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Production Headline News

VFX Artist/Editor Robert Lopuski Joins UVPHACTORY

In a continuation of their recent expansion, New York-based design and production company UVPHACTORY has added editor/vfx artist Robert Lopuski to its staff roster.

Robert reflects the creative vibe of this place and is a logical extension of our continued growth. He has the UVPHACTORY sensibility creativity, savvy and humor and he is a natural at what he does, technically and creatively, explained co-founder Scott Sindorf.

Television Headline News

Antony Root to Oversee SPTI's Production Operations in Europe

Television/film producer Antony Root joins Sony Pictures Television International (SPTI) as svp, international production, Europe. In this newly created position based in London, Root will oversee SPTI's production operations in Europe.

Series Headline News

John Landgraf New Head of FX Networks

John Landgraf has been named president/gm, FX Networks, replacing former FX Networks president/ceo Peter Liguori who joined FOX Broadcasting Co. as its president of Entertainment. Landgraf will be responsible for all business and programming operations including program development, scheduling, marketing, public relations, research and business affairs for FX Networks, which consists of FX and Fox Movie Channel.

Post Headline News

Post Logic N.Y.C. Appoints Manny Fernandez Managing Director

Leading post-production boutique Post Logic Studios has appointed Manny Fernandez to the newly created position of managing director of its Manhattan-based satellite Post Logic N.Y.C. Opened in March 2004 with a focus on long form work, the New York operation has flourished since its inception and will now broaden its client base to include television and commercial projects. To accommodate its new clientele, Post Logic N.Y.C. has added a second Spirit HD/SD telecine.

Animation Headline News

Noodlesoup Adds to Animation Roster

Noodlesoup Prods. (NSP) has signed 3D director/animator Doug Johnson. Johnson has directed spots for such clients as Novartis, IBM, Nabisco, SBC, Combe Inc. and Nickelodeon. He has also been a lead CG animator on numerous award-winning spots for Orkin, Primeco, Sci Fi Channel, AT&T, Bell South and others.

Universal Headline News

Jeff Herrera to Head Multicultural Marketing for Universal Studios Home Ent.

Jeff Herrera has been appointed to the newly created position of vp multicultural marketing for Universal Studios Home Ent. (USHE), to oversee the crafting and implementation of marketing strategies aimed at Latinos, African-Americans, and other ethnic groups. Herrera will work closely with USHE's sales and marketing departments to develop strategies and programs as well as play a key role in identifying and implementing partnership opportunities between USHE and its NBC Universal sister company, Spanish-language television network, Telemundo.

Creative Headline News

Susan Kirch Upped in DisneyToon Creative Affairs

B. Susan Kirch has been promoted to vp, creative affairs for DisneyToon Studios, responsible for developing original scripts and stories as well as sequels to Disney¹s animated successes. Kirch will be working with filmmakers through all stages of production on films that will be distributed by Disneys Buena Vista Home Entertainment and Buena Vista Pictures Distribution¹s theatrical division.

Kirch reports jointly to Sharon Morrill, president of DisneyToon Studios and to Ellen Gurney, svp of creative affairs.

Effects Headline News

Andrew Hall to Supervise A52's CG Department

Emmy Award-winning Los Angeles visual effects and design company A52 has hired Andrew Hall, formerly a feature film animation supervisor for Digital Domain, as CG supervisor.

Hall began his career at London's The Motion Picture Co., earning the title of senior animator and working on numerous TV commercials and features, including THE ENGLISH PATIENT, TOMORROW NEVER DIES, RICHARD III and THE MIRACLE MAKER.

Police Headline News

Man To Stand Trial For Disney Animator’s Murder

A former boyfriend of Sydney teenager has been committed to stand trial for allegedly murdering an 18-year-old Walt Disney animator, Lyndsay van Blanken, according to many newspaper accounts in Australia.

William Matheson, 22, was committed on April 27, 2005, in Sydney's Central Local Court over her death in November 2003. A trial date has yet to be set.

Accounts say he was the last person known to see van Blanken alive on Nov. 24, 2003, outside the Charing Cross Hotel in Waverley, in Sydney's east.

Headline News

Kenneth Locker to Oversee New Digital Content Development at Cookie Jar

Former Comedy Central and MGM Interactive executive, Kenneth Locker has joined Cookie Jar Entertainment, the programming and licensing arm of Cookie Jar Group, in the newly created position of svp of Digital Media, Cookie Jar. Locker will be responsible for leveraging new and existing content for the company, across a variety of platforms, including the Internet, wireless, broadband and IPTV.

