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Games Headline News

TDK And Activision Bet On Shrek

TDK Mediactive, Inc. and Activision, Inc. have announced a strategic agreement to co-develop and co-publish video games. The companies have agreed that their initial collaboration will be based on TDK Mediactive's existing license to the sequel to DreamWorks Pictures' feature film SHREK. The first SHREK title to be released under this agreement is expected to launch on multiple platforms simultaneously with the theatrical debut of the SHREK sequel (currently scheduled for summer 2004).

Series Headline News

TV-Loonland Completes Central And Eastern European Sales

TV-Loonland has recently completed the sale of several animation titles in Central and Eastern Europe on the eve of DISCOP, the television market held annually each June in Budapest, Hungary. One of TV-Loonlands most popular childrens series PETTSON AND FINDUS (13 x 13 minutes or 2 x 75 minutes) has been sold to Duna TV (Hungary), Czech TV (Czech Republic) and RTV Slo (Slovenia). The series is a co-production between TV-Loonland, Happy Life Animation and Svensk Filmindustri with the participation of ZDF. RTV Slo also picked up the pre-school series CONNIE THE COW (52 x 7 minutes).

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TAIS Presents Cordell Barker in Person.

The Toronto Animated Image Society (TAIS) presents an evening with award-winning Canadian animator Cordell Barker. Cordell will showcase his work, including the Oscar-nominated short films "The Cat Came Back" and "Strange Invaders," as well as numerous television commercials he has done in Canada, the U.S. and England. Thursday, June 6, at 8 pm. Room 303, Metro Hall, 55 John Street, Toronto. TAIS members free, everyone else $5.

Film Headline News

A Film Estonia Rocks The Eurovision Song Contest

Estonian animation studio A Film Estonia has recently completed the production of two animated "postcards" for the 47th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest (ESC), which will be held on May 25, 2002 in Tallinn, Estonia. The postcards will be seen as two of the many interstitials shown between the competing songs during the European broadcast of ESC. The aim is to introduce different aspects of the host country.

Animation Headline News

Job Opportunities For Animators, Illustrators, Agents, Instructors And More

Washington, DC's Capital Children's Museum is looking for a CARTOON ANIMATION INSTRUCTOR . . . Clay Pixel Studios is looking for a MOTION PICTURE TRACK LEAD and a WEB DESIGNER - LEAD . . . HoChiMinh, Vietnam's Demen Animation Studio is looking for an AGENT . . . Manhattan Beach, California's Digital Aftertime Studios is looking for a 3D FREELANCER . . . Glendale, California's DreamWorks Animation is looking for a TECHNICAL WRITER . . . Atlanta, Georgia's Fathom Studios is looking for a LEAD ANIMATOR . . .

Game Headline News

Game Console Manufacturers Drop Prices

Just one month after slashing Xbox prices in Europe and Australia, Microsoft has followed suit in the U.S., marking down its Xbox game console to $199, $100 less than it was originally priced. Sony and Nintendo have also announced discounts to their next-generation consoles. Sony's PlayStation2 will be available for $199 (down from $299), while Nintendo's GameCube, always the lowest priced of the three, will now be priced at $149, $50 less than before.

Film Headline News

Film Roman Acquires TV Rights To Deity

Film Roman, Inc. has acquired the television rights to the comic book series, DEITY, by creators Karl Altstaetter and Robert Napton, from LA-based media company Hyperwerks Entertainment. Film Roman plans to develop DIETY into an animated primetime television series. Set in the Los Angeles of the future, a seemingly normal teenage girl named Jamie discovers she is to become a "Deity," or ruler of the universe. Jamie joins with three adventurers to fight her nemesis, Ma'Shiva. The comic book debuted in 1998 and is currently distributed by Image Comics.

Music Headline News

Nexus And FilmTecknarna Forge Alliance

Formalizing an existing three year relationship, London-based animation producer Nexus Productions has entered into a representation deal for commercials and music promos with Swedish animation studio FilmTecknarna. Over the past three years the two companies have worked together on various projects including the award-winning Boddington's campaign. Nexus will exclusively represent FilmTecknarna for the UK and France.

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DIC Opens European Headquarters In Paris

In addition to the recently announced deal with Nickelodeon, DIC Entertainment is undertaking a major expansion into Europe with the opening of a European operations headquarters in Paris. Leslie Nelson, former managing director of international sales for BKN, has been appointed managing director of European operations for DIC and will be responsible for sales, marketing, licensing, co-productions and all other ancillary businesses in the major European territories.

Game Headline News

TDK And DreamWorks Extend Shrek License Agreement To Include Sequel

Interactive software publisher TDK Mediactive, Inc. and DreamWorks SKG have extended their exclusive video game license agreement for the SHREK franchise, including the SHREK sequel. The agreement is worldwide for all current game platforms. According to TDK, the worldwide sales of SHREK interactive titles have been highly successful, exceeding 1 million units across four platforms (Xbox, Game Boy Advance, Game Boy Color and PC CD-ROM). Additionally, most of the titles are available in six languages and are currently available in North and South America, Europe and Australia.

Effects Headline News

Skittles Rain For R!OT

Santa Monica-based creative studio house R!OT provided digital visual effects and post-production services for a new national advertising spot for Mint Skittles from Mars. Conceived by DArcy, St. Louis, the commercial employs a fantasy scenario aimed at promoting the new product to adults. R!OTs involvement included pre-production visual effects design, on-set visual effects supervision, film transfer, color correction, visual effects production and compositing. "Sirens" opens on a man hiking through a forest.

