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Headline News WIA LA hosts its second mixer at Lumpy Gravy

By Guest (not verified) | Tuesday, September 1, 1998 at 12:00am

Tuesday, September 8. Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

Women In Animation Los Angeles hosts a mixer at Lumpy Gravy, the restaurant/gallery co-owned by Gabor Csupo of Klasky Csupo. The event is the second in a series of fundraising animation mixers that will take place on the second Tuesday of every month. The event will feature the original "napkin cartoon" drink special: draw a cartoon on a napkin, get a discount! Lumpy Gravy is located at 7311 Beverly Blvd. For information call (323) 934-9400.

Headline News CBS Delays Cartoon Debut

By Guest (not verified) | Tuesday, September 1, 1998 at 12:00am

CBS has made a last-minute programming decision to move the debut of its new, animated Saturday-morning line-up back to October 3, two weeks later than the previously announced date of September 19. The aim is to maximize on-air promotional opportunities, which would have been difficult during the sports programming scheduled on many of the network's local affiliates in the next few weeks. "We are very proud of our new Nelvana-produced shows," said Lucy Johnson, senior vice president of daytime/children's programming and special projects at CBS.

Headline News Nelvana Acquires Kids Can

By Guest (not verified) | Wednesday, August 26, 1998 at 12:00am

Toronto, Canada-based animation company Nelvana Limited has completed the acquisition of 100% of the shares of Kids Can Press Ltd., a Canadian publisher of children's books. One of Kids Cans properties is Franklin, the story of a turtle which Nelvana has already turned into an animated series. The $6.1 million (CAN) acquisition now gives Nelvana access to Kids Cans library of over 250 children's book titles. One of these, titled Elliot Moose, is currently being developed for an animated television series.

Headline News H-B Characters in Kidzville

By Guest (not verified) | Tuesday, August 25, 1998 at 12:00am

Paramounts Great America theme park in Santa Clara, California is starting construction on a new 2.3-acre area called Kidzville, scheduled to open to the public in March 1999. The featured attractions and rides will be based on Hanna-Barbera characters such as Scooby Doo, Shaggy, Yogi Bear and Top Cat. However, this is not a new licensing deal. Hanna-Barbera costumed characters have been featured at the park since it was opened by Marriott in 1976 and bought by Paramount in 1992.

Headline News IMAGINA '99 In Two Venues

Imagina, a computer conference and festival which is often referred to as the European equivalent to SIGGRAPH, is expanding for its 18th edition, January 18-22, 1999. In keeping with tradition, the event will start in Monaco, January 18-20, with conferences and panel discussions on the theme "integral images and meta tools", the "Prix Pixel-INA" awards competition and the Innovation Space; then, in Paris, January 20-22, the event will continue with the exhibition of new industrial developments and technologies.

For information, visit www.ina.fr/ina/imagina.

Headline News Pizzazz Ce'Next Pas Passion

By Guest (not verified) | Tuesday, August 25, 1998 at 12:00am

In last weeks Animation Flash, London-based Passion Pictures was mistakenly credited for three 30-second animated spots for travel agency Lunn Poly/Thomson, animated by Mic Graves, Robin Shaw and Joris van Hulzen. The spots were, in fact, produced by aka Pizazz, a different animation studio in London.

Headline News Worldfest Flagstaff

By Guest (not verified) | Tuesday, August 25, 1998 at 12:00am

Worldfest, an independent film festival which has been held in Houston for the past 32 years and additionally in Charleston, South Carolina for the past five years, is moving from Charleston to Flagstaff, Arizona. The first annual Worldfest-Flagstaff International Film Festival will be held November 13-22, 1998. Houston will continue as usual.

Headline News Hiroshima Top Prize Goes To

By Guest (not verified) | Tuesday, August 25, 1998 at 12:00am

The 7th biennial Hiroshima International Animation Festival ended on Monday, August 24 with a grand awards ceremony. The top winners are:

Grand Prize: "The Old Lady and the Pigeons" by Sylvain Chomet (Canada).

