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Headline News Musical Composer Of Blazblue, Guilty Gear to Attend Anime Expo

Press Release from Anime Expo

Anaheim, California and Tokyo, Japan (April 13, 2009) -- Anime Expo is proud to announce the attendance of the world renowned South African born producer and composer Daisuke Ishiwatari to the nation's largest anime and manga convention held July 2-5, 2009 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. More information can be found on the website www.anime-expo.org.

Headline News FUNimation Content Now Available on VEOH

Internet TV service Veoh Networks and FUNimation Ent. have entered into a distribution agreement through which Veoh will offer dozens of popular anime titles. Veoh will support its robust anime line-up with the launch of a dedicated FUNimation channel which will house in one easy-to-navigate place the extensive programming. The FUNimation channel will launch this week with nearly 200 hours of content and is being spotlighted on Veoh’s home page.

Headline News Check Your Pay at VFXWages.com

For all those job-hunters in creative fields who need a strategic edge in the salary negotiation process -- or who simply could benefit from the motivation salary knowledge can provide, Industry Wages Inc. has delivered a new tool. The company has launched the website VFXWages.com (http://www.vfxwages.com) as a free way for these professionals and students to determine the latest information on salaries and hourly wages in their market.

Headline News Mandalay Starts a Full Metal Panic

Mandalay Pictures will adapt Japanese manga series FULL METAL PANIC to the big screen, according to THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER.

The property, from writer Shoji Gatoh's serialized novel series, is about a teenage anti-terrorist commando who protects a high school girl with mystical powers. Zac Efron, also in talks with Warner Bros. on JONNY QUEST, is said to be connected with PANIC.

Headline News First Frameflixx Awards Honor Indian Animation, VFX

History was in the making at Bhaidas hall, Vile Parle, on April 3 as the first Frameflixx awards started with an audience of more than 900 students coming from all over the country (via CGTantra.com). Mohan Kapoor was the host of the show.

Frameboxx also saluted the art of animation by showcasing the famous work by Sri Bhem Sen Khurana, EK ANEK AUR EKTA (1974) popularly known as EK TITLI. A 3-D glimpse of the film was shown to salute to the world of animation.

The names of the winners are as follows:

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Headline News Toei & FUNimation Announce Digital Partnership

FUNimation Ent. and Japanese producer Toei Animation Co. have entered into a digital content partnership in which the U.S. anime leader will distribute seven series from Toei's catalog starting Friday, April 3.

English-subtitled episodes from AIR MASTER, CAPTAIN HARLOCK, DIGIMON ADVENTURE 02, FIST OF THE NORTH STAR, GALAXY EXPRESS, PRETTY CURE and SLAM DUNK will be offered in the U.S. by streaming via FUNimation's online video portal, www.funimation.com/video.

Headline News DUCK Signs Paris-Based Directorial Collective nObrain

Los Angeles-based creative production and post studio DUCK is bringing the dynamic four-man directing team of nObrain onboard to complement their existing roster of talent. The Paris-based collective, composed of Directors Sebastien Fourcault, Nicolas Pasquet, Charles Keramoal, and Sylvain Lefebvre, is known for boundless creativity in merging high-energy animation with live-action footage for TV, music videos, and spot work.

Headline News yU+co. Creates Main Titles Sequence for Race To Witch Mountain

How do you distill the world's collective understanding and evidence of UFOs into three-and-a-half minutes? That was the challenge facing visual design and motion graphics studio yU+co., led by Creative Director Garson Yu, for the main title sequence to Disney's RACE TO WITCH MOUNTAIN, opening in theatres on March 13.

'RACE TO WITCH MOUNTAIN represents the third time yU+co. worked with director Andy Fickman after THE GAME PLAN and SHE'S THE MAN. ''This project was especially challenging, but we're proud we could bring Andy's vision for the titles to life," Yu said.

Headline News EA, Starz Media Go To Hell Together With Animated Movie Based on Dante's Inferno

Electronic Arts and Starz Media's Film Roman are starting production on an animated movie based on DANTE'S INFERNO. The feature-length project will expand on the story in EA's new, game coming out for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 in 2010.

Headline News Water Goes Bananas at DMG and Fusion CI Studios

Fusion CI Studios and Department of Motion Graphics pooled talents recently to create this lively spot for New Zealand creative agency, Sugar and client, Fonterra. Fonterra's new "smart" water, Whole, leaps into the air then transforms itself into shape after shape -- first a brain, then a bridge, then bananas -- displaying a vigorous character and life of its own.

Headline News Portfolio, Teletoon Zip Hood Into Development

Portfolio Ent. suits up for MIPTV with HOOD, an original, cross-platform, half-hour animated comedy-adventure series about the exploits of a secret global organization of exceptional teens who don super-charged hoodies to defend the Earth from all manner of weirdness and danger. Working with TELETOON Canada to develop the series, Portfolio Ent. is also exploring the use of innovative digital content to support and enhance the super-powered show.

