Michael Stojda has beenappointed managing director of Softimage, Avid's Montreal-basedanimation and special effects subsidiary. Stojda, who will providestrategic business and operational leadership for the company, willreport to Joe Bentivegna, vice president and general manager of AvidMedia Solutions, located in Tewksbury, Massachusetts. Commenting onthe announcement, Bentivegna said, "With more than 14 years ofindustry and high-tech experience, Mike has an excellent
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Angus Fletcher has beenpromoted to president of the Jim Henson Television Group - Europe,the company has recently announced. Fletcher, who is based in London,will oversee all current and future television development,production and programming, and report to Charlie Rivkin, presidentand CEO of the Jim Henson Company. As executive vice president,Fletcher doubled the company's television program library.Currently, he is co-creator and executive producer on THE HOOBS, a
Discreet announced on April 9, 2001 thatit has begun shipping reactor, an integrated extension for 3ds max 4.Reactor, powered by Havok, incorporates technology that realisticallysimulates cloth, rope, liquid and hard-/soft-body objects thatcollide, bounce, break and stretch. Reactor officially launched lastmonth at the Game Developers Conference. Reactor features includerope dynamics that simulate any deformable chain from realistic hairto knots of climbing ropes; cloth dynamics that give objects
On April 10, 2001, at theMacromedia User Conference (UCON) in New York, Discreet announced a3ds max Shockwave exporter that includes support for rich characteranimation from character studio, dynamic physics from reactor andMultiRes mesh technology. With this integrated exporter, artists cantransfer 3D content directly from 3ds max into the Director 8.5authoring environment for deployment in the Shockwave format. "Withthe Shockwave Player already in use by more than 200 million Web
On April 16, 2001, DreamWorks Consumer Products and The Kroger Co. announced a joint promotion that allows supermarket shoppers to earn free movie tickets to the upcoming computer-animated feature SHREK based on their grocery purchases during a four-week period beginning this week. The four-week promotion is scheduled for more than 2,000 Kroger-owned stores nationwide. Customers who purchase $300 in groceries using their shopper's card will earn two free tickets to SHREK, which opens May 18 in theaters around the country.
Activision, Inc. announced on April 12, 2001 that it will release the next installment of the best-selling skateboarding franchise of all time, TONY HAWK'S PRO SKATER, on six platforms -- the PlayStation2 computer entertainment system, Xbox video game system, Game Boy Advance, PC, PlayStation game console and Game Boy Color.
Wallcoverings designer 4walls.com has announced a licensing agreement to create and distribute murals and other wallcoverings based on characters from Infogrames, Inc.'s Humongous Entertainment division. The Humongous Entertainment line of wallcoverings from 4walls.com is now available in stores nationwide. "We are very excited to bring Putt-Putt, Pajama Sam and the Backyard Kids' to the walls of children everywhere," said Ronald Soeder, president of 4walls.com.
Big Idea Productions, creators of the made-for-video series VEGGIETALES, has teamed up with Wal-Mart, the world's largest retailer, for a chain-wide promotion of VEGGIETALES apparel, toys, videos, audio CDs and fabric. During April, more than 2,700 Wal-Mart stores across the United States will feature VeggieTales signage and merchandise. Shari Martin, executive director of licensing and consumer products for Big Idea Productions, said, "We are so excited to participate in this promotion with Wal-Mart, which clearly demonstrates how VEGGIETALES' popularity is exploding across the country.
In the competition at Cartoons on the Bay, Folimages imaginative SPUD AND THE VEGETABLE GARDEN took home three prizes. The 5th Cartoons On The Bay International Festival of Television Animation was held in Positano (Amalfi Coast), Italy from April 5 - 9. Cartoons on the Bay is the only festival in the world dedicated to television animation. The festival is an international event with awards, workshops, lectures and events centering on the ever-changing world of television animation.
* Friday, April 13 Friday, May 4, 2001. Online.
* Friday, May 11 Friday, June 1, 2001. Online.
Sothebys.com is holding a two-part online auction of original, pre-World War II animation art, primarily Disney art purchased in private transactions directly from the animators themselves over a 22 year period. Almost all of the artwork will be seen publicly for the first time (except, of course, as it appears in the actual movies). For more information, visit the Jeff Lotman Animation Art auction at: Web: www.sothebys.com
* Preview: Thursday, May 17 Friday, May 18, 2001. New York City, New York, U.S.A.
* Auction: Saturday, May 19, 2001. New York City, New York, U.S.A.
* Friday, April 27- Sunday, April 29, 2001. Utica, Illinois, U.S.A.
