Former Mainframe CEO Rick Mischel has joined Technicolor Content Services as exec VP of animation and interactive services. The unit combines Technicolor’s games division and its growing animation division co-located in Burbank and at Bangalore, India-based Paprikaas Studio. Recent projects include high-end cinematics for Midway and Epic, audio work for Activision and Microsoft, and animation production services for the Back at the Barnyard CG television series airing on Nickelodeon.
Mischel most recently founded and served as president of Reach Games, located in Vancouver, British Columbia. During his tenure at Mainframe, he served as exec producer on numerous projects including the upcoming CG-animated feature Escape From Planet Earth, a new computer-animated version of The Nutty Professor; and the recent DVD feature Tony Hawk’s Boom Boom Sabotage.
Before joining Mainframe, Mischel served president and COO of Harvey Entertainment Co., the rights-holder to such properties as Casper the Friendly Ghost and Wendy the Witch. He was also senior VP of acquisitions and production for Live (Artisan) Ent. He began his career as an entertainment attorney at O’Melveny & Myers.
Technicolor’s animation operation in India recently announced a strategic alliance with DreamWorks Animation to build a world-class animation facility there. Paprikaas was recently recognized at the Australian Effects & Animation Festival (AEAF) in Sydney, Australia, for its contribution to FARMkids, which won Best TV Series.