Stardust Studios has brought onboard Corey Cirillo as exec producer, and promoted senior producer Amy Kaufman Levy to the newly created position of head of production. Both execs will be based in the company's Santa Monica, California, studio.
HIT Ent. has brought onboard Andi Copley as md/exec producer of its award-winning animation studio, HOT Animation. The Los Angeles-based studio exec will relocate to Manchester in the U.K. this month and will assume responsibility for the operational management of HOTs production slate, including PINGU and BOB THE BUILDER, as well as growing and expanding the studios third-party work.
Aric Ackerman joins The L.A. Studios Inc. as ceo and will be responsible for the overall management and growth of the company's LA Studios and Margarita Mix audio post-production facilities. Based in the company's studios in Universal City, he will also oversee the Hollywood and Santa Monica-based studios. Former ceo, Jesse Meli, continues with the company as president emeritus, consulting on business development opportunities.
Thomas J. McLean chats with vfx supervisors John Knoll, Boyd Shermis and Mark Stetson about their Oscar-nominated work and the selection process. Includes QuickTime clips!
Dennis Hoffman has joined Rainmaker Visual Effects as head of production, a comparable position he most recently held at Digital Domain. Hoffman will report to Brian Moylan, managing director, Rainmaker Visual Effects.
"As Vancouver increasingly becomes a destination for high end visual effects, Rainmaker is pleased to have someone of Dennis caliber and experience join us as we move into more demanding and challenging projects, stated Warren Franklin, ceo of Rainmaker Ent. Inc.
To meet the demands of National Geographic Kids Ent.'s (NGKE) rapidly expanding production slate, Melanie Grisanti joins as of production while Darren Metzger takes on the newly created position franchise marketing director.
Grisanti will oversee the flow of all production for the kids' programming production unit and supervise series set up, budgeting, scheduling and studio management domestically and abroad to ensure creative integrity and production quality. She reports to NGKE president Donna Friedman Meir.
Samantha Ryan moves up to svp, development & production, Warner Bros. Interactive Ent., while Jason Hall, who has served as svp, WBIE since its founding in 2004, will segue into a first-look videogame and feature film development deal through his wholly owned production company, HDFilms Inc.
Penney Finkelman Cox, who launched Sony Pictures Animation with her longtime business partner Sandra Rabins, is ankling her evp post to become a producer for the division.
She has one release under her belt, OPEN SEASON, and co-developed a busy slate with Rabins. Finkelman Cox moves into active development on several of the 10 projects she has shepherded at SPA, including DISENCHANTED FOREST and BIG NASTY.
Cartoon Network GM Samples Resigns Over Aqua Teen Scare
Jim Samples, Cartoon Network's evp/gm, has stepped down as a result of the AQUA TEEN HUNGER FORCE marketing disaster, which caused a bomb scare in Boston, resulting in Turner Broadcasting System owing the city and homeland security $2 million. On a temporary basis, all CN execs will report to Turner Ent. Group president Mark Lazarus.
On the eve of Dennis Muren receiving the Visual Effects Society's Life Achievement Award at the 5th Annual VES Awards on Feb. 11, Bill Desowitz chatted with the ILM legend about his career and the state of the industry.
Exodus Film Group announced that seasoned animation exec Max Howard has joined the company as president. Howard was formerly president of Warner Bros. Feature Animation and svp of Disney Feature Animation.
Rick DeMott travels to the online animated communities to find out more about the growing corner of the animation business from leaders like Neopets and Habbo, as well as newer sites, such as Urbaniacs.
Marco Consoli reports back from the Future Film Festival, where he experienced some tasty digital delights, both large and small, from around the world.
Jeff Zucker has been officially announced as president and ceo of NBC Universal, succeeding Bob Wright, who will continue to serve as a General Electric vice chairman.
NaturalMotion Ltd. has hired Andy Payne as vp of sales, Europe. Payne joins NaturalMotion from Autodesk, where he served as strategic accounts manager responsible for Maya and 3ds Max sales to companies such as Electronic Arts, Sony, Microsoft, Moving Picture Co. and Framestore CFC.
Sean Redlitz has been appointed md, DotComedy while C.J. Arabia has been named editorial manager, DotComedy, which is NBC Universal's new comedy broadband channel, an online home for edgy, original content, as well as having a wide variety of comedic video on the Web.
Dave Child, one of the industry's top vfx artists, has recently hooked up with leading post-production boutique Golden Square, having run the 3D department at One Post for three years and before that, senior animator at Rushes.
Child joins the recently expanded 3D department of six full-time animators plus permanent freelancers. Golden Square has recently refurbished a stylish and comfortable new space at no. 4 (Golden Square) to accommodate the ever-increasing workload and staff. No. 4 will also accommodate two new suites, Disqo and the design department.
Bill Desowitz catches up with acclaimed character concept designer Aaron Sims about making the transition to directing with his new short and feature production plans. Includes QuickTime clip!
Fox Filmed Ent. launched a series of promotions in the wake of the studio's record $2 billion-plus global box office last year and the sudden departure two weeks ago of Fox Animation president Chris Meledandri to Universal.
Hutch Parker has been elevated to vice chairman of Twentieth Century Fox Film Group, which includes oversight of both Twentieth Century Fox and Fox Animation. Parker has been president of TCF since 2005. He joined Fox in 1995 as svp, production. He was named president of production in 1999.
Rainmaker Ent. Inc. has turned Mainframe Ent. into Rainmaker Animation as a result of its acquisition and has named Paul Gertz as evp of the new division.
Cartoon Network exec Marc Buhaj will join Jetix Europe as svp of programming for Jetix Europe, effective April 2, 2007. His content oversight will encompass production, development, acquisitions, scheduling, on-air promotions, multimedia programming and administration for Jetix Europe
Industry vet Dorrit Ragosine joins Twentieth Century Fox Home Ent. (TCFHE) as vp of public relations, to drive the consumer public relations effort for the studio's new release, catalog and television titles and play an overall strategic role in communications for the division.