ASIFA-Central is having its ninth annual Animators Conference and Retreat. Events include presentations, workshops, animation screenings, networking time, outdoor BBQ and a late night Animator's Bonfire! Registrations accepted onsite for the weekend or for Saturday only. Utica is located on the Illinois River, 90 miles west of Chicago (90 minutes), at I-80 near I-39 (Illinois Rte 51). For more information contact Melissa Bouwman at: Email: email@example.com.
* Thursday, May 10, 2001. Westwood, California, U.S.A.
The Women In Animation Writers Seminar Series will host Jack Enyart, development consultant, who has developed and written projects for virtually every major Hollywood cartoon studio. For more information or to RSVP, contact Jean Ann Wright at: Tel.: (818) 360-8321; or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Learn more about Women In Animation by visiting their Website at womeninanimation.org.
* Friday, April 20, 2001. Burbank, California, U.S.A.
Back by popular demand! It's the ASIFA-East Animation Awards, a two-hour reel of the best independent shorts and commercials from the East Coast! The screening starts at 7:30 pm. The entry fee will be US$2 for members and $5 for non-members. Seating is limited. For more information contact ASIFA-Hollywood at: 721 S. Victory Blvd., Burbank, CA 91502; Tel.: (818) 842-8330; or Web: www.asifa-hollywood.org.
* Friday, January 25 Sunday, January 27, 2002. Boulder, Colorado, U.S.A.
Early Deadline: June 1, 2001
Late Deadline: October 1, 2001
Fans of THE SIMPSONS can now grapple, pile drive and body slam their way across Springfield as Activision, Inc. announced the release of THE SIMPSONS WRESTLING for the PlayStation game console. The game, produced by Fox Interactive and developed by Big Ape, has been given a "T" for Teen rating by the ESRB. THE SIMPSONS WRESTLING game is being published and distributed in North America by Activision, Inc. and is currently available at retail locations nationwide for a suggested retail price of $39.99.
Emmy-nominated director Chris Prynoski, best known for his work on BEAVIS AND BUTT-HEAD DO AMERICA and the animated series MTV DOWNTOWN, has completed animation work on Tom Green's upcoming feature film FREDDY GOT FINGERED. In the film, Green plays a bizarre animator who desperately tries to win his father's approval. Prynoski, known for his edgy, underground style, provides animation that launches Green's skewed creations onto the big screen.
UNDERGRADS, a new animated series, will premier on MTV this Sunday, April 22, at 8 pm. Co-produced by Torontos Decode and MTV Animation, the series launch also includes a Website featuring Flash animated series out-takes, interactive animated games, character home pages, downloadable applications, weekly video clips, message boards and a chat area. Decode, which also owns the international television and video distribution rights, is launching a companion UNDERGRADS Web page for the international market.
In celebration of the tenth anniversary of the series, Nickelodeon will be broadcasting a special viewer's all-time 10 favorites RUGRATS marathon on Saturday, April 21, from 4:30 pm - 8 pm ET/PT. During the months of January through March, the network aired every episode of the series every produced. Viewers were invited to rate each episode on Nick.com. Voter tallies will determine the top 10 episodes. The top 10 will air in order, with the all-time favorite episode airing immediately preceeding the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards.
John B. VanBorssum has been named to the Board of Directors of character animation house Cornerstone Animation Inc. Currently the managing principal of Fiderus Strategic Security and Privacy Services, VanBorssum has more than 25 years experience in finance, technology and information systems, with such firms as First Union Securities, Arthur Andersen LLP, BankAmerica Corporation and Security Pacific Corporation. According to Larry D.
3D animator Lawrence Nimrichter has joined digital studio Spontaneous Combustion. Prior to Spontaneous, Nimrichter spent five years as an animator and technical director at Atomic Pictures in San Antonio, where he worked on commercial projects for Coca-Cola, Ford Motor Co., Corona, Sony, Televisa, Kraft, Procter & Gamble, Tecate, JC Penney, and agencies including McCann Erickson (Mexico City), JWT (Mexico City), Bromley Communications (San Antonio, TX) and Alazraki y Asociados (Mexico City), among others.
New Yorks Cyclotron has completed work on a new 30 second commercial for Visa, which debuted during the March, 2001 Daytona 500, and will continue to air throughout the current NASCAR season. The spot, titled Nature, opens with a father answering his young son's questions about the local flora and fauna. They watch a moth delicately alight from a dandelion, only to be splattered over the windshield of a racing car. The tranquility shattered, the shot widens to reveal the pair standing in the infield of the Daytona International Speedway.