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digitalcharactergroup Celebrates First Anniversary

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, January 26, 2000 at 12:00am

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

Animation Headline News

Lacroix Fades From Fantome

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, January 26, 2000 at 12:00am

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

Headline News

Edit Concepts Promotes Reisner

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, January 26, 2000 at 12:00am

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

Headline News

CYBERWORLD Nets Paul Lypaczewski

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, January 26, 2000 at 12:00am

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

Effects Headline News

RE:Vision Effects Announced ReelSmart Motion Blur

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, January 26, 2000 at 12:00am

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

Series Headline News

BOXX Delivers RenderBOXX

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, January 26, 2000 at 12:00am

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

Effects Headline News

Sinagra Signs Radium

3D animator ANDREW SINAGRA has joined the computer graphics team at San

Francisco-based RADIUM. With specialties including modeling, particle

effects and volumetric effects, Sinagra will be involved in creating 3D

animation and visual effects for commercials and music videos. Sinagra

joins Radium from Midland Productions, a Berkeley, CA-based computer

animation house specializing in special venue films, feature films and

commercials. While at Midland, Sinagra created 3D animation for ROBOTS OF

Headline News

Outlook 2000 For Acclaim

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

Kids Headline News

Scandinavia Surrenders To Pokemania

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'

Headline News

Grammy's Toon Tunes

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

Headline News

ORAD Arrives At Seneca

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 Headline News

Hall Heads To Cartoon Network

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

Disney Headline News

Robinson New VP At Disney

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,

Visual Headline News

New Visual To Impact The Web

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

Short Headline News

Quickband Broadens Roster

QUICKBAND NETWORKS, a leading distributor of short-form entertainment, has

signed KIM ADELMAN as editor of SHORT, a compilation of award-winning

live-action, animated, experimental and documentary short films distributed

exclusively on DVD. The company also promoted CRAIG WELLS to director of

acquisitions. Kim Adelman joins QuickBand Networks from fXM: Movies From

Fox. At the Fox-owned movie network, Adelman launched the short film

division, fXM Shorts. During her tenure at fXM, Adelman produced 19 films,

Headline News

Metv.com Brings In Film-Buyer Reweda

METV.COM, a new Internet video-on-demand company, opens its feature film

licensing drive with the arrival of veteran film-buyer JOHN REWEDA as vice

president of content acquisition. "John's (Reweda) expertise will play a

key role in establishing contact with the leading movie studios and

independents as we move toward our June 2000 consumer launch date," said

Martin French, MeTV.com senior vice president. Reweda will help the

fledgling business develop and obtain content for its MeTV.com Web site,

Animation Headline News

AWN Plays a Part In ASIFA-Hollywood's Animation Expo 2000

ASIFA-Hollywood's Animation Expo 2000 will be held at the Glendale Civic

Auditorium in Glendale, California, USA on March 3 and 4, 2000. This 7th

annual animation trade and technology show focuses on the recruitment of

animation related talent and personnel, demonstrations of computer

technology, animation related products and services, and the sale of

animation art and collectibles. In addition, the Animation Expo offers

industry seminars and workshops, digital tutorials, and a showcase of

Kids Headline News

A Closer Look: Pokemania, Who's Next?

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. The international distributor, Lacey Entertainment, also

announced the sale of the Pikachu-vehicle to ATV in Turkey and Noga

Communications' Children's Channel in Israel.

The Pokemon phenomenon began in America in 1998 with the release of the

Animation Headline News

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

AWN's January 2000 Millennium issue of Animation World Magazine is a

special issue packed with indepth features and essays about the people and

events that made news in 1999 and are worth our attention in the year 2000...

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