The Orphanage, founded by former ILM members Jonathan Rothbart, Scott Stewart, and Stewart Maschwitz, recently announced the creation of Orphanage Animation Studios and have hired acclaimed animation director Genndy Tartakovsky to lead it.
Genndy Tartakovsky is widely known for the animated series Samurai Jack, Dexter's Laboratory and Star Wars: Clone Wars. Jonathan Rothbart, Scott Stewart, and Stewart Maschwitz worked at ILM in different roles (including head of the Rebel Unit by Stu Maschwitz) and projects like Star Wars Episode I, Mission: Impossible, Twister, Men in Black, Galaxy Quest, Deep Impact, Star Trek: First Contact, Congo and Casper. They founded The Orphanage in 1999 and have worked on such projects as The Day After Tomorrow, Sin City, Hellboy and Hero. You can read more here:
On unrelated news VFXWorld.com has an interview with Autodesk's Marc Petit (VP of Product Development and Operations at the Media & Ent. division) and Carl Bass (COO) and Alias' Doug Walker (President/CEO), regarding the acquisition of Alias by Autodesk: