Gertz tops Rainmaker ani unit


Rainmaker, the Vancouver-based digital entertainment company, has named Paul Gertz executive vp of its animation division, which has been rechristened Rainmaker Animation.

Rainmaker got into the toon business in July when it acquired Mainframe Entertainment, which specializes in CG animation.

"With this new division, Rainmaker Animation -- along with our other two divisions, Rainmaker Visual Effects and Rainmaker Post -- we will be able to join forces to maximize our clients' creative vision and cost-saving efforts, and still pursue a wide variety of creative and service projects within each division," Rainmaker Entertainment CEO Warren Franklin said.

Gertz has worked in a number of executive and creative roles, including stints at Lucasfilm, Hanna-Barbera, Turner Feature Animation, Global Digital Creations and the Vancouver Film School. He was the executive producer of the animated feature "Titan, A.E." and produced "Cats Don't Dance" and "The Pagemaster."

Rainmaker Animation is at work on an animated version of "The Nutty Professor," "Zixx" and several projects for Mattel.

Rainmaker Visual Effects, headed by Brian Moylan, is working on such projects as "Blades of Glory," "Vantage Point" and "La vie en rose." Rainmaker Post, headed by Barry Chambers, continues work on "The L Word," "Smallville" and "Stargate: Atlantis."