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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 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 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

Headline News Brussels Festival Unveils its Millennium Program

The 19th Brussels Cartoon and Animated Film Festival will take place

February 28-March 11, 2000. 128 films have been selected for the official

competition, 119 shorts and 9 features, representing 22 countries. The list

of all selected films is available on-line. In addition to the feature

program, the festival will present six international programs of short

films, two international programs of student films, and two programs of

Belgian films. The retrospectives include: "Humour? Humour!," an anthology

Headline News FPS Wants to Hear From You

FPS (Frames Per Second), the Canadian animation magazine, now has a

questionnaire on-line that they invite all readers, new and old, to fill

out. The FPS survey is located at

http://www.awn.com/fps/.

The current issue of FPS (#18) is available for sale in AWN's

Newsstand,

where you can subscribe to your favorite animation publications and

Headline News Monte-Carlo Television Market

* Sunday, February 20 - Wednesday, February 23, 2000. Monte-Carlo, Monaco.

Created in 1979, the Monte-Carlo Television Market was established as a

companion to the world renowned Monte-Carlo International Television

Festival. Today, the Television Market ranks as one of the top program

markets in the world. In 1999, the Market had 487 registered buyers and

1,920 participants on hand. For 2000, two new events have been added to the

Headline News Cinequest San Jose Film Festival

* Thursday, February 24 - Sunday, March 5, 2000. San Jose, California, U.S.A.

Cinequest San Jose Film Festival showcases features and short films (16mm &

35mm all genres) of artistic, social or stylistic merit. This year, the

festival is celebrating Maverick Films, Filmmakers and Technologies. For

more information contact Cinequest 2000 at: P.O Box 720040, San Jose, CA

95172-0040; Tel.: (408) 995-5033; Fax: (408) 995-5713; E-mail:

cineqst@wenet.net; or Web: http://www.cinequest.org.

Headline News Brussels Cartoon And Animated Film Festival

* Monday, February 28 - Saturday, March 11, 2000. Brussels, Belgium.

Each year the Brussels Cartoon and Animated Film Festival programs the

"crème de la crème" in international animation. It is one of the top

festivals on the international cartoon and computer generated images

circuit. It features 150 to 200 films, plus premieres, original

retrospectives, exhibitions, "making of" programs and invites a host of

Headline News ASIFA-Hollywood's Animation Expo

* Friday, March 3 - Saturday, March 4, 2000. Glendale, California, U.S.A.

This year, ASIFA-Hollywood will host its 7th Annual Animation Expo. The

Expo is a two day animation industry trade show focusing on the exhibition

of animation related products and services and the recruitment of related

talent and personnel. In addition, the Expo offers industry seminars and

workshops, digital tutorials and a showcase of animation. Admission price

Headline News Tampere International Short Film Festival

* Wednesday, March 8 - Sunday, March 12, 2000. Tampere, Finland.

As the biggest short film event in Northern Europe, the Tampere

International Short Film Festival features 80 screenings, a film market and

seminars. 16mm and 35mm films under 30 minutes, completed after January 1,

1998, are accepted for competition. Awards available include Grand Prize,

Special Prize of the Jury, Best Animation, and an Audience Award. Last

Headline News British Animation Awards

* Thursday, March 9, 2000. London, U.K.

The 3rd annual British Animation Awards will include the following: Best

Film Under Seven Minutes, Best Longer Short Film, Best TV and Film

Graphics, Best Film at the Cutting Edge, Mari Kuttna Award for Best

Directorial Debut, Best Direction of an Animated Commercial, Best

Animation/Craft in a Commercial, Best Adult Series, Best TV Children's

Special, Best Children's Series, Best Pre-School Series, Children's Choice

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