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Actor Christopher Reeve, best known for playing the Man of Steel in the Superman movies, died of heart failure Sunday at the age of 52. Reeve became a symbol of hope and perseverance for many when a 1995 horse riding accident left him a quadriplegic. While he enjoyed a long [...]
Raven Moon Ent. Inc. has named former Walt Disney and MGM animator David Murray VP of its wholly owned subsidiary, Raven Animation Inc. Reporting to director of animation Mike Gibilisco, Murray will continue to develop a new animated television series and feature film titled Mr. Bicycle Man, about an African [...]
Disney Channel exec Michael Healy has been promoted to senior VP of original movies. Reporting to Gary Marsh, exec VP of original programming and production, Healy will continue oversee development of the cable network’s critically acclaimed Disney Channel Original Movie franchise. Added responsibilities include development of original movies on the [...]
The Contender Entertainment Group (CEG) has appointed Jo Sweby to the newly created post of international acquisitions manager. Sweby brings more than five years of experience to the position, having served as Turner Ent.’s director of acquisitions for Europe, Middle East and Africa, acquiring content for Cartoon Network, Boomerang and [...]
Andy Lewis has been promoted to exec VP and general manager of Warner Bros. Animation. The former senior VP and general manager has been with the outfit since 1997, and will continue to report directly to Warner Bros. Animation president Sander Schwartz. In addition to his involvement in business planning, [...]
Former King of the Hill director takes on Father of the Pride Having dunked donuts with Homer and grilled out with Hank as supervising director on Fox’s The Simpsons and King of the Hill, Klay Hall has now become one with the animals. As supervising director on NBC’s primetime animated [...]
The Walt Disney Co. has named the 2004 Disney Legends, a distinction reserved for individuals who have contributed creativity, innovation and imagination to the studio’s rich heritage. Among those honored were animator/story man Mel Shaw (Fantasia, Bambi, The Wind in the Willows), Imagineers Rolly Crump, Alice Davis, Bob Gurr and [...]
While news of Michael Eisner’s plans to step down as Walt Disney Co. CEO in 2006 was welcomed by many Disney dissidents, the most outspoken among them say two years is not soon enough. Roy E. Disney and Stanley Gold yesterday sent an open letter to the non-employee members of [...]
Embattled Walt Disney Co. CEO Michael Eisner sent a letter to the company’s Board of Directors Thursday detailing his plans to step down when his contract expires on Sept. 30, 2006. His departure from the House of Mouse will coincide with the 20th anniversary of his appointment as CEO. In [...]
Frank Thomas, one of the giants of the animation industry, passed away last night. He went peacefully and surrounded by family according to our sources. One of the last surviving members of Disney’s famous Nine Old Men, Thomas celebrated his 92th birthday on Sunday with family and friends. Thomas joined [...]