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Headline News XYZ RGB Contributes to Return of the King's VFX Achievements

When the Visual Information Technology laboratory at the Canadian National Research Council started developing its high resolution 3D scanners in the early 1980s, it probably had no idea that 20 years later one of its spin-offs, XYZ RGB Inc., would be contracted to help bring the characters of THE LORD OF THE RINGS to life on the big screen.

Headline News Alliance Atlantis Cutting Production Jobs In Canada

Toronto-based Alliance Atlantis Communications Inc. announced Dec. 10, 2003 that it is essentially stopping TV and movie production with the departure of entertainment group ceo Peter Sussman and Seaton McLean, the group's president, production. The company will hone its activities down to primarily specialty channel broadcasting and TV/film distribution.

Headline News VVL Foots Video Rights To Franny’s Feet In U.K.

DECODE Entertainment is following the international television sales success of its illustrative pre-school show FRANNYS FEET with a major home entertainment deal. Universal-owned Vision Video Ltd (VVL) has picked up the U.K. rights and plans a full-scale retail release of the series on DVD and video early in 2004.

This is DECODEs second deal with VVL following a home entertainment agreement for its other preschool property THE SAVE-UMS! earlier this year.

Headline News Buena Vista Int'l Ups Four to VP

Buena Vista International Inc. upped four of its key marketing and publicity exec directors to vp: Maggie Todd (international publicity), Donald Evans (marketing and promotions), Mari Gastineau (marketing/creative print services) and Ticole Richards (marketing/creative film services).

Headline News NFB Launches Yukon Short Film Competition

The National Film Board of Canada has announced the creation of a short film competition for Yukon filmmakers, entitled Northern Sights. Modeled on film development programs in other regions, the competition is designed to encourage creative filmmaking in both the documentary and animation fields.

Headline News USA Greenlights 4400 Sci-Fi Series

USA Networks has order a pilot and five episodes of a new sci-fi series entitled THE 4,400, reported VARIETY. The new program will follow the events that occur when 4,400 people abducted by aliens are returned to Earth. The project will be exec produced by Francis Ford Coppola, Rene Echevarria (DARK ANGEL) and Maira Suro (PLATINUM). Scott Peters (THE OUTER LIMITS) will be writing and producing the hour-long series with Viacom Prods. and Renegade 83 as the production firms.

Headline News 20 French companies to attend the ASIA TV FORUM

Asia/Oceania represents a significant growing market for French television exports so producers from France are turning out in record number, organized by TV France (TVFI), to attend the Asia TV Forum in Singapore, Dec. 3-5, 2003. This region accounted for 8.7% of French TV program exports, amounting to 9.3 million euros in 2002 (figures resulting from the annual study carried out by TVFI with INA and CNC, available on the Website www.tvfrance-intl.com).

Headline News VIZ Acquires Manga ULTIMATE MUSCLE: THE KINNIKUMAN LEGACY

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, December 3, 2003 at 12:00am

VIZ LLC has announced the acquisition of ULTIMATE MUSCLE: THE KINNIKUMAN LEGACY from Shueisha Inc., one of Japan's largest publishers. The manga will be offered through the SHONEN JUMP line of graphic novels and will begin shipping in March 2004 and hit stores in the U.S. in mid-April.

Headline News Former Film Roman and WB Vets Start Phuuz Entertainment

Three award-winning veterans of the animation industry have joined forces to form a new media company, phuuz entertainment in North, Hollywood, California. Co-founders of this new enterprise are Emmy Award-winning producer/director and former exec creative director at Film Roman, Eric Radomski, former production vp at Warner Bros. Animation, Ken Duer, and former vp/gm for LEVEL13.NET (Film Romans Internet entertainment site), Jay Francis.

Headline News Judeo Christian Films Wanted for Envoy Film Fest

Envoy Film Festival 2004Colorado Springs, Colorado, USAApril 16-19, 2004Deadline: January 15, 2004

The Envoy Film Festival highlights films and that demonstrate a Judeo Christian worldview. Categories include feature, documentary, animation and comedy, all with short and long formats. There are two divisions student and professional. All submissions must be either in DVD or VHS format. For further information, e-mail envoymedia@juno.com.

