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Headline News Execs Michael Perik & Kevin O'Leary leave Mattel

MICHAEL PERIK, the Learning Company's chairman, and its president, KEVINO'LEARY, have moved on from MATTEL, INC. A search has begun for a newperson to helm Mattel Interactive, the division which includes all units ofthe Learning Company, Mattel Media and the company's Intel Play venture. Inrelated news, Mattel has said that FRANCESCA LUZURIAGA will be the newchief operating officer of Mattel Interactive, responsible for finance,information technology and new business development. In addition, the

Headline News Cinar hires Louise Sansregret as New VP

CINAR CORPORATION, creators of two-time Emmy winning ARTHUR and RICHARDSCARRY, appointed LOUISE SANSREGRET as Vice President of their newlycreated position in Investment Relations. Sansregret will focus her talentson various special corporate and community-based projects, as well asmanaging donations and sponsorships. In addition, SUZAN AYSCOUGH hasreturned to CINAR to take over as Vice President, Communications. Ayscoughwill over see corporate communications and product communications.

Headline News JJ Sedelmaier finishes New Spot for Milton Bradley

J.J. SEDELMAIER PRODUCTIONS, with J.J. Sedelmaier serving as director, hasproduced a second Milton Bradley/Parker Brothers "Family Game Night"30-second spot. The commercial features classic board games like Monopoly,Clue, and Scrabble. This incarnation is entitled "Special Night" andfeatures the same child-like crayon style from the previous Milton Bradleyspot.

Headline News The Mill hits the Finish Line with a New Daewoo Spot

THE MILL, a London-based post house, recently finished up a new Daewoo carspot. The 30-second commercial, entitled "Aerial Fantasy," is directed byDaniel Barber of Rose Hackney Barber and produced by Duckworth Finn GrubbWaters. The Mill's Flame artist Jason Watts set the piece to a base-boomingmix of rock and rap music. The spot features the new Daewoo "Lanos"thrashing the world's largest skateboarding half pipe. The spot will airaround Europe in November and arrive in England come January 2000.

Headline News Sega casts a Spell with Legacy of Kain

Eidos Interactive, an interactive software company, will release their hitgame, LEGACY OF KAIN: SOUL REAVER, for Sega Dreamcast. The game wasreleased for PlayStation and PC in August and has appeared on the cover ofevery major U.S. electronic gaming industry magazine. "The ongoing successand industry praise for Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver coupled with theimpressive sales figures of Sega Dreamcast make this a great fit," said RobDyer, President, Eidos Interactive. The action adventure game allows

Headline News Something Strange comes to Columbia

On November 11, 1999, the Hollywood Reporter reported that Columbiapictures has garnered the rights to Marvel Comics' DOCTOR STRANGE: MASTEROF THE MYSTIC ARTS. Don Murphy of Columbia-based Angry Films will producethe potentially live-action feature. The Strange flick joins SPIDER-MAN asthe second Marvel property in development at Columbia. Other comic-bookinspired project currently coming to life at Angry Films include ASTROBOYand PARASYTE.

Headline News Universal and Imagine get Nutty Too

Production has started up on NUTTY II: THE KLUMPS, the sequel to the $270million hit THE NUTTY PROFESSOR. Eddie Murphy will return to the role ofProfessor Sherman Klump in the Universal Pictures' and ImagineEntertainment flick. Singer and actress Janet Jackson co-stars in the film,which is produced by Brian Grazer (LIAR LIAR, BOWFINGER) and directed byPeter Segal (TOMMY BOY). Tom Shadyac, Murphy, Karen Kehela and James D.Brubaker are the executive producers, and the screenplay is scribed by

Headline News Midway mounts Games on shockwave.com

In deal between Midway Games Inc. and shockwave.com, the companies willbring classic Midway arcade games to the Net. Using Shockmachine, a virtualdevice, players will be able to download, save and play full-screen,Shockwave versions of games like: Defender, Joust, Spy Hunter, Moon Patroland Marble Madness. The games will remain exclusively on shockwave.com forthree months then they will also be available on Midway's home site andother major Web sites. The partnership will allow each company to link to

Headline News Star Trek hides No Evil with Activision

Watch for Hidden Evil Trekers! Activision, Inc. will beam Captain Picardand crew into stores the week of November 22, 1999 with their new releaseSTAR TREK: HIDDEN EVIL. The new game takes place nine months after thefeature film STAR TREK: INSURRECTION, featuring story driven missions thatwarp players into an adventure of combat, stealth and exploration. AsEnsign Sovok, a young officer serving on board the Enterprise, game-playerswill battle the Romulans to save the Ba'ku planet.

