LAIKA Inc. has appointed Cynthia Barton Rabe to the position of vp/cmo, entertainment division. Rabe is a 20-year marketing veteran who has held management positions with consumer product and technology companies, including Intel and Ralston Purina. She is also a business consultant, author and guest lecturer specializing in innovation and corporate strategy.
Sander Schwartz is stepping down as the president of Warner Bros. Animation. He plans to move into a production deal with the studio working on broadband and new media animation. Warner is looking for his replacement.
Japanese director Satoshi Kon sat down with Greg Singer to discuss the making of his latest animated feature, Paprika.
Universal Pictures has confirmed that, beginning in October 2007, Christian Grass will become president of the studio's new international production arm at Universal Pictures International (UPI).
Ed Adams joins Cookie Jar Ent. in the newly-created position of vp, business affairs and sales. Based in Los Angeles, Adams will support Cookie Jar's legal team on entertainment matters and the sales team for U.S. video and publishing sales.
"Throughout Ed's career, he has distinguished himself as a dynamic and success-oriented entertainment industry professional," said Cookie Jar's president/coo Taylor, who he reports to. "With his broad experience and knowledge, Ed will be a tremendous asset to Cookie Jar as the company continues to grow."
Rico Hill has been named vp of programming and acquisitions for Cartoon Network and Boomerang. Based in Atlanta, he will direct all aspects of programming for both Cartoon Network and classic cartoons network Boomerang, including scheduling, on-air event planning and program acquisitions.
Cynthia M. Roe has been named the new ceo of Kidrobot Inc., a creator and retailer of limited-edition art toys and apparel and a subsidiary of W!LDBRAIN. Roe is based at the company's headquarters in New York City and will report to the Kidrobot board of directors.
Tom Perlmutter has been named government film commissioner and chair of the National Film Board. Perlmutter secedes Jacques Bensimon as the head of the Canadian government funded film studio.
BabyFirstTV, America's only 24/7 commercial-free channel offering quality, innovative child development programming specifically for infants, babies, toddlers and their parents, has appointed Jeffrey Quinn as svp, of marketing. Based in the Los Angeles headquarters of BabyFirstTV, Quinn will direct the channel's industry and consumer marketing, advertising and promotional operations.
Entertainment Rights Plc. announced the appointment of Deborah Dugan to the position of ceo/president of Entertainment Rights North America. Dugan will report directly to Mike Heap, ceo, Entertainment Rights Plc,. She will be based at the company's U.S. headquarters in New York.
Leading visual effects software developer, The Foundry, has announced the appointment of Ron Brinkmann as special advisor to its NUKE development team.
Damien Tromel joins TV-Loonland as its new head of creative affairs and development, based out of the company's Paris office. Tromel will be responsible for sourcing new projects, finding new talent and supervising all editorial matters regarding the development and production of all projects produced and co-produced by TV-Loonland.
Blueprint Ent., a leading creator, producer and financier of filmed entertainment based in Canada, announced today (May 10, 2007), the formation of Blueprint Kids, a new business unit dedicated to the development, production and rights management of family and children's programming. Industry veteran Frank Saperstein will head the new venture, as svp, animation and children's programming.
Fonda Snyder has been named vp original movies responsible for supervising the development of all Disney Channel Original Movies.
She was Cookie Jar Ent.'s svp of creative development and U.S. sales, where oversaw the development of more than 50 properties for multiple platforms, selling preschool, comedy and boys action animated series to networks, including Disney Channel (for Playhouse Disney), Kids' WB! and Cartoon Network.
Portfolio Ent. has upped Jon Rutherford to director of sales and acquisitions, additionally responsible for sales in Europe, Latin America, the U.S. and Canada, as well as acquisitions for worldwide distribution.
"Jon is unstoppable," said Joy Rosen, founder/president, Portfolio Ent. "He has done a tremendous job cultivating new international relationships while conscientiously maintaining existing relationships with broadcasters and production companies."
Stuart Snyder will take the reigns of Turner Broadcasting System's newly aligned portfolio of cable networks, digital properties and entertainment businesses for kids and young adults.
Emiliano Calemzuk has been named president of Fox Television Studios (FtvS), following five years serving as president of FOX International Channels Italy.
In tribute to the life and career of Joseph Barbera, AWN has collected the thoughts and memories of many in the animation community remembering the influence this legend had on their lives and careers.
Cookie Jar Education Inc., a leading publisher of educational materials and teaching aids, has promoted Roger Posacki to coo, while Tom Purcell comes on board as svp, finance.
Based in Greensboro, North Carolina, Cookie Jar Education is the educational arm of The Cookie Jar Group, owner of Carson-Dellosa Publishing and HighReach Learning.
Marc Grossmann is onboard Taffy Ent. as director of public relations, responsible for overseeing worldwide publicity, advertising and special events for Taffy Ent., in addition to similar responsibilities with other MoonScoop Group partners Mike Young Prods., MoonScoop Prods., Kabillion, Queen Bee and more.
He reports to Cynthia Money, president, Taffy Ent. worldwide consumer products and marketing.
Chris Hawley has joined award-winning creative and production studio 808inc as design director.
Prior to joining 808inc., Hawley led the creative team at A.D. Vision, the number one multimedia producer and distributor of anime content in the U.S. He was responsible for hiring and managing a team of 12 designers and assisted in the early stages of hiring, training and development of a manga design team.
Students in USC's new graduate class in performance capture, co-instructed by Robert Zemeckis, learn the importance of facial animation to coax out strong character performances. Karen Raugust reports.
Animal Logic has announced that Karin Joy has joined the company as head of film vfx production, where she will be responsible for overseeing the production of feature film VFX projects. She started her career at Boss Film Studios as a coordinator on SPECIES, WATERWORLD, DROP ZONE, THE SPECIALIST and TRUE LIES before becoming visual effects producer on MULTIPLICITY and AIR FORCE ONE. She then served as head of bidding at Cinesite, where some of her credits included X-MEN, THIRTEEN DAYS, PRACTICAL MAGIC and ARMAGEDDON.
Veteran entertainment and sports communications exec Gary Miereanu has been named director, publicity, Warner Bros. Animation (WBA).