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Headline News FitzRoy Beefs Up Licensing Team With Four Key Appointments

Press Release from Fitz Roy Media

NEW YORK -- (May 27, 2009) -- Fitz Roy Media announced today the appointment of Jonathan Breiter and Jennifer Zivic, two of the industry's most respected licensing and merchandising executives, as the designated U.S. licensing agents for the company's slate of children's properties. Breiter and Zivic will launch their representation of Fitz Roy's newest kid franchises including FUNNY FACE, HEATHCLIFF and SECRET WINGS at the 2009 Licensing International Expo in June.

Headline News Sci Fi, Will Smith Have Unfinished Business

Sci Fi Channel has ordered crime pilot UNFINISHED BUSINESS, according to THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER.

Overbrook Entertainment will produce with Will Smith, James Lassiter and Ken Stovitz exec producing. The drama will be about an ex-cop who starts seeing visions of memories from the recently-dead, compelling him to help wronged souls resolve unfinished business.

Sally Robinson is set to write the pilot with Mikael Salomon to direct. Robinson was nominated for an Emmy for IRON JAWED ANGELS and Salomon won an Emmy for BAND OF BROTHERS.

Headline News Porchlight Names New CFO, Senior VP

PorchLight Ent. has appointed Courtney Colman to the company post of CFO and Don Mirisch as SVP.

As the chief financial officer, Colman will be responsible for overseeing PorchLight's finance, accounting, human resources and IT departments. Prior to joining PorchLight, Colman was exec VP of finance at First Look Studios, where she oversaw the finance, accounting and participation departments. Before First Look Studios, Colman held the position of CFO of Lieberman Research Worldwide, a market research company specializing in the entertainment sector.

Headline News BBB Gives Second Life Company an "F"

THE BUSINESS INSIDER reporter Eric Krangel reports that the Better Business Bureau has given Linden Lab, the company behind SECOND LIFE, an "F."

The BBB cites:

-- Number of complaints filed against business.-- Failure to respond to complaints filed against business.-- Length of time business has taken to resolve complaint(s).

Headline News Ringling College Adds Business BA

Ringling College of Art and Design has launched a new BA program -- Business of Art & Design.

The new BA course, The Business of Art & Design, aims to help graduates understand business, and how better to run businesses if they strike out on their own. The program contains echoes of Harvard Business School. To the knowledge of the college, there is no comparable course among other art and design schools.

Ringling's major courses grew from six to 14 in the past three years and the school boasts an 85 percent graduation rate.

Headline News Connors Named COO at Marvel Studios

Tim Connors has been named Chief Operating Officer of Marvel Studios, the Hollywood subsidiary of Marvel Ent. In his new role, Connors will manage Marvel Studios' day-to-day business operations as well as oversee the business transactions for all studio productions including the anticipated releases of IRON MAN 2 on May 7, 2010, THOR on July 16, 2010, THE FIRST AVENGER: CAPTAIN AMERICA on May 6, 2011, THE AVENGERS in July 15, 2011 and ANT MAN.

Headline News Animated Minyanville Wins Biz Reporting Emmy

Financial information and entertainment company Minyanville Media has won a Business and Financial Reporting Emmy for its animated news show MINYANVILLE'S WORLD IN REVIEW WITH HOOFY AND BOO.

The show was honored by The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, in the New Approaches to Business & Financial Reporting category for its groundbreaking weekly show starring the animated icons of finance, Hoofy the Bull and Boo the Bear.

Headline News AWN Discussion Forums - What's New? for Nov. 17, 2008

This week in AWN's Forums, a member is working on an independent short film called INVINCIBLE IRON MAN and is looking for feedback on a teaser trailer. Discussion continues on how to put together an animation business plan. With digital animation techniques replacing traditional hand-drawn/film approaches to animation, how is the 12 and 16 field guide being employed? A member is looking for the best animation school in Mexico or Argentina.

Headline News AWN Discussion Forums - What's New? for Sept. 9, 2008

This week in AWN's Forums, check out a new Flash cartoon about an evil scientist and several new excerpts on the business of independent film financing, including distribution tips, creating a business plan and funding plan and how to present to investors. The discussion of art and animation schools keeps adding choices to the list of schools to consider. A member wants to discuss music in cartoons, both the old and the new.

Headline News Offutt Now SVP of Nick's Creative Operations

Nickelodeon/MTVN Kids and Family Group has named Brian Offutt to the new position of SVP of Creative Operations. Offutt will report to Russell Hicks, EVP and Exec Creative Director, Nickelodeon/MTVN Kids and Family Group, and Sarah Kirshbaum Levy, COO, Nickelodeon/MTVN Kids and Family Group.

Headline News HIT Ent. Strengthens Home Entertainment Ranks

HIT Entertainment has announced expansion plans and promotions within its International Home Entertainment business. Led by Gavin Metcalfe and supported by Luciana Bianchi, the EMEA team will now be responsible for the Asia/Japan region and helping to drive future growth for the region. Also with immediate effect, Metcalfe has been promoted to Senior Director International Home Entertainment and will be responsible for all sales and business development in this wider region.

Headline News TV-Loonland Releases 2007 Report

The management of TV-Loonland has released its annual accounts for the year 2007. Due to the restructuring agreement closed with the company´s bankers, the overall situation of the business has been stabilized.

In particular, the loss for the year has been significantly reduced and a positive net operating cash flow generated.

Headline News TV Loonland's Munich Office Staff Reduced

German TV Loonland will lay off nine of their 15 employees at its Munich headquarters later this summer.

The news prompted the company's stocks to jump 12 percent to 0.28 euros ($0.42), according to THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER on Feb. 27.

In a statement from Loonland on March 7, they said they had "undertaken this restructuring step now so that its future shape across its offices better reflects its ongoing business."

Headline News Variety To Be Sold

VARIETY parent company Reed Elsevier announced Thursday they will sell Reed Business Information, which includes VARIETY and DAILY VARIETY.

Reed Business Information is the magazine publishing division, and also owns BROADCASTING AND CABLE, MULTICHANNEL NEWS, PUBLISHERS WEEKLY and NEW SCIENTIST.

VARIETY reports chief executive Crispin Davis said the move was aimed at "reducing exposure to advertising markets and cyclicality," enabling the Anglo-Dutch group to focus on its core business of "subscription-based information and workflow solutions."

Headline News Zinkia Appoints New CEO

In a move designed to drive the company through its next phase of growth and consolidation, Spanish animation company Zinkia has appointed Fernando de Miguel CEO.

De Miguel brings a wealth of corporate finance and business development expertise to the company, having worked over the last 15 years with a gamut of prestigious new technology, media and audiovisual companies.

Headline News 9 Story Adds Two New Execs

Canadian-based production and animation studio 9 Story Ent. heads into 2008 with the addition of two new senior executives. Jill Fraser has been named VP, Business Affairs and Krista Barron, Manager Production Finance. The two will report directly to Steve Jarosz, VP and COO, 9 Story Ent.

As VP, Business Affairs, Fraser will be responsible for legal and business affairs matters for all areas of 9 Story's operations. Barron will be responsible for administration and certifications relating to tax credits, film agency and other domestic funding on all 9 Story productions.

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