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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, […]

Carl D. Folta Named Executive Vice President, Office Of The Chairman For New Viacom

Sumner M. Redstone, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Viacom Inc., today announced that Carl D. Folta will assume the newly created role of Executive Vice President of the Office of the Chairman in 2006, following the separation of the organization into two publicly traded companies. Mr. Folta will serve as chief representative of the […]

TV-Loonland Hires Production Consultant

TV-Loonland has hired former Neue Bioskop Film/Munich Animation Film executive Karen Mansfeld as a production consultant, C21Media reports. In her new position, Mansfeld will be responsible for technology and project coordination, post-production, and ongoing productions.

Lazard/Icahn to Analyze Time Warner

Lazard Ltd. and the Icahn Group announced today that the Icahn Group has retained Lazard to further analyze various strategic alternatives to maximize the value of all Time Warner Inc. shareholders’ interests. PR Newswire has more.

Viacom Inc. Names Independent Directors To The Boards Of Post-Separation Companies

Viacom Inc. today announced the election of seven independent directors to the Boards of the two new publicly traded companies that will be created following the separation of Viacom. Four directors (Charles K. Gifford, Bruce S. Gordon, Ann N. Reese and Judith A. Sprieser) have been elected to the Board of CBS Corporation, joining previously […]

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