Headline News Cartoon Noir short compilation set to screen

By Rick DeMott | Thursday, November 18, 1999 at 12:00am

* Cartoon Noir Screening. New York, New York, USA. December 3, 1999.

This feature-length compilation of animated short films features works from the American and European artists. Featured in CARTOONNOIR is: APE, Julie Zammarchi's darkly comic critique of monogamy, meateating, and the daily pattern of human brutality; ALTAIR, Lewis Klahr'scollagist elegy on New York nightlife; CLUB OF THE DISCARDED, Jiri Barta'stale of a family of discarded mannequins who enjoy a quiet life in an

Headline News In Memory of Mary Kay Bergman

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, November 17, 1999 at 12:00am

A sad cloud has eclipsed the world of animation since the passing ofbeloved voice-over actress, Mary Kay Bergman. She recently has provided thevoice for Daphne Blake in the two most recent Scooby-Doo direct-to-videoflicks; Batgirl/Barbara Gordon in "Batman: Subzero"; the "official" voicefor Disney's Snow White; and all but one of the female voices on ComedyCentral's "South Park." Many questions surrounding the details of herpassing have surfaced since fans have logged onto her Web site which only

Headline News Luxo Jr. joins Toy Story 2 for Thanksgiving

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, November 17, 1999 at 12:00am

The Academy Award-nominated, animated short film, LUXO JR., will accompanyTOY STORY 2 for its Thanksgiving release. Directed by John Lasseter (TOYSTORY, A BUG'S LIFE), LUXO JR. debuted at SIGGRAPH in 1986 to wide praiseof its integration of classic character design with a new level of visualrealism. "LUXO JR. was the first computer animated film where the story andcharacters were more important to audiences than the fact that it was madewith a computer," said Lasseter, Pixar's Executive Vice President,

Headline News AtomFilms morphs with Pixelwave for New Studio

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, November 17, 1999 at 12:00am

Big news from the next-generation entertainment industry! AtomFilms hasacquired PixelWave, a leader in online content development andentertainment technologies. The acquisition has spurred AtomFilms to makeplans to form "Atom Studios," a next-generation entertainment studio. Thenew company will focus on the creation of new original Macromedia Flash andstreaming media animated series and integrating content in both onlineadvertising and sponsorship opportunities. "PixelWave delivers an important

Headline News Nick nets New Channel

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, November 17, 1999 at 12:00am

On November 10, 1999, Nickelodeon Online announced the premiere of a newNickelodeon channel on Apple's QuickTime TV (QTV), a leader on the Internetfor web-based video and audio. Nickelodeon's QTV channel will bring tocomputers around the world clips from Nickelodeon's new television shows,links to nick.com and nickjr.com, and other interactive items of kids.Also, the new NickTime TV will feature programming from Nickelodeon GAS,the first streaming sports network for kids. "QTV is the perfect network

Headline News Disney's Go.com Logo must Stop

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, November 17, 1999 at 12:00am

Starting on Monday, November 15, 1999, Walt Disney Co. must stop using thegreen traffic light-type emblem for its Go.com Web sites. U.S. DistrictCourt Judge Terry J. Hatter Jr. ruled that the logo used by Disney is toosimilar to the one used by the GoTo.com search engine. In December 1997,GoTo.com began using the logo of a green circle on a yellow backgroundwith the letters "GoTo" in white. Almost two years later, Disney beganusing a logo of a green traffic light in a yellow case with "Go" written in

Headline News Newtek announces LightWave 6 Free Upgrades

Customers who choose LightWave between now and the release of version 6will receive free upgrades from the current version (version 5.6).LightWave 6-- which is due for release later this year -- is said to be themost significant upgrade to the popular program in its long history as oneof the leading tools for visual effects and digital image creation.LightWave [6] is also the only 3D software system to run on MAC, WindowsNT, Alpha and Silicon Graphics systems. Version 5.6 is available now at a

Headline News ADV releases several new Anime titles

In a far distant future, awould-be master race seeks to dominate the galaxy. Against these mercilessAfressians, mankind has just one hope: the mysterious female warrior knownas Emeraldas. This is the story behind the Houston, Texas-based ADV FilmsNovember 23, 1999 release of QUEEN EMERALDAS on DVD. The US$29.98 QUEENEMERALDAS DVD will be in English and Japanese with English subtitles. Alsofrom ADV the following VHS tapes will all be released on January 25, 2000:The war against Genom escalates as the Knight Sabers find themselves forced

