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Creative Headline News

Susan Kirch Upped in DisneyToon Creative Affairs

B. Susan Kirch has been promoted to vp, creative affairs for DisneyToon Studios, responsible for developing original scripts and stories as well as sequels to Disney¹s animated successes. Kirch will be working with filmmakers through all stages of production on films that will be distributed by Disneys Buena Vista Home Entertainment and Buena Vista Pictures Distribution¹s theatrical division.

Kirch reports jointly to Sharon Morrill, president of DisneyToon Studios and to Ellen Gurney, svp of creative affairs.

Effects Headline News

Andrew Hall to Supervise A52's CG Department

Emmy Award-winning Los Angeles visual effects and design company A52 has hired Andrew Hall, formerly a feature film animation supervisor for Digital Domain, as CG supervisor.

Hall began his career at London's The Motion Picture Co., earning the title of senior animator and working on numerous TV commercials and features, including THE ENGLISH PATIENT, TOMORROW NEVER DIES, RICHARD III and THE MIRACLE MAKER.

Police Headline News

Man To Stand Trial For Disney Animator’s Murder

A former boyfriend of Sydney teenager has been committed to stand trial for allegedly murdering an 18-year-old Walt Disney animator, Lyndsay van Blanken, according to many newspaper accounts in Australia.

William Matheson, 22, was committed on April 27, 2005, in Sydney's Central Local Court over her death in November 2003. A trial date has yet to be set.

Accounts say he was the last person known to see van Blanken alive on Nov. 24, 2003, outside the Charing Cross Hotel in Waverley, in Sydney's east.

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Kenneth Locker to Oversee New Digital Content Development at Cookie Jar

Former Comedy Central and MGM Interactive executive, Kenneth Locker has joined Cookie Jar Entertainment, the programming and licensing arm of Cookie Jar Group, in the newly created position of svp of Digital Media, Cookie Jar. Locker will be responsible for leveraging new and existing content for the company, across a variety of platforms, including the Internet, wireless, broadband and IPTV.

Disney Headline News

Disney-ABC Cable Networks Group Ups Vince Roberts to EVP, Tech & Ops

Vince Roberts has been promoted to the newly created position of evp, worldwide technology and operations, Disney-ABC Cable Networks Group and Walt Disney Television International. He will be responsible for the global technical and operational strategic direction and ongoing management of all television and IT functions across the Disney-ABC Cable Networks Group, including Disney Channel, Toon Disney, SOAPnet, ABC Family and JETIX; and Walt Disney Television International, including, Disney-branded networks in Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific, Japan and Canada.

Production Headline News

Paramount Pictures Names Brad Weston Co-President, Production

Brad Weston joins Paramount Pictures as co-president, production, overseeing the day-to-day development and production of the studio's annual slate of films and literary acquisitions along with fellow co-president Alli Shearmur, who was appointed on April 14, 2005. Weston will report to Paramount Pictures president Gail Berman.

Disney Headline News

Jill Lindeman New Disney Channel Marketing VP/Creative Director

Jill Lindeman joins Disney ABC Cable Networks Group as vp/creative director for marketing, Disney Channel, responsible for the creative direction and management of all on-air promotion for Disney Channel, Toon Disney, Jetix, Playhouse Disney and ABC Kids, including the development and production of interstitials for Disney Channel. Additionally, Lindeman has oversight of the creative direction for off-air initiatives including print production, online development and marketing collateral.

She reports to Matt Palmer, svp, marketing, Disney Channel, in Burbank, California.

Animation Headline News

Aaron Lyle Upped to Media Arts & Animation Academic Director at The Art Institut

The Art Institute of California Los Angeles has promoted Aaron Lyle to academic director for Media Arts & Animation.

Aarons connections to industry are an enormous benefit to the program and school; our students and faculty will benefit tremendously from his expertise, said Dave Moughalian, dean of Academic Affairs.

Dreamworks Headline News

eBay Chief Joins DreamWorks Animation Board of Directors

Margaret C. Whitman, president/ceo of eBay, has been elected to DreamWorks Animations board of directors.

"Meg is someone that both Roger Enrico and I have been courting to join our board of directors for many months," said Jeffrey Katzenberg, DreamWorks Animation ceo. "Having had the opportunity to work with her in the past, I know firsthand what an exceptional talent she is and believe that her expertise in building a global brand combined with her consumer technology experience really makes her a perfect fit for our company."

Cartoon Headline News

Changnon New VP, On-Air & Program Production Exec at Cartoon Network

Cartoon Network has promoted Pola Changnon to vp of on-air and exec producer of program production. She will be responsible for managing and directing all on-air production that comprises the signature environments of both Cartoon Network and Boomerang-from network IDs and spots, to original and acquired series promotion and packaging, to interstitials and production work on network specials and stunts.

