Press release from ACM SIGGRAPH (New Orleans, LA) - Winners of FJORG!, the third annual "iron-animator" style competition and GameJam!, the first videogame competition were announced during SIGGRAPH 2009, the 36th International Conference and Exhibition on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques taking place this week in New Orleans.
Geographical Region: Asia
Kotaku reports that DDM.tv in Japan will begin streaming HD-quality adult flicks to PlayStation 3 consoles. Consumers in Japan will need a broadband connection and an HDMI cable to download the Blu-ray quality content. Users can log onto the DMM.tv website and search through the available titles, which will be available on the PS3 as an on-demand service.
Press Release from Ottawa Animation Festival
From October 14-18, 2009, hundreds of international animators will descend on Canada’s capital with one goal in mind: capturing one of the prizes up for grabs at this year’s Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF).
Warner Independent’s remake of Bruce Lee’s ENTER THE DRAGON is picking-up steam. The noir-style redo entitled AWAKEN THE DRAGON involves a renegade Shaolin monk being pursued by an FBI agent. The Latino Review reports Warner is eyeing NINJA ASSASSIN’s Rain for the lead. THE SHIELD’s exec producer Kurt Sutter will write and direct.
The Sims are off on an adventure to famous destinations around the world! The EA Play Label of Electronic Arts Inc. today announced that The Sims 3 World Adventures is in development and will ship to retailers worldwide the week of November 16, 2009.
ACM SIGGRAPH announced today the Computer Animation Festival's Best of Show, Jury Honors, Student Prize, and Well Told Fable Prize recipients for SIGGRAPH 2009, the 36th International Conference and Exhibition on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques.
Press Release by Prime Focus
(Mumbai) August 3, 2009 - Prime Focus brings Hollywood VFX veteran to India. Michael Fink, Hollywood visual effects veteran and Academy Award winner, has directed his first Indian TV commercial for Lotte Coffy Bite candy. Fink is President, VFX Worldwide at Prime Focus, India's leading visual entertainment services company. The Mumbai-based company was appointed by Rediffusion-Y&R and MAD Entertainment for the toffee brand's latest TV commercial.
IGN UK reports via THE KOREA TIMES that Kwon Sang-woo is in talks to replace Stephen Chow as Kato in the GREEN HORNET feature. THE KOREA TIMES states that the actor passed an English audition for star Seth Rogen and director Michel Gondry. An official announcement is expected in a month. Kwon is a Korean heartthrob who has starred in over a dozen film and TV projects in Korea since moving from being a model.
Former Warner Bros. TV exec Andrew Plotkin has stepped into the role of SVP of original programming at SyFy, reports VARIETY. He will report to Syfy original programming EVP and Universal Cable Prods. co-head of original content Mark Stern. Plotkin will work closely with Syfy's other SVP Erik Storey.
Plotkin takes the post that Tony Optican vacated to head FremantleMedia North America's scripted programming division.
Press Release from Calypso Animation Studios
Calypso Animation Studios (CAS) is pleased to announce the opening of a satellite offices in Bangalore and Chennai, India, headed by Project Manager Muthu A. Muthu is an expert at animation and project management and has over 10 years experience in the Indian animation market specializes in outsourced animation. The CAS Bangalore team will help orchestrate outsourced projects in Central and East Asia.
Press Release from Toei Animation Co. Ltd
TOKYO (July 28, 2009) -- Toei Animation Co., Ltd has set this year's Locarno International Film Festival to reveal the trailer of the 10th anniversary film ONE PIECE FILM STRONG WORLD. The festival will take place from August 5-15 in Locarno, Switzerland. ONE PIECE FILM STRONG WORLD as well as the 9th Film of ONE PIECE THE MOVIE, THE EPISODE OF CHOPPER are scheduled to screen on August 7 at 10:00PM.
Press Release from Autodesk
Shanghai, CHINA, July 28, 2009 -- The Animation Public Technical Service Platform of Shanghai (APTSP) has created China's first post-production training center, to grow high-end animation and post-production public services, train local talent and showcase innovative technology. APTSP offers complete, data-centric workflows that include Autodesk, Inc.'s (NASDAQ: ADSK) Autodesk Flame and Autodesk Inferno visual effects systems, Autodesk Smoke editorial finishing system, and Autodesk Lustre digital color-grading system.
