People on the Move: Wurlitzer Leads Development of Jellyfish, Golden Wolf Names Executive Trio and More


Elina Wurlitzer

Elena Wurlitzer had been named Development Producer – Animated Series and Feature Films for jellyfish originalsthe original children’s and family content division of Jellyfish Pictures (jellyfishpictures.co.uk), the award-winning animation and visual effects studio, headquartered in London, UK. its development slate with a focus on high-quality episodic and animated feature content.

In his new role, Wurlitzer will focus on IP creation and development alongside Jellyfish’s internal directors, art department and creative team, as well as external IP acquisition and development. strategic alignment with co-productions and commercial partners. She will report to Natalie Llewellyn, General Manager – Animation and Originals. “Having been a fan of the incredible work Jellyfish has produced, I’m absolutely thrilled to be part of such an exceptionally creative team, and I’m thrilled to expand our lineup of fantastic anime series,” Wurlitzer said.

Prior to joining Jellyfish, Wurlitzer was Senior Development Executive at Wildseed Studios, where she led a slate of original series, researched and nurtured emerging talent for action and animation series. Previous roles include Senior Creative for BAFTA-nominated children’s app, Azoomee, developing and producing on-demand series content. She was also part of the MarcoPolo Learning team which won awards for Kidscreen’s Best Learning App and App Store’s App of the Day for two consecutive years, as well as an International Emmy Award nomination. Earlier in his career, Wurlitzer spent several years at Disney in original series and co-production, before becoming an animation writer for series airing on Disney, CBeebies and the Family Channel.

Jellyfish Originals is in development on premium projects for global platforms and business partners and has also adapted two popular children’s book series. Subject to funding, Jellyfish will begin pre-production on its first original preschool series later this year.

Dotti Sinnot

Dotti Sinnot

Award-winning animation studio golden wolf (goldenwolf.tv) announced the promotion of longtime executive producer Dotti Sinnot to the new title of General director for the studio, and adds Heidi Stephenson as production manager and Tan Jones as Executive producer. Founded in 2013, the studio has grown to a staff of 27 with team members hailing from all over the world.

“I couldn’t be more excited to have Dotti, Heidi and Tan by my side as we take Golden Wolf to the next stage of our evolution,” said Ingi Erlingsson, Founder of Golden Wolf. “Having been my right arm for over half a decade, Dotti is the perfect person to lead this outstanding team into uncharted territory as we expand our horizons into music, AI and more.”

Tan Jones

Tan Jones

Sinnott originally joined the studio’s London office in 2015 as a freelance producer where she oversaw projects for Nike, Disney, Ubisoft and more. In 2017, she assumed the role of executive producer and spearheaded the studio’s expansion into New York. His leadership was instrumental in the studio’s transition to remote production during the Covid-19 pandemic. Now in her seventh year at Golden Wolf, Sinnott will now oversee business operations for the New York and London offices as Managing Director.

“I’m excited to focus on the continued expansion of Golden Wolf as an entertainment and technology powerhouse, but most of all I’m proud to support our staff as Chief Executive Officer,” Sinnott said. “Over the years I have had the pleasure and challenge of working on so many amazing projects with this top notch team. It is an honor to take on this role alongside the incredible talent of Heidi and Tan. Working with such a kind, supportive and talented group of people has been a joy, and I can’t wait to see what we have in store for the future.

Heidi Stephenson

Heidi Stephenson

Heidi Stephenson, a newcomer to the animation studio, has experience ranging from animation production to broadcast and will manage in-house production across both offices as Production Manager. Executive producer Tan Jones helps manage the production team and has overseen projects for brands including Nike and Adidas. Another Golden Wolf veteran, Jones’ promotion includes the new responsibility of leading all of the studio’s new business ventures globally.

Yana Collins Lehman

Yana Collins Lehman

Trevanna Postthe industry leader in post-production accounting (trevannapost.com), promoted Yana Collins Lehman at Chief executive officer. Lehman, who previously served as president and chief operating officer, succeeds Jennifer Freed, the company’s founder, who will focus on her role as CEO of Trevanna Tracks, a developer of music licensing software. Lehman joined Trevanna Post in 2004 as an accountant when it was a boutique based in New York’s iconic Brill Building. She was named president and chief operating officer six years later, and since then has led Trevanna’s expansion into Los Angeles and London.

In his new position, Lehman will be responsible for the performance and operations of the company’s offices in New York, Los Angeles and London. She will also lead strategy, future growth and innovation. The company recently provided post-production accounting services for Obi Wan Kenobi, Licorice Pizza, and The French Dispatch.

Lehman got her start with Independent Pictures under Cary Woods and Andrew Karpen, while a graduate student at Columbia University. She then worked as a paralegal at Sloss Law/Cinetic Media before joining Trevanna Post. She is an active member of Local 161. Since 2009, Lehman has served as president and board member of the Post New York Alliance. She successfully lobbied New York State to increase jobs in the film industry by passing a 30% incentive for film and television post-production. She is a strong advocate for the state’s post-production industry and has worked to build bridges between the entertainment industry and local governments.

Photo of Kim Waugh by Ian Corrigan

Kim Waugh [photo: Ian Corrigan]

The Hollywood Professional Association (HPA, hpaonline.com) The awards committee announced that the revered studio post-production executive Kim Waughexecutive vice president of Worldwide Post Production Creative Services, Warner Bros. Studio Operations (WBSO) at Warner Bros. Discovery, will receive the HPA Lifetime Achievement Award on Nov. 17 when the HPA Awards Gala Celebration returns to the Hollywood Legion Theater. The HPA Awards recognize technical and creative excellence in content creation.

Waugh immigrated to the United States from New Zealand in the early 1980s to pursue a post-production career in Los Angeles. He started out as a sound engineer at Soundelux before moving up the ladder to facility management, and finally joining forces. Working on movies like Bravehart, JFK and Alone at home, Waugh and studio founders Lon Bender and Wylie SStatement received a Sci-Tech Oscar in 1994 for developing the ADE system (aka Kiwi 9000). He joined WBSO in 2004 as Vice President of Post-Production Services, was promoted to Senior Vice President in 2007 and currently oversees the creative teams, facilities and operations in Burbank, New York and London, and oversees construction of Warner’s new flagship post office in Soho, London.

LR (top) Sharre Jacoby, Paul Brodie, Jane Millichip, (bottom) Arthur Oganesyan, Pamela Kaufman, Larry Schwartz

More moves:

  • Theatrical Marketing Agency open road launched a brand and design division, dubbed PopClutch (popclutch.openroad.la), led by Open Road’s Senior Creative Director Paul Brodie as Executive Creative Director / Chief Creative Officer for the new label, in partnership with Executive Producer/Head of Production, Sharre Jacoby.
  • MTI Movie (mtifilm.com) added dailies colorist Arthur Oganesyan to its team of post-production artists. Oganesyan brings his experience in series streaming and broadcast through stints at Encore, Hollywood and Company 3. In his first project for MTI, he ranks daily newspapers for the new season of american horror story (FX).
  • OTT/FAST channel service OTTera (ottera.tv) selected a C-suite revenue, strategy and marketing professional Larry Schwartz as Revenue Director to direct its sales, business strategy, partnerships and customer-facing operations.
  • BAFTA (bafta.org) has appointed Sky Studios Chief Content Officer Jane Millichip as Chief executive officer, selected by the Board of Directors following an extensive and highly competitive search to replace Amanda Berry and Kevin Price after their long terms. She will assume the role in October and lead the Academy in achieving its charitable mission and ambitious vision.
  • Pamela Kaufman was appointed to the newly created position of President and CEO of International Markets, Global Consumer Products and Experiences at World Paramount, reporting to President and CEO Bob Bakish. Meanwhile, Raffaele Annecchino is stepping down as President and CEO of Paramount International Networks, Studios and Streaming.
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