Sony Pictures Consumer Products has appointed HarperCollins as the worldwide publishing licensee for the HAROLD AND THE PURPLE CRAYON animated series set to debut in January 2002 on HBO Family. The series, based on the classic book by Crockett Johnson, is produced by Sony Pictures Family Entertainment. The new HAROLD AND THE PURPLE CRAYON book series will include six early reader books. The book series is expected to hit retail shelves in January 2002 to coincide with the release of the animated series.
Geographical Region: Europe
Midlands, England-based animation production house, PS Creative has moved to new, larger premises -- a building called The Doghouse in Bewdley, Worcestershire, England. With this expansion they soon hope to be recruiting more staff for both freelance and permanent in-house positions. PS Creative is currently furthering their 3D character animation and on-screen typography work developing a Europe-wide marketing campaign for a major pharmaceutical company.
Digital Artists Agency, which represents visual effects professionals for work in feature films, television and commercials, has hired former visual effects supervisor Janet Muswell as an artists' representative. Since relocating to the United States from Great Britain, Muswell has held visual effects artist staff positions with The Post Group and Digital Magic. She was visual effects supervisor on projects such as the 1996 television mini-series TITANIC and the Sci-Fi Channel series THE INVISIBLE MAN. Most recently she served as director of visual effects for the Livewire Television group.
Sunbow Entertainment has promoted two members of their staff into newly created positions. Suzanne Berman becomes associate director of creative affairs and Sowon Jun takes on the role of coordinator of creative affairs. Suzanne Berman worked at Sony Wonder, New York from 1997 until winter 2000 when TV-Loonland founded Sunbow Entertainment Inc. out of its acquisition of Sunbow Productions and the entire TV production and distribution business activities of Sony Music Entertainment. Over the period of four years, she steadily rose through the ranks in the development area.
Animation World Network has moved into beautiful new offices in Hollywood. Our new contact information is 6525 Sunset Blvd. Garden Suite 10, Los Angeles, CA 90028. Phone: (323) 464-7805 Fax: (323) 466-6619. All our e-mail addresses remain the same.
London Effects & Animation Festival (LEAF) in London, England Tuesday, November 13 - Thursday, November 15, 2001 is hosting a one-day Web Forum on Thursday, November 15 2001, which will be chaired by AWN's Dan Sarto. Featured sessions will look at the technological developments driving animation work, the tools available for Web-based work and a panel discussion on the future of animation on the Internet. For more information go to http://www.digmedia.co.uk
From Dangermouse to Bill & Ben: Wednesday, August 01, 2001 - Tuesday, January 15, 2002, Manchester, England. An exhibition celebrating twenty five years of Cosgrove Hall Films From Dangermouse to Bill & Ben runs until January 15th in Artworks, the interactive gallery, The Lowry Centre, Salford Quays, Manchester, England. Entrance Fee: Adults £3.75; Concessions £3.25; Family Tickets £10.00. Open Daily from 10am until 6pm Summer and Half Term Holidays. Term time Mon Fri until 4pm, Sat/Sun until 5.30 pm. For Further details call 0161 876 2000.
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:
- The Career Coach: Jobs In A Visual Effects House -- DefinedThe final part of a three part series that describes the steps involved in different specialties of visual effects production, the specific skills required for each specialty, as well as what the studios are looking for in a portfolio and demo reel.
This week's updates to the Calendar of Events include: From Dangermouse to Bill & Ben: Wednesday, August 01, 2001 - Tuesday, January 15, 2002, Manchester, England; Aleksandra Korejwo - Screening and Silent Auction: Saturday, September 29, 2001, Hollywood, California USA; FAN International Animation Festival: Thursday, October 25 - Sunday, October 28, 2001, Norwich, Norfolk UK; Big Apple Anime Fest: Friday, October 26 - Sunday, October 28, 2001, New York, New York USA; Animation Workout, Mary Ellen Lord, Guest Director: Tuesday, November 20, 2001,
Hacienda Heights, California's Black Orb is looking for a 2D CHARACTER DESIGNER to work on a CG animated feature (this is a non-paying job)...An Oxfordshire, England-based company is looking for a GAMES PROGRAMMER with excellent knowledge of C/C++ on PC or PS2...Bangalore, Karnataka, India's Mindsphere Technologies, a software developer and provider of key technologies, is looking for a CONSULTANT...Rome, Italy's Scorpion Systems is looking for a COMPOSITOR, specializing in AE, Commotion, Combustion, Inferno and more.
Award-winning stop-motion animator Billy Greene was found shot dead just outside of his apartment in the 4300 block of Adeline St. in Emeryville, California on September 10, 2001. He was 33 years old. Police say there was evidence the killer tried to remove his wallet, but had fled without it or its contents. His body was found just after midnight. No suspects were seen and no arrests have been made.
Discreet, a division of Autodesk Inc., announced a variety of new products at the 2001 International Broadcasting Convention (IBC) held in Amsterdam September 14-18, 2001. Among the new products unveiled to the European community were frost 3, the latest version of Discreet's real-time 3D-broadcast graphics creation and delivery system and combustion 2, the latest version of its paint, animation and 3D-compositing software for Windows and Macintosh platforms. Both products are expected to begin shipping by end-of-year 2001.
