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Design Headline News

SIGGRAPH Selects Renowned Artists For Live Los Angeles Program

SIGGRAPH announces the return of the Artists in Residence program to SIGGARPH 2008, taking place August 11-15 in Los Angeles, California. This program was first introduced in 2007 and will feature six established resident artists -- with backgrounds ranging from art and computer design to architecture and engineering -- collaborating together and with conference attendees in real time.

Kids Headline News

NBA All-Star James Gets Game On With Nickelodeon's The Big Green Help

Four-time NBA All-Star LeBron James is teaming up with Nickelodeon's The Big Green Help pro-social campaign this month in a brand-new online mini-game, LEBRON JAMES: WORLDWIDE BIG GREEN BIKE-A-THON! that features James.

Available now on, players are asked to help a bike-riding LeBron avatar deliver green tips across the globe to rack up points and progress to the next level of play. In addition to the game, James will appear in a The Big Green Help public service announcement airing throughout the summer.

Film Headline News

Helena Bonham Carter To Join Terminator Film?

Actress Helena Bonham Carter is in talks to join TERMINATOR SALVATION, the fourth installment in the franchise, per THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER.

The Oscar-nominated actress would play a small but pivotal role in the McG-helmed film. Characters in the new film are being kept secret in the origins story of the battle between humans and Skynet. Principal photography began in New Mexico last month.

Warner Bros. and Halcyon are releasing the action film next May.

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Rock Band Heats Up The Summer

Harmonix and MTV Games have turned up the heat on this summer's concert season by putting ROCK BAND on the road. The best-selling video game is going mobile and bringing music to the masses -- hitting State Fairs across the country and some of this year's biggest tours and festivals, including Bonnaroo, the Vans Warped Tour and Crue Fest.

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Maxon's BodyPaint 3D Helps Rhythm & Hues Unleash The Hulk

VFX and animation house Rhythm & Hues used MAXON's BodyPaint 3D, to address a myriad of complex texture painting challenges associated with the creation of central scenes and characters in the recently released Universal Pictures feature film, THE INCREDIBLE HULK -- most notably, The Hulk's distinctive muscle-popping green skin.

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Breakthrough Animation Inks U.S. Broadcast Deal For Jimmy Two Shoes

The Jetix programming block, which airs on Toon Disney, has licensed U.S. cable television broadcast rights for the animated property, JIMMY TWO SHOES. The news was announced today by Kevin Gillis, Ira Levy and Peter Williamson, exec producers at Breakthrough Animation.

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SIGGRAPH To Unveil Enhanced Rome Reborn

SIGGRAPH 2008 New Tech Demos (formerly Emerging Technologies) present creative, innovative technologies and applications in many fields including displays, robotics, input devices, and interaction techniques. These New Tech Demos will be unveiled this August during SIGGRAPH 2008 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

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Portal Star Launches Machinima In The U.K.

Rustlers may be the market leaders in the hot snacking section of your local supermarket, but that doesn't mean they're content to rest on their burgers. They've teamed up with, the most popular machinima website in the world, to launch the art in the U.K. -- and they've brought along a friend to help them.

Design Headline News

SIGGRAPH Galleries Explore Architecture, Art, Design, Computation

In a dynamic change to the format of the traditional SIGGRAPH Art Gallery, this year's art and design program will represent innovative juried and curated installations across two complementary themes -- Slow Art and Design & Computation.

In Slow Art, new media artists re-imagine speed through the paradigm of slowness.

Sound Headline News

Animation Weekend At The Academy

Animation Weekend At The AcademyBeverly Hills, California, USAAugust 8-10, 2008

More information will come soon, but several Academy events the weekend of SIGGRAPH have been announced:

Friday, August 8 -- "Sound in Animation" (hosted by Mark Mangini -- Academy Award-nominated sound editor) The use of sound in classic animation -- clips, discussion and live demonstrations of sound effects.

Interactive Headline News

Teletoon Names New Interactive Director

Teletoon Canada has appointed Caroline Soucy to the position of Director Teletoon Interactive. Soucy will lead Teletoon interactive and web development projects and supervise all aspects of the award-winning website, the recent winner of the Promax/BDA Silver Award for Consumer Website.

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Amberwood's Benjamin Bear Continues To Travel The Globe

The Russian Film Company has acquired all TV and DVD rights for (39x30) THE SECRET WORLD OF BENJAMIN BEAR for Russia and the CIS from Amberwood Ent.

THE SECRET WORLD OF BENJAMIN BEAR was commissioned by Canada's The Family Channel, and has since been placed on its new service, Playhouse Disney. There are 39 half-hours currently available and the series has been licensed in more than 110 territories worldwide.

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Nintendo And Starlight Give Wii's To Sick Kids

To help lift the spirits of seriously ill children and their families, Nintendo of America and Starlight Starbright Children's Foundation have committed to placing hundreds of popular Fun Centers, now featuring Wii game systems, in hospitals across the United States and Canada this year.

