Universal Studio has named Marc Shmuger chairman, and David Linde co-chairman, Universal Pictures, effective immediately.
Cinesite (Europe), which recently completed work on Warner Bros. V FOR VENDETTA (opening March 17), has hired Quentin Miles as animation director. Ben Shepherd recently joined the team as visual effects supervisor and is currently working on X-MEN 3 for Twentieth Century Fox.
Dargaud Distribution, home to one of Europes largest animation catalogs, has restructured its sales team, starting with appointing Leon Perahia as the new president of Dargaud Distribution with Véronique Chalandar as deputy gm. Claude de Saint Vincent, ceo of the Dargaud and Dupuis Group, announced the appointments.
Perahia has worked at Dupuis since 1986 in various positions, including finance director and producer. He oversaw production on a number of series, including the popular SPIROU, FLASH GORDON, CEDRIC and KID PADDLE.
Buena Vista International Television (BVITV) EMEA has promoted Maria Kyriacou from exec director to vp, Portfolio Development Group.
Leading longform post-production company Post Logic Studios has hired digital intermediate colorist Doug Delaney, who is best known for his work on the digital intermediate for THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING. As one of three colorists supervised by Peter Doyle and cinematographer Andrew Lesnie, ASC, Delaney spent more than five months in New Zealand on the meticulous color grading of the effects-laden epic.
On the heels of the recent announcement of the partnership between CBS and DIC Ent. to launch CBSs Secret Saturday Morning Slumber Party, DIC has appointed Kaaren Lee Brown svp of creative affairs. Brown will oversee all aspects of programming for the new branded Saturday morning kids programming block.
Scott Sassa has joined GameFlys board of directors. Sassa's more than two decades of entertainment media and Internet industry experience includes serving as president of NBC West Coast, Friendster and Turner Ent. Group.
Director Justin Klarenbeck has signed with TWC for exclusive representation in commercials as the company continues to add highly accomplished, multi-talented filmmakers to its staff. Klarenbeck, whose expertise ranges from visual effects to directing talent, is probably best known for his automotive work, within credits including virtually every leading automaker. His recent work includes spots for Toyota, Chevy, Lexus, Honda and Mercedes Benz.
Stan Glasgow will succeed Hideki Dick Komiyama as president and coo of Sony Electronics Inc. (SEL), the $11 billion electronics arm of Sony in the U.S., effective April 1.
Komiyama will now serve as SEL's chairman of the board, while continuing as corporate evp and senior general manager for Sony Corp. heading up global sales and marketing.
Chris Robinson digs up It Pains Me to Say This by George Griffin for close inspection in this months Animators Unearthed.
4Kids Ent. Inc. has promoted Carlin West from svp of marketing and licensing to svp of new concept acquisition and development, responsible for the strategic identification and development of new product concepts and non-television properties.
Paul Condolora has been promoted from vp/gm to svp/gm for Cartoon Network New Media with expanded duties that include further developing new Cartoon Network and Adult Swim-branded products and services for burgeoning distribution platforms such as broadband, VOD, wireless and interactive television. Based in Atlanta, Condolora will continue to report to Mark Norman, svp of business operations for Cartoon Network U.S. and Boomerang.
Francis Vose has been upped to creative director of Cosgrove Hall Films while Chris Bowden becomes exec producer. Lee Marriott has also accepted the post of financial and commercial director, according to Cosgrove Hall md Anthony Utley.
Senior colorist Simone Grattarola joins Rushes expanding telecine department following on from the recent announcement of a multi-million pound investment at Rushes for 2006.
Lori Joseph joins San Franciscobased post-production company, Spy Post, as producer, working closely with svp/exec producer Anastacia Maggioncalda to produce for the telecine, visual effects and finishing departments.
"As we continue to grow our business, it is important to provide our clients with the level of production support needed to meet their expectations," said Eric Hanson, Spy Post ceo. "Lori has a proven track record as a producer in a variety of mediums and brings great focus, energy and professionalism to our team."
Emmy-nominated animation producer Aaron Simpson joins JibJab Media as vp, animation production and development. Simpson will oversee JibJab's animation productions, including projects for the Internet and mobile devices, as well as an animated feature film.
Martin Sklar, a 50-year vet of Disneys Imagineering division, has stepped down as head of the division, reports REUTERS. The 72-year-old will take on a new role as a recruiter and ambassador for the division.
Paul McGuire is the new svp, communications, The CW, the new fifth broadcast television network, a joint venture between Warner Bros. Ent. and CBS Corp. scheduled to launch in fall 2006. Dawn Ostroff, who is slated to become The CW's president of entertainment, made the announcement.
The Summit Media Group, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of 4Kids Ent., has named Lee Ravdin as president, replacing Sheldon Hirsch, who recently resigned as ceo of Summit for personal reasons.
Disney Studios chairman Dick Cook announced to studio employees via email that Don Hahn, producer at Walt Disney Feature Animation, will assume the role of interim head of WDFA until the Pixar acquisition is complete.
Animation website CGCHAR (www.cgchar-animation.com) first published the full text of the email which reads:
At this weekend's WonderCon convention in San Francisco, the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund has announced that creator Greg Thompson has been named as the organization's new deputy director.
Veteran feature development exec Julia Pistor has been promoted from svp to evp, Nickelodeon Movies, overseeing the development, production and release of all feature films produced under the Nickelodeon Movies banner, part of the newly formed MTV Networks Kids and Family Group. Pistor had been svp of the division since 2000.
Nickelodeon president Cyma Zarghami, recently named head of the newly formed MTVN Kids and Family Group, has announced key executive promotions to support Nick's growth as a multiplatform kids and family brand.
Disney Channel has recruited Emmy Award-winning animator Mike Moon to further build its animated series business as vp, animated series. This was part of a trio of promotions, which includes moving Adam Bonnett up from vp to svp, original series and Jeff Brustrom has been named vp, live-action series.
Gary Marsh, president, entertainment, Disney Channel Worldwide made the announcements. Bonnett will continue to report to Marsh. Brustrom and Moon will report to Bonnett.
Continuing HIT Ent.s (HIT) internal restructure of its London office, Marie Chappelow has been promoted from head of International TV & Video to vp, Television Distribution EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa).
Chappelow, who has been with the HIT for five years, will focus in her new role exclusively on managing the television side of the business in the crucial EMEA region, including sales to all broadcast and new media platforms.