Animator John Lasseter and VFX Artist Craig Barron are among five new governors, three of them serving for the first time, who have been elected to represent their branches on the board of governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Nine incumbent governors were reelected.
In a precursor to a vigorous new expansion effort, Ascent Media Creative Services Group has promoted Barbara Marshall to managing director of its Encore Hollywood post-production facility.
Long time publicity veteran Elizabeth Wolfe has been upped to vp, publicity for DisneyToon Studios, responsible for all areas of publicity for DisneyToon Studios and liaisons with the publicity teams for Buena Vista Pictures Marketing Group and Buena Vista Home Ent. as well as other areas of The Walt Disney Co. Additionally, she oversees talent relations and special projects, which include working with numerous charitable organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, Free Arts for Abused Children and Adopt a Family.
DreamWorks Pictures has extended head of production Adam Goodmans contract term for an additional four years through 2009.
"Adam Goodman has been an integral part of our production team since the inception of the studio and, over the past year and a half, he has more than proven his capability to lead that team, said DreamWorks principal David Geffen. We are very happy that he plans to continue to spearhead our live-action slate."
In this last in a series of three interviews, Joe Strike talks with historian and filmmaker John Canemaker about his family and his latest film, the confessional The Moon and the Son.
Navarre Corp., a publisher and distributor of a broad range of home entertainment and multimedia software products, has promoted Ward Thomas to svp of sales and operations for FUNimation, a subsidiary of Navarre Corp., and upped Joyce Fleck to vp of sales & marketing for FUNimation.
While head of sales for Navarre Distribution Services, Thomas is credited for leading and developing the distribution sales team so that the division experienced triple-digit growth.
Eric Roth, exec director of the Visual Effects Society (VES), has signed a three-year contract with the organization. Roth joined the VES a little more than a year ago and is responsible for running the day-to-day operations of the organization including strategic planning, fundraising, membership outreach and communications. Said Carl Rosendahl, chairman of the VES Board, The VES has enjoyed tremendous growth under Erics leadership this past year. Were thrilled to have a long term commitment with him in place and look forward to the future.
The TOKYOPOP Group has bolstered its worldwide finance and accounting infrastructure by appointing Cary Tan vp/controller of TOKYOPOP U.S. and Cathy Liu as group finance & administration director at TOKYOPOP K.K.
Lucasfilm Animation Ltd. announced that it has hired Christian (Chris) Kubsch, a production and animation exec with more than 20 years of experience, to helm its animation studio in Singapore. As gm of Lucasfilm Animation Co. Singapore B.V., Kubsch will pull together and oversee all elements of the digital animation studio, including recruiting key talent and running its day to day operations. Kubsch will report to Gail Currey, head of animation.
TV-Loonland is filling out its ranks, appointing Olivier Dumont as its new coo and Kourtney Kaye head of creative affairs and development.
Dumont, to be based in Paris and London, will define the strategy for the development, production and distribution of programming targeted at kids and families. He will report directly to the TV-Loonland ceo/chariman Selma Käppel and, with her, will also run the business development strategy for TV-Loonland.
Mitch Feinman has been appointed Feinman to the newly created position of vp to lead Fox Mobile Ent., the new unit of 20th Century Fox Television devoted to creating and distributing unique content and marketing to the worldwide wireless market. Feinman will oversee Fox Filmed Ent.s strategic relationship with Glu Mobile for domestic distribution of film content, as well as wireless content creation and marketing across Fox TV business units. Additionally, Feinman handles U.S.
Daniel Battsek, a veteran film exec in the Buena Vista International Organization, has been named president, Miramax Films, reporting directly to Dick Cook, chairman The Walt Disney Studios. Battsek, has been serving as evp/md of distribution and production for BVI UK.
Leslie Jones has been tapped by NBC Universal Television Distribution to lead its just launched new original content unit that will partner with local media companies to develop and create local programming in territories spanning the globe, it was announced by Frederick Huntsberry, evp, NBC Universal TV Dist.. The new international production unit will report in to Jerry Petry, evp, business operations and sales strategy, NBC Universal TV Dist.
DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc. has given chairman Roger Enrico more control over finances and legal matters for the company as the Securities and Exchange Commission conducts an informal probe into financial disclosures and trading of DreamWorks shares, according to BLOOMBERG NEWS.
CFO Kristina Leslie and general counsel Katherine Kendrick will report to Enrico and chief exec Jeffrey Katzenberg. They previously reported to Katzenberg and coo Ann Daly, who will primarily focus now on film production and home video sales, the company said.
Janet Hill takes on the newly created position of evp of corp. communications, Paramount Pictures, overseeing internal and external business plus media communications and public relations.
In a letter, John Culhane remembers his long-time friend and Disney animator Rowland B. Wilson, who passed away on June 28, 2005.
Universal Studios president/ceo Ron Meyer has signed a new five-year contract and will continue to lead the studios motion picture, parks & resorts and studio operations.
Colette Scott has been promoted to worldwide manager of the education Segment of Kodak's Entertainment Imaging Division, where she will guide ambitious programs aimed at developing Kodak's ongoing commitment to providing support for the next generation of filmmakers and their mentors at film schools around the world.
Dr. Toon talks to producer/writer/director/animator Rob Renzetti about his career, his influences, and that spunky Robotic Global Response Unit XJ9 (a.k.a Jenny Wakeman), star of My Life as a Teenage Robot. The show’s first one-hour special airs on Nickelodeon August 13.
Tom Sito revisits the Civil War of Animation and tells how the Great Walt Disney Cartoonists Strike of 1941 changed the course of animation and comics.
Michael Mintz joins iO Film, a technologically advanced, full-service digital film finishing facility specializing in film and video projects from every sector of the entertainment industry, in the new position of digital intermediate colorist. Mintz will work with clients in the digital grading of feature films.
Steven M. Grossman will become evp/coo of 4Kids Entertainment Inc. starting Sept. 1, 2005 and will report directly to Alfred R. Kahn, 4Kids chairman/ceo.
Grossman has been a director of 4Kids since 2001 and chairman of the Audit Committee since 2003. He has resigned from 4Kids Audit, Compensation and Nominating and Corporate Governance Committees, but will continue as a director of the company.
Curious Pictures newest addition to its roster of award-winning directors is Stefan Nadelman. Nadelmans recent animation work for VH1, HBO, ESPN, Panasonic and Nike has established his reputation in the industry, as well as winning a Jury Prize at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival for his short TERMINAL BAR, which also won RESFESTs Audience choice award.
Marisa Fiechter has rejoined bicoastal creative studio Trollbäck + Company as a producer and is producing projects for HBO as well as the comprehensive redesign of a TV network.
The combination of Marisas nine years of agency experience and her sense of taste and style make her a perfect match for Trollbäck + Co., said exec producer Elizabeth Kiehner.