Television executive John Bullivant has launched Kickback Media, a new executive production and development outfit. According to Bullivant, the aim of Kickback is to create, develop and finance character and design-based intellectual properties. The television activities will focus predominantly on the children's market and will include both animation and live-action content.
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Visit all of AWN's Discussion Forums to stay in touch with the animation community! This week, hot forum discussions include the best stop-motion capture devices and all-time favorite animators. In The Animator's Desktop, Tony White has posted lessons #12 and #13 of his "Making Things Move Well" series, both focusing on Eye Movement (no pun intended). Over in Show and Tell, check out the kids of "Xero High" and animated and experimental shorts at yourshortz.com. Don't miss The Animation Flea Market, where users can post items wanted or for sale.
This week's updates to the Calendar of Events include: LucasArts -- Developing The Game Star Wars Bounty Hunter: Wednesday, September 18, 2002, Los Angeles, California USA . . . International Forum for Animation Technologies - Cartoon Master: Thursday, November 14 - Saturday, November 16, 2002, Angoulême, France . . . The Big 3D Contest: Sunday, December 01, 2002, World Wide Web, . . The 3rd Sundance Online Film Festival: Sunday, December 01, 2002 - Sunday, January 26, 2003 . . .
Toronto, Ontario's 10plus1 Communications is looking for a STORYBOARD ASSISTANT . . . New York, New York's Bunko Studios, Inc. is looking for a GRAPHIC DESIGNER . . . Santa Ana, California's Cartoons & Entertainment International, Inc. is looking for a 2D ANIMATOR . . . MiltonKeynes, UK's EurotimeSolutions is looking for a 3D ANIMATOR . . . FXJobs is looking for a COMPOSITOR . . . Moorpark, California's High Street Studios is looking for a BACKGROUND PAINTER . . . London, UK's Icecandy Entertainment is looking for a CHARACTER DESIGNER/MODELLER 2D/3D . . .
Mainframe Entertainment, Inc. will offer a variety of computer animated fare for preschoolers, kids, tweens and primetime audiences at MIPCOM 2002. Among the projects Mainframe will promote include TONY HAWK'S FEASTERS, with pro skateboard champion Tony Hawk acting as a mentor to a group of local kids; an all-new BETTY BOOP series featuring Betty on the road as the lead singer of a rock band; and the collage animation series FAMILY VALUES.
C21 Media reports that HIT Entertainment has finalized its acquisition of Gullane, in a deal worth approximately US$215.2 million. Gullane had consistently rebuffed HIT's acquisition proposals until July 2002, when Gullane's directors agreed to a takeover by HIT following support from major shareholders Britt Allcroft and Angus Wright. Adam Mills, chairman of Gullane said: "After careful consideration and a comprehensive review of alternatives, the Board has concluded that an acquisition of Gullane by HIT is in the best interests of shareholders.
Stockholm-based design and animation studio FilmTecknarna Animation has recently completed three spots for Cartoon Network. The studio has produced a number of spots for the Cartoon Network "Shorties" series, including WALLYGATOR, ATOM ANT and JABBERJAW. Directed by Jonas Odell (MY BEST FRIEND PLANK), Jonas Dahlbeck and Boris Nawratil (COURAGE THE COWARDLY DOG) and Nick Hewitt (I´M NOT COMING IN), the 2-minute spots play out as music videos featuring Cartoon Network characters such as COURAGE THE COWARDLY DOG and ED, EDD AND EDDY.
UK-based production company Animatrix Ltd. plans to create an all new 26 part series based on the 1980s preschooler DR. SNUGGLES. Featuring Sir Peter Ustinov voicing the title character, a cuddly bow-tied inventor who strives to make the world a better place, the original DR. SNUGGLES was broadcast in more than 80 countries, and can still be seen in Germany, Scandinavia, Holland, Ireland and Canada. Animation studio Telemagination has produced a 3 1/2-minute pilot of the newly revamped DR. SNUGGLES scheduled to screen this year at Cartoon Forum and Mipcom.
This week's updates to the Calendar of Events include: 3ds max 5 Demo - Jacksonville: Thursday, August 29, 2002, Jacksonville, Florida USA. . . New Media Producer's Mixer: Wednesday, September 4, 2002, Hollywood, California . . . Women In Animation Writer's Roundtable: Thursday, September 05, 2002, Los Angeles, California USA . . . Pixar Animation Studios Gala Preview of Spirited Away With Special Guests: Sunday, September 15, 2002, Emeryville, California USA . . .
Each week, Animation World Magazine offers new articles, special features and theme-based coverage of the art, craft and industry of animation. New this week:
Software piracy is costing the animation industry millions if not billions. Brett Rogers explains why the cost of software piracy goes beyond the losses suffered by the software manufacturers and effects everyone.
Focus Enhancements, a designer of proprietary video technology for the computer and television industries, has developed the FS454 TV-Out chip for Microsoft's Xbox, to assist in Microsoft's continuing effort to reduce the cost of its next generation video game system. In May 2001, Microsoft and Focus Enhancements began an OEM development program to produce low-cost TV-Out technology with fine text capabilities that would fit into the existing Xbox configuration, as part of a cost reduction effort.
