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Rainbow names Mischel as Bardel CEO

Italian producer-distributor Rainbow has appointed animation veteran Rick Mischel as CEO of its Canadian animation studio Bardel Entertainment.

Rick Mischel

Mischel, most recently an executive producer at Sony Pictures Animation (SPA), has joined Bardel as the company’s founders Delna Bhesania and Barry Ward prepare to step away from the firm later this year.

At SPA, Mischel helped launch animated series based on feature films Hotel Transylvania and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, while he was also senior VP of Sony Pictures Imageworks’ animation/VFX facility in Vancouver.

Mischel is also a former executive VP of Technicolor and CEO of CGI animation studio Mainframe Entertainment. He previously served as founder and president of Reach Games.

Rainbow, best known as the company behind children’s franchises such as Winx Club, acquired Vancouver-based Bardel in 2015.

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