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Production Headline News

It's A Jungo Out There

Egmont Imagination's new animated series JUNGO is currently in production at Egmont's sister company A. Film, and will debut this April at MIP-TV 2002. Egmont has recently completed of a raft of pre-sales for JUNGO, including Germany's Super RTL, TV2 in Denmark and Norway and TV4 in Sweden. The 13 x 26-minute series finds jungle creature Jungo and city fox Rita on a quest to find a place where they can live in peace. JUNGO is an Egmont co-production with Denmark's TV2 and Ocean Group in Canada. It is based on the main character in two A.

Events Headline News

New Additions To AWN's Calendar Of Events

This week's updates to the Calendar of Events include: Great Women Of Film And How To Become One: Saturday, March 30, 2002, Los Angeles, California USA . . . The Art of Caricature: Tuesday, May 21 - Saturday, May 25, 2002, Toronto, Ontario Canada . . . Book Illustration: Tuesday, May 28 - Tuesday, July 30, 2002, Toronto, Ontario Canada . . . Sketching on Location Workshop: Wednesday, June 12 - Wednesday, July 31, 2002, Toronto, Ontario Canada . . .

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Job Opportunities For Animators, Storyboard Artists, Instructors, And More

Animation Careers is looking for a STORYBOARD ARTIST . . . Salt Lake City, Utah's Beyond Games is looking for a FMV ANIMATOR/MODELER . . . Godalming, Surrey's Designhive is looking for a CHARACTER ANIMATOR AND MEDIA SPECIALIST . . . Vilvoorde, Belgium's Djungo Productions is looking for a 3D CHARACTER ANIMATOR/MODELER . . . Emeryville, California's Ex'pression Center for New Media is looking for a PLACEMENT DIRECTOR . . . Kerala, India's Katuns is looking for a 2D ANIMATOR . . . Los Angeles, California's Krazytoons is looking for an ANIMATOR . . .

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Former Cinar Europe Chief Joins TV-Loonland

David Ferguson has been appointed to the management board of TV-Loonland AG and has assumed the newly created position of chief operating officer and president, core activities. Based in London, he will handle the coordination of business operations and oversee the program business of the TV-Loonland Group. Ferguson joins TV-Loonland following five years as president of Cinar Europe, where he was responsible for staffing, executive producing, rights exploitation, joint ventures and acquisitions including the integration into Cinar of FilmFair Studios.

Animation Headline News

Job Opportunities For Animators, Programmers, Producers, Instructors And More

Animation Careers is looking for an AFTER EFFECTS EXPERT and a HEAD OF ANIMATION SALES . . . New Paltz, New York's is looking for a 2D GAME FUNCTIONALITY DEVELOPER and a 2D GAME PROGRAMMER . . . Valencia, Spain's BLACK MARIA STUDIOS is looking for an ANIMATION AGENT/REPRESENTATIVE . . . A Los Angeles, California-based company is looking for an EXECUTIVE PRODUCER OF

Series Headline News

Pirate School To Set Sail At Mip-TV 2002

Santa Barbara-based Foothill Entertainment, Inc. and BRB Internacional of Spain have inked a deal to develop, produce and distribute the series PIRATE SCHOOL. Production on the 26 x half-hour series is due to start mid 2002, with delivery commencing from September 2003. The 2D animated series will air on CBBC in the UK, which has an option to order a further 26 episodes.

Game Headline News

Xbox Goes Global With European And Australian Launches

On March 14, 2002 Microsoft Corp. debuted its next-generation game console Xbox in Europe and Australia. A total of 20 games were available at the time of the launch, with an additional 40 scheduled to be available by the end of June 2002. The launch day game lineup included the Microsoft Game Studio releases HALO, PROJECT GOTHAM RACING and ODDWORLD: MUNCH'S ODDYSEE. Xbox is now on sale in Australia, the United Kingdom and across Europe for a suggested retail price of $649 Australian and 479 Euro or £299.

Cartoon Headline News

Cartoon Creativity With Bill Plympton

Cartoon Creativity, a Cartoon Master organized with the support of the MEDIA Plus Programme of the European Union, will be held in Halle, Germany on April 25-27, 2002. The seminar will take a hard look at the process of creation, from the very first spark of the original idea to the production of a film or a TV series. TV channel representatives Theresa Plummer-Andrews, Suzanne Müller and Sebastian Debertin, producers Stephan Schesch, Dominique Boischot, Guillaume Hellouin and Robin Lyons and legal expert Stéphane Lieser, will also consider the link between economy and creativity.