Nintendo of America is manufacturing 1,250 new Fun Centers in their first run, and Starlight expects to have about 500 of them placed in hospitals by the end of the year.

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Class in Session: Anime Expo And Bang Zoom! Present Acting 101 Classes

This year, Anime Expo has teamed with Bang Zoom! Ent. to offer free voice acting workshops at Anime Expo 2008. In celebration of Bang Zoom! Ent.'s new DVD release of ADVENTURES IN VOICE ACTING Volume One, there are scheduled one hour free classes that will give participants a taste of voice acting with insiders' tips, general discussions and chances to dub with a professional audio engineer.

Anime Expo 2008 will be held from July 3-6, 2008 at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, California, USA. More information can be found on the website

Licensing Headline News

DECODE Ent. Wins Order For Third Season Of Franny's Feet

DECODE Ent. has followed recent major deals for hit preschool series FRANNY'S FEET with a third season commission from Family Channel, an Astral Media network.

The Canadian broadcaster has ordered a further 26x11 minutes, bringing the total to (104x11 or 52x22), and will air the new season on its Playhouse Disney and Family channels.

Recent deals for the property have seen the television series acquired by PBS Kids Sprout, following excellent ratings for the show in the U.S. on THIRTEEN/WNET where it airs daily, and in the U.K., a sale to the Disney Channel.

Films Headline News

Bitfilm Voting Close To The Finals

For one more week, the worldwide online community has the chance to cast their votes to decide upon the winners of the Bitfilm Festival. The online voting runs until July 1, 2008 at 91 films compete in six categories for the Bitfilm Awards. On July 9 the winners will be disclosed at the Bitfilm Award Show held at Planetarium Hamburg. The prize money, donated by the Hamburg Cultural Authority, totals 10,000 Euros.

Production Headline News

SpeedGrade XR Installed At DART

DART, Central America's leading production company and post facility, has selected SpeedGrade XR to drive their DI finishing pipeline. SpeedGrade XR offers a complete set of grading and finishing tools for all available RAW and video formats. DART, who recently purchased Silicon Imaging 2K cameras for their production work, will now be able to review, color correct, and assemble projects using the native RAW files straight from the camera.

Japan Headline News

Ribbit's Riddles To Air In Germany, Japan And Scandinavia

International sales agent has signed FreeTV and Home Video rights with MICO-NHK (Japan); FreeTV rights with ARD/NDR (Germany) and SVT (Sweden); TFO (Canada); DTT and Cab/Sat. rights with YLE (Finland), NRK (Norway) and Raisat (Italy) to air the first season of preschool stop motion animation "animal edutainment" (52x3) RIBBIT’S RIDDLES.

Sample episodes online screening on

Animation Headline News

Television Animation Conference Hit Event Pitch THIS! Returns

Ottawa International Animation FestivalOttawa, Ontario, CanadaSeptember 17-21, 2008

Do you have what it takes in the world of animation? Think you have the right stuff? The bases are loaded as animation producers are once again invited to take their best shot to wow an audience of the top television animation executives in the world at the fourth annual Pitch THIS! Will you strike out...or will it be a home run? Time to polish your best ideas, practice your pitches and prove it.

Film Headline News

Nat'l Film Board Of Canada And YouTube Strike Deal For Oscar Shorts

Seven NFB shorts will be featured on YouTube's new channel The Screening Room, which offers viewers a selection of the best international animated shorts. The first NFB gem to screen on the video sharing Web site will be the 2007 Oscar winner THE DANISH POET by Torill Kove, who attended the launch in Los Angeles yesterday evening.

The selected NFB animated shorts will screen starting today on, each for six consecutive weeks.

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Artifex Creates Carefree Elephant For Nissan

Vancouver-based Artifex Studios has created a photorealistic 3-D elephant for Nissan. The carefree elephant hitching a ride on the back of a Nissan pickup truck was built and animated for Filmmates Productions (Mexico City) and Clemente Camara & Associates in collaboration with The Oranj Group out of New York.

Digital Headline News

L.A. Digital Arts Festival

L.A. Digital Arts FestivalLos Angeles, California, USAExhibition: August 14-September 6, 2008Deadline: June 30, 2008

The L.A. Center for Digital Art, in conjunction with Downtown Film Festival -- L.A., announces an international call to artists. All styles of artwork and photography where digital processes of any kind were integral to their creation are acceptable: digital art stills of any kind, digital photography, short experimental time based video, video loops, mobile media, interactive media, and Internet art.

Animation Headline News

This Week's Animation Trivia Quiz for June 18, 2008

Test your skills and challenge your brain with AWN's Animation Trivia Quiz. Check out the latest installment from quizmaster Karl Staven, an accomplished independent animator and head of the Animation Department at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.