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Rick Sands has been named president and chief operating officer of DreamWorks SKG, home to such animated hits as Antz, Shrek, Shrek 2, and Shark Tale. The industry veteran was wooed away from Disney’s arthouse arm, Miramax, which has been plagued with layoffs and management problems in recent months. Sands [...]
Pamela Kaufman has been promoted to exec VP of marketing and worldwide promotions for Nickelodeon. In the new role, the former senior VP of marketing will be responsible for the strategic planning of worldwide programming launches as well as global partnership deals. Kaufman’s promotion is part of a reorganization effort [...]
Mike Cachuela, who recently served as storyboard artist on Pixar’s The Incredibles and Wes Anderson’s The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou, has been plucked by Vinton Studios to be the animation house’s director of story for feature films, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The move to Vinton Studios presents Cachuela [...]
David began his career in 1982 writing freelance scripts for both television series and movies while working as a stand-up comic in the Los Angeles comedy clubs The Comedy Store and The Improv. Mirkin’s television career took off when he joined the staff of Newhart, serving as executive producer, writer [...]
World-leading motion capture studio House of Moves, a division of VICON Motion Systems, has brought on Scott Gagain as exec. producer. Gagain brings six years of experience in motion capture for film, television and video games to the company’s state-of-the-art Marina del Rey, Calif. facility. In his new role, he [...]
Former DreamWorks head of digital production Janet Healy has been appointed president of animation production for IDT Ent. Healy comes to IDT fresh off the success of the DreamWorks animated feature Shark Tale, on which she served as a producer. In her new post, Healy will oversee all budgets, staff [...]
In a letter sent Friday to the Walt Disney Co. Board of Directors, Disney dissidents Roy Disney and his Shamrock Holdings business partner, Stanley Gold, said they would not follow through on a threat to present an alternate slate of candidates for election to the Board at the company’s 2005 [...]
Visual effects producer and senior VP Debbie Denise has been promoted to exec VP of production infrastructure and exec producer at award-winning visual effects and digital character animation company Sony Pictures Imageworks. Denise most recently completed production on the CG feature, The Polar Express, on which she also received an [...]
Z Animation, a TV spot animation company founded by exec producer Peter Barg, has brought on ten new directors for national representation. Bringing a broad mix of artistic styles are directors John Ryan, Robert Pope, Howie Hoffman, David Chomowicz, Gabriel Polonsky and David Russo, as well as a pair of [...]
Former Disney animator and children’s book illustrator John Parr Miller died recently at home in Manhasset, N.Y. The 91-year-old artist is credited with helping to establish Disney’s character model department in 1937 and contributed to the look of beloved screen characters from such films as Pinocchio, Fantasia and Dumbo. At [...]