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WAC Director Leaves Festival

Two months before the WORLD ANIMATION CELEBRATION opens, festival director TRACY CROSSLEY has left "to pursue other interests." WAC has appointed a new director Danielle Robertson. "The team we have assembled to produce this year's event has an incredible amount of festival experience and has banded together to produce a memorable experience for everyone involved," said Robertson. "We appreciate the contributions Tracy had made and wish her the very best in all her future endeavors."

Film Headline News

Van Goethem Unexpectedly Passes

On Friday, March 3, 2000, Belgian animation film director and illustrator Nicole van Goethem passed away unexpectedly at the age of 58 in her hometown of Antwerp. The cause of death is unknown. Since 1974, Nicole van Goethem has worked on various animation productions, serving in the background, color selection and special effects fields. Among her credits, she participated in the feature length film TARZOON produced by Picha.

Million Headline News

Snow Slips, Pitch Black Steady At 5th

With strictly live-action fare reigning the U.S. box office, SNOW DAY slipped to sixth place, while PITCH BLACK remained steady in fifth place. Paramount's kid-pic, with special effects by Curious Pictures, fell from #2, grossing US$4.8 million this past weekend and bringing its total gross to $49 million. USA Films' PITCH BLACK, with primary visual effects by Double Negative Ltd. and The Chandler Group, clocked in at #5 for the second straight weekend, grossing $5.07 million raising its total gross to $29.7 million.

Company Headline News

IFILM Increases The Executive Fold

IFILM, a leading Internet resource for film fans, filmmakers and film

industry professionals, has increased their fold by three. The company

announced the appointments of Kevin Wendle, a co-founder of CNET and Fox

Broadcasting Company, as chief executive officer; Doug Sylvester, a

co-founder of E! On-line, as president and chief operating officer; and Tom

Harbeck, former head of programming for the Sundance Channel and a senior

Nickelodeon marketing executive, as the company's Senior VP of programming,

Final Headline News

Mosquiton's Final Battle In Stores

The final adventure of MASTER OF MOSQUITON, THE VAMPIRE comes to video.

VOLUME 3 will fly into stores March 28, 2000. The teenaged tomb raider

Inaho and her undead partner Mosquiton face off against the sinister

Rasputin and Mosquiton's ex-wife, the dreaded Carmilla! The adventure will

hit stores at the price of US$19.98.

World Headline News

Those Who Hunt Elves Chapter 6 Stumbles Into Stores

THOSE WHO HUNT ELVES CHAPTER 6: FINAL TRIALS invades homes across the U.S.

With new cameras, designer furniture and gourmet coffee, the elven world is

slowly looking more like planet Earth. Unfortunately, other earthly

standards have invaded the peaceful world like shady political takeovers,

diabolical plots against the elf hunters, and a crooked court out to

convict our heroes. Will Celcia betray them on the witness stand? Will

Ritsuko ever get a chance to graduate? Will Airi get home to claim her

Entertainment Headline News

William's Wish Wellingtons Works Its Way To Your Tellie

BBC video brings to homes 13 tales from the TV series WILLIAM'S WISH

WELLINGTONS. The 5 minute stories feature a small boy and his pair of magic

boots. The show airs weekly on Cartoon Network and TVO. The tape will be

distributed in the U.S. and Canada by 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment.

Volume 1 will be available on March 7, 2000 and be priced at US$14.95.

Headline News

UNICEF's Cartoons For Children's Rights

UNICEF, the United Nations International Children's Education Fund, is

looking for additional animation partners to participate in their "Cartoons

for Children's Rights" initiative. The partnership currently includes over

70 animation companies, as well as independent animators from 32 countries.

Each participant produces and donates at least one 30-second non-verbal

public service announcement dealing with a single right, such as a child's

Anime Headline News

ADV Adds Right Stuf To Its Library

Animation film company ADV Films has inked a distribution deal for the

entire catalog of films from The Right Stuf International, Inc. ADV's

library includes BKN cartoon MONSTER RANCHERS. "Because we have anime

standards such as NEON GENESIS EVANGELION and new classics like BUBBLEGUM

CRISIS: TOKYO 2040, forming an alliance with The Right Stuf is a dream come

true for us," states ADV Films President John Ledford. "The Right Stuf has

two of the true milestones of anime in their enormous catalog; KIMBA, THE

Events Headline News

ASIFA Italia Re-opens

Want to know about events in Italy? Then visit ASIFA Italia's re-designed

Website at www.asifaitalia.org. The Italian-languaged site is a growing

destination for animation in Italy. The site features ASIFA events and

other information regarding the Italian animation organization.