Animation Headline News

Cartoon Movie Pays Tribute To European Film Companies

The Cartoon Movie Tributes were awarded during the closing evening of Cartoon Movie, the forum dedicated to European animation feature films, that took place in the Babelsberg Studios in Potsdam, Germany from March 14-16, 2002. Three European companies were selected from seven nominees who have made a significant mark on the animation feature film industry. The Cartoon Movie Tributes reward European strategies, outstanding facts, companies or personalities that have had a positive and dynamic influence on the European animation feature film industry.And the winners are

Festival Headline News

Cartoons On The Bay 2002 Opens Festival With Lilo & Stitch

Thursday, April 18 - Monday, April 22, 2002. Positano, Italy. Cartoons on the Bay, the International Festival and Conference of Television Animation is opening this year's festival on the evening of April 18th with the Italian premiere of Disney's highly-anticipated animated feature film "Lilo & Stitch." Promoted by Rai and conceived and organized by Rai Trade, the festival is an international event with awards, workshops, lectures and events centering on the ever-changing world of television animation. Actor Rowan Atkinson will be on hand to present his animated alter-ego "Mr.

Film Headline News

British Animation Awards - Winners!

The British Animation Awards (BAA) were presented Friday, March 15, 2002 at a gala ceremony at the National Film Theater in London. Created in 1996, BAA is a bi-annual event, and since its inception has covered all aspects of the UK animation scene, from student work to commercials, children's entertainment, short and experimental art films, and new technologies, scenario and craft.

Animation Headline News

Job Opportunities For Animators, Storyboard Artists, Producers, And More

Canonsburg, Pennsylvania's A.C.Coy is looking for a SENIOR MULTIMEDIA DEVELOPER . . . Hollywood, California's Acme Filmworks is looking for a CG ARTIST . . . B1 Media is looking for a PRODUCER and a PRODUCTION MANAGER . . . New Paltz, New York's BASSARTS is looking for an AGENT . . . blackSHEEP is looking for a 2D/3D ANIMATOR & DIGITAL PRODUCTION TEAM . . . Classic Black is looking for a PROGRAM DEVELOPER . . . Toronto, Ontario's Cuppa Coffee Animation is looking for a STOP MOTION ANIMATOR . . . London, England's Datascope Recruitment is

Ghosts Headline News

TV-Loonland Makes Premiere Deal With France 5

Animation producer and distributor TV-Loonland has sold three preschool properties LITTLE GHOSTS (39 x 7 min), CONNIE THE COW (52 x 7 min) and HENRY'S WORLD (26 x 11 min), to public broadcaster France 5. The channel, which until recently was called La Cinquième, is recognized for being France's primary broadcaster of preschool programming and for providing its young audiences with television that promotes learning through play. LITTLE GHOSTS is a co-production between TV-Loonland and its subsidiary, UK animation studio Telemagination.

Animation Headline News

New Additions To AWN's Calendar Of Events

Women In Animation International's 2002 Annual Meeting: Saturday, March 09, 2002, Glendale, California USA . . . Women In Animation Writers' Seminar Group: Thursday, March 14, 2002, West Los Angeles, California USA . . . NAB 2002: The Convergence Marketplace: Saturday, April 06 - Thursday, April 11, 2002, Las Vegas, Nevada USA . . . DreamWorks and Storyopolis -- Kid's Animation Workshop: Saturday, May 18, 2002, Los Angeles, California USA . . . Warner Bros. and Storyopolis Present a Scooby Doo Celebration: Saturday, June 15, 2002, Los Angeles, California USA . . .

Season Headline News

Kids' WB! Picks Up Second Season Of Cubix

4Kids Entertainment's first original animated television series, CUBIX - ROBOTS FOR EVERYONE!, has been renewed for a second season on Kids' WB! Under the terms of the renewal agreement, 4Kids will bring thirteen new episodes of the CGI animated series to Kids' WB! during the 2002-2003 season. CUBIX follows the adventures of 13-year-old Andy, a robot whiz, who brings to life a robot named Cubix that has been discarded as useless. The series was created by 4Kids in partnership with Korean animation house Cinepix and Korean broadcaster Daiwon.

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Mike Young Goes From BUMs To Pigs

BUTT UGLY MARTIANS producer Mike Young Productions is bringing a new series to the small screen. THE CURLY TALES OF PIGGLEY WINKS, 26 half-hour episodes aimed at pre-schoolers, is based on original stories by Irish writer Denise Fitzpatrick and is being produced with London-based Entara Limited. The CGI animated PIGGLEY WINKS features the voice of Irish actor Colm Meaney as Grandpa Piggley, whose comic stories of childhood adventures in rural Ireland form the basis of the series.

Movie Headline News

Cartoon Movie, The European Film Forum

The 4th edition of Cartoon Movie takes place March 14 - 16, 2002 in Potsdam, Germany. Organized with the support of Media Plus and the Berlin-Brandenburg Film Board, Cartoon Movie offers attending investors and distributors a complete overview of European animation feature films at different stages of production. Along with original concepts, projects in development and films in production, Cartoon Movie will screen recently completed animated features including Jimmy Murakamis CHRISTMAS CAROL THE MOVIE and Spains Goya Award-winning feature THE LIVING FOREST.

