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Blogs fmx 09: One Awesome Conference

Renata and Thomas Haegele topped the event from last year and again the numbers of attendees increased. Again more and internationally renowned speakers came to Stuttgart, again for four days the sunny town became animator’s land And that in those dark and gloomy times of worldwide economic crisis. And I did not discover one unhappy face during all those days.

Blogs fmx 09: One Awesome Conference

By Dan Sarto | Friday, May 8, 2009 at 12:26pm

Renata and Thomas Haegele topped the event from last year and again the numbers of attendees increased. Again more and internationally renowned speakers came to Stuttgart, again for four days the sunny town became animator’s land And that in those dark and gloomy times of worldwide economic crisis. And I did not discover one unhappy face during all those days.

Headline News Astro Boy Game Rockets This Fall

D3Publisher announced that it will bring Imagi Studios’ new CG-animated movie, ASTRO BOY, to Wii, Nintendo DS, PlayStation 2, and the PSP. Based on the upcoming feature film which itself is inspired by one of the most beloved characters of all time, ASTRO BOY: THE VIDEO GAME will allow players to become Astro Boy, a young boy robot with incredible powers. ASTRO BOY: THE VIDEO GAME is slated to ship worldwide this fall to coincide with the North American and international release of the movie in October 2009 from Summit Ent.

Headline News DinerTown Tycoon Pits Flo Against Evil Burger Corp.

PlayFirst, Inc. announced the official release dates for DINERTOWN TYCOON, the new strategy game that immerses the popular DINERTOON characters within the challenging and tycoon genre. The title will be widely available on Thursday, May 7.

Headline News DJ Hero Coming This Fall

Activision is releasing three new titles this fall -- DJ HERO, GUITAR HERO 5 and BAND HERO.

DJ HERO expands GUITAR HERO's signature social gaming with the addition of diverse music genres including hip-hop, R&B, Motown, electronica and dance. Introducing an all-new turntable controller, DJ HERO allows players to create original mixes of popular songs and music from the world's top artists and DJs.

Headline News Ghostbusters Game Coming in June

Press Release from Atari Inc.

NEW YORK, May 6 -- Atari, one of the world's most recognized video game publishers, today confirmed the worldwide launch plans for the highly anticipated GHOSTBUSTERS: THE VIDEO GAME.

The title will launch on the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, Windows PC, PLAYSTATION3 computer entertainment system, PlayStation2 computer entertainment system, Wii and Nintendo DS in North America on June 16th 2009 and will be published by Atari Inc.

Headline News Wallace & Gromit's Last Resort Released

Telltale and Aardman have released of THE LAST RESORT, the latest of four monthly WALLACE & GROMIT games that open up the world of West Wallaby Street like never before. THE LAST RESORT is available for PC from as part of the WALLACE & GROMIT'S GRAND ADVENTURes series. The games will also be coming soon to Xbox LIVE Arcade.

Headline News Dark Horse Goes Mobile

Press Release from Dark Horse Comics

MAY 4, MILWAUKIE, OR -- Dark Horse Comics, the third-largest American comics publisher, makes the leap into the digital world of mobile content today with the launch of a new app for the iPhone. With the release of the upcoming TERMINATOR SALVATION film in mind, Dark Horse has chosen a classic THE TERMINATOR story from its vast publishing archives to launch this program.

Headline News Ultradome to Answer Who Would Win in a Fight

For fanboys who have always wondered who would win in a fight: Galdalf vs. Darth Vader or Neo vs. Harry Potter, HEROES actor Milo Ventimiglia is prepared to answer.

He will star and co-produce ULTRADOME, a scripted web show where fans can settle hypothetical disputes in a vfx showdown, reports THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER's The Live Feed.

Headline News Brandissimo! Announces Cinco de Mayhem Celebration at

Press Release from Brandissimo!

ENCINO, Calif. -- (May 4, 2009) -- Celebrating the fourth anniversary of the launch of Urbaniacs -- a comic book world come to virtual life -- Brandissimo! announces the third annual Cinco de Mayhem celebration at

Headline News Date Change: Vector City Racers Contest Begins May 18, 2009

Press Release from Vector Entertainment

Vector Entertainment has extended the start date of its Fastest Road to Fun Contest. Beginning May 18, 2009, Vector Entertainment invites all racing and gaming fans to design and submit a vehicle using the CarStructor easy-to-use online design tool. The grand prize winner’s submission will become one of the official starter vehicles for Vector City Racers and the winner will receive tickets and roundtrip air travel to their choice of one of four national racing spectator events.

