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Nickelodeon veteran Audrey Diehl joins Warner Bros. Animation as vice president

Nickelodeon veteran Audrey Diehl joins Warner Bros. Animation as vice president

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Nickelodeon veteran Audrey Diehl has joined Warner Bros. Animation (WBA) as vice president. “Audrey has a very impressive track record of developing and producing highly successful, high quality series throughout her career, and we are very happy to welcome her to our team,” said Sam Register, president of Warner Bros. Animation and Warner Digital Series, to whom Diehl will report. “This is an extremely exciting time to be working at WBA, with more than a dozen current series in production or on the air, and more to come. We look forward to Audrey contributing right away to our continued growth.” As part of her duty, Diehl will develop new animated programming for WBA, while also overseeing some of the current family shows. She will have broad oversight on creative and production-re
Halle Stanford promoted as president of television at Jim Henson Company

Halle Stanford promoted as president of television at Jim Henson Company

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Halle Stanford, a longtime executive of the The Jim Henson Company, has been promoted to the post of president of television. With this, she adds new primetime development and production duties to her current duty of overseeing the slate of Henson’s kids as EVP of children’s entertainment. She will also be focused on a new deal between Henson and United Talent Agency (UTA) that encompasses building partnerships, expanding the company’s talent base and growing its primetime slate of productions. The deal is also designed to expand VR, gaming and digital initiatives for Henson. She is currently executive producer of upcoming Netflix series The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance and eight additional Henson series, including Word Party, Julie’s Greenroom, Dot., Dinosaur Train, Sid the Scien
Renegade Animation promotes Brittney Jorgensen

Renegade Animation promotes Brittney Jorgensen

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Continuing to grow its original programming unit, Renegade Animation has promoted Brittney Jorgensen to the newly-created post of Head of Marketing and Development. Brittney will work with creators, writers and animators in developing concepts for animated television series and features, and serve as the studio’s chief liaison with studios, broadcasters and streaming services. The independent animation studio currently has 12 animated series in development, targeting demographics from pre-school through teenagers. Demand for quality, animated content is strong, according to Renegade Animation Creative Director Darrell Van Citters. “We are very excited about the projects currently in our pipeline,” he said. “With the growth in television and streaming production, now is the right tim
SAB TV chairman Gautam Adhikari no more

SAB TV chairman Gautam Adhikari no more

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Gautam Adhikari, founder of  Shri Adhikari Brothers passed away due to a heart attack in the wee hours of Friday. He was 67. Adhikari is survived by wife Ranjana and two children – a son and a daughter. His last rites were performed at a cemetery in Vile Parle this morning. Gautam was the chairman and whole time director of the SAB group. Started as a small family owned partnership firm by brothers Gautam and Markand in 1985, the company went on to become the first publicly-listed television production company in India when it was listed on the BSE in 1995. According to the company website, Gautam also wore the director’s hat and helmed many serials including Hello Inspector, Commandar, Marshall, Silsila and Waqt ki Raftar etc. His name was listed in the Limca Books of Records 1999 f
MPSE to honour Kathryn Bigelow with Filmmaker award

MPSE to honour Kathryn Bigelow with Filmmaker award

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The Motion Picture Sound Editors (MPSE) will honour Kathryn Bigelow with its annual Filmmaker award. The director of such films as Detroit, Zero Dark Thirty and The Hurt Locker is being recognized for her outstanding contributions to the art of cinema. She will receive the award at the MPSE Golden Reel Awards ceremony February 18th in Los Angeles.   A trailblazing filmmaker whose work is noteworthy for its emotional depth, arresting visuals and stunning action, Bigelow is the only woman to win an Academy Award for Best Director (in 2010 for The Hurt Locker). “Kathryn Bigelow’s films have that rare quality of challenging our preconceptions by moving us and creating moments of powerful empathy,” said MPSE President Tom McCarthy. “She is a true artist. We are extremely proud to re
Young magician Jamie Raven to participate at Harrods Halloween Extravaganza at the end of October

