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The Animation Showcase: Linda Kudzmas, Edwing Solorzano Pareja and Tobias Wolf

Three new artists are profiled in the Animation Showcase, offering a wide range of techniques, from life drawing to TV station IDs. Linda is an independent animator and instructor at the Art Institute of Philadelphia. Edwing is an independent animator from Columbia. Tobias is an independent animator from Northern California. Plus, a new series called "Pandora" from Jean Detheux, with a clip.

Animation Headline News

Ask The Experts In The Discussions Forums!

Leading experts in their respective fields are there to answer your questions and give you personal advice and insight. Ask questions! It only takes a few minutes and any topic is fair game.

Expert host Larry Lauria - ANIMATION TOOLS AND TECHNIQUES: "Monthly Update...what are you working on? Attention students and professionals! Share with the forum tidbits about the projects on which you're working. You can talk about the joys, the challenges or the inside scoop from your projects."

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AtomFilms Launches Animation Showdown

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, November 1, 2000 at 12:00am

AtomFilms has launched Animation Showdown, which will allow Netizens the chance to vote on which Webtoon pilot will become the next AtomFilms series. AtomFilms' registered Insiders will select one pilot each month, from now until January, to green light into a series. This month's Animation Showdown features pilots from two studios whose previous works have been aired on AtomFilms. The first, Mongadillo Studios, known for SHAWKS, is presenting THE BOTTLE and the second is HAMMOND RYE, a pilot from Hyperbole Studios, the creators of DOG, BUDDHA, ELVIS.

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Cinar Names Rossi New CFO

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, November 1, 2000 at 12:00am

Cinar Corp. has named George Rossi senior VP and chief financial officer. Previously, he served as president of Astral Media subsidiary Omni Media USA. Before joining Omni Media, Rossi played a key role in the rebirth of Quebec radio and TV group Radiomutuel Inc., which was acquired by Astral in 1999. Rossi replaces former Cinar CFO Hasanan Panju, who was fired in March over unapproved investments made in offshore accounts.

Entertainment Headline News

Urban Entertainment Signs A-List Talent For 5 New Webtoons

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, November 1, 2000 at 12:00am

Urban Entertainment solidified deals to produce five new Webtoons with directors John Singleton (BOYZ 'N THE HOOD), George Tillman Jr. (SOUL FOOD), Malcolm Lee (THE BEST MAN) and writers Chris Mack (ER) and Cheo Hodari Coker (the upcoming HBO Marion Barry biopic). Singleton and comedian Freddy Ricks will co-create HUSTLIN' HANK, a satire of New York street life. Lee will create the comedy MY BABIES' MAMAS, which focuses on one man's mishaps with the multiple mothers of his children. Tillman will team with producer Robert Teitel (MEN OF HONOR) on a yet to be announced project.

Show Headline News

Disney Orders 21 Episodes of New Toon

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, November 1, 2000 at 12:00am

Disney has ordered 21 episodes of a new toon series entitled, LLOYD IN SPACE, to air as part of the "Disney's One Saturday Morning" line-up on ABC. From the creators of DISNEY'S RECESS and RUGRATS, the series is the coming of age tale of Lloyd, a space station-bound alien teenager. Set to debut in 2001, the show features the voices of Courtland Mead (NYPD BLUE), Diedrich Bader (THE DREW CAREY SHOW), Ben Stein (WIN BEN STEIN'S MONEY) and John O'Hurley (Mr. Peterman on SEINFELD).

Film Headline News

A Closer Look: Film Roman Changes Direction

Earlier this week, Film Roman, Inc. and Chennai, India-based Pentamedia Graphics, Ltd., formerly known as Pentafour Software and Exports, Ltd., have announced a letter of intent pursuant to which Pentamedia will purchase a 51% stake in Film Roman. The deal was a US$15 million cash deal, which is aimed to close by January after regulatory and board approvals. The deal was concluded by Film Roman's president and CEO John Hyde, who joined the company in December 1999, after a tumultuous three year period. Since the company went public in 1996, Film Roman has teetered in the red.

Media Headline News

Classic Media Terminates Harvey Acquisition

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, November 1, 2000 at 12:00am

On Tuesday, November 1, 2000, The Harvey Entertainment Company announced that the proposed preferred stock investment by Classic Media LLC has been terminated due to the companies' inability to reach a definitive agreement. On August 24, 2000, Harvey announced that it had signed a Letter of Intent with Classic Media for an investment of roughly US$30 million in exchange for a new issue of Harvey Preferred Stock.

Animation Headline News

The November Issue Of Animation World Magazine Is Now On-Line!

