Flying Bark Prods. Pty. Ltd. in Autralia has joined forces with A Stark Production to establish a new company -- A Stark Ent. A Stark Ent., which comes under the umbrella of Flying Bark Prods. and will be responsible for creating and developing independent projects in children's entertainment programming.
The Syndicate has completed production on the first of a multi-spot commercial and branding package, "You Are Here," for Six Flags, the world's largest theme park company. The ad campaign broadens Six Flags' brand focus on family entertainment.
In a creative partnership with The Zimmerman Agency, The Syndicate's managing director Kenny Solomon and The Syndicate's director Ben Grossmann, developed the concept of an ordinary suburban neighborhood transformed into a theme park in an eruption of roller coasters, thrill rides, superheroes and costumed performers.
Mike Young Prods. (MYP) and Gamania Digital Ent. (GDE) have partnered with Cartoon Network Int'l to co-produce the new animated comedy/action series HERO:108. This Flash animated series has been conceived with an eye towards online gaming and interactivity with its intended 6-11 year old worldwide audience.
lynda.com announced the launch of After Effects CS3 Professional Preview and Premiere Pro CS3 Preview with Chad Perkins. These two new training titles are available for free at www.lynda.com.
lynda.com's training courses in After Effects, Premiere Pro and other Creative Suite 3 products will be on display during the NAB conference at the Las Vegas Convention Center, booth SL2028, from until April 19, 2007.
Anima Mundi has issued a final call for entries for Anima Mundi Web 2007 and Anima Mundi Cell 2007.
Anima Mundi Web is for animated works specially created for the Internet. Files will be accepted only with the extensions ".swf" (shockwave flash) or ".flv" (flash video). There is no time limit for the length of the animation, size up to 5 mb.
Carol Lundberg, who worked for such studios as Filmation Assoc., Marvel Prods., Hanna-Barbera Studios and Hyperion Pictures, died on Feb. 11, 2007, reports THE BIG CARTOON DATABASE. She was 72.
In 1969, Lundberg began work as a layout artist for Filmation, where she worked until 1981. Her Filmation layout credits included: STAR TREK (1973), THE SECRET LIVES OF WALDO KITTY (1975), THE NEW ADVENTURES OF BATMAN (1977), THE YOUNG SENTINELS (1977), THE FAT ALBERT CHRISTMAS SPECIAL (1977) and THE NEW ADVENTURES OF FLASH GORDON (1979).
This week in AWN's Forums, animation fans discuss their thoughts on TMNT and MEET THE ROBINSONS. The thread on favorite villains is still hot. Some of the senior members give a junior some advice on his first walk cycle. Other animators need help with Flash, Maya and Toon Boom. There also interesting threads on RATATOUILLE, Aardman and TOY STORY 3. As well as, tools for teaching animation, the business of animation and, as always, brand new stuff to check out in show and tell!
Adobe Systems Inc. announced Adobe Creative Suite 3 Production Premium software, a complete integrated post-production solution. Adobe Creative Suite 3 Production Premium offers unprecedented levels of integration across major new releases of its video, audio and web software, including Adobe After Effects CS3 Professional, Adobe Premiere Pro CS3, Adobe Encore CS3, Adobe Photoshop CS3 Extended, Adobe Illustrator CS3, Adobe Flash CS3 Professional and Adobe Soundbooth CS3.
This week in AWN's Forums, the question is PC or not PC? The thread on members' favorite villains is still going strong. Others are talking about Flash 9.0. The debate has really kicked in on whether the U.S. should implement a quota system for how much animation should be produced within the country. There are members discussing the acting in the RATATOUILLE trailer. As well as, tools for teaching animation, the business of animation and, as always, brand new stuff to check out in show and tell!
Visual Resource announced the launch of "A World of Barriers," a Web tour created for Adobe Systems Inc., highlighting the features of their new Acrobat 8 Professional product, specific to marketing professionals.
You can find the program for fmx/07, the 12th International conference on Animation, Effects, Realtime and Content, online at the website. The Haus der Wirtschaft in Stuttgart will once again host the international digital community from May 1-4.
Wildform Inc. announced the release of WildPresenter Pro 3.1, a major update to its award-winning multimedia presentation software. The new update includes many of the features most requested by Wildform customers including:
* Full screen mode. WildPresenter output can now automatically scale to play at full screen size in both web browsers and in standalone projector files.
This week in AWN's Forums, moderator Larry L presents the question -- should the U.S. impose a quota system as other countries do on animation produced abroad? Others have begun posting their thoughts on the overseas trailers for RATATOUILLE. There's a debating going on pitting Aardman against DreamWorks. There's a thread on TOY STORY 3 as well as KidScreen Summit. Lots of members need help with various software including Maya 8.0, Flash and Toon Boom.
