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Creative Planet Rounds Up Another $38M In Financing

Creative Planet, Inc., the parent company of Animation World Network, has secured an additional US$38 million in new equity financing. The new funding will help drive its strategy to deliver technology solutions and resources for increased cost-efficiencies in the moving image production process.

Films Headline News

Store Specials: Masters Of Russian Animation Volume 3 Now Available In DVD

The Masters of Russian Animation collection is an extraordinary

collection of Russia's most important animated short films. Volume 3

includes ten films from directors Yuri Norstein, Eduard Nazarov,

Valentine Karavaev, Fyodor Khitruk, Nikolai Serebryakov, Ideya

Garanina, Alexander Gorlenko and Andrei Khrjanovsky.

Get

your copy today for $24.95 plus shipping and handling.

Headline News

Shockwave Rolls Out Shockmachine 2.0

shockwave.com has rolled out the new version of their Shockmachine entertainment player. Shockmachine 2.0 lets users save shockwave.com titles and replay them full-screen offline. The new version also comes with a desktop compact mode that allows consumers access to hundreds of titles with the click of one button, and a new notification feature to keep Netizens in touch with shockwave.coms new releases. Shockmachine 2.0 is available as a free download at www.shockwave.com.

Interactive Headline News

3dfx Interactive Merges With GigaPixel

3dfx Interactive Inc. announced the completion of its merger with GigaPixel Corporation. Subsequently, George T. Haber, a founder of GigaPixel, and Andrei M. Manoliu, a member of the GigaPixel board of directors, will join the 3dfx board. "The merger marks an important step in enhancing the 3dfx technology leadership and expanding our business for the future," said Alex Leupp, president and CEO of 3dfx.

Headline News

SGI & Intergraph Form Strategic Alliance

SGI and Intergraph Corporation, two of the leaders in high-performance graphics workstations and software, have announced an alliance that allows both companies to share each other's products and expertise. Under the partnership, Intergraph will purchase US$100 million in SGI products and services over three years. In turn, SGI will obtain assets from Intergraph, including Intergraph Computer Systems' Zx10 family of ViZual Workstations and Servers.

Animation Headline News

netGuru Expands Into Animation

netGuru, Inc. (formerly Research Engineers, Inc.) has expanded its netGuruDigitalmedia facilities to provide animation, production and digital media services for U.S. and offshore producers. Based in both Yorba Linda, California, U.S.A. and Calcutta, India, the company offers animation services including 2D animation, clean-up, in-betweening, digital ink and paint, 3D animation, special effects compositing, audio/video editing, and Web and interactive animation and graphics. netGuru also markets AXA Team 2D Pro, a 2D pencil test and ink and paint software package, and newly released AXA-Web.

Million Headline News

Hollow Man Far From Invisible At The Box Office

With three major releases this past weekend, Sony Pictures HOLLOW MAN was far from invisible at the U.S. box office, finishing in first place. The INVISIBLE MAN redux, with primary visual effects by The Ranch Entertainment, Tippett Studios and Sony Imageworks, grossed US$26.41 million, giving it the second largest August opening in history. Falling to second, THE NUTTY PROFESSOR II: THE KLUMPS dropped 58% from its debut weekend, with a gross of $18.17 million. The phat festival, with primary visual effects by Double Negative Ltd., has rounded up $76.7 million thus far.

Animation Headline News

New Jobs: Animators, Digital Artists, Directors, Visual Artists And More...

Northridge, California-based Lebedfilm Associates Ltd. is looking for

3D MODELERS and ANIMATORS to work on various animation projects and a

PROJECT MANAGER responsible for handling the day-to-day operations of

the company CG department. . . San Rafael, California-based

Stormfront Studios, Inc., a creative development house, is looking

for a 3D TECH ARTIST who is very familiar with 3D Studio Max. . . San

Bernardino, California-based Brooklyn Born Productions, in

Entertainment Headline News

Lions Gate Set To Purchase Harvey

Sources say that Vancouver-based film producer Lions Gate Entertainment is on the verge of purchasing Harvey Entertainment. As reported in VARIETY, Harvey chairman/CEO Roger Burlage has been shopping the home of Casper around to many companies. Last spring Burlage saved Harvey from acquisition by Artisans by securing US$17 million in funding from entertainment company Kushner-Locke and then-investment banker and current Lions Gate vice-chairman, Michael Burns. The funds came in the form of $11.5 million in cash and $5.5 million in Kushner-Locke stock.

