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Awards Headline News

BAFTA Awards Move Date Away From Oscar Lunch

In response to the Motion Picture Academy moving up its dates for the Oscars, the Orange British Academy Film awards will take place on February 15, 2004, instead of February 8, as originally announced. The BAFTAs have been moved so they would not clash with the Oscar nominees lunch scheduled for February 9 in Los Angeles.

Series Headline News

Salsa Gets Animated For L.A. Screenings

Jerry Diaz, evp of Salsa Entertainment, is offering up some animated and sci-fi offerings for international buyers at the L.A. Screenings. Salsa, the distribution arm of TV-Loonland, will be screening series at the Park Hyatt Hotel in Los Angeles in Suite 1007 from May 15-22, 2003. The offerings include:

THE CRAMP TWINS, SERIES IIGenre: Animation, 8 years +Producers: TV-Loonland, Cartoon Network EuropeRights: Latin America & Brazil, 26x30 (or 52x30 for series I & II)

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GameSpy Invites Gamers To Chat Thru A Virtual E3 Experience

GameSpy will be hosting GameSpy LiveWire - a series of live, interactive audio, graphic and text chats from the trade show floor - at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), May 14-16, 2003 in Los Angeles, giving gamers the opportunity to interact directly for the first time with video game industry giants at the show.

Mipcom Headline News

MIPCOM Breaks Up The Week With New Dates

MIPCOM, the biggest international TV trade show in Cannes, will run from Friday through Tuesday, October 10-14, 2003 while the 11th kids programming mini-market, MIPCOM Junior, Youth Programs Screenings, will run October 8-9 at the Hotel Martinez. The shows normally run Saturday through Friday. This change is due to the unavailability of the convention center, the Palais des Festival, together with public holidays.

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WIA New York Looks Into Breaking Into Programming

The New York Chapter of Women In Animation will meet with Jim Arnoff, entertainment lawyer and agent, to learn the ins and outs of breaking into original programming from 6:30-8:00 pm at Little Airplane Productions in New York City on May 13, 2003. Arnoff will also offer suggestions and tips on how to deal with broadcasters. Little Airplane Productions is located at 86 Franklin St, 5th Floor between Church and Broadway. Admission is free for members and $5 for non-members. RSVP to Lisa Goldman via e-mail

Effects Headline News

VES Offers Job Hunting Panels

The Visual Effects Society (VES) will hold a special one-day event, "Finding and Keeping a Job in Today's Visual Effects Industry," on May 17, 2003 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Los Angeles Film School in Hollywood. The day will feature four panel sessions to address employment issues specific to a particular segment of the visual effects industry:o Visual Effects for Feature Films hosted by Sony Pictures Imageworkso Computer Animated Feature Films hosted by DreamWorks o Visual Effects in the Game Industry hosted by Electronic Arts

Film Headline News

SARS Scares Off Trade Show Attendees To Toronto

The World Health Organization's warning urging travelers to avoid unnecessary visits to Toronto because of the risk of contracting the SARS virus is having some adverse effects upon trade shows there. The Canadian Cable Television Assn. postponed its annual convention, which was to take place April 27-29, 2003. However, the SPROCKETS Toronto International Film Festival is still underway April 24-May 4, 2003. Publicity coordinator Susan Stafford reports general attendance is not down but the industry side was effected. "We have had a few calls from out-of-town visiting industry guests who are managing local travel restrictions and will not be able to join us. Sprockets events are very full and we are looking forward to another great festival for all the children and their families who love cinema," she said. SPROCKETS did have to cancel its Animation Master Class with Loyd Price from Aardman Animations.

Effects Headline News

AEAF Juggles Speakers

There have been some important changes to the Australian Effects & Animation Festival (AEAF) program May 12-13, 2003 at The Australian Center for the Moving Image in Melbourne. Randy Goux, CG supervisor on THE MATRIX RELOADED and THE MATRIX REVOLUTIONS joins the program to co-present with Greg Juby, digital effects supervisor. Randy takes the place of Jay Reynolds. Randy and Greg will be take attendees through some of the signature visual effects shots created by them at ESC Entertainment in the U.S. in an exclusive preview before the film opens in theaters on May 15.

Japan Headline News

American Cinematheque Offers 1st Festival of Japanese Anime

The American Cinematheque at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood will present the 1st Festival of Japanese Anime from May 2-14, 2003. It features a cross-section of the newest and most challenging work from Japan, including the U.S. premieres of THE CAT RETURNS, the mondo-insane TAMALA2010 A PUNK CAT IN SPACE, the lovely fable PRINCESS ARETE, the long-awaited three-part anthology film MEMORIES, and Miramax Films POKÉMON 5, plus sneak previews of as-yet-unreleased episodes from cult-hit series including CRUSH GEAR TURBO, AURA BATTLER DUNBINE, BRIGADOON, SCRYED, PLEASE, TEACHER, YOURE UNDER ARREST, DNA2, READ OR DIE, RAHXEPHON, PARASITE DOLLS and a very special sneak peak at THE MATRIX-inspired THE ANIMATRIX, with all nine episodes shown for the first time.

