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Headline News FUNimation Develops Anime Programming Block Distributed by OlympuSAT

FUNimation Ent. announced today (March 23, 2006) that it has developed a two-hour anime block for syndication, composed of programming from the FUNimation Channel, distributed by OlympuSAT and available to broadcasters nationwide. CoLours TV Network, available as part of DISH Network's basic satellite TV package, will be the first broadcaster to carry the block.

The FUNimation Channel a 24-hour digital network featuring programming of top-rated anime brands from Japan.

Headline News PROMAX Awards Deadline Fast Approaching

PROMAX&BDA 2006New York, New York, USAJune 20-22, 2006Deadline: March 26, 2006

PROMAX&BDA 2006 is dedicated to advancing the role and effectiveness of promotion, marketing and broadcast design professionals in the electronic media. The event features various awards and sessions to keep professionals up-to-date on the latest trends and technology. For more information, visit www.promax.org/main.asp.

Headline News TELETOON's Student Scholarship Joins Ottawa Animation Fest

TELETOON announced an expanded partnership with the Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF) in support of the TELETOON Canadian Student Animation Scholarship. The program gives finalists and winners exposure with a screening of their films during the festival. TELETOON has been associated with the OIAF as a festival partner since the networks inception, in 1997.

Headline News Concept Designers James Clyne and Neville Page Join Gnomon

Concept design luminaries James Clyne and Neville Page will be teaching two new courses at Gnomon School of Visual Effects during the spring 2006 term, which begins April 3. Clyne has developed and will teach Environment Workflow Techniques, while Pages course is Character Workflow Techniques. Both courses are five weeks in length.

Headline News Films By Jove Launches Animated Soviet Propaganda Series

Films by Jove has begun delivery of the much anticipated ANIMATED SOVIET PROPAGANDA series. The unique anthology is based on more than three dozen anti-American, anti-German, anti-British, anti-Japanese, anti-Capitalist and anti-Imperialist animated shorts produced by the Soviets from 1924-1984.

Headline News AOL & Warner Bros. Launch First Broadband Television Network

AOL and Warner Bros. announced the launch of In2TV, the first broadband television network, on AOL.com. The network offers the largest collection of free on-demand TV shows on the Web, including full episodes of favorite Warner Bros. programs from the past 40 years, such as WELCOME BACK, KOTTER, CHICO & THE MAN, GROWING PAINS, KUNG FU, LOIS & CLARK, as well as animated series, along with interactive features and viral videos that enable audiences to experience and interact with television programming in a new way.

Headline News 4Kids, Microsoft Unveil Viva Piñata

By Joe Strike | Thursday, March 16, 2006 at 12:00am

On Wednesday, March 15, 2006, 4Kids Ent. unveiled the fruits of its partnership with Microsoft Game Studio at a New York City press event, an entertainment property called VIVA PIÑATA.

In the fall, PIÑATA will both as a debut as a 26-episode CGI series on 4Kids FOX TV Saturday morning block, and as an "immersive" Xbox 360 videogame. In 2007, after the property is an established entity, 4Kids plans to back up PIÑATA with an extensive licensing and merchandising campaign.

Headline News ibanana integrated media Launches in Canada

Industry exec Michael Hefferon, announced the official launch of ibanana integrated media inc., an entertainment company he heads dedicated to developing and producing integrated content for television, web, mobile and gaming platforms.

Responding to industry demand for dynamic content with digital media convergence, ibanana has developed a concept that utilizes the strengths and applications of each platform to develop inherent synergies.

Headline News Jesse Rosensweet to Direct Canada’s First Stop-Motion Feature

Director Jesse Rosensweet, winner of the Cannes Film Festivals 2002 Jury Prize for his stop-motion short, THE STONE OF FOLLY, will direct Canadas first stop-motion animated feature, NEWTON AND LEO. The film will be produced by Dean English of Vancouver-based Perfect Circle Prods. Karen Powell is serving as exec producer.

Headline News Anima Awards Milch Top Prize

Anima, the premier animation festival in Belgium, announced the winner of this years event on March 5, 2006.

As part of the festival, Anima was announced its nominations for the Cartoon dOr 2006, which include: * NOCTURNE, Guillaume Delaunay (France)* VERSUS, François Caffiaux, Romain Noël, Thomas Salas (France)* FLIEGENPFLICHT FÜR QUADRAT KÖPFE, Stefan Flint Müller (Germany)* LOISEAU DO, Henri Heidsick (France)* HOT DOG, Joke Van Der Steen & Valère Lommel (Belgium)

Headline News Chris Hinton’s CNote Wins Genie Awards

The Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television has announced the winners of the 26th Annual Genie Awards, celebrating excellence in Canadian cinema. Outside of the live-action film C.R.A.Z.Y. snatching up 11 awards, Chris Hinton and Michael Fukushimas CNOTE won for best animated short.

For more information on the Genie Awards, visit www.genieawards.ca.

Headline News Deadline Soon for Definition 2006: HDTV Summit

Definition 2006: HDTV SummitBanff, Alberta, CanadaApril 20-22, 2006Deadline: March 15, 2006

The Definition 2006: Digital Media Festival will be held during the Accelerators Definition 2006: HD Summit from April 20-22, 2006, at The Banff Centre. The festival is a juried event bringing the best works in HD media from around the world to Banff, Alberta.

