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* Saturday, January 29 - Sunday, January 30, 2000. Ontario, Canada.
Cinematheque Ontario will present a series of screening of
animator/filmmaker Stan Brakhage's work. Since 1952, Brakhage has
experimented with manipulating celluloid by directly scratching,
hand-painting, etching and collage on its surface. What makes these works
so exquisite is the precision with which they are made. Brakhage's abstract
films are rewarding viewing for anyone interested in cameraless filmmaking
* Saturday, February 5, 2000. Ontario, Canada.
Cinematheque Ontario presents a screening of Canadian animator Norman
McLaren's work. McLaren was one of the most prolific and inventive figures
in abstract cinema and experimental animation. McLaren's greatest abstract
films from five decades of work will be shown like: BEGONE DULL CARE,
SPHERES, BLINKITY BLANK and SYNCHROMY. The event will be held in the Art
Gallery of Ontario's Jackman Hall at 2 pm. Jackman Hall Box Office opens 30
* Sunday, February 6, 2000. Ontario, Canada.
Cinematheque Ontario will present "Round-Up: Recent International Gems"
featuring animation and experimental films. The screening will include
British Columbia-based animator Richard Reeves' LINEAR DREAMS. Other works
on the programme explore different areas of abstraction outside the realm
of animation. Jackman Hall Box Office opens 30 minutes prior to the first
screening of the day. All screenings restricted to individuals 18 years of
* Tuesday, February 8, 2000. Glendale, CA, U.S.A.
Women in Animation, ASIFA-Hollywood and Glendale Community College proudly
present the Fourth Annual Lecture Series "Careers in Animation." This
year's presenter will be Frank Gladstone, head of Artistic Development at
DreamWorks SKG Animation. Gladstone has been a professional animator,
producer, director, writer and teacher for more than twenty-five years.
Between 1973 and 1989, he managed his own award-winning studio, Persistence
CINAR Corporation, makers of ARTHUR and THE BUSY WORLD OF RICHARD SCARRY,
have settled the lawsuit filed last year against them by the Jim Henson
Company. The lawsuit claimed that CINAR's WIMZIE'S HOUSE features puppets
that violate Jim Henson's copyright and trademark rights on their puppets.
In the settlement, CINAR and its licensees Eden LLC and Carson-Dellose
Publishing Company denied and continue to deny wrongdoing or liability for
infringement. The agreement, the terms of which are confidential, allows
In the wake of Sony's success with STUART LITTLE, Warner Bros. has
greenlighted a live-action/animated feature, CATS AND DOGS. Recently,
Warner has been looking to see if it could get a quick family-flick
finished for a Christmas 2000 release, however it looks like the studio
will take its time and shoot for a 2001 holiday release for CATS AND DOGS.
The story follows the neighborhood war between cats and dogs that occurs
right underneath human's feet without them even noticing. Reuters reported
FX's offbeat series, THE DICK AND PAULA CELEBRITY SPECIAL, will return in
March with seven new episodes. Produced by Tom Snyder Productions, the show
follows Worcester, Massachusetts' favorite husband and wife talk show team.
The series features interviews with real and fictionalized characters,
including famous and even infamous historical figures. Some crazy moments
coming up on the series include: the first sighting of The Blair Witch as
she discusses her 10K Run for Testicular Cancer Awareness; Joan of Arc
Fantome, one of Europe's premier producers of 3D animation, was founded in
1985 by Georges Lacroix. Fantome has gained an international reputation,
and garnered more than 40 international prizes, including an Emmy. Its most
notable credits are: THE GEOMETRIC FABLES (50 x 3 minutes), the first
computer-generated animation series ever made, and INSEKTORS (26 x 13 min)
which has sold in more than 160 countries. In 1998 after being faced with
Assistant editor JESSE REISNER has moved up to editor at New York-based
EDITING CONCEPTS. Reisner holds a BFA degree in visual arts from Brown
University. Despite his impressive academic career, he credits the staff at
Editing Concepts with the bulk of his education and technical experience.
Reisner's first national spot "Puppy Love," for Casio via Della
Femina/Jeary and Partners, debuted recently. His earlier work includes
regional spots for Bob Stores (KGA Advertising, CT, Spencer Antle
CYBERWORLD INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION, a new-media company, has announced
that PAUL LYPACZEWSKI has joined the company as senior vice president of
strategic business & product development. Lypaczewski will oversee the
strategic business and product development group within CYBERWORLD to
further develop the company's software technology. Lypaczewski will also
help build strategic industry relationships to help make CYBERWORLD the
dominant provider of interactive Internet-based multimedia. Lypaczewski
RE:Vision Effects recently released ReelSmart Motion Blur, a plug-in for
After Effects 4.0, Commotion 2.0+ and Final Cut Pro. The plug-in is
designed to apply more natural looking motion blur to effects shots and
video sequences within After Effects. ReelSmart Motion Blur automatically
tracks every pixel in the shot which takes the handy-work out of the
process. Features include reduced strobing, fewer artifacts, and a tool
which lets one blur one image sequence using the motion of another
BOXX Technologies recently unveiled their RenderBOXX NT and Linux rendering
system, which relies on Intel Pentium III 800MHz processors to 'bolster'
rendering times. Currently shipping is the RenderBOXX 4000 series with
single or dual processors, and a price tag starting from US$2365. The focus
of the 4000 series is to streamline workflow for visual effects and video
game professionals, and because RenderBOXX is very easy to set, has a
completely open rendering system (it does not require special rendering
Sony's LITTLE hero slipped two spots to fourth place in the U.S. box office
behind live-action flicks NEXT FRIDAY, DOWN TO YOU and THE HURRICANE.
