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Headline News Take an interactive look at Walt's life

By Amid Amidi | Wednesday, November 11, 1998 at 12:00am

The life of Walt Disney has been the subject of many unofficial biographies and articles with allegations accusing him of being everything from a fascist to a bigot. Now for the first time the record can be set straight with a new interactive CD-ROM narrated by Disneys first child, Diane Disney-Miller. Walt Disney: An Intimate History of the Man and His Magic, was produced to present an accurate account of his life and celebrate his accomplishments.

Headline News Storyopolis gets animated with Batman

By Amid Amidi | Wednesday, November 11, 1998 at 12:00am

On Saturday, November 14, the Los Angeles-based art gallery and book store, Storyopolis, presents a special book signing celebrating the publication of Batman Animated, a book with rare artwork, a detailed episode guide, and interviews with the creators and voice actors behind Batman: The Animated Series. Batman artists/writers Paul Dini, Chip Kidd, Eric Radomski, and Bruce Timm will be on hand to greet fans and sign copies of the book. This free event begins at 4:00 PM. To RSVP call (310) 358 - 2500 or to pre-order a signed edition, call (310) 358-2512.

Headline News BKN Studios is established

By Amid Amidi | Monday, November 9, 1998 at 12:00am

Kids programming syndicator Bohbot Kids Network (BKN), the fourth US broadcast kids network scheduled to launch August 29, 1999, has acquired Los Angeles-based Epoch Ink Animation (founded by Joe Pearson) to establish BKN Studios. Epoch was founded in 1995 and has since completed original and for-hire animated projects for television, home video, interactive and theatrical distribution.

Headline News Batman creator Bob Kane passes away

By Amid Amidi | Monday, November 9, 1998 at 12:00am

Last Tuesday was a dark day for the comic book world when legendary writer/artist Bob Kane, best known for creating DC Comics Batman, passed away as a result of natural causes at his California home. Kane, 83, created the dark hero along with many other famous supporting characters including Robin, the Boy Wonder, the Joker, Catwoman and the Riddler. His creations have resulted in a continuously published comic book for fifty years, a live-action TV series, four feature films, at least five animated Batman series, and merchandising beyond words.

Headline News Antz Shows Strong Legs

By Amid Amidi | Monday, November 9, 1998 at 12:00am

After six weeks of US release, Dreamworks/PDIs computer-animated bug pic Antz saw a rare 20% boost in box office business this weekend placing fifth. Despite losing 300 screens and new competition for the family crowd from the re-release of The Wizard of Oz, the film grossed an estimated $5.4 million in 2,604 theaters bringing the films cume to $74.8 million.

Headline News New York Animation Festival call for entries

By Amid Amidi | Monday, November 9, 1998 at 12:00am

The first annual New York Animation Festival, slated to take place in New York City during April 1999, is now accepting entries in all categories. This comprehensive festival will encompass all types of animation including film, video, and digital animation of any genre. Student and international entries are also encouraged. For entry forms or information, call (212) 982-7781 or NYAFest@yahoo.com

Headline News Leipzig Festival results

By Amid Amidi | Thursday, November 5, 1998 at 12:00am

Five thousand spectators attended theanimation programs during the five day 41st annual Leipzig InternationalFestival for Documentary and Animated Film which wrapped up on October 31in Leipzig Germany. The prize for Outstanding Film went to "Underground" byMatti Kütt (Estonia), and the Audience Prize went to "Hoelenangst" byBenjamin Quabeck (Germany). For more information about next year'sfestival, email dock-leipzig@t-online.de.

Headline News The Simpsons get a star

By Amid Amidi | Thursday, November 5, 1998 at 12:00am

The longest-running prime-time animated family in television history, The Simpsons, will be getting their own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in September 1999. Among the celebrities that will be inducted next year include Alex Trebek, Freddy Fender, Wesley Snipes, Jamie Lee Curtis, Dennis Franz, Samuel Jackson, James Woods, Bob Newhart, Jane Seymour and Reba McEntire. Animation World Magazine will be there to cover the ceremony.

