David Pritchard, former president/ceo of Film Roman has joined animation and visual effects studio GigaPix Studio as president, replacing John Savage who recently vacated that position.
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."
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.
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.
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.
Walt Doublestein has joined New York City- and Los Angeles-based Channel M as vp videogame integration.
For the past nine years, Doublestein worked at BBDO Detroit, where he was most recently director video gaming & non-traditional marketing. One of the pioneers in videogame integration, he oversaw projects, such as NASCAR 06 TOTAL TEAM CONTROL, TONY HAWKS UNDERGROUND 2, TONY HAWKS AMERICAN WASTELAND, THE MOVIES and TOMB RAIDER: LEGEND.
Dominic Gardiner will join Jetix UK as director of programming in September, with responsibility for overall channel content programming, acquisitions, scheduling and on air promotions with a strong focus on improving channel ratings and share performance.
He will report to Boel Ferguson, Jetix UKs recently appointed md. Gardiner will work closely with both Jetix UKs marketing director Allan Stenhouse and Jetix Europes svp of programming Michael Lekes, to deliver an overall programming strategy and fine tune the channel editorial line.
Jim Korkis uncovers the secret life of animators, who in lean times or more prosperous times have all worked in the world of comicbooks.
Six new governors have been elected to represent their branches on the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Eight incumbent governors were reelected.
Newcomers to the board are Rob Epstein, documentary branch; Mark Goldblatt, film editors; and James L. Brooks, writers. Returning to the board after a hiatus are Paul Mazursky, directors; Mark Johnson, producers; and Bill Taylor, visual effects.
FlickerLab, the New York City-based design and animation studio, has added director of animation Eric Merola to its creative roster, responsible for the direction of animated spots and the creation of original content. He will also work directly with FlickerLab founder/creative director Harold Moss as a creative partner on original properties, both live-action and animated.
Double Negative has appointed Eamonn Butler as its new head of Animation. Butler spent 10 years at Walt Disney Feature Animation, where he worked on a number of productions, including FANTASIA 2000, DINOSAUR and REIGN OF FIRE. He was most recently animation supervisor for CHICKEN LITTLE.
Karen Miller has been promoted to svp, worldwide television creative services, for the Warner Bros. Television Group, to manage the day-to-day operations of the creative services department and oversee the conceptualization and design of all print, digital and on-air advertising and promotional materials for the studio's worldwide television marketing, sales and publicity initiatives.
Jim Noonan has been promoted to the newly created corporate position of svp, worldwide strategic promotions & communications, Warner Bros. Home Ent. Group, charged with creating strategic cross-platform, cross-divisional promotions for product distributed via the WBHEG's businesses (including Warner Home Video, Warner Bros. Digital Distribution and Warner Bros. Interactive Ent.). In addition, Noonan will work with Warner Bros. Entertainment's Corporate Communications team in overseeing WBHEG's internal and external consumer and business communications.
Former Earthlink exec William Widmaier has been appointed president of New Media for Platinum Studios to expand the studios presence online.
Nate Kirtman has been named to the newly created position of vp, NBC Universal Television Group Publicity, re-joining the department in Burbank, California, following communications roles at GE's corporate headquarters and Aviation business.
"We are fortunate that Nate will be re-joining our team," said Rebecca Marks, evp, NBC Universal Television Group publicity, to whom Kirtman will report. "Nate's affable style, diverse experience and organizational acumen will be key assets as the NBC-U Television Group continues to expand its horizons."
Marisa Materna got in touch with five recent animation short winners from the biggest festivals in the world to find out more about the making of their award-winning work.
J. Paul Peszko talks with the recruiters at top animation and visual effects studios regarding the intangibles that will help land you your dream job.
The Walt Disney Co. board of directors today (June 28, 2006) elected independent Disney director and former Procter & Gamble chairman/ceo John E. Pepper, Jr., to serve as non-executive chairman of the board, effective Jan. 1, 2007. Pepper succeeds Senator George J. Mitchell, who has served as Disney chairman since March 2004.
Luxology Llc. has hired Bob Bennett as vp of marketing. An active player in the 3D software field for more than 15 years, Bennett has held key positions at leading software developers such as Alias Systems, Microsoft and Autodesk. Joining Luxologys team of industry gurus, Bennetts exceptional level of skill and experience will expand Luxologys core knowledge and provide a driving force in modos market expansion.
Larry Birstock returns to Hollywood-based Post Logic Studios as ceo. He replaces Steve Hendricks, who served as ceo from 2005 to the present, revitalizing Post Logic as an independent post-production and digital intermediate facility. Birstock previously served as evp from 2000 to 2005.
Leading post-production sound facility Pacific Soundwaves announced that animation sound specialist Michael Geisler has joined the company as supervising sound editor. Bringing the award-winning sound designer/editor on staff enables Pacific Soundwaves to better address the very specific needs of animated film, television, gaming and interactive projects. A highly-regarded audio pro and founder of sound postproduction company BadaBing BadaBoom, Geisler is now serving his extensive base of animation clients as a member of Pacific Soundwaves team, at its top-of-the-line Burbank facility.
Mark Caplan has been promoted from exec director of interactive to vp, hardlines for Sony Pictures Consumer Products (SPCP). Caplan represents the SPCP catalog of merchandising properties, whose key theatrical assets include OPEN SEASON and SURFS UP; television properties, including the animated series, ITS A BIG BIG WORLD and syndicated game shows WHEEL OF FORTUNE and JEOPARDY.
RAI has upped Claudio Cappon, to the Italian pubcaster's top position, director general, according to the HOLLYWOOD REPORTER.
Cappon, 53, held the same top operative post at RAI from February 2001 to March 2002. Most recently, Cappon had been president of Italy's TV producers' association, ATP.
Alexander Coridass, president/ceo of ZDF Enterprises, will remain in charge of the ZDF licensing subsidiary for another five years, according to Markus Schächter, gm of the German pubcaster ZDF, who said Coridass' contract has been renewed. The 51-year-old media manager has been in charge of the ZDF subsidiary since 1998.
PipelineFX, makers of Qube!, a leading render farm management system for film production and game development, has hired Scot Brew, former technical art director for LucasArts, as senior pipeline consultant. Brew will assist with film and game studios on pipeline workflow and tools issues and the deployment of Qube! for render farm management and distributed game build functions. Brew will also lead product development and user interface design for Qubic, the GUI by which artists submit jobs into Qube!.