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By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, January 19, 2000 at 12:00am

NATPE is one of the leading television markets and conferences in the

world. The event in New Orleans offers animation and special effects

companies a rare opportunity to showcase their work to a global audience.

NATPE 2000 will offer a vast array of exhibitors gathered in pavilions such

as Animation/Licensing sponsored by KidScreen; Cable sponsored by ATVC

(Asociacion Argentia de Television por Cable); HDTV/Visual Effects

sponsored by SMPTE (Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers);

Headline News Disney's Imagine Finds New Home At Fox

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, January 19, 2000 at 12:00am

Imagine Television, the makers of THE PJS, is leaving Disney for its new

home at Fox. The three-year collaboration between the small screen arm of

production house Imagine Entertainment and 20th Century Fox Television will

take effect at the end of April 2000. Worth up to $30 million, the deal

also includes a two-year option extension. Imagine TV had been based at

Walt Disney Television since it was formed in 1997 by Imagine Entertainment

Headline News Disney Channel With A Latin Touch

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, January 19, 2000 at 12:00am

On Friday, January 14, 2000, Walt Disney International-Latin America

announced the launch of the Disney Channel Latin America and an exclusive

satellite television distribution agreement with Galaxy Latin America, LLC

for DIRECTV service in Spanish-speaking Latin America. "Launching the

Disney Channel in Latin America in 2000 is an exciting initiative for the

Walt Disney Company," said Diego Lerner, president and managing director,

WDI-Latin America. "As we have in other parts of the world, we will now

Headline News V12 Births Blue Cross/Blue Shield Spot

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, January 19, 2000 at 12:00am

V12's director David Hwang created a "'50s sitcom spoof" commercial for

Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Produced for the Detroit ad agency DP + Company,

the 30-second spot features blue-tinted footage of a classic LEAVE IT TO

BEAVER-like family. As the family reads about the Selectcare program, the

commercial washes over in bright Technicolor hues. The voice-over

concludes, "Sometimes the answer can come right out of the blue." Jennifer

Lucero produced for V12.

Headline News Red Rover Raps Molson Spot

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, January 19, 2000 at 12:00am

Toronto-based RED ROVER's directors Andy and Linzi Knight created the

"subliminal" message for the Molson Export "Subliminal" spot. The 30-second

spot slyly transforms the bubbles in a glass of beer into the image of

three go-go girls dancing to "And the Beat Goes On." The spot was produced

for McClaren McCann of Toronto. Linzi Knight said, "This is the kind of

commercial people look forward to seeing because they're always looking to

see if they notice anything else going. That kind of viewer attention is

Headline News Hey Monie To Debut On Oxygen

Tom Snyder Productions, the creators of DR. KATZ: PROFESSIONAL THERAPIST,

have been assigned to create a new animated comedy series for Oxygen,

Geraldine Laybourne's new network to launch February 2, 2000 to accompany

the Web site of the same name. The comedy series titled HEY MONIE is based

on the life and longings of a single African-American professional woman in

big city America. This is the first network animated series based on an

African-American woman and her friends. The show is scheduled to air on

Headline News Renegade Creates Trix Yogurt Spot

RENEGADE ANIMATION created their third in a series of 30-second Trix Yogurt

spots for New York-based ad agency Saatchi & Saatchi. The spot starts out

with a group of sad kids in a black & white colored world until they taste

Trix Yogurt. They use their spoons as magic wands to paint the world in

bright colors. The cel animated spot was directed by Darrell Van Citters

and produced by Jeff Poehlmann of Johnson Burnett Productions.

Headline News yU + Co Designs Graphics for AmEx Spot

yU + CO, in collaboration with Digital Domain, provided the motion graphics

design for seven new American Express "Blue" commercials. The titles appear

at the close of the spots as a grouping of light and dark squares, as in a

highly pixilated image, before coming into focus as letters. The titles

where designed to comment on the physical flexibility and the holographic

blue box center of the new card. Garson Yu was designer and director for yU

Headline News Radium Raps Mervyn's Spot

RADIUM's Inferno artist Alaina Goetz created effects for two Mervyn's

California commercials. In "Yo-yo," Goetz takes live-action footage of a

dancer and puts them into a yo-yo that spins and jerks off the screen. In

"Kung-fu," Goetz creates the transitions between scenes by creating

rice-paper doors that slide in front of the camera. Radium's Andrea Mansour

produced the project for Minneapolis ad agency Martin/Williams.

