Weta Digital is planning a branch dedicated to advanced computer graphics research called Transfx, reports VARIETY. VFXWorld reported in April that Sebastian Sylwan had joined Weta as head of research and development, and now he will oversee the new arm, which hopes to bridge the gap between R&D and production. Previously, Sylwan worked for Autodesk as senior industry manager for film and TV.
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Electronic Arts Inc. announced that its EA Redwood Shores Studio has been renamed and rebranded Visceral Games. The newly named studio will focus on developing action games with state-of-the-art technology, visuals, audio, and gameplay. The studio is currently working on the highly anticipated games, DANTE’S INFERNO and DEAD SPACE: EXTRACTION, as well as two other unannounced titles.
Press Release from Chorion
London, 5 May 2009: OLIVIA, the hit new pre-school animated series from leading family entertainment producer and distributor Chorion, is continuing its international rollout with more major broadcasters signing TV rights to the show.
PRODUCTION WEEKLY reports that Dwayne Johnson has been cast in Disney's live-action redo of 20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA, under helmer McG.
The studio reportedly hopes to make the film this year in Australia, and has put the project in fast-track.
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Press Release from e-on Software
April 29, 2009. Beaverton, Oregon: e-on software, maker of Vue, the leading solutions for natural 3D environments, today disclosed the new features available in its upcoming professional solutions, Vue 7.5 xStream and Vue 7.5 Infinite.
Press Release from Breakthrough Entertainment
TORONTO (April 27, 2009) -- Breakthrough Entertainment announced today that they have licensed the children's animated series, JIMMY TWO-SHOES, to Cartoon Network in Asia and Australia. The announcement was made today by Craig McGillivray, Sales Executive.
Press Release from Ballistic Publishing
Adelaide, South Australia - 27th April 2009 -- Ballistic Publishing is proud to announce the pinnacle of digital art with EXPOSE 7, the latest book in its groundbreaking series celebrating the Finest Digital Art in the Known Universe. With more art, more artists, and a judging panel unanimous in its praise for the remarkable standard of work, EXPOSE 7 showcases a talented community of digital artists and their inspirational art.
Press Release from KidsCo
London -- 23rd April 2009 -- KidsCo, the international children's channel owned by leading media companies NBC Universal, Cookie Jar Group and Corus Entertainment Inc., today announces that leading pre-school brand, THE WIGGLES is to launch on KidsCo, the home of entertaining and educational programming, in Western Europe.
Press Release from PorchLight Entertainment
Los Angeles -- April 20 -- Rick Eldridge has joined PorchLight Entertainment's Board of Directors, it was announced today by PorchLight's CEO, Bruce Johnson.
"With over 30 years in the entertainment business as a musician, producer, director and entrepreneur, Rick knows how to make projects happen," said Johnson. "PorchLight is moving in new directions and Rick gives us access to new people, places and ideas that can aid in our expansion."
Press Release from Bardel Distribution
VANCOUVER -- Bardel Distribution has secured a broadcast deal for its newest CG series, ZEKE'S PAD with Radio-Canada. "We're happy to be working with Radio-Canada again", says CEO, Delna Bhesania. "ZEKE'S PAD is a wonderful fit for SRC's audience, and we're happy to have the show air in both of Canada's official languages."
Press Release from MTV Networks
NEW YORK, April 16 -- Harmonix, the leading developer of music-based games, MTV Games, a part of Viacom's MTV Networks (NYSE:VIA)(NYSE:VIA.B), along with distribution partner Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ:ERTS), today revealed the first details surrounding THE BEATLES: ROCK BAND (http://www.thebeatlesrockband.com/) Limited Edition Premium Bundle which will include:
-- THE BEATLES: ROCK BAND software-- Hofner Bass controller: Large scale replica of the Bass famously used by Sir Paul McCartney
SANTA MONICA, Calif., April 16 -- Due to the better-than-expected performance of its titles at retail, Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ:ATVI) announced today that its March quarter net revenues and earnings per diluted share are tracking ahead of the company's prior outlook. On February 11, 2009, the company provided an outlook for the March quarter of $860 million in GAAP net revenues and GAAP earnings per diluted share of $0.08. On a non-GAAP basis, on February 11, 2009, the company provided an outlook of $550 million in net revenues and earnings per diluted share of $0.03.
Press Release from Massive Software
Auckland, NZ (April 16, 2009) -- Massive Software, developer of the Academy Award-winning 3D animation software for AI-driven characters, today announced the appointment of Kevin Mannion as VP Product Strategy and Israel Cooper as Director of Finance.
Press Release from DECODE Enterprises
Toronto, London 15 April 2009. Leading kids and family entertainment specialist DECODE Enterprises, the distribution subsidiary of DHX Media Ltd., has boosted its presence in Israel with sales across its live action and animation catalogue totalling over 100 hours of programming.
Press Release from Echo Bridge Entertainment
NEEDHAM, MASS and LOS ANGELES, CA (April 14, 2009) -- Continuing its international expansion of sales operations, independent global distributor Echo Bridge Entertainment has appointed Natalie Yuen to the newly created position of Vice President, International Sales, Asia Pacific, effective immediately. The announcement was made today by Dan March, Executive Vice President, Echo Bridge Entertainment, to whom she will report.
This week in AWN's Forums, a member wants to know what's the term for when a cel of animation is mispainted? For example, Daffy's hands are yellow instead of black for a frame of animation. Maybe a glossary of little-used terms is in order. Besides AWN, which networking site works best for your professional needs? Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter? Or another? A member is looking for royalty-free vehicle models for Maya; anyone know where to find a site online that sells them? Anyone know how to pitch a show idea in Australia? A member has an idea.
TV-Loonland has closed a multitude of sales with broadcasters worldwide for its animated series LEON. Following the show's recent acquisition by German kids broadcaster SUPER RTL, CBBC in the U.K. and ABC in Australia, yet more high profile broadcasters have picked up the series co-produced by Studio Hari, TV-Loonland and France 3.
Nickelodeon has announced the pickup of a third season of the live-action preschool music series YO GABBA GABBA!. The network will commence production on 13 new half-hour episodes produced by The Magic Store and W!LDBRAIN in August in Los Angeles, Calif. YO GABBA GABBA!, created by Christian Jacobs and Scott Schultz, is executive produced by Jon Berrett and Charles Rivkin.
YO GABBA GABBA! currently airs daily at 1:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. (ET) on NOGGIN.
BEDTIME STORIES makes its DVD debut two days after its Blu-ray bow, along with DVD/Blu-ray releases of THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL, THE TALE OF DESPEREAUX, plus volume three of BEN 10: ALIEN FORCE on DVD, Disney Animation Collection, volumes 1-3 on DVD, MAX FLEISCHER'S SUPERMAN on DVD and more.
BEDTIME STORIES on DVD and Blu-ray
Australian vfx company Rising Sun Pictures say they had nothing to do with X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE leaking online earlier this week. The ASSOCIATED PRESS reported Thursday that the company's name appears in a caption dated March 2 a few minutes into the leaked copy of the Twentieth Century Fox film.