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Headline News Ken Werner New WB Domestic Television Distribution President

Veteran television distribution exec Ken Werner, who was in charge of network distribution for The WB for the past nine years and was an important member of the Warner Bros. team that formed The CW, has been named president, Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution (WBDTD). He will take the reins of one of the leading distributors of first-run and off-network programming in the domestic television marketplace.

Werner assumes the role previously held for 17 years by Dick Robertson, who has been named senior advisor to the Warner Bros. Television Group.

Headline News Thai, Singapore Firms Join In Animation Venture

E-Saan Software Park, a Thai software development agency in this northeastern province, and Singapore-based 3 View Group will jointly develop an animation and multi-media business to penetrate overseas markets, reports ETNA.MCOT.Net.

E-Saan Software Park director Panupong Wanjantuk said that the Animation and Multimedia Innovation Centre (AMIC) under the supervision of Khon Kaen University is coordinating with 3 View Group under a business plan to create job opportunities and generate income.

Headline News Digital Domain Acquired By Investment Group Led by Michael Bay

Digital Domain, the Oscar-winning vfx studio and production company based in Venice, California, has been acquired for a reported $35 million by South Florida-based Wyndcrest Holdings Llc., a group led by director Michael Bay, former NFL quarterback Dan Marino and investor John Textor.

Headline News Dominique Crosby Upped to SVP, Nick & MTVN Kids & Family Group

Dominique Crosby Moves up to svp, strategy and business development, Nickelodeon and MTVN Kids & Family Group. In her new role, Crosby will oversee these areas for these groups and will be responsible for identifying, analyzing and recommending new business opportunities, as well as providing long-term strategic analysis and vision for existing lines of business.

Headline News Simon Taylor New Legal & Business Affairs VP for BVITV EMEA

Simon Taylor joins Buena Vista International Television (BVITV) EMEA as vp, legal & business affairs. In this London-based role, Taylor will be responsible for managing all legal and business affairs for BVITVs TV and new media distribution business.

Within this, he will work closely with both Tom Toumazis, evp/md, BVITV EMEA and Peter Wiley, Disneys svp and European general counsel. Taylor will manage a BVITV legal & business affairs team of 11 based in London and Paris. He will also become a member of BVITVs executive team.

Headline News IBM Enters Deals to Spur Innovation in Gaming & Animation

IBM announced it is joining forces with Hoplon Infotainment, Online Game Services Inc. and RenderRocket under separate agreements to help them innovate in the gaming and animation industries. IBM is working with small and medium gaming companies around the world to empower innovative business models.

Headline News AWN Discussion Forums - What's New? for March 6, 2006

This week in AWN's Forums, a member needs some help on their first attempt with stop-motion. Another member vents about a bad freelance gig. Theres a thread debating color theory. Others are asking for business partners. A thread celebrates avatar fanart. A student member from India continues to get advice on studying classical animation in the States. As well as, tools for teaching animation, the business of animation and, as always, brand new stuff to check out in show and tell!

Headline News HP Helps Simplify DreamWorks Animation Business Operations

DreamWorks Animation has implemented an HP solution based on a service-oriented architecture that simplifies and consolidates key business operations.

A service-oriented architecture (SOA) is an approach to building and managing IT infrastructures using standards-based software and services as autonomous, re-usable components.

Headline News Key Senior Management Shuffle for Nickelodeon/MTVN Kids & Family Group

Nickelodeon president Cyma Zarghami, recently named head of the newly formed MTVN Kids and Family Group, has announced key executive promotions to support Nick's growth as a multiplatform kids and family brand.

Headline News United Airlines To Unveil New Super Bowl Ad in Stop Motion

Business travelers watching the Steelers and Seahawks battle for the coveted Super Bowl title will be inspired to charge the boardroom and challenge corporate foes with United as their ally. The first United Super Bowl ad in more than a decade and its first to use stop motion, DRAGON, will debut during the Feb. 5 Super Bowl XL game, just prior to the start of the much-anticipated halftime event. The television advertisement will appear in Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington, D.C.