Interactive Headline News

BRB And Queen Bee Team For Interactive Programming

BRB Internacional has signed a strategic deal with Queen Bee Interactive (QBI) to develop interactive programming for various platforms and digital broadcasts. BRB is an independent and privately owned Spanish animation company with 30 years experience in the audio-visual production, distribution and licensing sectors. QBI specializes in the production and development of interactive applications, projects and interactive TV programs. The company has previously collaborated with various international media outlets including AOL/TimeWarner.

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Curious Founders Buy Back Company

Entertainment company Curious Pictures Corporation, producer of the series SHEEP IN THE BIG CITY (Cartoon Network) and AVENUE AMY(OXYGEN), has been acquired by its founders, Susan Holden, Steve Oakes, David Starr and Richard Winkler. The transaction includes the acquisition of creative services agency DCode, Inc. Both firms had been subsidiaries of iNTELEFILM Corporation which purchased a controlling interest in Curious Pictures in May 1999 and founded DCode in 2000.

Animated Headline News

Animated Mr. Bean Debuts

MR. BEAN, the eccentric character created by writer/actor Rowan Atkinson, is set for his animated television debut, March 2, 2002 on UK channel ITV1 beginning at 5:50 pm. After previously bringing Bean to life in a live-action series and a feature film, Atkinson was closely involved with the animated version of his character as well. "As a live-action character, Mr. Bean always possessed a cartoon-like quality," said Atkinson, who was filmed for every episode of the series so animators could use his distinct movements when creating the animated MR. BEAN.

Animation Headline News

Job Opportunities For Animators, Game Developers, Instructors And More

A Los Angeles, California-area Animation Production Company is looking for a PRODUCTION ASSISTANT . . . San Francisco, California's Cinema Dept. San Francisco State University is looking for an ASSISTANT PROFESSOR IN ANIMATION . . . Atlanta, Georgia's Fathom Studios is looking for a LEAD ANIMATOR . . . Nottingham, Nottinghamshire's Free Radical Design is looking for a CHARACTER ANIMATOR . . . New Delhi, India's GameEDU is looking for an ANIMATION PROJECT LEADER and a GAME DEVELOPER . . . Lexington, Massachusetts' Helixe is looking for a 3D CHARACTER ANIMATOR . . .

Headline News

The Tale Of The Floating World Wins Top Prize At Imagina

Imagina 2.0 the International Festival for Digital Images, was held in Monaco on February 12 - 14 , 2002 and THE TALE OF THE FLOATING WORLD, directed by Alain Escalle, won the Grand Prix Imagina over such prestigious nominees as AMÉLIE, SHREK and THE LORD OF THE RINGS. The Grand Prix Imagina rewards a unique production that reflects current trends in animation, both technical and artistic. The 24 minute short film, co-produced by Mistral Films and TEVA, combines animation and live-action with modern digital techniques and special effects.

Series Headline News

Varga Kicks Off The Year With Ballerina, Bean And Bosom Pals

International animation studio Varga Holdings has begun production on 13 episodes of ANGELINA BALLERINA, a 2D animated series based on the adventures of a ballet-dancing mouse. Following the successful launch of the pre-school series in October 2001 on the UK's CITV producers HIT Entertainment/Grand Slamm have requested a further 13 episodes. Delivery is scheduled for September 2002. Varga also commenced production in January 2002 on the ANGELINA BALLERINA 44-minute direct-to-video special, which will feature the voices of Academy Award winner Judi Dench and her daughter Finty Williams.

Effects Headline News

Company 3 Takes Two

Santa Monica-based visual effects house Company 3 has hired Henry artist and visual effects supervisor Alex Brodie and visual effects producer Christine Carr. Both arrive from 525 Post Production, which curtailed operations in December. Brodie has a list of high profile credits in music videos and commercials including recent efforts like the Garbage music video "Cherry Lips," which featured an "invisible" band. In the spot, Brodie removed the bands heads and limbs to make it appear as though empty suits were playing guitars and other instruments.

Mobile Headline News

Scooby Doo In The Palm Of Your Hand

Cartoon Network will launch three pay-to-play games based on the SCOOBY-DOO cartoon series in early summer 2002, to coincide with the release of the SCOOBY DOO movie. Cartoon Network has partnered with mobile entertainment service provider Digital Bridges Ltd., to launch the Scooby mobile games and others based on Cartoon Network characters, throughout North America and Europe. The titles will encompass the entire range of current mobile gaming technologies available today including SMS, WAP, Java and BREW, allowing the vast majority of mobile handset owners the chance to enjoy the games.