Young magician Jamie Raven to participate at Harrods Halloween Extravaganza at the end of October

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Award-winning agency Caroline Mickler Ltd. that manages licensing for Jamie Raven, has announced that the wildly popular young magician will be participating at the Harrods Halloween Extravaganza on 28th and 29th of October with the help of some of the earliest output from the Jamie Raven licensing programme. Jamie will be making a number of appearances, on both days in the Harrods Toy Kingdom. There will be an additional show for special Harrods customers in front of around 250 parents and kids on Sunday morning before the store opens. Jamie will be performing magic tricks from the recently launched Jamie Raven Magic Sets launched in partnership with Paul Lamond Games. The range, which was launched in March this year, consists of four innovative magic sets – Card Magic, Sleight of
DHX Television appoints veteran Gary Finnegan as VP of programming strategy

DHX Television appoints veteran Gary Finnegan as VP of programming strategy

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DHX Television has appointed industry veteran Gary Finnegan as Vice President of Programming Strategy. In this role, Finnegan will be a key member of the DHX Television senior management team and will report to Joe Tedesco, Senior Vice President and General Manager, DHX Television. The new appointee will provide direction and guidance on DHX Television’s core business of creating and acquiring content that will be universally popular and drive viewer engagement for DHX Television. Finnegan will be based out of DHX’ Toronto office. “With many years of experience in the entertainment industry, Gary brings extensive knowledge and expertise of family entertainment to the television team,” said Tedesco. “DHX Television is fortunate to add Gary’s vision and leadership to its existing proje
Mercury Filmworks expands its management team

Mercury Filmworks expands its management team

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Mercury Filmworks, one of Canada's most prolific independent animation studios is expanding its management team by promoting several key executives and hiring new staff. The studio along with media partners like Disney, Netflix and Amazon have been clamouring for more content and with over 10 projects in the delivery pipeline along with the newly created Lighthouse Studios. The announcement was made today by Mercury Filmworks CEO Clint Eland. “We’re very grateful that our media partners continue to see Mercury Filmworks as a provider of top-tier animation content,” he explains Eland. “Over the past year our company has been able to increase its development and production commitments, creating a robust pipeline that requires a deeper bench of both creative and business executives to su
Oriental DreamWorks promotes Peilin Chou as CCO

Oriental DreamWorks promotes Peilin Chou as CCO

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Oriental DreamWorks has promoted Peilin Chou to the post of Chief Creative Officer and has also revealed five new feature film projects in the works. She will tackle shaping the studio’s overall creative direction on top of overseeing all big-screen projects, based out of Shanghai and New York. Earlier, Chou was Head of Creative for Feature Animation since 2015. “We are very excited that Peilin Chou is taking on this role as we expand our slate and commit to bringing audiences worldwide the highest quality in animated entertainment. I know she will make a tremendous contribution to Oriental DreamWorks,” commented Chairman Li Ruigang. “Peilin’s extensive experience in creating successful global content, and her cultural connection and passion for China, make her uniquely qualified t
Disney promotes Rebecca Campbell as president, Disney EMEA

Disney promotes Rebecca Campbell as president, Disney EMEA

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Effective January 1, 2018, Disney International has promoted Rebecca Campbell as president of The Walt Disney Company, EMEA. Her role in the organisation has been promoted from her current role where she was president of ABC Owned Television Station Group and ABC Daytime. A 20-year veteran of the Disney/ABC Television Group, Campbell was responsible for eight local TV stations and their digital assets in key markets like New York, L.A., Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Houston, Raleigh-Durham and Fresno. She also oversaw ABC national TV sales and ABC Daytime. Earlier, Campbell led local television stations in Pennsylvania and New York including the top-rated station in the largest US market, WABC-TV. She also served as president and general manager of WPVI-TV in Philadelphia, th