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30 January 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Hutch Parker, who had been serving as president of 20th Century Fox, has been promoted to vice chairman of 20th Century Fox Film Group. He will continue to oversee the TCF film unit while also taking on supervision of Fox Animation.
His new duties, along with those of a number of other top Fox executives, were announced Monday by Jim Gianopulos and Tom Rothman, co-chairmen of Fox Filmed Entertainment.
Parker's promotion will address the departure of Fox Animation president Chris Meledandri, who left the company to establish an animation division at Universal Pictures. While Parker will oversee Fox Animation -- responsible for such hits as the "Ice Age" movies and "Robots" -- Vanessa Morrison, a 12-year Fox production veteran, has been promoted to president of the division. She will report to Parker.
Rather than hire from outside, Gianopulos and Rothman reached into the studio's current ranks to fill the posts. They also tapped TFC executive Debbie Liebling as president of production at Fox Atomic, the studio's new, youth-oriented label. »
23 January 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
The animated shorts that caught Oscar's eye Tuesday exemplify how the form has become a viable means for studios to develop young talent and experiment with new technology.
Of the five nominees for animated short film, three were from major studios: Pixar's "Lifted", which centers on a young alien who is learning how to abduct a human on Earth; the Walt Disney Co.'s "The Little Matchgirl", based on Hans Christian Andersen's tale about a young girl who sells matches during winter; and "No Time for Nuts", from 20th Century Fox's Blue Sky Studios, which stars "Ice Age"'s Scrat in a time-traveling journey to protect his beloved acorn.
They will compete against Mikrofilm/National Film Board of Canada's "The Danish Poet", about a poet whose creative well has run dry, and Szimplafilm/Kedd's "Maestro", in which the title character prepares for his big moment just before the curtain rises.
John Lasseter, chief creative officer at Pixar and Disney Animation Studios and the principal creative adviser at Walt Disney Imagineering, said Pixar has been making shorts for a while, and now he's bringing that focus to Disney, which bought Pixar in January 2006. »
2 items from 2007
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