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Headline News Spain's New Hit Series Mimi And Mr. Bobo

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, February 9, 2000 at 12:00am

Vitoria, Spain-based Mb Producciones is reaping a huge success from its new

animated series MIMI AND MR. BOBO. Since its debut on TVE, the average

share the series has received is 25.8. The show airs Saturday at 9 am and

re-runs at 8:30 am on Sundays. Mb Producciones is currently in negotiation

to create merchandise for the program with several well-known Spanish toy

and book companies. The company is also in the developing stage of a

feature based on the characters of the MIMI AND MR. BOBO series.

Headline News CartoonNetwork.com Plans To Expand

By Guest (not verified) | Wednesday, February 9, 2000 at 12:00am

On February 1, 2000, Cartoon Network announced a broad expansion of

CartoonNetwork.com, the network's entertainment destination on the Web.

Kicking off the expansion is a heavy increase in original, interactive

entertainment. Over the next year, CartoonNetwork.com will more than double

production of its Web Premiere Toons. In addition, CartoonNetwork.com will

triple the number of games on the site; add functionality including

shopping and advanced search functions; and create a safe community aspect.

Headline News Little Steps Back Up To #3

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, February 9, 2000 at 12:00am

Just under the loud yelp of SCREAM 3 and THE HURRICANE, STUART LITTLE, with

primary visual effects by Sony Pictures Imageworks, additional animation by

CFX and Rhythm & Hues, and miniatures by Thunderstone, squeaked up a spot

to #3 at the U.S. box office. Sony's radiant rodent racked in US$4.71

million bringing its total stock pile of green cheese to $128.6 million.

THE GREEN MILE, with primary visual effects by ILM, Rhythm & Hues, POP and

Headline News Stuart Little Set For Sequel

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, February 9, 2000 at 12:00am

Riding the wave of the box office success of STUART LITTLE, Columbia/Sony

Pictures has announced a sequel to the tiny toon. Shooting on the new film

could start as soon as this summer. The intended release date for the flick

is Christmas 2001. Producer Doug Wick is set to return, however actors,

director and screenwriter have not yet been confirmed. Sony Picture

Imageworks, who comprised the effects for the first flick, are expected to

return on the sequel. The first STUART LITTLE was directed by Rob Minkoff,

Headline News Entertaindom Forms New Deal With Pulse

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, February 9, 2000 at 12:00am

Time Warner's Entertaindom.com and Pulse Entertainment have formed a

strategic relationship to bring interactive animated entertainment to the

Web. The partnership includes content produced by Pulse Entertainment as

well as an investment by Entertaindom in Pulse. The cash and content deal

strengthens Entertaindom's ongoing alliance with Pulse Entertainment as

home to its Pulse Comix page and as a major content provider for

Entertaindom Web shows like MARVIN THE MARTIAN, DR. SCIENCE and FLOOPS.

Headline News Animation World Network Gets More Creative

Animation World Network is excited to announce that it has been acquired by

Creative Planet (www.creativeplanet.com), a network of business-to-business

Web sites for creative professionals. Dan Sarto, COO and co-founder of AWN

said, "This transaction will afford AWN the opportunity to continue its

aggressive growth strategy and sustained position as the leading Internet

site for the animation profession." AWN brings to Creative Planet its vast

Headline News Boris Bundled With Avid Xpress DV

Versions of Boris Graffiti LTD and Boris FX LTD are now bundled with selected Avid Xpress DV non-linear video editing and delivery systems. Graffiti LTD, one of the most flexible title animation toolsets available, provides superior creativity and workflow for Avid system users by extending the titling capabilities in Avid Xpress DV. Boris FX LTD enhances the Avid Xpress DV toolset with the same dynamic special effects found in the award-winning Boris FX.

Headline News John K's New Series The Ripping Friends

Spumco's John Kricfalusi will be bringing his offbeat humor to a new Fox

Kids Network series entitled, THE RIPPING FRIENDS. Scheduled to hit the air

Fall 2000, the show will follow the adventures of 4 wacked out superheros.

Kricfalusi will provide at least one of the voices for the series. This

show will be Kricfalusi's first television series since Nickelodeon booted

him off of his brain child REN AND STIMPY.

