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New Jobs: Animators, Artists, Faculty Filmmakers and more wanted

- Do you live and breathe anime, comics, manga and sci-fi? Do you enjoy

working in a fast-paced, start-up environment? Then this may be your dream

job! Actionace.com, a pre-IPO company located in the San Francisco Bay

Area, is launching an on-line entertainment channel featuring webisodes

animated in Flash. Actionace.com is hiring all levels of ANIMATORS, from

seasoned professionals to entry-level. Job requirements/skills are: 4-year

college degree (animation major preferred); Thorough understanding of

Animation Headline News

Animation On the Internet - Creating It and Distributing It!

Meet key industry leaders in two power packed panels! AWN's Dan Sarto will

present "THE NEXT WAVE: ANIMATION ON THE INTERNET" at the Animation Expo on

Saturday, March 4, 1:00 PM - 5:30 PM. A panel of leading animators and

industry experts will discuss current opportunities and future

possibilities for the creation and distribution of animation on the

Internet. Session 1 will focus on THE TOOLS, TECHNIQUES AND TECHNOLOGIES

being used to create web-based animated content. With so much focus on

Drawing Headline News

Free Slide Lecture with Prestigious Life Drawing Instructor Glenn Vilppu

On Saturday, March 4, 2000, world class life drawing master Glenn Vilppu

will present "On the Tails of Anders Zorn, Carl Larsson and P.S. Kroyer in

Scandinavia" at the Motion Picture Screen Cartoonists Union (MPSC Local

839), North Hollywood, California. To attend this free event, please call

(661) 269-1726 or (818) 994-2402. Glenn Vilppu will also present his tour

of Denmark and Sweden, scheduled July 10-21, 2000. When traveling through

major cities, Vilppu will lecture on the local art. Artists, photographers

Headline News

J. Stuart Blackton Screening

By Rick DeMott | Thursday, February 24, 2000 at 12:00am

* Wednesday, March 1, 2000. Hollywood, California, U.S.A.

In celebration of the 125th anniversary of J. Stuart Blackton, The Silent

Society of Hollywood Heritage, Inc. and the International Animated Film

Society, ASIFA-Hollywood, are presenting a program highlighting this motion

picture and animation pioneer. A diverse sampling of works by the medium's

first director-producer-animator and actor will be featured, all drawn from

Team Headline News

Stuart Little Team At AFI

By Rick DeMott | Thursday, February 24, 2000 at 12:00am

* Thursday, March 2, 2000.

An Evening with STUART LITTLE, presented by ASIFA-Hollywood and AFI. Henry

Anderson and the STUART LITTLE/Sony Pictures Imageworks team will present a

lively discussion of the performance aspects of the animation, plus some of

the technical as well. The program concludes with a screening of STUART

LITTLE. The event will take place at 7:30 PM at the Mark Goodson Theater on

2021 N. Western Ave. For more information contact ASIFA-Hollywood at: 725

Cartoon Headline News

Cartoon Seminar

By Rick DeMott | Thursday, February 24, 2000 at 12:00am

* Thursday, March 9, 2000 - Saturday, March 11, 2000. Madrid, Spain.

Cartoon, the European producers organization, will present a seminar on

"how to negotiate with the U.S.A., Canada, Australia and Japan."

Discussions will focus on the structures, customs and constraints of the

fore mentioned markets. After an introduction on each country, the various

policies on international co-productions will be discussed. A question and

Animation Headline News

March's WIA Writers' Group

By Rick DeMott | Thursday, February 24, 2000 at 12:00am

* Thursday, March 9, 2000. Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

This month's Women In Animation Writers' Group Seminar will be held at 7:30

pm at Saban Entertainment, 10960 Wilshire Blvd. (corner of Midvale). The

discussion centers around the outline, the scene, and animation terms. Fee:

US$5 to cover costs. RSVP to Jean Ann Wright required. Tel.: (818)

