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Headline News Starz Digital Media Launches ABEToons.com, Unveils Talent Search

Starz Digital Media, a division of Starz Media, has launched ABE Toons, a new online video site for indie animators and a consumer destination for animated shorts.

Headline News Anime Network Online Expands Service

Press Release from Anime Network

HOUSTON, TX -- June 22, 2009 -- Today Anime Network, America's #1 Anime Channel, formally launched its new online player at www.theanimenetwork.com. Anime Network's new online service includes over 40 hours of free content as well as a premium package that gives users unlimited access to more than 300 hours of anime, live action films, and J-rock videos.

Headline News Nando Costa's Nervo Becomes NANDO@BENT

Press Release from NANDO@BENT

International award-winning Creative/Director Nando Costa, founder of top industry leading design and animation studio Nervo, has teamed with Portland-based Bent Image Lab to form, NANDO@BENT. Costa brings his entire Nervo shop to BENT, including creative partner Linn Olofsdotter. Costa, age 30, will become the fourth partner of BENT which includes: Co-Founder/EP Ray Di Carlo, Co-Founder/Director Chel White, and Co-Founder/Director David Daniels.

Headline News Aron Baxter Returns to Nice Shoes as New Creative Director

Press Release from Nice Shoes

NEW YORK (June 15 2009): Nice Shoes' new Creative Director Aron Baxter has come full circle. The London-born Baxter joined Nice Shoes as a senior VFX artist in January 2003 then moved over to Guava, the company's sister VFX Company. Now, with the merger of Nice Shoes and Guava, he has returned to the parent company to assume the new role of Creative Director.

Additionally, Jack Fahey has been appointed Head of Sales for the Nice Shoes family of companies which includes Nice Shoes, Nice Spots and Freestyle Collective.

Headline News Old Boy Publisher Suing Korean Studio

Japanese manga publisher Futabasha is suing Korean film production house Show East over the rights to turn OLD BOY into a feature film in the U.S., reports ANIME NEWS NETWORK.

Show East produced a popular 2003 Korean version directed by Chan-wook Park. The suit was filed on Monday.

Futabasha is suing to confirm the lack of a binding contract between the two parties, due to an alleged breach. They allege that Show East violated the agreement, nullifying it, when Show East got Universal Pictures to sign on for a remake.

Headline News Science Channel Explores the Digital Wizards of Gentle Giant and Zoic Studios

The new episode of SCIENCE OF THE MOVIES features the work of Zoic Studios and Gentle Giant Studios:

Crafting an Action Figure: Episode Airs Thursday, June 18 at 10 PM

Headline News Vue 3D Environment Competition Call for Entries

Press Release from e-on software

June 15, 2009. Beaverton, Oregon: e-on software, maker of the leading solutions for natural 3D environments, in association with Maxon, Pixologic, 3D Total, 3Dconnexion, Cornucopia3D and 3D World Magazine, today announced the fourth edition of the "Vue 3D Environment Competition", designed to showcase the capabilities of 3D technology for CG environments.

Headline News Crawford Post Deepens Talent Pool With Jim Bowhall

Press Release from Crawford Post Productions

Jim Bowhall returns to Crawford Post Production as creative director. Leading a team of artists, he collaborates with clients to develop storyboards and cultivate ideas while working on agency, corporate and broadcast projects. Jim is an award-winning editor, compositor, motion graphics designer and 3D animator. High-profile work includes The Coca-Cola Company, The Weather Channel, Krystal, GA Lottery, Yamaha, The National Geographic Channel and many others.

Headline News Summer of Anime Heats Up at Academy

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will expand its three-month celebration of anime with a screening of the 2002 Oscar-winning animated feature "Spirited Away" on Friday, July 17, at 7:30 p.m., and "A Tribute to Animation Master Hayao Miyazaki" on Tuesday, July 28, at 7:30 p.m. Both events will take place at the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater and will include extended gallery hours for the Academy's ongoing exhibition "ANIME! High Art -- Pop Culture."

Headline News Animated Films at the Los Angeles Film Festival, June 18-28

Animation, comics, graphic novels, and anime will take center stage at Film Independent's 2009 Los Angeles Film Festival. This year's festival, held June 18-28, will feature a wide variety of options for graphic arts fans, highlighted by the U.S. debut of the award winning animated feature PONYO, written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki.

Headline News Smith Micro Software Releases Anime Studio Debut 6

Press Release from Smith Micro Software, Inc.

ALISO VIEJO, Calif. -- Smith Micro Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: SMSI) Productivity and Graphics Group today announced the availability of Anime Studio Debut 6. Anime Studio Debut 6 offers a comprehensive set of easy-to-use animation tools that help hobbyists, artists, and students create animations and cartoons for home videos, school projects, or their websites, and even share them via popular social networking sites such as Facebook and YouTube.

