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French Ellipse & Expand Form New Euro TV Company

Expand Images and Ellipse Programme, France's two leading television

production companies, announced on February 10, 2000 plans to merge. The

new studio, entitled Expand, will have an approximate revenue for 2000 of

FRF1.4 billion (US$210.2 million). The deal will enable both parties to

increase their international content output for the expanding European

market. As part of the deal, CANAL+ Images and Finexpand signed an

agreement solidifying their relationship as shareholders in the new studio.

Headline News

Much Grief, Charles Schulz Passes

On the eve of the final PEANUTS comic strip, creator Charles Schulz died of

a heart attack at his Santa Rosa, California home. He was 77 years old. As

reported [AF 11/21/99], Charles Schulz had decided to retire from drawing

his weekly comic strip after several strokes and newly diagnosed cancer had

left him partially blind in one eye and too weak to keep up with the

rigorous routine. A private funeral will be held later this week. He is

survived by his wife, Jeannie; two sons Monte and Craig; and daughter Jill

Animation Headline News

ASIFA-Hollywood's Animation Expo Announces Workshop Program

ASIFA-Hollywood will host its 7th Annual Animation Expo on March 3-4, 2000,

in Glendale, California. 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. Confirmed workshops

include: master teacher and layout artist Glenn Vilppu's "Capturing the

Pose with Line;" Ralph Sanchez, Director of Animation Development at

Nickelodeon Animation Studio, providing insight into developing and

Animation Headline News

And the Winners Are...

The results of AWN's drawing to win a copy of Giannalberto Bendazzi's

reference book "Cartoons: One Hundred Years Of Cinema Animation" are in.

Following are the names of the ten winners: Eric Beckman, Carla Cobb, Peter

Dougherty, Andrea Moore, Scott Nelowet, Gail Noonan, Mary Peng, Stephen

Rapley, George Roy and Peter Westoby. Congratulations and thank you to all

the Animation Flash subscribers who participated.

Dreamworks Headline News

DreamWorks Acquires Pacific Data Images

Jeffrey Katzenberg, co-founder of DreamWorks, officially announced on

February 9, 2000 that his company has acquired the majority of interest,

approximately 80%, in Pacific Data Images (PDI). As reported [AF 2/8/00],

this deal comes on the heals of PDI founder and Chairman, Carl Rosendahl's

departure from the company to pursue "other creative interests." However,

Rosendahl will remains as a consultant for the newly named company,

PDI/DreamWorks. Katzenberg said that Palo Alto-based business will remain a

Dreamworks Headline News

Chairman Rosendahl Leaves PDI

On February 4, CARL ROSENDAHL, founder and chairman of Pacific Data Images,

announced to his staff that he is exiting PDI after 20 years "to pursue

other interests." Rosendahl's remaining stake in the visual effects house

has been acquired by DreamWorks. Previously owning 40% of the Palo Alto,

California-based facility, DreamWorks now commands 80% of the company. More

details are soon to be announced.

Production Headline News

Minter Promoted To VP At PDI

PDI has recently promoted DENISE MINTER to vice president of production.

Minter will now oversee all of Pacific Data Images' production efforts

around the world. Most recently, she was been senior producer on PDI

commercials for Sega Dreamcast and Coca-Cola. Since joining the company in

1993, Minter has also served as production manager on the DreamWorks and

PDI feature ANTZ.

Headline News

Comic Book Legal Defense Fund Cruise

By Rick DeMott | Thursday, February 10, 2000 at 12:00am

* Sunday, April 9 - Sunday, April 16, 2000. Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

Comic book fans can hobnob with the best in the business on a 7 day/7 night

cruise benefiting the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, a non-profit

organization protecting the First Amendment rights of the comics community.

The "Making WAVES" cruise will stop at three Mexican ports -- Puerto

Vallarta, Cabo San Lucas and Mazatlan. The event will feature week-long

Headline News

American International Toy Fair

By Rick DeMott | Thursday, February 10, 2000 at 12:00am

* Sunday, February 13, 2000 - Thursday, February 17, 2000. New York, New

York, U.S.A.

