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Family TV Vet Maureen Smith Joins Animal Planet

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.

Studios Headline News

Decker Joins Pixar Board

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.

Business Headline News

Fox 21 Boutique Builds Exec Team

Jane Leisner, svp of new boutique production company fox 21 has officially put her executive team in place for the Fox TV division. Brett Weitz joins as vp, development, with Shaleen Desai serving as director, development and Marci Wiseman is in as consultant, business affairs.

International Headline News

Endemano Takes BVITV Financial Reigns

Mark Endemano has joined Buena Vista International Television (BVITV) as vp, finance, Europe, Middle East & Africa. He will oversee all aspects of the international TV distributors financial operations including financial reporting, cost control, liaising with BVITVs operations in Asia-Pacific and Latin America, and producer group support.

He becomes a member of BVITVs senior executive team, delivering strategic, operational and financial input. Endemano will be based in London and report directly to Tom Toumazis, svp/md, EMEA, BVITV

Television Headline News

David L. Simon Joins Noodlesoup Productions Board of Directors

Former Disney, DreamWorks and FOX TV exec David L. Simon joins the Noodlesoup Productions Inc., board of directors to held guide the privately held, full-service animation studio based in New York City.

Television Headline News

Levinsohn Appointed Digital Media/Pay TV Pres for Fox

Fox Filmed Ent. upped Peter Levinsohn to president, Digital Media and Worldwide Pay Television. In this new role, Levinsohn will be responsible for managing digital media strategy for Fox, including leading the effort to establish robust content protection measures in the digital media marketplace; identifying content distribution opportunities; pursuing long-term strategic initiatives with major technology players; and developing opportunities to maximize the value of film and television product in emerging digital platforms. In this capacity he will work closely with the Fox Ent.

Fremantlemedia Headline News

Whiteley To Shop For FremantleMedia Licensing Worldwide

Alice Whiteley has been appointed acquisitions and development director for FremantleMedia Licensing Worldwide (FLW), the licensing division of leading international television production company FremantleMedia. Based in the London office, she will be responsible for strengthening FremantleMedias catalog of intellectual property with strong licensing potential by acquiring, expanding or representing third-party brands.

Cartoon Headline News

Ouweleen Moves Up Development Ladder at Cartoon Network

Michael Ouweleen takes on additional responsibilities in his newly created position of svp, development and creative direction for Cartoon Network. In his expanded new role, Ouweleen will oversee development and production of all original animated kid-targeted programming (6-14) including series, specials and made-for-television features for the 24-hour networks targeted dayparts.

Headline News

Moinet VP Implementation Services Xytech Systems

Linda Moinet joins as Xytech Systems Corp., a leading provider of workflow and media asset management software, as vp of Implementation Services responsible for project management processes, tools and techniques plus lead the project management team to a new level of customer service.

Business Headline News

Matsumoto To Head Buena Vista Games, Asia Pacific

Akira Matsumoto will take over as vp/gm for Buena Vista Games, Asia Pacific, the global interactive entertainment arm of Disney Consumer Products on July 1, 2004. He replaces Shuji Utsumi, who will be leaving the company to pursue personal interests.

Team Headline News

Sarbakan Add Five New Hires to Staff

Sarbakan, a full service digital animation studio in Quebec City has added five new hires to its full-time staff, bringing its total of employees to 47.

Stephanie Gingras joins the 2D project management team as a producer. She was a producer for I.C. Axon where she was responsible for many multimedia and print projects in the field of e-learning solutions between 2000 and 2003.

Animation Headline News

Lazarus Named President of Turner Broadcasting Animation Division

With little fanfare and no company statements, Turner Broadcasting has named Mark Lazarus, president of the entertainment group, to president of the company's animation division, which oversees cable channel Cartoon Network and its animation studio, according to the HOLLYWOOD REPORTER, which was confirmed by a CN spokesperson.