Hiroshima Prize: The Mermaid by Alexander Petrov (Russia).

Debut (first film) Prize: Busby by Anna Henckel-Donners-Marck (Germany).

Renzo Kinoshita Prize: "L'Aréne (Série "Vermillion")" by Nicolas Jacquet (France).

Headline News Autodesk Making Discreet Purchase

In June, Avid Technologies bought Softimage [AF 6/17/98], combining two powers of digital production and 3D graphics. Not to be outdone, in a similar yet reversed situation, San Rafael, California-based Autodesk, Inc. (Nasdaq: ADSK) has announced plans to acquire Montreal, Canada-based Discreet Logic (Nasdaq: DSLGF). Autodesk is the parent company of Kinetix, makers of 3D graphics and animation software such as 3D StudioMAX and Character Studio. The merger had some foreshadowing, as Kinetix and Discreet Logic announced a product integration partnership in March [AF 4/7/98].

Headline News Cardiff Closing Down

By Guest (not verified) | Tuesday, August 25, 1998 at 12:00am

The Vital! International Animation Festival (formerly known as Cardiff) is closing its doors due to financial losses incurred at its latest edition in June 1998. This years festival director Jane Williams has left the organization, and the board of directors is now responsible for managing a debt which sources said amounts to approximately (U.K.) £25,000.

Headline News Musical Chairs

By Guest (not verified) | Tuesday, August 25, 1998 at 12:00am

UCLAs School of Theater, Film and Television has appointed ROBERT ROSEN dean, replacing Gil Cates, who stepped down from the post last year but remains a member of the faculty. Rosen was promoted internally from the position of dean of the Film and Television School, a division of the Theater, Film and Television School (including the Animation Workshop). He has worked at UCLA since 1975. . . . Filmmaker JAMES CAMERON and effects master STAN WINSTON have resigned from the board of directors of the Venice, California-based effects studio they co-founded five years ago, DIGITAL DOMAIN.

Headline News Writers Make Prime Time Pact With Fox

By Guest (not verified) | Monday, August 17, 1998 at 12:00am

The Writers Guild of America has forged an agreement with Twentieth Century Fox to cover writers working on prime-time animated shows The Simpsons, King of the Hill, Futurama and Family Guy. This is of great significance for animation writers and WGAs Animation Writers Caucus, because it gives animation writers on these shows the same benefits as their live-action counterparts, such as mandatory payment for re-writes and access to the WGA health insurance plan.

Headline News Musical Chairs

By Guest (not verified) | Monday, August 17, 1998 at 12:00am

ANNE SWEENEY has been named president of DISNEY/ABC CABLE NETWORKS, filling a position left vacant when Geraldine Laybourne left in June to form her own media company. Since 1996, Sweeney has been president of the Disney Channel, a title she will retain with the promotion, which will add several programming outlets under her wing: Lifetime, A&E, The History Channel and E! Entertainment Television, as well as ABCs Saturday morning line-up. Prior to Disney, Sweeney was at FX for three years and at Nickelodeon for 12. . . .

Headline News Laybourne Launching New Company

By Guest (not verified) | Tuesday, June 2, 1998 at 12:00am

Geraldine Laybourne, often described as one of the most powerful women inthe entertainment industry, has left her post as president of Disney/ABC Cable Networks to form her own diversified media company. With ABC asits first investor and client, the still unnamed company will focus oncreating branded content for the Internet and television, targeted mainlyat women and children. Prior to joining Disney/ABC in 1996, Laybourne waspresident of Nickelodeon/Nick at Nite, a company she joined in 1980 at its