Disney Headline News

Disney-ABC Cable Networks Group Ups Vince Roberts to EVP, Tech & Ops

Vince Roberts has been promoted to the newly created position of evp, worldwide technology and operations, Disney-ABC Cable Networks Group and Walt Disney Television International. He will be responsible for the global technical and operational strategic direction and ongoing management of all television and IT functions across the Disney-ABC Cable Networks Group, including Disney Channel, Toon Disney, SOAPnet, ABC Family and JETIX; and Walt Disney Television International, including, Disney-branded networks in Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific, Japan and Canada.

Production Headline News

Paramount Pictures Names Brad Weston Co-President, Production

Brad Weston joins Paramount Pictures as co-president, production, overseeing the day-to-day development and production of the studio's annual slate of films and literary acquisitions along with fellow co-president Alli Shearmur, who was appointed on April 14, 2005. Weston will report to Paramount Pictures president Gail Berman.

Disney Headline News

Jill Lindeman New Disney Channel Marketing VP/Creative Director

Jill Lindeman joins Disney ABC Cable Networks Group as vp/creative director for marketing, Disney Channel, responsible for the creative direction and management of all on-air promotion for Disney Channel, Toon Disney, Jetix, Playhouse Disney and ABC Kids, including the development and production of interstitials for Disney Channel. Additionally, Lindeman has oversight of the creative direction for off-air initiatives including print production, online development and marketing collateral.

She reports to Matt Palmer, svp, marketing, Disney Channel, in Burbank, California.

Animation Headline News

Aaron Lyle Upped to Media Arts & Animation Academic Director at The Art Institut

The Art Institute of California Los Angeles has promoted Aaron Lyle to academic director for Media Arts & Animation.

Aarons connections to industry are an enormous benefit to the program and school; our students and faculty will benefit tremendously from his expertise, said Dave Moughalian, dean of Academic Affairs.

Dreamworks Headline News

eBay Chief Joins DreamWorks Animation Board of Directors

Margaret C. Whitman, president/ceo of eBay, has been elected to DreamWorks Animations board of directors.

"Meg is someone that both Roger Enrico and I have been courting to join our board of directors for many months," said Jeffrey Katzenberg, DreamWorks Animation ceo. "Having had the opportunity to work with her in the past, I know firsthand what an exceptional talent she is and believe that her expertise in building a global brand combined with her consumer technology experience really makes her a perfect fit for our company."

Cartoon Headline News

Changnon New VP, On-Air & Program Production Exec at Cartoon Network

Cartoon Network has promoted Pola Changnon to vp of on-air and exec producer of program production. She will be responsible for managing and directing all on-air production that comprises the signature environments of both Cartoon Network and Boomerang-from network IDs and spots, to original and acquired series promotion and packaging, to interstitials and production work on network specials and stunts.

Effects Headline News

Jay Roth Appointed President of NewTek’s 3D Graphics Division

NewTek Inc. has named Jay Roth president of the 3D graphics division of the company. Roth, co-founder and former CEO of Electric Image Inc., has 25 years experience in the 3D visual effects and graphics industry. In his new role Roth will oversee the expansion of the 3D product line, the advancement of technical innovation in LightWave 3D, along with sales and marketing efforts relating to NewTeks 3D graphics offerings.

Headline News

Mark Lasoff Joins Alias Custom Development Center

Mark Lasoff has joined Alias Santa Barbara, California-based Custom Development Center (CDC) as entertainment consulting manager. In his new role at the CDC, Lasoff will work with Alias' software engineers to design and implement new workflow tools and custom software solutions for production facilities and key customers that rely heavily on the Maya, Alias MotionBuilder, and Alias SketchBook Pro family of products.

Kids Headline News

Blayney to Head Kids Sales at Celador International

Helen Blayney joins Celador International as senior sales manger, kids division, where she will be responsible for sales of the companys growing portfolio of childrens programming, including ROOBARB & CUSTARD and TALES OF THE RIVERBANK. Blayney reports to Cathy Laughton, who joined London-based Celador Intl in February 2005 as head of kids programming to champion of its new kids division, Celador International Kids.

Dreamworks Headline News

Bob Feldman to Head DreamWorks Animation Corporate Communications

Bob Feldman joins DreamWorks Animation SKG in Glendale, California, as head of corporate communications. DreamWorks Animation was recently spun off as a publicly traded company listed on the New York Stock Exchange (DWA) from the private company DreamWorks SKG. Feldman reports to Jeffrey Katzenberg and Ann Daly, the company's chief executive and chief operating officers.

Headline News

BVITV Promotes 4 in European Sales

Buena Vista International Television (BVITV) has promoted four senior members of its sales teams in Europe. Carsten Fink, based in Munich, Damian Newton, in London and Francesca Tauriello, in Rome, have been promoted to vice president, sales & distribution, German-speaking Europe, vice president, sales, Pay TV/New Technologies and executive director, sales, Northern Mediterranean markets respectively. Tatjana Vucanovic has also been promoted, to executive director, sales, Central & Eastern Europe.