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Eyetronics to Offer Mocap Services with Moven

Eyetronics announced today that it has entered into an agreement with Xsens to represent their Moven MoCap (motion capture) system.

Under the the terms of the agreement, Eyetronics will provide MoCap services via Moven and will also make the system available for purchase.

Eyetronics is an international provider of high resolution scanning services and animation-ready 3D models for feature films, television, commercials and computer games.

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USA Will Air All Indys

USA Network purchased the rights to air not only the newest Indiana Jones flick (INDIANA JONES AND THE KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL), but will air the three prequels before the film's theatrical release in May.

VARIETY reports the deal could cost the network $40 million, depending on CRYSTAL SKULL's (Paramount and Lucasfilm) domestic theatrical revenues.

The three previous Indiana Jones movies, RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK (1981), THE TEMPLE OF DOOM (1984) and THE LAST CRUSADE (1989) will be shown as a marathon to promote CRYSTAL SKULL.

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Nintendo Wants Solution to Piracy Problems

Nintendo of America Inc. wants the U.S. Trade Representative to encourage governments around the world to take a "more aggressive stance to combat piracy of Nintendo video games and systems."

China remains the primary manufacturer of pirated Nintendo DS and Wii games, Korea has emerged as the leader in distributing illegal game files over the Internet.

Brazil and Mexico remain saturated with counterfeit Nintendo software, and Paraguay and Hong Kong continue to serve as major transshipment points for global distribution of illegal goods.

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Dinosaur King to Expand to Canada, Sweden, Others

4Kids Ent. closed several deals with global broadcast partners to air the popular new animation series DINOSAUR KING.

The fantasy adventure series airs Saturday mornings on 4Kids TV (Fox) and is a combination of traditional cel and CGI animation.

After earning strong ratings since its Sept. 2007 premiere, DINOSAUR KING is now set for broadcast on YTV (Canada), Jetix (Latin America), TV2 (Denmark) and TV4 (Sweden) during the upcoming 2008-09 season.

Japan Headline News

Bakugan To Debut On Cartoon Network

The hit anime series BAKUGAN will make its U.S. debut Feb. 24 on Cartoon Network.

Airing first in Japan and Canada, the series follows the adventures of Dan and his fellow Battle Brawlers as they use strategy and skill to save the Earth from destruction.

BAKUGAN begins with kids around the world discovering cards with different characters.

They create a battle game with them, not realizing the cards correspond to an alternate universe called Vestroia, where Bakugan warriors are waging war.

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Carl Squared Nominated, Renewed

Portfolio Entertainment's clone-themed animated comedy series for tweens, CARL SQUARED, has been renewed for additional seasons in Belgium and Israel after being nominated for six Canadian Awards for the Electronic and Animated Arts (Elans).

Renewing both seasons three and four, VRT in Belgium has picked up 26 half-hour episodes for broadcast in Dutch-speaking Belgium while Noga in Israel has renewed the fourth season of the series consisting of 13 episodes.

Licensing Headline News

Shaun the Sheep Grazes Widely

Aardman Animations hit childrens brand SHAUN THE SHEEP continues to expand its international presence, securing a raft of new TV and licensing deals worldwide.

Since its launch at MIPCOM 06, SHAUN THE SHEEP has racked up television sales and licensing deals in over 150 territories and has won several prestigious accolades including the Cristal Award for Best TV Production at the Annecy Animated Film Festival 2007 and the Audience Choice Award at the World Comedy Film Festival 2007.

Shorts Headline News

Ex-Pats Create Daily Shorts From Costa Rica

A new animation studio out of Costa Rica launched their website Monday, offering free digital shorts.

PodComics is not only the name of the studio, it describes the content available: original animated shorts posted five days a week.

PodComics are intended to be watched through the internet or on portable media players. We also provide a Hi-Definition version of most episodes for our members, said founder Patrick Davidson.

Festival Headline News

Freewaves' HollyWould festival Calls for Entries

Freewaves' HollyWould... Festival 2008Hollywood, California, USAOct. 2008Deadline: Feb. 29, 2008

Freewaves' HollyWould... festival will take place in October 2008, in the perceived world capital of media on Hollywood Boulevard. The festival is looking for interesting works that represent an alternative to mainstream media or directly relate to Hollywood. Selected festival works will be installed in this urban hall of mirrors in screening rooms, art centers, stores, and vacant walls, intersecting with audiences where they live, recreate and shop.

Animation Headline News

Latest Acrobat Edition of Animation World Magazine Ready For Download!

Based on the theme of features and short films, the latest Acrobat edition of Animation World Magazine is now available for download. Disney launches a new shorts program with a timely Goofy misadventure, and Bill Desowitz gets an AWN exclusive from some of the directors, animators and John Lasseter. Janet Hetherington checks in with Canada's award-winning National Film Board and finds that its commitment to innovation in animation is as fresh as ever. Jon Hofferman surveyed a host of filmmakers to find out what we can expect from them in the near and distant future.

