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HIT Makes US Inroads With Barney Buy

London-based HIT Entertainment hopes that the big purple dinosaur named Barney can help pave roads into the States for the company's content. HIT has announced that it will acquire Allen, Texas-based Lyrick Corp., the creators of Barney, for US$275 million. As part of the deal, Lyrick will receive $165 million in new HIT stock and $110 million in cash. HIT hopes that Barney's wide success will help bring attention to HIT animated series such as KIPPER THE DOG, ANGELINA BALLERINA and BOB THE BUILDER, which is already an overwhelming success in the U.K, and made its U.S.

Mattel Headline News

Mattel, Mainframe Bring Barbie To Nutcracker Feature

Mattel has enlisted Mainframe Entertainment to create the first direct-to-video feature starring Barbie. The story will be based on THE NUTCRACKER with Barbie playing Clara. Mattel is investing US$15 million into the 84-minute CGI flick, which should hit store shelves in October. Currently, Mattel is looking for a buyer for an hour-long TV version of the film. New York City ballet-master Peter Martins will choreograph the dance sequences with the London Symphony Orchestra supplying the music. Motion-capture will be used to animate five separate dancers for the flick.

Animation Headline News

Ottawa International Student Animation Festival Calls For Entries

The next International Student Animation Festival of Ottawa (SAFO) will be held October 18-21, 2001. Now in its third edition, the Ottawa International Student Animation Festival provides a dynamic showcase of the most fresh and innovative animation from around the world. The official competition is divided into five categories: High School Student Films; Undergraduate Student Films (Post-Secondary); Graduate Student Films (Post-Secondary); First Film (e.g. Professional/Independent/Co-op Produced Films); and Children's Animation (Under 12 Years Of Age).

Productions Headline News

ANIMHA Productions Screening Invitation

Based in the Northern Arts Region of England, Animha Productions is an association of artists, writers, animators and filmmakers dedicated to independent film production and animation workshops. Animha invites you to the premiere screening of the Ewanrigg Film Project - a Year of the Artist and Ewanrigg Art Project initiative - showcasing the work of Animha's Dave Brunskill and Debby Akam, together with animations by local young filmmakers. The event will take place on Thursday, March 1, 2001, 7-9 pm. There will also be documentary footage of the project, free mulled wine and a buffet.

Creative Headline News

Design Artist Ben Orisich Joins F/X Studio Cyclotron

Ben Orisich has joined Cyclotron, a New York design, production and F/X company, as digital artist/designer. Prior to Cyclotron, 25 year-old Orisich worked for four years at Atlanta-based Click 3X as senior inferno* artist. Orisichs work has won him numerous awards, including the Gold BDA International Design Award (2000) for commercial spots for UPS and retailer Carson Pirie Scott.

Spot Headline News

Miss Jones Weaves Web For AT&T Net Spot

Miss Jones, a design and visual effects commercial company, has created an animated spider for AT&T's new media campaign. In the commercial, a spider weaves a web, which represents the AT&T logo. This spot continues in the same vein as other AT&T spots, "Pop," "Newton" and "Balloon," completed by Miss Jones. Miss Jones' spot director Barnaby Jackson said, "With the other spots we start with the [AT&T] logo, and then transformed it. Here, we recreated the logo. We really let the spider have artistic license.

Tools Headline News

Caligari Unleashes trueSpace5

Caligari has started shipping trueSpace5 - the long-awaited new version of their affordable and powerful 3D modeling and animation program. The new version adds features such as NURBS modeling, new lights and rendering tools, and output for the Web. Caligari has built upon trueSpace's distinctive "hands-on" user interface, optimizing it for use with the latest hardware (including the new Intel Pentium 4 processor), and adding new tools for easier manipulation of 3D objects.

International Headline News

California SUN Fest Highlights From Student To Studio Productions

* Saturday, March 24, 2001. Northridge, California, U.S.A.

The California SUN International Animation Festival contains animations ranging from student works to studio productions. The event is set up to bring attention to the world of international animation. A special private screening of the films will be held on March 23 at the Museum of Radio & Television in

Animation Headline News

This Week's Web Animation Guide For Friday, February 9, 2001

AWN's Web Animation Guide is the place for what's new on the Net. In this week's installment a new Webtoon from Bill Plympton, Jib Jab presents BREEDIN' IN EDEN, the final new Icebox toon and much, much more!

Get your Web Animation Guide here!

Also every week AWN's associate editor Rick DeMott highlights what he thinks is the top new toon in cyberspace in "Rick's Picks!"

Cartoon Headline News

Cartoon Network Hires Veteran Marketing Director

Joanne Barlow joins Turner Entertainment Networks as marketing director for Cartoon Network UK and Boomerang, Cartoon Network's spin-off classic animation network. Her goal will be to bring together all aspects of marketing, offering strong and focused propositions to the partners and audiences of Cartoon Network and Boomerang. Previously, she served as European promotions manager for service station chain Shell. Before joining Shell, she ran her own business designing children's products. "We are very excited to have Joanne onboard," said James Greville, head of Cartoon Network UK.

Digital Headline News

Let Your Films Tour The World In The Resfest Digital Film Festival

* Fall 2001. San Francisco and Los Angeles, California; Chicago, Illinois; Seattle, Washington; New York, New York, U.S.A.; Montreal, Canada; Tokyo and Osaka, Japan; Seoul, South Korea; and London, England.

Early Deadline: May 4, 2001

Late Deadline: June 1, 2001

Animated Headline News

Jennifer Love Hewitt Makes Animated Debut On Weekenders

© ABC, Inc.

PARTY OF FIVE star Jennifer Love Hewitt will be making her first-ever animated appearance on Disney's THE WEEKENDERS. The Valentines-themed episode will premiere on Saturday, February 10 (8:30 am ET/7:30 am PT) on ABC. Voicing her animated alter ego, Hewitt will play one of the girls the WEEKENDERS kids try to set up with their friend, Tino, who is smitten with a girl the group doesn't like. Hewitt's other voice work includes Medusa on Disneys HERCULES television series, and characters for the upcoming video sequel to HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME and Miramax Films upcoming THE ADVENTURES OF TOM THUMB AND THUMBELINA.

Million Headline News

EM.TV CEO Puts Up $14M Of His Own Cash

EM.TV's CEO Thomas Haffa has announced that he will invest DM30 million (US$14 million) of his own money into the production house in an attempt to win back shareholder confidence said THE WALL STREET JOURNAL. As a result of the move on Wednesday shares in EM.TV rose 6% to 8.38 euros ($7.80). According to insiders EM.TV's bankers ordered the money as a way for the company to hold an estimated $750 million in debt at bay. In the past year, EM.TV shares have plummeted more than 90% directly attributed to extreme profit warnings and reports of fiscal mismanagement.

April Headline News

All-New Tom & Jerry Short Hits U.S. In April!

The all-new TOM & JERRY short, "The Mansion Cat," which aired on Cartoon Network UK during New Year's, will hit Cartoon Network's Boomerang Network on Sunday, April 8, 2001. Produced and directed by Oscar winning TOM & JERRY creator Joe Barbera, the new toon will be part of Boomerang's TOM & JERRY marathon running from Sunday, April 1, 8 am through Monday, April 9, 8 am. "The Mansion Cat" will air on the hour every hour starting Sunday, April 8 at 8 am.

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