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Headline News Phoenix Editorial Launches Sister Company Bonfire

Press Release from Phoenix Editorial

San Francisco, CA (April 14, 2009) -- Phoenix Editorial announced that it has launched Bonfire, a motion design and integrated media company. The company has also promoted Julia Sonder-Patchin from producer to executive producer, where she will oversee creative output across Phoenix Editorial and Bonfire under the aegis of company president Lisa Hinman.

Headline News China Digital Animation Development Gets New Contract

Press Release from China Digital Animation Development, Inc.

NEW YORK, April 14, 2009 -- China Digital Animation Development, Inc. (OTC BB:CHDA.OB - News) announced that it has signed a contract with China Harbin PINGE Culture Communication Corporation for a post-production project consisting of a series of 56 animated renderings. The project will commence immediately, and it is expected to be complete in 6 months. The total project value is US$800,000.

Headline News Contour Design Releases ShuttlePRO and ShuttleXpress Settings

Press Release from Contour Design

Windham NH -- April 14, 2009 -- Contour Design, a market leader in audio/video editing devices, has released new ShuttlePRO and ShuttleXpress drivers with optimized settings for Adobe Creative Suite 4 Production Premium, Apple Final Cut Studio 2, and Avid Liquid 7. The driver includes new settings for the following video editing, audio editing, and graphics applications:

-- Adobe After Effects CS3 & CS4-- Adobe Encore CS3 & CS4-- Adobe Flash CS3 & CS4-- Adobe Illustrator CS3 & CS4

Headline News Viz Pictures Teams With Trans World To Promote Death Note: L, change the WorLd

Press Release from VIZ Pictures

San Francisco, CA, APRIL 10, 2009 -- VIZ Pictures, an affiliate of VIZ Media, LLC that focuses on Japanese live-action film distribution, has partnered with Trans World Entertainment (TWE) to sponsor a special retail ticket giveaway campaign at participating F.Y.E. and SUNCOAST stores nationwide in support of the U.S. theatrical premiere of DEATH NOTE: L, change the WorLd. VIZ Pictures and NCM Fathom will present this live-action film, in a two-night, multi-city event taking place on April 29th and 30th.

Headline News Frantic Films VFX Takes on Dragonball: Evolution

Press Release from Frantic Films VFX

Hollywood, CA (April 13, 2009) -- Award-winning VFX studio Frantic Films VFX, a division of Prime Focus Group, has contributed 334 shots to the forthcoming feature film DRAGONBALL: EVOLUTION from Twentieth Century Fox. Directed by James Wong, the movie releases in the U.S. nationwide on April 10, 2009 and stars Justin Chatwin, Emmy Rossum, Jamie Chung, and Chow Yun-Fat in the live-action film adaptation of the popular Japanese manga comic book series.

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

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

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 ( 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 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:

Motion graphics

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,

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.


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.