Dr. Toon talks to producer/writer/director/animator Rob Renzetti about his career, his influences, and that spunky Robotic Global Response Unit XJ9 (a.k.a Jenny Wakeman), star of My Life as a Teenage Robot. The show’s first one-hour special airs on Nickelodeon August 13.
Tom Sito revisits the Civil War of Animation and tells how the Great Walt Disney Cartoonists Strike of 1941 changed the course of animation and comics.
Steven M. Grossman will become evp/coo of 4Kids Entertainment Inc. starting Sept. 1, 2005 and will report directly to Alfred R. Kahn, 4Kids chairman/ceo.
Grossman has been a director of 4Kids since 2001 and chairman of the Audit Committee since 2003. He has resigned from 4Kids Audit, Compensation and Nominating and Corporate Governance Committees, but will continue as a director of the company.
Curious Pictures newest addition to its roster of award-winning directors is Stefan Nadelman. Nadelmans recent animation work for VH1, HBO, ESPN, Panasonic and Nike has established his reputation in the industry, as well as winning a Jury Prize at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival for his short TERMINAL BAR, which also won RESFESTs Audience choice award.
Marisa Fiechter has rejoined bicoastal creative studio Trollbäck + Company as a producer and is producing projects for HBO as well as the comprehensive redesign of a TV network.
The combination of Marisas nine years of agency experience and her sense of taste and style make her a perfect match for Trollbäck + Co., said exec producer Elizabeth Kiehner.
Michael Mintz joins iO Film, a technologically advanced, full-service digital film finishing facility specializing in film and video projects from every sector of the entertainment industry, in the new position of digital intermediate colorist. Mintz will work with clients in the digital grading of feature films.
Robert G. Friedman will step down as coo/vice chairman of the Motion Picture Group of Paramount Pictures to pursue other interests, it was announced today (July 12, 2005) by Paramount Chairman and CEO Brad Grey.
Friedman, vice chairman of the Paramount Motion Picture Group since he joined the studio in 1997 when, and later coo in 2002 to oversee all domestic and international marketing, publicity and distribution operations at Paramount, as well as Paramount Home Ent. and specialty division Paramount Classics.
Four-time Emmy award-winning musical composer Laura Karpman has joined Sony Online Entertainment Inc. (SOE), as a full time composer.
Technology and interactivity has always been central to the ways that I think and work in music, Karpman said. It is an enormous opportunity for me to join forces with Sony Online. I believe that together, we can push the envelope of interactive orchestral and electronic music in the world of online gaming.
TiVo appointed veteran media executive Tom Rogers as president/ceo, to replace Mike Ramsay, co-founder of TiVo, who announced his intention to step down as ceo in January after seven years in the position.
Rogers served as vice chairman of TiVos board, on which he has served since September 2003.
Rozanne Englehart joins Sony Pictures Television International (SPTI) as vp, programming and research. Based at SPTI's headquarters in Culver City, California, she will provide research and analysis of feature film and television programming performance worldwide in support of SPTI's three lines of business: distribution, international production and international networks. This includes designing quantitative and qualitative research and managing a team performing analysis to make strategy recommendations.
The Disney ABC Television Group has promoted Rodrigue Trouillet to the newly created position of vp technology & broadcast operations, Walt Disney Television International, Continental Europe. Trouillet will continue to be based in France and will be responsible for the broadcast operations management of the branded TV & Jetix channels based in the EMEA region (France, Germany, Italy, Iberia). He will lead the development and implementation of new businesses, acting as a central body of expertise with a focus on systems, processes and technology.
Robin Lyons has resigned as a director for Entertainment Rights Plc. (ER), as well as leaves his position of md of Siriol Productions, a wholly owned subsidiary of ER, to set up his own production company, Calon.
The ER board has decided to relocate Siriol Prods. from Cardiff, Wales to ERs head office in Hammersmith in England. This decision follows a strategic review of the groups production facilities, following the acquisition of Tell-Tale Productions in September 2004.
Animation veteran Frank Gladstone has joined IDT Ent. as vp, artistic development, responsible for all artistic training and recruitment issues as well as community outreach and education and also will have creative input on story development and provide assistance with the acquisition of outside projects.
Janet Hetherington checks in with independent animators across Canada to find out whats hot and whats not on the Canadian animation scene.
Ellen Wolff reports on the latest developments in Sony Pictures Imageworks innovative new faculty-based training program called IPAX.
The Disney-ABC Television Group has appointed Siobhan Kenny vp, communications, Walt Disney Television EMEA, for the European, Middle Eastern and African (EMEA) territories. She will be responsible for the implementation and coordination of all corporate and entertainment communication strategies across the EMEA territories, and will play a key role as a senior member of the Walt Disney Television EMEA executive team.
Acclaimed spot and features director Steve Beck has been hired by Rhythm + Hues Studios to bolster its commercial group.
This follows R+H (www.rhythm.com) bringing on Paul Babb as its new live action exec producer, as the studio has refocused its energies to create what it calls, The Complete Digital Studio a full service shop for both advertising agencies and production companies.
DisneyToon Studios has promoted two execs with Brian Snedeker, previously svp of creative affairs for DisneyToon Studios, assuming the title of svp of pre-production and Karen Ferguson taking on the role of vp of 3D production.
Snedeker will report directly to Sharon Morrill, president of DisneyToon Studios. In his new undertaking, Snedeker will oversee pre-production as well as take an active role in the production phase of all animated films made by the studio.
Karen Raugust looks at how Indian animation programs are teaming up with studios and software providers to expand the countrys workforce as its 3D industry grows.
Helen McAleer has been promoted from director to the new role of deputy managing director of Children's BBC Worldwide and Susanna Pollack, director of U.S. co-production sales, has been promoted to vp of children's business development.
Reporting to Mark Young, managing director, Children's BBC Worldwide, Helen McAleer will be responsible for the global exploitation of children's brands through acquisition, investment, development and license of intellectual properties.
Fire/Inferno artist O.T. Hight and colorist Randy Beveridge, both from episodic TV, have joined Level 3 Post. Hight and Beveridge will handle post work for the ABC series GREYS ANATOMY as well as other episodics and long-form TV projects. Both will also be involved in remastering work.
O.T. and Randy are very capable artists who have broad experience at the highest level of the television industry, said Level 3 Post managing director Darrell Anderson. We plan to take full advantage of their talents.
VFXWorld polled its readers to see how they are training for their careers and getting jobs. Rick DeMott reports back with the findings and highlights.
Warren Franklin joins Rainmaker LP as president of Animation & Visual Effects. He will be responsible for expanding the award-winning television effects team, to continue Rainmaker LP's growth in vfx for feature film and in building a feature animation studio to handle production of computer-generated animated films.
Entertainment Rights Plc. (ER), one of the UKs fastest-growing independent media groups specialising in the ownership of childrens and family programming, characters and brands, has appointed MTV vet Kathleen Hricik to the newly-created post of evp/md of the United States of America, Canada and Latin America.