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Headline News Letter Campaign To Honor Bergman At Oscars

Husband of the late Mary Kay Bergman, Dino Andrade, has put out a call to

SOUTH PARK and Mary Kay Bergman fans to write to the Academy of Motion

Picture Arts and Sciences in an effort to have Mrs. Bergman included in the

"In Memoriam" segment of the 2000 Oscar ceremony. Typically, the Academy

only honors higher profile talent who have passed away in the past year. As

reported [AF 11/23/99], Mrs. Bergman took her own life on November 11, 1999

Headline News Home Movies On Cartoon Network

Tom Snyder Productions' HOME MOVIES has found a new home at Cartoon

Network. The Atlanta-based toon channel has ordered 13 episodes for 2000.

The order also includes five episodes, which originally aired on UPN last

spring and eight new episodes, to be produced beginning in February. HOME

MOVIES is about Brendon Small, a restless, creative third-grader, who uses

his video camera to deal with his problems. The cast includes Brendon

Small, Melissa Bardin Galsky and H. Jon Benjamin. The show is very funny as

Headline News Cartoon Campaign 2000

Cartoon Network's Cartoon Campaign 2000 is electing the next president from

a field of 50 cartoon candidates. Cartoon Network will provide the hopeful

candidates with free airtime from 7-9 p.m. each night between Sunday, March

5, and Thursday, March 9, 2000 when they will screen their own personal

cartoons for viewers. During each night's election coverage, viewers can

vote for their favorite characters via an 800-number that will appear on

Headline News Brennan Breaths At Oxygen

The Emmy award-winning producer of THE LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN, JUDE

BRENNAN, has joined the ever-expanding roster at OXYGEN MEDIA. Brennan will

occupy the newly created bi-coastal position of senior vice president of

programming. Brennan will helm the television programming schedule for the

network. The new Oxygen channel will launch nationwide on February 2, 2000.

For the last 20 years, Brennan has served as vice president of creative

Headline News Stolar Shines As New Mattel Interactive Pres

BERNARD STOLAR was named president of MATTEL INTERACTIVE, the division that

includes The Learning Company and other software and high-tech products.

Stolar joins Mattel from Sega where he helped engineer the launch of the

Sega Dreamcast video game console in the United States. At Mattel, he will

try to mend the ailing Learning Company division, whose unexpected $105

million loss in the third quarter shocked investors and diminished Mattel's

Headline News Olive Jar Opens Door To New Exec Rhodes

OLIVE JAR STUDIOS has opened their doors to a new executive in charge of

special venue and theme park productions, MARK RHODES. Rhodes will help the

company's new West Coast branch increase business in both long format

productions and theme park attraction work, as well as aid in the

commercial division. When at Universal, Rhodes supervised two separate

animation projects produced by Olive Jar for Universal Studios' new Islands

of Adventure theme park, which opened in Summer 1999. Rhodes' other

Headline News Infogrames Inks 2 New Senior Managment Members

INFOGRAMES NORTH AMERICA, INC. announced that DEREK QUACKENBUSH and RON

RUDOLPH have joined the interactive company's senior management team.

Quackenbush takes on the role of CFO for Infogrames' North American

operations, while Rudolph will head human resources and administration as

the company's senior vice president of administration. For the past three

years, Quackenbush served as Sony's 989 Studios' director of finance and

administration. Prior to 989 Studios, he held various finance positions at

Headline News Tim Burton To Stain Shockwave.com

Tim Burton, creator of NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS, has inked a deal to

bring a series of animated shorts featuring his Stainboy character to

shockwave.com. Viewers will be able to download the charcoal-drawn

superhero's first five-minute short sometime in Spring 2000. Under the

terms of the deal, Burton will keep full artistic control over the

characters and properties. The William Morris Agency brokered the deal

which allows for the cross over to TV if the shorts become a hit on the

Headline News Oscar's Animated Short List

AMPAS announced on Wednesday, January 26, 2000, its short list of ten films

to be considered for the coveted Oscar nomination for best animated short

film. Three to five of these films will be selected as nominees and

announced at 5:30 am PST on February 15, 2000. The 10 animated short films

making the list this year are: Aardman Animations' Peter Peaks' HUMDRUM;

Character Builders' Oscar Moore has two short listed films with THE

INDESCRIBABLE NTH and THE PHOX, THE BOX AND THE LOX, which screened earlier

Headline News CHROME Imaging Releases Photonyx 1.5

A new Switzerland-based company, CHROME Imaging, recently announced their

solution to the wonderful world of post-production Photonyx 1.5 is now

shipping. CHROME claims that the software, which is priced at a mere

US$675, was designed to address the high-end post-production market. The

program features RealTools, a painting palette which simulates real world

tools such as crayons, airbrush and charcoal. But moving on to compositing,

Photonyx features "Virtual Screens" technology which offers realtime zoom

Headline News RE:Vision Effects Announced ReelSmart Motion Blur

RE:Vision Effects recently released ReelSmart Motion Blur, a plug-in for

After Effects 4.0, Commotion 2.0+ and Final Cut Pro. The plug-in is

designed to apply more natural looking motion blur to effects shots and

video sequences within After Effects. ReelSmart Motion Blur automatically

tracks every pixel in the shot which takes the handy-work out of the

process. Features include reduced strobing, fewer artifacts, and a tool

which lets one blur one image sequence using the motion of another

Headline News Disney's Go.com Goes In A New Direction

On Thursday, January 27, 2000, Disney announced their decision to change

the direction of their Go.com from an all purpose portal and search engine

like AOL.com, Lycos and Yahoo! to strictly an entertainment and leisure

destination. This announcement comes on the same day as The U.S. Court of

Appeals for the Ninth Circuit repealed the stay [AF 12/7/99] on a previous

injunction that bans the use of Go.com's green and yellow traffic light

logo. Disney was given the stay to allow them the chance to remove the logo

Headline News One Week Left to Win "CARTOONS: One Hundred Years of Cinema Animation!"

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Headline News A Closer Look: Zagreb's Studio gets into Distribution

For the first time, Zagreb studio's library was offered for international

distribution at NATPE a year ago. The library offered all of Zagreb's

award-winning short films, including the works of such masters as Zlatko

Grgic ("Devil's Work") and Dusan Vukotic (his short "Ersatz" was the first

non-U.S. animated film to receive an Academy Award). Since then, Rembrandt

Films and Image Entertainment have released on video five hours of

animation from Zagreb Film. This is just another distribution deal, and

Headline News Women In Animation Writers' Group

* Thursday, February 10, 2000. Westwood, California, U.S.A.

The Women In Animation Writers' Group will meet at Saban Entertainment at

7:30 pm. This month's topic is the animation premise and general animation

structure. The charge for the workshop is US$5. RSVP required. For more

information please contact Jean Ann Wright at: Tel.: (818) 360-8321 or

E-mail: jjwright@gte.net.

Headline News CINAR Settles Wimzie Lawsuit

CINAR Corporation, makers of ARTHUR and THE BUSY WORLD OF RICHARD SCARRY,

have settled the lawsuit filed last year against them by the Jim Henson

Company. The lawsuit claimed that CINAR's WIMZIE'S HOUSE features puppets

that violate Jim Henson's copyright and trademark rights on their puppets.

In the settlement, CINAR and its licensees Eden LLC and Carson-Dellose

Publishing Company denied and continue to deny wrongdoing or liability for

infringement. The agreement, the terms of which are confidential, allows

Headline News Raining Cats & Dogs At Warner

In the wake of Sony's success with STUART LITTLE, Warner Bros. has

greenlighted a live-action/animated feature, CATS AND DOGS. Recently,

Warner has been looking to see if it could get a quick family-flick

finished for a Christmas 2000 release, however it looks like the studio

will take its time and shoot for a 2001 holiday release for CATS AND DOGS.

The story follows the neighborhood war between cats and dogs that occurs

right underneath human's feet without them even noticing. Reuters reported

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