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Television Headline News

Siobhan Kenny New VP, Communications, Walt Disney Television, EMEA

The Disney-ABC Television Group has appointed Siobhan Kenny vp, communications, Walt Disney Television EMEA, for the European, Middle Eastern and African (EMEA) territories. She will be responsible for the implementation and coordination of all corporate and entertainment communication strategies across the EMEA territories, and will play a key role as a senior member of the Walt Disney Television EMEA executive team.

Studios Headline News

Rhythm + Hues Commercial Studios Signs Steve Beck

Acclaimed spot and features director Steve Beck has been hired by Rhythm + Hues Studios to bolster its commercial group.

This follows R+H ( bringing on Paul Babb as its new live action exec producer, as the studio has refocused its energies to create what it calls, The Complete Digital Studio a full service shop for both advertising agencies and production companies.

Studios Headline News

DisneyToon Studios Promotes Snedeker & Ferguson

DisneyToon Studios has promoted two execs with Brian Snedeker, previously svp of creative affairs for DisneyToon Studios, assuming the title of svp of pre-production and Karen Ferguson taking on the role of vp of 3D production.

Snedeker will report directly to Sharon Morrill, president of DisneyToon Studios. In his new undertaking, Snedeker will oversee pre-production as well as take an active role in the production phase of all animated films made by the studio.

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McAleer & Pollack Promoted in BBC Worldwide Children's Division

Helen McAleer has been promoted from director to the new role of deputy managing director of Children's BBC Worldwide and Susanna Pollack, director of U.S. co-production sales, has been promoted to vp of children's business development.

Reporting to Mark Young, managing director, Children's BBC Worldwide, Helen McAleer will be responsible for the global exploitation of children's brands through acquisition, investment, development and license of intellectual properties.

Work Headline News

Level 3 Hires Artist Hight and Colorist Beveridge

Fire/Inferno artist O.T. Hight and colorist Randy Beveridge, both from episodic TV, have joined Level 3 Post. Hight and Beveridge will handle post work for the ABC series GREYS ANATOMY as well as other episodics and long-form TV projects. Both will also be involved in remastering work.

O.T. and Randy are very capable artists who have broad experience at the highest level of the television industry, said Level 3 Post managing director Darrell Anderson. We plan to take full advantage of their talents.

Film Headline News

Warren Franklin Joins Rainmaker as President of Animation & VFX

Warren Franklin joins Rainmaker LP as president of Animation & Visual Effects. He will be responsible for expanding the award-winning television effects team, to continue Rainmaker LP's growth in vfx for feature film and in building a feature animation studio to handle production of computer-generated animated films.

Entertainment Headline News

MTV Vet Kathleen Hricik Joins Entertainment Rights

Entertainment Rights Plc. (ER), one of the UKs fastest-growing independent media groups specialising in the ownership of childrens and family programming, characters and brands, has appointed MTV vet Kathleen Hricik to the newly-created post of evp/md of the United States of America, Canada and Latin America.

Nick Headline News

Davis to Head Nick Preschool & Digital TV Communications

Jodi Davis has been promoted to the new position of vp communications, Nickelodeon Preschool and Nickelodeon Digital Television, responsible for the development and execution of all publicity efforts for Nick Jr., Nickelodeon's programming block dedicated to preschoolers; as well as all of Nickelodeon's digital channels including: NOGGIN, Nickelodeon's commercial-free, educational network for preschoolers; The N, the nighttime network for teens; Nicktoons, the 24-hour animation channel; and Nick Games and Sports (GAS).

Technology Headline News

Rendercore Appoints Marty Shindler to Advisory Board

Rendercore Inc., a leader in remote rendering solutions, has appointed production expert Marty Shindler to its advisory board. Shindler is the ceo of The Shindler Perspective Inc., a management-consulting firm for award-winning entertainment and technology companies.

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TV-Loonland Strengthens Sales Team With Ignatiew

TV-Loonland has appointed Irina Ignatiew as sales manager for TV and home entertainment in the German-speaking territories (Germany, Austria, Switzerland) in order to grow its internationally successful distribution activities. In her new position, Irina Ignatiew will report directly to the TV-Loonland managing board in Munich. Ignatiews responsibilities include the sales and distribution of TV-Loonland programs throughout the German-speaking world.