Headline News CineGroups & Saban To Power WunschPunch

Montreal-based CineGroupe and Saban International Paris will co-produce a

new half-hour series entitled WUNSCHPUNCH. The show will be based on the

novel by Michael Ende, whose previous novel, THE NEVER ENDING STORY was

made into a live-action feature. Radio Canada will broadcast the series in

Canada and TF1 will air it in France. Hubert Gariepy and Bruno Bianchi will

produce the series and Philippe Amador will direct.

Headline News Treasure The Teen Angst

The BBC, CINAR and HALO Productions will team up to brighten the world with

the teenage angst of the new animated series TREASURE. The show follows the

teenage tribulations of Treasure, her ever-frantic mother and critical

grandmother. The series will air on BBC prime time sometime in late 2000,

early 2001. The show has also been sold to YTV in Canada. TREASURE is based

off a popular newspaper column by Michele Hanson.

Headline News TOPIX/Mad Dog Reflects On Ricola Ad

TOPIX/MAD DOG clears the air for the newest Ricola ad. Produced for ad

agency, DKB & Partners, a 30-second spot entitled "Reflections" was created

to promote Ricola's new line of herbal health dietary supplements.

TOPIX/Mad Dog created the reflections of the Ricola Matterhorn on windows,

soap bubbles, sunglasses and cars. The spot was produced at TOPIX/Mad Dog

by Diana D'Amelio and the senior Flame artist was James Cooper.

Headline News Test Drive 6 Drives Out Of ATTIK

San Francisco-based ATTIK has brought to the finish line the spot for the

Infogrames video game TEST DRIVE 6. In the 30-second spot entitled "Movie

Trailer," director Simon Dixon placed a live-action driver in the seat of

the high-speed graphic environment. Clips of the real life racer are

intercut with game footage. The senior producer on the project was Lisa

Laubhan and the live-action producer was Doug Lay.

Headline News Artbeats Releases Lifestyles

Designed for those who produce commercials, music videos, industrial

projects and similar broadcast pieces, 'Lifestyles - Mixed Cuts' is a stock

CD which is packed full of video clips of people. The royalty free

collection of video snippets includes the faces of adults and children,

plus a wide variety of situations including a birthday party, a mother and

daughter out for a walk, professionals in a board room and even a transient

walking along train tracks. The uses are endless. Commercials and music

Headline News Toon Boom Releases USAnimation 5.0

Toon Boom Technologies recently released a new version of its 2D cel animation software, USAnimation, which is used by top animation studios all over the world (Walt Disney TV Animation, Film Roman, Warner Bros., Klasky Csupo, Paramount Pictures, Mercury FilmWorks, Sunwoo, Cuckoo's Nest, Cinar). Version 5.0 brings a wealth of new tools to animators, including the new 3D camera, or USAnimation's Real-Time Scene Planning module (which can be used at any time after scanning).

Headline News Iowa State Wants To Air Your Shorts

Iowa State University's student television station is looking for animated

films of any kind under 7 minutes in length, for their animation

exposition. The winner will be broadcast locally in April of 2000 to an

audience of around 40-50,000 homes. In addition, animators that participate

will have their Web sites linked to from the station Web site. Submissions

can be on BetaSP, SVHS or VHS tapes. Since the animations will be broadcast

on TV, all submissions must meet FCC rules that include no nudity, graphic

Headline News Rifkin Joins MediaTrip.com's Board

ARNOLD RIFKIN, whose Cheyenne Enterprises, LLC, is currently partnered with

such talent as Bruce Willis, Whoopi Goldberg and Danny Glover, has joined

the Board of Directors of on-line entertainment company MediaTrip.com.

Rifkin was a founding partner in the talent agency, Triad Artists before it

was acquired by the William Morris Agency in 1992. Soon after Rifkin went

on head the Motion Picture Department at William Morris before being named

Headline News Stipes Steps In At Rainbow

RAINBOW STUDIOS, a digital media company, announced DAVID STIPES has joined

Rainbow Studios' management staff. Stipes role will be to direct and

motivate Rainbow's team of award-winning producers, designers and artists

in current and upcoming projects. Stipes comes to Rainbow from Paramount

Pictures where he served as visual effects supervisor. Stipes designed

visual effects and supervised on-set live-action, motion control, CGI and

digital compositing for STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE NINE, STAR TREK: VOYAGER and

Headline News Syconet.com Choices Chang As Dir. of Marketing

SYCONET.COM, INC., a leading U.S. distributor of anime videos and DVDs,

announced that ANNELIESE CHANG will become their new director of marketing.

