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Production Headline News

Miller Moves Up at ILM

Mark Miller has been promoted from exec in charge of production to vp/sr exec in charge of production at Industrial Light & Magic. The 19-year ILM vet will be responsible for overseeing and managing the production department and its staff, as well as take a leading role in ILMs strategic marketing and bidding efforts.

Entertainment Headline News

David Bloom Joins MGM Corp. Communications

High-tech/entertainment journalist David Bloom has joined Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc. as vp corporate communications. Bloom will help coordinate company-wide publicity and media relations, work on political and technological issues with the MPAA, and assist in all internal and external corporate communications initiatives.

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Mancini To Promote FOX TV Distribution

Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution has promoted Cristina Mancini to the newly created position of exec director, marketing, promotion and publicity, responsible for the publicity group within the marketing department reporting to Michael Bessolo, svp of marketing, promotion and publicity.

Business Headline News

Miercort Joins Miramax Films

David Miercort joins Miramax Films in Los Angeles as svp of acquisitions and business affairs. Reporting to both Agnes Mentre, head of Miramaxs acquisition group, and co-president of production, Bob Osher, Miercort will be involved in motion picture acquisitions activities from a business affairs/legal perspective and help facilitate agreements for promotions initiatives.

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rhinofx Goes Longform with Geier

rhinofx has hired former Industrial Light & Magic visual effects producer Camille Geier (GANGS OF NEW YORK and PUNCH DRUNK LOVE) as its new senior exec producer. Her addition represents rhinofx's plan to secure longform projects while continuing its foothold in TV commercials.

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Askin Elected ATAS Chairman

Tribune Entertainment president/ceo Dick Askin was elected Aug. 22, 2003 by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences' board of governors to replace writer/producer Bryce Zabel as chairman. Askin had served as vice chair and ran unopposed. Current second vice chair John Shaffner has moved up from to vice chairman. Newly elected to the post of second vice chair is Karen Miller becomes the second vice chair. Re-elected to second terms are secretary Daniel Birman, treasurer Leo Chaloukian and Los Angeles-area vice chair Mitch Waldow. New terms begin Oct. 1, 2003.

Kids Headline News

Michelle Guy to Manage PR for Fox Kids U.K.

Michelle Guy joins Fox Kids U.K. as press and pr manager, replacing Anna Sargent who left the company in June 2003. Guy is responsible for generating press coverage for Fox Kids channel, online, interactive and consumer products activities in the U.K. and for promoting the Fox Kids brand to U.K. audiences.

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Jules Engel Ill in L.A. Hospital

USC Animation's Christine Panushka reports that Cal Arts founding director of experimental animation, Jules Engel, is critically ill in a hospital in Los Angeles. Engel was also a co-founder at UPA and Format Films. Panushka reports his condition came on very quickly as a result of a fall. If you'd like to send Jules a message, e-mail messages are preferred. Messages should be sent to: and she will read them to him.

or faxes may be sent to:Jules EngelSchool of Film /Video661-252 7824

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FilmCore Promotes Burchard

FilmCore has promoted Tiffany Burchard to editor. For the past five years, she has been an assistant to editor Paul Norling and has worked as an editor for the past four years with Green, FilmCore's boutique for emerging editors.

FilmCore president Steve McCoy said, "Promoting Tiffany to editor is a tribute to her talent. She has an inviting and understated manner and a phenomenal depth of artistry when it comes to bringing a unique point of view to a project."

Digital Headline News

Dentz Named Cinesite VP

Cinesite Hollywood has announced that Daphne Dentz has been promoted to vp, business development from her post as a visual effects producer, which she assumed in August 2000. In her new role, she will focus on developing the companys digital intermediate technology as a creative tool for cinematographers. Dentz will report to Dan Lombardo, president/gm Cinesite Hollywood.

Music Headline News

Cutting Room and r OO M Move in Gonzalez and Jacobsen

Creative editorial company Cutting Room and motion graphic design studio r OO M welcome two new members to its team: editor Dean Gonzalez and producer Jon Jacobsen.

Gonzalez joins Cutting Room after a six-year tenure at Avenue Edit. His commercial credits include spots for Chevy, Kawasaki and Sears, and music videos for Zwan, Trail of the Dead and Guster.

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Saban Sets New ProSiebenSat 1 Board

In the aftermath of Haim Saban's takeover of ProSiebenSat 1, the German broadcast group is getting a new supervisory board. The board will consist of Saban, his brother Arieh Saban, also a media businessman; Adam Chesnoff, coo of the Saban Capital Group; former head/architect of Fox Kids Europe and Saban Capital director Ynon Kreiz; Wolfgang Hartmann, an exec at Germany's Commerzbank; and Ron Kenan, Sabans music chief and now media consultant.

Licensing Headline News

Universal Licensing Muscle Moves to Marvel

Universal Studios licensing exec Tim Rothwell is headed over to Marvel Enterprises to be president of its worldwide consumer products group. Rothwell will be overseeing Marvels core licensing and merchandising division, the companys principal source of profit and cash flow. His immediate directives from Marvel ceo Allen Lipson are to develop Marvels international licensing business and strengthen retailer relationships, which Marvel sees as underdeveloped areas with huge growth potential for the company.

Production Headline News

Warner Staffs Up its Specialty Division

Warner Independent Pictures, the recently formed specialty film division of Warner Bros. Entertainment Group, has hired Michael Andreen as exec vp production and Laura Kim as exec vp marketing and publicity, the studio announced. They join Paul Federbush and Tracey Bing, who joined WIP last week as svp production and acquisitions and vp production and acquisitions, respectively.