Film Roman, Inc. acquired the popular syndicated comic strip CHELSEA BOYS, created by Glen Hanson and Allan Neuwirth, with plans to develop a half-hour animated series. Peter Schankowitz, Film Roman's president of television programming & development and Sidney Clifton, Film Roman's vice president of development, will be developing the property along with the creators. The comic strip, currently appearing in magazines, newspapers and Websites throughout North America and the U.K. revolves around the lives and loves of three gay roommates residing in New York's trendy Chelsea neighborhood.
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Reg Hartt Presents The Sex & Violence Cartoon Fest: Saturday, September 29 - Saturday, October 27, 2001, Toronto, Ontario Canada. Many of the best films from Hollywood's Golden Age Of Animation have ben banned. The rest have been cut to bits. This program offers the rare chance to see 14 great films exactly as their creators meant us to. It's Bugs, Daffy, Popeye and pals with all their parts. Saturday, September 29, 2001 and October 6, 13, 20, 27, 2001 at 9:30 pm Cineforum, 463 Bathurst, Toronto, Ontario Canada.416-603-6643.
Once again, box office totals on are the rise buoyed by three new releases this weekend. Leading the pack is the crime-drama TRAINING DAY, with performing pigeons and other visual effects by Cinesite, which opened with $22.6M. The modeling mayhem of ZOOLANDER kept it high on the charts, dropping just two places to finish fourth with $9.5M and $28.3M total. RUSH HOUR 2, with primary visual effects by Cinesite, is in the top ten for its 10th week pulled in $1.7M, raising its cume to $221.5M total.
John Edgar Park discusses the best films of Siggraph's Electronic Theater. Includes QuickTime movie clips!
Elmo Aardvark CD Release Party: Wednesday, October 10, 2001, Burbank, California USA. Will Ryan presents AN ELMO AADRDVARK CD RELEASE PARTY! "Music and Animation" series - Premiere Event! Come celebrate the release of a brand new compact disc of vintage cartoon soundtracks from the classic Hollywood cartoons of Elmo Aardvark. Currently enjoying an internet revival (Renegade Animation and Snappytoons' "Elmo Aardvark: Outer Space Detective!"), these Elmo Aardvark tunes feature many guest performances - including June Foray, Victoria Jackson, Hal Smith, Joanie Sommers and more.
Spanish-based animation company BRB Internacional has secured two major European co-production partners for THE INVISIBLE MAN (26 x half hours). Italian state broadcaster RAI and French animation house Dargaud Marina are teaming up with BRB Internacional to co-produce the unique series, which is aimed at 8-12 year olds. The deal gives RAI exclusive Italian speaking rights, Dargaud Marina exclusive French speaking rights, plus some other distribution territories, with BRB Internacional and Dargaud Marina handling distribution for the rest of the world.
Webisode Academy / Lecture: Production Mgmt. Meeting for Animation: Wednesday, October 10, 2001, Studio City, California USA. One night lecture with confirmed speakers from Movie Magic, Peppers Ghost and Rhythm & Hues. Topic: Software for Production Management and Tracking. October 10, 2001, 7pm-9pm. All are welcome but seating is limited to 25 people. Call 818-508-TOON for reservation. $20 at the door.
TV-Loonland and Nelvana, in association with KirchMedia, announced at MIPCOM the international co-production of the childrens classic, HEIDI. HEIDI will be adapted into a new and highly stylized animated feature film and television series. HEIDI, written by Swiss author Johanna Spyri, was first published in 1880. The book has been translated into over 50 languages with over 100 million copies sold worldwide.
The Art of Chuck Jones: Friday, October 26 - Sunday, December 02, 2001, New York, New York USA. Friday evening preview from 6-9 PM, October 26. A reception for Linda Jones. Preview exceptional original production art, rare limited editions and unique works by the legendary film director, animator and creator, Chuck Jones. RSVP required 212-226-7374 or VIP@animazing.com. Saturday, October 27 The Art of Chuck Jones - Hosted by Linda Jones. Exhibit runs through December 2. Beginning with a Film Festival 1-3pm at Void Theater 16 Mercer street and followed by a reception in the gallery 3-6PM.
Homage to New York: Saturday, December 08, 2001, New York, New York USA. Homage to New York - The Fine Art of Ralph Bakshi. Saturday, December 8. Cocktail Reception for the artist 6-9pm. This collection of paintings and pastels is rendered with superb technique. "Cartoon Portraits" with personalities larger than life are seriously delightful. This famous animation director has had a passion for fine art throughout his career and will be making an appearance with new works in our Soho gallery. RSVP required: email@example.com Bakshi's fine art is showcased exclusively at Animazing Gallery.
Animated Exeter: Monday, February 11 - Saturday, February 23, 2002, Exeter, Devon UK. Animated Exeter is an annual animation festival consisting of a fortnight of animated films, workshops, events and exhibitions every February. Tied to the British Animation Awards Public Choice - the festival hosts events for all ages and levels of professionalism. Screenings have been programmed by Jayne Piling of BAA. Events include careers day for budding animators, 3d, 2d and computer animation workshops, retrospectives, comic-book conventions, and cutting edge digital animations for the music industry.
