EmptyTerri Melkonian, who joined Sunset Gower Studios 10 months ago as vp sales and marketing, has been promoted to the newly created, expanded position of vp sales, marketing and corporate communications. She is credited with bringing a host of new productions to the lot, including the Fox feature "Alvin and the Chipmunks," which will be the first animated film to be produced on the Sunset Gower lot in its 85-year history. Sunset Gower recently has been the home for features including Universal's "Georgia Rule," New Line's "The Number 23" and Warner Bros. Pictures' "The Good German" as well as such TV series as NBC's "Heroes," Showtime's "Dexter" and HBO's "Rome." Sunset Gower is undergoing an extensive multimillion-dollar refurbishing and updating. Before joining Sunset Gower, Melkonian was a nine-year veteran production representative at Universal Studios.
Ray Arthur is the new film and entertainment commissioner of the newly formed film commission for the city of Fresno, Calif. For the past 15 years, Arthur had been responsible for the Ridgecrest Area Convention & Visitors Bureau and Ridgecrest Regional Film Commission. Major feature films shot in the Ridgecrest area for which Arthur's office was responsible include Tim Burton's "Planet of the Apes," "Holes," "Hidalgo," "Terminal Velocity," "Jurassic Park," "Wayne's World 2," "Dinosaur" and "Hulk" in addition to dozens of TV shows, music videos and more than 1,000 commercials. He also is the former founding chairman of Film Liaison in California Statewide.