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Philippe Alessandri Launches WatchNext Media

Former CEO of Tele Images, Marathon and GTV (Zodiak Media) Philippe Alessandri has launched his new venture, WatchNext Media — a next-generation animation and drama production ... Continue Reading →
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Pio Vernis Named Marketing Director of DeAPlaneta Group

DeAPlaneta Group, comprising fiction (DeAPlaneta Cine) and animation (Planeta Junior) divisions, has named company veteran Pio Vernis as Marketing Director. Vernis will be charged with ... Continue Reading →
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Three Top Toon Execs Depart Nick

Three top execs exited Nickelodeon Animation Studio last week: Rich Magallanes, senior VP, current series; Jenna Boyd, senior VP, animation development; and Jill Sanford, VP, animation ... Continue Reading →
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Michel Ocelot Gets Animafest Lifetime Award

The council of the 25th Animafest Zagreb will honor French animation master Michel Ocelot with this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award at the festival’s official opening ... Continue Reading →
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Karen Vermeulen Named Head of Global Sales & Co-Pros at American Greetings

Zodiak Kids executive Karen Vermeulen is joining up with American Greetings Properties as the new Head of Global Sales and Co-Productions. Vermeulen’s appointment, which she will ... Continue Reading →
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Guru Adds Nick Executive Rachel Marcus

Guru Studio has appointed Rachel Marcus as development executive. Marcus joins the award-winning Canadian studio directly from her position as digital content development producer at ... Continue Reading →
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41 Entertainment Names Anna Kislevitz Senior L&M Manager

41 Entertainment has appointed Anna Kislevitz as Senior Manager – Licensing and Merchandising for the Greenwich, Connecticut-based animation production, distribution and marketing ... Continue Reading →
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‘Simpsons’ Co-Creator Sam Simon Dies Aged 59

Sam Simon, the nine-time Emmy winning writer who helped make TV animation history by co-creating The Simpsons, has died of colorectal cancer at home in Los Angeles, aged 59. Simpsons ... Continue Reading →
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Cartoon Movie Presents 2015 Tributes

With a 17th successful edition in the bag, Cartoon Movie has announced the participant-selected winners of the 2015 Cartoon Tributes — awards for outstanding contributions to ... Continue Reading →
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Animation Director Jeff Hale Dies in Oregon

The following information has been pulled from a tribute compiled by ASIFA-SF president Karl Cohen with the assistance of Geraldine Clarke and Margot Hale. Jeff Hale, a prolific animator ... Continue Reading →