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Headline News Fox Family Channel hires Rob Sorcher

Fox Family Channel has named ROB SORCHER head of the newly created positionof Executive Vice President, Programming and Development. Sorcher willoversee all original programming, both current, and in development, forprime time scripted and reality series, specials, and movies, as well asall daytime children's prgramming for the Channel. Sorcher joins Fox Familyfrom Cartoon Network, where he served as Executive Vice President of thenetwork's US division since October 1997. At Cartoon Network Sorcher was a

Headline News Evening Sky names Mitch Nadon general manager

Evening Sky Productions has named MITCH NADON general and operationsmanager. Nadon will be responsible for the day-to-day management and studiooperations of Evening Sky and The Animation House, its commercial division,and she will also oversee the areas of trade marketing and human resources.Nadon comes to Evening Sky from Toronto-based Spin Productions, where shewas Operations Officer. She has previously worked in production atTVOntario, and in animation production at Nelvana Limited. Evening Sky

Headline News E3 takes place this week!

The E3 '99 Exposition takes place Wednesday, May 12 - Saturday, May 15 at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, California, USA. This year's Exposition will feature over 400 exhibitors displaying new software titles and the latest hardware. Don Tapscott will deliver the keynote address on Thursday, May 13 at 8:45 am about the area of digital economy and the net generation.

Headline News TERMINATOR 2: 3D has arrived

Universal Studios Hollywood's TERMINATOR 2: 3D attraction recreates the dark foreboding futuristic world of the Terminator films in a twelve minute long 3-D film. The attraction is a sequel of sorts to James Cameron's TERMINATOR 2, a multi-sensory "virtual adventure." Up to 700 guests at a time can experience TERMINATOR 2: 3D, which is projected by six 70mm Iwerks projectors onto three 23' by 50' screens. This all-new Terminator adventure features the original TERMINATOR 2 cast including Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Edward Furlong, and Robert Patrick.

Headline News THE MUMMY has record debut

Newly released THE MUMMY, Universal Studios' CGI-laced revival of its mummyseries, which began with Boris Karloff's 1932 THE MUMMY, and continued inthe 1940s with Lon Chaney, Jr. in such films as THE MUMMY'S HAND, finishedon top in the weekend US box-office charts, grossing $43,369,635--the bestopening this year, the ninth-biggest of all time, and the highestnon-holiday debut in May. The digital effects for THE MUMMY were created byIndustrial Light and Magic.THE MATRIX remained in the top five, finishing

Headline News Disney gives kids an ANIMATION KIT

Disney Press has released a package called DISNEY'S ANIMATION KIT by Don Hahn that is intended for ages 8 and up. Priced at $19.95 the package includes the following:

18 pieces of 3-hole punched white paper4 cels1 Blue pencil1 Graphite pencil1 Flipbook featuring Mickey Mouse from "The Brave Little Tailor"1 Blank Flipbook6 non-smudge markers (red, yellow, green, blue, violet, black)1 plastic "peg bar"1 68 page workbook

Headline News SUNRISE OVER TIANANMEN SQUARE makes its TV debut

Shui-Bo Wang's Oscar nominated SUNRISE OVER TIANANMEN SQUARE makes its US TV debut Sunday, May 16 at 8 pm on HBO's Signature Channel.

SUNRISE OVER TIANANMEN also debuts in Canada on Thursday, May 27 at 9 pm and 2 am ET/PT on Vision TV. It repeats on Friday, May 28 at noon, 8 pm, and 1 am; and on Monday, May 31 at 11 am. It also airs on SCN on Friday, June 4 at 8 pm; and on TVO on Monday, June 7 at 10 pm.

Headline News CalArts Experimental Animation student screening set

*Friday, May 14th, 8 pm. North Hollywood, California, USA.

Students in the Experimental Animation program at CalArts will show theirfilms at the Academy Plaza Theater, 5230 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood,California. For more information call (805) 253-7818.

Read about the teaching philosophy of Jules Engel, CalArts' FoundingDirector of the Experimental Animation Program, in this month's issue ofAnimation World Magazine in "Jules Engel: the Mentor".

Headline News SOVA senior thesis exhibition

*Thursday, May 6, 6:30 pm. New York, New York, USA.

Senior Thesis work from students of the Computer Art department of TheSchool of Visual Arts will be exhibited in the Westside Gallery at 141 West21st Street between 6th and 7th Avenues. The exhibit includes computeranimation, digital video, interactive media, digital fine art, andinstallations. A Portfolio Night and reception will be held May 6, and theexhibit will be on display May 6 to May 24. For more information call

Headline News CalArts Character Animation student screening to be held

*Friday, May 7th - Sunday, May 9th, Valencia, California, USA.