Headline News TELETOON Adds Directors Gluck and Nakhle

Len Cochrane, president of TELETOON, and Hillary Firestone, VP Network Marketing and Promotions have brought on two new directors to the Canadian cartoon channel. Renee Gluck is the new director of creative services, replacing Gervais Vignola, who continues with TELETOON in a consulting role. Susan Nakhle is director of communications, filling in for Pascale Guillotte, who is on maternity leave until September 2004.

Headline News Spike TV Games Awards Premieres Dec. 4

Spike TV has named the 16 finalists in wide-ranging awards categories for the network's first annual "Video Game Awards" (VGAs), hosted by actor/comedian David Spade from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, airing 9-11:00 pm on Dec. 4, 2003. The all-mens channel promises to deliver a non-traditional awards show without podiums, presenters and acceptance speeches.The show will unfold in a futuristic setting that's part "next-century Tokyo" and part "Minority Report" that will seamlessly blend real and animated worlds into a dynamic awards show presentation

Headline News ASIFA Int’l Elects New Officers

The new ASIFA Intl Board, consisting of the representatives of 14 national and regional groups and offices met Nov. 15, 2003 in Espinho, Portugal during the CINANIMA 2003 festival to elect new officers. They are:President: Noureddin Zarrinkelk (Iran)VP/contact person for Asia: Sayoko Kinoshita (Japan)VP/contact person for Europe: Thomas Renoldner (Austria)Secretary General: Vesna Dovnikovic (Croatia)Treasurer: Carol Beecher (Canada)Editor of ASIFA NET: Thomas Renoldner (Austria)

Headline News Danixa Diaz Tosses Producing Hat Into 3 Ring Circus

Danixa Diaz has joined creative branding firm 3 Ring Circus as exec producer, responsible for new business development and global marketing for the agency.

Regarding her joining the company, Sideropoulos said, "Danixa brings to 3 Ring Circus many years of expertise and the right personality mix. We are very sensitive as to how we approach our business development process. Danixa's personable and friendly approach, combined with her knowledge of the industry, really fits our style," said ceo John Sideropoulos.

Headline News Rhinofx Wrap Sweet Spots for Pop’Ables

Rhinofx has reworked new M&M/Mars PopAbles candy ads, YIKES and SEPARATION ANXIETY, to play in theaters and on TV this holiday season. Director Harry Dorrington and his team designed an entirely CG-animated campaign. To adapt the campaign for the cinema, rhinofx re-rendered the spots in 2K and changed the aspect ratio and size. The challenge with this was keeping the candy looking real in the large formats extreme close ups.

Headline News New Zoo Revue Gets 3D Treatment

ValCom and O Atlas Enterprises will be turning their NEW ZOO REVUE into a new 3D TV series and feature. The original people-in-suits series debuted in syndication in the U.S. in 1971. The new film is budgeted at $3 million and production on both the telefilm and 26-part series should wrap in January 2005. ValCom plans to unveil the project at NATPE.

Headline News Night B4 Christmas Debuts in U.S.

THE NIGHT B4 CHRISTMAS special made its U.S. television premiere on Dec. 2, 2003 at 8:30 pm with a replay on Dec. 9, at 8:00 on Cartoon Network. Aries Spears, (MAD TV), Paramounts next feature film comedy star Earthquake, and Chali 2NA of Universal Music Groups hot hip hop sensation, Jurassic 5, highlight a talented ensemble cast that keeps the laughs coming.

Headline News Garden State Film Festival Deadline Nears

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, November 26, 2003 at 12:00am

Garden State Film Festival Asbury Park, New Jersey, USAMarch 25-28, 2004 Deadline: January 1, 2003

Garden State Film Festival takes place on the boardwalk and features independent films from around the world. The event features a screening for high school students, opening reception and live music. For more information, visit http://www.filmfestivalspro.com/bulletin/03/october/garden_state.shtml.

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