STUART LITTLE, with primary visual effects by Sony Pictures Imageworks,
additional animation by CFX and Rhythm & Hues, and miniatures by
Thunderstone, grossed US$6.41 million bringing its total to $117.1 million.
THE GREEN MILE, with primary visual effects by ILM, Rhythm & Hues, POP and
Matte World Digital, stayed in 5th place grossing $5.39 million bringing
The Walt Disney Company has announced its financial results for its
operations excluding its Internet business, GO.com. Disney pro forma
diluted earnings per share excluding GO.com were $0.25 for the quarter
ended December 31, 1999, a 9% increase over the prior year. Disney revenues
increased 5% to $6.8 billion and operating income increased 8% to $1.1
billion. Excluding the retained interest in GO.com, net income increased 7%
to $515 million. Broadcasting results for the quarter were driven up by
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association's Golden Globes Awards shocked the
world by naming TOY STORY 2 the best comedy or musical picture of 1999. The Woody and Buzz Lightyear feature beat out heavy-weight live-action films like: favored best flick, BEING JOHN MALKOVICH; Robert DeNiro and Billy Crystal's ANALYZE THIS; the Andy Kaufman bio-pic, MAN ON THE MOON; and mega-hit Julia Roberts-vehicle, NOTTING HILL. However, even though TOY
STORY 2 took home the honors, the television broadcast producers didn't
On January 24, 2000, Robert A. Iger was named president and chief operating
officer of The Walt Disney Co. as well as a member of its board of
directors. Previously, Iger served as chairman of the Disney-owned ABC
Group and president of Walt Disney International, Disney's overseas
business division. Michael Eisner, Walt Disney's chairman and CEO, also
announced the promotion of Chief Strategic Officer Peter E. Murphy and
Chief Financial Officer Thomas O. Staggs, to the positions of senior
SOUTH PARK producer David Niles White and SPACE JAM's producer Ron Tippe
are celebrating the first year anniversary of their digital animation
house, digitalcharactergroup. Previously White was the vice president of
digital animation at Film Roman. Working in the industry for over 20 years,
White has designed the multi-media projects that have brought Mattel's
Barbie to life and played a key role in bringing SOUTH PARK to the small
screen. The 27-year industry vet, Tippe, produced Disney's Academy
Acclaim Entertainment Inc., a leading worldwide developer, publisher and
mass marketer of software for use with interactive entertainment, reported
its results for the first quarter of fiscal 2000 ended November 30, 1999.
Net revenues for the quarter were $101.2 million, compared with $104.8
million in the first quarter of the prior year. Net earnings for the
quarter were $0.4 million, or $0.01 per diluted share, compared with net
earnings of $10.3 million or $0.16 per diluted share for the same period in
Three new Scandinavian markets surrendered their airwaves to Pokemania.
Worldwide sensation POKEMON was recently sold to TV4 in Sweden, TV2 in
Denmark and TV2 in Norway. The show will hit the new territories in January
and February 2000. Lacey Entertainment, the international distributors of
the series, also announced the sale of the Pikachu-vehicle to ATV in Turkey
and Noga Communications' Children's Channel in Israel. In Europe, POKEMON
began broadcasting in September 1999 on Germany's RTL2, The Netherlands'
The U.S. Recording Academy's premiere recording awards, the Grammies, have
put out their list of nominees and many toon-related tunes have made an
appearance. Nominations in the category Best Musical Album For Children
were: "The Adventures Of Elmo In Grounchland," "A Bug's Life Song-Along"
and Walt Disney's "Mannhein Steamroller Meet The Mouse." Best Spoken Word
Album For Children nominees include "A Bug's Life Read-Along" and Sesame
Street's "Let's Eat!" THE PRINCE OF EGYPT and TARZAN were included in the
Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology in Canada has become the
first institution to bring ORAD video technology into the classroom.
Originally designed for the Israeli military's virtual reality training,
ORAD places real-time people into a virtual set. The ORAD system removes
the bluescreen behind a person and replaces it with a computer-generated
environment. Located at the Seneca York campus, students in the television
broadcasting, 3D arts and advertising programs will have the opportunity to
CARTOON NETWORK has named TIMOTHY HALL their new executive vice president.
Hall will be responsible for integrating marketing to popularize the
network's brand in the U.S. and globally, and creating new business around
the world. Prior to Cartoon Network, Hall was senior vice president of
boys' toys marketing and product development at Hasbro, Inc. Hall was
responsible for the overall strategic direction, marketing and product
development of Star Wars toys and games, among other brands. He began his
CLAIRE ROBINSON has been named senior vice president, intellectual property
law, for THE WALT DISNEY CO. Robinson will oversee Disney's intellectual
property group, which is responsible for intellectual property matters for
the company and its subsidiaries worldwide. Previously, Robinson held the
position of vice president in the same department. Before joining Disney in
1989, she was with the law firm of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in Washington,
New Visual Entertainment, Inc., a 3D production company specializing in 3D
product development and distribution for special venue theaters, home
video, broadcast, and theatrical markets, has announced its completed
acquisition of Impact Pictures, Inc., a small San Diego-based multi-media
production house specializing in Web animation, streaming media and
high-end CD-ROM corporate presentations, in a stock for stock transaction.
New Visual plans to utilize the creative hardware and staffing assets of