ceo Allen Lipson are to develop Marvels international licensing business and strengthen retailer relationships, which Marvel sees as underdeveloped areas with huge growth potential for the company.

Headline News Warner Staffs Up its Specialty Division

Warner Independent Pictures, the recently formed specialty film division of Warner Bros. Entertainment Group, has hired Michael Andreen as exec vp production and Laura Kim as exec vp marketing and publicity, the studio announced. They join Paul Federbush and Tracey Bing, who joined WIP last week as svp production and acquisitions and vp production and acquisitions, respectively.

Headline News Blum Segues From Universal Pictures to Home Video

Pamela Blum has segued from Universal Pictures to Universal Studios Home Video as svp of marketing services, responsible for overseeing the development of all DVD value added content, and will supervise all Internet and research activities. Her role also includes maximizing opportunities between USHV and all studio cross-divisional departments including theatrical, consumer products, music, television and recreation, according to Ken Graffeo, evp of marketing for Universal Studios Home Video.

Headline News DIC Bolsters Consumer Products Division

Former Disney licensing exec Vincent Marchica is onboard as vp of creative, it was announced by Nancy Bassett, svp for DICs worldwide consumer products. Kathy DeGennero has been appointed senior designer and Heather Fuscellero will serve as director of retail.

Additionally, DIC has promoted Cindy Davis from director to vp of domestic licensing and Ryan Gagerman to exec director of international licensing.

Headline News Academy President Reups and Roth Will Produce Oscars

Academy award-winning writer Frank Pierson has been re-elected to his third term as president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences by its board of governors. Producer/director/studio chief Joe Roth has been tapped to produce the 76th Annual Academy Awards telecast on February 29, 20-04 live from the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood on ABC-TV.

Roth, who headed three studios before forming Revolution Studios in May 2000, has produced nearly 40 films over the past 25 years. This will be his first time to produce the Oscarcast.

Headline News Burbage New PR Head for FKE

Jenny Burbage has been appointed Fox Kids Europes new head of press and public relations, reporting to Shari Donnenfeld, FKEs exec director of research and marketing. Burbage is responsible for developing and coordinating the companys corporate communications and pr strategy for all FKE divisions (consumer products, channels, online and interactive) throughout Europe and the Middle East.

Headline News Discovery Kids ups Rapsas to vp

Discovery Kids has appointed Jim Rapsas from director to vp of kids program development to develop and maintain programming for all of the Discovery Kids outlets, including the Disco Discovery Kids Channel, Discovery Kids Saturday morning block on NBC and the sponsor-free and commercial-free Ready Set Learn preschool block on TLC.

The six-year Discovery veteran has been responsible for such shows as TRADING SPACES: BOYS VS GIRLS, SCOUT'S SAFARI and ADVENTURE CAMP. Rapas created and exec produced STRANGE DAYS AT BLAKE HOLSEY HIGH.

Headline News Cartoon Network Commits $500 Million and Arnesen to Int'l Program Production

Finn Arnesen has been promoted from programming development chief of Cartoon Network Europe to head program production for Cartoon Network International with responsibility for all areas outside the U.S. The CN exec will be kept exceptionally busy with Cartoon Networks recent commitment of more than $500 million over five years (2003-2007) to produce original animated programming.

Headline News Friend Named SVP of Newly Formed Cartoon Network Enterprises

John S. Friend has been named svp of the newly created Cartoon Network Enterprises. In his new role, he will supervise the domestic and international sales and marketing teams. His duties also will include support to AOL Time Warner companies that represent Cartoon Network business interests, including Warner Bros. Consumer Products, Warner Home Video, Warner Bros. International Television and Warner Music Group. Moreover, he will work closely with the network's ad sales division to maximize promotional licensing opportunities.