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Folks on the Transfer: Xilam Senior Promotions, DNEG Ups Denis to CD, Oni Press Execs & Extra

Cécile Hergaux-Essame
Cécile Hergaux-Essame

Following the departure of the subsidiary’s founders Lionel Fages and Majid Loukil, Xilam Animation has upped Cécile Hergaux-Essame to the place of Normal Supervisor of Dice Artistic, which Xilam acquired in January 2020. On this new function, she can be supervising present productions and creating new properties for the corporate, in addition to securing premium tasks from third events. She’s going to report back to Marc du Pontavice, President of Xilam and Dice Artistic.

Hergaux-Essame is a graduate of Gobelins, and began her profession engaged on internationally acknowledged applications comparable to Completely Spies, earlier than becoming a member of Dice Artistic in 2014 as Director of Productions after which turning into Studio Director, overseeing internally produced tasks, comparable to Kaeloo, Athleticus, Tangranimals and Pfffirates, in addition to third-party titles together with Mush-Mush (La Cabane) and Brawl Stars (Supercell). She held the place of Manufacturing Supervisor at Dice for six years, then Head of Xilam Group’s studios for a 12 months.

Caterina Gonnelli
Caterina Gonnelli

Caterina Gonnelli-Linden joined Xilam in 2020 as Head of Editorial, with a aim of steering the persevering with progress of Xilam’s portfolio. She now takes on the function of Chief Content material Officer for a newly created content material division, which can convey collectively a number of departments: literary improvement, graphic improvement and the administration of editorial supervisors. She can be chargeable for sourcing all of Xilam Group’s content material, together with editorial
supervision of each improvement and manufacturing, and he or she would be the first level of contact for the group’s purchasers throughout these companies. She reviews to du Pontavice.

Previous to Xilam, Gonnelli-Linden held quite a few positions, together with Director of Growth and Line Producer at varied unbiased French manufacturing firms. In 2012, she joined The Walt Disney Firm, the place she managed acquisitions and co-productions for the French market, earlier than extending her remit to incorporate pre-buy and co-productions in EMEA for Disney Channel, Disney XD and Disney Junior, and figuring out and negotiating content material developed by third-party producers.

Guillaume Jallot
Guillaume Jallot

Xilam’s Technical and IT companies have been regrouped inside a single division underneath the management of Guillaume Jallot: Since becoming a member of Xilam in 2019, Jallot has propelled the corporate’s use of 3D animation know-how, notably with the event of Oggy Oggy and Karate Sheep. In his new function of Chief Technical Officer, Jallot leads the newly fashioned division and is chargeable for managing the group’s technological investments and technique. He’ll report back to Dorothée Lanchier, COO of the Xilam Group.

A DNSEP graduate from the Beaux-Arts d’Angers, Jallot started his profession as a 3D animator and has since held quite a few positions in animation manufacturing. After 5 years as technical director at Moonscoop, he managed the Ellipses studio in Angoulême for 2 years earlier than becoming a member of Xilam to steer the event of 3D manufacturing experience on the firm’s Angoulême web site.


Philippe Denis
Philippe Denis

DNEG introduced the promotion of Philippe Denis to Artistic Director for DNEG Animation. Within the new function, Denis will oversee the artistic output of the DNEG Animation groups globally whereas additionally creating the long-term technique for the artistic route of the division.

The promotion comes as DNEG Animation continues to discover co-production alternatives and develops its lately introduced new deal with the high-end episodic animation market, along with its ongoing work as a full-service animation studio, on reveals comparable to Entergalactic and the upcoming Nimona.

Denis, who joined DNEG Animatinon in 2017, has greater than 25 years of expertise within the animation business, and served as VFX supervisor on the studios debut function Ron’s Gone Unsuitable for twentieth Century and Locksmith Animation, Paramount’s upcoming Underneath the Boardwalk. Denis spent virtually 20 years at DreamWorks Animation as a CG Supervisor on tasks comparable to Madagascar, Over the Hedge and Shrek the Third, and latterly as VFX supervisor for Megamind, Mr. Peabody & Sherman and Trolls.



Sierra Hahn
Sierra Hahn

Oni-Lion Forge Publishing Group, a a number of Eisner and Harvey Award-winning comic-book and graphic novel writer headquartered in Portland, Ore., has introduced quite a few appointments in current days. Main the cost, BOOM! Studios, Darkish Horse and DC/Vertigo veteran Sierra Hahn has been named Editor-in-Chief. With greater than 15 years {of professional} editorial expertise working alongside a few of the most acclaimed and influential creators in comics, Hahn can be tasked with govt administration of the Oni-Lion Forge publishing line and editorial workforce, and artistic oversight of the corporate’s in depth output of award-winning periodical comics, authentic graphic novels, and high-profile licensed content material.

