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Animation Headline News

RichCrest Animation Now Crest Animation Prods. with Fogelson at Helm

RichCrest Animation, the U.S.-based production arm of CGI animation studio Crest Animation Studios Ltd. in India, changes its name to Crest Animation Prods. and is expanding its business to become a full-service animation studio specializing in the development and production of CGI-animated properties for theatrical, television, home entertainment and interactive distribution. DIC Ent. vet Noah Fogelson joins as ceo of Crest Animation to spearhead the expansion, leveraging a multi-million dollar injection of funds from the D. E.

Disney Headline News

Buena Vista Games Now Called Disney Interactive Studios

Disney announced the renaming of its videogame business unit to Disney Interactive Studios at the company's investor conference in Orlando. Disney Interactive Studios' svp/gm, Graham Hopper, commented, "This change reflects our focus on creativity, the weight of Disney content in our portfolio, and the enormous value consumers see in the Disney brand."

Brand Headline News

TELETOON Launches a Brand New Look

TELETOON audiences are tuning into a brand new look on the 24-hour animation network. A comprehensive re-brand including the on-air identity, for both the TELETOON daytime programming block and The Detour on TELETOON, the interactive website, all marketing collateral and a new corporate identity was unleashed.

Animation Headline News

Silverline Tech to Set Up New Animation Unit

Mumbai-based the Silverline Technologies Ltd. announced it will spin off its animation division into a separate entity called Silverline Animation Ltd., report REUTERS.

The draft proposal suggests issuing four shares of the new entity for every 100 shares held in the company.

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Luxology Launches New Training Division

Luxology has created a new training division that will offer a wide range of comprehensive learning materials for modo users. The first product from the new training division is a comprehensive 17-video series, which covers modeling, texturing and lighting for the iconic Le Mans C9 racecar.

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Aqua Teen Promo Sets Off Terror Scare in Boston

Today (Feb. 1, 2007) Turner Broadcasting System was reeling from a PR nightmare after a guerrilla marketing campaign for the AQUA TEEN HUNGER FORCE feature set off a terror scare in Boston. The Adult Swim marketing department had approved the campaign giving lightbox ads to New York-based guerrilla marketer Interference Inc. The ads were placed in 40 locations throughout 10 cities two to three weeks ago. However, some Boston citizens saw the ads and called police afraid of a bomb attack, spurring 10 hours of traffic jams and closed bridges.

Dreamworks Headline News

DreamWorks and Aardman End Production Pact

DreamWorks Animation SKG and Aardman Animations Ltd. have officially ended their exclusive production partnership. Together the two companies have collaborated on three feature films: CHICKEN RUN (2000) and WALLACE & GROMIT: THE CURSE OF THE WERE-RABBIT (2005), which typified Aardman's trademark stop motion format, and FLUSHED AWAY (2006), which marked their first 3D-animated collaboration but which under performed at the box office.

Studios Headline News

KISS & Platinum Studios Create Comic Venture

Platinum Studios Inc. and KISS Catalog Ltd., the billion-dollar merchandising empire created and managed by KISS' original members Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, announced the creation of a new worldwide comicbook entertainment company, the KISS Comics Group (

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Ka-Chew! Opens Live-Action Punch Co.

Hollywood based ka-chew! announced the opening of Punch Co., a live-action entity for the studio. Ellen Knable will join Punch as exec producer and will oversee all national sales efforts. Knable will also run the sales and marketing efforts for ka-chew! in animation for the west and midwest. Schaffer/Rogers continue to rep ka-chew! in the east and Ann Asprodites in the south.

Game Headline News

Softimage Develops New 3D Game Pipeline with EA Chicago

Softimage Co. is developing a 3D game development pipeline built on SOFTIMAGE|XSI software in close collaboration with Electronic Arts' Chicago studio. EA has the largest game development studio operation in the world, and employs a variety of engines, tools and technologies to best serve the needs of each of its game and development teams.

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Jan. 24 Proclaimed Joseph Barbera Day in Los Angeles County

During a memorial ceremony at the Warner Bros. Burbank, California lot last night for the late animation legend Joseph Barbera, attendees learned Jan. 24, 2007 was proclaimed "Joseph Barbera Day" in Los Angeles County. Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich presented a scroll Barbera's children -- Lynn, Jayne and Neal.

Animation Headline News

Animation Advisors Opens Virtual Shingle

Jack Enyart, Jean Ann Wright, and M.J. Lallo have joined forces to form Animation Advisors, to address various animation industry needs.

Enyart has been a writer and development specialist for most every major animation studio in Hollywood. He worked on ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS, SCOOBY-DOO, PINK PANTHER, JOHNNY BRAVO and many other TV series. His comicbook credits include LOONEY TUNES, ROGER RABBIT, TOY STORY, LION KING and many more. He may be reached at

Films Headline News

Ghibli To Distribute Foreign Toons in Japan

Studio Ghibli has launched into the distribution of foreign animated features in the Japanese market, reports VARIETY. The Ghibli Museum, which organizes animation displays and screenings, will handle the new business. At first, the art films will be screened at the Cinema Angelika in Shibuya, a Tokyo entertainment center. The first film on the slate will be Alexander Petrov's paint on glass film, THE AWAKENING OF SPRING.