Festival Headline News

BIFF To Showcase 20 Animated Shorts

Brooklyn International Film Festival (BIFF) announced its animation line-up of 20 projects including three world premieres and three U.S. premieres, running April 28-May 4, 2003 at the Brooklyn Museum of Art in Brooklyn, New York. The show features a mix of everything from hand-drawn and computer-animated shorts, as well as several experimental projects that mix animation and live-action for maximum effect. U.S. premieres include LONELY BOY by Becalelis Brodskis (U.K), WOMAN by Signe Baumane (Latvia) and IN THE BACK OF THE BUS by Paul Hurwitz (Canada).

Effects Headline News

VES Presents Extensive Looks At VFX Tricks At 5th Annual Festival

A TRON retrospective and confidential, extensive explorations of how visual effects and digital animation were achieved in films such as X-MEN 2, THE MATRIX RELOADED and FINDING NEMO will be part of the 5th Annual VES 2003: A Festival of Visual Effects line-up at The Los Angeles Film School in Hollywood from June 27-29, 2003. Presented by the Visual Effects Society (VES), the festival offers detailed, frequently proprietary, looks at the visual effects process through viewing certain segments of the works featured.

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WIA Presents Smurfette Bliss At Salon

The Los Angeles chapter of Women In Animation is offering an intimate salon featuring Lucille Bliss, the voice of Smurfette, Crusader Rabbit and many more on May 10, 2003 from 12:30 to 3:00 pm at The Smoke House Restaurant in Burbank, California. One of the greatest voice actresses in the business will tell how she got into voice-acting, how she created the many parts she has played and hear some of the hilarious stories in her 40+ career. Cost is $20 per person, lunch is included. Seating is limited, RSVP to 310-535-3838 by May 7, 2003. Prepay is recommended, send check to WIA/Bliss Lunch.

Animation Headline News

Animated Stars Illuminate Frank & Ollie

An overflow crowd stood outside the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills to catch a glimpse of Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston and the various animation luminaries attending the Marc Davis Lecture on Animation April 9, 2003. Hundreds were eager to pay tribute to the last of Walt Disney's "Nine Old Men." The overly-ambitious program treated attendees to many filmclips of their work, two panels, four special presentations, with the Frank and Ollie finally joining the evening's host Leonard Maltin on stage at 11:00 pm.

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ASIFA-Hollywood Presents Boing Boing Screening With Animator Fred Crippen

ASIFA-Hollywood will be presenting the 1956 TV series THE BOING BOING SHOW at the American Film Institute in the Ted Ashley Screening Room at 3 pm on Saturday, April 26, 2003. The event will be hosted by ANIMATION BLAST Webzine editor, Amid Amidi, and feature special guest Fred Crippen, animator of MR. MAGOO and GERALD MCBOING- BOING. Produced at the height of UPA's critical acclaim, the show featured an eclectic collection of short animated films executed in a gutsy assortment of techniques and styles for television audiences of the 1950s. The American Film Institute is located at 2021 N. Western Avenue in Los Angeles. Admission is $2.00 for ASIFA-Hollywood members and $10.00 for non-members. Admission is free if you buy an ASIFA-Hollywood membership at the door. For more information call (818) 842-8330Or go to

Animation Headline News

WIA Los Angeles Presents Job Hunting Panel

Learn the secrets of successful interviewing and job survival at the Women In Animation Los Angeles Chapter general meeting on April 24, 2003 from 6:30-9:30 pm at Klasky Csupo, 6353 Sunset Blvd, Hollywood, California. Discussion points will include topics like what do recruiters and employers want to see in a resume/portfolio/demo reel? How can you be sure yours stands out so you get the interview? How can you make sure you don't blow the interview? Learn what you need to know to get your career on track and earn more in 2003.

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EA Looking For A Few Good Players at L.A. SIGGRAPH Meeting

Electronic Arts Los Angeles will be looking for artists and programmers at the L.A. ACM SIGGRAPH April Chapter meeting from 6:60-9:00 pm on April 15 at Bradley International Hall on the UCLA campus in Westwood. Topic of the panel is " Game Development Soup to Nuts" featuring John Botti, president/CEO, Black Ops Entertainment; Steve Anderson, CTO, EA Los Angeles and Mark Andrade, president/programmer, Sputnik Games. Bring your résumés and reels to the meeting, talk with recruiters and discover the opportunities that are available at EA Los Angeles. This presentation is free for L.A. SIGGRAPH members & $10 for non-members. For more info. visit or email

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POSTWAR Anime Exhibition Opens With Astro Boy Birthday

PostWar Japanese Anime/Manga is an exciting exhibition running April 6-June 1, 2003 at The Japanese American Cultural and Community Center in Los Angeles. Coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the creation of anime's most seminal character, Astro Boy, the exhibition connects the roots of anime with current works of particular international popularity including DRAGON BALL Z, DIGIMON, POKÉMON, and SAILOR MOON.

