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Producers Headline News

23 Years Of Gemini Awards Honor Canadian Television

The 23rd Annual Gemini Awards, over the course of four gala evenings, honor this year's most prominent productions in 96 craft, program and performance categories in Canadian English-language television.

The four animation categories will be awarded during the Gemini Lifestyle, Children's and Youth Gala on October 21, 2008 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Best Animated Program or Series


Film Headline News

Acme Filmworks Provides Animated Films To Responsibility Project

Liberty Mutual has collaborated with Acme Filmworks on the Boston-based insurance company's branded-entertainment initiative, The Responsibility Project. Through this arrangement, Acme Filmworks is delivering animated film shorts that bring to life the theme of personal responsibility and the decisions that confront people trying to "do the right thing."

College Headline News

Cast Your Vote For The Top New Canadian Animators

Emerging animators from across Canada have been selected as finalists for the 2008 TELETOON Animation Scholarship. With shorts spanning from the biblical past to a hyper-industrial future, the short-listed films are now on Cartoon fans are invited to watch and vote to decide which short in each category will win the Voter's Choice Award and receive a cash award of $500. Voting is open until September 15.

Blu-ray Headline News

Universal Pictures Int'l Ramps Up Blu-ray -- Hulk First Up

Universal Pictures International Ent. will release THE INCREDIBLE HULK on DVD and Blu-ray on October 13, marking the studio's first international day-and-date wide debut of a Blu-ray new release feature film.

The film will be released on DVD and Blu-ray in the U.S. on October 21.

From Marvel Studios, THE INCREDIBLE HULK, starring Edward Norton, Tim Roth and Liv Tyler has earned $250 million in worldwide box office. Bonus features on the Blu-ray will include the U-Control application and interactive features via BD-Live.

Series Headline News

The Bugs Are Back -- Erky Perky Season 3 In Pre-Production

The 3D animated children's series ERKY PERKY is in pre-production for a third season. The (26x11) episodes will again be a co-production from Ambience Ent. of Australia and CCI Ent. of Canada.

Season three of ERKY PERKY follows the hilarious adventures of two bumbling bugs on the hunt for food in and around an uncomfortably clean kitchen, but the two little bugs are now a little wiser to the ways of their nemesis Mad Margaret and her crew.

Headline News

rhinofx Completes VFX For Mercedes' Summer of Love Campaign

rhinofx recently collaborated with Merkley + Partners and Oscar-nominated director Mehdi Norowzian of Joy Films to create the vfx for a series of :30 spots for the Mercedes-Benz SUMMER OF LOVE campaign.

rhinofx designed a complete 2D palette of color to help visually romanticize various Mercedes vehicles as the center of carnival attractions. In the spots, visitors enjoy effects-enhanced Mercedes-Benz themed attractions and effects, which help position vehicles at the center of the Tunnel of Love water ride and showcase brand-new Mercedes-Benzes in the go-kart track.

Digital Headline News

IRIDAS Brings RealTime RAW 2.0 To NVISION 08

IRIDAS, the world leader in RAW playback technologies, is bringing RealTime RAW 2.0 to the crowds at the San Jose Convention Center for NVISION 08 this week. On August 26 and 27 visitors to the PNY booth (200/305) can see the live playback of RAW content with pristine image quality using NVIDIA PNY graphics to provide de-Bayering in real-time. The technology means that filmmakers now have immediate access to their footage straight from the camera.

Headline News

FrameCycler Goes Stereo 3-D

IRIDAS, which first introduced its stereo 3-D playback technology five years ago, has announced that DualStream will now be included standard with all versions of FrameCycler, starting with the 2008 versions. Recently used in the VFX pipeline for JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH, and in finishing work on U2 3D, demand for IRIDAS DualStream technology has grown with the rapid increase in stereo 3-D product work. Now artists and facilities can use the playback software they are already rely on without the added expense of new software components.

World Headline News

New Epcot Attraction Lets Guests Into World Of Kim Possible

Epcot guests at Walt Disney World Resort will be treated to a brand new, highly interactive attraction inspired by Disney Channel's Emmy Award-winning animated series, Disney's KIM POSSIBLE. The new experience is slated to premiere in late 2008.

Using the latest technology, DISNEY'S KIM POSSIBLE WORLD SHOWCASE ADVENTURE invites guests of all ages to become secret agents, teaming up with members of Team Possible to save the world from various comical villains and their mad inventions.

Interactive Headline News

Flying Experience With 3D Depth Sensing For Beijing Olympics Visitors

GestureTek, creator of gesture-driven user interfaces, and Xpletive, innovators of immersive applications using next-generation technologies, have unveiled a space-age, custom-designed interactive attraction at the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics. GestureTek is the inventor and multiple patent holder of camera-enabled gesture control technology for interactive displays and entertainment experiences.