Animation Headline News

Netgurudigitalmedia Expands Domestic And Offshore Animation Services

NetGuru, Inc. (formerly Research Engineers, Inc.), an integrated

Internet technology and software company, has expanded its

netGuruDigitalmedia (www.guruanimation.com) facilities to provide

animation, production and digital media services for U.S. and

offshore producers. The new Calcutta studio is equipped with the

latest software including AXA Team 2D, After Effects, Director, 3D

Studio Max and Flash. The studio has already completed various

Animation Headline News

Netguru Introduces Axa-Web 1.0 Animation Software

NetGuru, Inc., an integrated Internet technology and software

company, is now shipping AXA-Web 1.0, an accessory software

application for AXA Team 2D, its leading 2D ink & paint/compositing

animation software for the Window's environment. AXA-Web 1.0 provides

for batch raster to vector conversion for existing users of AXA as

well as all the major bitmap and vector file formats for conversion

for use on the Web, in Flash, or for print work. AXA-Web 1.0 lets the

Festival Headline News

Cinanima 2000: Last Call For Entries

The deadline to register your film for the Cinanima International

Animated Film Festival competition has been extended to August 8,

2000. Categories include: Features, Shorts, Commercials, Educational

Films and TV Series. For more information about entries, email

cinanima@mail.telepac.pt, call (+351) 22734-611, or fax (+351)

22734-6015. Since 1977, Cinanima has been promoting the international

art of animation in Espinho, a city located on the Northern coast of

Animation Headline News

Today's Hot Topics In Creative Planet's Discussion Forums

With host Terrence "T-man" Masson, Creative Planet's

Visual Effects

forum has become a hot topic. Check out the new threads on careers in

visual effects, crash zoom shot transitions, the shrinking miniature

FX market and the use of Macs in effects houses. Join the party and

meet the visual effects pros.

In

"Details,

Toon Headline News

Toon In: Web Animation Guide For Friday, August 4, 2000

Toon In is AWN's guide to what's new on the Net. This week's installment features Annecy aired shorts, Playboy contest winners and much, much more.

Get your Toon In here!

Every week AWN's associate editor Rick DeMott highlights what he thinks is the top new toon in cyberspace in "Rick's Picks!"

Rick's Pick For Friday, August 4, 2000!

Headline News

Spontaneous Combustion Ideal For Estee Lauder

Spontaneous Combustion has designed, directed, produced and edited a 30-second spot for Estee Lauders new skin refinisher, Idealist. The commercial started with a wire-rail globe spinning and changing into a square, triangle and back to a sphere then finally revealing the new laser technology from Estee Lauder.

Animation Headline News

Rainbow Studios Acquires Motional Realms

Rainbow Studios, a creator of digital entertainment, announced its acquisition of Motional Realms, the developers of the ReelMotion real-time simulator that uses physics and collision detection to animate vehicles and objects realistically. By simulating the underlying physics, ReelMotion allows animators to animate any type of two or four-wheeled vehicle, a variety of aircraft and other objects.

Company Headline News

Go Is Gone, Walt Disney Internet Group In

Go.com, Inc., the Internet group of the Walt Disney Co., has changed its name to the Walt Disney Internet Group. The name change was made to better reflect the new direction of the Internet company, which has moved its focus away from a Yahoo-like portal to a more Disney-geared entertainment destination. The Disney arm has been plagued with problems from the start. In the last quarter, the company reported a net loss of US$272.1 million, including amortization of intangible assets.

Million Headline News

Nickelodeon Reaches Record High Ratings

In July, Nickelodeon saw the most-watched month ever in its 21-year history. The numbers were the biggest on a total-day basis in household delivery, total viewers (persons 2+) and among kids 2-11. According to the Nielsens, Nickelodeon's 24-hour average in July was a 1.7 coverage rating/5 share/1.3 million HH (1.7 million average total viewers). During Nickelodeon's Kids Day programming, the net posted its highest-rated month among kids 2-11 since January '98 and delivered its largest kid audience ever. In addition, Nick crushed its closest competitors.

Headline News

Harvey Characters Coming To ThinkBox's Kid Portal

ThinkBox, a leading Internet provider of education and family-focused media, and The Harvey Entertainment Company have teamed to bring Harvey's classic characters, like Casper, to the Net. ThinkBox will incorporate Harvey characters into classic comic, interactive, video and series content on the first Web site, Kindle Park, which will be an interactive, educational Internet portal for 2-6 year olds and their families. As part of the deal, Harvey will receive an equity position in ThinkBox.

Series Headline News

Studios USA To Syndie Brilliant Digital Xena

The company that syndicates the live-action TV series XENA: WARRIOR PRINCESS, Studios USA Domestic Television (SUDT), and Brilliant Digital have signed a deal to syndicate the 3D animated Web series XENA to sites around cyberspace. This new deal marks the first major television syndication firm that has delved into Web syndication. The XENA Web series debuted on July 14 at SciFi.com, USANetwork.com and StudiosUSA.com. SUDT executive VP sales and new business Arthur Hasson, said, "I am excited about expanding our syndication business into the on-line world.

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