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Headline News DECODE ENTERTAINMENT expands international distribution division

Toronto-based DECODE ENTERTAINMENT has announced DOMINIQUE BAZAY and

CAROLINE DORRIS to its recently formed international distribution

division. As Director of International Sales, Bazay, who will be based

in Toronto, will head distribution activities and sales to Scandinavia,

Spain, Portugal, Eastern Europe and South Africa, among other

territories. Bazay previously served in sales for BBC Worldwide

Americas, Paragon Entertainment, and the CBC. Dorris will also serve as

Headline News JOHNS joins INTERFACE MEDIA GROUP

CRAIG M. JOHNS was named to INTERFACE MEDIA GROUP's Client Services

Department. Interface Media provides Washington D.C. with film and video

production services. Formerly Locations Coordinator for the Iowa Film

Office, Johns will work with clients on a day-to-day basis scheduling

resources and coordinating client's needs.

Headline News LOCONTE upgrades to LOCONTE.2.

Maria LoConte has launched her upgraded

visual strategies company, LoConte.2 (L.2). Formerly LoConte co-headed

Boston-based LoConte Goldman Design, Inc. with former partner Patrice

Goldman. After parting ways with Goldman and closing their company, LoConte

designed the new L.2 group dedicated to high-end visual solutions for

television and advertising. The company will be based at the National

Boston facilities. National Boston is one of the largest production and

Headline News STUART LITTLE leaps back into the top spot

After slipping to third over

the Christmas weekend, STUART LITTLE, with primary FX by Sony Pictures

Imageworks, additional animation by CFX and Rhythm & Hues, and miniatures

by Thunderstone, leaped back into the top spot at the U.S. box office. Our

little hero brought in US$16.02 million over the New Year's weekend

bringing its total to $79.4 million. Picking up some steam again, TOY STORY

2 finished #3 with a gross of $12.34 million making its total take $208.8

Headline News Salsa creates MUPPET TIME block for FETV

Salsa Distribution has put together a deal that will create a new Jim

Henson programming block entitled MUPPET TIME in Panama. FETV will air

MUPPET TIME starting January 3, 2000 in a deal that lasts 2 years. The

block will include the MUPPET SHOW, MUPPETS TONIGHT, MUPPET BABIES,

FRAGGLE ROCK and JIM HENSON'S ANIMAL SHOW.

Headline News WILD THORNBERRYS recreational vehicle to tour US

The Nickelodeon toon THE WILD THORNBERRYS will be coming to a town near

you beginning February 14, 2000. Starting at Toy Fair in New York City,

the Commvee recreational vehicle from the series is making its real

world debut. After Toy Fair, the Commvee will make appearances at Nick's

"All That Music and More" tour venues, "The Big Help" events, and

various "Lucky 10" markets across the U.S. So when picking up wild

berries at the local Lucky 10 don't miss out on meeting the wild

Headline News CRAWFORD promotes THOMPSON

Atlanta-based CRAWFORD COMMUNICATIONS, a service provider for all

aspects of television, film, Internet, audio and satellite

communications, has announced that BILL THOMPSON has been promoted from

Production Services Division's Director of Operations to VP of

Post-Production. The 10-year veteran of the company will oversee

editing, audio, graphics, telecine and the film labs. While no longer

servicing the day-to-day operations, Thompson will still head Crawford's

production services.

Headline News MeTV.com commissions SONALYSTS STUDIOS for original productions

MeTV.com, a new Internet video on demand company, has commissioned

Sonalysts Studios to produce original broadband promos, trailers and

interstitial material for the MeTV.com Web site. The original broadband

material will appear as full-motion video on PCs with Internet

connections of 350kps or higher running Microsoft MediaPlayer.

Headline News THE IRON GIANT to air on Cartoon Network and TNT

In a move much like a parent buying their child a toy and then receiving

money from their kids allowance for it, Warner Bros. Features has sold

THE IRON GIANT to Cartoon Network and TNT. Cartoon Network couldn't

handle the license fee of US$3 million, so sister Turner channel, TNT,

came in to help out on a six-month pre-Cartoon Network window. TNT will

get six runs of the critically acclaimed box-office disappointment

within that six month time period. Both networks plan to promote the

Headline News VOELPEL joins BLACK LOGIC

New York-based BLACK LOGIC, a production and post-production house, has

hired 3D animator MARK VOELPEL. As R/GA Digital Studios' Director of

CGI, Voelpel directed commercials for Dodge, Bell South, S.C. Johnson,

LG and Orkin. Mark won a Clio for his work on the Orkin campaign. His

feature film credits include 3D effects supervision on flicks like

DEMOLITION MAN, THE LAST ACTION HERO, and THE SHADOW.

Headline News VIZ announces new Internet partnerships and web site relaunch

Viz Communications, a leading U.S. publisher of Japanese animation and

comics (anime and manga), including titles such as POKEMON, DRAGON BALL

Z, and Hayao Miyazaki's NAUSICAA OF THE VALLEY OF WIND, announced new

Internet partnerships and the relaunch of their chief Web sites.

www.viz.com will provide the latest news and information on anime and

manga series. www.j-pop.com will feature reviews on the latest in

Japanese pop culture including anime, manga, games, music and film.

Headline News RIVE GAUCHE names new VP

By Rick DeMott | Thursday, December 30, 1999 at 12:00am

ANDREA-MANUELA SEIBERT has been named VP, European Sales for RIVE GAUCHE INTERNATIONAL TV. Seibert previously served as lead Acquisitions Exec and Special Project Exec at RTL Television in Munich, Germany. Based in Germany, Seibert will head European sales and marketing of Rive Gauche's programming library, handle acquisitions of European-produced specials for worldwide distribution and coordinate European co-productions.

Headline News BLUE SKY promotes ZAZZA

By Rick DeMott | Thursday, December 30, 1999 at 12:00am

BLUE SKY STUDIOS, a leading animation house, has promoted LINDA ZAZZA to Operations Manager. She will oversee day-to-day operations of the facility and office, including recommending and hiring administrative staff, working with vendors, planning events and budgeting. Zazza began her tour of duty at Blue Sky as an executive administrative assistant.

Headline News MuppetWorld celebrates on-line Christmas

By Rick DeMott | Thursday, December 30, 1999 at 12:00am

The Jim Henson Company's MuppetWorld Web site will celebrate its first Yuletide with Kermit the Frog lighting an on-line Christmas tree. MuppetWorld offers a compelling interactive environment, allowing fans to play with their favorite Muppet characters. Fans may purchase Muppet merchandise, take cooking lessons from the Swedish Chef who offers weekly culinary masterpieces in the "What's Cooking?" location, and be able to tune into their favorite Muppet clips.

Headline News shockwave.com unveils holiday site additions

By Rick DeMott | Thursday, December 30, 1999 at 12:00am

shockwave.com, a leading Internet entertainment site, announced new holiday additions to its award-winning site. The additions include new creative applications Toonmaker and Puzzlemaker; new festive greeting cards; and an improved Shockmachine experience. These free on-line gifts can be sent to friends and family. Toonmaker enables users to create personal cards and cartoons using well known characters such as the kids from South Park. Puzzlemaker allows users to turn their own photos into puzzles, add messages and then send them to friends.

Headline News Y2K focused multimedia series launched

By Rick DeMott | Thursday, December 30, 1999 at 12:00am

shockwave.com, One Infinity and Madlab Creative have produced Why2k@large which uses Flash 4 animation and MP3 streaming audio technologies to present an animated, multimedia series focusing on the approach of the year 2000. Live interviews were collected on the streets of New York City, New Orleans and San Francisco featuring what the American public thinks about the approaching Millennium.

Headline News JOHN COOKE leaves Walt Disney for GETTY TRUST

By Rick DeMott | Thursday, December 30, 1999 at 12:00am

Walt Disney's former Executive VP of Corporate Affairs JOHN COOKE was named the J. PAUL GETTY TRUST's exec VP of External Affairs. He will be responsible for establishing and maintaining all business relationships, including partnerships between the Getty and other cultural and corporate institutions around the world. . . .

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