Twentieth Century Fox has united its international theatrical and international home entertainment units under the supervision of Stephen Moore. Moore has been president of Twentieth Century Fox, Home Entertainment International (TCFHEI) since June 1997. In his new position as president of Twentieth Century Fox International, Moore will continue to oversee TCFHEI and will also oversee the company's international theatrical marketing and distribution operations, which will continue to be managed by Scott Neeson, president, Twentieth Century Fox International Theatrical.
In France, Cartoon Network joins the top 10 most popular cable and satellite channels in the country and stands out as the number one channel for kids ages 4 to 10 in CanalSatellite homes (reaching 68.8% of this age group during one week). Findings from Mediacabsat, the cable and satellite channel survey by Médiamétrie, is promising news for the channel that went on air less than two years ago. Cartoon Network now has an 8.9% audience share of 4 to 10 year olds watching CanalSatellite.
Toronto, Ontario's Chelsea Road Productions Inc., a creative and music production and audio post company, is looking for 3D MAX-4 MODELER/COMPOSITOR, SENIOR ANIMATOR 3D MAX-4, JUNIOR ANIMATOR 3D MAX-4, PRODUCTION ASSISTANT, and SENIOR ANIMATOR 2D. . . Toronto, Ontario's Evil Clown Animation is looking for a PRODUCTION COORDINATOR to coordinate an independent animated short production. . . Hollywood, California's Toonshoppe is looking for an onsite FLASH ANIMATOR & ILLUSTRATOR. . .
Take a tour of Italy where you will draw the sights and receive personal instruction from world class life drawing master Glenn Vilppu. Participants will go to places where most tourists never dream of going! When traveling through Venice and the Northern Lakes of Italy, Glenn will lecture on the local art. Everyone is welcome; it isn't necessary to be an artist. The 13-day tour is scheduled June 13-25, 2002.
The Sharpe Company has appointed Italys BIC Licensing and Australian apparel company Barrymores Pty. Ltd., as licensing agents for Great Britains popular pre-school program HUMPHREYS CORNER. These agents join the HUMPHREYS CORNER licensing team headed by Charles Day, president of The Sharpe Company, worldwide licensee of the elephant character. HUMPHREYS CORNER is based on characters created and written by Sally Hunter in a series of books for preschool children about an elephant named Humphrey.
CineGroupe Interactive developers have created a PC game prototype based on the childrens tale about a wooden puppet that wants to become a live boy. PINOCCHIO 3001, a third-person puzzle game, is based on an upcoming feature-length animated movie of the same name, which is being developed by CineGroupe Inc., Castelao Productions SNA (Spain) and AnimaKids Productions (France). CineGroupe Interactive, is using NDLs NetImmerse to give the classic story of Pinocchio a futuristic facelift for young gamers.
* Les Rencontres 10/10 De Cinéma d'Animation: Thursday, February 28 - Monday, March 04, 2002, St Quay Portrieux, Cotes d'armor, Brittany France.
Immersion 3D, a division of Immersion Corp, announced a 30 day trial offer of Immersion's new VirtualHand Studio software available for download at Immersion's Website, www.immersion.com/products/3d/interaction/virtualhandstudio.shtml. VirtualHand Studio is an intuitive software tool used by designers for verifying, testing and evaluating 3D digital models in real-time. This software converts data from the subtle movement of the physical hand into a graphical hand, letting the user interact with 3D objects.
This week's updates to the Calendar of Events include: Matita Animated Film Festival: Thursday, September 27 - Sunday, September 30, 2001, Guardiagrele, Abruzzo Italy; 2nd Golden Bit, International Competition of 3D Virtual Images: Sunday, October 07, 2001, Cascina, Italy USA; The Toronto Digital Image Festival: Tuesday, October 23 - Thursday, October 25, 2001, Toronto, Ontario Canada; Les Rencontres 10/10 De Cinéma d'Animation: Thursday, February 28 - Monday, March 04, 2002, St Quay Portrieux, Cotes d'armor, Brittany France; and West Coast Student Film Festival: Friday, April 05 - Tues
Dream Theater Animation has wrapped on an intro film for SUPERCAR STREET CHALLENGE, an upcoming racing game from Activision. The 2 1/2-minute film features eight exotic high-performance cars racing through recreations of three cities, Los Angeles, London and Monaco. The film was produced in Maya, 3D Studio MAX, AfterEffects and Adobe Photoshop. The first step of the production was the creation of a video animatic of existing stock footage and television races.
European media company TV-Loonland Groups net income for the first half of 2001 increased by an additional 80 percent over last year, to EUR 8.2 (approx. USD 7.5) million due to a strong international marketing strategy. The group has already realized more than 60 percent of the EUR 13.3 (approx. USD 12.1) million total net income budgeted for the year 2001. Revenues increased by 39.7 percent to EUR 34.2 (approx. USD 31.1) million, also showing much stronger growth than in the first quarter. TV-Loonland AG continues to operate debt-free.