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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 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,

Headline News Disney's Go A Sleeping Giant

On Tuesday, February 22, 2000, Disney chairman-CEO Michael Eisner made the

announcement: "With Go.com, I believe we are now the sleeping giant of the

Internet. Once streaming video is commonplace," he added, "Disney is ready

with a vast library and the ability to create new content." Added Go.com

chairman Steve Bornstein: "I see a time, in the next few years, or even

sooner, where nobody will talk about television or the Internet separately.

They will become one synergistic, fused media." In scheduled business,

Headline News Mainframe Toys With Action Man Series

Mainframe Entertainment, Inc. announced that it will produce 26 all-CGI

ACTION MAN half-hour television series episodes for Hasbro Properties

Group, a division of Hasbro, Inc. Before the series begins regularly

scheduled broadcasts on Fox Kids in September, a one-hour ACTION MAN

special will air on Fox Kids Network in May 2000. SABAN International N.V.

will handle international distribution for the series. The new TV show is

based on Hasbro's ACTION MAN brand, the number one boy's action brand in

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 Entertaindom Orders More The God & Devil Show

Entertaindom.com, Time Warner's on-line entertainment destination, has

picked up 17 additional episodes of its smash hit, THE GOD & DEVIL SHOW

from Mondo Media, a leading creator and distributor of serial-based

animated content. THE GOD & DEVIL SHOW, an animated weekly "talk show"

launched on Entertaindom in November. Each week the show features hosts God

and the Devil interviewing then deciding the eternal fates of various

"celebrity" guests (including impersonations of Keith Richards, Bill Gates,

Headline News God The Devil And Bob Website

On February 14, 2000, the GOD THE DEVIL AND BOB Website launched to promote

the new series which debuts on NBC on Thursday, March 9, 2000 at 8:30 pm.

The series is produced by Carsey-Werner, the creators of 3RD ROCK FROM THE

SUN, THAT '70S SHOW and COSBY. GOD THE DEVIL AND BOB, created by Matthew

Carlson, centers around Bob Alman, a Detroit auto plant worker who has been

chosen by God to prove the world is worth saving after God and the Devil

Headline News MTV's Eric Calderon & Expedia's Richard Barton Join AtomFilms

ATOMFILMS has announced that ERIC CALDERON has joined the company as

Animation and Digital Media Development Executive and RICHARD BARTON has

joined their board of directors. Before moving to AtomFilms, Calderon was

the former Director of Animation Development at MTV. Calderon will be in

charge of recruiting and developing animation and digital media talent,

content and technologies. At MTV, Calderon oversaw MTV animation series

such as: CARTOON SUSHI, CELEBRITY DEATHMATCH, DARIA, DOWNTOWN, and the

Headline News Ivan Molomut Joins Black Logic As Head Of Sales

IVAN MOLOMUT has joined BLACK LOGIC, a design and animation house, as head

of sales. Molomut's firm Ivan and Company, which he established in 1997, to

market traditional film production, cel animation, CGI, visual effects,

editors and music houses, to advertising agencies and clients, has

represented Black Logic for the past two years. In 1991, Molomut formed

Velocity Film, a bi-coastal production company. As president, head of sales

and marketing and executive producer, he represented directors to ad

Headline News Nick Nurtures 3 New Toons

Nickelodeon has announced plans for a new animated series featuring

Hispanic leads. DORA THE EXPLORER will follow the crusades of a 7-year-old

Hispanic girl who lives inside a computer. The show will encourage viewers

to participate in the adventure. The new show is "a rounding out of our

efforts to reflect the world of kids," said Cyma Zarghami, Nickelodeon's

executive vice president. Other new toons include: INVADER ZIM, about an

alien who spies on Earth by masquerading as a kid and attending elementary

Headline News New Jobs: Animators, Artists, Faculty Filmmakers and more wanted

- Do you live and breathe anime, comics, manga and sci-fi? Do you enjoy

working in a fast-paced, start-up environment? Then this may be your dream

job! Actionace.com, a pre-IPO company located in the San Francisco Bay

Area, is launching an on-line entertainment channel featuring webisodes

animated in Flash. Actionace.com is hiring all levels of ANIMATORS, from

seasoned professionals to entry-level. Job requirements/skills are: 4-year

college degree (animation major preferred); Thorough understanding of

Headline News Animation On the Internet - Creating It and Distributing It!

Meet key industry leaders in two power packed panels! AWN's Dan Sarto will

present "THE NEXT WAVE: ANIMATION ON THE INTERNET" at the Animation Expo on

Saturday, March 4, 1:00 PM - 5:30 PM. A panel of leading animators and

industry experts will discuss current opportunities and future

possibilities for the creation and distribution of animation on the

Internet. Session 1 will focus on THE TOOLS, TECHNIQUES AND TECHNOLOGIES

being used to create web-based animated content. With so much focus on

Headline News Free Slide Lecture with Prestigious Life Drawing Instructor Glenn Vilppu

On Saturday, March 4, 2000, world class life drawing master Glenn Vilppu

will present "On the Tails of Anders Zorn, Carl Larsson and P.S. Kroyer in

Scandinavia" at the Motion Picture Screen Cartoonists Union (MPSC Local

839), North Hollywood, California. To attend this free event, please call

(661) 269-1726 or (818) 994-2402. Glenn Vilppu will also present his tour

of Denmark and Sweden, scheduled July 10-21, 2000. When traveling through

major cities, Vilppu will lecture on the local art. Artists, photographers

Headline News J. Stuart Blackton Screening

By Rick DeMott | Thursday, February 24, 2000 at 12:00am

* Wednesday, March 1, 2000. Hollywood, California, U.S.A.

In celebration of the 125th anniversary of J. Stuart Blackton, The Silent

Society of Hollywood Heritage, Inc. and the International Animated Film

Society, ASIFA-Hollywood, are presenting a program highlighting this motion

picture and animation pioneer. A diverse sampling of works by the medium's

first director-producer-animator and actor will be featured, all drawn from

Headline News Stuart Little Team At AFI

By Rick DeMott | Thursday, February 24, 2000 at 12:00am

* Thursday, March 2, 2000.

An Evening with STUART LITTLE, presented by ASIFA-Hollywood and AFI. Henry

Anderson and the STUART LITTLE/Sony Pictures Imageworks team will present a

lively discussion of the performance aspects of the animation, plus some of

the technical as well. The program concludes with a screening of STUART

LITTLE. The event will take place at 7:30 PM at the Mark Goodson Theater on

2021 N. Western Ave. For more information contact ASIFA-Hollywood at: 725

Headline News Cartoon Seminar

By Rick DeMott | Thursday, February 24, 2000 at 12:00am

* Thursday, March 9, 2000 - Saturday, March 11, 2000. Madrid, Spain.

Cartoon, the European producers organization, will present a seminar on

"how to negotiate with the U.S.A., Canada, Australia and Japan."

Discussions will focus on the structures, customs and constraints of the

fore mentioned markets. After an introduction on each country, the various

policies on international co-productions will be discussed. A question and

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