360-8321 or E-mail: jjwright@gte.net. For more information on WIA events,

please visit the Website at

Design Headline News

WIA, Inc. General Meeting

By Rick DeMott | Thursday, February 24, 2000 at 12:00am

* Saturday, February 26, 2000. Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

Women In Animation, Inc. will be holding their annual meeting with guest

speaker Lynda Weinman of lynda.com. The meeting introduces members and

anyone interested in WIA with what has happened in the past year and what

exciting events and activities are on the way for 2000. Weinman, a pioneer

of graphics and animation on the MAC, will bring to the event her knowledge

Headline News

Rugrats: Burger King's Thanksgiving Whopper

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, February 23, 2000 at 12:00am

Burger King, a leading hamburger chain, has decided to back RUGRATS IN

PARIS with a licensing campaign to coincide with the film's Thanksgiving

release. Burger joint cross promotion of films released in the holiday

season means big money for both parties. Burger King opted to work out a

deal with the Nickelodeon/Paramount sequel to RUGRATS: THE MOVIE, which it

backed in 1998, instead of DR. SEUSS' HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS,

starring Jim Carrey. Insiders say Burger King may drop US$20 million into

Effects Headline News

Riots Raises Roster With New Producer and CGI Artist

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, February 23, 2000 at 12:00am

RIOT, a digital effect house, breaks out with the naming of a new visual

effects producer ALIX EGLIS and visual effects artist CLAUS HANSEN. As a

freelancer, Eglis has produced commercials for Santa Monica,

California-based Crew Cuts and Lost Planet. For Culver City,

California-based Mars Media, she produced the R&B group, TLC's "Unpretty"

video and Will Smith's "Wild, Wild West" video. Eglis will oversee projects

for Riot, acting as a liaison from the client to the artists. Prior to

Headline News

Radium Expands Santa Monica Branch's Roster

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, February 23, 2000 at 12:00am

RADIUM has expanded its Santa Monica office roster with a new head of

production JONATHAN WHITEHEAD and visual effects artists MARK HOLMES and

CHRISTINE RIVARD. Whitehead will oversee the daily operation of the Santa

Monica branch including client relations, bidding, marketing, personnel and

line producing. For the last six years, Whitehead was an executive producer

at Saatchi & Saatchi, primarily working on ads for Toyota. Whitehead's

feature film producing credits include GHOSTBUSTERS II, THE ABYSS, STEEL

Global Headline News

Vivid Animation Stops Production

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, February 23, 2000 at 12:00am

Jeff Lotman, CEO of Vivid Animation and Virtual Celebrity Productions,

announced that the company has closed operations. "Vivid, which had just

completed its first commercial project, for MasterCard, will no longer

accept commercial projects," said Lotman who has decided to focus all of

his energies and resources on his two-year-old licensing and merchandising

company Global Icons. "Global Icons is growing faster than I had hoped and

the potential is so great that it demands all of my attention at this

Show Headline News

A New Cubicle For Dilbert On The Net

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, February 23, 2000 at 12:00am

After UPN put DILBERT on an indefinite hiatus which starts March 14, the

producers of the cartoon series announced it would broadcast an episode of

the show along with rare outtakes on the Net. The 22-minute previously

aired episode entitled "The Merger" will air commercial-free on the Web

from February 17 - 29, 2000. Columbia/TriStar, who produces the show, will

become only the second major studio to enter into the Netcasting arena. In

November of 1999, Warner Bros. simulcast parts of an episode of "The Drew

Henson Headline News

German EM.TV Acquires The Muppets

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, February 23, 2000 at 12:00am

Munich-based EM.TV & Merchandising has acquired the Jim Henson Co. in a

cash and stock transaction valued at US$680 million. The German company now

owns the rights to the Muppets and Sesame Street characters. The purchase

gives EM.TV "some of the most powerful and enduring kids and family brands

worldwide and. . . access to the world's biggest and most important media

market," said Thomas Haffa, EM.TV CEO. "In addition, our investment in

Henson will give us a position in cable networks, which will open up new

Million Headline News

Snow Falls At 3rd Again

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, February 23, 2000 at 12:00am

