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Dan Didio Named Ruler of DC Universe

Paul Levitz, DC Comics president/publisher, has promoted Dan Didio to vp -- exec editor, DC Universe, reports ICv2. Didio will continue to report directly to Levitz. Prior to joining DC in Hanuary 2002, Didio had a vast background in television and animation. He is responsible for signing dozens of creators to exclusive contracts and led the revival of Superman as well as Teen Titans and Outsiders. WIZARD MAGAZINE named Didio its first ever "Man of the Year" in 2003.

Nickelodeon Headline News

Nickelodeon Networks Realigns Senior Management

Following the recent integration of Paramount Parks and Viacom Consumer Products under the leadership of Nickelodeon Networks president Herb Scannell, Leigh Anne Brodsky and Al Weber have been promoted to new positions, consolidating the leadership of the licensing and recreation businesses under Nickelodeon Enterprises, the ancillary business unit of Nickelodeon Networks. Brodsky has been named president, Nickelodeon and Viacom Consumer Products, and Weber has been named president, Viacom Recreation.

Entertainment Headline News

Contender Acquires Sweby for Acquisitions Post

Jo Sweby joined the Contender Entertainment Group (CEG) in the newly created post of international acquisitions manager, responsible for growing CEGs catalog of intellectual properties across the television, video and merchandising divisions by acquiring and expanding both third-party and wholly owned general entertainment and childrens titles internationally.

Channel Headline News

Mullock New Producer for Channel 4/NMPFT Animator in Residence Scheme

Sara Mullock has been appointed the new producer for the Channel 4/NMPFT Animator in Residence Scheme.

The scheme offers emerging animators the chance to develop their own original idea for a short film in the specially designed booth in the animation gallery at the National Museum of Photography, Film & Television. Their proposal will be presented to Channel 4, which will consider a full commission of the final production. Mullock will support each animator and help them develop their work.

Animation Headline News

Animation Vet Phil Roman to Helm New Fortitude Films

Fortitude Films has bought a studio in Burbank, California, and tapped legendary animator/director/producer to turn it into a full-service animation division, overseeing development of 2D and 3D features and series projects.

Lisa Maria Butkiewicz, the creative head for Fortitutde Films, said, "Phil Roman brings a wealth of experience in business, coupled with creative talent that is second to none. He has worked on some of the biggest animation success stories of all time."

Artists Headline News

Wicked RGB adds Four New 3D Artists

Wicked RGB has extended its impressive stable of artists with the addition of Ira Shain, Micah Henrie, Pascal Blanché and Raphael Lacoste.

"We are here to push projects to the maximum level of graphical quality -- and we are here to stay," said founder/president Michael Christensen.

Books Headline News

Vinton Studios Hires Book Expert to Find New Properties

Vinton Studios has signed Oxford-based publisher Fiona Kenshole research the international book market for potential film properties, reports VARIETY. Previously, Kenshole was publishing director of Oxford University Press Children's Books, where she launched the Oxford University Press paperback and Modern Classics lists and oversaw a rebranding of its children's dictionaries.

Series Headline News

Lollar Joins Renegade Animation as Development Director

Award-winning writer/producer Phil Lollar has become director of development for Renegade Animation. Lollar will develop episodic television, feature film, DVD and other entertainment projects for the animation studio. Renegade currently produces the Cartoon Network series HI HI PUFFY AMI YUMI debuting this fall.

Work Headline News

KromA Tags Yukich to head VFX Production

Los Angeles visual effects and animation studio KromA has hired producer Bob Yukich to head vfx production. He is a former freelancer with broad experience in commercials, music videos, feature films and episodic television and will oversee production, day-to-day operations and sales. He will also seek to expand the company beyond its base in commercial and music videos into effects work for film and television.

