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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.

Show 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.

Animation 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.

Business 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.

Entertainment 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.

Business 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.

Business 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.

Film Events

Get Your Film Funded 2008

By Guest (not verified) | Saturday, March 29, 2008 at 11:00am
Begins: March 29, 2008

What's the most important thing you need to make your projects a reality? Money. Without it, scripts gather dust and even the most worthy projects go nowhere. Yet finding and getting the money is the biggest obstacle independent filmmakers encounter. At Get Your Film Funded 2008, industry experts will be educating and empowering filmmakers to get their films funded.

Learn how to get free money for your film, get paid for your film before one frame is even shot, create business documents for your project that get results, use the techniques studios employ to get movie money and find money.

Business 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."

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."

Company 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.

Business 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.

Business Headline News

Cookie Jar Sweetened with New Resources

Cookie Jar Ent. has secured an expanded $40 million line of credit and has added Bank of America to its strategic lending relationships, led by RBC Capital Markets.

The extra capital will be used to finance an ever-growing lineup of new production in support of hit show THE DOODLEBOPS, evergreen classics such as CAILLOU, ARTHUR, and JOHNNY TEST, the newly launched HURRAY FOR HUCKLE and MAGI-NATION, and an extensive development slate for 2008 and 2009.

Business Events

APEM Summit 2007

By Guest (not verified) | Wednesday, October 17, 2007 at 11:00am
Begins: October 17, 2007

The APEM Summit explores a range of hot issues that are creating buzz within the entertainment and media industries in Asia and throughout the rest of the world. Join these interactive panels to be engaged with what's going on in Asia with regards to latest trends like IPTV, User-generated Content and much more. Hosted by Entertainment Asia Network (EAN), the event is a two-day executive-level conference and networking forum focused on discussing, analyzing and identifying critical areas of business in the entertainment industries of Asia.

Business Events

USC Business of Gaming

By Guest (not verified) | Friday, September 28, 2007 at 11:00am
Begins: September 28, 2007

The University of Southern California Marshall School of Business and Delta Sigma Pi Professional Business Fraternity joined forces to create The Business of Gaming as an event to educate students about the financial world that is quickly developing behind the games they play. In order to make a successful new game or console, much more than game designers and programmers are needed; there is an entire business oriented aspect that is often left out of the spotlight.

Business Headline News

LAIKA Taps Former H-B Exec, Raises Travis Knight

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, September 12, 2007 at 12:00am

LAIKA Inc. has made two new appointments to its management team. Former Lucasfilm and Hanna-Barbera exec Alan Keith has joined the studio as VP, Business Operations/CFO and Travis Knight has been promoted to VP, Animation.

Keith, who has more than 20 years of finance experience in both corporate and movie studio settings, will be responsible for leading the expansion of LAIKA's business operations as LAIKA continues to grow its pipeline of animated feature films, television commercials, music videos, broadcast graphics and short films.

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