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Ken Werner New WB Domestic Television Distribution President

Veteran television distribution exec Ken Werner, who was in charge of network distribution for The WB for the past nine years and was an important member of the Warner Bros. team that formed The CW, has been named president, Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution (WBDTD). He will take the reins of one of the leading distributors of first-run and off-network programming in the domestic television marketplace.

Werner assumes the role previously held for 17 years by Dick Robertson, who has been named senior advisor to the Warner Bros. Television Group.

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Karen Roberts Named Porchlight Ent. SVP Acquisitions

Karen Roberts joins PorchLight Ent. in the newly created post of svp, acquisitions to expand the company's library of family-friendly, live-action and animated programming. Roberts will be based in Los Angeles and report to Bruce Johnson, PorchLights ceo and William Baumann, coo. Roberts and her team will aggressively identify and pursue finished feature films that support PorchLights overall acquisition strategy add new projects to the companys development slate.

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Diane Nelson Named President, Warner Premiere

Diane Nelson has been named president, Warner Premiere, the brand new direct-to-DVD production arm of Warner Bros. Ent. Nelson will report to both Kevin Tsujihara, president, Warner Bros. Home Ent. Group and Jeff Robinov, president, production, Warner Bros. Pictures.

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Sid Ganis Re-Elected President of Motion Picture Academy

Sid Ganis was re-elected president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences by the organizations Board of Governors for his second consecutive term in the office.

In addition, Robert Rehme, an Executives Branch governor and past Academy president, was re-elected first vp; Music Branch governor Arthur Hamilton was re-elected to a vp post; Sound Branch governor Donald C. Rogers was elected to a vp post; Actors Branch governor Tom Hanks was elected treasurer and Actors Branch governor Kathy Bates was re-elected secretary.

Brown Headline News

Regis Brown to Head New Entara Distribution Division

London-based Entara has created a dedicated in-house distribution division designed to expand the companys reach in the global childrens media market. Regis Brown, formally of Taffy Ent., joins Entara as evp to run the division from Los Angeles and lead the companys strategic growth in worldwide distribution, co-production, and acquisitions. Brown will focus on building and managing Entaras proprietary film and television animation entertainment business.

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Marvin Gleicher New Navarre Corp. DVD Content Acquisition VP

Anime distribution vet Marvin Gleicher joins Navarre Corp. as vp of DVD content acquisition, primary responsibility for acquiring and marketing DVD entertainment content for the companys distribution segment.

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ITV Loses Kids Programming Head

Estelle Hughes has resigned her post as the head of children's programming at U.K. commercial web ITV after three years on the job, reports VARIETY. Her decision increases concerns regarding the channel's commitment to the genre.

Hughes, who oversees the commissioning of children's programming for both ITV1 and the CiTV digital channel, will leave at the end of the month to move back into production.

Animation Headline News

Wes Wood New Cosgrove Hall Development Producer

Wes Wood will join Cosgrove Hall Films as its new development producer, staring in September.

After studying animation and illustration at Manchester Metropolitan University, Wood, 26, Wes has worked in the production side of animation as a freelancer and recently for puppetmakers MacKinnon & Saunders.

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Jennifer Bresnan New Alternative Programming SVP at The CW

Jennifer Bresnan joins THE CW as svp, alternative programming, to supervise the on-going production of the network's reality franchises, including AMERICA'S NEXT TOP MODEL, BEAUTY AND THE GEEK and the midseason series, THE SEARCH FOR THE NEXT PUSSYCAT DOLL, as well as the development of all future alternative and reality series.

Design Headline News

Blackmagic Design Has New President

Dan May has been hired as president of Blackmagic Design Inc. May joins Blackmagic as the company begins the re-location of its U.S. corporate headquarters to Milpitas, California. All operations currently handled by the Las Vegas, Nevada, office will be transferred to the Milpitas office. Blackmagic Design manufactures the highest quality video cards and converters for the post-production and television broadcast industries.

Media Headline News

Andrew Perlman New Classic Media Digital Media VP

New York-based family entertainment company Classic Media has named industry veteran Andrew Perlman to serve as its new vp of Digital Media, responsible for managing the mobile and online content distribution strategy for the companys diverse library and characters, consisting of more than 3,000 titles, which also includes its subsidiary, Big Ideas VeggieTales brand.

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Michael Gersh New ReelTime VP Corp. Communications

ReelTime Rentals Inc., the first broadband network offering a true full screen, DVD quality, "point, click and watch" online television experience, announced Michael Gersh is onboard as vp of corporate communications. Gersh is responsible for ReelTimes website, the writing and production of sales and promotional pieces, media and investor relations, as well as serving as in-house press spokesman.

Disney Headline News

Robert Zemeckis Bound for Disney

Oscar-winning director Robert Zemeckis is in negotiations, according to TMZ, to move his ImageMovers production company from DreamWorks Pictures to The Walt Disney Co., where his preferred performance capture format (created by Sony Pictures Imageworks) will expand the 3D slate for Pixar/Disney Animation studios under John Lasseters leadership. Disney would not confirm.

Zemeckis followed THE POLAR EXPRESS with MONSTER HOUSE (which he exec produced) and is currently directing BEOWULF for release on Nov. 16, 2007.

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Miyazaki Resigns from Academy

Only a few weeks after joining, Oscar-winner Hayao Miyazaki has resigned from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, VARIETY reports.

A spokesman for Studio Ghibli stated the reason the director resigned was his desire to "concentrate on his creative activities." Miyazaki is in pre-production on his next feature and does not want to be distracted by Academy duties.

Miyazaki received an Oscar for his film SPIRITED AWAY and was nominated this year for HOWL'S MOVING CASTLE.

Production Headline News

Camille Eden Joins Framestore CFC

Framestore CFC has hired Camille Eden as 3D resource manager. With more than 12 years of experience in film, television and visual effects production, will oversee the care and management of the company's flourishing 3D team members, including 3D artists, lighting and technical directors.

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Tribune Promotes L. Clark Morehouse & Marc S. Schacher

Tribune Broadcasting, a division of Tribune Co. has promoted L. Clark Morehouse III to evp/gm of Tribune Ent. Co. (TEC), Tribune's Los Angeles-based television programming and distribution business. Additionally, Marc S. Schacher was named svp/programming and development of Tribune Broadcasting.

Morehouse will oversee all aspects of Tribune Ent. operations, including sales. He joined TEC as svp/advertising sales in 2000.

Studios Headline News

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.