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New Additions To AWN's Calendar Of Events

This week's updates to the Calendar of Events include: Cartoon Network Online Animation Awards: Wednesday, August 01 - Friday, September 21, 2001, London, UK; The Don And Bill Show: Slightly Bent: Friday, August 31 - Sunday, September 02, 2001, Los Angeles, California USA; Advertising & Promoting To Kids: Monday, September 10 - Tuesday, September 11, 2001, New York, New York USA; Maximixing Media: Thursday, September 20 - Friday, September 21, 2001, Toronto, Ontario Canada; Festival du Cinéma International en Abitibi-Témiscamingue: Saturday, October 27 - Thursday, November 01, 20

International Headline News

Festival du Cinéma International en Abitibi-Témiscamingue

* Festival du Cinéma International en Abitibi-Témiscamingue: Saturday, October 27 - Thursday, November 01, 2001, Rouyn-Noranda, Québec Canada.Entry Deadline: Saturday, September 01, 2001

The Festival du cinéma international en Abitibi-Témiscamingue is an international event presenting world's and north American's premieres. The six-day event features over 80 films from about 20 countries - shorts, features and animation films. There is no entry fee. Submitted films must be produced in 16 or 35 mm format.

Million Headline News

Jay & Silent Bob Debuts In Third

With AMERICAN PIE 2 staying a third week in the top spot, RUSH HOUR 2 held tight in second with JAY & SILENT BOB STRIKE BACK debuting in third. RUSH HOUR 2, with primary visual effects by Cinesite, took home another US$11.4 million, raising its cume to $183.3 million. JAY & SILENT BOB, with primary visual effects by Digital Research Lab, MetroLight Studios and Tigar Hare Studios, racked in $11.1 million, making it the highest opening for a film from director Kevin Smith.

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EM.TV Finance Head Steps Down After Less Than A Year In Post

EM.TV & Merchandising's head of finance, Rolf Rickmeyer, is stepping down after less than a year with the German firm. Rumors say that Rickmeyer had various disagreements with Kirch Group, who helped bail out EM.TV from money woes a few months back. Marius Schwarz, head of finance for German exhibitor CinemaxX, will replace Rickmeyer. Prior to CinemaxX, Schwarz oversaw finance at Sat1, the Kirch-owned commercial TV channel. Former Kirch exec Werner Klatten is set to replace EM.TV founder and CEO Thomas Haffa in September.

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REZN8 Forms Advisory Board

REZN8, a digital design and communications firm, has announced that it has created an advisory board to help guide its business and to facilitate new market initiatives. The advisory board consists of five members from various disciplines who will provide input on strategic advice and direction to Paul Sidlo, founder and CEO of REZN8. Robert Block is co-founder, chairman and CEO of International Communication Technologies Inc. (ICT). His role will include advising on strategic corporate planning, technology developments and communication structuring and negotiations.

Live-action Headline News

Loop Filmworks Creates Experimental Shorts For Noggin

Animation and production house Loop Filmworks has created a series of short films for Noggin, directed by David Chartier. "Noggin came to us with the idea of creating a series of short films told from the perspective of a precocious kid who uses his parents video camera to capture things he's curious about - such as which type of ice cream melts the fastest, and, how many ants could you fit at one time on a lollipop.

Animation Headline News

Job Opportunities For Animators, Designers, Digital Artists And More.

Barcelona, Spain's FILMAX, a production and distribution company, is looking for a BACKGROUND ARTIST. . . Saint James, New York's Inky Dinky Animation Studios is looking for an ANIMATOR/DIGITAL ARTIST. . . Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India's MUV Technologies Ltd. is looking for experienced RENDERMAN users. . . Glendale, California's, a fast-growing global youth network, is looking for a FLASH ANIMATOR-GAMER/ARTIST. . . Makati City, Philippines Animation Studio, Inc., an independent animation studio, is looking for a PRODUCTION MANAGER. . .

Watch Headline News

Mr. X Creates Effects For Default's Wasting My Time Video

Mr. X, Inc. has completed the photo-realistic visual effects, compositing and online conform for Default's first music video, "Wasting My Time." The video was directed by Noble Jones. Wasting My Time is the third collaboration for Mr. X and Director Jones, who recently completed music videos for Doyle Bramhall II and Smokestack's "Green Light Girl" and Sugar Jones' "How Much Longer." The music video starts with a young woman looking at her watch.

Kids Headline News

Scooby Week In UK Scores High Ratings

Cartoon Network U.K.'s Scooby Week was a huge hit scoring a 1.8 overall kids rating, giving it the highest share of kids viewing at 10.3% over the week. The Mystery Machine gang scared 3.1 million people from August 6 to August 10. The special put Cartoon Network's share of kids viewing way ahead of all kids' channels including Nickelodeon, Fox Kids, Disney and Trouble as well as Sky One.

Animation Headline News

Deadline For Submissions To The Insea Animation Competition Only One Week Away!

The 3rd annual Week With The Masters Animation Festival will take place in Trivandrum, Kerala, India, October 29 - November 03, 2001. Each year the Week With The Masters is hosted by a select group of talented animators and filmmakers dubbed "Animation Masters." Past Masters have included: Will Vinton, Jeff Hale, Bill Matthews, Bill Plympton, Joanna Priestly, David Fine, Derek Lamb, Maurice Noble and Rob Coleman.

Spot Headline News

Curious Pictures Brings Steve Madden Spot To Life

Curious Pictures' director David Kelley, in collaboration with photographer Butch Belair, has wrapped on a new mixed media spot for shoe designer Steve Madden. Based on a long running print and poster campaign, the spot was commissioned by New York ad agency Hampel Stefanides. The spot combines original photos, digital composting, pixilated photography animation and 2D animation. The commercial opens on a hip girl, wearing Steve Madden brown leather platform cowboy boots, at JFK airport.

Animation Headline News

AWN Welcomes Plateau Magazine!

PLATEAU is a quarterly magazine edited by BAC, the Institute for the Animated Image, in Brussels, Belgium. Plateau covers film festivals, the history of animation, computer animation as well as in-depth articles devoted to both the masters and the new talents of animation, with articles published in English, French and Dutch. Plateaus latest issue (vol.

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Softimage Announces SOFTIMAGE|3D 4.0 & SOFTIMAGE|XSI 2.0

Softimage Co. has announced the release of SOFTIMAGE|3D v4.0 and SOFTIMAGE|XSI 2.0. "SOFTIMAGE|3D, an industry-standard for more than 10 years, has been used extensively by more than 13,000 customers in the animation, special effects and games development industry. The product's great success is a direct result of our long history of listening and responding to our customers' needs," said Michael Stojda, managing director, Softimage.