Headline News FUNimation to Stream Requiem for the Phantom

FUNimation Ent. is partnering with Japanese production company Media Factory for the U.S. digital distribution of the 26-episodes of REQUIEM FOR THE PHANTOM, which debuted on Japan's TV Tokyo network April 2nd and airs Thursdays at 2:15 am.

FUNimation has begun streaming the first four episodes. A new episode will debut each week as it airs in Japan. Each episode will be high-quality, free, with the original Japanese dialogue accompanied by professionally created English subtitles and will stream via

Headline News Lionsgate Open to Games is reporting that Lionsgate is moving into games, producing casual and mobile titles from its TV and film properties. The studio is seeking developer partners to turn films like CRANK, RAMBO and SAW into playable entertainment. These new initiatives would be separate from console licensing, which Lionsgate’s president of digital media Curt Marvis thinks the company's titles are less viable.

Headline News Mr. T & Will Wright Battle Nazis

ZootFly has secured the rights to develop a videogame based on the Mr. T graphic novel from Mohawk Media. The series of games will feature action-adventure, brawler combat, platforming, and environmental puzzles. The first game will see Mr. T take on Nazis and their gigantic machines in the varied universe of South American rain forests, lost ancient cities, industrial complexes and contemporary military installations. In the game, Mr.

Headline News Gameloft Finds Sherlock Holmes Mobile Rights

Gameloft announced a worldwide licensing agreement with Warner Bros. Digital Distribution to develop, publish and distribute the mobile game for the Warner Bros. Pictures' and Village Roadshow Pictures' film SHERLOCK HOLMES, directed by Guy Ritchie and starring Robert Downey, Jr. The game is scheduled for release prior to the U.S. theatrical release on Christmas Day 2009.

Headline News Konami Abandons Controversial Iraq War Game

Various game sites are reporting via Japanese newspaper Asahi that Konami has decided not to publish Atomic Games' controversial Iraq War game SIX DAYS IN FALLUJAH. Public pressure from the U.S. moved the Japanese to abandon the title. The third person shooter would have released in 2010 on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC.

Headline News Obama Toon Coming

On April 30 at an event in New York, CFC Consulting is launching BARACK OBAMA SUPERSTAR: THE UNTOLD STORY, an animated series dedicated to the first 100 days of Barack Obama's presidency. The parody will skewer Obama's popularity around the world and set its sights on international leaders such as Vladimir Putin, Hugo Chavez, and Nikolas Sarkozy as well.

Headline News ROKKAN and Time Warner Global Media Group Reveal What's Possible

Press Release from ROKKAN

A new website for Time Warner Global Media Group was designed with an ambitious goal: to demonstrate what the company calls "The Art of the Possible." With that in mind, full-service digital agency ROKKAN, in partnership with Time Warner, created a one-of-kind, 3-D site that's rich with video and interactivity.

Headline News Amy Winfrey Premieres New Web Series Squid and Frog

Press Release from Amy Winfrey

LOS ANGELES, April 22th- Independent animator Amy Winfrey debuts a new series SQUID AND FROG. The web series, available at is an innovative blend of flash animation and puppets.

The two main characters, Squid and Frog, sing songs about lessons they have learned the hard way such as "Don't Use Butter Sticks as Skates" and "You Can't Learn Surgery From Television." Squid and Frog also recite "Haikus of Regret."

Headline News Emily User-Generated Animation Site Open To Everyone

Press Release from NetToons, Inc.

San Francisco, CA -- Cosmic Debris and NetToons, Inc. have announced the official launch of the user generated animation site This site lets the millions of Emily fans worldwide create and share their own Emily animations (Tooncasts) using the NetToons web-based editor and viewer.

Headline News Studio Nouveau Creates Cinematics for Capcom's Resident Evil 5

Press Release from Studio Nouveau

Wednesday, April 22, 2009 -- Culver City, CA -- Studio Nouveau, a cinematic and 3D animation production studio, is pleased to announce their recent completion of the game cinematics for the highly-acclaimed video game RESIDENT EVIL 5 for Capcom, a leading game industry publisher.