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Universal Headline News

Blum Segues From Universal Pictures to Home Video

Pamela Blum has segued from Universal Pictures to Universal Studios Home Video as svp of marketing services, responsible for overseeing the development of all DVD value added content, and will supervise all Internet and research activities. Her role also includes maximizing opportunities between USHV and all studio cross-divisional departments including theatrical, consumer products, music, television and recreation, according to Ken Graffeo, evp of marketing for Universal Studios Home Video.

Licensing Headline News

DIC Bolsters Consumer Products Division

Former Disney licensing exec Vincent Marchica is onboard as vp of creative, it was announced by Nancy Bassett, svp for DICs worldwide consumer products. Kathy DeGennero has been appointed senior designer and Heather Fuscellero will serve as director of retail.

Additionally, DIC has promoted Cindy Davis from director to vp of domestic licensing and Ryan Gagerman to exec director of international licensing.

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Academy President Reups and Roth Will Produce Oscars

Academy award-winning writer Frank Pierson has been re-elected to his third term as president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences by its board of governors. Producer/director/studio chief Joe Roth has been tapped to produce the 76th Annual Academy Awards telecast on February 29, 20-04 live from the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood on ABC-TV.

Roth, who headed three studios before forming Revolution Studios in May 2000, has produced nearly 40 films over the past 25 years. This will be his first time to produce the Oscarcast.

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Burbage New PR Head for FKE

Jenny Burbage has been appointed Fox Kids Europes new head of press and public relations, reporting to Shari Donnenfeld, FKEs exec director of research and marketing. Burbage is responsible for developing and coordinating the companys corporate communications and pr strategy for all FKE divisions (consumer products, channels, online and interactive) throughout Europe and the Middle East.

Kids Headline News

Discovery Kids ups Rapsas to vp

Discovery Kids has appointed Jim Rapsas from director to vp of kids program development to develop and maintain programming for all of the Discovery Kids outlets, including the Disco Discovery Kids Channel, Discovery Kids Saturday morning block on NBC and the sponsor-free and commercial-free Ready Set Learn preschool block on TLC.

The six-year Discovery veteran has been responsible for such shows as TRADING SPACES: BOYS VS GIRLS, SCOUT'S SAFARI and ADVENTURE CAMP. Rapas created and exec produced STRANGE DAYS AT BLAKE HOLSEY HIGH.

Cartoon Headline News

Friend Named SVP of Newly Formed Cartoon Network Enterprises

John S. Friend has been named svp of the newly created Cartoon Network Enterprises. In his new role, he will supervise the domestic and international sales and marketing teams. His duties also will include support to AOL Time Warner companies that represent Cartoon Network business interests, including Warner Bros. Consumer Products, Warner Home Video, Warner Bros. International Television and Warner Music Group. Moreover, he will work closely with the network's ad sales division to maximize promotional licensing opportunities.

Cartoon Headline News

Cartoon Network Commits $500 Million and Arnesen to Int'l Program Production

Finn Arnesen has been promoted from programming development chief of Cartoon Network Europe to head program production for Cartoon Network International with responsibility for all areas outside the U.S. The CN exec will be kept exceptionally busy with Cartoon Networks recent commitment of more than $500 million over five years (2003-2007) to produce original animated programming.

Series Headline News

WB Animation Ups Keenan to SVP of Creative Affairs

Christopher Keenan has been promoted from vp to svp of creative affairs for Warner Bros. Animation, it was announced by Sander Schwartz, president of WBA. Keenan will be responsible for developing new animated television series, made-for-video projects, animated specials and cartoon shorts, as well as supervising production of television series. He will continue to report directly to Schwartz.

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Kellogg Sets to Market Marketeer Asbury Communications

Asbury Communications, a boutique public relations, marketing and promotions firm, has named Melissa Kellogg to the new position of director of marketing. She will be responsible for heading up the agencys newly formed marketing services division, which includes supervising publicity, promotion, advertising and live events production for Asbury's clientele.

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Sesame Workshop Ups Gorfinkel for Education Outreach

Anne Gorfinkel has been promoted to the newly created position of vp/exec director of Educational Outreach, for the nonprofit educational organization Sesame Workshop. She will be responsible for creating and delivering needs-driven public service initiatives that reach beyond television, and into local communities, schools, health and childcare settings in the U.S. and around the world.

Commercials Headline News

Company 3 Hires Effects Compositor Scheer

Visual effects compositor John Scheer has joined Company 3 Los Angeles, which has stepped up its involvement in high-def TV commercials and VFX production for feature films. Prior to taking this staff position, Scheer freelanced under the name Scheer FX. His credits include spots for DirectTV (Deutsch, Los Angeles) and Miller Lite (Ogilvy & Mather, Chicago). Scheer was previously on staff at 525 Studios, where he worked on music videos for Destiny's Child, Elton John, Sisqó and Leann Rimes.

Studios Headline News

Cosgrove Hall Films Founding Partner Retires

Cosgrove Hall co-founder Mark Hall has followed in his partner s (Brian Cosgrove) footsteps, announcing his official retirement, July 17, 2003, from the company he started 27 years ago in Manchester, England. He helped make the company into one of the most prolific animation studios in the world and a winner of numerous international and national awards including six BAFTAs and three International Emmys.

Animation Headline News

Drew Tests the Waters at DUCK

Award-winning Illustrator/animator Jeff Drew joins DUCKs roster of directors available for commercial work. Drew is known for numerous animated television spots that have appeared in the New Mexico area, giving the local market a funky twist, as well for several "in-house" animations for Marshall Field's in Chicago. His illustrations have appeared in a number of American magazines, and he recently created a series of posters for the Target Corp., promoting literacy for kids.

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14 New Governors Elected to Academy Board

Five new governors, four of them first-timers, plus nine incumbents have been elected by their branches to represent them on the board of governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, beginning August, 1, 2003.

Incumbent governors Richard Edlund, visual effects, and Jon Bloom, short films and feature animation, were re-elected, along with Ed Begley Jr., actors branch; Jeannine Oppewall, art directors; Michael Mann, directors; Arthur Dong, documentary; Dede Allen, film editors; Cheryl Boone Isaacs, public relations; and Frank Pierson, writers.

International Headline News

Kulkarni Elected to International Television Academy Board

JadooWorks Animation Studios coo Ashish Kulkarni has been elected to the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences as an associate member. He was elected by a majority vote from the full board of directors of the Television Academy to serve a two-year term. In his role representing animation, he will help to organize Academy activities, such as judgings and panels, and will participate in the various sub-committees.

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SPTI Ups LeGoy to SVP of European Sales

Keith LeGoy, svp of sales, Europe, at Sony Pictures Television International (SPTI), was promoted to md, Latin America, relocating from London to Miami. Dorien Sutherland, who held the post at SPTI since March 1994, has left the company to pursue other interests and consulted to SPTI during the transition period.

Michael Grindon, president of SPTI, said LeGoy's most recent efforts, "have led to significant improvements in our licensing business in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and he is well prepared to assume this new leadership role."