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Headline News Incredibles Grabs Top Prizes at Imagina Awards 2005

Disney/Pixars THE INCREDIBLES took home the Grand Prix and Best Feature Film prizes at the Imagina Awards 2005, held Feb. 4, 2005, in Monte Carlo, Monaco. The jury panel included RYAN director Chris Landreth, PINOCCHIO 3000 producer Paco Rodriguez, WALLACE & GROMIT producer Michael Rose and SHARK TALE director Vicky Jenson.

The winners were:

Grand Prix Imagina:THE INCREDIBLES (USA)Director: Brad BirdProducer: John Walker (Pixar Animation Studios & Walt Disney Pictures)Feature (9)

Headline News Action/Cut Call for Films

Action/Cut Short Film Competition 2005Los Angeles, California, USAAugust 15-31, 2005Deadline: May 15, 2005

Action/Cut Short Film Competition is unique industry-driven shorts competition. The event showcases indie filmmakers and their work from across the world, discover the next generation of great filmmakers, recognize the most talented with cash, multiple sponsor awards, and career services and open access doors to the Hollywood film industry. The early deadline is March 15, 2005. For more information, visit www.actioncut.com.

Headline News Vacation Your Flicks in the Tahoe/Reno Fest

Tahoe/Reno International Film Festival (T-Riff) Lake Tahoe/Reno, Nevada, USAAugust 24-28, 2005Deadline: May 30, 2005

Tahoe/Reno International Film Festival is a five-day exploration of discovery thru socially relevant and spirited film contributions. The festival brings independent films, workshops and discussions to the Lake Tahoe/Reno area. For additional info, visit www.t-riff.org/home.html.

Headline News Birthday Boy Shorts Winner at Animex Student Animation Awards

BIRTHDAY BOY won for Best Short Animation in the Animex Student Animation Awards announced Feb. 4, 2005, at Animex Talk! during the Animex International Festival of Animation, located in Middlesex, England. The festival, in its sixth year, is organized by the University of Teesside, attracting animators and experts from some of the biggest houses in the industry.

Headline News Alias Launches “Rated ‘P’ for PLAY” Tour

Alias announced the launch of its Alias MotionBuilder and Maya software Rated P for PLAY tour. Starting in Seattle, Washington, on Feb. 16 and ending in San Francisco on March 10 at GDC (Games Developers Conference), the 3D community will experience Alias MotionBuilder 6 and Maya 6.5 software up close, network with their peers and hear from industry guest speakers. To register for the Rated P for PLAY tour, visit www.alias.com/p4play.

Headline News Be Daring, Enter Boulder Adventure Film Festival

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, February 2, 2005 at 12:00am

Boulder Adventure Film FestivalBoulder, Colorado, USAApril 23 - 25, 2004Deadline: March 1, 2005

Boulder Adventure Film Festival screens films that span the range of human endeavor from ocean to mountain to urban perspectives and the abounding energy that makes up the human spirit. Boulder Adventure Film Festival is an international festival created in order to share, collaborate and inspire. For more information, visit www.boulderadventurefilm.com.

Headline News Doug Herzog Named Comedy Central, Spike TV President

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, February 2, 2005 at 12:00am

Doug Herzog replaces Albie Hecht as president, Spike TV, adding the responsibility of overseeing the first network for men to his existing role as president, Comedy Central. Comedy Central and Spike TV will form a new unit, within MTV Networks, under Herzog. Herzog will report to Herb Scannell, MTV Networks Group president on Spike TV, and will continue to report to Judy McGrath, chairman, MTV Networks, on Comedy Central. Herzog will continue to be based in Los Angeles.

Headline News Steve Hendricks Joins Post Logic as President/CEO

Steve Hendricks has joined leading post-production boutique Post Logic Studios as president/ceo. With state-of-the-art facilities in Hollywood and New York, Post Logic has distinguished itself as a leader in digital intermediate and feature film restoration, and continues to expand into new and emerging arenas within the post-production realm. Hendricks brings a wealth of domestic and international experience into the company, and will oversee day-to-day business operations as well as expansion opportunities.

Headline News Ski Your Flicks into the Vail Film Fest

Vail Film Festival 2005Vail, Colorado, USAMarch 31 April 3, 2005Deadline: February 15, 2005

The Vail Film Festival is presented by the Vail Film Institute, a non-profit arts organization dedicated to fostering independent cinema. The Vail Film Festival strives to encourage artistic innovation, to promote new and creative filmmaking, and to foster discourse about independent film and other forms of media, which challenge and entertain. For more information, visit www.vailfilmfestival.org.

Headline News International Emmy Awards Calls for Entries!

