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Headline News CEO Mechanic Can’t Fix Titan Failure and Resigns

The opening week failure of TITAN A.E. may have been the final straw that has pushed Fox Filmed Entertainment chairman and CEO, Bill Mechanic, to resign. Mechanic has decided to leave Fox and form his own production company much like former Disney chairman Joe Roths Revolution Studios. However, insiders say the abrupt exit was a result of pressure from parent News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch over financial losses and questionable movie greenlights.

Headline News Italy’s Mondo TV Goes Public

On Wednesday, June 21, 2000, Italian animation studio Mondo TV, owner of the country's largest library of domestic and imported TV cartoons, will go public on the Milan stock exchange. Currently, the Rome-based company is owned by Orlando and Matteo Corradi. For the first-quarter, the TV toon maker saw revenue of 6.5 billion Italian lira (US$3.25 million) and net earnings of 1.3 billion ($650,000).

Headline News New Jobs: Animators, CGI Lighters, Flash Animators And More...

Palo Alto, California's Pacific Data Images (PDI) is looking for

EFFECTS ANIMATORS AND DEVELOPERS and CG LIGHTERS. . .Lombard,

Illinois-based Big Idea Productions, Inc. is looking for a 3D

MODELING SUPERVISOR. . .South River, New Jersey-based Big Brad's South

River Tattoo Studio is looking for an ARTIST/TATTOOIST to draw Flash

and tattoo pictures for customers. . .WPRI/WNAC TV of East Providence,

Rhode Island wants to find an AVID EDITOR to edit commercials,

Headline News Spain’s Terra Injects Lycos With $17 Billion

Spain's Terra Networks have announced that their shareholders have approved the company's US$12.5 billion purchase of U.S. Internet portal Lycos. The shareholders also okayed $17.7 billion in capital increases to pump up liquidity in the new arm. "The acquisition of Lycos is the big leap that will allow us to position ourselves as a truly global company," Terra president Juan Villalonga said at the company's shareholders meeting. The Spanish-language Internet server and provider announced last month its intention to purchase Lycos as an inroad to the U.S. market.

Headline News Gladiator Gaining Riches Around The World

DreamWorks' GLADIATOR continues to plunder the pockets of moviegoers around the globe. Complete box numbers from Germany, France, Australia and a number of other countries were not available due to local holidays, however GLADIATOR looks like it is still slaying the competition. The bloody blockbuster is still topping the charts after five weeks in release in both the U.K. and Australia, regaining the top spot from MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE 2 in the later. In its four weeks in release, the Roman revenge tale took the #1 spot in both Italy and Spain.

Headline News Mission 2 Has Gone From The Top Spot

With the new actioner from Nicolas Cage racing in to the #1 spot at the U.S. box office, MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE 2 fell to #2 in its third weekend in theatres. Disneys GONE IN 60 SECONDS grossed US$25.33 million on its way to receiving the checkered flag. MISSION, with primary visual effects by Pacific Data Images, Double Negative Ltd. and CFC, grossed another $17.23 million, raising its exploding cume to $158.1 million and is on a pace to beat the finishing cume of the original MISSION installment. Disneys DINOSAUR has slipped to fourth grossing another $8.82 million.

Headline News Old Man Wins Annecy

The Oscar winner for best short animated film, THE OLD MAN AND THE SEA, has won the coveted grand prize at the International Festival of Animated Film at Annecy. In a lively ceremony held on Saturday, June 10, 2000, the awards were handed out by the festivals artistic director, Serge Bromberg. The short and feature film jury, comprised of Meral Erez (Turkey), Aida Ndiaye (Senegal), Georges Schwizgebel (Switzerland), John Lasseter (U.S.A.) and Jimmy T. Murakami (Ireland), bestowed the top honor to the adaptation of Ernest Hemmingways novella.

Headline News Roth´s Revolution $3 Billion Backers Revealed

Former Disney chairman Joe Roths Revolution Studios, a film and television production company, has released the details regarding the roles that its investors will serve. Sony Pictures Entertainment, Starz! Encore Group and Fox Entertainment Groups were among the investors that have sunk US$3 billion into the five-month old production house. Additionally, Revolution has gained a controlling stake in the on-line entertainment channel MediaTrip.com.

Headline News BKN Acquires Arles Animation

BKN International, a childrens animated series production, distribution and marketing company, announced their acquisition of France-based Arles Animation. Arles has worked on series such as WACKY WORLD OF TEX AVERY, SABRINA and SONIC UNDERGROUND. Arles credits itself as being the only studio in France with experience in managing and executing a two-episode per week schedule. The French firm has created work for DIC, TF1, Canal +, RTL and La Cinquieme.

Headline News Mission’s Major Nod Downunder, Gladiator Still Global Ruler

Opening this past weekend in Australia, MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE 2 uncovered US$3.7 million in 3 days on 366 screens. The total is the highest weekend take of all time for foreign distributor UIP, which also released GLADIATOR and PHANTOM MENACE Down Under. The spy sensation also racked up $893,000 on 39 screens in Singapore and $488,000 on 38 screens in Malaysia. GLADIATOR still scored big receipts raising its international cume to $97 million. The period-piece pit-fight landed atop the German, British and Italian box office.

Headline News Verysmallcity Grows At Angoulême

France-based Alphanim Digital Corp. and Magelis - Pôle Image Angoulême have partnered to create verysmallcity.com. Magelis is an organization set up in Angoulême to help support and develop animation and technology in the city. The image center (Pôle Image) will hold shares in the new Net firm and help provide human and technical resources when Alphanim opens this new production division in Angoulême in July 2000. The new site will be targeted toward the 18 to 25 age group. Verysmallcity will feature short animation series and interactive fiction and games.

