In the wake of last week's announcement of the departure of Michael Hirsh, CEO of Nelvana, Corus Entertainment Inc. announced that it will combine the operations of Nelvana and its television division into one integrated business unit under the leadership of Paul Robertson. "As president of Corus Television, Paul has consistently delivered outstanding financial results and programming schedules, always with customer service as a top priority," said John Cassaday, president and CEO of Corus Entertainment.
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Some festival favorites took home awards at this year's I Castelli Animati Festival, in Genzano di Roma, Italy. Concluding on October 27, 2002, the festival honored Christopher Hinton's FLUX with the International Grand Prize, while Robert Bradbrook's HOME ROAD MOVIES picked up the award for Best European Film. Special Jury Prizes were awarded to STROJENIE INSTRUMENTOW (TUNING INSTRUMENTS) by Jerzy Kucia and THE INVASION by Phil Mulloy.
The 9th Holland Animation Film Festival takes place in Utrecht, The Netherlands, November 13-17, 2002. This year, the festival will screen more than 300 films chosen from over 800 entries. Among the special programs offered at this year's festival are retrospectives on Monique Renault, Chuck Jones, George Pal and Ub Iwerks.
This week's updates to the Calendar of Events include Santa vs. the Snowman 3D In IMAX Theaters Worldwide: Friday, November 01, 2002 - Wednesday, January 01, 2003, various IMAX theaters, USA . . . Free Gigantor Screening: Saturday, November 02, 2002, Los Angeles, California USA . . . From Another Planet: Kenny & Bob: Tuesday, November 05, 2002, Los Angeles, California USA . . . Animators Doing Comic Books: Wednesday, November 06, 2002, Glendale, California USA . . .
Cartoon Network has added Hungarian and Romanian to its language services making it available in no less than eleven languages in Europe. Starting out as a pan-European channel in 1993, Cartoon Network now has seven dedicated regional channels in Europe, the Middle East and Africa where it can be enjoyed in English, Danish, Dutch, French, Hungarian, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Romanian, Spanish and Swedish.
Wednesday, February 26 - Sunday, March 09, 2003
Entry Deadline: Monday, November 4, 2002
After successful screenings in San Francisco and New York, the 6th Annual RESFEST will come to Hollywood's Egyptian Theater October 30-November 3, 2002. Showcasing innovative digital films, music videos and animation, the directors of RESFEST created seven thematic shorts programs from over 1,500 submissions. Notable animation screenings include Robert Bradbrook's Cartoon d'Or winning film HOME ROAD MOVIES and the U.S. premiere of Phil Mulloy's THE INVASION.
London-based 4Kids Entertainment International has completed an expansion of its operations that encompasses the promotion of key management and the appointments of new executives. Promoted to the position of commercial director is Helen Howells, who will focus on the company's sub-agent relationships as well as oversee its marketing and creative areas. Howells assumes her new position with 4Kids Entertainment International after serving as director of international licensing. She joined the company in 2000.
It's another award for Canadian Christopher Hinton, as the Leipzig DOK Festival honored his animated short FLUX with the Golden Dove for Animated Films. The award was accompanied by 3,000. Other honorees in the Animated Films category were Silver Dove recipients PLAIN PLEASURES by Sarah Cox (UK) and BARCODE by Adriaan Lokman (Netherlands). The jury also gave Honorary Mention to the films ARIA by Piotr Sapegin (Norway) and BOOKASHKIS by Mikhail Aldashin (Russia), which also took home the Audience Award. Leipzig DOK is an annual festival honoring documentary and animated films.
Join Persian animator Noureddin Zarrinkelk as he presents a special screening of his animated films. Considered by many to be "the father of Persian animation," Noureddin studied animation at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Belgium under the supervision of Raoul Servais. Upon his return to Iran, Noureddin founded the first animation school in the country and established a chapter of ASIFA (ASIFA-Iran). Films to be screened include: DUTY FIRST, SUPERPOWERS and AMIR HAMZEH AND THE DANCING ZEBRA. Monday, October 28, 2002 at 7:30pm.
peppermint, the worldwide distribution company that has recently undergone a management buy out from Germany's Helkon Media AG, has signed a deal with Spanish production and distribution company BRB to distribute over 230 hours of programming to all Asian territories. peppermint, who will also handle Australia and New Zealand for BRB, will have exclusive distribution rights for 20 different series, each consisting of 26 x 26-minute episodes, plus 14 related features each with a running time of 75 minutes.
To highlight a special midterm elections broadcast from Washington, D.C., Comedy Central's THE DAILY SHOW hosted by Jon Stewart, commissioned J. J. Sedelmaier Productions to produce a cartoon parody of perennial favorite SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK that demonstrates how the midterms work. It is slated to air on the Tuesday, October 29, 2002 broadcast. Titled "Daily Show Rock," the three-and-a-half minute cartoon follows a friendly grandfather who goes to the polls to explain how the midterms work to his inquisitive grandson Jimmy.
This week's updates to the Calendar of Events include: Animation Workout: Tuesday, October 22, 2002, Glendale, California USA . . . Montage - dhima's Student Digital Animation Festival: Friday, October 25, 2002, Santa Monica, California USA . . . Don Bluth's ToonUp 2002 Animation Seminar: Friday, November 15, 2002, Mesa, Arizona USA . . . The 3rd International Animation Festival of Tehran: Sunday, February 23 - Thursday, February 27, 2003, Tehran, Iran . . . MIP TV: Monday, March 24 - Friday, March 28, 2003, Cannes, France . . .