Headline News Fox Kids Delivers Cheap Vids

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainmentis flooding the kids home video market with eight new releases priced atU.S. $5.98 (Canadian $7.98) each. The titles being released on April 7 arere-releases of the TV series episodes and vault films: "The Adventures ofRaggedy Ann & Andy: The Mabbit Adventure," "Bobby's World: Roger 'n Me,""Cinderella," "Life With Louie: For Pete's Sake," "Life With Louie: TheMasked Chess Boy," "Snow White" and "The Tick: The Tick vs. Arthur." In

Headline News This Week in Animation

* Tuesday, April 21-Sunday, April 26. Toronto, Ontario, Canada.The first Sprockets Toronto International Film Festival for Children.Animated works in the program include the 1940s "Animaland" cartoons byDavid Hand, "Carmen Habanera" by Polish animator Aleksandra Korejwo and"Smoke" by Cal Arts graduate Bobby Podesta. For information, call (416)968-FILM.

* Wednesday, April 22-Friday, April 24. Eugene, Oregon, U.S.A.The first annual Motion Graphics, Animation and Arts Festival will take

Headline News British Academy Awards

The British Academy of Film and Television Artsheld its 50th British Academy Film Awards in London on Sunday, April 19.The winner for Best Short Animated Film is Aardman's "Stage Fright," byHelen Nabarro, Michael Rose and Steve Box. In the category, BestAchievement in Special Visual Effects, the winner is "The Fifth Element.

Headline News This Week in Animation

* Tuesday, April 21-Sunday, April 26. Toronto, Ontario, Canada.The first Sprockets Toronto International Film Festival for Children.Animated works in the program include the 1940s "Animaland" cartoons byDavid Hand, "Carmen Habanera" by Polish animator Aleksandra Korejwo and"Smoke" by Cal Arts graduate Bobby Podesta. For information, call (416)968-FILM.* Wednesday, April 22-Friday, April 24. Eugene, Oregon, U.S.A.The first annual Motion Graphics, Animation and Arts Festival will take

Headline News DIC Pacts With Pax

By Dan Sarto | Saturday, April 11, 1998 at 12:00am

Disney-owned DIC Entertainment will provide fivehours of animation programming a week to Paxson Communications' new U.S.family entertainment network, Pax Net. An exclusive, two year agreementreached between the two companies names DIC as the sole provider ofchildren's programming for the television network group, which will launchon August 31, 1998. Much of the programming will be from DIC's existinganimation library, packaged as an educational program block called"Freddy's Firehouse," which will air for three hours on Saturday and two

Headline News Comics Conference

The Sixth Annual Comic Arts Conference is acceptingpapers to be presented at a joint meeting of comics scholars andprofessionals in San Diego, California during the Comic-Con International,August 13 - 16, 1998. Faculty, students, and those outside the universitycommunity are encouraged to make submissions for papers and sessions whichtake a critical or historical perspective on comics, comic strips, comicbooks, woodcut novels, etc. Please note, editorial cartoons, caricatures,

Headline News Metamorfosi

The Goethe Institute will present a non-competitiveanimation festival called Metamorfosi, May 11-15, 1998 in Rome, Italy. Theevent will feature films, seminars, meetings and exhibitions on animationfrom different countries. Animators whose work will be showcased includeGiannini & Luzzati (Italy), Raimund Krumme (Germany), Phil Mulloy (U.K.)and Jan Lenica (Poland). For information, contact mc1983@mclink.it or visitwww.goethe.de/it/rom.

Headline News Fischinger Exhbitit/Sale in L.A.

"Optical Poetry," a major exhibition ofthe work of the late abstract animation filmmaker Oskar Fischinger openedlast week at the Jack Rutberg Fine Arts gallery at 357 North LaBrea Avenuein Los Angeles, California. The exhibition, which runs through June,features more than 40 original paintings and drawings created byFischinger. Other than a mutoscope created by Fischinger which is only ondisplay, all of the artwork in the show is for sale. Prices range between$6,000-$80,000 per piece. A video cassette -"The Films of Oskar Fischinger

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