Game Headline News

Ben Mathis To Lead GDC Visual Arts Track on MAXON BodyPaint 3D

MAXON Computer's BodyPaint 3D will be the focus of a comprehensive Visual Arts Track at the 2008 Game Developers Conference (GDC). BodyPaint 3D was most recently tapped by artists at Naughty Dog to help create the hit game UNCHARTED: DRAKE'S FORTUNE.

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Freddy Actor Englund to Direct Vij

Robert Englund, famous for crafting iconic movie monster Freddy Kruger, will helm the gothic fantasy feature THE VIJ, VARIETY reports. Englund, Christopher Lee and Olga Schuvalova will star.

Based on a Nikolai Gogol novel, the story follows a young priest who is swayed by an evil genie to commit murder and lust over an old witch, who has secrets of her own. The young priest has yet to be cast.

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Babelgum Names Director of Content Acquisition

Mark Cranwell has been named Director of Content Acquisition for Babelgum, the next-generation global Internet TV network, it was announced today. In the newly created position, Cranwell will be responsible for leading Babelgum's outreach efforts to producers, filmmakers and content creators in support of the new platform's content strategy. He will report directly to Simon Kenny, Babelgum's Head of Content Strategy and Advertising, in the company's London operation.

Digital Headline News

Paramount's Spiderwick, Beowulf Coming to Habbo

Habbo and Paramount Pictures Digital Ent. today announced a licensing agreement to create virtual goods based on titles including THE SPIDERWICK CHRONICLES, BEOWULF and MEAN GIRLS. The deal will provide Habbo merchandising rights throughout the U.S. and Canada for all three properties. The partnership marks one of the first of its kind between a major motion picture studio and a virtual world commodity.

Nickelodeon Headline News

Nickelodeon Takes to the Seas and the Mall

Nickelodeon and Royal Caribbean Int'l, a cruise line owned and operated by Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., have announced a new agreement to create the "Nickelodeon Family Cruise with Royal Caribbean." The first-ever Nickelodeon cruise will set sail on August 10, 2008, departing out of Miami, Fla., on an exclusive, seven-day Nickelodeon family summer vacation.

Series Headline News

Animalia and Penguin To Team on Books

Animalia Prods., PorchLight Ent. and publisher Penguin have entered into an international licensing agreement for the innovative new TV series ANIMALIA. The series is broadcast on PBS KIDS GO! in the U.S., BBC1 in the U.K., CBC in Canada and Network Ten in Australia.

Series Headline News

BRB Brings Angus & Cheryl to NATPE

BRB Internacional will present the first season of the animated series ANGUS & CHERYL at NATPE in Las Vegas this week. Currently being shown in several countries around the world -- including on Nickelodeon in Latin America and France, and 5th Channel in Russia -- the innovative 104x2 series in hi-def 3D and pop-up style will premier on RTL2 in Germany beginning in February and on UCV TV, Chile's oldest channel, soon.

Film Headline News

ARTimation Wants Student Films & Art

ARTimation Media Arts FestivalVancouver, CanadaMarch 1, 2008Deadline: Feb. 15, 2008

The Art Institute of Vancouver is hosting ARTimation Media Arts Festival. Taking place on March 1, 2008 from 12:00 to 8:00 pm at the Rocky Mountaineer Station in Vancouver, ARTimation will feature the areas of gaming, animation, visual effects, film, and recording arts -- all of which are creative programs offered at The Art Institute's Burnaby campus.

Brown Headline News

Gregg Joins Brown Bag's Canadian Outpost

Award-winning animation studio Brown Bag Films has announced that Alan Gregg, former VP of the kids division at Alliance Atlantis, has joined the company as VP, International Production. Working closely with Director of Development Gerald Murphy, Gregg will oversee the expansion of the company's development slate in both television and feature films with an emphasis on preschool, family and tween properties. He reports to Cathal Gaffney, Managing Director, and will be working out of the newly-opened Toronto office.

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El Chavo Premiere Tops Ratings

Spanish-language network Univision's premiere of its first-ever prime-time animated series, EL CHAVO: LA SERIE ANIMADA -- with Flash animation produced by Mexico City-based Anima Estudios -- captured the #1 spot among entertainment programming, excluding sports, among Adults 18-34 for its time period and saw double- and triple-digit audience gains in every other key demo, according to the Nielsen Fast Affiliate ratings.

* Univision captured the #3 spot among Teens 12-17 and Kids 2-11 for the Sunday 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm hour, beating out CBS, NBC and CW.

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Final Nominees for 2nd Elan Awards Announced

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, January 23, 2008 at 12:00am

The Producers of the Canadian Awards for the Electronic and Animated Arts announced the final nominees for their 2nd Annual Elan Awards. This year's awards show will be hosted by Seth MacFarlane (FAMILY GUY, AMERICAN DAD) at the Centre in Vancouver for the Performing Arts on Feb. 15, 2008.

The nominees are:

Best Feature-Length Animated Production* BARBIE AS THE ISLAND PRINCESS - Rainmaker Animation* BARBIE FAIRYTOPIA: MAGIC OF THE RAINBOW - Rainmaker Animation* MAX STEEL: COUNTDOWN - Rainmaker Animation