Now you can experience some of the world's greatest roller coasters without ever leaving your home. Global Star Software, a subsidiary of Take-Two Interactive will soon be releasing a new roller coaster simulator for the PC platform, WORLD'S GREATEST COASTERS. This exciting new 3D simulation will feature five of the greatest roller coasters on the planet, as well as a virtual coaster workshop in which players can build and experience their very own thrill rides and challenge themselves in the scenario-based game mode.
Heading home from MIPCOM, Illuminated Films' half-hour animated special WAR GAME is boasting sales in a number of territories. Deals concluded in Cannes included Teletoon in Canada, Television Suisse Romande in Switzerland and NHK/Mico for Japan. The short has already sold to FR3 in France, SVT in Sweden, YLE in Finland and Channel Four in the UK. Most of these countries intend to screen WAR GAME on their national remembrance holidays. Based on the book by Michael Foreman, WAR GAME is the story of three English boys who are members of the same football (soccer) team.
IMAX Corporation has announced that it will be bringing large format theaters to South America. Four IMAX theatres will open, to be located in Chile and Ecuador. "IMAX's entry into South America with these four new theatres is an exciting moment for our company and is really only the beginning for us in a market that we believe can support many more IMAX theatres in many countries," said Richard L. Gelfond and Bradley J. Wechsler, co-CEOs and co-chairmen, IMAX Corporation.
BAM! Entertainment, a publisher and developer of interactive entertainment software, is bringing the man vs. beast action of REIGN OF FIRE to all next-generation game consoles in time for the holiday season. REIGN OF FIRE for PlayStation 2 and Game Boy Advance will be available at the end of October 2002, while the Microsoft Xbox and Nintendo GameCube versions of the game will ship to retail by mid-November 2002.
Citing the series popularity on Cartoon Network UK and in worldwide sales, TV-Loonland and Cartoon Network Europe announced they will co-produce another 26 episodes of THE CRAMP TWINS, the series that details the comic adventures of 10-year old twins Wayne and Lucien, who have nothing in common apart from their parents. Telemagination, TV-Loonlands UK-based animation studio, will handle the production of the second series, which is expected to start in early November 2002. THE CRAMP TWINS had its worldwide premiere in the UK in 2001.
Anima 2003 (formerly the Brussels Festival of Cartoons and Animated Films) will take place from February 26 - March 9, 2003. The goal of Anima 2003 is to promote cartoons and animated films from all over the world. It also seeks to foster a dialogue between professionals, filmmakers and the public, and to raise awareness of quality animation and computer generated images among film and television distributors. The festival is a non-competitive event that is open to all animated fiction films and makes no distinction between formats, running time or techniques.
Based on the success of live-action spots for AT&T, Verizon, PBS and others, Studio V-12 has recently launched a separate commercial division to handle the growing workload. Continuing its expansion, V-12 announces the addition of director Linzi Knight. Knight joins the current V-12 roster of Juan Delcan, V-12 Co-Founder David Hwang and Daryl Goodrich. After training in Toronto as a graphic designer, Knight spent five years pursuing design opportunities in Europe where she worked in top European design firms like Grapus in Paris and Meta Design in Berlin.
At MIPCOM, EM.TV & Merchandising AG concluded a comprehensive deal with the childrens channel KI.KA that sees the German public broadcaster acquiring at least 300 half-hours of children's and youth programming from EM.TV, for broadcast on the jointly owned ARD-ZDF channel. Under the terms of the deal, KI.KA will receive the first free-TV broadcasting rights for all new shows, which will include POOCHINI, MOMO and WHAT ABOUT MIMI?
Childrens entertainment outfit HIT Entertainment reported record financial results for its fiscal year, which ended July 31, 2002.
5f Chennai, India came out of MIPCOM with two co-production deals for new animated series. MUV has teamed with Comet Entertainment of Toronto, Canada and Lasal of the Canary Islands, Spain to co-produce and provide animation for the CG series TINGUARO, THE SUN LIZARDS. Set in a futuristic world where peace-loving lizards struggle against war-mongering scorpions, TINGUARO is a 13-episode action/adventure series, which is also the first and only series to be supported and funded by the Spanish government, according to Carmen Llanos Acero, Comet COO.
Egmont Imagination has signed an exclusive worldwide direct marketing agreement with Readers Digest to distribute THE FAIRYTALER on video and DVD. Launched this week at MIPCOM Jr., THE FAIRYTALER is a 26 x half-hour animated series that newly illustrates Hans Christian Andersens classic tales, which include THE UGLY DUCKLING, THE EMPEROR'S NEW CLOTHES, THUMBELINA and THE LITTLE MERMAID. The series is a co-production between Magma Film, Egmont Imagination and fellow Danish companies A. Film and Danmarks Radio, as well as Germany's Super RTL.
Millimages has sold the broadcast rights to four of its new animated properties to Australian broadcaster, ABC (Australian Broadcast Corporation). The programs included in the deal are HILLTOP HOSPITAL, CORNEIL & BERNIE, PIGEON BOY and JASPER THE PENGUIN. HILLTOP HOSPITAL is a 39 x 10-minute stop-motion animated series. Described as a "pre-school medical soap opera," the stories focus on a hospital that is run by animals, for animals. Both CORNEIL & BERNIE and PIGEON BOY are Millimages co-productions with France 3.