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Focus On A Growing Industry With The Asia Animation Exhibition

The Asia Animation Exhibition is scheduled for December 05 - 07, 2001, in Singapore. Asia Animation is a 3-day trade exhibition devoted to animation. Organized by Reed Exhibitions Singapore, and supported by the Singapore Broadcasting Authority (SBA), Asia Animation 2001 will bring together international creators, producers and distributors who will showcase their technology and expertise to the growing Asian animation industry.

Animation Headline News

ASIFA-Colorado's Upcoming Events

On July 19, 2001 ASIFA-Colorado is presenting Estonian painter and animator Mati Kutt. Mati Kutt has worked in animation for over 25 years, perfecting several unique styles and techniques. His award-winning films have been shown internationally. Mati's presentation will include excerpts from his uniquely original, personal and powerful drawn, painted and puppet animation films as well as additional samples of Estonian animation. The event will take place at RMCAD at 6:30 pm.

Events Headline News

New Additions To AWN's Calendar Of Events

This week's updates to the Calendar of Events include: The Women In Animation Writers' Seminar, July 12, 2001, Westwood, California USA; ASIFA-Hollywood Presents Groovy Psychedelic Hippie Toons, July 31, 2001, Burbank, California USA; Imagine-Nation Expo, A Stop-Motion Convention, August 3 - 5, 2001, Las Vegas, Nevada USA; Hollywood Shorts 3rd Annual Animation Festival, September 9, 2000, Los Angeles, California USA; The Woodstock Film Festival, September 20 - 23, 2001, Woodstock, New York USA; and DIRECTV-LEVEL13.NET film festival, Online, December 1 - 31, 2001.

Cartoon Headline News

Cartoon Network Italy Appoints Marketing Director

Cartoon Network Italy has appointed a top-level marketing director to build the brand's image in the Italian marketplace. Jaime Ondarza comes from an international advertising agency background, bringing valuable knowledge of Italian consumer marketing to Cartoon Network Italy. He was recently with Young and Rubicam and previously at Saatchi & Saatchi and Pirella Gottsche Lowe. "My prime focus is to establish Cartoon Network in national contemporary culture," said Jaime.

Canada Headline News

Cinar Agrees To Pay Restitution To Telefilm Canada

CINAR Corporation announced that it has reached an agreement with Telefilm Canada to make full restitution for all investments and other financial subsidies made by Telefilm Canada in CINARs productions that have been decertified, or for productions for which final certification will not be granted by the Canadian Audio-visual Certification Office (CAVCO). Under the terms of the agreement, CINAR will repay Telefilm Canada approximately $2,594,000 in full reimbursement of investments and subsidies including interest.

Books Headline News

DIC To Buy Golden Books

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, June 28, 2001 at 12:00am

DIC Entertainment Holdings, Inc. has entered into an agreement to purchase the assets of Golden Books Family Entertainment, Inc., in a deal valued at $170 million. The deal entails a Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing by Golden Books and its domestic subsidiaries, with DIC petitioning to purchase the companys assets. Golden Books operations will continue as usual during the court and sale process, which is expected to take approximately 60 days. Golden Books assets are quite extensive.

Headline News

Harvey Completes Sale To Classic Media

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, June 28, 2001 at 12:00am

The Harvey Entertainment Company announced on June 26, 2001 that they have completed their sale of Harveys classic cartoon characters, contracts and related assets, to Classic Media, LLC, in exchange for approximately US$17,000,000 and the assumption of certain liabilities. Actual funding of the transaction took place on Friday, June 22, 2001. Harvey has also officially changed its name to Sunland Entertainment Co. Inc. with the new OTC Bulletin Board stock symbol of SUNE. The name and stock symbol change will take effect Wednesday, June 27, 2001.

Show Headline News

It’s The Mr. Hell Show To Get U.S. Premiere On Showtime Next

ITS THE MR. HELL SHOW!, a critically acclaimed animated comedy series from Sextant Entertainment Group, will have its U.S. premiere on SHOWTIME NEXT, the recently launched multiplex channel which targets 18-24 year-olds. The series, which is part of Showtimes ongoing effort to find new, high profile programming for the multiplex, will debut this fall with an option for a second season. ITS THE MR. HELL SHOW! stars Mr. Hell, a sulphurous, sardonic anti-hero with no regard for political correctness, voiced by British comedian/writer Bob Monkhouse.

Trailer Headline News

AOL To Offer Exclusive Premiere Of New Harry Potter Trailer

In celebration of HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERERS STONEs leap from the book to the big screen, America Online will offer an exclusive premiere of the films new trailer on Wednesday, June 27, two days before it debuts in theaters on Friday, June 29, 2001. AOL members can view the trailer at AOL (keyword: Harry Potter) or via AOL PLUS, the enhanced multimedia content sevice for members who sign on to the AOL service through a broadband connection. Based on the first of J.K.

