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Rainbow Studios Acquires Motional Realms

Rainbow Studios, a creator of digital entertainment, announced its acquisition of Motional Realms, the developers of the ReelMotion real-time simulator that uses physics and collision detection to animate vehicles and objects realistically. By simulating the underlying physics, ReelMotion allows animators to animate any type of two or four-wheeled vehicle, a variety of aircraft and other objects.

Company Headline News

Go Is Gone, Walt Disney Internet Group In

Go.com, Inc., the Internet group of the Walt Disney Co., has changed its name to the Walt Disney Internet Group. The name change was made to better reflect the new direction of the Internet company, which has moved its focus away from a Yahoo-like portal to a more Disney-geared entertainment destination. The Disney arm has been plagued with problems from the start. In the last quarter, the company reported a net loss of US$272.1 million, including amortization of intangible assets.

Million Headline News

Nickelodeon Reaches Record High Ratings

In July, Nickelodeon saw the most-watched month ever in its 21-year history. The numbers were the biggest on a total-day basis in household delivery, total viewers (persons 2+) and among kids 2-11. According to the Nielsens, Nickelodeon's 24-hour average in July was a 1.7 coverage rating/5 share/1.3 million HH (1.7 million average total viewers). During Nickelodeon's Kids Day programming, the net posted its highest-rated month among kids 2-11 since January '98 and delivered its largest kid audience ever. In addition, Nick crushed its closest competitors.

Animation Headline News

China Slashes Cartoon Imports’ Airtime

The Chinese Administration of Radio, Film and Television has instituted a new regulation cutting the airtime of imported cartoons. Starting on June 1, TV networks in China must air six Chinese toons for every four imported ones. Before the new rule two-thirds of the cartoons broadcast in China were from foreign soil and with their domestic production only reaching 6,000 minutes (roughly 272 twenty-two-minute episodes) a year there is little for Chinese programming to choose from.

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Disney Animator and Game Pioneer, Gene Portwood Jr. Passes

Raymond Eugene "Gene" Portwood Jr., a one-time Disney animator and the co-creator of the ground breaking computer game, WHERE IN THE WORLD IS CARMEN SANDIEGO?, has passed. On July 17, 2000, Portwood died of a heart attack in the Windsor, California convalescent center, where he was staying to recover from a stroke 18 months earlier. He was 66 years old. In 1950, Portwood skipped college and went directly to work at Disney. He eventually helped draw scenes for LADY AND THE TRAMP, SLEEPING BEAUTY and CAPTAIN HOOK.

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DEN’s Last Minute Fire Sale Puts Them In Hot Seat

Bankruptcy officials are investing Digital Entertainment Networks (DEN) possible fraudulent below-market sale of assets and executive salaries. As reported in the LA TIMES, court-appointed officials are investigating allegations that three weeks prior to filing for bankruptcy, DEN sold off assets to insiders far below market price.

Series Headline News

Showtime Nets Yet-To-Be-Aired Icebox Webtoon

Icebox.com has signed a deal to transform its STARSHIP REGULARS into a live-action series. The show chronicles the lives of ordinary men and women aboard a military spaceship. The animated short will nod at Icebox and Showtime on August 11, 2000. REGULARS was created by Icebox co-founder Rob LaZebnik (co-exec producer of THE SIMPSONS), who will produce the live-action show. After the first five Webtoons air on Icebox, the next installment will be broadcast on Showtimes site, www.sho.com. The first episode of the TV series will debut next June.

Animation Headline News

The August Issue Of Animation World Magazine Is Now On-line!

Our August issue, Internet And Compuer Animation, features a

number of special articles. In the Internet animation section we

feature a theoretical look at what might have happened if animation

legends such as Tex Avery had the freedom of the Internet at their

disposal. Martin "Dr. Toon" Goodman sends that one our way.

Plus, we have professionals currently working in the

Internet animation field give you tips on the latest equipment and

Animation Headline News

New Jobs: Animators, Digital Artists, Directors, Instructors And More...

Chelsea, Massassuchetts-based Indimi, Inc., an Internet company that

operates several top-rated consumer sites, is looking for 2D PIXEL

ART ANIMATORS who have some emphasis on character animation and

experience working with Web-based constraints...

Animation Headline News

The July Issue Of MPSC Peg-Board & The AAI's Fall Semester Catalogue Now On-Line

The M.P.S.C. Local 839 IATSE, the labor union for screen cartoonists

and CGI artists and technicians in southern California, has updated

their AWN page with the July 2000 edition of their newsletter, "The

Peg-Board," and with the American Animation Institute's fall semester

catalogue...

