Sundance Institute, a champion for independent filmmakers for more than 25 years, is joining forces with the GSM Assoc. (GSMA), whose members serve more than two billion mobile phone customers across the globe, to create the Sundance Film Festival: Global Short Film Project. Sundance Institute president/founder Robert Redford unveiled the groundbreaking pilot project to showcase and extend the reach of the independent short film genre to mobile users worldwide, during a press conference at the Museum of Television & Radio in New York City.
To celebrate Channel Frederator podcasts first anniversary, Frederator Studios has created Fred-Ex, an ongoing experiment in animation collaboration exploring the existence of robots. Frederator has assembled a global group of enthusiastic animation directors and creators to answer in a toon an age-old question: "What is it like to be a robot?"
Mobile media company Player X has collaborated with Universal Mobile Ent. to make special animated editions of the 1980s hit TV shows, KNIGHT RIDER and MAGNUM, P.I., directly for mobile delivery. Player X is creating a new genre in mobile video retrosodes, a suite of animated mobile video series.
SPIDER-MAN fans will get a long-awaited sneak peek at Columbia Pictures' highly anticipated SPIDER-MAN 3 when a new, full-length, two-and-a-half minute trailer debuts in a special unprecedented "road block" across Viacom Inc. 's brands and on the CBS Television Network on Nov. 9, at approximately 10:00 pm. SPIDER-MAN 3, starring Tobey Maguire and directed by Sam Raimi, kicks off next summer's moviegoing season on May 4, 2007.
THQ Inc. has released Disney/Pixar's CARS for Xbox 360, in conjunction with the Cars holiday DVD launch on Nov. 7, 2006. This follows the launch of this past summer's blockbuster cross-platform launch of the game for the PlayStation2, Xbox, Nintendo GameCube, Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS, PSP, PC and Mac. The Xbox 360 version is available nationwide for a suggested retail price of $49.99. CARS is also scheduled to release for Nintendo Wii on Nov. 13.
Turner Broadcasting System Inc. announced that programming downloads of original productions from Adult Swim and NASCAR.COM will be made available beginning Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2006, to Xbox 360 gamers via Xbox Live, the online gaming and entertainment network. Xbox 360 gamers can access Xbox Live Marketplace with a free Xbox Live Silver subscription and a broadband connection.
Jetset Studios and FOX have teamed to create a special website to promote the upcoming annual Halloween special "Treehouse of Horror XVII," which airs on Sunday, Nov. 5, 2006, at 8:00 pm on FOX.
The site (thesimpsons.com/treehouse) provides fans the opportunity, for prizes and adoration, to edit their own SIMPSONS animated promo. To date thousands of videos have been created and new user-generated promos are posted daily for audience viewing and rating.
Turner Broadcasting System is further expanding its portfolio of consumer businesses on emerging platforms with Super Deluxe, a focused, branded storehouse of high-quality, exclusive, originally produced comedy combined with interactive online-community tools. The new broadband network will launch in January 2007. Super Deluxe will be ad-supported, making the network entirely free to consumers, and will integrate advertising in innovative ways.
Square Enix Inc. has released FINAL FANTASY XII, the latest entry in the timeless franchise that has sold more than 68 million units worldwide, which is now available in retail outlets in the U.S.
Developed exclusively for the PlayStation2, FINAL FANTASY XII has already sold more than 2.4 million units in Japan since its release on March 16, 2006, and has won numerous Game of the Month awards from the industry's top publications in America and is one of the highest-reviewed games of the year.
Sustainable Table, a leading resource designed to celebrate the sustainable food movement and educate consumers on food related issues, and Participant Prods., a socially conscious film company, launched an animated short, THE MEATRIX II 1/2 online (www.moremeatrix.com) to promote the live-action theatrical, FAST FOOD NATION, and its social action campaign, produced by Participant. FAST FOOD NATION will be released Nov. 17, 2006, by Fox Searchlight. Sustainable Table produced THE MEATRIX films with Free Range Studios.
Shockwave.com launched Shockwave Minis, a new category of mobile games built with Adobe Flash Lite, available exclusively on Verizon Wireless. In introducing Shockwave Minis, the companies unveiled a new pricing structure that gives Verizon Wireless customers access to all 30 games for a small monthly fee, marking the first time a complete library of titles is made available to wireless customers on a subscription basis.
Comedy Central's website will debut two broadband series likely get a rise out of its users. BAXTER & MCGUIRE, featuring animated testicles and live-action comedy GOOD GOD are the latest broadband series to join comedycentral.com's growing slate of original shows.
Nearly a decade after the release of the outrageous game POSTAL, Running With Scissors (RWS), the creators behind the dark comedic videogame franchise has announced it is developing POSTAL III, the first game in the long-running series aimed at both the computer and videogame console markets.