Headline News New VFX Plug-in for Final Cut Pro

Press Release from Storek Studio

The founders of Storek Studio have entered the visual effects and motion graphics design market with the launch of an innovative new plug in for digital artists and the Apple Final Cut Studio community -- nVeil (www.nveil.com).

Leveraging a sophisticated new SVG file filtering engine, nVeil enables the creation of an entirely new digital art form in which video clips - with full motion and color - are filtered through SVG (Scalable Vector Graphic) 'veils' to create visually immersive and stunning imagery.

Headline News Pirate Hacks FUNimation, Steals Pirate-Themed Show

FUNimation servers have been hacked. Under a deal with Toei Animation, Fuji Television, and Shueisha, FUNimation Ent. began an online simulcast of the series ONE PIECE on May 30 at 9:00 pm CDT, just one hour after its premiere on Japan's Fuji Television. However, the company has now been forced to remove the series from the Net due to piracy. Within the last 24 hours, the company's servers were hacked and an unknown individual posted the most recent episode online. FUNimation said in a release "as a direct result of this illegal act, all U.S.

Headline News Digital-Tutors Unveils First Design and Art Training Title for 2D Artists

Press Release from Digital-Tutors

Oklahoma City, OK - June 2, 2009 - Digital-Tutors, an award-wining provider of video-based training for emerging digital artists, today announced their first design and art training title for 2D artists - 'Digital Painting: Illustrating Eyes,' the latest release redefining the company's growing library of interactive training for students, professionals, and educators using Photoshop, the world renowned graphics, photo, and video editing software developed by Adobe.

Headline News Into The Pixel 2009 Art at E3

Sixteen works of art have been selected from a field of more than 200 submissions from around the world for the 2009 Into The Pixel Art collection. In its sixth year, Into the Pixel (ITP) is the only juried digital art exhibition that brings together experts from the traditional fine art world and the interactive entertainment industry to display and discuss the art of the video game. Into the Pixel is a joint effort of the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences, the Entertainment Software Association and the Prints & Drawings Council of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Headline News Boris FX Announces New Boris Continuum Unit: 3D Objects

Press Release from Boris FX

Marlborough MA -- June 1 , 2009 -- Boris FX, the leading developer of integrated effects technology for video and film, announced that a new Boris Continuum Unit, 3D Objects, is now available.

The new Boris Continuum 3D Objects Unit includes the following filters from Boris Continuum Complete 6:

Headline News Boris Continuum Complete 6 FxPlug Now Available

Press Release from Boris FX

Marlborough MA -- May 26, 2009 -- Boris FX, the leading developer of integrated effects technology for video and film, announced that Boris Continuum Complete 6 FxPlug (BCC 6 FxPlug) for Apple Pro Video Applications is now available.

Headline News Motion Capture Moves East As Poland's Digicinema Chooses Vicon

Press Release from Vicon

26 May 2009, Oxford UK: Vicon, developer of Academy Award-winning motion capture systems, today announced it is providing one of Eastern Europe's leading film studios with a system based on its latest and most powerful cameras. The Vicon motion capture system is being deployed at Digicinema, which is based in Poland and already boasts impressive facilities for the movie and gaming industries.

Headline News The Sky Crawlers on Blu-ray and DVD

Sony Pictures Home Ent. will release THE SKY CRAWLERS on Blu-ray and DVD May 26, 2009. From Mamoru Oshii, the world-acclaimed director of GHOST IN THE SHELL, comes an award-winning story of an exciting but endless war with heroes too young to understand the meaning of their battles. This visually stunning anime adventure brings to life the nail-biting dogfights from the epic air battles described in Hiroshi Mori's best-selling novel in Japan. Special features include featurettes on animation and sound design, and the research behind bringing real sights and sounds to life in anime.

Headline News Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's, Chaotic: M'arrillian Invasion To Air on Cartoon Network

Press Release from 4Kids Entertainment, Inc.

NEW YORK (May 19, 2009) -- 4Kids Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: KDE), a global provider of children's entertainment, has reached agreement with Cartoon Network by which the popular cable network will air the YU-GI-OH! 5D'S animated series and the 4Kids-produced CHAOTIC: M'ARRILLIAN INVASION starting next month (June 2009). Cartoon Network will also air the third season of CHAOTIC scheduled to be delivered in the fall of 2009.

Headline News Absolute and Lowe's Take It Outdoors For BBDO

The Brief:

Absolute's lead Flame artist Dave Smith and his team of VFX artists have crafted a dazzling array of special effects for home improvement giant Lowe's new Spring 2009 campaign, via HSI director Gerard de Thame and BBDO New York.

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