Headline News Vigilante 8: Second Offense Rides Onto Dreamcast

On December 27, 1999, Activision, Inc. shipped VIGILANTE 8: SECOND OFFENSE

for the Sega Dreamcast. In this new adventure, players must stop the Coyote

terrorist gang that has traveled back through time in an attempt to change

the course of events that will allow evil to dominate the world. Developed

by Luxoflux Corp., the game features multiple modes of play -- single

player quest, arcade and survival mode, two-player versus, cooperative and

Headline News Quake III Arena Shakes On Mac

On January 3, 2000, Activision, Inc. and id Software released QUAKE III

ARENA for Macintosh. The on-line multiplayer game features 26 deathmatch

and four capture-the-flag levels. The title is available at a suggested

retail price of $49.99. id Software offers such titles as Wolfenstein 3D,

DOOM, DOOM II, QUAKE and QUAKE II.

Headline News South Park Rally Skids Into Stores

On January 5, 2000, Acclaim Entertainment started shipping their SOUTH PARK

RALLY for PlayStation with Nintendo 64, PC and Sega Dreamcast to follow

shortly. Developed by Tantalus Interactive, the kart-style racing adventure

features mission-based game modes and 27 characters from the Comedy Central

series. All versions of South Park Rally will include multiplayer modes

that feature races and cooperative game modes, including the multiplayer

Headline News Clifford Comes To PBS

CLIFFORD THE BIG RED DOG will come to life on PBS' fall 2000 schedule. The

show will be based on the 39-year-old CLIFFORD Scholastic book series

written by Norman Bridwell. John Ritter will provide the voice of Clifford;

while Kel Mitchell (KEENAN & KEL) will voice the dog's buddy, T-Bone; Grey

DeLisle (RUGRATS) will voice Clifford's best friend, Emily Elizabeth; and

Cree Summer will voice Cleo.

Headline News Digital Domain Finishes Fiat Spot

DIGITAL DOMAIN helped Plum Productions create a virtual jungle/city for the

new Fiat Punto spots. Plum Productions' director Eric Saarinen worked with

Digital Domain's visual effects supervisor Paul Kirsch to create a city

full of people riding around on lion, tigers, and bears. The Punto drives

in showing how different it is compared to the other animals on the street.

Digital Domain had the complex job of combining five-days of greenscreen

shooting on the Paramount backlot into a coherent flow. "We made the

Headline News Buzz Lightyear To The Rescue On Dreamcast

Disney/Pixar's TOY STORY 2 is coming to Sega Dreamcast. In March 2000,

Activision, Inc., in collaboration with Disney Interactive, will release

Disney/Pixar's TOY STORY 2: BUZZ LIGHTYEAR TO THE RESCUE for Sega

Dreamcast. The new release will be a third-person free-roaming adventure

game that uses 3D animation to deliver a unique mix of gameplay elements.

As Buzz Lightyear, players take on five big bosses in a quest to save Woody

from a toy collector over 15 levels.

Headline News Special NATPE Issue of the Flash Is Coming!

Animation World Network will be publishing a special NATPE

edition of our weekly E-mail newsletter, Animation Flash,

on January 18, 2000. To insure all your NATPE-related news

is printed in the Flash please submit press releases to

rick@awn.com by January 14, 2000. Please put "NATPE News"

in the subject area of your e-mail.

Headline News One Week Left for Imagina 2000 Early Birds

Send your registration form before January 20, 2000 and

save 50% on your entry fee. The Imagina computer conference

and festival is the rendez-vous for all digital

audio-visual professionals. For its 19th edition, in

keeping with tradition, the event will start in Monaco,

January 31-February 2, 2000, but will then continue in

Paris, February 2-4, 2000 with the exhibition of new

industrial developments and technologies. The events in

Headline News Brussels Festival Launches Anima 2000

The 19th Brussels Cartoon and Animated Film Festival takes

place February 28-March 11, 2000. This year, in addition to

its regular program, the festival presents Anima 2000, a

4-day event with various conferences, screenings and panel

discussions. The program includes: "Be Realistic, Demand

The Impossible: Creatives' Dreams," on interactive

animation; "Lucas Arts," on how video game developers see

the role of animators; "Animated Feature Film Day," on

Headline News ASIFA-Canada Comes On Board!

AWN is pleased to welcome ASIFA-Canada to the AWN family.

ASIFA (International Animated Film Association) was

founded in 1957 in France by a group of professional

animators to promote the art of animation. Today, there are

ASIFA chapters in nearly thirty countries worldwide, but

Canada was one of the first countries to form its own

national chapter, ASIFA-Canada. Through its publications and

activities, the organization seeks to foster communication

Headline News More Bill Plympton

Bill Plympton has updated his

appearances

page. This month, "Surprise Cinema" will be appearing in

various festivals and other events in the US, Canada, France,

Belgium and Germany. Bill will be appearing at the Comics Festival

in Angouleme, France, January 26-31, and at the Zagreb World

Festival of Animated Films in Zagreb, Croatia, June 12-25, 2000.

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