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Headline News G-Unit Get Mobile with Zingy

Zingy has announced an exclusive mobile publishing agreement with G-Unit, a leading urban brand founded by award-winning hip hop artist, 50 Cent. Under the agreement, Zingy will release a series of games based on members of the G-Unit crew, including 50 Cent, Lloyd Banks, Young Buck and Tony Yayo.

Zingy is the exclusive distributor of 50 Cent voice ringtones, ringback tones, voicemail greetings, wallpapers and video ringtones. This extension of the partnership between the two entities will now include an array of 2D and 3D G-Unit mobile videogames.

Headline News Heavy Metal Live on DTV

L.A.-based Cinema Libre Studio has teamed with HEAVY METAL magazine to bring live-action features direct-to-video, reports VARIETY. The budgets on the horror, sci-fi, action and urban genre films will be between $500,000-$1 million. Filming on the first should begin this summer in the U.S. and Canada.

Cinema Libre founder Philippe Diaz, exec producer of the animated sequel HEAVY METAL 2000, has four scripts developed and the first is set to be released in October or November. Cinema Libre hopes to build up to the point when it will be able to release a title per month.

Headline News Activision Acquires Game Developer Toys For Bob

Further enhancing its internal development capabilities, Activision Inc. announced that it has acquired game developer Toys For Bob. As a result of the acquisition, Activision now has approximately 1,000 employees in its studio operations.

Headline News Orinda Film Festival Calls for Entries

Orinda Film Festival 2005Orinda, California, USASeptember 22-25, 2005Deadline: May 31, 2005

The Orinda Film Festival supports films from around the world that inspire, educate, challenge and provoke audiences to explore other viewpoints and forms of expression. It offers a wide range of categories, including narrative features and shorts, documentaries, animation, experimental films and music videos. For more information, visit www.orindafilmfestival.org.

Headline News Got Scary Flicks? Enter Them in NYCHFF!

New York City Horror Film Festival (NYCHFF) 2005New York, New York, USAOctober 18 - 23, 2005Deadline: September 1, 2005

Once again, the U.S.'s premiere horror film festival will be held at the prestigious Tribeca Film Center in lower Manhattan. With special screenings, parties, celebrity guests and each year's prestigious lifetime achievement award, this is the genre festival not to be missed. For more information, visit www.nychorrorfest.com.

Headline News San Francisco Int’l Festival Announces Golden Gate Award Nominees

The 48th San Francisco International Film Festival (April 21May 5, 2005) unveiled its official selection for the Golden Gate Awards (GGA) competition, which honors innovation in documentary, animation, shorts, experimental, television and works by youth. Winners will be announced at the Golden Gate Awards ceremony on May 4, at the Cowell Theater, Fort Mason Center in San Francisco. Official selections will be screened in a variety of curated programs throughout the festival to give audiences the opportunity to savor the talents of diverse filmmakers from around the globe.

Headline News Mega Bloks & Bardel Fire Up Dragons DVD Movie Sequel

Mega Bloks Inc. is partnering with Bardel Entertainment Inc. to make a sequel to last year's DRAGONS FIRE & ICE epic movie adventure. YTV will broadcast the new DRAGONS METAL AGES in fall 2005 while the previous distribution partners Lions Gate, Paramount, and Alliance Atlantis Motion Picture Distribution LP are onboard again for the global home entertainment distribution of the second Dragons movie.

Headline News MTV & Nick’s New Developments In China

MTV Networks vice chairman Bill Roedy announced several new developments for its businesses in China, including a strategic partnership for digital music content with the world's second largest mobile player, China Mobile, and the premiere of locally produced animation and live-action programming created through its joint venture with the Shanghai Media Group (SMG) HAHA Nick.

Headline News MTV Announces Movie Award Nods

MTV announced the nominees for the "2005 MTV Movie Awards." Vfx and animated films make up the host of Best Movie nominees, which includes KILL BILL VOL. 2, SPIDER-MAN 2 and THE INCREDIBLES. It was also announced that FEVER PITCH star Jimmy Fallon is set to host the star-studded awards show. The 14th annual awards ceremony will air on June 9, 2005, at 8:30 pm (ET/PT). The winners will be revealed at the "2005 MTV Movie Awards," which will be taped on June 4 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.

Headline News SDA Awards the Best in Technical DVD Work

SDA Home Entertainment 2005 DVD Technical Awards Las Vegas, Nevada, USAJuly 27, 2005Deadline: May 13, 2005

For the past several years, the Video Software Dealers Association has acknowledged outstanding DVD product through its DVD Technical Awards. It recognizes such features as commentary, supplementary materials, menu features and more. To be eligible, titles must have been released between April 1, 2004 March 31, 2005.

Headline News Ex’pression Hosts 1st Annual High School Animation and Design Festival

1st Annual High School Animation and Design FestivalEmeryville, California, USAJune 4, 2005Deadline: May 14, 2005

Expression College for Digital Arts is hosting the first Bay Area High School Animation and Design Festival, from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm at the Bay Street AMC Theaters. AMC Theaters will have a screening of work from semi-finalists from 10:00 am to 11:00 am where the winners will be announced. A reception at Expression College will follow.