The 2005 International Emmy AwardsNew York, New York, USANovember 19-20, 2005Deadline: April 1, 2005

The International Council of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences is organizing its iEmmys Festival and International Emmy Awards. The event highlights excellence in television from producers from all over the world. The festival features industry speakers, discussions and screenings. The winners are selected by members of the international council. For additional information, visit www.iemmys.tv or e-mail awardsdept@iemmys.tv.

Headline News Nickelodeon & Viacom Consumer Products Change Int’l Players

Leigh Anne Brodsky, president of Nickelodeon & Viacom Consumer Products, has created two new positions and added new responsibilities for several executives to increase her divisions global presence.

Jim Davey has been named svp, Global Consumer Products Marketing and Planning while Tanya Haider becomes vp, Nickelodeon & Viacom International Consumer Products. The positions were created to bring global planning and execution to key franchises for Nickelodeon and Viacom.

Headline News Gromit to Host Westminster Dog Show Highlights

The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, one of Americas oldest and most prestigious sporting events, is partnering with DreamWorks Animation SKG to bring Gromit of WALLACE & GROMIT fame to highlights of the show online. This marks the first time in Westminsters history that the dog show has accepted a sponsorship partner outside of a dog food company.

Headline News Mainframe’s Mischel to Discuss Animation Resurgence at Vancouver Board of T

Mainframe Ent. ceo Rick Mischel will discuss "The Resurgence Of Animation: Working to B.C.'s Advantage" at the Vancouver Board of Trade's Distinguished Speaker Program on Feb. 3 in the Waterfront Ballroom of the Fairmont Waterfront located at 900 Canada Place Way, Vancouver, British Columbia.

Headline News Pipelinefx Closes Series A Financing Round With PacifiCap Group

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, January 26, 2005 at 12:00am

Pipelinefx, a leading provider of enterprise renderfarm management software for 3D animation and interactive entertainment, has closed its Series A investment round led by Hawaii venture capital firm PacifiCap Group Llc. Several members of the UH Angel investment network also participated in the transaction.

Headline News MTV Taking Kappa Mikey Global

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, January 26, 2005 at 12:00am

MTV Networks announced its first-ever global program acquisition, securing the worldwide broadcast rights to Animation Collective's property KAPPA MIKEY, for Nicktoons in the U.S. and Nickelodeon's international channels. The deal comprises 26 half-hour episodes of the animated action comedy that will premiere on the channels in 2006. Also part of the agreement, MTV Networks International secures international distribution rights for third-party broadcast sales.

Headline News Atomic Betty Says Hola To Latin America

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, January 26, 2005 at 12:00am

Breakthrough Animation has appointed HOLA Ent. as the agent selected to represent the companys animated comedy-adventure series ATOMIC BETTY in Latin America. Following on the heels of the Cartoon Network Latin America deal, HOLA will concentrate on the broadcast rights for Free Television for the animated series.

Headline News Corus Ent. Shuffles Its TV Division With Moss, Webb And Piazza

Corus Entertainment is shuffling around its television division, as Peter Moss, evp of programming takes on the role of creative consultant; Joanna Webb becomes vp, programming, W Network; and Phil Piazza joins Corus as vp, programming, childrens television.

Moss will now help guide Corus original productions and advise the senior programming team on scheduling and buying strategies, while he spends more time on directing and producing.

Headline News Still Time to Enter First Boards Awards

6th Annual First Boards AwardsNew York, New York, USAApril 7, 2005Deadline: January 28, 2005

The 6th Annual First Boards Awards will honor international emerging talent in the commercial production industry. Winners and runners up will be celebrated at the First Boards Awards party in New York and profiled in the April issue of BOARDS MAGAZINE.

Talent entered can only have been working in their craft for since January 1, 2003. Awarded categories include Directors, Editors, Composers, Animators, Creative Teams and Designers.

Headline News IDT Ent. Sales Signs Distribution Agreement With Ledafilms

IDT Ent. Sales (IDTeS) announced that Ledafilms S.A. has acquired all television broadcasting rights throughout Latin America for select IDTeS animated and live-action properties. The distribution agreement covers 34 Latin American countries and Spanish speaking regions, including Mexico, Argentina, Venezuela and Brazil.

Headline News Visual Effects Artist Aron Baxter Joins Guava

Visual effects supervisor, inferno artist and designer Aron Baxter has left his post with Nice Shoes to join sister facility Guava. The move is the first step in a new expansion effort at Guava. The studio expects to make significant additions to its creative staff and technical resources early in 2005. With Baxter moving to Guava, Nice Shoes has promoted inferno artist John Shea from a nighttime position to days.

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