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Fox Kids Fires Up In Italy

In the spring, Fox Kids Europe will launch a local TV affiliate in Italy

and initiate a fully localized Web site to coincide. The new channel will

be distributed by cable and direct satellite to about 400,000 subscribers

via the Stream pay television system. The channel will broadcast entirely

in Italian 15 hours a day with such well-known shows as X-MEN, MIGHTY

MORPHAN POWER RANGERS and INSPECTOR GADGET. The scheduled launch date for

the new net will be April 1, 2000. Following the Italian launch, Fox Kids

Special Headline News

Charles Schultz Special On CBS

On February 11, 2000, CBS will air a special celebrating the career of THE

PEANUTS creator Charles Schultz. The hour-long GOOD GRIEF, CHARLIE BROWN: A

TRIBUTE TO CHARLES SCHULTZ will be hosted by CBS' former news legend Walter

Cronkite. The special will feature clips from the PEANUTS series and

specials, plus an interview with Charles Schultz. The legendary comic strip

artist retired at the beginning of the year in order to concentrate on

beating his newly diagnosed cancer.

Show Headline News

NASCAR Racers Rides Onto Fox

NASCAR fans will soon be treated to the premiere of a new animated TV show

NASCAR RACERS. On Friday, February 5, 2000 at 3:30 pm, Fox Kids will kick

off the new series with a re-broadcast of the 90-minute NASCAR RACERS

telepic. Following the next day at 9:30 am, the series will premiere. The

show will follow the high-speed adventures of four young race car drivers.

Music Headline News

Artbeats Releases Lifestyles

Designed for those who produce commercials, music videos, industrial

projects and similar broadcast pieces, 'Lifestyles - Mixed Cuts' is a stock

CD which is packed full of video clips of people. The royalty free

collection of video snippets includes the faces of adults and children,

plus a wide variety of situations including a birthday party, a mother and

daughter out for a walk, professionals in a board room and even a transient

walking along train tracks. The uses are endless. Commercials and music

Animation Headline News

The February Issue of Animation World Magazine Is Now On-line!

February is our annual motion-capture and stop-motion issue, and we have

plenty in store as usual. Sharon Schatz interviews Brian Nilles of leading

motion-capture technology firm, Vicon Motion Systems. Gregory Singer goes

behind the scenes on one of the many projects which uses Vicon's

technology, while Laura Schiff introduces us to Webbie Tookay, a new

motion-capture personality. On the stop-motion side of things, Wendy

Jackson covers Aardman Animations' current high flying times as they work

Animation Headline News

Heavy.com Seeks Animators

New York-based HEAVY.COM is looking for ANIMATORS to join their growing

staff. Applicants are expected to have solid skills in drawing,

storytelling, design, Flash and interpersonal dynamics. Prior filmmaking

experience and/or background in traditional 2D animation techniques is a

plus.

For more information about these and other jobs, check out AWN's

Career Connections, the online Animation Job Fair.

Studio Headline News

Jobs, Jobs, Jobs

STARDUST ENTERTAINMENT FILMPRODUKTION is a studio located in

Berlin-Potsdam, Germany, specializing in computer animation (3D) and visual

effects. The CGI studio is equipped with the most advanced wireless

motion-capture system by Motion Analysis. In addition to its staff of 50

CGI professionals from 15 different countries, currently based at the

studio in Germany, Stardust Entertainment is cooperating with CGI studios

in Romania, Italy, Spain, Belgium and Asia. Currently in production on a 26

Films Headline News

Brussels Festival Unveils its Millennium Program

The 19th Brussels Cartoon and Animated Film Festival will take place

February 28-March 11, 2000. 128 films have been selected for the official

competition, 119 shorts and 9 features, representing 22 countries. The list

of all selected films is available on-line. In addition to the feature

program, the festival will present six international programs of short

films, two international programs of student films, and two programs of

Belgian films. The retrospectives include: "Humour? Humour!," an anthology

Animation Headline News

FPS Wants to Hear From You

FPS (Frames Per Second), the Canadian animation magazine, now has a

questionnaire on-line that they invite all readers, new and old, to fill

out. The FPS survey is located at

http://www.awn.com/fps/.

The current issue of FPS (#18) is available for sale in AWN's

Newsstand,

where you can subscribe to your favorite animation publications and

Film Headline News

Tampere International Short Film Festival

* Wednesday, March 8 - Sunday, March 12, 2000. Tampere, Finland.

As the biggest short film event in Northern Europe, the Tampere

International Short Film Festival features 80 screenings, a film market and

seminars. 16mm and 35mm films under 30 minutes, completed after January 1,

1998, are accepted for competition. Awards available include Grand Prize,

Special Prize of the Jury, Best Animation, and an Audience Award. Last

Film Headline News

British Animation Awards

* Thursday, March 9, 2000. London, U.K.

