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RealNetworks Launches RealArcade Gaming Service

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, May 16, 2001 at 12:00am

RealNetworks, Inc. has announced the launch of RealArcade, a free gaming service that allows players to find, acquire, manage and play PC games. The initial beta release, available May 14, 2001, includes over 120 games from more than 40 publishers. In the past year, over 4 million unique registered users have downloaded PC games from the games Website. The company hopes to build on that user base with RealArcade, offering customers a powerful new delivery network and Internet gaming interface.

Award Headline News

2001 Leo Awards Announced

The 2001 Leo Awards, a celebration of excellence in film and television held May 11-12, 2001 in Vancouver, Canada, has announced its winners. AAAGH! IT'S THE MR. HELL SHOW, directed by Christopher Brough and Jay Falconer, took home the Best Animation Series Award. Produced for the BBC by London, U.K.s Peafur Productions, AAAGH! IT'S THE MR. HELL SHOW recently won the Best Comedy Series Award at the Houston World Fest 2001. GREY AREAS - EPISODE 3 by Steve Sacks won the Leo Award for Best Direction/Storyboarding Of An Animation Program.

Design Headline News

RefacDesign Names New Vice President Of Design Operations

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, May 16, 2001 at 12:00am

Edgewater, New Jerseys RefacDesign, a design firm specializing in product and graphic design, named Stephen Russak vice president in charge of design operations. Russak joins RefacDesign from Smart Design, a nationally prominent design firm where he was a partner and served as vice president, design and operations for 16 years.

Cartoon Headline News

Tom And Jerry Slamfest On Cartoon Network

Its the ultimate game of cat and mouse when Cartoon Network presents the 12-hour TOM AND JERRY SLAMFEST on Memorial Day, May 28, 2001 from 8 am to 8 pm (ET/PT). Tom and Jerry, two of the most beloved combatants in animation history, have earned seven Academy Awards over their storied career with their legendary dustups. TOM AND JERRY SLAMFEST will show more than 70 cartoons, including the Cartoon Network premiere of THE MANSION CAT, a short that TOM AND JERRY co-creator Joe Barbera developed with Cartoon Network in 2000.

Headline News

Egmont Imagination Appoints New Territory Manager

London, UKs Egmont Imagination has appointed Caroline Stephenson as their new territory manager for Southern Europe and Latin American markets, announced Tatiana Kober, managing director for Egmont Imagination UK Ltd. After starting her career as part of the international sales team at Hearst Entertainment, Stephenson joined Team Dandelion as manager of European broadcast sales.

Headline News

The Finishing School’s New 3ds Max Crammer Course

London's Finishing School, a digital compositing, effects and 3D animation school, has recently been awarded Discreet training center status. The school will be running its now accredited 4-day 3ds Max Crammer course on May 14 - 17, June 12 - 15, July 10 - 13 and August 7 - 10 2001. Evening courses will also be available on 10 evenings over the course of 10 weeks, June 18 - August 20, 2001. The Finishing School, an Avid-accredited training center, is currently running SoftImage|XSI 201: Essentials Training, the official SoftImage course.

Animation Headline News

422 Ltd and Inkworks Bring Cel Look to 3D Animation Spots

Manchester, UKs 422 Ltd. used Cambridge Animation Systems' Inkworks software to achieve a traditional cel look in 3D for two recent projects. Mr. T is a 30-second commercial produced by Equinox Film & TV Productions and directed by Gary Cowan for the Accident Group, a compensation claims company. Mr. T was first modeled in Maya and prepared for animation using the software's set-driven keys and animation features. Once the pace of the animation was determined, Inkworks was used on the outlines and scenes were painted with the Maya renderer to achieve a cel look.

World Headline News

Click 3X Creates A Brave New World For EMC

Los Angeles Click 3X provided design, 3D animation, visual effects and integration services for BRAVE NEW WORLD, a new series of television commercials for EMC networked data storage systems. The campaign was conceived by Boston agency Arnold Worldwide and directed by Morton Jankel Zander's Marcus Nispel. Each of the three 60-second commercials uses a vision of an apocalyptic future world as a metaphor for businesses searching for reinforcement in a world being bombarded by information.

Million Headline News

Infogrames Losses Shrink, Revenues Expand

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, May 15, 2001 at 12:00am

Infogrames, Inc., has announced results for its fiscal 2001 third quarter and nine months ending March 31, 2001. Third quarter revenues increased to $70.8 million, compared to $63.6 million for the same period in 2000. Publishing revenues increased to $47.0 million from $32.6 million in the prior year period, while distribution revenues decreased to $23.8 million from $31.0 million in the prior year period. The third quarter net loss decreased to $21.4 million, or $0.31 per share, compared to a net loss of $168.7 million, or $8.17 per share for the same period in 2000.

