Ross Named Chairman of Disney Studios

Rich Ross has been named chairman of the Walt Disney Studios, taking over the job from Dick Cook, who left the studio abruptly last month following a string of box office disappointments ... Continue Reading →

Philippines’ Animation Colleagues Hit Hard by Floods

Tropical Storm Ketsana did plenty of damage when it hit The Philippines on Saturday, creating massive flooding and killing about 140 people. And among the dead, hurt, homeless and injured ... Continue Reading →

Murphy to Expand Cookie Jar Development

Development and production veteran Maggie Murphy has joined Cookie Jar Entertainment to develop and expand the company’s tween-targeted and primetime programming slates as senior ... Continue Reading →

Shin-Chan Creator Dies in Accident

Yoshito Usui, creator of the Japanese manga and anime property Crayon Shin-chan, was found dead Sunday in the mountains north of Tokyo. He was 51. According to news reports, Usui had ... Continue Reading →

Disney Studio Chief Cook Resigns

Dick Cook stepped down Friday from his post as chairman of the Walt Disney Studios. “I have loved every minute of my 38 years that I have worked at Disney from the beginning as ... Continue Reading →

Mike Henry Co-Creator, Exec Producer ‘ The Cleveland Show

Mike Henry’s sassy new Family Guy spinoff, The Cleveland Show, has already been picked up for a second season by FOX and has received mostly raves from critics around the country. ... Continue Reading →

Rainmaker Hires Kalagian as VP of Business Development

Veteran animation producer and development consultant Terry Kalagian has joined Rainmaker Entertainment as VP of business development. In her new post, Kalagian will focus on developing ... Continue Reading →

Cohen Joins Animaking in Brazil

Advertising and production veteran Howard Cohen has joined Brazil-based Animaking Production as an executive producer and representative. Cohen will oversee national and international ... Continue Reading →

Ex-Teletoon Exec Levesque Joins Sardine

Madeleine Levesque, the former head of original production at Canada’s Teletoon network, has joined Sardine Productions in Montreal. Levesque will head up Sardine’s development ... Continue Reading →

Family Guy Gets New Runners

Variety reports that longtime Family Guy writers Mark Hentemann and Steve Callaghan have signed separate multi-year overall deals with Fox TV to serve as the program’s new co-showrunners. ... Continue Reading →