This month we are talking about everyone's pal - television. We are featuring a profile of veteran animation director and producer Eric Radomski. We are also taking a long hard look at primetime animation and trying to figure out what went wrong this year. In addition, we will showcase five shows that are extra special for many reasons. They include France's "Belphégor," Oxygen's "X-Chromosome," the U.K.'s "Butt-Ugly Martians," Tom Snyder Productions and Disney's "Teacher's Pet."

Animation Headline News

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

London, UK's Downboy Entertainment, a new entertainment company working on cutting-edge projects, is looking for a 2D ANIMATOR to develop and co-direct an animation pilot. . . KE Consultants is looking for a 2D ARTIST, 3D ARTIST, FLASH GAMING ARTIST, SOUND SPECIALIST and MAYA TRAINER. . . Fremont, California's EStudio, a new media content house, is looking for 2D FLASH CHARACTER ANIMATORS and LEAD COLORISTS to work on original content for entertainment sites such as Shockwave.com and Mediatrip.com. . . Chantilly, Virginia's Legend Entertainment, a studio of Infogrames, Inc.

Series Headline News

Destiny Images Completes 2 Educational Series

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, November 1, 2000 at 12:00am

West Virginia 3D animation house Destiny Images has wrapped on two 3D animated educational series entitled LETTER TV and MATH MONSTERS. Twenty-six 5-minute episodes of LETTER TV were produced for The Agency for Instructional Technology (AIT). Destiny wrote, directed and produced each episode, which is based on a separate letter in the English alphabet. The second season of LETTER TV is in production and will include letter combinations like "sh" and "th." For Math Monsters Inc., Destiny animated and designed 13 episodes of MATH MONSTERS.

Software Headline News

Crater Software Offers Full Chromacolour Palette To CTP

Crater Software and industry-ally ChromaColour International, a leading developer and provider of digital and traditional animation software and equipment, now offer the complete ChromaColour palette with Crater's CTP, the company's total 2D production system...

Film Headline News

Help! I'm A Fish Feature Is An International Success

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, November 1, 2000 at 12:00am

Denmark's A. Film has a hit animated feature on their hands. HELP! I'M A FISH opened in its home country at the end of September and held the top spot for two weeks. In addition to its success in theaters, a song from the film has topped the Danish pop charts. A. Film partner Stefan Fjeldmark wrote and co-directed the film with Michael Hegner. Fjeldmark was nominated for an Oscar for his work on the short WHEN LIFE DEPARTS and served as an animator on such feature films as FERNGULLY, A TROLL IN CENTRAL PARK and THE PEBBLE AND THE PENGUIN.

Company Headline News

The Mad Cow Picture Company Now Open For Business Down Under!

Based in Sydney, Australia, The Mad Cow Picture Company offers a mix of digital and traditional animation experience. The studio specializes in Flash animation and pre-production services including storyboarding and character design. They are currently creating pilot episodes for "Stupidheroes.Com" and "00steven-Playground Private Eye." For more information about what's on offer from Down Under, visit the Mad Cow Picture Company Web site at http://www.madcowpictures.com.

Game Headline News

Wild Thornberrys Ramble On Game Boy Color

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, November 1, 2000 at 12:00am

Mattel Media has begun shipping THE WILD THORNBERRYS RAMBLER game for Game Boy Color. The new game, based on the popular Nickelodeon animated series, is comprised of 6 different games featuring the series' characters. In addition, players can challenge each other in a special two-player mode. "Mattel Media seeks to bring entertainment to children in all of their favorite ways," said Amy Boylan, executive vice president of Mattel Media.

Mainframe Headline News

Mainframe & Studio B To Begin Co-Production

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, November 1, 2000 at 12:00am

Mainframe Entertainment and Studio B Productions have announced that the two Vancouver animation studios are entering into a co-production agreement to develop an original series utilizing both traditional and computer animation. Mainframe CEO Ian Pearson said, "We've admired Studio B's work for some time and were looking for a partner in the traditional animation realm to co-produce projects that combine 2D and 3D animation techniques.

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Thomas and the Magic Railroad Chugs Onto VHS & DVD

Columbia TriStar Home Video will be releasing Destination Films and Gullane Pictures' THOMAS AND THE MAGIC RAILROAD on VHS and DVD October 31, 2000. Based on the wildly popular THOMAS THE TANK ENGINE franchise, this feature film tells the story of a young girl's trip to visit her grandfather and their very special train-ride upon the famous tank engine named Thomas. This is the first THOMAS DVD and will include one deleted scene from the motion picture, as well as the theatrical trailer. The VHS tape will retail for US$19.99 and the DVD for $24.05.

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