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Headline News Store Specials: Brussels 2000 Cartoon and Animated Film Festival Catalogue

The 72-page festival catalog provides information in three languages

(French, Dutch, English) on all exhibitions, making of presentations,

retrospectives, biographies of festival guests, as well as technical,

production, story summary and distribution data on films. Available for

$6.00 plus s/h. The

Folioscope product

line includes a rare selection of videos, featuring pioneer Belgian

Headline News Mickey Fears AOL/Warner Mega-Merger

On Thursday, March 2, 2000, South Carolina's Democratic Senator Ernest

Hollings of the Senate Commerce Committee told Time Warner CEO Gerald Levin

and AOL chairman Steve Case that the "Disney people are afraid to come

testify" about their concerns regarding the proposed merger of the two

companies. Hollings told Levin and Case, who were in Washington D.C.

testifying about their merger, that Disney is concerned that Time Warner

will retaliate against the company by relegating its cable networks to

Headline News Salt Lake No Promised Land For God The Devil & Bob

The promised land of prime time nirvana will escape GOD THE DEVIL & BOB in

Salt Lake City, Utah, whose NBC affiliate has refused to air the network's

upcoming animated comedy. KSL-TV VP and general manager Al Henderson said

the station decided to pre-empt the "not-so-heavenly" toon because it "was

not very funny." "We didn't think it was written well," Henderson said. "We

found some of the humor tasteless." The new series follows the

misadventures of Detroit auto worker Bob Alman (voiced by French Stewart),

Headline News 3Dlabs Grows German Office

3Dlabs, Inc., a professional graphics firm, has expanded its presence in

Europe with a new office near Frankfurt, Germany. 3Dlabs plans to use the

new branch as a base for expanding its market coverage in Central Europe,

one of the largest markets for its workstation graphics products. In turn,

3Dlabs announced the appointment of Frank Losch as country manager. Mr.

Losch brings many years of marketing and sales expertise to the new

position. "The ability to increase market penetration of Oxygen workstation

Headline News Scooby-Doo Meets The Boo Brothers In March

The newest Scooby-Doo adventure, SCOOBY-DOO MEETS THE BOO BROTHERS, and

classic episodes on DVD will soon float into stores across the U.S.

Debuting on March 14, 2000, SCOOBY-DOO MEETS THE BOO BROTHERS has the

heroes Scooby, Shaggy and Scrappy-Doo inheriting a haunted house from

Shaggy's uncle. The terrified trio calls for help from the Boo Brothers, a

family of ghost hunters. But wait, the Boo Brothers are ghouls themselves!

Check out the new adventure to find out if Scooby really hired ghost

Headline News New Bubblegum Crisis Bursts in March

Fans of the BUBBLEGUM CRISIS series can catch the new adventures in

mid-March. VOLUME 4 -- RAMPAGE will pop into stores on March 14, 2000. A

new terror clouds over Tokyo. An evil entity runs amok, pulling its victims

into the sewers and devouring their flesh. The Knight Sabers, Genom and the

AD Police all join in a desperate search to find and destroy the monster.

The English dubbed version is priced at US$24.95 and the Japanese with

English subtitles version is priced at $29.95.

Headline News The March Issue of Animation World Magazine Is Now On-line!

March focuses on Production Technology and has a number of special

contributors and features. J. Paul Peszko discovers how DreamWorks

integrated digital technology with traditional animation for their latest

release "The Road to El Dorado." Eric Huelsman interviews Mike Milne, the

man behind the amazing "Walking with Dinosaurs," a show which took Britain

by storm and is now coming to the U.S. Howard Beckerman takes a historical

look at a few early "real-time" animation techniques, like Mobilux Lumia.