Headline News DreamWorks Darling Truly A Global Gladiator

With GLADIATOR opening wider in Europe, the DreamWorks darling finished atop six box office charts. Still reigning in Australia and the U.K., the Roman rampage made another US$2.42 million and $2.95 million respectively. The Australian total for hometown boy Russell Crowes action debut is $10.19 million, while the flick has grossed $16.81 million in Britain. The worldwide wonder had successful premieres in Germany, Italy, Sweden and Hong Kong making over $10 million in the four countries combined.

Headline News Millimages Moves To The Net

Millimages, a France-based animation production house, has opened a new Internet production division. The Flash produced products will be targeting a teen and adult audience. The company will create a minimum of fifty 20 second to 2 minute episodes per season. The animation firm with locations in London and Paris hopes to create content that converges television and the Web. Millimages is currently working on the development of 12 original Net series, some of which are co-productions with companies such as Magma Films (Ireland) and Happylife (Sweden).

Headline News More Additions To AWN's Calendar Of Events

This week's updates to the Calendar

of Events is massive! AWN is now

listing over 70 international events, from major festivals to lesser

known events such as the 10th Annual Sensual & Erotic Art Exhibition

(USA), The 7th Annual Chicago Underground Film Festival (USA) and the

10th International Symposium on Electronic Art (France). With

multiple search capabilities, AWN's new calendar of events gives you

Headline News Axis Animation New CGI Lab In The UK

Four of the U.K.'s leading CGI artists, Richard Scott, Graham McKenna, Stuart Aitken and Dana Dorian, together with Scottish new media group VIS Interactive PLC, have launched Axis Animation, a high-end 3D and digital post-production facility based in Glasgow, Scotland. Axis' focus will target the advertising, broadcast, film and computer game markets for animation and visual effects. The four founders were the core team at award-winning digital content creators Digimania.

Headline News Gladiator Slays The International Box Office

For the week ending May 21, GLADIATOR still reigned in the U.K. and Australia and conquered new territory in Italy. By more than doubling the debut of FINAL DESTINATION, the DreamWorks colossal hit grossed another US$5.11 million in the U.K. The world champ has garnered $13.96 million on the British Isle. More than tripling the second placed newcomer ROMEO MUST DIE, the Roman ruler grossed $3.32 million in Australia, raising its cume in that country to $7.79 million. In its Italian premiere, the maker of Maximus coin landed $1.89 million.

Headline News Pokemon Pumps Up European Deals

Pokemon has caught new deals with several eastern European countries and renewals from around the rest of the continent. New locations of Pokemon infestation include Polsat in Poland, RTL-Klub in Hungary, Nova in Czech Republic, ETV in South Africa and Fox Kids Scandinavia Satelite service. The countries that renewed the second seasons 52-episodes were TV2 in Denmark, TV2 in Norway, TV4 in Sweden, Star Channel in Greece and RTL in Belgium.

Headline News VanHook Ventures On Cyberspace

VanHook Studios, a Hollywood-based effects and animation house, has ventured into cyberspace with a new episodic program for whatsonweb.com. VanHook has worked on the visual effects for such features as MY FAVORITE MARTIAN and 13TH WARRIOR and TV series ALLY MCBEAL, ZENA, HERCULES and MAX STEEL. The first series to hit whatsonweb.com will be the fantasy series KIRA: THE CURSED, staring adult film star Kylie Ireland. "Kylie is a great choice for us. Not only is she a wonderful actress, with great screen presence she also has an enormous and incredibly loyal fanbase.

Headline News Store Specials: Contemporary Estonian Animation, Volume 4: Joonisfilm Studio

This volume provides a survey of films made at Joonisfilm Studio

since Estonia's independence. Included: "Viola" (Grand Prize, 2000

Nordic and Baltic Animation Festival), "On the Possibility of Love"

(Grand Prize, Brisbane Animation Festival), "Bermuda" (Director's

Prize, Ottawa International Student Animation Festival), "Birthday,"

"Departure," "Gravitation," "Jaagup and Death," and two Estonian

films made at Finland's Turku Arts Academy: "Cappuccino" and

Headline News New Competition For Independent Animation At The Holland Festival 2000

The 8th Holland Animation Film Festival will be held November 15-19,

2000 in Utrecht, Netherlands. Besides the international competition

for applied animation and student films from the Netherlands, Belgium

and Luxembourg, this year the festival will present an international

competition for independent animation. The competition is divided

into two separate categories: one for narrative films and one for

non-narrative films. In both categories a Grand Prix will be awarded.

Headline News This Week's Animation Trivia Quiz

Test your skills and challenge your brain with AWN's

Animation Trivia

Quiz. This week, we're asking questions about stop-motion and puppet

animators. Which English puppet animator was replaced by computer

animation folks on Tim Burton's "Mars Attacks!?" Which Czech animator

began drawing films but ended up working with puppets? Which video

did Disney recall because a cameraman had inserted a few frames of a

Headline News Honkworm Unveils New Toons At Cannes

Honkworm International, a leading producer of original on-line entertainment content, has unveiled three new animation projects at the Cannes Film Festival. Each title will consist of no less than 20 Webisodes, ranging from two to six minutes in length. Honkworm executive VP of content Chris Cobb said, "We approach each of our short-form series from a filmmakers perspective, for us, first and foremost, it's about storytelling.

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