Animation Headline News

Animation Guild Elects New Officers & Board

The Animation Guild Local 839 IATSE elected officers on Sept. 27, 2004, to serve a three-year term through 2007. Re-elected incumbents included president Kevin Koch, business representative Steve Hulett, recording secretary Jeff Massie and sergeant-at-arms Jan Browning. Executive board member Earl Kress was elected to replace retiring vp Kathleen O_Mara-Svetlik.

Headline News

Lumina Lights Up with New Sales Head

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, September 29, 2004 at 12:00am

Lumina Films has named Samantha Horley head of sales. She will be based in London. Previously, Horley was svp of distribution at Myriad Pictures and before that worked for Summit Ent. and Polygram Film Intl.

"I am looking forward to continue building Lumina into a feisty sale company," Horley said. "Lumina has some strong new English-language projects in the pipeline."

Lumina's slate includes MIDSUMMER DREAM, a Spanish-produced, CGI-animated version of Shakespeare's play.

Creative Headline News

TV-Loonland Appoints Amy Jackson Creative Affairs VP

Amy Jackson joins TV-Loonland as vp, creative affairs. Based in TV-Loonland's New York office, Jackson will be responsible for overseeing creative programming output as well as overseeing the creative development and production while maintaining and building production and strategic relationships with U.S. broadcasters, publishers, creators, rights owners and other potential partners.

Production Headline News

Cartoon Network Studios Promotes Pelphrey to Production VP

Cartoon Network Studios has promoted Jennifer Pelphrey from director to vp of production. In her expanded role, Pelphrey will oversee day-to-day production of all the studios original series, maintaining responsibilities for scheduling, budgeting and administrative management.

Headline News

Will Vinton Drawn to The Art Institute of Portland as Artist-in-Residence

Oregon animation guru Will Vinton has joined The Art Institute of Portland as Artist-in-Residence. Winner of Oscar, Emmy and Clio awards, Vinton is well known his pioneering work in Claymation and stop-motion animation. The Artist-in-Residence position helps further the mission of the College to support the creative community in Portland said Steve Goldman, president of the College. It is an honor to forge this new partnership with an artist of Will Vintons stature and accomplishment.

Headline News

Amy Kuessner Joins Starz Marketing Team

Amy Kuessner has joined the Starz Encore Group Llc. (Starz) marketing team in the newly created position as senior director, program marketing at its Englewood, Colorado headquarters.

"This is a very exciting time for Starz and we want the best and brightest on our team," said Bill Brovsky, vp of tactical marketing, to whom Kuessner reports. "We are thrilled to add Amy with her incredible creative energy and enthusiasm, and look forward to her contributions."

Television Headline News

Disney Promotes Key Communications Execs

The Disney-ABC Television Group has instituted a new communications structure by promoting two key execs Sue Binford, who will now oversee all corporate communications and Kevin Brockman, who will now oversee all entertainment communications.

Animation Headline News

Lewis Upped to EVP/GM of Warner Bros. Animation

Andy Lewis has been promoted from svp/gm to evp/gm,Warner Bros. Animation. Lewis, who joined Warner Bros. Animation in 1997 in his previous position, will continue to oversee general management of the animation studio, including the day-to-day studio operations, business affairs, finance and administrative matters, as well as his involvement in business planning.

Production Headline News

Axthelm to Direct Marketing for ANIMAX

Veteran advertising and production exec Stephen Axthelm joins ANIMAX as director of marketing, the digital animation, interactive and brand entertainment studio based in Los Angeles.

As exec producer of hundreds of advertising and promotional campaigns and author of strategic, creative and integrated marketing plans for many more, he brings a broad skill set to ANIMAXs work in a range of categories and genres.

Headline News

Video Lab Johannesburg Adds Colorist and luster 2.5

The Video Lab Johannesburg has two announcements: not only has renowned international colorist Catherine Pantazopoulos joined the group, but they have secured the latest in grading wizardry: Discreets lustre 2.5, the only one in South Africa.

Joining luminaries such as Pixar Animation Studios and Sony Pictures Imageworks, The Video Lab plans to have the lustre up and running by mid-October in a custom, designed, world-class grading room.