Vinton Studios taps Shartle

Exec named prod'n veep at Oregon ani house

Keith Shartle has been named VP of production at Will Vinton Studios, the Oregon-based character animation and computer-generated f/x shop known for its memorable California Raisins and more recent M&M candy commercials.

In his new post, Shartle will oversee all broadcast and feature production at the studio, and will support Vinton’s efforts to expand into attraction films for theme parks and other location-based entertainment.

“One of the things that really attracted me to Will Vinton Studios was the quality of work being created here in CGI, stop-motion and other forms of dimensional animation,” said Shartle.

Prior to joining Vinton, Shartle spent 16 years at Dream Quest Images, where he was the third employee hired, serving as senior veepee and exec-producing visual effects on such films as “Con Air” and “Flubber.” At Dream Quest, he also exec-produced theme-park films for Warner Bros., Sony, Landmark Entertainment, Daytona Intl. Raceway, Imax Corp. and Six Flags.

Vinton Studios is currently teamed with Imagine Entertainment, Eddie Murphy and Touchstone to create the Murphy-powered “The Pjs,” the first-ever stop-motion primetime weekly animated TV series, slated to air on Fox in January. Vinton also has two features in development and another primetime TV pilot in production, in addition to its thriving commercial production business.