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Effects Headline News

Structured Destruction The Previs for 2012

By Matt Kapko | Monday, December 14, 2009 at 8:43am

The detail of the massive global destruction in 2012 is a reflection of the intense previs work done by Pixomondo for director Roland Emmerich and producers/visual effects supervisors Volker Engel and Marc Weigert.

International Headline News

Academy Partners With Lighthouse International On 10-Year Deal

By Matt Kapko | Monday, December 14, 2009 at 8:35am

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and Lighthouse International, the premier non-profit dedicated to fighting vision loss, have concluded a new agreement that will provide an East Coast office for the Academy and a state-of-the-art theater for its extensive slate of film programs and screenings. The ten-year agreement will enable Lighthouse International to significantly upgrade and improve its theater and lobby area for screenings, exhibits, receptions and other events.

Blu-ray Headline News

NVIDIA Demonstrates 3-D Blu-ray Playback Accelerated on GeForce and 3-D Vision

By Matt Kapko | Wednesday, December 9, 2009 at 2:25pm

2010 is poised to be the year where consumers can enjoy stunning 3D experiences across all entertainment mediums, including gaming, photographs, Web browsing, and of course, movies. And, with the forthcoming 3D Blu-ray specification expected to be formally announced later this year, NVIDIA and its partners are pleased to announce that the amazing 3D experience that has proven so popular in movie theaters is about to come home.

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Allegorithmic Announces New Partnership with Shanghai-based Virtuos

By Matt Kapko | Wednesday, December 9, 2009 at 12:08pm

Allegorithmic today announced that Virtuos, a leading provider of digital entertainment offshore production services, will join leading Asian developers NCSoft, The9, T3 Entertainment and Gravity as the latest company to adopt Allegorithmic’s Substance technology into its art production pipeline.

Blu-ray Headline News

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince on Blu-ray and DVD, Plus More

By Matt Kapko | Tuesday, December 8, 2009 at 2:13pm

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince on Blu-ray and DVD, Ultimate Editions of Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone and Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets on Blu-ray and DVD, Lost: The Complete Fifth Season on Blu-ray and DVD, SpongeBob SquarePants: Season 6, Volume 1 on DVD, Coraline Widescreen Limited Edition Gift Set on Blu-ray and DVD, Public Enemies on Blu-ray and DVD.

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Resident Evil: Afterlife Delayed Till Early 2011

By Matt Kapko | Tuesday, December 8, 2009 at 9:39am

RESIDENT EVIL: AFTERLIFE has been delayed until Jan. 14, 2011, SHOCKTILLYOUDROP.COM reports. Originally scheduled to hit theaters on Aug. 27, 2010, the first film in the series to use 3D technology is taking longer to put together than Screen Gems anticipated.

Wars Headline News

Stars Wars Celebration V Slated For Mid-August in Orlando

By Matt Kapko | Monday, December 7, 2009 at 8:01am

Commemorating the 30th Anniversary of Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back and the ongoing, weekly adventures of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Lucasfilm Ltd. and Reed Exhibitions’ PopGroup will partner to produce what’s expected to be one of the largest official Star Wars fan events ever – featuring cast and crew celebrities, fan-run events, costumes, music, live entertainment, screenings, autographs, collectibles, panels and sneak peaks into the future of Star Wars.

Creative Headline News

Creative Group and Mantra Design Craft Jay-Z 9/11 Special

By Matt Kapko | Monday, December 7, 2009 at 7:59am

Creative Group, the industry’s premier full-service post-production facility, and Mantra Design, an award-winning creative content design and visual effects boutique, have transformed Jay-Z’s renowned Answer the Call 9/11 benefit concert into a stirring hour-long special airing on the Fuse music network. Together, the two studios delivered a complete post package for Fuse Presents Jay-Z Live from Madison Square Garden: Answer the Call, including video editing, audio mixing and 3D graphics.

Visual Headline News

Tata Elxsi's Visual Computing Labs Plants Roots in Hollywood

By Matt Kapko | Monday, December 7, 2009 at 7:52am

Visual Computing Labs (VCL), a division of Tata Elxsi Ltd. and a global leader in animation and visual effects, announced today that leading VFX industry veterans Joel Hynek, Tricia Ashford and Treva Blue will develop VCL’s new US VFX studio based in Santa Monica.

Disney Headline News

The Walt Disney Company Triples TV Animation Production in EMEA

By Matt Kapko | Monday, December 7, 2009 at 7:49am

The Walt Disney Company EMEA today announced plans to triple its investment in production of television animation in the region to reflect the growing importance of internationally sourced content for its global portfolio of channels. The plans will see output of animation increase from 2 to 7 long-form series per year for Disney Channel, Disney XD and Playhouse Disney.

Mobile Headline News

LG Mobile Integrates Marketing Campaign With Avatar

By Matt Kapko | Monday, December 7, 2009 at 7:18am

LG Electronics MobileComm U.S.A. Inc. (LG Mobile Phones), in partnership with Twentieth Century Fox and Lightstorm Entertainment, has created a multi-faceted marketing campaign tied to the highly anticipated epic adventure film - AVATAR - written and directed by Oscar-winning filmmaker James Cameron ("Titanic").

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NBCU, Comcast Join Forces

Comcast (NASDAQ: CMCSA, CMCSK) and General Electric (NYSE: GE) announced today that they have signed a definitive agreement to form a joint venture that will be 51% owned by Comcast, 49% owned by GE and managed by Comcast.

Moonscoop Headline News

Moonscoop Secures Sales Deal With KI.KA

Moonscoop, the worldwide brand management and entertainment company representing properties from some of the leading animation producers across the globe, has signed a key sales deal with leading German broadcaster KI.KA for the ToddWorld and SamSam.

Media Headline News

DHX Media Makes Senior Appointments

DHX Media has made strategic personnel appointments to its senior team within the parent company, as well as within key operating divisions reflecting the increased activity and synergy across its production, distribution, consumer products and interactive divisions.

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I3A Signs Google as Participating Member

By Matt Kapko | Wednesday, December 2, 2009 at 8:53am

I3A (the International Imaging Industry Association; http://www.i3a.org), the leading global association for the imaging industry, today announced that Google (http://www.google.com/corporate/) has joined the non-profit organization at the Participating level of membership.

Brickyard Headline News

Brickyard VFX Lends a Hand to Sprint for Pass the Pixi

By Matt Kapko | Wednesday, December 2, 2009 at 8:49am

Artist owned and operated, bi-coastal effects boutique Brickyard VFX recently completed compositing, color grading, and CG work on a new spot for Sprint's webOS Palm Pixi - a smartphone that falls squarely into the 'for fun' camp. Titled "Pass the Pixi," the spot was directed by the Snorri Brothers of The Cartel for agency Modernista! and first aired November 17 in North America.

Design Headline News

Zoic Studios Launches Design Division

By Matt Kapko | Wednesday, December 2, 2009 at 8:45am

Zoic Studios, renowned for its visual effects work in Commercials, Features and Episodic Television, has been growing its creative offerings, officially launching a talent-backed Design Group, which complements their recent expansions into Gaming and Integrated Media.

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