Headline News

CGI Degree At The Art Institute Of LA

The Art Institute of Los Angeles has received approval from the Accrediting

Commission of Career Schools and Colleges of Technology (ACCSCT) to offer

Bachelor of Science degrees in computer animation, graphic design and

on-line media and marketing. Established in 1997 as a branch of The Art

Institute of Pittsburgh, the Los Angeles arm received state approval to

offer baccalaureate-level programs in September, 1999. With more than 850

students enrolled, The Art Institute of Los Angeles also offers Associate

Headline News

Scooby-Doo Meets The Boo Brothers In March

The newest Scooby-Doo adventure, SCOOBY-DOO MEETS THE BOO BROTHERS, and

classic episodes on DVD will soon float into stores across the U.S.

Debuting on March 14, 2000, SCOOBY-DOO MEETS THE BOO BROTHERS has the

heroes Scooby, Shaggy and Scrappy-Doo inheriting a haunted house from

Shaggy's uncle. The terrified trio calls for help from the Boo Brothers, a

family of ghost hunters. But wait, the Boo Brothers are ghouls themselves!

Check out the new adventure to find out if Scooby really hired ghost

Version Headline News

New Bubblegum Crisis Bursts in March

Fans of the BUBBLEGUM CRISIS series can catch the new adventures in

mid-March. VOLUME 4 -- RAMPAGE will pop into stores on March 14, 2000. A

new terror clouds over Tokyo. An evil entity runs amok, pulling its victims

into the sewers and devouring their flesh. The Knight Sabers, Genom and the

AD Police all join in a desperate search to find and destroy the monster.

The English dubbed version is priced at US$24.95 and the Japanese with

English subtitles version is priced at $29.95.

Animation Headline News

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

March focuses on Production Technology and has a number of special

contributors and features. J. Paul Peszko discovers how DreamWorks

integrated digital technology with traditional animation for their latest

release "The Road to El Dorado." Eric Huelsman interviews Mike Milne, the

man behind the amazing "Walking with Dinosaurs," a show which took Britain

by storm and is now coming to the U.S. Howard Beckerman takes a historical

look at a few early "real-time" animation techniques, like Mobilux Lumia.

Production Headline News

New Jobs: Production Management, Animators, Artists and much, much more

Big Idea Productions, producers of the popular children's video collection

"Veggie-mania," is looking for a VICE PRESIDENT of PRODUCTION. . . Wam!Net

is seeking a PRODUCTION MANAGER to be responsible for managing a large

scale render farm and supporting production from Visual Effects Studios,

post-production facilities and design/engineering groups working remotely

via the company's network. . . New Zealand's Weta Digital seeks world-class

Headline News

Win $25,000 and a One Year Contract with Playboy

Be a part of Playboy's rich heritage of cartoon humor. Participate in

Playboy's Comix and Animation Contest. All multimedia formats welcome:

Shockwave, Flash, videotape, pen and ink and more! Grand prize winner

receives $25,000. Five honorable mentions will also be selected. Judges

include Scott Adams, Award winning creator of Dilbert, and Kevin Smith,

Writer/Director of hit films "Chasing Amy" and "Dogma." The deadline for

submission is April 1, 2000. As with any contest there are lots of rules

Festival Headline News

Bill Plympton Around the World

Bill Plympton has updated his

appearances page.

In the next months, his

films will be appearing in various festivals and other events around the

world. Bill will be attending the Newport Film Festival, Newport, RI, USA;

Annecy Animation Festival, Annecy, France; Florida Film Festival, Maitland,

FL, USA; and Zagreb World Festival of Animated Films, Zagreb, Croatia.

Festival Headline News

Store Specials: Brussels 2000 Cartoon and Animated Film Festival Catalogue

The 72-page festival catalog provides information in three languages

(French, Dutch, English) on all exhibitions, making of presentations,

retrospectives, biographies of festival guests, as well as technical,

production, story summary and distribution data on films. Available for

$6.00 plus s/h. The

Folioscope product

line includes a rare selection of videos, featuring pioneer Belgian

Time Headline News

Mickey Fears AOL/Warner Mega-Merger

On Thursday, March 2, 2000, South Carolina's Democratic Senator Ernest

Hollings of the Senate Commerce Committee told Time Warner CEO Gerald Levin

and AOL chairman Steve Case that the "Disney people are afraid to come

testify" about their concerns regarding the proposed merger of the two

companies. Hollings told Levin and Case, who were in Washington D.C.

testifying about their merger, that Disney is concerned that Time Warner

will retaliate against the company by relegating its cable networks to

Headline News

Salt Lake No Promised Land For God The Devil & Bob

The promised land of prime time nirvana will escape GOD THE DEVIL & BOB in

Salt Lake City, Utah, whose NBC affiliate has refused to air the network's

upcoming animated comedy. KSL-TV VP and general manager Al Henderson said

the station decided to pre-empt the "not-so-heavenly" toon because it "was

not very funny." "We didn't think it was written well," Henderson said. "We

found some of the humor tasteless." The new series follows the

misadventures of Detroit auto worker Bob Alman (voiced by French Stewart),

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