Headline News DISNEY INTERACTIVE teams up with ESPN

Disney Interactive, ESPN andKonami have announced that they will produce a full line-up of ESPN sportstitles for video game consoles and personal computers. The multi-platformsports brand will combine the full power of ESPN, a leading provider ofsports programming, ESPN Magazine and ESPN.com, with Konami's expertise intechnology and game development. Approximately 10 titles are expected tolaunch in 2000. The first titles, MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL and NBA BASKETBALL,both for Sega Dreamcast, and MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER on Sony PlayStation, will

Headline News Disney's TARZAN leaps to NINTENDO

Emerging from the jungles in January 2000, Activision, Inc., in collaboration with Disney Interactive, Inc.,will release Disney's TARZAN for Nintendo 64. This release will coincidewith the video release of the Disney summer blockbuster. Players will beable to surf the trees and swing from vines either as Tarzan, Jane, Terk orTantor. As you progress through 13-levels of game play, you can help save afamily of apes from the evil clutches of Sabor the leopard or Clayton thehunter.

Headline News MOONDANCE announces finalists

The Moondance International Film Festival has announced the finalists for its first competition, Moondance2000. The festival takes place in Boulder, Colorado, January 14-16, 2000 aspart of the Sundance Film Festival. Entries from female screenwriters andfilm-makers from any country were welcomed to the competition. For moreinformation e-mail: mermaid7cs@aol.com; or write: Moondance InternationalFilm Festival, 970 Ninth Street, Boulder, CO 80302, USA.

The following films are finalists in the animation film category:

Headline News SALAM AND THE GOLDEN QUEEN gets some gold

The International Cartoons &Animation Center's SALAM AND THE GOLDEN QUEEN has won the Hollywood FilmAdvisory Board's "Award of Excellence" and the Dove Foundation's "Dove Sealof Approval." In the film, Salam and the Knights of Virtue are shrunk tothe size of bees. Through their adventures in a beehive, they must learnthe value of cooperation and communication in order to return to the humanworld. The film is produced in six languages including English, French,Arabic, Turkish, Malay, and Urdu. Directed by Ammed Jamal Abdelhafiz, the

Headline News POKEMON pic poised on top of the US boxoffice

Will the power of Pokemon ever stop? U.S. fans of the animated seriesproved this weekend that they had to catch all of POKEMON: THE FIRST MOVIE.After setting the record for the biggest Wednesday opening of all time foran animated film, the Pikachu vehicle grossed an estimated $52.1 millionover a 5-day period, squishing the non-summer record of $45.7 million setby A BUG'S LIFE. The much anticipated new film from Kevin Smith, DOGMA,with visual effects by Station X Studios, bucked controversy and finished

Headline News The Animation Show of Shows is coming to town!

A program of the best in new animation, curated and presented by RonDiamond of Animation World Network and Acme Filmworks, Inc., will betouring Los Angeles and the Bay area next week. In addition topresentations at the major studios, various FREE PUBLIC SCREENINGS arescheduled: San-Francisco on Sunday, November 21 at 11 am at the Red VicMovie House, 1727 Haight St., hosted by ASIFA-San Francisco; and inCupertino at De Anza College, and Los Angeles on Saturday, November 20,

Headline News Just-released Animation Blast #4 features original John K. cover!

Issue 4 of the printed Animation Blast is now shipping. This 32-pagespectacular features an original cover by Ren & Stimpy creator JohnKricfalusi, along with an in-depth story about John K.'s Yogi Bear shortsthat aired on Cartoon Network. Additionally, there's an informativeinterview with the legendary Gene Hazelton, who designed Bob Clampett's"Coal Black and de Sebben Dwarfs;" unpublished Bill Scott gag drawings; andan article by historian Jerry Beck about the recently restored "lost"

Headline News New additions to AWN's Calendar of Events!

This week's update to the Calendar of Events includes a call for entriesfor the first International Internet Festival, organized in conjunctionwith Imagina (France), and the Santa Clarita Film Festival (California,USA). The Calendar of Upcoming Events is a constantly changing referencesource for what's happening around the World of Animation. Use it to stayabreast of animation related activities across the globe. If you know ofanimation related events that we don't have listed, send an email with the

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