Effects Headline News

Jay Roth Appointed President of NewTek’s 3D Graphics Division

NewTek Inc. has named Jay Roth president of the 3D graphics division of the company. Roth, co-founder and former CEO of Electric Image Inc., has 25 years experience in the 3D visual effects and graphics industry. In his new role Roth will oversee the expansion of the 3D product line, the advancement of technical innovation in LightWave 3D, along with sales and marketing efforts relating to NewTeks 3D graphics offerings.

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Mark Lasoff Joins Alias Custom Development Center

Mark Lasoff has joined Alias Santa Barbara, California-based Custom Development Center (CDC) as entertainment consulting manager. In his new role at the CDC, Lasoff will work with Alias' software engineers to design and implement new workflow tools and custom software solutions for production facilities and key customers that rely heavily on the Maya, Alias MotionBuilder, and Alias SketchBook Pro family of products.

Kids Headline News

Blayney to Head Kids Sales at Celador International

Helen Blayney joins Celador International as senior sales manger, kids division, where she will be responsible for sales of the companys growing portfolio of childrens programming, including ROOBARB & CUSTARD and TALES OF THE RIVERBANK. Blayney reports to Cathy Laughton, who joined London-based Celador Intl in February 2005 as head of kids programming to champion of its new kids division, Celador International Kids.

Dreamworks Headline News

Bob Feldman to Head DreamWorks Animation Corporate Communications

Bob Feldman joins DreamWorks Animation SKG in Glendale, California, as head of corporate communications. DreamWorks Animation was recently spun off as a publicly traded company listed on the New York Stock Exchange (DWA) from the private company DreamWorks SKG. Feldman reports to Jeffrey Katzenberg and Ann Daly, the company's chief executive and chief operating officers.

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BVITV Promotes 4 in European Sales

Buena Vista International Television (BVITV) has promoted four senior members of its sales teams in Europe. Carsten Fink, based in Munich, Damian Newton, in London and Francesca Tauriello, in Rome, have been promoted to vice president, sales & distribution, German-speaking Europe, vice president, sales, Pay TV/New Technologies and executive director, sales, Northern Mediterranean markets respectively. Tatjana Vucanovic has also been promoted, to executive director, sales, Central & Eastern Europe.

Production Headline News

Alli Shearmur Appointed Co-President of Production of Paramount Pictures

Paramount Pictures new management team under chairman and ceo Brad Grey has promoted Alli Shearmur to co-president, production.

Shearmur, formerly an evp of production at Paramount, will oversee the day-to-day development and production of the studio's annual slate of films and literary acquisitions. Shearmur will report to president Gail Berman, who officially starts in May.

International Headline News

Nelvana Announces New Roles In Its Int’l Sales Division

After 13 years as head of international sales, Nelvana has promoted Emmanuele Petry to the new role of overseeing European development and international co-production.

"Emma has done an outstanding job building Nelvana's business in Europe and establishing important relationships with all of our key broadcasters," said Doug Murphy, evp business development.

Licensing Headline News

Shalek to Stock Up PorchLight Consumer Products in New York Office

Licensing and merchandising industry veteran Caren Shalek is joining family entertainment company PorchLight Ent. as svp, consumer products with the mandate to build an expanded consumer product representation business focusing on childrens and family brands.

Headline News

DIC Promotes Jedd Gold To Marketing VP

DIC Ent. (DIC) has promoted Jedd Gold to vp of marketing. In his new position, Gold will oversee all marketing and promotional initiatives for DIC, including marketing strategies for the company's brand properties STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE and the upcoming release of TROLLZ. He will be responsible for creating and executing multi-layered retail and consumer campaigns, including advertising, promotions and publicity. Gold will manage the efforts of DIC's internal marketing team and outside vendors.

Headline News

Dorothy Prior Ankles Children's BBC

Dorothy Prior is leaving her post as head of Children's BBC after two years to become controller of production resources in May, reporting to director general Mark Thompson, according to THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER.

The pubcaster is searching for her successor, who will take on the sprawling BBC children's activities, which includes commissioning and scheduling a hefty slate, as well as run preschool web CBeebies and CBBC, aimed at older kids.

Children's shows are also big overseas earners for commercial arm BBC Worldwide, making the job all the more important.

Creative Headline News

Mike Young Prods./Taffy Promote Fisher & Sullivan

Josh Fisher has been promoted to cp creative affairs at Mike Young Productions (MYP)/Taffy, the Los Angeles- and London-based indie animation house while Maura Sullivan has also been promoted from studio production manager to vp operations at the company.

Fisher who has been with the company for two years He will report to company principals Mike Young, Liz Young and Bill Schultz on upcoming productions, as well as liaise with international network partners.

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Betty Cohen New President/ceo of Lifetime Entertainment Services

Betty Cohen, former head and founder of Cartoon Network, has been named president/ceo of Lifetime Entertainment Services. In her new position, which she officially assumes April 26,2005.Cohen will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the media brand for women, including, advertising sales, affiliate sales, research, programming, strategic planning and operations.