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Entertainment Vet Shields At AtomFilms

AtomFilms has appointed veteran TV executive Mikael Shields senior VP entertainment Europe. At the Netcaster, Shields will shepherd acquisitions and development of entertainment properties, negotiating and managing co-productions and content partnerships in Europe. He will work out of the year-old London office of the Seattle-based company. Previously, Shields served as CEO of U.K. television production company EVA Entertainment. He was a founding shareholder of EVA and helped negotiate the firms sale to Pearson Television in February 1999.

Animation Headline News

SAS Conference Tackles The Technological Topics Of The Future

* Saturday, August 5 Friday, August 11, 2000. Trondheim, Norway.

The theme of the 12th SAS Conference is "Digital Challenges - Expanded Boundaries." The conference will discuss how technological changes have effected the industry in the present, past and future. Topics will include technology and budgets, classic animation in the future and motion capture.

Million Headline News

Patriot Wins The Battle For International Box Office Supremacy

With several debuts around the globe, THE PATRIOT has won the war for international box office supremacy. Premiering at #1 in Germany, the Mel Gibson-starrer grossed a hefty $3.23 million. Slipping to second, THE PERFECT STORM garnered $1.29 million, raising its German cume to $8.62 million. Down one to #4, MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE 2 added another $1.01 million to its $22.42 million German cume. At #8, THE TIGGER MOVIE rounded up an additional $206,761, bringing its German cume to $3.97 million. In its 10th week in Germany, GLADIATOR grossed $119,979 in tenth, advancing its cume to $19.99 million.

Films Headline News

Store Specials: Masters Of Russian Animation Volume 3 Now Available In DVD

The Masters of Russian Animation collection is an extraordinary

collection of Russia's most important animated short films. Volume 3

includes ten films from directors Yuri Norstein, Eduard Nazarov,

Valentine Karavaev, Fyodor Khitruk, Nikolai Serebryakov, Ideya

Garanina, Alexander Gorlenko and Andrei Khrjanovsky.

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your copy today for $24.95 plus shipping and handling.

Festival Headline News

Cinanima 2000: Last Call For Entries

The deadline to register your film for the Cinanima International

Animated Film Festival competition has been extended to August 8,

2000. Categories include: Features, Shorts, Commercials, Educational

Films and TV Series. For more information about entries, email

cinanima@mail.telepac.pt, call (+351) 22734-611, or fax (+351)

22734-6015. Since 1977, Cinanima has been promoting the international

art of animation in Espinho, a city located on the Northern coast of

Headline News

Disney Animator and Game Pioneer, Gene Portwood Jr. Passes

Raymond Eugene "Gene" Portwood Jr., a one-time Disney animator and the co-creator of the ground breaking computer game, WHERE IN THE WORLD IS CARMEN SANDIEGO?, has passed. On July 17, 2000, Portwood died of a heart attack in the Windsor, California convalescent center, where he was staying to recover from a stroke 18 months earlier. He was 66 years old. In 1950, Portwood skipped college and went directly to work at Disney. He eventually helped draw scenes for LADY AND THE TRAMP, SLEEPING BEAUTY and CAPTAIN HOOK.

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Animated Castles Festival Calls For Entries

The 5th International Animated Film Festival/I Castelli Animati will

take place in Genzano, Italy, October 4-8, 2000. I Castelli Animati

highlights animation in all its forms from commercials to features

films. The international competition features the following prizes:

grand prize "I Castelli Animati," special jury prize, best debut

short film, best European short film, audience prize, the Fabrizio

Bellocchio prize and best non-narrative short film. The Italian

Festival Headline News

Bill Plympton Around The World

Bill Plympton has updated his appearances page. In the upcoming

months, his films will be appearing in various festivals and other

events, including the Hiroshima Animation Festival, Japan, August

24-28, 2000; the Macau Urban Council art carnival, Macau, August 19,

2000; and the Atlantic Film Festival, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada,

September 15-23, 2000. In addition to Hiroshima, Bill will be

attending the KROK Animated Film Festival Moscow, Russia, August

Million Headline News

Perfect Storm Shakes Up The International Box Office

With MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE 2 still holding on in many countries, PERFECT STORMs debut in Hong Kong and the U.K. shook up the international box office. Finishing at the top spot in the U.K., STORM grossed US$2.86 million over the weekend and $3.25 million since its Wednesday nod. Slipping to #2, STUART LITTLE grossed $2.08 million, advancing its British cume to $9.59 million. The U.K. sensation, CHICKEN RUN, amassed another $1.82 million in third, bringing its cume to $28.85 million.

Technology Headline News

Pulse and Exmachina Sign Distribution Deal

Pulse Entertainment has signed a deal with Paris-based digital post-production company, Exmachina, which will have the French post house resell Pulse technology to developers, designers, agencies and corporate clients in Europe. Exmachina first utilized the Pulse software to create a Web character, Akinia, who helps on-line gamers solve riddles in a treasure hunt. "We are making Pulse technology one of the cornerstones as we build our Web business," said Pierre Noizat, general manager of Exmachina.