Headline News Wild Brain animates "The Colonel"

By Amid Amidi | Thursday, November 5, 1998 at 12:00am

San Francisco-based WILD BRAIN, INC. has launched its first of a multi-spot animated campaign for Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) restaurants. The Young & Rubicam campaign, which combines 2D and 3D animation with live-action, introduces The Colonel, KFCs new animated spokesperson, new KFC products and a new overall look for the fast food company.

Headline News Passion Pics gets in the "ring" with Addidas

By Amid Amidi | Thursday, November 5, 1998 at 12:00am

PASSION PICTURES finished eight 3-second inserts for a new Adidas campaign featuring British World featherweight boxing champion Prince (Naz) Naseem and an overweight animated ex-boxer, the Cornerman. The spots were directed by Chris Hauge and animated by Chris Hauge, Chuck Gammage, Marco Piersma and Kevin Spruce through the Leagas Delaney agency.

Headline News Selected screenings from "First Light" series

By Amid Amidi | Thursday, November 5, 1998 at 12:00am

* Thursday, November 5 - Friday, November 13. New York City, New York, U.S.A.

The Anthology Film Archives is presenting selected screenings from the First Light series. Films from Jordan Belson, James Whitney, Norman McLaren, and Oskar Fischinger, among others, will be shown. There will also be discussions from scholars and filmmakers following a number of the programs. For screening times and ticket info, contact the Anthology Film Archives at (212) 505-5181.

Headline News Amano and Smith's "1001 Nights" screening

By Amid Amidi | Thursday, November 5, 1998 at 12:00am

* Saturday, November 7 - Monday, November 9. West Hollywood, California, U.S.A.

1001 Nights, a film from Japanese artist Yoshitaka Amano and director Mike Smith, will screen at the Laemmle Sunset 5 this weekend. Show times are 10:00 AM and 11:00 AM on November 7 & 8 and 12:00 PM and 12:30 PM on November 9. For screening info, call (323) 848 - 3500.

Headline News 1998 Stanley Awards being held next week

By Amid Amidi | Thursday, November 5, 1998 at 12:00am

* Friday, November 13 - Sunday, November 15. Coffs Harbour, New SouthWales, Australia.

The 1998 STANLEY AWARDS AND CARTOONISTS' CONFERENCE, hosted by the Australian Black and White Artists' Club, will take place at the NovotelOpal Cove resort and Pacific Bay resort. The annual event features thepresentation of the Stanley Awards, the Australian "Academy Awards forcartooning," in 10 categories. The two day conference following willexamine topics including comic strip syndication, marketing, and using

Headline News Annie Awards coming next Friday

By Amid Amidi | Thursday, November 5, 1998 at 12:00am

* Friday, November 13. Glendale, California, U.S.A

The 26th Annual Annie Awards, a yearly awards ceremony honoring the best inanimation will be held this year at the Alex Theater located at 216 N.Brand Blvd. The event is hosted by the Los Angeles chapter of theInternational Animated Film Society, ASIFA-Hollywood. A champagne receptionstarts at 5:00 PM with the awards ceremony following at 7:00 PM. For moreinformation and tickets, call ASIFA-Hollywood at (818) 842-8330 and see the

Headline News WorldFest Film and Video Festival to highlight independent animation

By Amid Amidi | Thursday, November 5, 1998 at 12:00am

* Friday, November 13, - Sunday, November 22. Flagstaff, Arizona, U.S.A.

The WorldFest Film and Video Festival, an event which focuses onindependent works which have not yet been picked up for distribution,features eight animation categories this year. For information onattending, contact Worldfest at tel (713) 965-9955, fax (713) 965-9960 oremail at worldfest@aol.com.

Headline News LEAF coming to London

By Amid Amidi | Thursday, November 5, 1998 at 12:00am

* Tuesday, November 17, - Thursday, November 19. London, U.K.

The fifth London Effects & Animation Festival (LEAF) will take place duringthe Digital Media World Convention at the Wembley Conference Center inLondon. For more information, call Julie Marshall at (44) 01 81 994 7354 oremail to leaf@atlas.co.uk.