Headline News Ninja Turtles to Go Head-to-Head with Meet the Robinsons

The first 3D-animated TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES feature from The Weinstein Co. and Warner Bros. Pictures will find its way to theaters in North America on March 30, 2007. That means it will go head-to-head with Disneys next 3D-animated feature, MEET THE ROBINSONS, which has just been pushed back from Dec. 15 of this year.

Warner Bros. Pictures will handle domestic distribution and the Weinstein Co. will distribute overseas.

Headline News New Cars Trailer to Premiere March 9

Walt Disney Pictures has launched the official website for Pixars CARS (http://disney.go.com/disneypictures/cars/) and will premiere the latest theatrical trailer March 9 on a variety of broadcast outlets, basic cable channels, Internet sites, in person at the Disney Theme Parks, ESPN Zones, Disney Stores (in more than 300 mall and shopping center locations across the U.S. and Canada) and on the ABC SuperSign in Times Square.

Headline News British and Canadian Tooners Partner on New Ricky Sprocket — Showbiz Boy

Studio B Prods. and TELETOON are partnering with Alison Snowden and David Fine (the Oscar-winning creators of BOB AND MARGARET) and Bejuba! Ent. for the animated series, RICKY SPROCKET SHOWBIZ BOY. Studio B Prods. will be co-producer and animation studio for the series with Snowden Fine. Bejuba! will distribute and exec produce the series set to air on Canadian specialty broadcaster TELETOON in the fall 2007.

Headline News TWC Hires Director Justin Klarenbeck

Director Justin Klarenbeck has signed with TWC for exclusive representation in commercials as the company continues to add highly accomplished, multi-talented filmmakers to its staff. Klarenbeck, whose expertise ranges from visual effects to directing talent, is probably best known for his automotive work, within credits including virtually every leading automaker. His recent work includes spots for Toyota, Chevy, Lexus, Honda and Mercedes Benz.

Headline News Students: Time To Enter Angelus Film Festival

2006 Angelus Student Film Festival Hollywood, California, USAOctober 21, 2006Deadline: July 1, 2006

The Angelus Student Film Festival cultivates and honors future filmmakers as they explore and create works that respect the dignity of the human person. Angelus Award winning films reflect values such as redemption, spirtuality, dignity, tolerance, equality, diversity, hope and triumph of the human spirit.

Headline News EA’S FIFA Street 2 Kicks Into Stores

Electronic Arts announced that FIFA STREET 2, which features gifted Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo on all packaging worldwide, has shipped to retailers under the EA SPORTS BIG brand. FIFA STREET 2 captures the flair and skill of soccer in an arcade videogame experience that features real players performing over-the-top tricks in authentic locales around the world.

Headline News Play the Apocalypse In Left Behind Game

The developers of LEFT BEHIND: ETERNAL FORCES the highly-anticipated PC game based on the blockbuster fiction series by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins are set to launch the title in the second half of 2006.

Headline News ATI Delivers Improved Gaming With CrossFire Xpress 3200 Chipset

ATI Technologies Inc. has apparently changed the rules of the motherboard industry with the introduction of its CrossFire Xpress 3200 chipset, delivering the enthusiast gaming platform of the future. Developed from the ground up for multi-GPU gaming, the CrossFire Xpress 3200 chipset arguably enables the world's fastest gaming performance, advanced overclocking capabilities and bedrock stability available in an AMD-based PC motherboard today.

Headline News FUNimation Ent. Sets U.S. Broadcast Debut of Akira Kurosawa's Samurai 7

FUNimation Ent., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Navarre Corp., struck a deal with Rainbow Media for the U.S. debut and cross-channel airing of Akira Kurosawa's SAMURAI 7 on both VOOM HD Networks' ANIMANIA HD on March 1 and IFC on April 1.

"Akira Kurosawa's SAMURAI 7 is a great series. It is a perfect match for FUNimation's philosophy of hand-picking the best titles from Japan and bringing them to the United States," said Gen Fukunaga, president/ceo of FUNimation Ent. "It is that quality that also makes it a perfect match for ANIMANIA HD and IFC."

Headline News Dennis Weaver, 81, Has Passed Away

Dennis Weaver, who played limping deputy Chester Goode in GUNSMOKE and the intelligent New Mexico deputy solving crime in the Big Apple in TV's MCCLOUD, died Friday, Feb. 24, 2006. He was 81 years old. Weaver died at his home in Ridgway, in southwestern Colorado, of complications from cancer, publicist Julian Myers said Monday.

Headline News AWN Discussion Forums - What's New? for February 27, 2006

This week in AWN's Forums, a junior member has concerns about leaving India to study classical animation in Canada because of the poor jobs prospects. Others are discussing THE CORPSE BRIDE and the work of John Hubley. Another member wants to know the least painfully way to animated tentacles. A senior member posts a link to an American Greeting e-card that might get Christians rioting. Other continue to post their work for members to critique.

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