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Larry Lauria Workshop In Orlando

* Saturday, March 17, 2001. Orlando, Florida, U.S.A.

Larry Lauria will be conducting a "hands on" interactive animation fundamentals and character design workshop. The event will be taking place at the International Academy of Design and Technology. For more information contact Tom Brooks at: Tel.: (407) 857-2300.

Want to learn more about Larry Lauria and his workshops? Then visit his Website, Toon Institute.

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Check Out Emerging Talent At The Art Institute of Phoenix's Graduate Exhibition

* Friday, March 23, 2001. Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.A.

The Art Institute of Phoenix is holding an exhibition of its winter 2001 graduate portfolios. Artwork presented will be from students in the computer animation, graphic design, multimedia, video production and Website administration departments. The event will be held at the Sheraton Crescent Hotel from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm. For more information contact the school at: 2233 West Dunlap Ave., Phoenix, Arizona 85021, U.S.A.; Tel.: (602) 678-4300; or Fax: (602) 997-0191.

Million Headline News

See Spot Run Back Into Third

With THE MEXICAN retaining the top spot and the live-action thriller 15 MINUTES debuting in second, Warner Bros.' SEE SPOT RUN held steady in third, grossing US$6.61 million. The feces-joke ridden family film has scooped up $17.98 million so far. HANNIBAL fell from second to fourth with a gross of $5.85 million. The hog-wild horror flick, with primary visual effects by Mill Film, has dined on $151.5 million thus far. Slipping two slots to finish seventh, CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON drummed up another $4.26 million. The highest grossing foreign language film in U.S.

Game Headline News

Academy Of Interactive Arts Announces Nominations

The Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences (AIAS) has announced its nominees for the 4th Annual Interactive Achievement Awards. Over 100 senior AIAS members in specialty groups chose the finalists. As part of the awards gala, John Carmack, founder of id Software, will be inducted into the Academy's Hall of Fame. Carmack is the creator of DOOM and QUAKE, which popularized the first-person shooter genre of gaming. Comedian Martin Lewis will host the ceremony on March 22, 2001 in San Jose, California.

Festival Headline News

Brothers Quay Take Home Tampere Fest's Jury Prize

The Tampere International Short Film Festival awarded its winners on Sunday, March 11, 2001. The prestigious special prize of the jury went to the Brothers Quay for their film IN ABSENTIA (U.K.). The prize for the best animation was given to Helene Moinerie for the film D'UNE CITÉ L'AUTRE (France). The Grand Prix of the festival went to the Finnish documentary HYPPÄÄJÄ by PV Lehtinen. Twenty films out of 69 in the competition were animations, somewhat less than usual.

Film Headline News

VeggieTales Theatrical Feature Starts Production

Big Idea Productions has announced that production has started on their first theatrical release, JONAH: A VEGGIETALES MOVIE. The CGI-animated film is slated to hit theaters in 2002. Big Idea's direct-to-video series VEGGIETALES has sold more than 20 million units to date. The film will be a humorous retelling of the Bible story of Jonah and the whale. Currently, Big Idea is searching for a distribution partner. A sneak peek of the feature will be previewed on the March 27 video release, LYLE, THE KINDLY VIKING.

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Warner Composer Richard Stone Passes Away

Richard Stone, the music composer for many Warner Animation TV series, has passed away. He died on Thursday, March 8 of pancreatic cancer. He was only 47 years old. He is the man responsible for the ANIMANIACS, PINKY & THE BRAIN, FREAKAZOID and THE SYLVESTER & TWEETY MYSTERIES theme songs. Stone started as a music editor for such films as WITNESS and PLATOON. He later worked on other Warner TV cartoons such as HISTERIA, ROAD ROVERS and the direct-to-video features TINY TOON ADVENTURES: HOW I SPENT MY SUMMER VACATION and WAKKO'S WISH.

Cartoon Headline News

American Distributors Get Involved With Cartoon Movie

Cartoon Movie (March 15-17, 2001, Potsdam-Babelsberg, Germany) is the European market for animation feature film. The annual event is put together by the AEFA Cartoon (European Association for Animated Films), which has been organizing the Cartoon Forum, the co-production marketplace for TV animation, every year since 1990. Cartoon Movie gives European feature film producers the chance to meet and exchange ideas, even create co-production partnerships.

Nickelodeon Headline News

Nickelodeon Promotes Shapiro To Exec VP

Nickelodeon has promoted senior VP Andra Shapiro to executive VP of business affairs and general counsel. Shapiro will head all business and legal affairs for Nickelodeon, Nick at Nite, TV Land, TNN: The National Network, Nickelodeon Games & Sports and Noggin. Before joining MTV Networks, she was an attorney at New York law firm Cowan, Liebowitz & Latman, where she handled copyright and trademark issues.

Television Headline News

Animation Events At The 3rd World Summit On Media For Children

The 3rd World Summit On Media For Children will happen March 23-26, 2001 in Thessaloniki, Greece. The Summit aims to create an audiovisual policy supporting the rights of children around the world. Organized by the European Children's Television Centre, the event strives to bring many people, including teachers, researchers and academics, together to investigate the relationship of children's television and new media.