Many have been waiting to see who would head the animation group, when Turners new ceo Philip Kent restructured Turner last year into three separate divisions: entertainment, news and animation.

Comedy Headline News

Janollari New WB Entertainment President

David Janollari has been named president of entertainment for The WB Network, it was announced today, June 15, 2004, by Garth Ancier, chairman of The WB. Janollari will be responsible for primetime program development including series, movies and specials; primetime current programming and scheduling as well as Kids WB! programming.

Licensing Headline News

Palomino Takes Charge of DIC Domestic Licensing

Consumer products veteran Juanita Palomino has joined DIC Entertainment (DIC), as vp of Domestic Licensing at DIC, reporting to Nancy Bassett, svp, Worldwide Consumer Products, DIC. Palomino replaces Cindy Davis, DICs former vp of Domestic Licensing, who left the company following the Licensing Show.

Effects Headline News

Encore Grows Staff

Jeff West, a flame artist, and Johnny Wilson, a combustion artist and graphic designer, have become the latest additions to the team at Encore Visual Effects in Hollywood, California. Both artists bring broad experience in vfx production for episodic television, feature films and other media, and will be involved in long-form and short-form projects at Encore. West is currently working on the WB series CHARMED. Wilson is part of the team workingÊ on the series NIP/TUCK for FX.

Headline News

Levin Resigns From The WB

In a surprise move, Jordan Levin resigned his post as chief executive of the WB Network. WB chairman Garth Ancier will be responsible for running the network and said he would soon appoint an entertainment president to oversee programming.

Warner Bros. chairman/ceo Barry Meyer, who oversees the WB, reportedly told Levin he wanted Ancier to be the sole leader at the helm of the network. Levin could stay on in his former post as entertainment president, which Levin rejected in favor of a producing deal with Warner Bros. Television.

Disney Headline News

Morrill Upped to DisneyToon Pres

Sharon Morrill has been promoted to president DisneyToon Studios, and will continue to report to Walt Disney Feature Animation president David Stainton.

In her capacity, Morrill will still oversee all aspects of development and production for the divisions burgeoning line of Disney Video Premiere films and DisneyToon theatrical releases. Additionally, she will continue to be responsible for the divisions day-to-day activities, including synergy, finance, human resources, technology, publicity and legal affairs.

Design Headline News

Zinney Joins Click 3x

Zack Kinney, a motion graphics designer and animator, has joined Click 3x. Kinney will undertake broadcast design and commercial projects, as well as work for other media. In his first project for Click 3x, he designed a graphic opener for the recent 2004 ONE SHOW INTERACTIVE awards show. In an earlier freelance assignment for Click 3x, he served as art director on a promo for MTVs PIMP MY RIDE.

Effects Headline News

Digital Artists Agency Hires Heusser

Digital Artists Agency (DAA) has hired Jenn Heusser as client liaison and marketing assistant. Heusser's day-to-day involvement in the company will increase DAA's capacity for new clients while greatly extending its ability to identify and act on new opportunities for all DAA clients. The newly created role also represents a commitment to the infrastructure of the company as it expands and prepares to bring on additional talent agents and managers.

Selick Headline News

Selick Joins Vinton Studios

THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS director Henry Selick has joined Vinton Studios as supervising director. Selick will be charged with heading up the studios transition into features. He has begun production on the studio's first high-budget CG short, MOONGIRL.

Selick is wrapping up his duties as animation director on Wes Anderson's THE LIFE AQUATIC. He also adapted and will direct Neil Gaiman's CORALINE for Bill Mechanic's Pandemonium.

Effects Headline News

Hannaford to Lead VFX at Rushes

Rushes Postproduction Ltd. has promoted Paul Hannaford to head of visual effects.

In his new role, Hannaford will be responsible for the visual effects department, encompassing Flame, Inferno, Fire, Combustion and Backdraft. He will also continue to work as an effects artist and vfx shoot supervisor.