Headline News HIT European Consumer Product Business Reorganized

HIT Ent. has reorganized the HIT European consumer product business, designed to simplify future communications with its partners and support future growth across a new category-based infrastructure.

The multiple brand group structure is now disbanded. The three new business units, according to Peter Byrne, evp HIT Int'l are:

UK Consumer Products: Focusing on the core U.K. licensing business teams aligned by category, supported by an international marketing group, managing the entire HIT portfolio of brands.

Headline News Carrie Dumont to Run Business Affairs for Cookie Jar

Carrie Dumont joins Cookie Jar Ent. as vp of its business affairs group to lead its expanding property acquisition, development and merchandising activities. Dumonts immediate focus will be in overseeing agreements with the ever-expanding roster of partners involved in Cookie Jars latest global television and merchandising sensation, THE DOODLEBOPS, as well the companys other renowned classic preschool brand, CAILLOU.

Headline News Jupiterimages Acquires Animation Factory

Jupitermedia Corp. announced that its Jupiterimages division has acquired the assets of Animation Factory Inc., which includes the MediaBuilder Network of websites, (www.animationfactory.com) and (www.mediabuilder.com), from VA Software Corp. for $9.35 million in cash and the assumption of certain liabilities.

Headline News Bruce Campbell New EVP, Business Development For NBC Universal

Bruce Campbell has been upped to evp, business development for NBC Universal, replacing Brandon Burgess, who resigned as evp, business development & International Channels at NBC Universal and will join Paxson Communications Corp. as ceo.

Headline News Concrete Pictures Restructures Business Development

Adapting to an ever-changing media landscape, Concrete Pictures has announced the restructuring of its business development efforts a move that will take operations in-house and ultimately optimize communications between the company and its branding services clients. In making the change, Concrete Pictures has hired Bob Lowery as vp, business development, and has promoted Michele Pew to exec producer/writer. Both will report to Miles Dinsmoor, the companys svp of production.

Headline News The WB Names John D. Maatta COO

John D. Maatta, has been named coo of The WB Television Network. In addition to being the network's general counsel, the network's business and operations departments will report to him, including Business Affairs, Finance, Network Distribution, The WB 100+ Station Group, Technology, Legal, Research, Network Operations, Broadcast Standards and Human Resources.

Maatta previously was evp and general counsel of the Network with Legal and Human Resources reporting to him.

Headline News Sony Slashes 10,000 Jobs

By Rick DeMott | Thursday, September 22, 2005 at 12:00am

On Sept. 20, 2005, Sony Corp. announced it would cut about 7% of its global work force, sell more than $1 billion in assets and post a loss this year, reports REUTERS. The company hopes to gain 210 billion yen ($1.9 billion) in restructuring charges in next the two business years through March 2007 as it closes plants and slashes 10,000 jobs. With the move, Sony hopes to catch up with Matsushita Electric Industrial and Sharp Corp. in the flat TV market as well as Apple Computer in the portable music industry.

Headline News HP Named Preferred Technology Provider for Lucasfilm

HP and Lucasfilm Ltd. announced a three-year, multi-million dollar technology and marketing agreement.

Lucasfilm will use HP Adaptive Enterprise solutions to generate new videogames, visual effects and animation as well as store and manage its business applications. The HP technology will be deployed at Lucasfilm's new Letterman Digital Arts Center in the Presidio of San Francisco and at the company's Singapore operations.

Headline News Animation/Robot Exhibition Proposed in Japan

The Japan Business Federation proposed June 21, 2004, holding an animation and robot exhibition to help boost the number of foreign tourists to Japan to 10 million by 2010, reports Yahoo.com.

The nation's biggest business lobby, known as Nippon Keidanren, recommended Japan host an animation and robot exhibition as early as 2009 between the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing and the 2010 World Exposition in Shanghai to introduce Japanese pop culture and state-of-the-art technologies to the world.

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