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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>/a> oremail to

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. Visit 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

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 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

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 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 enables on-line anime purchases

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

Bandai's 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.'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 ( 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 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 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 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* Tuesday, November 3. New York City, New York, U.S.A.