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S4 Studios Brands Chiller Channel for NBC Universal

Hollywood's S4 Studios has completed the on-air animated and live branding campaign for Chiller, NBC-Universal Cable Ent.'s new all-HD channel featuring 24-hour horror and thriller programming. The campaign is S4's latest major stride as it continues its emergence into a full-fledged design studio. Chiller, which launched March 1 on DirecTV, will be available as an HD simulcast channel (also with standard def), with video-on-demand and broadband-on-demand also available.

Design Headline News

Roger Produces Show Package for Nick’s Me TV

Roger, a broadcast, advertising and design studio founded by creative directors Vasil Hnatiuk, Terence Lee and Mark Yamamoto, delivered the graphics package for Nickelodeons new ME TV programming block.

In addition, Roger is the recent recipient of the Newcomer of the Year Award presented at INSPIRE 07.

Canada Headline News

Ryan Larkin Resurfaces For MTV IDs

By Rick DeMott | Thursday, December 21, 2006 at 12:00am

Celebrated Canadian animator Ryan Larkin has created his first original material in almost 30 years exclusively for MTV. Nine months after MTV in Canada launched with a series of branding IDs inspired by Larkin's work, the Oscar-nominated filmmaker has created three, original, animated IDs for MTV. As a Christmas present to the elusive genius, Larkin's five-second bumpers will be the only channel IDs to air on MTV on Dec. 25-26, 2006.

Creative Headline News

Nickelodeon Latin America Unveils New On-Air Creative Campaign

Nickelodeon Latin America unveiled a new, creative on-air look. The new image will include more than 60 vignettes per feed (North, South and Brazil), a new animated Nickelodeon logo and the debut of Nickelodeon Latin Americas new mascot, Cubito.

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Thursdays Are !mpossible on Discovery Channel

Thursday nights will never be the same after watching an imaginative Discovery Channel promo campaign created by !mpossible Pictures. Charged with "branding the night," the award-winning creative digital studio has designed and produced a series of 12 high-concept animated promos and banners, including the recent Discovery Channel "Atmosfearic Thursdays" and "Conspiracy Thursdays."

Mainframe Headline News

Mainframe Ent. Scores 2006 MTV Movie Awards Animation

Mainframe Ent. will create original logos, branding, opening and closing segments, and introductions for upcoming 2006 MTV MOVIE AWARDS broadcast, which air June 8 on MTV. The studio will blend elements of 2D and 3D animation to create stylized animated sequences for the awards show. The studio contributed branding to the awards program last year after it launched a full service creative services division.

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ka-chew! Animates Title Sequence for Golf Channel’s The Daly Planet

Hollywood-based ka-chew! has completed production on the animated titles sequence for pro golfer John Dalys show THE DALY PLANET, airing on The Golf Channel. Using 2D animation created by Dave Vandervoort, director Dave Foss incorporated photos, live footage and graphics to create a spacey, Jetsons-like feel, emphasized by a giant globetrotting animated John Daly, to help launch the show.

Show Headline News

Big Machine Titles X-Testers For The Learning Channel

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, December 28, 2005 at 12:00am

Big Machine Design (BMD) has produced a new main title opening sequence and show graphics package for the TV program X-TESTERS, which airs on The Learning Channel. For X-TESTERS, BMD produced a main title opening sequence combining graphics and live action. BMDs client for the program was Lee Toft, post supervisor at Mike Mathis Prods.

Season Headline News

Concrete Pictures Gets Rose Bowl Open

Kicking off January's highly anticipated Rose Bowl, ABC Sports has tapped Concrete Pictures to produce the open for the Bowl Championship Series' (BCS) National Championship game between University of Southern California and the University of Texas. The 1:40 spot, helmed by Tripp Dixon, will feature famed college football broadcaster Keith Jackson guiding fans through the thrilling tale of the 2005 college football season.

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Exopolis Redesigns Nicktoons Network with ‘Anti-Network’ Package

Los Angeles-based broadcast and interactive design firm Exopolis has completed the redesign of the Nicktoons Network, in preparation for the networks shift to a 24-hour a day, advertiser-supported channel. Exopolis redesign includes five promo packages, :30 fully animated network IDs, 20 navigational elements, multiple stand-alone animations, four logo animations and a 30-second fully-animated cross-channel spot called Three Headed Monster.

Disney Headline News

CA Square Refresh Toon Disney Europe

Broadcast design company CA Square announced the studio completed a network package for the Toon Disney Channel Europe and the Middle East.

CA Squares team of artists provided a unique Toon Disney personality with a look that is full of fun, energy and fantasy showcasing the best of Disney Animation. Its the premise behind Toon Disney Channel, said Disney Channel creative director, EMEA Walter Puschacher.

Entertainment Headline News

Prism Awarded On-Air Continuity Commission for Tiny Living

Prism Entertainment, a leading childrens and youth media entertainment company in the U.K., has been commissioned by LIVINGtv to create and produce its new on-air branded continuity for pre-school edutainment zone Tiny Living, which airs between 7:00 - 9:00 am weekdays and 7:00 - 10:00 am weekends, starting from Sept. 2004.

Cartoon Headline News

Boomerang U.K. Boasts New Animated Look

Boomerang, Turner Broadcasting's top-performing cartoon channel in the U.K. for kids 4-9 is getting a brand new look with its best loved characters taking center stage.

The reface aims to make the channel more accessible and appealing to its large pre-school audience and create a fun environment for viewers of all ages to watch its lineup of shows, which include TOM & JERRY, THE FLINTSTONES, WACKY RACES and SYLVESTER & TWEETY, from its library of Hanna-Barbera and Looney Tunes cartoons.