Work Headline News

The Flux Group Signs Director Simon Holden

Visual effects/live-action director Simon D. Holden has signed with The Flux Group, a motion graphics, visual effects and live-action production house. Holden will focus on commercial work for Flux. His previous commercial work includes spots for Dodge, Pontiac, Bally Total Fitness and Warner Bros. Home Video. Recently, Holden has done F/X work on film and TV projects such as MOULIN ROUGE, CONTACT, DANTE'S PEAK, FACE/OFF, THE X-FILES and STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE NINE. Flux president Maggie Magee said, "Simon is an exceptional effects director and supervisor.

Cartoon Headline News

Brussels Announces Winners & Cartoon D'or Hopefuls

The 20th Brussels Animation and Cartoon Festival (February 21-March 3, 2001) handed out its top European awards. There were prizes only for national films, because the international official selection is non-competitive. Because Brussels is the capital of Belgium, a country with two separate language-based communities, there are, of course, two national Grand Prix.

Wild Headline News

Wild Brain Produces "Fruitensity" For Jolly Rancher

Wild Brain has finished spots for Jolly Ranchers new gel snack product, "Fruitensity." The 15 and 30-second ads were directed by Wild Brains Julia Tortolani and conceptualized by ad agency Euro RSCG Tatham. "Fruitensity" features bold colors and a combination of live-action and photo-collage. Tortolanis collage art animation was created using a mix of still photography, full-motion film and a broad array of digital tools including Maya, Photoshop and After Effects.

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Ring Of Fire Burns Bright For TechTV IDs

Ring of Fire teamed with entertainment branding company 3 Ring Circus to create the new ID package for the on-air and online network, TechTV. The visually striking package includes a series of four 30-second spots that display technology as a lifestyle benefit. "Connect," "Communicate," "Convenience" and "Community" are fast-paced spots, comprised of a primary red, white, blue and black color palette. "The TechTV project was particularly challenging because of the visual interpretation of 'Connectivity,'" states Elaine Cantwell, head of creative services for 3 Ring Circus.

Series Headline News

ABC Adds Olsen Twin Toon To Saturday Line-Up

ABC has announced that a new Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen cartoon series will be joining the "Disney's One Saturday Morning" block in the fall of 2001. Mary-Kate and Ashley will play movie actresses who star in a different action/adventure, mini-movie each episode. The girls will host a live-action lead-in to each episode's animated exploits. The series will be produced by Dualstar Animation, a division of Mary-Kate and Ashley's highly successful Dualstar Entertainment Group, in association with DIC Entertainment. The Olsens will serve as executive producers with Robert Thorne.

Events Headline News

New Additions To AWN's Calendar Of Events

This week's updates to the Calendar of Events includes: The Animated Encounters, April 26-29, Bristol, UK; The Krok International Animation Film Festival, August 20-September 2, Kiev, Ukraine; The 2nd Calgary International Film Festival (CIFF), September 25-30, Calgary, Canada; The Gemini TV Awards, October 27-29, Toronto, Ontario, Canada; BAF!: Bradford Animation Festival, November 16-18, Bradford, U.K.; and the USVI International Animated Film Festival, December 3-8, Virgin Islands, U.S.A.

Series Headline News

Kids WB Announces 2001-02 Schedule

A new POKEMON incarnation, THE MUMMY and SHERLOCK HOLMES are all set to hit the Kids WB! for the 2001-02 season in the U.S. The Kids WB! weekday afternoon line-up has been completely renewed. POKEMON: THE JOHTO JOURNEYS, which is the network's #1 rated kids' series for the season, along with CARDCAPTORS, POKEMON and JACKIE CHAN ADVENTURES will all be returning. Weekday mornings will gain new episodes RESCUE HEROES: GLOBAL RESPONSE TEAM and SHERLOCK HOLMES IN THE 22ND CENTURY. BATMAN BEYOND will also return in the Monday-Thursday 7-8 am line-up.

Festival Headline News

Affiliate Animator News: Kudzmas' And Augenblick's Films Go To Festivals

Linda Kudzmas' animated short, "Five Little Monkeys," will premiere at East Lansing's Children's Film Festival (http://www.elff.com/children/index.htm), Michigan, USA, March 16-18, 2001. "Five Little Monkeys" will also be screened at the California SUN International Animation Festival, California, USA, March 23-24, 2001. . . Augenblick Studios' "Rambin' Man" will be screened at the South By Southwest Film Festival, Austin, Texas, March 9-17, 2001 (http://films.sxsw.com).

Headline News

Harvey Sells All Of Its Classic Characters

The Harvey Entertainment Company has announced that it has signed an agreement with Classic Media, LLC, for the sale of its library of Classic Characters, including Casper, Richie Rich, Baby Huey and Little Audrey. Classic Media already owns the rights to the UPA characters Mr. Magoo and Gerald McBoing Boing. The deal, scheduled to close within 90 days, is worth US$16 million plus debts associated with the characters. This move is Harvey's attempt to liquidate its bank debts.

Animation Headline News

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

AWN's Web Animation Guide is the place for what's new on the Net. In this week's installment a new Bill Plympton Webtoon, THUGS ON FILM's 2nd Tosser Nominees, an interesting looking Yogi Bear short 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!"

Animation Headline News

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