Headline News

Ottawa 00 Panorama Selection And Screening Schedule Now Available

After having announced the entries for the Independent Film

Competition, the Ottawa 00

International Animation Festival has

released the selections for the Panorama section - Commissioned,

Canadian and Computer categories. For a complete list of competitors,

please visit the Ottawa 00 Web site. The competition will take place

September 19-24, 2000 with the awards ceremony being held on Sunday,

Animation Headline News

The August Issue Of Animation World Magazine Is Now On-line!

Our August issue, Internet And Compuer Animation, features a

number of special articles. In the Internet animation section we

feature a theoretical look at what might have happened if animation

legends such as Tex Avery had the freedom of the Internet at their

disposal. Martin "Dr. Toon" Goodman sends that one our way.

Plus, we have professionals currently working in the

Internet animation field give you tips on the latest equipment and

Universal Headline News

Vivendi, Canal + & Seagram Merger Approved In France

The Conseil Superieur de lAudiovisuel (CSA), a French broadcasting watchdog, has approved the three-way merger between Vivendi, Canal + and Seagram, the parent of Universal Pictures. The okay came on the heels of Vivendi chairman and CEO Jean-Marie Messiers decision not to fold Canal +s subscriber base into Vivendi Universal, thus avoiding French television ownership laws prohibiting a single shareholder from owning 49% or more of a TV network.

Million Headline News

Mission & Storm X-cite The International Box Office

With more summer blockbusters arriving in international theatres, the old guard is weaning. MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE 2, however, is still strong, finishing atop the charts in Italy, Sweden Japan and Spain. In its second week, M:I 2 grossed another US$700,928 in Italy, raising its cume to $6.82 million. GLADIATOR is losing its power, slipping a spot in Italy to finish at #4 with a gross of $103,693, bringing its Italian cume to $8.64 million. In Sweden, GLADITOR also finished in 4th place with a gross of $217,952, advancing its cume to $3.93 million.

Headline News

Lord Of The Rings Gives German Rights

MR Kinowelt Merchandising has nabbed the German-language merchandising rights to the highly anticipated fantasy trilogy THE LORD OF THE RINGS. The financial stats on the deal with New Line Cinema were not released. MR Kinowelt is made up of a joint venture between German indie distributor Kinowelt and MR Merchandising & Retail. The deal marks the first RINGS merchandising deal outside the States. The first film in the trilogy is scheduled to arrive in movie houses December 2001. Kinowelt is handling the release of all three pictures in Germany.

Effects Headline News

Rhinoceros SFX Adds Miller & Wagonheim To Management Team

Executive producers Michael Miller and Rick Wagonheim have joined Rhinoceros Visual Effects and Design, New York, as part of the partnership and management team. The duo will be responsible for expanding and redirecting the fledgling digital studio owned by Multi-Video Group, Ltd. Previously, Miller and Wagonheim worked at R/Greenberg Associates, where they produced many award-winning commercials from 1996-2000. Wagonheim said, "Rhinoceros had done work on one of our R/GA spots and we started talking to (CEO, Multi-Video Group, Ltd.) David Binstock.

Entertainment Headline News

Infogrames Adds Entertainment Vets To Management Team

Infogrames, Inc., announced that entertainment industry veterans Jason Bell and Alyssa Padia have joined Infogrames' North American management team. Bell will become senior vice president of publishing for Infogrames' North American operations, while Padia will become senior vice president of corporate evolution. Bell will head all publishing activities for Infogrames' labels in the U.S. For the past six years, Bell has worked at Electronic Arts and Kesmai. During that time, he held senior management roles focused on development of single player and multi-player games.

Events Headline News

Major Update To Awn's Calendar Of Events

This week's updates to the Calendar of Events include the Burbank International Children's Film Festival, the Bourg-en-Bresse Animated Cartoon Festival For Young People in France, a Centennial Tribute To Oskar Fischinger, the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund Auction Extravaganza and many more! With multiple search capabilities, AWN's calendar of events gives you a customized way to look through the upcoming events - by Name, Location, Entry Deadline, Category, Event Type and more. Use it to stay abreast of animation related activities across the globe.

Animation Headline News

A Closer Look: The Legacy Of Dusan Vukotic And Zagreb Film

Dusan Vukotic, Croatian animator, director, artist and former head of the animation unit of Duga Film, known as the Zagreb Animation Studio, passed away two years ago at the age of 71. He directed films such as "The Playful Robot" (1956), "Concerto for Sub-Machine Gun" (1959) and "Substitute/Ersatz" (1961), the first non-U.S. animated film to win the Oscar for Best Animated Short Film. Another of his films, "The Game" was nominated for an Academy Award in 1964.

Headline News

Spontaneous Combustion Xeroxes A Storm Of Innovation

New York-based digital studio Spontaneous Combustion has created a 3D sequence for the seven and a half-minute Xerox promo entitled, "A Storm of Innovation." The sequence was created for Philadelphia-based interactive event and communications agency PGI, Inc. The promo debuted at drupa 2000, the worlds largest full service trade show and exhibition, on May 31, 2000 in Düsseldorf, Germany. The film was projected on nine screens in a round theater. "Opening in the midst of a thunderstorm, the viewer shoots through clouds, and makes a sudden descent.

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