Animation Headline News

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

300 Animation Inc. is looking for an AGENT . . . Rotherham, England's Aardvark Swift Consulting Ltd. is looking for a CHARACTER ANIMATOR and a GRAPHICS TRAINER . . . Los Angeles, California's Unbound Studios is looking for an EXECUTIVE INTERN and a PRODUCER INTERN . . . New York, New York's COVI Studios is looking for a CEL ANIMATOR . . . Mumbai, India's Crest Communication Limited is looking for a COMPOSITOR . . . New York, New York's Dogmactic Inc is looking for an ANIMATOR . . . EmailYourCV is looking for a UK GAMES ARTIST . . . Barcelona, Spain's Filmax is looking for a CLEAN UP ARTIST .

Wars Headline News

Kevin Smith Hosts The Official Star Wars Fan Film Awards

Thanks to the Star Wars Fan Film Awards, being an obsessed and rabid fan may get you on TV one day, and not just on the evening news! On May 12, 2002, the SCI FI Channel will present the first-ever Official Star Wars Fan Film Awards, in recognition of the best short films made by STAR WARS enthusiasts. Hosted by Kevin Smith, the one-hour special, presented in association with Lucasfilm Ltd. and AtomFilms, will premiere Sunday, May 12 at 8pm ET/PT, exclusively on SCI FI Channel.

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

New York, New York's 3D Form is looking for a 3D STUDIO MAX POLYGON MODELER TUTOR . . . Rome, Italy's Animantis is looking for a 3D MAYA/LIGHTWAVE MODELER/ANIMATOR . . . Armada TMT is looking for a HEAD OF PRODUCTION . . . Blaze Paint Digital Ltd. is looking for an AGENT . . . Sunnyvale, California's Clay Pixel Studios is looking for a MARKETING RESEARCH TRACK LEAD and a VENTURE CAPITAL SPECIALIST . . . Salt Lake City, Utah's Division of Film Studies is looking for a VISITING ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF ANIMATION . . . DreamerLand is looking for an AGENT . . .

Production Headline News

Toon Factory Finds New Production Partner

After finding a new co-production partner, French animation company Toon Factory has started up production again on two new series. The production of the 52 x 13-minute animated series HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR MONSTER and the 52 x 13-minute series KID CLONES IN SPACE, had been interrupted after the withdrawal of bankrupt co-pro partner Luxembourg's Neuroplanet. HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR MONSTER is now scheduled to broadcast in September 2003 by French partner TF1, while production on KID CLONES IN SPACE will start by the end of 2002.

Television Headline News

Corus Entertainment Appoints Peter Moss VP Of Programming

Three months after stepping down as head of Cinar, Peter Moss as been appointed to the newly created position of vice president of programming for Corus Television. Beginning May 1, 2002, Moss will be responsible for enhancing programming across all Corus services by developing strategic approaches to program development, acquisition and partnerships. "Peter has an outstanding track record in both public and private television broadcasting as well as production," said Paul Robertson, president of Corus Television.

Series Headline News

Television Industry Bounces Back At MIPTV 2002

Last October, MIPCOM 2001 Personality of the Year, MTV's Tom Freston, stated in response to the events of September 11th and the diminished attendance of the market, "TV will bounce back." This year's MIPTV, which took place in Cannes from April 15 to 19, 2002, showed strong evidence that the television community is on the way to recovery. Organizer Reed Midem reported over 2,600 buyers from 1,052 companies attended the market and representing an increased number of buyer companies, up 20% from last year.

Channel Headline News

The Hoobs Go To Germany

German distributor EM.TV has sold Jim Henson's live-action puppet series, THE HOOBS (250 x 24-minutes), to the German public broadcaster ZDF and the children's channel KI.KA. The show is scheduled to air on ARD/ZDF-owned KI.KA in October 2002, with broadcast on ZDF in Spring 2003. THE HOOBS currently airs on Channel 4 and Nick Jr. in the UK, and the franchise reaches over 40 territories worldwide with a combination of broadcast license and consumer product deals. EM.TV holds comprehensive European rights to the series.

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Buena Vista To Distribute Fox Kids' Saban Library

Now under Disney ownership, Fox Kids Europe (FKE) has announced that Buena Vista International Television (BVI-TV), a division of The Walt Disney Company, will service distribution for FKE's Saban library beginning May 1, 2002. The Saban library contains more than 6,300 episodes of children's programming including major franchises such as SPIDER-MAN, POWER RANGERS, X-MEN, DIGIMON, THE INCREDIBLE HULK and INSPECTOR GADGET. FKE owns the television rights in Europe and the Middle East to all children's programming in the Saban library.

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Xbox Creator Resigns And Microsoft Slashes Game Console Prices

Seamus Blackley, co-creator of Microsoft Corp.'s Xbox, resigned Monday, April 22, 2002, less than a week after the company slashed prices on the game console in Europe and Australia. REUTERS reported Blackley intends to launch a new game-industry startup and says his resignation was not related to Xbox's sluggish sales. But just six weeks after its debut, Microsoft has reduced prices for the Xbox game console in Europe and Australia. Effective April 26, 2002, the Xbox will sell in Europe for 299 euros (US$266) or 199 pounds (US$288), and in Australia for A$399 (US$215).

Animation Headline News

Cartoons On The Bay Announces Pulcinella Winners

The 6th Pulcinella Awards were presented in Positano, Italy, April 22, 2002 at Cartoons on the Bay, the international festival and conference on television animation. 38 programs were in competition for this year's awards. The international jury was made up of Bob Balser (president of Cartoon, Belgium), Eve Baron (head of the childrens department, France 3, France), Bill Kroyer (senior animation director at Rhythm & Hues, USA), Phillippe Jacot (director of children's programming UBE, Switzerland) and Gianfranco Noferi (director of RAI, Italy).