Headline News Holland Animation Festival nears

By Amid Amidi | Thursday, November 5, 1998 at 12:00am

* Wednesday, November 18, - Sunday, November 22. Holland.

The 7th Holland Animation Film Festival, organized by the Holland FilmFestival Foundation, will be held in Utrecht, Netherlands. To find out moreabout the festival, visit their web site at http://www.awn.com/haff/>/a> oremail to haff@knoware.nl.

Headline News SPIFF showcases short films

By Amid Amidi | Thursday, November 5, 1998 at 12:00am

* Thursday, November 19, - Saturday, November 21. Hollywood, California,U.S.A.

Short Pictures International Film Festival (SPIFF) was originally createdto highlight short films, animation, music videos and documentaries created by Sony Pictures Imageworks employees, however thisyear the program has been opened up to all filmmakers. Visithttp://www.spiffest.com to find out more about the event.

Headline News Italy's Cartoombria '98 set to begin

By Amid Amidi | Thursday, November 5, 1998 at 12:00am

* Friday, November 20, - Sunday, November 22. Perugia, Italy.Although there will be no competition section this year at the Cartoombria4th International Animation Film Festival, the artistic committee ofCartoombria '98 has put together a number of retrospectives, exhibits,workshops, screenings, premieres and artist tributes. To find out moreabout the festival visit http://www.awn.com/cartoombria/.

Headline News Animated film festival comes to Switzerland

By Amid Amidi | Thursday, November 5, 1998 at 12:00am

* Tuesday, November 24, - Saturday, November 28. Mendrisio, Switzerland.

The Mendrisio Swiss International Animated Film Festival includes a short,feature and animated "pilot" competition, as well as student films, 3Dcomputer animation, retrospectives, exhibitions, conferences and more. Forinformation call (41) 91 646 16 54.

Headline News ASIFA-Hollywood Annie Awards to be televised!

By Amid Amidi | Thursday, November 5, 1998 at 12:00am

For the first time in the 26-year history of the Annie Awards, the show will be nationally televised. FoxFamily Channel will air the presentation honoring the best of the animationindustry at a yet-to-be-announced date in December. Confirmed presentersfor this year's show include voice artists Nancy Cartwright (Bart Simpson)and the legendary June Foray, as well as actress T'keyah Krystal Keymaa("Cosby," "In Living Color," "Waynehead"). Submissions of animated TVshows, feature films, short subjects and commercials will be awarded in

Headline News HotWired Launches New Animation Express Site

By Amid Amidi | Monday, November 2, 1998 at 12:00am

HotWired's Animation Express (http://www.hotwired.com/animation/) is a new site that showcases the latest animation from both professional and independent animators. The animation can be viewed using plug-in technologies like Quicktime 3, Shockwave's Flash 3 and Director 6 and a "plug-in tester" will help you download the right plug-ins if you don't already have them. Currently, the site features selections from Pixar's Oscar-winning short "Geri's Game" and highlights from Spike and Mike's 1998 Festival of Animation.

Headline News More Splat! is coming your way

By Amid Amidi | Monday, November 2, 1998 at 12:00am

Red Giant Television has reached a deal with Discovery International and Teletoon to produce a third season of "Splat!", the weekly half-hour TV series devoted to animation. This will bring the total number of episodes to 39 half hours. Red Giant is also in the process of creating a two hour, prime-time TV special celebrating animation. Splat! currently airs in 120 countries around the globe.

Headline News Fox creates new gender-specific channels

By Amid Amidi | Monday, November 2, 1998 at 12:00am

Fox Family Channels is creating two new digital cable/satellite networks, The Boyz Channel and The Girlz Channel, offering gender-specific entertainment and educational programming for 2-14 year-old boys and girls. The full-time, ad-supported services scheduled to launch sometime in 1999 will also be available as basic analog channels. Much of the programming will come from the library that Fox Kids already owns mixed in with some original productions. In the evenings, the channels' focus will target parents with programs dealing with raising and parenting children of that specific gender.

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