Headline News Shinya Yarimizo Joins Pipelinefx

Shinya Yarimizo, formerly of Square USA and the International Pacific Research Center (IPRC) at the University of Hawaii School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology, has joined Pipelinefx as a senior software engineer. Yarimizo worked on the Production Software Group that developed the technical infrastructure for creating FINAL FANTASY THE SPIRITS WITHIN, the 3D-animated feature film produced by Square USA in Honolulu. Led by Pipelinefx cto, Troy Brooks, the Production Software Group was also responsible for building the predecessor to qube!

Headline News Avatar, Foster’s & Peppa Win at Cartoons on the Bay

Cartoons on the Bay handed out its Pulcinella Awards on April 30, 2005, with AVATAR THE LAST AIRBENDER, FOSTERS HOME FOR IMAGINARY FRIENDS and PEPPA PIG all taking home two awards each. The event wrapped on Sunday with the awards shows having to turn away people because it was over capacity.

Headline News Primetime Animation Blossoms May Day on FOX

Fox Broadcasting Co. has arranged a great many varieties of animated sitcoms into a great bouquet to be presented to viewers on May Day, May 1, 2005, with the return of FAMILY GUY at 9:00 pm, debut of the AMERICAN DAD series, airing at 9:30 pm, KING OF THE HILL at 7:00 pm and, reportedly, 350th episode of THE SIMPSONS at 8:00 pm.

Headline News Samsung & Microsoft On HDTV for Next-Gen Xbox

Samsung Electronics and Microsoft Corp. announced an alliance to elevate gaming to the next level through high-definition technology. Microsoft has chosen Samsung as the exclusive HDTV worldwide marketing partner for the next-generation Xbox high-definition gaming platform. The announcement was made during the Home Entertainment Expo at the New York Hilton.

Headline News Platinum Studios To Make CG Horror Flick Bonesaw

Platinum Studios and The Shop Prods. have chosen Alan McElroy (SPAWN) to write the screenplay for the $18 million budgeted first ever CG theatrical horror feature, BONESAW, based on the Platinum Studios graphic novel by acclaimed Scots writer Rob Moran. Relativity Management, one of Hollywood's leading talent management firms, will be co-financing the picture and is arranging the international elements. Production is set to begin in early 2006, and be completed fall 2007. McElroy will be splitting his time between his Ohio home and the Vancouver production offices of BONESAW.

Headline News TELETOON's Airs Clone Wars II in "May The 4th Be With You" Special

The long awaited, highly requested STAR WARS: CLONE WARS VOLUME II (Chapters 21 - 25) premieres for TELETOON viewers on Wednesday, May 4, 10:00 pm on The Detour on TELETOON. This back-to-back "May the 4th be With You" special 90-minute presentation is a Canadian exclusive. VOLUME II picks up right where VOLUME I left off with a team of Jedi trapped in a wrecked starship on Hypori, being hunted maliciously by General Grievous.

Headline News Kenneth Locker to Oversee New Digital Content Development at Cookie Jar

Former Comedy Central and MGM Interactive executive, Kenneth Locker has joined Cookie Jar Entertainment, the programming and licensing arm of Cookie Jar Group, in the newly created position of svp of Digital Media, Cookie Jar. Locker will be responsible for leveraging new and existing content for the company, across a variety of platforms, including the Internet, wireless, broadband and IPTV.

Headline News Disney-ABC Cable Networks Group Ups Vince Roberts to EVP, Tech & Ops

Vince Roberts has been promoted to the newly created position of evp, worldwide technology and operations, Disney-ABC Cable Networks Group and Walt Disney Television International. He will be responsible for the global technical and operational strategic direction and ongoing management of all television and IT functions across the Disney-ABC Cable Networks Group, including Disney Channel, Toon Disney, SOAPnet, ABC Family and JETIX; and Walt Disney Television International, including, Disney-branded networks in Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific, Japan and Canada.

Headline News Geneon Releases Saiyuki Reload & Human Crossing

On April 26, 2005, Geneon Ent. will release on DVD SAIYUKI RELOAD VOLUME TWO and HUMAN CROSSING VOLUME TWO.

SAIYUKI RELOAD VOLUME TWO features four full episodes, as well as four extra episodes of URA-SAI. The DVD also features bilingual Dolby Digital 2.0 audio, English subtitles, a non-credit ending, original Japanese ending, Geneon previews and a Limited Edition Pencil Board.

Headline News Pimp Your Script in the Script Pimp Screenwriting Competition

2005 Script Pimp Screenwriting CompetitionHollywood, California, USAJuly 28, 2005Deadline: May 2, 2005

The 2005 Script Pimp Screenwriting Competition allows fledgling writers the chance to break into the industry. All 20 finalists are invited to the Script Pimp Awards Ceremony at the Hollywood Improv on July 28, 2005. Prizes include $10,000 in cash, $8,000 in prizes and the opportunity to have your script read by executives at more than 200 production companies.

Headline News Jill Lindeman New Disney Channel Marketing VP/Creative Director

Jill Lindeman joins Disney ABC Cable Networks Group as vp/creative director for marketing, Disney Channel, responsible for the creative direction and management of all on-air promotion for Disney Channel, Toon Disney, Jetix, Playhouse Disney and ABC Kids, including the development and production of interstitials for Disney Channel. Additionally, Lindeman has oversight of the creative direction for off-air initiatives including print production, online development and marketing collateral.

She reports to Matt Palmer, svp, marketing, Disney Channel, in Burbank, California.

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