Animation Headline News

Animation Nation Chats In Person On State Of Animation

The current state of the "business of animation," wage levels and areas of opportunity were just some of the topics discussed at the fifth annual Animation Nation meeting held April 1, 2003 at the Pickwick Center in Burbank, California. Organized by Animation Nations founder and inspirational leader Charles Zembillas, the annual meeting provides a forum for discussion on a wide range of topics concerning the animation community.

Movie Headline News

WIA Int'l Meeting To Feature Thornberrys Movie Panel

Women In Animation International will elect its new board of directors and treat members to a panel discussion with some of the team from THE WILD THORNBERRYS MOVIE on Saturday, April 5 from 2:00 to 5:00 pm at Klasky Csupo in Hollywood, California. The panelists who will discuss bringing the small screen hit to the big screen include THORNBERRYS co-director Jeff McGrath, exec. producer Julia Pistor and co-producer Sean Lurie; moderated by Bonita Versh, director of Class-Key-Chew-Po Commercials. This is a members only event. Call to RSVP by April 2 at 818-759-9596 or send an email to For membership information, visit

Entertainment Headline News

TV Animation Industry Remains MIP-Bound

In spite of battles in the Persian Gulf and concerns over a new Asian virus, most of the animation producers, distributors and broadcasters AWN polled are traveling over the next few days to attend the MIP-TV market in Cannes, France, which gets underway Monday, March 24. Iain Pelling, managing director of Cosgrove Hall Films, said, "It's a difficult time for everybody, but we have to carry on in as normal a way as possible. We will be going to MIP as usual.

Animation Headline News

Cartoons on the Bay Opens With The Wild Thornberrys Movie

Cartoons on the Bay, the International Festival and Conference of Television Animation April 9-13, 2003 in Positano, Italy, will open on the evening of April 9 with the Italian premiere of the Klasky Csupo/Nickelodeon animated feature THE WILD THORNBERRYS MOVIE. The film starts in release in Italy on April 18. Promoted by RAI and conceived and organized by RAI Trade, the festival is an international event with awards, workshops, lectures and events centering on the ever-changing world of television animation.

Animation Headline News

Motion Picture Academy Features Frank And Ollie Tribute

As part of its Marc Davis Lecture on Animation series, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present "Frank and Ollie: Drawn Together," featuring Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston in person, April 9, 2003 at 8:00 pm at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. Leonard Maltin will moderate the discussion to honor the Disney animators who are famous members of the Nine Old Men. Scheduled to participate are Brad Bird (IRON GIANT, THE SIMPSONS), John Canemaker (BOTTOM'S DREAM, STREET FREAKS), Ron Clements (TREASURE PLANET, ALADDIN), Andy Gaskill (HERCULES, THE LION KING), John Lasseter (TOY STORY, MONSTERS, INC.), Glen Keane (TARZAN, POCAHONTAS) and Charles Solomon (veteran animation critic). The theater is located at 8949 Wilshire Blvd. For information call 310-247-3000, ext. 111. Tickets are $5 for the general public, $3 for students with current ID. The Marc Davis Lecture series was established to provide a forum for film animators and other experts in the craft to share their experiences, as well as to explore with colleagues the challenges of creating animation for the screen.

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Meet The Real Face Behind Gollum At Book Signing

Want to meet the living image of Gollum, the amazing CGI star of LORD OF THE RINGS: THE TWO TOWERS? Angelenos have the chance when actor Andy Serkis, who was the model and voice for Gollum, will sign copies of LORD OF THE RINGS: THE ART OF THE TWO TOWERS at Book Soup on Sunday, March 16, 2003 at 1:00 pm. Serkis wrote the afterword to the book published by Houghton Mifflin, publishers of J.R.R. Tolkien since 1938. Book Soup is located at 8818 Sunset Blvd. in West Hollywood, California, call (310) 659-3110.

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L.A. SIGGRAPH Talks Job Survival

The Los Angeles Chapter of SIGGRAPH will download the secrets of successful interviewing, training, negotiation and job survival on March 11, from 7:30-9:00 pm at Bradley International Hall on the UCLA campus in Westwood, California. Moderator Pamela Kleibrink Thompson, recruiter/hiring strategist/career coach, will lead a discussion on how to make more money, work on better projects, transition to a new specialty and get your career on track.