Hahn started her profession within the publicity division at DC/Vertigo in 2005 and, two years later, joined Darkish Horse as an Editor, the place she oversaw creator-owned titles together with the Eisner-winning Inexperienced River Killer: A True Detective Story, Mesmo Supply, The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys and Two Brothers, alongside best-selling licensed sequence like Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 9 and Guillermo del Toro’s The Pressure. In 2015, Hahn was tapped to affix BOOM! Studios as Government Editor of its Archaia imprint. Hahn’s tenure produced a high-profile releases together with As soon as Upon a Time on the Finish of the World, A Vicious Circle, the Faithless trilogy and the Eisner-nominated adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-5.

Michael Torma
Michael Torma

Oni Press has additionally welcomed former Third Eye Comics Normal Supervisor Michael Torma as Senior Gross sales Supervisor, tasked with increasing Oni’s operations within the direct market and e book market; rising the corporate’s communication and effectiveness with comedian outlets and unbiased bookstores; working hand-in-hand with Oni’s distribution companions at Diamond Comedian Distributors, Lunar Distribution, and Simon & Schuster; and constructing a profitable battery of instruments and techniques to assist Oni’s sturdy and wide-ranging line of comics and graphic novels.

Desiree Rodriguez
Desiree Rodriguez

Desiree Rodriguez — the longstanding Oni Press and Lion Forge editor behind a number of acclaimed titles, together with the Eisner-winning anthology Puerto Rico Sturdy — has been promoted to the function of Digital Advertising Supervisor. In her new function, Rodriguez will oversee all of Oni’s cross-platform social media content material technology and administration, whereas working in shut collaboration with Oni’s creators, editors, and advertising division to maximise consciousness, visibility, and engagement for Oni’s upcoming slate of comics and graphic novels.

Bill Schanes
Invoice Schanes

And introduced at ComicsPRO 2023, Invoice Schanes — an instrumental determine within the historical past of unbiased comics, the growth of the Direct Market, and the ascendance of Diamond Comedian Distributors — will be part of Oni Press as a Publishing Marketing consultant.

With greater than 50 years of expertise in publishing and distribution. In 1971 he co-founded Pacific Comics, – ultimately remodeling the chain of San Diego comedian outlets into one of many business’s first unbiased publishers and distributors, among the many first to launch creator-owned sequence from legendary creators like Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, Neal Adams, Dave Stevens, Richard Corben and Sergio Aragonés. In 1985, Schanes joined Diamond Comedian Distributors, ultimately serving the corporate for greater than 25 years earlier than his retirement as Vice President of Buying in 2013.

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L-R (high) Matt Levin, Tim Sepulveda, Amy Jones, Alex Tracy, (backside) Clarke Uren, Kate Watson, Stephanie Park, Mark Meadows.

Extra Government & Artist Strikes

  • LAIKA is bolstering its growth into live-action by naming longtime Netflix govt Matt Levin as President, Stay-Motion Movie & Collection. The studio is at present creating its first ever live-action mission, a movie based mostly on acclaimed screenwriter John Brownlow’s motion thriller novel Seventeen.
  • Persevering with to strengthen its core workforce, Fancy Home of Visible Results has employed veteran VFX artist, designer and artistic director Tim Sepulveda as Head of CG and gross sales and advertising specialist Amy Jones as Government Producer/Head of Gross sales. The studio, a sister firm of Goldcrest Publish, has additionally promoted Alex Tracy, including Government Producer to his title as Head of Manufacturing.
  • Pixotope, software program platform for end-to-end real-time digital manufacturing options, has appointed Clarke Uren and Kate Watson to its gross sales workforce as Regional Gross sales Supervisor, U.Ok. and Eire, and Gross sales Government, respectively. They may serve these areas whereas lending vital assist to rising digital manufacturing markets.
  • VFX and ending home Stone Canine has employed Mark Meadows as a Colorist in its devoted facility launched final 12 months. Meadows has labored in submit manufacturing for over 15 years, working up from runner, to MCR operator, to TK assistant, and now colorist.
  • Boutique coloration correction studio Uncommon Medium has promoted Stephanie Park to Colorist. Park started her profession at The Mill as a runner, working her means as much as Shade Help. From there, she moved on to Uncommon Medium, the place was a Senior Shade Help earlier than transferring as much as Junior Colorist, engaged on projected like an Elon Musk deep faux and Latto reside efficiency.

  • Former NHK Government Vice President Satoru Masagaki has stepped down as President of the ABU (Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Unionafter concluding his time period as EVP.


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