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Screenings Come to a Close at ICM

By Dan Sarto | Saturday, February 23, 2008 at 10:10am

When the agents cringed at the time it takes, tour host Ron Diamond said, “Animation is a painful process and this brings it to a new low.” Hugh added that he would have liked more time to finish Peter, but they had already sold out the Royal Albert Hall for the premiere and they wanted to continue working in the U.K., so they had to keep the debut date.


Closing the Day with William Morris Agents

By Dan Sarto | Friday, February 22, 2008 at 2:20pm

After a late screening in the Aidikoff Screening Room for the William Morris agents, the filmmakers had a chance to meet with a few of the agents. Like many people have said along the tour, the agents felt that this year is one of the strongest years for animated shorts in quite some time.


DreamWorks Day on the Oscar Showcase Tour

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, February 21, 2008 at 3:42pm

When it comes to development of stories, John said they have the entire story department brainstorming on the projects at the beginning then pare down the writers on each film. He added that usually the scribes will be the first on the project and can stay involved with the project as late as three months before release.


An Afternoon with Disney TV

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, February 21, 2008 at 3:20pm

A new question for the Peter and the Wolf team was how they came about designing and animating the animals. The main goal of the design was to not make them caricatures. Hugh said the duck was the toughest and the look they chose was based on how goofy the breed looked, which would help create instant sympathy for the doomed character.

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Dubailand and HIT Entertainment Strike Alliance

Dubailand, a member of Tatweer, today announced it has formed a strategic alliance with U.K.-based HIT Entertainment, one of the worlds leading independent childrens entertainment producers and rights owners.

They will work together to develop a diverse portfolio of family entertainment projects in Global Village at Dubailand, a 3 billion-square-foot development that includes theme parks, eco-tourism projects, shopping malls, restaurants and residential units in United Arab Emirates.


Nominees Hang Ten with Surf’s Up Directors & Sony Artists

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, February 20, 2008 at 2:53pm

While the films were screening for the studio artists, we were treated to a backstage look at the making of Sony’s Oscar-nominated animated feature Surf’s Up. VFX supervisor Rob Bredow gave us a nice overview of creating the beautiful waves and mockumentary style of the film.

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George of the Jungle and Casper Themed Attractions Coming Soon

Entertainment Rights announced today it has appointed 3DBA as its key sales partner to turn its brands into themed attractions.

George of the Jungle and Casper are currently being showcased at major trade shows throughout the world and a number of deals are expected to be announced soon.

ER is the U.K.'s leading global media group, specializing in the ownership and management of children's and family programming, characters and brands.