PAUL FRANK RULING: A federal judge in Los Angeles has granted a temporary restraining order to Paul Frank Industries that prevents Paul Frank Sunich, one of the founders of the apparel and accessories firm, from using the company trademark or trade name. The decision by U.S. District Court Judge Cormac J. Carney was issued Thursday. Sunich had filed a lawsuit in California Superior Court alleging he was fired without cause and seeking the dissolution of the company. He also filed a federal lawsuit to prevent PFI from further use of the iconic Julius the monkey character that helped make the label famous.

MOVIE TIME: The Gen Art Film Festival kicks off its 11th installment on Wednesday with a party at the Salvatore Ferragamo boutique here on Fifth Avenue. The festival officially opens on April 5 with a screening of Jason Matzner’s feature film directorial debut, “Dreamland,” at Clearview’s Ziegfeld Theater. The week-long festival, which showcases emerging North American independent filmmakers, was founded 10 years ago and highlights seven features and seven shorts. An all-access postscreening party, open to the audience, cast and industry, follows each screening. On April 11th, the festival concludes with the New York premiere of “Live Free or Die,” the feature film directorial debut by co-directors Gregg Kavet and Andy Robin, co-executive producers and co-writers of the hit sitcom “Seinfeld.”

TIMEX TAPS SHEVACK: Timex, the 152-year-old watch firm based in Middlebury, Conn., has appointed Kate Shevack as chief marketing officer. Shevack, most recently a consultant at SpencerHall, which specializes in product development and branding, will be responsible for developing and driving Timex’s global marketing strategy. Shevack will oversee advertising, public relations, media and promotions.

This story first appeared in the March 28, 2006 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.

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