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Animated Castles Festival Calls For Entries

The 5th International Animated Film Festival/I Castelli Animati will

take place in Genzano, Italy, October 4-8, 2000. I Castelli Animati

highlights animation in all its forms from commercials to features

films. The international competition features the following prizes:

grand prize "I Castelli Animati," special jury prize, best debut

short film, best European short film, audience prize, the Fabrizio

Bellocchio prize and best non-narrative short film. The Italian

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Ottawa 00 Panorama Selection And Screening Schedule Now Available

After having announced the entries for the Independent Film

Competition, the Ottawa 00

International Animation Festival has

released the selections for the Panorama section - Commissioned,

Canadian and Computer categories. For a complete list of competitors,

please visit the Ottawa 00 Web site. The competition will take place

September 19-24, 2000 with the awards ceremony being held on Sunday,

Festival Headline News

Bill Plympton Around The World

Bill Plympton has updated his appearances page. In the upcoming

months, his films will be appearing in various festivals and other

events, including the Hiroshima Animation Festival, Japan, August

24-28, 2000; the Macau Urban Council art carnival, Macau, August 19,

2000; and the Atlantic Film Festival, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada,

September 15-23, 2000. In addition to Hiroshima, Bill will be

attending the KROK Animated Film Festival Moscow, Russia, August

Animation Headline News

A Closer Look: Macromedia Flash, Flagship Of Internet Animation

There is no doubt about it, Macromedia Flash is the industry standard

for Internet animation. It's utilized by over half a million Web

authors worldwide to create animated vector-based Web sites.

Macromedia just announced revenues of $94.8 million for the first

quarter ended June 30, 2000, an 85% increase over a year ago. With

these results, the company has achieved record revenue results for

the tenth consecutive quarter. During the quarter, Macromedia

Million Headline News

Perfect Storm Shakes Up The International Box Office

With MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE 2 still holding on in many countries, PERFECT STORMs debut in Hong Kong and the U.K. shook up the international box office. Finishing at the top spot in the U.K., STORM grossed US$2.86 million over the weekend and $3.25 million since its Wednesday nod. Slipping to #2, STUART LITTLE grossed $2.08 million, advancing its British cume to $9.59 million. The U.K. sensation, CHICKEN RUN, amassed another $1.82 million in third, bringing its cume to $28.85 million.

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Animation Stock Ticker For Tuesday, August 1, 2000

AWN's stock ticker features the most prominent publicly traded companies in the world of animation. AWN, Inc. makes available certain financial information from third party information providers. AWN does not give advice in any such fields, and has not reviewed, and in no way endorses the validity of such data. This information is provided solely as a means to keep our readers informed of the market performance and trends of certain companies. AWN strongly suggests that one seek advice from a competent professional regarding any investment or financial issues.

Technology Headline News

Pulse and Exmachina Sign Distribution Deal

Pulse Entertainment has signed a deal with Paris-based digital post-production company, Exmachina, which will have the French post house resell Pulse technology to developers, designers, agencies and corporate clients in Europe. Exmachina first utilized the Pulse software to create a Web character, Akinia, who helps on-line gamers solve riddles in a treasure hunt. "We are making Pulse technology one of the cornerstones as we build our Web business," said Pierre Noizat, general manager of Exmachina.

Production Headline News

Disney’s New Hawaiian Feature Goes Into Production

Disneys newest animated feature LILO AND STITCH has begun production. The long in the works project has begun initial production at Disneys Orlando animation studio. Some of the production is scheduled to be done in Hawaii where the story is based. The film tells the tale of a Hawaiian girl who adopts a dog that is really an evil space alien. Jason Scott Lee (RUDYARD KIPLING'S THE JUNGLE BOOK) has signed on to voice a muscular, tanned surfboard salesmen, while Tia Carrere (WAYNES WORLD) will voice Lilo's sister.

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Adam Sandler and MediaTrip To Create Shnorff.com

Adam Sandler has signed a deal with MediaTrip.com to produce a new comedy Web site entitled Shnorff.com. As part of the deal, MediaTrips parent company Joe Roths Revolution Studios has a first look agreement to produce any of the material created for the site in other mediums. Sandler will create the site with longtime producing partner Jack Giarraputo. In addition, former CAA and Endeavor agent, Doug Robinson, has been named Shnoff.coms CEO. Shnorff will feature animation, live-action shows, short films and games.

Animation Headline News

Toon In: Web Animation Guide For Monday, July 31, 2000

Rick's Picks!

Over at Wildbrain.com, the new JOE PARADISE is simply great. The slick and interesting design creates a visually impressive piece of toonage. Created by Roque Ballesteros, this action/comedy is one of the smartest, coolest and most innovative series on the Net. Watch for the subtle visual metaphors. Theres not much action in this episode, but if you havent seen this series before I highly recommend you check out the archives.

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hey! Raps Bumpers & Opens For The History Channel

hey!, a design and production studio, finished new opens, bumpers and background elements for five History Channel shows. The firm created an open for SPY WEB, revised opens and bumpers for HISTORYS GREATEST BLUNDERS and WEAPONS AT WAR, and opens for MOVIES IN TIME and HARDCOVER HISTORY. For SPY WEB, hey! used a mainly gray palette and added bits of color to evoke a feel of coded messages. "We had this coding going on in a textured background, with letters that cycle and change and evolve into the SPY WEB logo," said creative director Laura Tolkow.

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