Heder Inks Dynamite Deal at Universal

Napoleon Dynamite star and computer animator Jon Heder and his two brothers have signed a first-look development deal with Universal Pictures. The siblings have set up their own shingle, ... Continue Reading →

Philips to Head Production at LAIKA

Animation exec Dan Philips has been hired as VP and head of production for LAIKA Ent., the animation company formerly known as Vinton Studios. Having worked on animated hits for DreamWorks, ... Continue Reading →

Aardman Names New Head of Features

Stephen Moore has been appointed head of features/chief operating officer for Aardman Animations, the Bristol, U.K. studio behind the DreamWorks hits Chicken Run and Wallace & ... Continue Reading →

Borders to Head PDI/DreamWorks

Gloria Borders, former head of post production at Revolution Studios, has joined DreamWorks Animation as head of PDI/DreamWorks, the Redwood City campus where most of the studio’s ... Continue Reading →

Nick Loses Scannell, Restructures

Herb Scannell plans to step down as vice chairman of MTV Networks and president of Nickelodeon Networks. After nearly 20 years with the Viacom networks, Scannell says he is ready to ... Continue Reading →

Buckley in the Marketing Mix at Bakers Man

Bill Buckley has been named chief marketing officer for the Bakers Man family of companies, including animation shop TrueLight Ent., Bakers Man Prods., Bakers Man Technology Group, ... Continue Reading →

Jacobson Takes ILM’s Marketing Reins

Lucasfilm Ltd.’s Industrial Light & Magic has hired vfx industry veteran Joni Jacobson to head its new Los Angeles offices in the newly created role of executive in charge ... Continue Reading →

DreamWorks Animation Makes Exec Decisions

As it ramps up to produce two CG theatrical releases and additional direct-to-video features each year, DreamWorks Animation has brought John Batter back on board as a senior production ... Continue Reading →

Jim Henson Co. Adds Lust to Film Unit

The Jim Henson Co. has hired Jason Lust to serve as senior VP of its Feature Films division. Reporting to co-CEO Lisa Henson, Lust will oversee and expand the company’s animated ... Continue Reading →

Animation Director David Schaub Journeys to Narnia for Sony Pictures Imageworks

For someone like David Schaub, going to work must be like stepping through C.S. Lewis’ magical wardrobe every day. As an animation director and supervisor for Sony Pictures Imageworks, ... Continue Reading →