EA Names Riccitiello CEO

John Riccitiello has been hired to replace Larry Probst at CEO of Electronic Arts. Riccitiello, who previously served as EA’s president and chief operating officer responsible ... Continue Reading →

Don Hertzfeldt Acclaimed Indie Animator (Rejected, Meaning of Life, Everything Will Be OK)

For the past 12 years, Santa Barbara, Calif.-based indie animator Don Hertzfeldt has created a series of inspiring, quirky hand-drawn shorts which have delighted toon lovers and festivalgoers ... Continue Reading →

HIT Adds Exec Heat to HOT

Independent children’s entertainment producer and rights-owner HIT Ent. has named Andi Copley managing director/exec producer of its award-winning animation studio, HOT Animation. ... Continue Reading →

Animator Ryan Larkin Dies

Ryan Larkin, the troubled, Oscar-nominated animator who was the subject of Chris Landreth’s Academy Award-winning 2005 short film, Ryan, passed away on Wednesday at the age of ... Continue Reading →

Disney Legend Ellenshaw Dies at 93

Oscar-winning matte painter and visual effects pioneer Peter Ellenshaw passed away at his home in Santa Barbara on Monday at the age of 93. Known for his work on such classic Disney ... Continue Reading →

Sony Animation VP Cox Steps Down

Penney Finkelman Cox, who started Sony Pictures Animation with business partner Sandra Rabins, is exiting the post of exec VP for the burgeoning toon unit, according to Daily Variety. ... Continue Reading →

Howard Named President of Exodus Film Group

Having served as president of Warner Bros. Feature Animation and senior VP of Disney Feature Animation, Max Howard is championing independent animation by signing on as president of ... Continue Reading →

Cartoon Network GM Samples Resigns

Cartoon Network head Jim Samples tendered his resignation today, citing the controversial Aqua Teen Hunger Force marketing campaign that caused a terrorism scare in Boston. Turner Broadcasting ... Continue Reading →

Cookie Jar Taps Austen as Development Exec

Cookie Jar Ent. has named Ann Austen senior VP of development and television/video sales. Working out of the Los Angeles office, Austen will be responsible for developing Cookie Jar’s ... Continue Reading →

Cookie Jar Adds Digital Media VP

Cookie Jar Ent. has appointed Josette Bonte to the newly created position of VP of digital media. Working out of Cookie Jar’s Los Angeles offices, Bonte will report to Ken Locker, ... Continue Reading →