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FlickerLab Designs Things I Hate About You Opens

FlickerLab studio designed the animated show package for Bravos new reality TV series, THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU, which premiered July 20, 2004 at 9:00 pm, with a handmade, painterly style of animation that is FlickerLabs digital signature.

Creative director Harold Moss points out, Although theres a traditional style to the characters, the method is contemporary. The animation never saw paper.

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Party With The Prez On Nickelodeon

On Monday, February 17, 2003 Nickelodeon's U.S. President's Day programming will feature mini-marathons of both SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS (2-5 p.m. ET/PT) and THE ADVENTURES OF JIMMY NEUTRON, BOY GENIUS (5-9 p.m. ET/PT). In between episodes, viewers will catch a glimpse of George Bush, Jr., and some former U.S. Presidents busting a move during Nick's animated "Presidents Day Dance Party" hosted by Jimmy Neutron and his dancing dog "Go-Go" Goddard.

Productions Headline News

Catch Nexus Productions Animated Open If You Can

A highlight of the holiday hit film CATCH MEIF YOU CAN, which opened in theaters nationwide on December 25, 2002, is the distinctive opening credits created byLondon's Nexus Productions. Nexus was called upon by DreamWorks tocreate an opening sequence for the film, which stars LeonardoDiCaprio and Tom Hanks and is directed by Steven Spielberg. In CATCHME IF YOU CAN, DiCaprio plays Frank Abagnale, Jr., who at the age of17 became the most successful bank robber in the history of the

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Click 3X Enlightens New Sony Logo

New York's Click 3x has conceived and produced a new global branding logo for Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE). The new Sony Pictures logo is based on the companys existing print logo featuring a series of parallel bars set at staggered heights above the corporate name. In the new version, the bars animate in 3D space, twisting in the frame like the cylinder of a zoetrope, with lighting being a key element in the design. The logo is lit from below and the light effects play across the face of the bars as they assume their resting point.

Animation Headline News

Tigar Hare Studios Takes TBS On A Trip Through The City

Los Angeles-based Tigar Hare Studios has delivered a character animation driven ID package for TBS Superstations new "Non-Stop Comedy Block" afternoon sitcom lineup. Working with the design group TAG, more than 90 seconds of motion graphics were choreographed with the animation of the letters T, B and S of the TBS Superstation logo. After coming to life, the three letters move through a stylized city where they encounter the stars of SEINFELD, FRIENDS, HOME IMPROVEMENT and THE DREW CAREY SHOW. The letters then finally join the word Superstation to form the logo of the network.

Open Headline News

Primal Screen Delivers Animated Charles Barkley For TNT

Atlanta-based broadcast design company Primal Screen has created an animated show open for the new TNT program LISTEN UP! The live, half-hour show features basketball legend Charles Barkley and host Ernie Johnson in conversation with guests from the worlds of sports, entertainment and news. Drawing on a style heavily influenced by graffiti art, the open features Barkley and Johnson rushing through city streets to the studio where the show takes place. Animation director and graffiti artist Ward Jenkins styled the piece to give a glimpse into the character of the show.

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Goodspot Delivers NFL Graphics Package For Fox Sports

Santa Monica, California-based Goodspot Design recently completed an extensive package of original broadcast design and animation work for Fox Sports' 2002 NFL on-air promotions graphics. The 30-, 20- and 10-second promos debuted on Fox in September 2002.

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Ex'pression Students Create Marble Madness For Tech TV

Ex'pression, a digital arts school located in California's Bay Area, has given several of its Digital Graphics Design students the chance to apply the knowledge gained in classes to a real world situation when they were selected by Tech TV to create a station ID for the technology channel. Using applications including Maya and After Effects, the students created the 10-second long bumper, called "Marble Madness," which shows the Tech TV logo elements (silver and red balls) becoming marbles.

Nickelodeon Headline News

Curious Captures Nicktoon Spirit In New Set Of IDs

Curious Pictures has once again teamed up with Nickelodeon, this time to create the packaging for the new cartoon block "Nicktoons," currently running every Friday night from 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm. The project includes the opening for the hour program, along with 19 bumpers, 5 intros and 5 credit crunches that will rotate during the block each week. The spots feature Nicks cartoon personalities goofing around in the production studio, while reminding the viewers that theyre watching Nicktoons.

Creative Headline News

Guru Brands YTV With Creative Characters

The crew at guru animation studio in Toronto was recently presented a Silver Promax/BDA award for their work on 3 of 15 "very, very short films" for Canada's YTV network. Begun in July 2001, the spots were commissioned for YTV's 2001 fall branding campaign. The 3 1/2 second spots feature various characters, each of whom convey an abstract emotion, a weird concept or just a simple visceral pleasure.

Super Headline News

Super 78 Lives At The Movies With Take 2

Hollywood,California-based production company Super 78 recently completed anextensive graphics and animation package for the pilot ofreality-based show TAKE 2: LIVING THE MOVIES, airing on the USANetwork. The premise of the show is to assemble a cast of ordinarypeople to recreate some of the most life-threatening,adrenaline-pumping and outrageous scenes from well-known movies. Forthis unique program, Super 78 designed and created animation thatillustrates the action for the benefit of the viewing audience.

Movie Headline News

Chris Prynoski Directs Musical Inspired MTV Movie Awards Open

MTV Animation alum Chris Prynoski went back to his roots by once again creating a stylish opening sequence for the 2002 MTV Movie Awards. The show was produced by Austin Reading and executive produced by Joel Gallen of Tenth Planet. MTV commissioned Prynoski and his company, Titmouse Inc., to produce this year's Awards Show open after Titmouse delivered a successful graphics package for last year's show.