Electronic Arts launched MEDAL OF HONOR HEROES for PSP in North America with the title rolling out worldwide later next month. This release rounds out EAs October lineup, which included BATTLEFIELD 2142, THE SIMS 2 PETS, TIGER WOODS PGA TOUR 07 and FIFA SOCCER 07.
Based on the highly anticipated film from DreamWorks Animation and Aardman, the FLUSHED AWAY videogame from D3Publisher of America, Inc. (D3PA) is available on U.S. retail store shelves today (Oct. 24, 2006) for a suggested retail price of $29.95.
Nicktoons Network, Nickelodeon's 24-hour animation network, have launched a new lineup of original content on the iTunes Store (www.itunes.com). Nicktoons Network programming will include SKYLAND, the new animated adventure series, which will be available on iTunes prior to its network debut on Saturday, Nov. 18, 2006, at 9:00 pm (ET), and short-form content from THE NICKTOONS NETWORK ANIMATION FESTIVAL.
GameTap, the first-of-its-kind broadband entertainment network from Turner Broadcasting System Inc., celebrates its first birthday.
On its first anniversary, GameTap currently features:* The largest collection of videogames on-demand with more than 700 titles, including FAR CRY, TONY HAWK PRO SKATER and TOM CLANCY'S RAINBOW SIX 3 GOLD* The worldwide exclusive debut of "SAM & MAX Episode 1: Culture Shock" * More 50 Challenge games including STREET FIGHTER ALPHA 3, PAC MAN, DIG DUG, BUST-A-MOVE, COMBAT and PONG
The Comic Strip Network announced today (Oct. 23, 2006) it has added IPSO FACTO, DOT 'N DASH, JAC STRIPS, ZENJEFF and MR. STICK comic strips to its daily programming lineup. The Comic Strip Network (www.comicstripnetwork.com) broadcasts fresh comic strips daily to mobile phones worldwide and the Internet. CSN features funny cartoons rated to family newspaper standards, including MOSTLY HEADS, GIRLS & SPORTS, DATING AMY, THE MEANING OF LILA, DAY BY DAY and MOD.
Jupitermedia Corp. announced that it has launched a paid subscription service for its animated online greeting cards on JupiterGreetings.com (www.jupitergreetings.com). Annual subscriptions are available for $7.95. In addition to being able to send state-of-the-art animated greeting cards online, JupiterGreetings.com offers e-mail reminders of important dates, an address book feature, a place to save favorite cards for future use, a growing inventory of new cards and other unique features.
JibJab and Verizon Wireless have teamed up with renowned comedy film director John Landis to produce six comedy short films featuring the best up-and-coming sketch comedians in the country for the Great Sketch Experiment contest. The six videos competing are available as of today for free at JibJab.com or on Verizon Wirelessï¿½ V CAST service in the V CAST Showcase channel.
THQ's SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS: CREATURE FROM THE KRUSTY KRAB is swimming its way onto retail outlets in the U.S. The title is now available for major gaming systems, including PlayStation2 computer entertainment system, Nintendo GameCube, Game Boy Advance and Nintendo DS. The game will also be available as a launch title for Wii.
Buena Vista Games has released new handheld videogames based on the DISNEY PRINCESS and THE LITTLE MERMAID throughout North America. The new lineup includes: DISNEY'S THE LITTLE MERMAID: ARIEL'S UNDERSEA ADVENTURE for the Nintendo DS, DISNEY'S THE LITTLE MERMAID: MAGIC IN TWO KINGDOMS for Game Boy Advance and DISNEY PRINCESS: ROYAL ADVENTURE for the Game Boy Advance.
Austin-based D7 Studios, an independent animation company that completed the first-ever animated Coca-Cola/NASCAR commercial for the Daytona 500 in 2005, is releasing the first chapter of its new animated show, D7PEACEMAKER REVELATION, in hi-def for download, and broadcast on the Web for free in a scaled-down version at www.D7.com.
Created independently, the series features an anime style with an American plot. Written, directed, and animated solely by Arik Renee Avila, the series is produced by Tony Hobdy and Robin Bookwalter.
NBC 5 Chicago has put up on its website a CG still slideshow of the flight path of the plane, which crashed into a condo complex in New York City on Oct. 11, 2006.
The slide show can be viewed at http://www.nbc5.com/slideshow/news/10068810/detail.html?rss=chi&psp=news.
The two occupants of the small 545 Cirrus SR20 plane Yankees baseball pitcher Cory Lidle and Tyler Stanger, a 26-year-old flight instructor from California were the only people killed in the accident.
Due the their popularity on NBC's LATE NIGHT WITH CONAN O'BRIEN, comedian Jim Gaffigans PALE FORCE will be turned into a Web series, according to THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER. The first episode airs on Thursday, Oct. 5, 2006, and went live online the next day on NBC.com.
Gaffigan superhero satire was originally launched in Sept. 2005. The toons chronicle the misadventures of muscular Pale Man and his skinny sidekick, Conan O'Brien, as they use their paleness to fight crime.