Million Headline News

Atari President and CEO Steps Down

Videogame maker Atari Inc. announced that president/ceo James Caparro resigned, and the board appointed chairman/cco Bruno Bonnell to take his place on a temporary basis while it searches for a permanent replacement.

Shares of Atari Inc. dropped 54 cents, or about 18%, to $2.40 in after-hours activity.

Caparro is leaving Atari after fewer than eight months on the job to become president/ceo of Entertainment Distribution Corp., a division of Glenayre Technologies Inc.

Post Headline News

Post Logic Staffs Up and Prepares for Capital Expansion

Leading post-production boutique Post Logic Studios has added three new members to its management team as the company prepares to roll out a multimillion-dollar capital expansion under the leadership of president Steve Hendricks.

International Headline News

Former DIC Sales Exec Serves Again German-Speaking & Central Europe

Kerstin Guehne returns to DIC Ent. as vp, International Television & Home Entertainment Sales, overseeing television programming and home video/DVD sales across German-speaking Europe and Central Europe. She will be responsible for DICs extensive catalog of programming and home entertainment product in these territories.

Studios Headline News

Rhythm & Hues Bolsters Commercial Group with Beck Signing

In response to the changing commercial environment, Rhythm& Hues Studios is evolving its commercial group in the attempt of creating a new production model.

With the hiring of Paul Babb as its new live action exec producer, the studio has refocused its energies to create what it calls The Complete Digital Studio a full service shop for both advertising agencies and production companies.

The result: Rhythm & Hues Commercial Studios.

Wars Headline News

Star Wars Sound Designer Ben Burtt Headed to Pixar

Ben Burtt, sound designer for all the STAR WARS and INDIANA JONES films, is headed to Pixar Animation Studios, reports THE POST-STANDARD. Burtt said that he worked at Lucasfilm on a project-to-project basis and no new projects were in the works. Pixar gave him "the most attractive" of his offers, so he took it. One of the perks he cited was Pixar's Bay Area location, which has been his home for years.

Television Headline News

SPTI Expands Distribution Efforts in Central & Eastern Europe

To further enhance its growing presence in Central and Eastern Europe, Sony Pictures Television International (SPTI) has promoted Iwona Hordziej to sales director and appointed Oi Yee Wong as sales exec for Central and Eastern Europe.

Production Headline News

DIC Promotes Shannon Nettleton To VP Of Production

DIC Ent. has promoted company veteran Shannon Nettleton to vp of production. She will oversee the production and post-production departments and will manage the efforts of DICs in-house production teams, as well as outside vendors and freelancers. She will supervise the companys slate of film, television and home entertainment productions and develop systems to maximize the efficiency of these projects.

Film Headline News

Margaret French Isaac to Head Production & Development for Vanguard

Feature film production executive Margaret French Isaac has joined Vanguard as evp, production & development, be responsible for the development of feature films, nurturing relationships with filmmakers, and shepherding Vanguard Films (live action) and Vanguard Animation projects from development through production.

Media Headline News

MTV Networks Latin America Ups Luis Goicouria to VP, Digital Media

Luis Goicouria has been promoted to vp of digital media for MTV Networks Latin America. He will oversee the companys New Media division in Miami and report to Charlie Singer, evp of programming, creative and strategic marketing, MTV Networks Latin America.

Goicouria oversee all strategic and operational aspects of interactive digital media, and continue to ensure the integration and expansion of both online and mobile businesses. He will also lead the development and distribution of proprietary digital content for MTV Networks brands across Latin America.

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Evan St. Lifer Named VP/GM for Scholastic Library Publishing

Evan St. Lifer joins vp/gm of Scholastic Library Publishing to oversee the editorial, marketing and sales efforts. He will have day-to-day oversight of Scholastic Library Publishing's major reference and nonfiction imprints including Grolier, Grolier Online, Children's Press and Franklin Watts, which include such notable reference resources as ENCYCLOPEDIA AMERICANA, the newly released ENCYCLOPEDIA LATINA, NEW BOOK OF KNOWLEDGE and NUEVA ENCICLOPEDIA CUMBRE EN LINEA.