Awards Headline News

Powerpuff Girls Packs A Powerful Punch With Three Awards At LIMA

POWERPUFF GIRLS captured three awards, including overall License of the Year, at the International Licensing Industry Merchandisers Association (LIMA) Annual Awards Gala, recognizing the brightest in the multi-billion dollar worldwide licensing industry in 2000. POWERPUFF GIRLS also captured two awards in the Entertainment/Character category, including License of the Year and Licensee of the Year/Soft Goods, for POWERPUFF GIRLS Apparel. Kelloggs is marketing a POWERPUFF GIRLS breakfast cereal and Delta Airlines has the characters decorating the tailfins of its planes.

Disney Headline News

Walt Disney Internet Group Appoints New Senior Vice President, Technology

Douglas T. Parrish has been named senior vice president, technology and chief information officer for the Walt Disney Internet Group. In his new position, Parrish is responsible for overseeing the technology platform, infrastructure and applications for The Walt Disney Co.'s Internet properties. This includes networking infrastructure, Web hosting and serving, applications and tool development, and advanced and new technologies development.

Animation Headline News

New This Week At Animation World Magazine

Each week, Animation World Magazine offers new articles, special features and theme-based coverage of the art, craft and industry of animation. New this week:

- New from Japan: Anime Film Reviews by Fred Patten

Fred Patten reviews the latest anime releases, including: "The Big O," "Urusei Yatsura," "Iria: Zeiram the Animation," "Key, the Metal Idol" and "Ruin Explorers: Quest for the Ultimate Power!"

Animation Headline News

The Acrobat Issue Of Animation World Magazine Is Now Online!

The May Acrobat issue of Animation World Magazine is now on-line! As we have recently changed to a weekly format with the magazine many of you have noticed that this has also changed our publishing schedule for the downloadable, monthly PDF version. Never fear! We are going to keep publishing the Acrobat version. Each 15th of the month we will publish the previous month's articles.

Animation Headline News

New This Week In Oscar-Winner Gene Deitch's Book "How To Succeed In Animation"

AWN is proud to bring Oscar-winning animator Gene Deitch's brand new book, "How To Succeed In Animation (Don't Let A Little Thing Like Failure Stop You!)," to the Web with the publication of

Animation Headline News

New Jobs: Animators, Designers, Game Programmers, Producers And More...

Santa Clara, California's Believe Inc., a pre-IPO startup company providing technical solutions to the movie industry, is looking for a SENIOR TECHNICAL DIRECTOR and WEB SOFTWARE ENGINEER. . . Ottawa, Ontario, Canada's Dynomight Cartoons, a full service animation studio, is looking for a DIRECTOR, LINE PRODUCER and PRODUCER for their upcoming slate of proprietary television series scheduled to start production for the fall of 2001. . . New York's H2O Associates, a graphic design and marketing group, is looking for NEW MEDIA DEVELOPERS/INTERACTIVE TECHNOLOGISTS. . .

Animation Headline News

SAFO Submission Deadline Extended To July 15, 2001

The submission deadline for the next International Student Animation Festival of Ottawa (SAFO) has been extended to July 15, 2001. Entry forms, including an on-line version that can be sent directly by e-mail, are available on the festival Website. SAFO 2001 will be held October 18-21, 2001. The official competition is divided into five categories: High School Student Films; Undergraduate Student Films (Post-Secondary); Graduate Student Films (Post-Secondary); First Film (e.g.

Film Headline News

Affiliate Animator News: Stephen X. Arthur And Linda Kudzmas

Stephen Arthur's experimental animated short, "Transfigured," has been selected to tour in the travelling exhibition Kinetica-3. Kinetica is a festival of abstract film and video that travels to art museums and cinematheques around the U.S. and the world. Its past incarnation, Kinetica-2, was a centennial tribute to famed animator Oskar Fischinger. "Transfigured" was produced in Vancouver, B.C., by the National Film Board of Canada. The 35mm film animates a seamless interactive flow of abstract, surrealist paintings by the late Jack Shadbolt.

Animation Headline News

New Additions To AWN's Calendar Of Events

This week's updates to the Calendar of Events includes: Place With Traces, A School Of Visual Arts Exhibition, New York, NY U.S.A., June 13 - July 11, 2001; WIA/LA Celebrates The Career Of Star Wirth, Sherman Oaks, CA U.S.A., June 26, 2001; 5th Seoul International Cartoon & Animation Festival - SICAF 2001, Seoul, Korea, August 11 - 19, 2001, Entry Deadline: June 23, 2001; Cinemakids, 2nd Cinematexas International Short Film Festival, Austin, TX U.S.A., September 15 - 16, 2001; The 12th Cartoon Forum, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Bavaria Germany, September 19 - 23