Spirit Pictures has picked up the rights to novel KONG: KING OF SKULL ISLAND, a prequel to the better-known and oft-filmed KING KONG story, per VARIETY.
Press Release from DECODE Enterprises
Leading kids and family entertainment specialist DECODE Enterprises, the distribution subsidiary of DHX Media Ltd., has scored a major package deal with TG4, selling six of its animated series to the Irish channel.
Press Release from Microsoft Corp.
A renowned set of storytellers from some of the world's leading anime studios in Japan are about to take one of the most iconic franchises in science fiction and video games to a new level. Microsoft Corp., in collaboration with some of the most acclaimed anime creators, today unveiled a new project called "Halo Legends," which will bring the "Halo" franchise and its sweeping sci-fi saga to an entirely new medium, in the form of several original anime short films.
Press Release from Cartoon Network
Cartoon Network Asia Pacific announced today that it has secured the cable and satellite rights to broadcast MIXMASTER2, the hugely popular action adventure series, to over 91 million viewers across 25 Asia Pacific countries.
Cartoon Network's agreement with Sunwoo Entertainment, the producer and distributor of MIXMASTER2, marks a significant milestone for the Korean animation industry as it the first time that a local animation company has teamed up with an international broadcast network.
Anime director Mamoru Oshii (GHOST IN THE SHELL) will helm another live-action film, according to VARIETY. Breaking an eight-year hiatus from live-action, Oshii will make ASSAULT GIRLS, starring Oscar nominee Rinko Kikuchi (BABEL), Meisa Kuroki (ONE MISSED CALL FINAL) and Hinako Saeki (THE RING 2: SPIRAL).
The three women will play post-apocalyptic hunters of gigantic morphing creatures called sand whales.
Press Release from VIZ Media, LLC
San Francisco, CA, July 20, 2009 -- VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), one of the entertainment industry's most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation and licensing companies, will publish a series of new releases based on Ponyo, the new animated film from Studio Ghibli and Academy Award-winning director and world-renowned Japanese animation legend Hayao Miyazaki.
Press Release from TV-Loonland
TV-Loonland has inked various deals with high profile TV broadcasters in Asia. LEON (52 x 3 Minutes), multi-formatted property PAT & STAN (39 x 7 Minutes, A 30-minute Special and 350 Shorts) and RAYMOND (78 x 7 Minutes) have all found new TV homes and are set for launch across the Asian continent this coming Autumn.
In the Land of the Rising Sun, Disney Japan has secured TV rights for the much sought after and truly unique LEON and Cartoon Network Japan has added quirky comedy series RAYMOND to its programming line-up.
Press Release from Marvel Entertainment, Inc.
NEW YORK -- Marvel Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: MVL), a global character-based entertainment and licensing company celebrating the 70th anniversary of its founding in 1939, announced today the addition of Theo Paphitis to the company's International Advisory Board. Comprised of business leaders from key international growth markets, the Advisory Board works with Marvel executives to explore opportunities for expanding the presence of the Marvel brand and key character franchises in international markets.
Masters of Russian Animation Debuts Musical Rebirth in San FranciscoSan Francisco, California, USAAugust 15-16, 2009
HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE earned $104 million in its first day of release worldwide, making it the best first 24 hours for franchise to date. The sixth POTTER film made $58.2 million in the U.S. alone.
Nearly 40% of HALF-BLOOD's first day receipt came via its record breaking $22.2 million earned during midnight showings.
This weekend the film will expand to 4,275 theaters in the U.S., making its worldwide theater count near 15,000 in 64 markets.
THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER is saying that Indian billionaire Anil Ambani has invested $825 million in DreamWorks Studio. The new movie production house will find Steven Spielberg, Stacey Snider and Ambani as partners. The board will consist of Spielberg, Snider, Reliance's Amitabh Jhunjhunwala and Alan Levine, current JPMorgan entertainment advisor and former Sony Pictures CEO.
Press Release from VIZ Media, LLC
San Francisco, CA, JULY 14, 2009 -- VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), one of the entertainment industry's most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation and licensing companies, is proud to welcome comic book and manga legends Stan Lee and Hiroyuki Takei for a very special series of appearances at the 2009 Comic-Con International, taking place July 23-26 at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA.