Grass Greener at Entertainment Rights

Nikkie Grass (nee Sherrard) has been appointed the new head of marketing at U.K’s family entertainment group, Entertainment Rights. Before joining the ER team, Grass was at Disney, ... Continue Reading →

Kappel Leaves Loonland, New CEO Flamank Flies In

Not all the MIP action is about selling programs. It’s also about selling out execs. On Tuesday, market attendees were surprised to hear that TV Loonland CEO Selma Kappel had ... Continue Reading →

R.I.P. Richard Fleischer

Director Richard Fleischer, son of legendary toon pioneer Max Fleischer of Fleischer Studios, passed away on Saturday at the age of 89. Though he was born into the family that introduced ... Continue Reading →

Street Named Development VP at MYP

Former Animation Magazine publisher Rita Street has joined independent animation studio Mike Young Productions (MYP) as VP of development. Working out of the company’s Los Angeles ... Continue Reading →

GDC to Honor Ultima Creator’s Lifetime Achievement

Video game pioneer Richard Allen Garriott will be honored with this year’s Game Developers Choice Award for Lifetime Achievement at GDC in San Jose, Cailf. Best known for the ... Continue Reading →

ShoWest to Fete Lasseter, Screen Cars

Pixar Creative force John Lasseter, director of A Bug’s Life, Toy Story and Toy Story 2, will be recognized as a pioneer of animation on March 14 at this year’s ShoWest ... Continue Reading →

Wallace & Gromit Creator Nick Park

Having previously received three Best Animated Short Film Oscars for Creature Comforts and the Wallace & Gromit adventures A Close Shave and The Wrong Trousers, director Nick Park ... Continue Reading →

Brown to Oversee DIC’s New CBS Block

DIC has hired Kaaren Lee Brown to serve as senior VP of creative affairs and to spearhead programming on CBS’s Secret Saturday Morning Slumber Party, a new branded Saturday morning ... Continue Reading →

Disney Signs Composer Menken

Eight-time Academy Award-winning composer Alan Menken has signed a non-exclusive, multi-picture deal with Disney/Touchstone Pictures. The music man behind such enduring animated favorites ... Continue Reading →

Don Knotts Dies at 81

The entertainment industry is mourning the loss of legendary actor Don Knotts, who passed away Friday in Los Angeles at the age of 81. Since finding stardom as Barney Fife on The Andy ... Continue Reading →