Students in the Character Animation program at CalArts will screen theirfilms at the Bijou at CalArts, 24700 McBean PKWY, Valencia, California.Open shows: May 7th at 8 pm; May 8th at 7 pm; and May 9th at 1:30 pm and 7pm. Producers Show: Thursday, May 13th at 7 pm. For more information call(805) 253-7818.

Headline News The World of Sid & Marty Krofft comes to video

A boxed set of TV shows made by Sid and Marty Krofft in the 1970's collectsepisodes from thirteen Krofft programs, including the short programs thatwere part of "The Krofft Super Show," and will be released by Rhino HomeVideo on May 18 in the USA. These shows are not animated, but their cheesy"special effects" have a camp appeal for many fans of animation, especiallyfor the children of the Seventies.

Tape 1 (120 mins.) includes:

H.R. PUFNSTUF - "Book, Flute, & Candle" Episode 12. Jimmy finds Freddie The

Headline News Macromedia announces revenues increase

Macromedia (NASDAQ:MACR) has announced a 47% increase in revenues for thefourth quarter ended March 31, 1999. Revenues for the fourth quarter were$44,097,000 as compared with $30,012,000 in the same period a year ago.Gross profit increased 44% to $39,867,000 as compared with $27,653,000 inthe fourth quarter a year ago. Net income rose to $7,343,000, or $0.16 pershare, during the fourth fiscal 1999 quarter, compared to net income of$1,991,000, or $0.05 per share, a year ago.

Headline News A BUG'S LIFE becomes fourth highest grossing animated film of all time

A BUG'S LIFE, a Walt Disney Pictures presentation of a Pixar AnimationStudios film, has climbed to $358 million in worldwide box office receiptsto become one of the top-grossing animated films of all time. With itsdomestic gross of $163 million, the film has already become the fourthbiggest animated feature released in the United States (behind THE LIONKING, ALADDIN and TOY STORY). Internationally, A BUG'S LIFE has agross-to-date of $195 million and has set records in the United Kingdom,

Headline News Pixar announces new film

A May start date has been set for the production of MONSTERS, INC.(tentative title), a new computer-animated feature to be produced by PixarAnimation Studios under their arrangement with Walt Disney Studios. Thefilm is targeted for release in 2001. MONSTERS, INC. is a comedy set in aparallel world of monsters who live on the screams and fear of children.But because end-of-the-millenium kids are jaded and not easily scared, themonsters' world is in danger of becoming extinct. When one of the monsters,

Headline News WATERSHIP DOWN comes to TV

WATERSHIP DOWN, a $10 million TV series of 26 half-hour episodes based onthe novel by Richard Adams and the feature film directed by Martin Rosen,both of which are also called WATERSHIP DOWN, is being produced by Britishindependent Alltime Entertainment and Toronto-based DECODE Entertainment.Beth Stevenson, of DECODE, and Simon Vaughan, of Alltime, are producing;Neil Court, of DECODE, is executive producing with Steven DeNure and MartinRosen. The series will debut this Fall in the UK on ITV and Canada on YTV,

Headline News Vinton animates 3 Musketeers

Will Vinton Studios has produced two 3 Musketeers candy bar spots forM&M/Mars Inc. The spots, "Trailer" and "Corruption," each with :15 and:30 versions, feature 3D stop-motion animation of the Three Musketeercharacters scaling castle walls and fighting off evil guards. The spotswere directed by Matthew Brunner, produced by Sara Mullock, and animatedby Mike Johnson, Tony Merrithew, and Jean Poulot for agency UniworldGroup Inc.

Headline News Wendy Tilby at Cannes

Wendy Tilby and Amanda Forbis' new film, WHEN THE DAY BREAKS, willcompete with ten live-action films, and one animated film, BILLY'SBALLOON by Don Hertzfeldt (LILY + JIM), for the top prize in the ShortFilm competition at this year's 52nd Festival de Cannes in Cannes,France. The Festival takes place Wednesday, May 12th through Sunday, May23rd. Wendy Tilby is perhaps best known for STRINGS. For moreinformation visit the festival's official homepage atwww.festival-cannes.fr/cannes99.

Headline News Women in Animation Dinner Meeting

Spice up your resume with recruiter and career coach Pamela Thompson atthe Women in Animation Dinner Meeting on Tuesday, May 4 at 7 pm. The eventtakes place at Acapulco Restaurant, 3113 W. Olive, Burbank, California. $25member, $35 non-members. RSVP by May 1 at (310) 535-3838. Please bring aresume and pen.

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