Film Headline News

British, Swedish And Belgian Films Top Winners At MediaBridge Youthfest

MediaBridge YouthFest, the international film festival curated by youth from Mexico, India, Portugal, Russia, and Sri Lanka and teens from Chicago, downstate and western Illinois, has announced its winners.

Held on Saturday, August 9 at The Normal Theatre in Normal, Illinois, USA, MediaBridge Youthfest featured films from eight countries, all selected by MediaBridge youth participants.

Series Headline News

Amberwood Concludes Third Major Deal With HAGI

Poland's HAGI has licensed 39 half-hour episodes of Amberwood Ent's animated series THE SECRET WORLD OF BENJAMIN BEAR for various additional European territories.

A fourth cycle of the series was recently commissioned by Canada's Playhouse Disney, bringing the episodic total to 104x11episodes. The series has been licensed in more than 110 territories worldwide.

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Sweden's Filmgate Builds SCRATCH-RED Workflow

Swedish vfx house Filmgate has expanded business by adding a range of digital intermediate (DI) services for the post production of films. ASSIMILATE's SCRATCH Digital Process Solution is at the core of Filmgate's new digital pipeline.

Design Headline News

Adobe Design Achievement Award Winners Announced

Adobe Systems has announced the winners of the eighth annual Adobe Design Achievement Awards, recognized as one of the world's premier student design and film competitions.

The awards honor the most talented and promising student graphic designers, photographers, illustrators, animators, digital filmmakers and computer artists from renowned educational institutions around the globe. This year marked another record in submissions for the prestigious awards, with more than 2,700 students from 33 countries competing in the program.

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Jetix Becomes New Home Of Pokemon In Europe

Jetix Europe has struck a deal with Pokemon USA to air the anticipated 11th season of POKEMON on its channels across Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

As part of the deal for the season, POKEMON: DIAMOND & PEARL: BATTLE DIMENSION, will start to air on Jetix in the U.K. for the first time. The deal gives Jetix Europe pay TV rights as well as TV VOD rights in certain territories for the 52x22 series.

Series Headline News

Corus Kids Announces Fall 2008 Programming Lineup

Kids' broadcaster Corus Ent. has released highlights from its 2008 fall schedules and the launch of Nickelodeon Sundays, a brand new 3-hour programming block on YTV jam-packed with Nickelodeon shows including a new animated series from Amy Poehler, THE MIGHTY B. Also new to YTV's fall schedule is the finale of THE NEXT STAR, Canada's search for a young singing sensation; new shows from Holly Hobbie and Bert and Ernie on Treehouse, and Discovery Kids' new take on science with SCIQ.

YTV Programming Highlights Include:

Nickelodeon Sundays

Animation Headline News

Pixar Gives Nod To Past At Future-Looking SIGGRAPH

For their night at the uber-progressive SIGGRAPH, Pixar Studios honored the past, showing legendary animator Frederic Back's THE MAN WHO PLANTED TREES and honored their own past with documentary THE PIXAR STORY.

Autodesk Headline News

Autodesk Announces Recipients Of Masters Awards

Autodesk congratulates the recipients of this year's Autodesk Masters awards: Paul Neale, Dario Passariello, Andrea Maiolo and Piyush Patel. Through this annual program, Autodesk recognizes exceptional Autodesk 3ds Max and Autodesk Maya software artists and technical specialists whose work and dedication have significantly contributed to the advancement of computer graphics. The 2008 Autodesk Masters were announced Tuesday on Autodesk's AREA community website.

Autodesk 3ds Max Masters 2008

Show Headline News

Cuppa Coffee Studios Launches Life's A

Cuppa Coffee's highly touted stop motion comedy, LIFE'S A ZOO.TV is set to launch on TELETOON Canada's Detour Zone on September 1, 2008. Later in the year the SBS Australia premiere of the show is set to air. The show, which features a group of animals fighting for glory in a mansion in Saskatchewan, is aimed at the teens and up crowd and promises to deliver a hilarious new spin on the reality television genre.

Headline News

Indiana Jones Makes DVD, Blu-ray Debut October 14

The highest-grossing installment of the phenomenally popular adventure franchise, with more than $770 million at the global box office, Paramount Pictures and Lucasfilm Ltd.'s INDIANA JONES AND THE KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL will make its highly anticipated debut on DVD and Blu-ray October 14.

Animation Headline News

Sony Pictures Imageworks And Sony Pictures Animation: SIGGRAPH

Sony Pictures Imageworks and Sony Pictures Animation will have a comprehensive presentation during SIGGRAPH 2008. In addition to the more than 15 presentations in the conference program and on the show floor, the companies will highlight current and upcoming projects, their recently expanded IPAX academic program, and will host a special tribute to Stan Winston to be held at the Nokia Theater on Wednesday, August 13.