The kid flick SNOW DAY, with special effects by Curious Pictures, settled

at third place for a second straight week at the U.S. box office. The

Paramount-produced flick grossed US$14.8 million over the President's Day

holiday weekend, bringing its cume to $31.5 million. USA Films release

PITCH BLACK finished at #4. Yet another ALIENS-esque sci-fi flick, PITCH

BLACK grossed $14 million. THE TIGGER MOVIE finished the weekend in fifth

place, making $10.5 million, bringing its cume to $22.3 million. Even

Headline News

eBay To Auction Mickey's Merchandise

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, February 23, 2000 at 12:00am

Disney's Go Network has inked a 4-year agreement with eBay making it the

exclusive on-line auction site for Walt Disney's Web properties. Under

terms of the deal, eBay and the Go Network will create two co-branded

auction sites -- one to provide person to person transactions, the other

merchant to consumer sales, featuring goods from Disney's properties and

ESPN, among others. Disney will market the two sites through its Go

Network, a portfolio of Web sites that includes Disney.com, ABC.com and

Show Headline News

Brak Presents The Brak Show Starring Brak Premiere

On Sunday, February 20, 2000, everyone's favorite alien villain from Space

Ghost's CARTOON PLANET, Brak, will present his own half-hour musical

variety show on Cartoon Network entitled BRAK PRESENTS THE BRAK SHOW

STARRING BRAK. Starting at 7 pm, the special will feature 10 original songs

and many comedy sketches. The dimwitted host gets the chance to sing a

heart-warming duet with R&B singer Monica, ride down a country road in an

ol' pick-up truck singing the tune "Highway 40" with teen film star Freddie

Live-action Headline News

Live-Action Tick Actor Named

Patrick Warburton, best known for playing Elaine's mechanic boyfriend,

Putty, on SEINFELD, will don the blue superhero suit in the new live-action

TV series THE TICK. Barry Sonnenfeld will direct the half-hour pilot, and

share executive producing credits with partner Barry Josephson and TICK

creator Ben Edlund. Shooting is scheduled for the first two weeks in April.

Headline News

Angela Anaconda Marathon

To celebrate the American holiday, President's Day, Fox Family will be

hosting a seven hour marathon of ANGELA ANACONDA on Monday, February 21,

2000. Fourteen episodes of the hit animated series will air back-to-back

starting at 7:30 am. Catch all of Angela's misadventures with her friends

and chief rival Nanette Manoir, her stuck-up blonde classmate.

Headline News

Digimon Marathon

DIGIMON: DIGITAL MONSTERS will take over the airwaves for a seven hour

marathon on Sunday, February 27, 2000. The "Digithon" will feature 11 new

episodes to Fox Family starting at 7 am. Follow the mysterious adventures

of the series' seven young heroes as they discover the secrets of the

"black gear" which threatens the existence of Digiworld.

Company Headline News

Los Kitos Comic Strip To Become TV Series

The Krislin Company has gained the rights to produce an animated TV series

based off of Los Kitos Entertainment's LOS KITOS comic strip. Currently

running in more than 200 newspapers worldwide, the strip, created by

Colombian-born Martha Montoya, addresses the concerns of Hispanics and

other immigrant groups and highlights cultural awareness. Walt Kubiak,

president of the Krislin Company said, "We are very excited about our

association with LOS KITOS and look forward to introducing this fine

Movie Headline News

An Extremely Goofy Movie Stumbles Into Stores

On February 29, 2000, Disney will debut its new direct-to-video feature

entitled AN EXTREMELY GOOFY MOVIE. The new Goofy flick follows Goofy and

his son Max as they both go off to college. Goofy brings some old-fashioned

ideas along that embarrass young Max. But all bets are off as both father

and son compete in the "College X Games," an extreme sports competition.

The VHS tape will be priced at US$24.99 and the DVD will be $29.99. An

added bonus is the short entitled KIDS' GOOFIEST JOKES, a collection of

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