Mainframe’s Gannon lifted to prexy, COO

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Brett Gannon has been upped to prexy and chief operating officer of computer animation studio Mainframe Entertainment, replacing Lou Novak, who has resigned the posts to serve as a consultant to the board of directors. Company is currently in search of a new CEO.

In the restructuring move, the Vancouver-based Mainframe has let go Ian Pearson as chief creative officer. Company is in discussion with Pearson regarding his services as executive producer on several Mainframe properties.

Gannon was Mainframe’s senior business exec and chief financial officer. All key management will now report to him. Studio has 300 staffers.

Company, founded in 1993, produces the CG-animation for series “ReBoot,” “Heavy Gear” and “Max Steel.”

Mainframe said Novak has been instrumental in refocusing the strategic direction of the company as well as increasing its licensing and merchandising activities. But “the company needs to realign its cost structure to fit the new business model that it has adopted, and Brett is the right person to lead this endeavor,” Novak said. Gannon is credited for leading a restructuring move of Mainframe in 1999 and for its return to profitability.

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