Animation Headline News

MTV Greenlights Two New Comedies

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, May 15, 2001 at 12:00am

MTV has announced its 2001 slate of animated projects, which includes two green-lit animated comedy series and a full roster of other series in development. These shows represent the networks most ambitious move yet into the world of animation, teaming MTV with an A-list of writers, artists and producers. CLONE HIGH follows the lives of four present day high school characters that happen to be cloned from the extracted DNA of some of the most important men and women in history.

Film Headline News

MTV Picks Up Film Roman’s Hairball

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, May 15, 2001 at 12:00am

Leading independent animation production house Film Roman, Inc. announced on Tuesday, May 15, 2001, that one of its Web short, HAIRBALLS, has been picked up by MTV for development into a TV series. HAIRBALLS is an animated dark comedy with a satirical twist on the classic "cat and mouse" cartoon story. The Web toon was created by Doug Lawrence (REN AND STIMPY) and developed by Eric Radomski, creative head of animation and executive producer for Film Roman's Website, LEVEL13.NET. The short won an Honorable Mention at the 2000 Playboy Animation Contest and an Annie Award nomination in 2000.

Animation Headline News

Affiliate Animator Edwing Solórzano Reaches The Latin Market In The USA

LBA, Latin Business Association, the largest Latino entrepreneurscommunity, has contracted the services of Colombian animator EdwingSolórzano and Animateam, his 2D/3D animation company, for a 2 and ahalf minute promotional animated presentation for the 5th annualBusiness Expo (November 14-15, 2001, Los Angeles, California,U.S.A.). Discover Edwing Solórzano's work through his new gallery inthe Animation Showcase.

Animation Headline News

New Additions To AWN's Calendar Of Events

This week's updates to the Calendar of Events includes: CalArtsCharacter Animation Student Screenings, Valencia, California USA,April 27 - May 12, 2001; Cartoon Network A Racket In Mexico, MexicoCity, Mexico, April 28 - May 13, 2001; Direct Animation Workshops AndScreenings, Seattle, Washington USA, May 04 - 12, 2001; AmericanCinematheque Presents: 2001 Skyy Vodka Short Film Award Winners &Finalists Marathon, Los Angeles California USA, May 16, 2001; RMCADand ASIFA-Colorado Present Edward Bakst, Denver Colorado, USA, May

Animation Headline News

New This Week At Animation World Magazine

Animation World Magazine has a brand new look and a brand newpublishing schedule: we're now publishing every week! No longermonthly, Animation World Magazine is now updated each and every weekwith the same thoughtful and comprehensive coverage of the animationindustry you've come to expect on the first of every month. We'respreading our special features and theme-based articles across theentire month. This month we are focusing on RECRUITING AND JOBS. We

Animation Headline News

New Jobs: Animators, Production Managers, Visual Effects Artists And More...

San Francisco, California's Academy of Art College is looking forANIMATION/VFX TEACHERS. Positions are part-time. . . Burbank,California's Alva Entertainment, an animation production company, islooking for a STORYBOARD ARTIST. . . Burbank, California'sAniManagement, a leading animation-centric management and productioncompany, is looking for an ASSISTANT. . . Digital Power is lookingfor a talented MAYA 3D CHARACTER ANIMATOR with modeling skills. . .New York's Cartoon Pizza, an animation production company, is looking

Animation Headline News

Society Of Animation Studies Call For Papers

The 13th Society of Animation Studies (SAS) conference will takeplace in Montreal, Canada. This year, the theme of the conference isAnimation, Economics and Politics. Abstracts for papers on this orother subjects may be submitted digitally to by August15, 2001. Papers should be no longer than 500 words. The paperselection committee includes: Peter Rist, Concordia University,Montreal, Canada; Mark Langer, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada;and Michael Frierson, University of North Carolina, USA. The

Million Headline News

3DO Posts Losses But Meets Expectations For Quarter

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, May 15, 2001 at 12:00am

The 3DO Company has announced losses for the fiscal fourth quarter and year ended March 31, 2001. Revenues for the company's fiscal fourth quarter were $19.0 million, compared to $47.3 million in the prior year's fourth fiscal quarter. The consolidated net loss for the quarter was $12.5 million, or a loss of $0.26 per share, compared to a profit of $11.5 million, or $0.26 per diluted share in the same quarter last year. Revenues for the fiscal year were $82.8 million, compared to $122.2 million in fiscal 2000.

Headline News

Northern Lights, Arete Announce Psunami

Northern Lights Productions and Arete Entertainment announced the release of Arete's award-winning Psunami version 2.0 for Electric Image's Universe. Psunami is a hybrid plug-in/shader that allows users to create photo-realistic oceans and skies. "It's fun to watch people do a double-take when they see a Psunami animation. They can't quite tell that it's not real and that's the goal," said Blair Burtan, founder of Northern Lights.

Headline News

RE:Vision Releases Twixtor

RE:Vision Effects Inc. has released ReelSmart Twixtor, a re-timing solution for Shake. The plug-in enables artists to speed up and slow down image sequences. Twixtor synthesizes unique new frames by warping and interpolating frames of the original sequence, using proprietary tracking technology that calculates motion for individual pixels.