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Appalachian Region To Get $5M For Tech Industry

The U.S. Department of Labor announced Ohio's Appalachian region is among 13 regions across the nation receiving a total of $65 million to boost economic development, reports Copley News. Appalachian region will get as much as $5 million to promote the growth of the computer gaming industry in Ohio,

The Athens. Ohio-based Information Technology Alliance of Appalachian Ohio, a nonprofit organization promoting the information technology industry, appears to be the primary recipient in Ohio.

Universal Headline News

NBC Universal Cable Ent. To Launch Chiller Network

NBC Universal Cable Ent. announced the launch of Chiller, a 24-hour entertainment cable channel dedicated to the horror genre. DIRECTV will be the first affiliate to carry the new network, which starts March 1, 2007.

"We continually look at our options for launching new networks," said Jeff Gaspin, president, NBC Universal Cable Ent., digital content and cross network strategy.. "Horror is one of the most reliably successful genres in entertainment today and Chiller seems like a well-timed addition to our portfolio."

Animation Headline News

NASSCOM's Animation and Gaming India 2007 Wraps Up in Hyderabad

On Jan. 10, 2007, NASSCOM, the premier trade body of the IT software and services industry in India, closed its two-day NASSCOM Animation & Gaming India event in Hyderabad.

NASSCOM also released the annual report on the Animation and Gaming Industry in India -- 2007. Key findings of the report include an expected CAGR for Indian Animation industry at 25% over 2006-2010 and a CAGR of 72% over 2006-2010 for gaming.

Disney Headline News

Disney's Iger Touts Technology & Website Redesign at CES

The Walt Disney Co. president/ceo Bob Iger unveiled his company's newly redesigned and enhanced website, which will launch later this month, in his keynote address to the 2007 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

He told the assembly that Disney is committed to working with consumer electronics as it builds on its tradition of using the newest technology to create high-quality content.

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MPC To Tour North America in Search of VFX Talent

MPC (The Moving Picture Co.), the award-winning visual effects facility, will be touring North America to expand its London-based team through 2008, having secured lead vfx vendor status for THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: PRINCE CASPIAN. MPC is also experiencing growth on such projects as Tim Burton's SWEENEY TODD, the Vince Vaughn-starrer FRED CLAUS, HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX and Roland Emmerich's 10,000 BC.

Media Headline News

Japanese Government To Promote Media Arts Industry

The Agency for Cultural Affairs in Tokyo will offer financial backing to discover and promote overseas young talent in animation, computer graphics and videogame programs in fiscal 2007, according to a report in JAPAN TODAY.COM

The agency seeks 440 million yen in budgetary allocations, awaiting approval. Funding would begin April 1 2007, to commission new work for around three million yen by artists who win contests or are recommended by experts, the officials said. Other efforts include improving websites on media arts.

Animation Headline News

China Doubles Animation Output

China's animation industry produced more than 81,000 minutes of animation this year, nearly doubling last year's 42,700 minutes, Zhao Shi, deputy director of SARFT, according to XINHUA.

By August, China produced more than 50,000 minutes, which more than 1993 through 2003 combined. As for exporting animation, China sold 65,100 minutes to 17 countries.

Home Headline News

DIC Pacts Deal With AEC to Reach New Retail & Digital Channels

DIC Ent. inked a distribution deal with Alliance Ent. Corp. (AEC), a Source Interlink company through its NCircle Ent. division, for the home entertainment and non-exclusive digital rights in the U.S. and Canada for select animated and live-action titles in DIC's library. DIC properties will access for the new first time distribution at brick and mortar retail outlets, as well as options for delivery on digital platforms in the U.s. and Canada.

Team Headline News

Headgate to Evolve Into EA Salt Lake Studio

Electronic Arts Inc. has acquired the development team at Utah-based developer Headgate Studios Inc. EA has partnered with Headgate since 2000 to develop top franchises, such as TIGER WOODS PGA TOUR and MADDEN NFL. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The development team will remain in Bountiful, Utah, and will continue to work in partnership with the EA development teams in California and Florida. The EA Salt Lake Studio team will focus on development for the Nintendo Wii.

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Raimi Scares Up TV Division

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, December 20, 2006 at 12:00am

Sam Raimi has hired former Tribune Ent. and Universal exec William Hamm to head the newly formed Ghost House Television, writes VARIETY.

First up for the new television division of Ghost House Pictures is a miniseries based on Dean Koontz's THE TAKING. Raimi and Ghost House partner Rob Tapert are exec producing with the co-exec producer being Larry Block, who brought the project to Ghost House.

The novel centers on a small-town husband and wife as an apocalyptic rain precedes otherworldly invasion.