The American International Toy Fair, one of the world's leading toy trade

shows, features over 1,800 exhibitors and highlights the newest and most

exciting toys on the market. Toy Manufacturers of America, Inc., the

industry trade association, brings the 97th annual event to several

showrooms all across the Manhattan area. Three new showplaces have joined

Headline News

Kirikou And The Sorceress's U.S. Premiere

By Rick DeMott | Thursday, February 10, 2000 at 12:00am

* Friday, February 18, 2000. New York, New York, U.S.A.

Cinema Village, the city's venue for alternative animation, will be

presenting the U.S. theatrical premiere of KIRIKOU AND THE SORCERESS from

French filmmaker Michel Ocelot. Based on a West African legend, this film

follows a miraculous infant who singlehandedly saves his small village from

a sultry yet evil wizard. Featuring an original score by Senegalese music

artist Youssou N'Dour, KIRIKOU AND THE SORCERESS offers a unique spin: an

Wednesday Headline News

WIA Production Management Group Meeting

By Rick DeMott | Thursday, February 10, 2000 at 12:00am

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

Ideas, new properties and pitching will be the topic of discussion at this

month's Women In Animation Production Management Group Meeting (PMG). The

event will be held at Nickelodeon in Burbank at 7 pm. Monthly meetings will

be on the 1st Wednesday of each month at Nickelodeon. To attend please RSVP

to Kellie-Bea Cooper at (818) 623-0020 or E-mail:

kellie-bea@kellie-bea.com. For more information on WIA events please visit

Animation Headline News

Art Of Directing 3D Computer Animation Workshop

By Rick DeMott | Thursday, February 10, 2000 at 12:00am

*Saturday, March 4, 2000. New York, New York, U.S.A.

The School of Visual Arts will feature a workshop entitled "Art of

Directing 3D Computer Animation" taught by Isaac Victor Kerlow, director of

digital talent at Walt Disney. The SVA alumni will lead the one-day event

explaining the day-to-day processes of art directing 3D computer animation

productions. In addition, Kerlow will discuss the various markets for 3D

computer animation such as TV, interactive and the Web. The class will be

Film Headline News

The Santa Clarita International Film Festival

By Rick DeMott | Thursday, February 10, 2000 at 12:00am

* Friday, March 10 - Friday, March 17, 2000. Santa Clarita, California, U.S.A.

The Santa Clarita International Film Festival is strictly dedicated to

family entertainment. It includes a film and screenplay competition,

student filmmaker award, as well as panel discussions. Co-sponsored by

FOCUS Institute of Film, the winning screenplay will be mentored and

developed for future production with a later-announced studio. For more

Festival Headline News

The 10th International Trickfilm Festival

By Rick DeMott | Thursday, February 10, 2000 at 12:00am

* Thursday, March 16 - Tuesday, March 21, 2000. Stuttgart, Germany.

The 10th International Trickfilm Festival will present the best animated

productions from the past two years. More than 500 films will be screened

at the festival. The Best of Animation includes a selection of the most

interesting films in the history of artistic, animated film. Young

Animation is a competition featuring animated film schools and colleges.

The festival will also present the International Panorama, Tricks for Kids,

Animation Headline News

The Third Brisbane International Animation Festival

By Rick DeMott | Thursday, February 10, 2000 at 12:00am

* Thursday, April 6 - Sunday, April 9, 2000. Brisbane, Australia.

The Third Brisbane International Animation Festival represents Australia in

an international animation festival alliance with Ottawa, Holland, Fantoche

and Anima Mundi. It is Australia's only festival dedicated exclusively to

animation in all o

Headline News

Stuart Little Set For Sequel

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, February 9, 2000 at 12:00am

Riding the wave of the box office success of STUART LITTLE, Columbia/Sony

Pictures has announced a sequel to the tiny toon. Shooting on the new film

could start as soon as this summer. The intended release date for the flick

is Christmas 2001. Producer Doug Wick is set to return, however actors,

director and screenwriter have not yet been confirmed. Sony Picture

Imageworks, who comprised the effects for the first flick, are expected to

return on the sequel. The first STUART LITTLE was directed by Rob Minkoff,

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