The 3rd annual British Animation Awards will include the following: Best

Film Under Seven Minutes, Best Longer Short Film, Best TV and Film

Graphics, Best Film at the Cutting Edge, Mari Kuttna Award for Best

Directorial Debut, Best Direction of an Animated Commercial, Best

Animation/Craft in a Commercial, Best Adult Series, Best TV Children's

Special, Best Children's Series, Best Pre-School Series, Children's Choice

Animation Headline News

Imagina Makes Toy Story 2 Grand

Walt Disney and Pixar have yet another trophy on their mantle, this time

it's the grand prix at Imagina 2000. The computer conference and festival,

which started in Monaco on January 31 and then continued in Paris on

February 2, finishing Friday, February 4, is often referred to as the

European equivalent to SIGGRAPH. The events in Monaco included the "Prix

Pixel-INA" awards competition, the Innovation Space, and various

conferences and panel discussions such as "2D/3D Animation," a discussion

Headline News

The Adventures of Prince Achmed Screening

* Saturday, February 12, 2000. Ontario, Canada.

Cinematheque Ontario will present Lotte Reiniger's timeless silhouette

animation, THE ADVENTURES OF PRINCE ACHMED (DIE ABENTEUER DES PRINZEN

ACHMED). The story is adapted from the "Tales of the Arabian Nights." The

film, that took Reiniger two years to make, captures fantasy, romance,

adventure, and humor. The screening will begin at 2 pm. The Jackman Hall

Box Office opens 30 minutes prior to the first screening of the day. Ticket

Awards Headline News

TEAM Awards

* Wednesday, February 16, 2000. Westwood, California, U.S.A.

For the tenth consecutive year Clifford Cohen's AnimAction will be

presenting the TEAM (Tobacco Education Awareness Message) Awards.

Twenty-seven middle schools have participated in AnimAction's filmmaking

program this year. Students work together in creating animated Public

Service Announcements (PSAs). The award winning PSAs will be aired on

network and cable TV. Previous PSAs have been distributed by UNICEF and

Television Headline News

Monte-Carlo Television Market

* Sunday, February 20 - Wednesday, February 23, 2000. Monte-Carlo, Monaco.

Created in 1979, the Monte-Carlo Television Market was established as a

companion to the world renowned Monte-Carlo International Television

Festival. Today, the Television Market ranks as one of the top program

markets in the world. In 1999, the Market had 487 registered buyers and

1,920 participants on hand. For 2000, two new events have been added to the

Festival Headline News

Cinequest San Jose Film Festival

* Thursday, February 24 - Sunday, March 5, 2000. San Jose, California, U.S.A.

Cinequest San Jose Film Festival showcases features and short films (16mm &

35mm all genres) of artistic, social or stylistic merit. This year, the

festival is celebrating Maverick Films, Filmmakers and Technologies. For

more information contact Cinequest 2000 at: P.O Box 720040, San Jose, CA

95172-0040; Tel.: (408) 995-5033; Fax: (408) 995-5713; E-mail:

cineqst@wenet.net; or Web: http://www.cinequest.org.

Festival Headline News

Brussels Cartoon And Animated Film Festival

* Monday, February 28 - Saturday, March 11, 2000. Brussels, Belgium.

Each year the Brussels Cartoon and Animated Film Festival programs the

"crème de la crème" in international animation. It is one of the top

festivals on the international cartoon and computer generated images

circuit. It features 150 to 200 films, plus premieres, original

retrospectives, exhibitions, "making of" programs and invites a host of

Animation Headline News

ASIFA-Hollywood's Animation Expo

* Friday, March 3 - Saturday, March 4, 2000. Glendale, California, U.S.A.

This year, ASIFA-Hollywood will host its 7th Annual Animation Expo. The

Expo is a two day animation industry trade show focusing on the exhibition

of animation related products and services and the recruitment of related

talent and personnel. In addition, the Expo offers industry seminars and

workshops, digital tutorials and a showcase of animation. Admission price

Million Headline News

Stuart Little Stays Steady At #4

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, February 2, 2000 at 12:00am

The Super Bowl, American football's biggest game, kept people away from

U.S. theatres this past weekend, but STUART LITTLE, with primary visual

effects by Sony Pictures Imageworks, additional animation by CFX and Rhythm

& Hues, and miniatures by Thunderstone, stayed steady at 4th place in the

box office. Sony's great white hope (a white mouse that is) grossed US$4.78

million bringing its total to $123 million. THE GREEN MILE, with primary

Imax Headline News

Imax Delivers Simpsons In 3D

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, February 2, 2000 at 12:00am

Imax has inked a deal with Fox, DreamWorks and Sony Pictures to deliver to

audiences 3D versions of THE SIMPSONS, Princess Bala from ANTZ and several

original animated characters. The Imax feature will be entitled CYBERWORLD

and will hit U.S. theatres in October. Produced by Hugh Murray and Steve

Hoban, the 45-minute pic will feature 3D clips from ANTZ and THE SIMPSONS

interwoven with Phig, the tour guide of this futuristic animation museum.

Show Headline News

Simpsons' Scandal Set For Sweeps

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, February 2, 2000 at 12:00am

Fox has leaked the scoop that a central Simpsons character will be killed

off on the February 13 episode of the decade old toon. Rumors have been

circling that the grim reaper will be swinging his scythe at Maude

Flanders, wife of Jesus freak neighbor Ned. In a bold move of honesty THE

SIMPSONS' executive producer Mike Scully fully admits the show is a

shameless attempt at grabbing sweeps ratings. "We're in our 11th season and

we're always looking for new ways to shake up the show a little and do

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