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Jupitermedia Acquires Animation Factory

Online content provider Jupitermedia Corp. has acquired Animation Factory Inc. from VA Software Corp. for $9.35 million in cash and debt. Animation Factory Inc. includes the MediaBuilder Network of Web sites: www.animationfactory.com and www.mediabuilder.com. The company is based in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and offers paid online subscriptions for royalty-free 3D clip art, animated graphics, […]

Toby Nelson Named Senior Vice President And Treasurer For Post-Separation Viacom

Viacom Inc. today announced that George (Toby) Nelson has been appointed Senior Vice President and Treasurer for new Viacom. In his new position, Nelson will be responsible for domestic and international capital market activities, banking services, foreign exchange, and employee benefit plan asset management for the company. He will report to Michael J. Dolan, Executive […]

Jeff Bewkes Named President and Chief Operating Officer of Time Warner Inc.

Jeff Bewkes has been named President and Chief Operating Officer of Time Warner Inc. Don Logan, Chairman of Time Warner’s Media & Communications Group, plans to retire at the end of 2005 and become the non-executive Chairman of Time Warner Cable’s board of directors. [Source: Time Warner]

HIT Hires New VP

Right on the heels of the departure of director of corporate development Nigel Birrell, HIT Entertainment has appointed Bill Burke as VP of brand development. Based in HIT’s New York office, Burke will oversee the brand development of HIT properties as well as the portfolio of brands beneath the Jim Henson banner that HIT manages. […]

Birrell Leaves HIT Entertainment

Nigel Birrell, HIT Entertainment’s director of corporate development, has resigned after more than six years at HIT, C21Media reports. Birrell will now take a position as director of mergers and acquisitions at online gaming company PartyGaming.

Viacom Announces $3 Billion Stock Purchase Program For Post-Separation "New" Viacom

Viacom Inc.’s board of directors has approved a stock purchase program under which the new post-separation Viacom Inc. is authorized to acquire from time to time up to $3 billion of its class A and class B common stock. The program will commence following the separation of Viacom into two publicly traded companies, which is […]

Cookie Jar Names Business Affairs VP

Cookie Jar Entertainment has appointed Carrie Dumont to the position of VP of business affairs, effective immediately. In her new position, Dumont will be responsible for expanding the company’s property acquisition, development and merchandising activities, with an immediate focus on overseeing agreements with partners involved in Cookie Jar’s The Doodlebops and Caillou. [Source: World Screen]

Fortitude Ent. Group & Maya Ent. Merge

Fortitude Ent. Group and Mumbai-based animation company Maya Ent. have joined forces to form Fortitude Maya, AWN reports, citing Variety. The new deal will raise Fortitude’s workforce to 300 in computer animation, pre-production, and digital visual effects in the U.S. and India.

The Jim Henson Company Hires Jason Lust as Senior Vice President of Feature Films

The Jim Henson Company has hired Jason Lust as Senior Vice President, Feature Films. In his new role, Lust will oversee and expand the company’s film development slate by continuing to pursue strategic creative partners as well as tap into the company’s dedicated development fund for optioning existing properties, such as children’s books, comics and […]

Wade Davis Appointed Senior Vice President of Mergers & Acquisitions for New Viacom

Viacom Inc. has appointed Wade Davis as Senior Vice President of Mergers & Acquisitions for new Viacom, following the separation of the organization into two publicly traded companies. Mr. Davis reports to Michael J. Dolan, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Viacom, and is responsible for identifying and assessing potential mergers and acquisitions, […]

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