Ellen Wolff reports on the latest developments in Sony Pictures Imageworks innovative new faculty-based training program called IPAX.
The Disney-ABC Television Group has appointed Siobhan Kenny vp, communications, Walt Disney Television EMEA, for the European, Middle Eastern and African (EMEA) territories. She will be responsible for the implementation and coordination of all corporate and entertainment communication strategies across the EMEA territories, and will play a key role as a senior member of the Walt Disney Television EMEA executive team.
Acclaimed spot and features director Steve Beck has been hired by Rhythm + Hues Studios to bolster its commercial group.
This follows R+H (www.rhythm.com) bringing on Paul Babb as its new live action exec producer, as the studio has refocused its energies to create what it calls, The Complete Digital Studio a full service shop for both advertising agencies and production companies.
DisneyToon Studios has promoted two execs with Brian Snedeker, previously svp of creative affairs for DisneyToon Studios, assuming the title of svp of pre-production and Karen Ferguson taking on the role of vp of 3D production.
Snedeker will report directly to Sharon Morrill, president of DisneyToon Studios. In his new undertaking, Snedeker will oversee pre-production as well as take an active role in the production phase of all animated films made by the studio.
Karen Raugust looks at how Indian animation programs are teaming up with studios and software providers to expand the countrys workforce as its 3D industry grows.
VFXWorld polled its readers to see how they are training for their careers and getting jobs. Rick DeMott reports back with the findings and highlights.
Helen McAleer has been promoted from director to the new role of deputy managing director of Children's BBC Worldwide and Susanna Pollack, director of U.S. co-production sales, has been promoted to vp of children's business development.
Reporting to Mark Young, managing director, Children's BBC Worldwide, Helen McAleer will be responsible for the global exploitation of children's brands through acquisition, investment, development and license of intellectual properties.
Fire/Inferno artist O.T. Hight and colorist Randy Beveridge, both from episodic TV, have joined Level 3 Post. Hight and Beveridge will handle post work for the ABC series GREYS ANATOMY as well as other episodics and long-form TV projects. Both will also be involved in remastering work.
O.T. and Randy are very capable artists who have broad experience at the highest level of the television industry, said Level 3 Post managing director Darrell Anderson. We plan to take full advantage of their talents.
Warren Franklin joins Rainmaker LP as president of Animation & Visual Effects. He will be responsible for expanding the award-winning television effects team, to continue Rainmaker LP's growth in vfx for feature film and in building a feature animation studio to handle production of computer-generated animated films.
Entertainment Rights Plc. (ER), one of the UKs fastest-growing independent media groups specialising in the ownership of childrens and family programming, characters and brands, has appointed MTV vet Kathleen Hricik to the newly-created post of evp/md of the United States of America, Canada and Latin America.
Comic pro Danny Fingeroth talks with Double Negatives visual effects supervisor Paul Franklin about bringing Batman Begins to the big screen.
Jodi Davis has been promoted to the new position of vp communications, Nickelodeon Preschool and Nickelodeon Digital Television, responsible for the development and execution of all publicity efforts for Nick Jr., Nickelodeon's programming block dedicated to preschoolers; as well as all of Nickelodeon's digital channels including: NOGGIN, Nickelodeon's commercial-free, educational network for preschoolers; The N, the nighttime network for teens; Nicktoons, the 24-hour animation channel; and Nick Games and Sports (GAS).
Rendercore Inc., a leader in remote rendering solutions, has appointed production expert Marty Shindler to its advisory board. Shindler is the ceo of The Shindler Perspective Inc., a management-consulting firm for award-winning entertainment and technology companies.
TV-Loonland has appointed Irina Ignatiew as sales manager for TV and home entertainment in the German-speaking territories (Germany, Austria, Switzerland) in order to grow its internationally successful distribution activities. In her new position, Irina Ignatiew will report directly to the TV-Loonland managing board in Munich. Ignatiews responsibilities include the sales and distribution of TV-Loonland programs throughout the German-speaking world.
Videogame maker Atari Inc. announced that president/ceo James Caparro resigned, and the board appointed chairman/cco Bruno Bonnell to take his place on a temporary basis while it searches for a permanent replacement.
Shares of Atari Inc. dropped 54 cents, or about 18%, to $2.40 in after-hours activity.
Caparro is leaving Atari after fewer than eight months on the job to become president/ceo of Entertainment Distribution Corp., a division of Glenayre Technologies Inc.
Sesame Workshop has promoted Carol-Lynn Parente from senior producer to exec producer, SESAME STREET. Parente will be responsible for the overall production process of the domestic program, reporting to Liz Nealon, evp/creative director.
Leading post-production boutique Post Logic Studios has added three new members to its management team as the company prepares to roll out a multimillion-dollar capital expansion under the leadership of president Steve Hendricks.
Kerstin Guehne returns to DIC Ent. as vp, International Television & Home Entertainment Sales, overseeing television programming and home video/DVD sales across German-speaking Europe and Central Europe. She will be responsible for DICs extensive catalog of programming and home entertainment product in these territories.
In response to the changing commercial environment, Rhythm& Hues Studios is evolving its commercial group in the attempt of creating a new production model.
With the hiring of Paul Babb as its new live action exec producer, the studio has refocused its energies to create what it calls The Complete Digital Studio a full service shop for both advertising agencies and production companies.
The result: Rhythm & Hues Commercial Studios.
Ben Burtt, sound designer for all the STAR WARS and INDIANA JONES films, is headed to Pixar Animation Studios, reports THE POST-STANDARD. Burtt said that he worked at Lucasfilm on a project-to-project basis and no new projects were in the works. Pixar gave him "the most attractive" of his offers, so he took it. One of the perks he cited was Pixar's Bay Area location, which has been his home for years.
To further enhance its growing presence in Central and Eastern Europe, Sony Pictures Television International (SPTI) has promoted Iwona Hordziej to sales director and appointed Oi Yee Wong as sales exec for Central and Eastern Europe.
DIC Ent. has promoted company veteran Shannon Nettleton to vp of production. She will oversee the production and post-production departments and will manage the efforts of DICs in-house production teams, as well as outside vendors and freelancers. She will supervise the companys slate of film, television and home entertainment productions and develop systems to maximize the efficiency of these projects.
Feature film production executive Margaret French Isaac has joined Vanguard as evp, production & development, be responsible for the development of feature films, nurturing relationships with filmmakers, and shepherding Vanguard Films (live action) and Vanguard Animation projects from development through production.
Luis Goicouria has been promoted to vp of digital media for MTV Networks Latin America. He will oversee the companys New Media division in Miami and report to Charlie Singer, evp of programming, creative and strategic marketing, MTV Networks Latin America.
Goicouria oversee all strategic and operational aspects of interactive digital media, and continue to ensure the integration and expansion of both online and mobile businesses. He will also lead the development and distribution of proprietary digital content for MTV Networks brands across Latin America.
Evan St. Lifer joins vp/gm of Scholastic Library Publishing to oversee the editorial, marketing and sales efforts. He will have day-to-day oversight of Scholastic Library Publishing's major reference and nonfiction imprints including Grolier, Grolier Online, Children's Press and Franklin Watts, which include such notable reference resources as ENCYCLOPEDIA AMERICANA, the newly released ENCYCLOPEDIA LATINA, NEW BOOK OF KNOWLEDGE and NUEVA ENCICLOPEDIA CUMBRE EN LINEA.