Headline News BRB Named Licensing Agent for Death Note in Spain and Portugal

BRB Internacional, based in Madrid, will be developing the merchandising for the latest anime phenomenon DEATH NOTE in Spain for the first time. The Spanish company has been chosen by VIZ Media -- licensor of this successful anime that has turned into a mass phenomenon in Japan, The United States and France -- as licensing agent of this property for Spain and Portugal. The TV series DEATH NOTE is a police thriller about a supernatural notebook of death according to which the person whose name appears on it will die shortly.

Headline News Death Note Merchandising Coming to Spain

Madrid-based BRB Internacional announced it will be developing merchandising based on anime hit DEATH NOTE in Spain for the first time. The Spanish company has been chosen by VIZ Media as the licensing agent of the property for Spain and Portugal.

DEATH NOTE is a police thriller about a supernatural notebook where if your name appears you will soon die. In Spain, the series is airing through Animax and it will be aired in an open broadcast format soon. Selecta Vision has launched the DEATH NOTE DVD in Spain.

Headline News Bang Zoom! Beginner's Level Voice Acting Workshop

Bang Zoom! will be holding a beginner's level Voice Acting Workshop on Saturday, March 28, 2009 in San Francisco. This is a unique opportunity to take the same course that is typically only offered at our studios in Los Angeles. They are limited to only 15 spots in this class, so act quickly to secure your spot.

Headline News Punisher: War Zone, Plus Early Debuts of Twilight (Saturday) & Bolt (Sunday)

March 17 releases include the DVD/Blu-ray debut of PUNISHER: WAR ZONE, plus AZUR & ASMAR, the second through fourth seasons of A PUP NAMED SCOOBY DOO, two volumes of THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN and season one of THE ZETA PROJECT on DVD. Saturday, March 21 brings the DVD bow of TWILIGHT and the Blu-ray release of BOLT.

AZUR & ASMAR: THE PRINCES' QUEST on DVD

Headline News Cartoons on the Bay Honors Cuba, Animation for Girls

The 13th edition of Cartoons on the Bay, the International Television and Multimedia Animation Festival promoted by Rai and organized by RaiTrade in cooperation with RaiFiction and with the contribution of the Sistema Turistico Locale Terre di Portofino (Local Tourist System - Lands of Portofino), will be held from April 2-5 in the Tigullio Gulf of Italy for the first time.

Headline News Pinocchio, Transporter 3 on DVD/Blu-ray, Howard the Duck on DVD & South Park

PINOCCHIO's 70th anniversary edition hits DVD and Blu-ray today, March 10, along with a four-film BATMAN anthology on Blu-ray, SOUTH PARK (12th season) on Blu-ray for the first time, HOWARD THE DUCK on DVD for the first time, SYNECDOCHE, NEW YORK and TRANSPORTER 3 on DVD/Blu-ray and an edition of WOODY WOODPECKER favorites on DVD.

ALL-STAR SPORTS DAY! on DVD

Headline News Stuttgart to Include Afro Samurai, Coraline, Missing Lynx

The 16th Stuttgart Festival of Animated Film (May 5-10, 2009) has chosen a varied selection of 13 animated films for its competition AniMovie. AFRO SAMURAI: RESURRECTION is celebrating its European premiere whilst CORALINE and THE MISSING LYNX are celebrating their German premiere.

Headline News This Week's Animation Trivia Quiz for March 9, 2009

Test your skills and challenge your brain with AWN's Animation Trivia Quiz. Check out the latest installment from quizmaster Karl Staven, an accomplished independent animator and head of the Animation Department at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Anime cartoon emotional conventions are a little different than some that we are used to in U.S. animation and comics. We will describe drawn anime visual shortcuts, all you have to do is match it to the emotion that it is associated with.

Headline News Monkeyhead's Graphics Introduce Red Bull Big Tune

Motion design and production company Monkeyhead created opening titles and custom graphics package for the RED BULL BIG TUNE documentary web series, and for the forthcoming BIG TUNE documentary special set to air in April on BET.

Headline News Univ. of Westminster Launches Masters in Digital Compositing, VFX

The University of Westminster in London has enhanced its portfolio of courses within animation, games and interactive media with a one-year Masters of Science degree in Digital Compositing and Visual Effects starting October 2009.

Graduates from the course will be exposed to the theoretical, technical, practical and professional competences enabling them to follow a variety of careers within film, television, animation, advertising and gaming.

Headline News NeverEnding Story Gets a Look by DiCaprio, Kennedy/Marshall

The Kennedy/Marshall Co. and Leonardo DiCaprio's Appian Way are discussing with Warner Bros. the possibility of a fourth NEVERENDING STORY film, according to the trades.

THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER says the studio recently bought the rights to the property and is looking at a new film in the 25-year-old franchise.

Original producer Dieter Geissler is set to produce the reboot with Sarah Schechter and Jesse Ehrman overseeing at WB in what is said to be a more nuanced take on the source material.

Headline News Sketching in Modern Toss on IFC

MODERN TOSS, a partially-animated, distinctly adult British comedy complete with gross-out moments, profanity and inappropriate cartoon characters was created by former journalists Mick Bunnage and Jon Link based on their comic and website also dubbed MODERN TOSS. This hilarious mutant television offspring that grew out of UK Channel 4's famed comedy lab anthology series will soon run rampant across the world of pop culture on IFC.

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