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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 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.

Headline News Profits Down for SGI

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

Silicon Graphics, Inc. has reported negative first quarter results for the 1999 fiscal year. The company announced a net loss of $44 million, or $0.24 per share, compared with a net loss of $56 million in the same quarter a year ago. "Reporting a loss is never satisfying, but I am very encouraged with the progress demonstrated in this quarter's results," said Richard Belluzzo, CEO and chairman of SGI.

Headline News Pixar Posts Profits

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

Pixar, the company behind "Toy Story," posted a third quarter net profit of $2.5 million, or $0.02 per share, down from a third quarter profit of $5.3 million last year. The positive profits however did surprise financial analysts who had forecasted a third quarter loss of $0.02 for the third quarter. The upcoming release of "A Bug's Life" is expected to help further rejuvenate Pixar's revenues.

Headline News Bandai's AnimeVillage.com enables on-line anime purchases

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

Bandai's AnimeVillage.com is the first video releasing company in the US that enables consumers to purchase Japanese animation directly through the Internet. The site also features the latest animation news from Japan, real-time chats, games, message boards, and contests. AnimeVillage.com's initial release slate includes the "Gundam" series and "The Vision of Escaflowne" with plans to expand their library up to 200 titles by the end of 1999.

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 SVA Digital Salon

By Guest (not verified) | Friday, October 30, 1998 at 12:00am

* Monday, November 9 - Saturday, November 28. New York City, New York.

The School of Visual Arts (SVA) presents the sixth annual New York Digital Salon, an international juried showcase of computer-generated artwork. Computer animation screenings will be shown at the SVA Amphitheatre and the exhibit takes place in the School's Visual Arts Museum, both located at 209 East 23rd Street, where a reception is scheduled for November 9 from 6 to 8 p.m. For information and to view work on-line, visit www.sva.edu/salon.* Tuesday, November 3. New York City, New York, U.S.A.

Headline News Spumco web chat in 3D!

By Guest (not verified) | Friday, October 30, 1998 at 12:00am

Spumco, the studio that brought us the first web cartoon series, The G@*&!$ George Liquor Show, has teamed up with Electric Communities to present the Internets first 3D cartoon chat event. The chat, scheduled to kick off at 5:30 p.m. on November 6, and run through November 9, 1998, will take place on the web site cartoonsforum.com port 9994.

Headline News Speed Racer toying around

By Guest (not verified) | Friday, October 30, 1998 at 12:00am

Speed Racer Enterprises, Inc., owners of the Speed Racer property, have signed a license agreement with toymaker Playing Mantis, to produce a line of action figures and vehicles based on the popular 1960s animated series. Playing Mantis, a Speed Racer licensee since 1993, has already produced a line of die-cast Speed Racer products. The company is one of 30 licensees that will be manufacturing and distributing Speed Racer products in 1999.

Headline News DreamWorks debuts “Prince of Egypt” albums

By Guest (not verified) | Friday, October 30, 1998 at 12:00am

On November 17, DreamWorks will release three albums based on its forthcoming animated feature film, Prince of Egypt. The album releases come a full month before the films December 18 theatrical opening. The Prince of Egypt: Music from the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack features performances by Boyz II Men, Amy Grant and the duo of Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey, singing together for the first time, as well as songs performed by actors who voice characters in the film, Ralph Fiennes, Michelle Pfeiffer and Steve Martin.

Headline News Mifed sets focus on animation

By Guest (not verified) | Thursday, October 29, 1998 at 12:00am

The 65th Milan International Film, TV and Multimedia Market (MIFED) kicks off this week with a strong focus on animation, in collaboration with the European MEDIA II program. The six-day event, November 1 -6, will include a designated animation market and even an Animation Day on November 3.

Headline News TAZA Digital Image Fest

By Guest (not verified) | Thursday, October 29, 1998 at 12:00am

* Thursday, October 29. Toronto, Canada.

The fourth Torontos Animators Zoetrope Association (TAZA) Digital Image Festival will showcase independent computer animation such as Macca Strewth by Momentum Animations (Australia). For information visit www.interlog.com/~dolish/taza.htm.

Headline News Estonian animation in Vancouver

By Guest (not verified) | Thursday, October 29, 1998 at 12:00am

* Tuesday, November 3. Vancouver, Canada.

VanArts presents Before and After Independence: 40 Years of Estonian Animation, a retrospective put together for the Ottawa International Animation festival, which is now touring North America. The show takes place at the Pacific Cinemateque, 1131 Howe Street, at 7:30 p.m The show is made possible by the Ottawa International Animation Festival and the Canadian Consulate in Estonia.

Headline News Canemaker retrospective at MOMA

By Guest (not verified) | Thursday, October 29, 1998 at 12:00am

* Friday, November 6. New York City, New York.

The Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) will host a retrospective of animation by animator, educator, historian and author John Canemaker. The screening will take place in the Titus 2 Theatre at 6:00 p.m. and Canemaker will be present. Featured films will include Break the Silence: Kids Speak Out Against Abuse, John Lennon Sketchbook and Canemakers new personal film, Bridgehampton. For information call MOMA at (212) 708-9400.

Headline News Gribouille animating “Xcaliber” and “Micronauts”

By Guest (not verified) | Wednesday, October 28, 1998 at 12:00am

Gribouille, a CGI production company based in Europe and North America, has begun production on two new computer-animated television series. Xcalibur, designed by French artist Philippe Druillet and directed by Didier Pourcel, is being produced in association with Canal +, Ellipsanime, France 2 and Cactus Animation for a targeted late 1999 delivery. Micronauts, based on an existing line of action-figures and Marvel comics, is being produced with Abrams/Gentile Entertainment, Kaleidoscope Media Group and Annex Entertainment, and may be ready as early as fall 1999.

Headline News Fox, DIC to animate M.L. King

By Guest (not verified) | Wednesday, October 28, 1998 at 12:00am

CBS/Fox, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment and DIC Entertainment are producing a direct-to-video title based on the life of Martin Luther King Jr., called Our Friend, Martin. The one-hour film will combine new animation with live-action archival footage of the late civil rights activist. Several celebrities are lending their voices to the production, including Whoopi Goldberg, Samuel L. Jackson, James Earl Jones, Susan Sarandon, John Travolta, Jaleel White and Oprah Winfrey.

Headline News Medialab/Ciné Groupe partner

By Guest (not verified) | Wednesday, October 28, 1998 at 12:00am

Paris-headquartered motion-capture animation company, Medialab and Canadian animation studio, Ciné-Groupe, a subsidiary of Lions Gate Entertainment, have agreed to a four-year co-production deal. The two companies plan to co-produce two computer-animated theatrical films and two TV series. The first project, starting production in December, will be Pinocchio 3001, a futuristic rendition of the classic tale.

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