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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 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 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 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.

Headline News Mel Brooks and BFC Berliner Film to Animate Spaceballs Series

BFC Berliner Film Companie has partnered with Brooksfilms and MGM Domestic Television Distribution, a unit of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. to create an hour-long pilot and 13x30 animated television series based on the classic Mel Brooks 1987 feature, SPACEBALLS.

Brooks and Thomas Meehan, authors of the original screenplay, will write the pilot and supervise writing on the rest of the series. Brooks will provide the voice of two main characters, President Scroob and Yogurt.

Headline News Taffy Ent. Gets Licensees On Board Before Pet Alien Launch

Taffy Entertainments licensing division has closed five additional deals in the U.S. for PET ALIEN, the groundbreaking new CGI character-comedy premiering on Cartoon Network Jan. 23, 2005, at 10:00 am. The deals include Baby Boom Consumer Products for cuddle pillows, Beverly Hills Teddy Bear Company for gift and specialty market plush, Childrens Apparel Network for apparel, Fast Forward for bags and backpacks, and Mello Smello for stickers.

Headline News Court Rules in Favor of Stan Lee Over Marvel

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, January 19, 2005 at 12:00am

The United States District Court for the Southern District of New York ruled that Stan Lee is entitled to 10% of the profits Marvel has received since Nov. 1998 from studios for the right to produce and distribute motion pictures and television productions based on Marvel's characters, and from movie-based toys manufactured and sold by Marvel itself.

Headline News EA Moves on Sims-like TV Show, Changes DICE Deal

Electronic Arts has announced the development an interactive TV show, allowing viewers to control the characters like in THE SIMS, and a change in the deal to acquire 50% of Digital Illusions (DICE), reports REUTERS. The company is in early talks with production companies and might use a voting system to allow viewers to determine the actions of the characters.

Headline News Starz Orders More 30-Second Bunny Shorts

Starz Entertainment Group LLC (SEG) announced the renewal of their agreement with Angry Alien Prods to create ten more 30-second BUNNY THEATER shorts from animator Jennifer Shiman, the creator of Angryalien.com. The shorts will be aired on STARZ!, Starz on Demand and STARZ! Tickets on Real Movies. The first three movie spoof shorts aired during STARZ! Hare Raising Halloween Marathon last October.

Headline News Los Simpsons Voices Strike

The Spanish-language cast of THE SIMPSONS have been on strike since October and are threatening protest marches over a contract between their union and privately-owned dubbing studio, Grabaciones y Doblajes Internacionales, reports HOLLYWOOD REPORTER. Represented by Mexico's National Actors Assn., the voice actors claim that their former employer broke an exclusivity agreement when it hired non-members of the association. Grabaciones does not deny using nonunion actors, but argues that it never signed an exclusivity contract.

Headline News Kelly Elwood to Market Cookie Jar Ent.

Cookie Jar Entertainment, the programming and licensing arm The Cookie Jar Group, has promoted Kelly Elwood from vp of marketing & licensing to svp of marketing. Based in Cookie Jars Toronto offices, Elwood will oversee the companys expanding industry and consumer brand marketing, as well as provide strategic planning on behalf of its growing entertainment lineup.

Headline News Send Your Shorts to Saskatchewan for Yorkton Fest!

2005 Yorkton Short Film & Video FestivalYorkton, Saskatchewan, CanadaMay 26-29, 2005Deadline: February 15, 2005

The Yorkton Short Film & Video Festival, now in its 58th year, is the longest running festival of its kind in Canada. Over the years, the festival has garnered an esteemed reputation as one of the country's top film and video festivals; a reputation that attracts outstanding entries and personalities from across Canada.

Headline News Critics Toast The Incredibles and Spider-Man 2

THE INCREDIBLES won the top prize for animated feature while SPIDER-MAN 2 was named best popular movie of the year at 10th annual Critics' Choice Awards broadcast Jan. 10, 2005 on The WB from the Wiltern Theater in Los Angeles.

FINDING NEVERLAND was named best family film.

Headline News Central Park Media Rings In The New Year With Time Bokan & Black Jack

On January 11, 2005, Central Park Media will release TIME BOKAN and BLACK JACK: MUTATION on DVD each priced at $19.99. Both DVDs will have audio tracks in both English and Japanese with English subtitles.

TIME BOKAN pits teams of bad guys against each other to be crowned the meanest villains ever. To be a cartoon super villain, it takes a ruthless heart, a cunning mind and the most ridiculous mecha on the planet.

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