Animac: Thursday, February 14 - Sunday, February 17, 2002, Lleida, Catalonia Spain. Entry Deadline: Wednesday, October 31, 2001. Animac 2002 is an international annual animation show that celebrating its 6th edition from the 14th to 17th of February 2002 in Lleida, Spain. Animac is a non-competitive event that is a platform for the best animation from all times to be screened and in which the animation cinema researches new ways of experimentation and dialog between the different artistic disciplines. Carolina Lopez is leading the project as artistic director and Animac image is created by Carles Porta. Lleida's culture department and a good qualified coordination team support this event. There will be a public screening of the selected films. To participate, fill out the entry form available at http://www.paeria.es/cultura/animac. Prefered format is VHS PAL. Send submissions to CASINO PRINCIPAL C/Major 31 25007 Lleida Spain. Enjoy Animac 2002. For more information, contact: Alfred Sesma & Margot Besora at decapacap, Avda. Pearson 11, Baixos, 25005 Lleida, Catalonia Spain; Tel.: +34 (9) 73 700 325; Fax: +34 (9) 73 700 325; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web: http://www.paeria.es/cultura/animac.
Margaret Loesch, founding president and CEO of Crown Media U.S., will be departing the company next month at the conclusion of her contract. On leaving her post at Crown, Loesch said I'm very proud of the many accomplishments made by the team that I've helped build. But, while the experience has been exciting, it has also been all-consuming personally and professionally. As I near the end of my contract, it seems like an ideal time to take a much-needed break and put some focus on my family, and then begin to pursue my other career goals.'' She will be replaced by Lana E.
Family media company Big Idea Productions, creators of the successful VeggieTales home video franchise, has expanded its animation production division with the addition of Dan Philips as vice president of production and Ameake Owens as producer. In his new position as vice president of production, Philips will oversee all aspects of production for Big Idea and develop strategies to strengthen the studio's various production-related departments. Prior to joining Big Idea Productions, Philips worked with DreamWorks SKG as the digital supervisor for THE ROAD TO EL DORADO.
Ascension Technology Corporation, manufacturer of motion tracking devices, has introduced winBIRD, a versatile program that allows users to experiment with Ascensions products in a standard Windows environment. For use with single and multi-sensor or multi-transmitter configurations, winBIRD lets users change all major device and system options while monitoring how the changes affect returned data.
Plazmic, creator of the Mobile Media Platform, which enables the creation and distribution of rich mobile media to wireless devices worldwide has partnered with Walt Disney Internet Group Japan to launch an enhanced rich mobile media entertainment service on NTT DoCoMo's i-mode network. Disney-i customers can access a graphically enhanced, interactive and animated version of the entertainment service Magical Fortune using the Plazmic Media Engine, an interactive wireless media player based on Java technology.
* Thursday, February 14 - Sunday, February 17, 2002 in Lleida, Spain.
Entry Deadline: Wednesday, October 31, 2001
Burger King Corporation announced that it will greatly enhance its alliances with two entertainment industry companies, DreamWorks SKG and Nickelodeon. Burger King Corporation's new strategic alliance with DreamWorks encompasses five theatrical animated releases, starting with SPIRIT: STALLION OF THE CIMARRON, DreamWorks next animated feature release scheduled for Memorial Day weekend 2002, and first rights to all future live action, television, music and home entertainment properties.
NewKidCo, has shipped E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL for Game Boy Advanced, the first in the company's highly anticipated line of games based on one of the most beloved and successful films of all time, which celebrates its 20th anniversary in March 2002 with a long-awaited re-release. E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL is an action-packed adventure game that captures the excitement and strength of the characters that made the film so popular and pits them against the same challenges faced in the film like assembling the transmitter to "phone home," breaking E.T.
The LEGO Company, makers of the world's best-selling construction toys, has created 11 new LEGO sets that capture the magic of the upcoming Warner Bros. film, HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER'S STONE. The sets are available now at retail. The LEGO Harry Potter sets include eight of the most popular characters from the magical world of Harry Potter - including Harry, Ron, Hermione, Hagrid, Draco Malfoy and Professors Dumbledore, Snape and Quirrell, as mini-figures, as well as a variety of other characters including animals, ghosts and imaginary creatures.
Anark Corporation is seeking beta testers for its public beta program of Anark Studio, an integrated media platform that combines 3D and 2D graphics, video, audio, text and data into an interactive, television-quality presentation.
Jerry Beck reviews Oxygen's flagship show, X-Chromosome, and finds it is funny, entertaining and real...even if you aren't a woman!
Infogrames, Inc., a global publisher of interactive entertainment software, has announced operating results for its fiscal year ended June 30, 2001. Full-year net revenue, which includes publishing and distribution revenue, was $310.5 million or virtually even with full-year net revenues of $313.2 million for the prior year. Publishing revenue for the period rose to $232.1 million from $188.4 million in the comparable year-earlier period. Distribution revenue was $78.4 million in fiscal 2001 as compared with distribution revenue of $124.8 million in the same 2000 period.
The Walt Disney Company has formed a new business unit, the Buena Vista Game Entertainment Studio, a new organization created to leverage and combine new and emerging technologies, such as broadband and wireless, with video consoles, PCs, other technological innovations, and online games to deliver integrated interactive entertainment for a new consumer experience. Jan E. Smith has been installed as its president. Smith, a 14-year Disney veteran, will also continue to serve in her current role as president of Disney Interactive.
Buena Vista International Television has licensed its "Classic Treasures" collection of animated box office hits to the BBC. For the first time ever on UK terrestrial television, viewers will now be able to enjoy some of the most popular animated movies of all time - TOY STORY, TOY STORY 2, MULAN, A BUG'S LIFE and THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME. These titles combined have grossed over $2 billion in worldwide box office and have been watched by over 121 million people at cinemas in Europe alone.