Adina Pitt has been promoted from director to vp of Acquisitions for Nickelodeon and Nicktoons, Nickelodeon's digital channel for the next generation of animation. Pitt will handle pre-buys and acquisitions for both networks, reporting to Pete Danielsen, svp of programming, Nickelodeon; and Keith Dawkins, vp/gm, Nicktoons.
Elected in a special board election was Marc Lanza (JFK, GLORY) as secretary. Newly elected to two-year terms are sound editors Harry Cheney (BOTTLE ROCKET, DRACULA), Jeremy J. Gordon (THE OC, SMALLVILLE), Robert Hargreaves (DUCK DODGERS, BATMAN BEYOND) Anne-Marie Slack (BRING IT ON, HOUSE OF 1000 CORPSES), Roland Thai (L.A. CONFIDENTIAL, CITY OF GOD) and Steven D. Williams (THIRTEEN DAYS, ARMY OF DARKNESS).
Richard Kilgarriff has been promoted from consultant to svp/gm for all of Turner Broadcasting's U.K. Entertainment channels Cartoon Network, Boomerang, Toonami and TCM with the managers of each channel now reporting directly to him. He will also continue as a consultant to Turner's news network, CNN International.
John Geoghegan joins LucasArts, a leading developer and publisher of entertainment software for videogame consoles, computers and the Internet, as vp marketing.
Geoghegan is a veteran marketing exec with nearly 20 years of experience creating and managing marketing, communications and advertising campaigns and brand-building programs for such globally known companies as Sun Microsystems, Procter & Gamble, Sprint, Nestle, British Airways, Dupont and Chevron.
Producers Tyra Hanshaw and Cara Buckley have joined the production department at Click 3x. Both Hanshaw, who arrives from Berwyn Editorial, and Buckley, formerly with Spontaneous, have broad experience in producing visual effects, animation and other post work. At Click 3x, they will produce both commercial and broadcast design projects.
Former Disney kids programming exec Lou Fazio joins GSN, the Network for Games in the newly-created position of vp of scheduling and acquisitions, effective Aug. 2, 2004. Fazio's responsibilities for the Sony Pictures Entertainment and Liberty Media owned cable network will include overseeing program scheduling and acquisitions for the 55 million home network.
In the wake of Tom Frestons recent elevation to co-president and co-coo, Viacom Inc. he today (July 20, 2004) named Judy McGrath chairman/ceo, MTV Networks. McGrath, who reports directly to Freston, was previously MTV Networks Group president, responsible for MTV, MTV2, VH1, CMT, Comedy Central and the recently announced LOGO, set to launch in 2005. Freston also announced that, regrettably, Mark Rosenthal, currently president/coo, MTV Networks, has made the decision to leave the company.
Framestore CFC has appointed Andy Boyd as the company's new head of 3D, commercials. Boyd came to the company from Glassworks last September, and has already amassed an impressive list of credits at Framestore, including work on Goodyear HALFPIPE, Lynx TOUCH, Daewoo SHEET and the Post Office ANT spots. His most recent project has been the forthcoming Johnnie Walker TREE, which features noteworthy 3D arboreal action.
Walt Disney has promoted Bob Lambert to svp for worldwide media technology and development, reports VARIETY. In his new expanded role, he will oversee several new digital media projects, Disney's relationships with technology companies, regulatory matters and piracy protection. He will continue overseeing the New Technology and New Media group and providing corporate guidance for the Walt Disney Imagineering Research and Development unit.
Mindy Brown has been joined Sony Pictures Television International (SPTI) as exec director, global advertising sales, International Networks.
"Mindy has years of experience building revenue for fast growing media companies," said Jamie Weissenborn, vp, global advertising sales, International Networks, SPTI, to whom Brown reports. "She has a reputation for creating unique advertising solutions for her clients. Our global sales efforts will surely benefit from Mindy's valuable portfolio of business skills."
Fox Kids Europe chairman/ceo Bruce Steinberg has left his post at a time when the company realized substantial revenue gains and a profit rise in its last reporting period.
A statement from the company's supervisory board did not say what were the terms or reasons for his departure, but a report in Reuters said FKE execs said it was the supervisory board's decision.
DZP Marketing Communications (www.dzpusa.com) has added Ray Rainville as the company's exec producer. Rainville comes to DZP following a year as the exec producer of Design VFX for post house Betelgeuse Prods, New York. At Betelgeuse, Rainville led the launch of the Betelgeuse division, BETSY Design VFX, a design/visual effects boutique.
Pauline Bohm joins NBC Universal Television Distribution in the newly created post of vp, international marketing. Bohm will work closely with Dan Weiss, evp, marketing, to whom she report, developing marketing strategies for international markets serviced by NBC Universal International TV Dist., which includes a client-base in more than 200 countries.
Randy Wells joins Miramax Home Ent. as vp of home entertainment, responsible for handling the companys day-to-day marketing of its home entertainment product for both Miramax and Dimension titles, including theatrical and direct to DVD titles. Wells will be based out of Miramaxs Los Angeles office and reports to sevp of home entertainment Jeffrey Fink.
Academy and Emmy Award-winning director Jeff Brown has signed an agreement for exclusive representation with Tag Team Films in Los Angeles, an industry leading producer of kids and toy commercials. Brown, on staff at Rocket Films, New York City, for the past 10 years, has directed well over 100 toy spots, many involving very young children, including work for Fisher-Price, Hasbro, Tyco and Playskool.
Codemasters has appointed Ken Johnston, as its worldwide marketing director. Johnston will direct the brand evolution of the companys key gaming titles, including COLIN MCRAE RALLY, TOCA RACE DRIVER and OPERATION FLASHPOINT, as well as direct the introduction of the companys new properties into the market.
Clancy Collins and Jeanne Cotton join the Warner Bros. Television current programs department as vp and director, while Stephanie Groves and Rebecca Franko move up to director and manager respectively, all serving under Melinda Hage, svp, WBTV current programs.
A whole new area of work opened up for me just as the Soviet forces were breathing smoke around the borders of Czechoslovakia, and I made a film called The Giants that the communists banned for 20 years. For me, it was a point of pride.
David L. Simon has been named executive consultant at BFC Berliner Film Companie. Simon will act as the companys U.S. liaison, facilitating the development of new projects and overseeing the expansion of the core business between BFC and the production community, studios and broadcasters. He will also be responsible for creating new relationships for BFC with the business and creative communities worldwide.
DC Comics has promoted Cheryl Rubin from vp to svp, brand management, and will continue supervising the brand, creative and merchandising activities for the library of DC Comics and MAD MAGAZINE properties.
Twenty-year veteran television executive Maureen Smith joins Animal Planet as evp/gm as of July 15, 2004. Smith will oversee all programming, development, production and operations and reports to Clark Bunting, evp, Discovery U.S. Networks Group at the channels Silver Spring, Maryland headquarters.
Susan L. Decker, the cfo and evp of Yahoo! has joined the board of directors of Pixar Animation Studios. At Yahoo! she is responsible for managing all aspects of the company's financial and administrative activities. Prior to joining Yahoo!, Decker was the global director of equity research for Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette (DLJ), where she managed the worldwide equity research operation.