Headline News New Jobs: Production Management, Animators, Artists and much, much more

Big Idea Productions, producers of the popular children's video collection

"Veggie-mania," is looking for a VICE PRESIDENT of PRODUCTION. . . Wam!Net

is seeking a PRODUCTION MANAGER to be responsible for managing a large

scale render farm and supporting production from Visual Effects Studios,

post-production facilities and design/engineering groups working remotely

via the company's network. . . New Zealand's Weta Digital seeks world-class

Headline News Win $25,000 and a One Year Contract with Playboy

Be a part of Playboy's rich heritage of cartoon humor. Participate in

Playboy's Comix and Animation Contest. All multimedia formats welcome:

Shockwave, Flash, videotape, pen and ink and more! Grand prize winner

receives $25,000. Five honorable mentions will also be selected. Judges

include Scott Adams, Award winning creator of Dilbert, and Kevin Smith,

Writer/Director of hit films "Chasing Amy" and "Dogma." The deadline for

submission is April 1, 2000. As with any contest there are lots of rules

Headline News Flintstones' Classics Roll Onto Video

Warner Bros. proudly presents an new adventure from Bedrock entitled THE

FLINTSTONES STONE-AGE ADVENTURES. Rolling into stores March 14, 2000, the

new escapade features 6 episodes from the classic FLINTSTONES TV series.

The promotion coincides with the theatrical release of the new live-action

FLINTSTONES movie VIVA ROCK VEGAS! The pre-historic price for the tape will

be US$14.95.

Headline News Toons That Grabbed Grammies

On Wednesday, February 23, 2000, the U.S. Recording Academy's premiere

recording awards, the Grammies, were presented, and a few toon-related

tunes took home golden statuettes. In the category Best Musical Album For

Children: "The Adventures Of Elmo In Grounchland" beat out "A Bug's Life

Song-Along" and Walt Disney's "Mannhein Steamroller Meet The Mouse." TARZAN

won for Best Soundtrack Album over THE PRINCE OF EGYPT and THE MATRIX.

Beating John Williams' score for THE PHANTOM MENACE, the award for

Headline News Tom & Jerry Greatest Chases Charges Onto DVD

TOM & JERRY'S GREATEST CHASES is running into stores on DVD and VHS at the

end of March. The new compilation will feature 14 classic TOM & JERRY

cartoons. The DVD will feature the classic dance sequence with Jerry and

Gene Kelly from the film ANCHORS AWEIGH! Racing into stores March 14, the

DVD will be priced at US$24.98 and the VHS at $14.95.

Headline News The Steamy Sakura Diaries On Video

ADV Films brings more anime to VCRs and DVD players with the adult drama

SAKURA DIARIES VOLUME 1 on March 15, 2000. The story follows the main hero

Touma's mishaps in trying to court Meiko, who only dates college boys. The

flick is from famed manga creator Ujin. The suggested retail price for the

DVD is US$24.98 and for the VHS $19.98. The DVD features English, Japanese,

and Japanese with English subtitled versions.

Headline News DEN Plays With $24M In Financing

The big kids at Digital Entertainment Network (DEN), a Gen-Y geared on-line

programmer, have received much-needed play money to the sum of US$24

million. The new round of financing includes investments from NBC, Chase

Capital Partners, Enron Broadband Services Inc. and Intel, among others.

Missing from this round of financing is former Warner Bros. chairman, Terry

Semel. However sources say he has separately invested $2 million in the

company. Santa Monica-based DEN has also restructured its management team,

Headline News Snow Picks Up Momentum At #2

The big snow ball of Paramount's SNOW DAY picked up momentum and rolled in

to #2 at the U.S. box office. In its second week in theatres, the kid-pic,

with special effects by Curious Pictures, grossed US$8.34 million bringing

its gross to $43.1 million. USA Films' ALIENS-like PITCH BLACK, with

primary visual effects by Double Negative Ltd. and The Chandler Group,

finished at #5 grossing $7.14 million raising its total gross to $22.9

million. THE TIGGER MOVIE finished the weekend in sixth place, making $6.31

Headline News Alias|Wavefront Announces Maya 3

Last week Alias|Wavefront unveiled a new upgrade to its powerful 3D

animation system Maya, an upgrade which will add a major new feature to the

software, particularly useful to games developers. Trax is a new non-linear

animation editing solution which will allow games developers to manipulate

extensive amounts of animation and blend it together in a way that can be

reproduced in the final game play. Trax features include reusable time

independent motion clips, blending of hand animation, data filtering and

Headline News REALVIZ Announces ImageModeler

France-based company REALVIZ recently announced the release of its new

ImageModeler photo-modeling software. This release comes after the release

of several other photo-modeling systems designed to turn objects in 2D

photographs into 3D models. Unlike other solutions on the market, however,

ImageModeler is a high-end application aimed at professionals, and this is

reflected not only in the programs toolset, but in the quality of the

models it produces. The creation of a 3D model in ImageModeler is simple --

Headline News Stan Lee Shocking Premiere

On Tuesday, February 29, 2000, Shockwave and sponsor CYBERWORLD launched a

Stan Lee premiere, live on shockwave.com. The star-studded event was hosted

by Dick Clark. The celebrities on the attendee list were Tom Hanks, Keanu

Reeves, Michael Jackson, Richard Dreyfus, John Travolta, Quentin Tarantino

and Leonardo Dicaprio. Excerpts from the event will also be televised

internationally on ET and other entertainment news broadcasts. On

Wednesday, March 1, Stan Lee/CYBERWORLD content will launch on their site

Headline News The Indescribable Nth At Home On AtomFilms

The Oscar shortlisted INDESCRIBABLE NTH has been picked up for distribution

on the Net at AtomFilms. The deal between NTH's creators Character Builders

and AtomFilms covers domestic and foreign television showings as well as

airline programming and Internet distribution. The film follows the story

of a boy and his understanding of the indescribable feeling called love.

Read Maureen Furniss' review of THE INDESCRIBABLE NTH and the other

shortlisted films at

Headline News Acclaim Promotes Nigel Cook To VP, Studio Head

ACCLAIM ENTERTAINMENT INC., a leading worldwide interactive entertainment

company, announced that NIGEL COOK has been promoted to vice president,

studio head of Acclaim Studio Austin. Cook will oversee the management of

the Austin facility, including product releases, personnel development and

process improvement. Previously, Cook was VP of product development and

design at Acclaim. In this position, he oversaw creative development and

design at all Acclaim Studios. Cook was responsible for developing many of

Headline News Fat Dog Makes His Home In UK

FAT DOG MENDOZA co-produced by Sunbow Entertainment and Cartoon Network

Europe, is set to premiere in the U.K. Animated by TMO-Loonland's Peter

Volkle at his Hungarian studio, the first of the 26 completed episodes will

air on February 28, 2000. The series is based off of Scott Musgrove's cult

comic book. Fat Dog and his boy Little Costumed Buddy live in Neighbourhood

X, which seems normal until one notices that ancient Rome and the Himalayas

Headline News Shareholders File Lawsuit Against CINAR

On Wednesday, February 23, 2000, CINAR Corp., the creator of the Emmy

Award-winning ARTHUR, had a lawsuit filed against the company alleging they

artificially inflated its financial results by lying about the use of

Canadian tax credits. As reported [AF 10/19/99], allegations surfaced last

fall that CINAR only pretended to use Canadian authors for its scripts in

order to obtain tax credits. Canadian officials are investigating but no

charges have been filed. The early rumors sent CINAR stock plummeting to

Headline News EA Acquires DreamWorks Interactive

Electronic Arts, one of the world's largest interactive entertainment

software companies, announced the acquisition of multimedia developer

DreamWorks Interactive, LLC. In terms of the deal, DreamWorks Interactive

will become a complete subsidiary of Electronic Arts. Financial terms were

not disclosed. Formed in March 1995 as a joint venture between Microsoft

and DreamWorks SKG, DreamWorks Interactive has produced such PlayStation

titles as LOST WORLD: JURASSIC PARK and MEDAL OF HONOR. Steven Spielberg,

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