Managing Director Gilbert announced appointments

Newly minted Bron Animation has hired eight new employees, two weeks after unveiling the launch of the division.

Bron Managing Director Aaron L. Gilbert announced the appointments, including Barbara Zelinski, who recently produced the “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” animated series for Lucasfilm Animation in Singapore. Zelinski will spearhead, with Gilbert, Bron Animation’s two Mighty Mighty Monster specials “Halloween Havoc” and “New Fears Eve.”

Canada-based Bron hired Adam Wood to direct the specials. He recently completed animation directing for The Weinstein Co.s’s feature “Escape from Planet Earth” and spent six years at Pixar as an animator on “Toy Story 2,” “Finding Nemo” and “Monsters Inc.” as well as directing “Space Chimps.”

Teunis de Raat joins Bron as visual effects supervisor. He was most recently at Pixar Canada and has worked at Disney Animation Studios, ImageMovers Digital and Rainmaker Entertainment.

Kirk Chantraine has joined as senior pipeline technical director after working at MPC, ImageMovers Digital and Electronic Arts. Terry Bates has been hired as chief technical officer and joins from Image Engine; Larry Bodnar has become AV Systems Manager at 16 years at Rainmaker (formerly Mainframe Entertainment).

Bron has also brought on Tarek Elaydi as lighting technical director and Dimitry Kachkovski as technical animator.

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