Leading manga and anime producer Media VIZ (viz.com) announced the appointment of Song Sae Whan to the newly created post Vice President of Content (Animation), who will be responsible for content acquisition and co-production strategy/execution. Hailing from Crunchyroll, Song brings over 15 years of animation experience in the United States and Japan, fostering close relationships with content creators, studios, and independent producers around the world.
“Sae’s expertise has set an unmatched standard in today’s highly competitive anime acquisition industry. As evidenced by his work with Mappa, Crunchyroll, Toei Animation and other prestigious organizations, Sae is a outstanding nomination and I am thrilled to have his talents and leadership join us at VIZ Media,” said Brian Ige, SVP Animation.
Song began his licensing career at Toei Animation before joining Crunchyroll, where he built a highly successful rights management team before transitioning the company from a licensing model to co-productions and originals. . He was also highly influential in producing over 75 projects, including Crunchyroll’s Originals slate: Blade Runner: Black Lotus (with Alcon Ent., WarnerMedia); tower of god, high school god and nobility (Webtoons); Fena: Pirate Princess and anime shenmue (adult swimming).
The PGS Company (pgsentertainment.com) today announced the appointment of Paula Taborda dos Guaranysas Executive Vice President – Acquisitions and Development . A veteran with over 25 years of experience in the entertainment industry, Taborda dos Guaranys will work alongside co-founders Philippe & Guillaume Soutter.
Taborda dos Guaranys is an award-winning media executive who later served as director of original content, acquisitions and co-productions for DeA Planeta Entertainment. Before that, she was the creative mind behind Brazilian group Globo’s children’s content center, where she led international originals and co-productions. In recognition of her prominence in international children’s content, she received the World Screen Kids Trendsetter Award.
Taborda dos Guaranys will be responsible for providing expert strategic direction in the development of Kids & Family content for the global market in his new role. Its goal is to create new opportunities, improve and expand current PGS offerings through acquisitions and developments. “I am grateful for this opportunity to join PGS and very excited to work with Phillipe and Guillaume to help them build their content portfolio and crystallize PGS’s continued growth strategy,” she said. .
Best Children & Youth Content Festival & Professional Platform Cinekid (Oct. 15-10, cinekid.nl) is ready for a new phase with the addition of three new members to the team. “Like many other cultural organisations, Cinekid is back in full swing and taking the digital developments of the pandemic into the future. This does not take away from the fact that personal encounter is crucial in our function as a place of discovery and audiovisual media experience with children!” said event director Heleen Rouw.
Sara Juricicgraduated from the production department of the Academy of Drama in Zagreb while taking her first steps in the film industry as a junior producer at Nukleus Film. In 2016, she took on the position of assistant producer at Lemming Film under the mentorship of Leontine Petit. She has been part of the IFFR Pro team since 2018, first coordinating the CineMart program, selecting projects and organizing events, before moving on to the functions of the Hubert Bals Fund and Talent Manager. From July 1, she will join Cinekid as Cinekid Manager for Professionals .
Leonieke Verhoog has been wandering the digital cultural landscape for about 15 years and enjoys connecting technology, creativity and play, especially when it brings people together. She started the global FigureRunning movement (runners draw shapes with GPS location, and others guess the picture). She has also worked for 3VOOR12 and Dutch public broadcaster VPRO as a digital project manager, editor and cross-media concept developer. She explored the narrative qualities of various new media tools at VPRO Medialab and as a digital storyteller for Museum De Lakenhal, as well as at NFF and Cinekid. In addition, she is an advisor for the digital culture committee of Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie and a member of the advisory board of the Sound and Image Institute. She will take up the new position of Head of Media Lab at Cinekid in November 2022.
Richard Soesannahas worked for many years in the event and cultural sector. In 2008, he founded the fashion platform MAFB (Music And Fashion Battle), which focuses on fashion shows and art exhibitions with an emphasis on diversity. As a result, he had the opportunity to work with many cultural organizations such as the Tropenmuseum and the Nieuwe Kerk on Dam Square. He curated a number of other music, video and art-focused projects at venues such as Soho House and Chicago Social Club. In recent years, Richard has been involved in the construction of the Open Space contemporary art museum in Amsterdam South East. Soesanna started at Cinekid in June as Project Manager – Participation and Connection .
America’s Highest-Grossing Black Female Director Ava DuVernay(Selma, 13th, A shortcut in time), which is working to get into animation with an adaptation of wings of fire (until recently, in the works with Netflix) will add to its many accolades with a 2022 International Founders Emmy Award . Already an Emmy, BAFTA and Peabody Award winner, DuVernay will accept the honor at the 50th International Emmy Awards Gala on Nov. 21 in New York City.
“Ava DuVernay is a force of nature, and it’s reflected in the remarkable scope and volume of her work,” said Bruce L. Paisner, President and CEO of the International Academy of Arts and Sciences. television. “She makes important movies and TV shows, uses her platform to reshape our industry, and continues to lead a career-long effort to support women and people of color in entertainment and ensure inclusivity. . We look forward to honoring his extraordinary talent and prolific decade of leadership at ARRAY with our Founders Award.
“This honor from the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences is unexpected and much appreciated,” said DuVernay. “I thank the organization for recognizing my work and salute their efforts to ensure that storytellers of all backgrounds are amplified and celebrated.”
marvel’s Creative Director Joe Quesadais stepping down to pursue “several incredibly cool projects from [his] clean,” according to a farewell letter posted on Twitter. Quesada has held the keys to Marvel Unicerse since August 2022 and says he’s ready for an exciting new chapter (while continuing to contribute to Marvel projects periodically). His solo projects include writing and directing an independent short film.
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—Joe Quesada (@JoeQuesada) May 31, 2022