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Headline News Toonz Animation Names New Exec Tom Tilbury

Trivandrum, India-based TOONZ ANIMATION INDIA PVT. LTD. named TOM TILBURY

to their exec staff. Base of operations for Tilbury will be Los Angeles,

where he will helm all sales and marketing for the studio's operations in

India and the U.S. Tilbury joins Toonz Animation from Cambridge Animation

Systems were he served as VP of International Distribution.

Headline News Radium Adds Andrew Sinagra To Ranks

RADIUM, a computer graphics house, adds 3D animator Andrew Sinagra to its

ranks. Sinagra will focus his specialized talents in modeling, particle

effects and volumetric effects to commercials and music videos. Previously

employed at Midland Productions, Sinagra worked on creating 3D animation

for ROBOTS OF MARS, a computer animated feature. . . .

Headline News In Memory of Darris Dobbs

Darris Dobbs, a well known and respected 3D/CGI writer and artist, died

peacefully at home on November 24, 1999, never having recovered from a

respiratory virus. He was 37. Darris contributed to Visual Magic Magazine

on a number of occasions, as well as writing a number of books for Charles

River Media Publishing (including ANIMATING FACIAL FEATURES AND

EXPRESSIONS, and the recently published TRUESPACE 3 & 4 CREATURE

CREATIONS). He also founded his own business -- HieroglyFX Design -- a

Headline News Eyeball Bounces Forth New USA Network Tags

New York-based EYEBALL created 10 second ID tags for seven USA Network

shows including: BAYWATCH, LA FEMME NIKITA, XENA: WARRIOR PRINCESS and LAW

AND ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT. A circular frame opens around footage from

the USA program as the tag line "You Are Here" appears amidst flag stripes

and flashes. Brighter colors were used for the more light-hearted shows,

while a grittier mood was created for the more serious dramas. Daniel Fries

was the Creative Director at Eyeball.

Headline News ITE secures new territories for HUGO JUNGLE

Interactive Television Entertainment (ITE) has secured two new

territories for its show HUGO JUNGLE. The show will start airing March

1, 2000 on Nat 7 in Malaysia and January 17, 2000 on BKTV in Serbia and

Montenegro. Extensive use of the Animation Mask System, and animated

links between each playing scenario, make HUGO JUNGLE a unique live

interactive cartoon show.

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Headline News Nelvana to start production on MAGGIE AND THE FEROCIOUS BEAST

Nick Jr. and Teletoon have asked Nelvana Limited to start production on

MAGGIE AND THE FEROCIOUS BEAST, based on the mother and son team of

Betty and Michael Parakevas' storybooks. The adventures of 5-year-old

Maggie in Nowhere Land will hit Nick Jr. in Summer 2000 and Teletoon

next fall.

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 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 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.

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