IMAX Corporation today announced that the epic action-adventure Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, from hit-making producer Jerry Bruckheimer, directed by Mike Newell and starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Gemma Arterton, Sir Ben Kingsley and Alfred Molina will open in 53 IMAX theatres internationally, with 20 of those IMAX locations opening this week starting on May 19.
Geographical Region: Australia
Australian Screen Industry News reports that the Australian federal government just made it easier to qualify for Post, Digital and Visual Effects (PDV) tax incentives.
Little Airplane Productions' new short form animated series "Small Potatoes" has been pre-sold in Europe, Australia and Canada.
Robin Williams and Elijah Wood are in talks to voice their characters again in HAPPY FEET 2, according to THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER.
Richard Taylor Creative Director and Founder of Weta Workshop will be opening the AnimfxNZ 2009 Conference on Friday November 6 at Soundings Theatre, Te Papa.
Warner Bros. has pulled production of GREEN LANTERN out of Australia due to the falling value of the U.S. dollar, according to THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER.
Moonscoop, a French-based cartoon shop, has partnered with Neo Network in Italy to begin production on animated series THE DAVINCIBLES, Variety reports.
Little Airplane Academy, the intensive workshop for anyone who wants to learn what it takes to make and sell successful international preschool television series, is traveling overseas for a two-day seminar in Sydney, Australia, November 21-22.
It is with great pleasure that we open the registration for AnimfxNZ 2009! This is our fourth year, and we have another fantastic line-up of international speakers eagerly awaiting the trip down to New Zealand.
Aardman Animations is further consolidating its ongoing relationship with ABC Australia, securing a pre-sale for its new live action series Wallace & Gromit present A World of Invention.
4Kids Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: KDE), the diversified children’s entertainment and media organization, has appointed Exim Licensing Group and Tycoon Enterprises as Licensing Agents in Latin America and Mexico respectively for Amberwood Entertainment’s ROLLBOTS.
Award-winning digital production company Animal Logic bolsters its LA commercials and short form studio with a larger team, new location and an impressive slate of recently completed projects.
Leading kids and family entertainment specialist DECODE Enterprises, the distribution subsidiary of DHX Media Ltd., has scored a hat trick of deals with Australian broadcasters across its slate of standout preschool entertainment.
Variety reports James Cameron's underwater survival drama, SANCTUM, has secured funding. Wayfare Entertainment has committed to finance the $30M 3-D film that plans to shoot with James Cameron’s AVATAR cameras and 3-D technology.
Press Release by Activision
Santa Monica, California (Aug 05, 2009) -- Activision Blizzard, Inc. today announced better-than-expected financial results for the second quarter 2009.
For the quarter ended June 30, 2009, Activision Blizzard’s GAAP net revenues were $1,038 million, and its non-GAAP net revenues were $801 million. The company’s prior GAAP net revenue outlook for the quarter was $1 billion. On a non-GAAP basis, the company’s net revenue outlook was $775 million.
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).
Paul W.S. Anderson and producing partner Jeremy Bolt (RESIDENT EVIL franchise) have purchased the film rights to fantasy novel THE WARDED MAN from Peter V. Brett, per THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER.
Anderson is attached to direct and produce along with Bolt. Stephanie Johnson will exec produce, after bringing the novel to the duo's attention. Anderson and Bolt got the rights via their respective production companies: Tannhauser Gate and Bolt Pictures.
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.
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 PPC Enterprises
PPC Enterprises has announced major international sub-agency representation deals for two of its hottest brands: MONTY PYTHON and PINKY AND PERKY.
The new deals will see both brands taken into new territories by two hugely respected agencies: Alicom will be representing them in Scandinavia, whilst Grahame Grassby will be taking the reins in Australia and New Zealand.
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.
Hasbro, Inc. and Discovery Communications announced that children’s entertainment veteran Margaret Loesch has been named President and CEO of the companies’ multi-platform joint venture. The yet-to-be-named network is expected to premiere in Fall 2010 reaching approximately 60 million U.S. households on what is currently Discovery Kids channel. Loesch will assume her new position on August 17th and will be based in Los Angeles.