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Netflix Adds Paul Debevec as Director of Research

By Dan Sarto | Friday, July 16, 2021 at 8:20am

The Academy Award-winning computer graphics pioneer joins streamer’s Data Science and Engineering team to oversee new technology development across VFX, virtual production, and animation production.

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DreamWorks Animation Names Bill Ballew CTO

25-year studio veteran and previous VP of R & D steps up to role previously held by Jeff Wike, who is retiring; new responsibilities include technology-related strategic and creative planning as well as operations of the studio's animation production platforms. 

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‘Universal Animation Writers Program’ 2021 Selections Revealed

5 participants chosen for first-of-its-kind paid one-year program, in partnership with DreamWorks and Illumination, to develop underrepresented voices in film and TV animation through workshops, seminars, sponsorship, and roundtable discussions.

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Genius Brands Adds Kerry Phelan to Manage Company Licensing and Merchandising

Consumer branding pro will lead global management of the company’s existing IP across licensing, merchandising, retail, and promotions; previously spearheaded successful licensing programs for major franchises including ‘Star Wars’ for Lucasfilm Ltd. and ‘The Hunger Games’ and ‘Twilight’ for Lionsgate.

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Submissions Open for Freefolk Paid VFX Internship Competition

Studio’s Futurefolk initiative is designed to help find the next generation of visual effects talent; applicants being considered for a one month paid internship.

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Framestore Montreal Adds New Key Hires

Company continues to expand its teams across creative, support, and production departments to service growing slate of film and TV projects; Kevin Mah joins as head of FX, Wassila Lmouaci and Marie-Ève Authier as VFX producers, and Sandra Najem as head of HR.

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Scholar Names Anne Skopas New York Studio Managing Director

Executive producer joins creative collective after stints at Hornet and Buck, bringing experience in traditional animation, real-time animation, experiential media, AR, VR, and live-action production.

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Jordan Young Boards Dan Harmon’s ‘Krapopolis’

The ‘Drawn Together’ creator has been named executive producer and showrunner of Fox’s new animated comedy about a flawed family of humans, gods, and monsters trying not to kill each other while running a mythical ancient Greek city.

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Imaginary Forces Names Anthony Gibbs Creative Director

New hire brings extensive design and VFX experience to the role, having spent 14+ years working as both creative and design directors.

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Sony Imageworks Names Mike Ford CTO

Studio veteran and former VFX supervisor will continue to oversee software development and systems engineering teams, as well as SPI's technical infrastructure, as he moves forward on major initiatives to modernize the VFX and animated feature film pipeline.

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Escape Studios Launches Virtual Work Experience Program for Teens

The free 2-day event introduces young people to career opportunities within the creative industries; program runs July 13-14 and registration is now open.

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WIA Spotlights Mentorship Successes with New Case Studies Release

By Dan Sarto | Monday, June 21, 2021 at 12:49pm

Written by former AWN editor-in-chief Jennifer Wolfe, the detailed profiles share valuable and important insight into the Women in Animation initiative that continues to support and inspire the careers of numerous mentees.

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Framestore Consolidates Film and TV Divisions

By Dan Sarto | Friday, June 18, 2021 at 1:48pm

BAFTA winner James Whitlam will head episodic work as the company brings both departments under one banner, one pipeline, and a new leadership structure.

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FuseFX Adds Julian Sarmiento as Global Director of Virtual Production and Real-Time

Industry veteran will lead VFX house’s integration of innovative and emerging technologies as key pre-production to final shot service offerings.

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WildBrain CPLG Names Jasen Wright North America VP

In newly created role, veteran licensing executive will drive global expansion of entertainment brands and original IP including ‘Strawberry Shortcake,’ ‘Caillou,’ ‘Teletubbies,’ and ‘Chip & Potato.’

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James Prosser Named Managing Director at Goodbye Kansas Studios

Martin Hobbs steps down after 5 years at the helm to pursue an outside position; company’s former studio director takes over the MD role.

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Marc Bourbonnais Named COO of DDEG’s Animation Studios

Former head of production promoted to oversee both Saturday Animation Studios and Meduzarts Animation; the adult animation arm of DDEG is currently in production of Zack Snyder’s ‘Army of the Dead: Lost Vegas.’

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LFA Launching Women’s Mentorships at Annecy 2021

French association that supports women in animation reveals its new initiative, Parcours de Femmes, which targets French speaking women from France and Africa; aspiring filmmakers will receive support in the development of short film projects to be pitch at Annecy 2022.

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Cinesite Names Antony Bluff Executive Producer

Emmy Award-winning VFX producer brings over two decades experience on projects ranging from ‘Muppet Treasure Island’ to ‘A Discovery of Witches;’ in his new role, he will work directly with clients while overseeing day-to-day operations.

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Sarah Smith Steps Down at Locksmith Animation as Natalie Fischer Named CEO

Co-founder leaves to develop own projects; former Illumination COO takes the helm, with co-founder and ‘Ron’s Gone Wrong’ producer Julie Lockhart named president of production.

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TeamTO and House of Cool Expand L’ECAS Free Animation School Curriculum

Companies plan to broaden scope of French non-profit school’s curriculum with a course on storyboarding; a technical data management course is also planned for 2022.

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