BBC (UK), France 3 (France) and ABC (Australia) have picked up independent studio Millimages' latest animated series CORNEIL & BERNIE. The 52 x 13-minute series, also known as WATCH MY CHOPS!, is currently in production and is set to broadcast internationally during 2003. Lead character Corneil is a cultured and well-read dog, who is likened by the producers to "a canine FRASIER." Corneil keeps his genius talents hidden from his owners, but when Bernie the dog-sitter is hired and discovers Corneil's secret, Corneil's life is turned upside down.
SimEx Digital Studios has recently completed a specialty venue project for LEGOland, an all-CG animated short based on the newly released LEGO Racers toy line. LEGO RACERS 4D is a high-definition 3D stereoscopic 13-minute short with in-theater special effects featuring Max, a driver for Team Nitro, and Max's nemesis Sever, driver for the Exo-Force Team. Together with six other drivers, Max and Sever bang fenders within a 20 mile-diameter racing stadium called The Drome, which provides Max and the other racers with an endless array of obstacles and landscapes.
Pozuelo de Alarcón, Madrid, Spain.
Monday, December 9, 2002 Sunday, December 16, 2002.
Entry Deadline: Friday, August 30, 2002.
Corus Entertainment's Nelvana has signed a deal to supply a 90-minute Nelvana branded programming block for Eastern European kids' broadcaster Minimax. Starting in September 2002, the Hungary-based cable and satellite broadcaster Minimax will screen the Nelvana block on Saturday and Sunday mornings, across three of its territories -- Hungary, Poland and Romania. The deal is the first of its kind for Nelvana in Eastern Europe, and comes in response to recent demand from broadcasters there for a cohesive, themed approach to kids' weekend programming.
At the 2002 London Effects and Animation Festival (LEAF), visual effects house The Mill will give a detailed presentation on the visual effects it created for Ridley Scott's Oscar-winning film BLACK HAWK DOWN. Further supporting the festival, The Mill has created animated IDs for the LEAF Awards to be held on October 10, 2002 at London's Olympia exhibition center. "We are very excited to be involved with this year's LEAF," says The Mill's 3D operations manager Stephen Venning.
Montreal, Quebec's Caspian Films is looking for an EXECUTIVE PRODUCER and a WRITER . . . Tempe, Arizona's Collins College is looking for an ANIMATION INSTRUCTOR . . . Mumbai, India's Crest Communication Limited is looking for a LAYOUT ARTIST and a STORYBOARD ARTIST . . . Baltimore, Maryland's Dark Beige Brother Entertainment/Screen Arts is looking for an ANIMATOR INTERN (UNPAID) . . . Glendale, California's DreamWorks Animation is looking for a TRAINING MANAGER . . . Electronic Arts is looking for an EDITOR . . . Estrada International is looking for an EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT . . .
In a considerable licensing deal, Cartoon Network has acquired over 600 half-hours of programming from Warner Bros. International Television Distribution to air on Cartoon Network UK. "In a fiercely competitive market, this is a major boost for Cartoon Network. With these titles added to our formidable library plus other Cartoon Network productions, co-productions and acquisitions, we have an unbeatable line up," said Finn Arnesen, vice president of programming, acquisitions and development for Cartoon Network, Europe.
Fox Kids Europe (FKE) has announced that chairman and CEO Ynon Kreiz will leave FKE at the end of his employment agreement on November 23, 2002. In the remaining period, Kreiz will continue supporting the integration of certain FKE operations into majority shareholder The Walt Disney Company. Kreiz has successfully managed FKE since its inception in 1997. He led the expansion of FKE across Europe and the Middle East and during his tenure FKE initiated a successful IPO on the Euronext Amsterdam stock exchange.
Anima Mundi has announced the winners for its 2002 festival, which took place from July 12 - 21, 2002 in Rio de Janeiro then moved to São Paulo, Brazil from July 24 - July 28, 2002. The festival is the major animation festival in South America and includes a wide range of open activities, including workshops, lectures and exhibitions. A full list of winners is below.
ANIMA MUNDI 2002
AWARDS BY THE PUBLIC JURY in RIO DE JANEIRO
Program distribution anddevelopment company CABLEready has inked a deal with Tokyo's SSAProductions for key international TV rights to SLAMMIN' SAMMY, ananimated one-hour biography of Sammy Sosa, the Dominican-born MajorLeague Baseball star. The deal includes all of South and CentralAmerica, the Caribbean (except the Dominican Republic), Asia'sPacific Rim, Europe, Canada and Africa. SLAMMIN' SAMMY -- THE SAMMYSOSA STORY traces Sosa's life from the hardships of his youth as a
Animac 2003 Calls For Entries.
Thursday, February 20 - Sunday, February 23, 2003.
Entry Deadline: Thursday, October 31, 2002.
Animac is a non-competitive film festival intended to show the bestanimated cinema productions of all time, highlighting those whichhave best enriched and promoted animation cinema's expressive skills.Animac seeks to be a tool to promote the most innovative andpassionate animated film and present the most famous animators and