Chang will be responsible for the development of sales and marketing for

the company. Before joining SyCoNet.com, Chang held a management position

at Disney Consumer Products-Licensing, where she managed the product

development for over 20 toy licensees on various Disney properties

including TOY STORY 2, DINOSAUR, MICKEY MOUSE and WINNIE THE POOH. Prior to

Headline News Poole Swims At AniManagement

REBECCA POOLE, a veteran Nickelodeon Movies exec, has been appointed to the

newly created position of VP, production, at Burbank, CA-based

AniManagement. Poole will help lead the company's new efforts in animated

and live-action film production. Her responsibilities will include managing

the division's existing client base and the acquisition and development of

original material. Most recently, Poole served as manager, creative

affairs, at Nick Movies. Before joining Nick, Poole worked at American

Headline News Fox Kids Fires Up In Italy

In the spring, Fox Kids Europe will launch a local TV affiliate in Italy

and initiate a fully localized Web site to coincide. The new channel will

be distributed by cable and direct satellite to about 400,000 subscribers

via the Stream pay television system. The channel will broadcast entirely

in Italian 15 hours a day with such well-known shows as X-MEN, MIGHTY

MORPHAN POWER RANGERS and INSPECTOR GADGET. The scheduled launch date for

the new net will be April 1, 2000. Following the Italian launch, Fox Kids

Headline News Charles Schultz Special On CBS

On February 11, 2000, CBS will air a special celebrating the career of THE

PEANUTS creator Charles Schultz. The hour-long GOOD GRIEF, CHARLIE BROWN: A

TRIBUTE TO CHARLES SCHULTZ will be hosted by CBS' former news legend Walter

Cronkite. The special will feature clips from the PEANUTS series and

specials, plus an interview with Charles Schultz. The legendary comic strip

artist retired at the beginning of the year in order to concentrate on

beating his newly diagnosed cancer.

Headline News NASCAR Racers Rides Onto Fox

NASCAR fans will soon be treated to the premiere of a new animated TV show

NASCAR RACERS. On Friday, February 5, 2000 at 3:30 pm, Fox Kids will kick

off the new series with a re-broadcast of the 90-minute NASCAR RACERS

telepic. Following the next day at 9:30 am, the series will premiere. The

show will follow the high-speed adventures of four young race car drivers.

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

February is our annual motion-capture and stop-motion issue, and we have

plenty in store as usual. Sharon Schatz interviews Brian Nilles of leading

motion-capture technology firm, Vicon Motion Systems. Gregory Singer goes

behind the scenes on one of the many projects which uses Vicon's

technology, while Laura Schiff introduces us to Webbie Tookay, a new

motion-capture personality. On the stop-motion side of things, Wendy

Jackson covers Aardman Animations' current high flying times as they work

Headline News Heavy.com Seeks Animators

New York-based HEAVY.COM is looking for ANIMATORS to join their growing

staff. Applicants are expected to have solid skills in drawing,

storytelling, design, Flash and interpersonal dynamics. Prior filmmaking

experience and/or background in traditional 2D animation techniques is a

plus.

For more information about these and other jobs, check out AWN's

Career Connections, the online Animation Job Fair.

Headline News Jobs, Jobs, Jobs

STARDUST ENTERTAINMENT FILMPRODUKTION is a studio located in

Berlin-Potsdam, Germany, specializing in computer animation (3D) and visual

effects. The CGI studio is equipped with the most advanced wireless

motion-capture system by Motion Analysis. In addition to its staff of 50

CGI professionals from 15 different countries, currently based at the

studio in Germany, Stardust Entertainment is cooperating with CGI studios

in Romania, Italy, Spain, Belgium and Asia. Currently in production on a 26

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