Nickelodeon has announced the new additions to its lineup at its upfront meetings in New York City.
MAKING FRIENDS is a new Flash series developed from Nickelodeon's TurboNick broadband platform. The series centers on two girls, Charlotte and Vendetta, who are two polar opposites. MAKING FIENDS was created by Amy Winfrey and is based on her popular MAKING FIENDS online films. The network has order six episodes to launch in 2008.
Nickelodeons newest Nicktoon, EL TIGRE: THE ADVENTURES OF MANNY RIVERA, premieres with two back-to-back all-new episodes on Saturday, March 3, 2007, 10:00-11:00 am, then will air regularly on Saturdays at 10:30-11:00 am. Nickelodeons first Flash animated comedy series comes from Mexican-born creators Jorge R. Gutierrez and Sandra Equihua.
The complete list of programs officially selected for Cartoons on the Bay 2007, the international showcase of the year's best productions for television animation, have been announced.
The selection includes 162 programs from 19 countries (13 countries were represented in 2006) and will be on display in the digital video library for artists and professional in the industry, buyers, distributors, multimedia publishers and journalists.
Warner Bros. Pictures has hired writing duo Kiernan and Michele Mulroney (MR. & MRS. SMITH) to script THE JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA as a live-action feature, according to VARIETY, which would combine some of DC Comics most iconic superheroes. Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman Aquaman, Flash, Green Lantern and Martian Manhunter are all members of the Justice League.
A 10-minute Flash-animated promotional webisode, UP LATE WITH STEWIE & BRIAN, will stream free on MySpace in a talk show parody Feb. 25, 2007, at 8:00 pm. From the Quahog Community Center, its UP LATE WITH STEWIE & BRIAN, features host Stewie Griffin and his martini-swilling sidekick Brian, an all-star FAMILY GUY band and a special appearance by celebrity guest Rob Corddry, plugging his new FOX comedy series, THE WINNER.
Warner Bros. Animation has begun production on new seasons of four returning series, all for air on Kids' WB! on The CW, the #1 rated Saturday morning kids broadcast slate.
Animatus Studio's Animation Workshop has leapt into the online video with the launch of its winter 2007 student reel online. Featured on YouTube Flash players, the student films can be viewed at animatusstudio.com/workshops/studentwork.html.
The Animation Workshop's spring workshops begin Saturday, March 3, 2007.
Canada-based Comet Ent. has sold its animated WRAPPY, SEX POLICE to MTV Latin America. SEX POLICE will have its premier in the Animatosis block during MTV's "sex month," The show has different timeslots throughout the region.
"Comet is extremely excited to be working with MTV," said Comet ceo Raquel Benitez. "Their projects are innovative, creative and our show, SEX POLICE, which is full of humor and action, will be a perfect fit in their programming. I am sure their audience will love it, we will fill an empty space in the adult animation industry."
Channel Frederator (www.channelfrederator.com), the world's original cartoon podcast, announced the winners of its First Annual Channel Frederator Awards. The awards, which mark the one-year celebration of Channel Frederator's cartoon podcasting, are the first of their kind to honor the films and filmmakers in the rapidly growing category of user submitted and user generated video on the Internet.
Lionsgate (HAPPILY N'EVER AFTER) goes viral this month in a partnership with HABBO to determine the fate of a HABBO animated release. Utilizing this interactive technology, Lionsgate will tap directly into HABBO's extensive online community of teens for feedback. Starting Jan. 15, "Habbos" will be able to view 10 very different animated shorts based on the Habbo World, which will be posted on Habbo.com and local Habbo sites around the world and voted on by the millions of registered users of these sites.
Christine Davis joins Cookie Jar Ent. as the company's newest in-house producer. Based in Cookie Jar's Toronto headquarters, Davis will report to Pamela Slavin, vp production and will be responsible for producing new series for the company's growing original production slate.
A 20-year producing vet, Davis' credits include LITTLE PEOPLE, THE NEWSROOM, THE WRONG COAST, ANNE; JOURNEY TO GREEN GABLES, ANNE OF GREEN GABLES, BRUNO and SESAME STORIES.
YIN YANG YO!, has received an order for a second season of 26 half-hours, to air on Jetix, Toon Disney's comedy/action/adventure programming block.
In the second season, Yin and Yang will discover they possess more powers, additional mythology of Woo Foo will be uncovered, some of the old villains will have new motivations and new villains will be added to the landscape.