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Headline News Frantic Films Deploys Brazil Rendering System

SplutterFish announced that Frantic Films has placed a large order for Brazil r/s, SplutterFishs award-winning 3D rendering suite, to be the primary rendering backbone in its new large-scale production pipeline. Early Brazil r/s adopter Frantic Films will increase its reliance on Brazil r/s based on its own in-house benchmark testing.

Headline News Big Business Meets Big Ideas at Ottawa 05's TV Animation Conference

Once again this September, Ottawa will play host to some of the leading animation execs from North America and around the world. Representatives from internationally renowned studios such as Aardman Animation and Nelvana as well as broadcasters such as Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon and Kids WB! will converge at the 2nd Annual Television Animation Conference (TAC), taking place on September 21 and 22 at the Chateau Laurier.

Headline News Billy Wright to Head Mobile Activities for Warner Bros. Online

Billy Wright has been named vp, worldwide wireless, Warner Bros. Online. Reporting directly to Jim Noonan, svp/gm, Warner Bros. Online, Wright will lead the company's Americas, Europe/Middle East/Africa (EMEA) and Asia-Pacific (APAC) strategic mobile teams as they develop, produce, publish and market content, including wallpapers, video and games based on the studio's world-renowned brands. The group also works to develop promotional mobile content that raises awareness for upcoming studio projects. Currently based in London, Wright will relocate to Glendale, California, in the fall.

Headline News eyeon Has a R!OT With Fusion 5

eyeon Software announced at SIGGRAPH 2005 that Santa Monica-based R!OT confirmed its decision to introduce Fusion 5 into its workflow.

R!ot is a vfx studio specializing in digital imagery, commercial, feature, music video, HD and television productions.

We are excited to add Fusion to our compositing pipeline, said R!OT vfx artist Andrew Wilkoff. The speed and functionality of Fusion 5, coupled with eyeons stellar support, will make it easy for us to deliver world class visual effects shots.

Headline News Jim Kennedy New Sony Pictures Ent. SVP of Corp. Communications

im Kennedy joins Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) as svp, Corp. Communications, responsible for developing and directing the company's communications strategy, overseeing media relations and issues management, and serving as communications counselor to the executive team. He will replace Susan Tick, who announced her resignation last May.

Headline News CCI, Collingwood O’Hare Ent. & Silver Fox Partner on Bucket Full of Animati

By Guest (not verified) | Friday, August 5, 2005 at 12:00am

Two U.K. animation companies are partnering for the first time to produce HARRY AND HIS BUCKET FULL OF DINOSAURS, a 52-episode preschool animation series based on the best-selling books by Ian Whybrow and Adrian Reynolds.

Collingwood OHare Entertainment and Silver Fox Films are joining forces for the production, along with Canadian production and distribution company CCI Entertainment. Directors are Collingwood OHares Tony Collingwood and Silver Foxs Graham Ralph.

Headline News REALVIZ Launches SMART New Tracking Products

By Guest (not verified) | Wednesday, August 3, 2005 at 12:00am

REALVIZ (SIGGRAPH 2005 booth #1161) is introducing a new range of tracking products employing the companys Scalable Matching Architecture for Tracking (SMART). All will be identified as being Powered by SMART.

Headline News Still Time to Enter Screamfest

Screamfest Horror Film Festival Universal City, California, USAOctober 1423, 2005Deadline: August 15, 2005

Screamfest Horror Film Festival is the largest genre film festival in the U.S. The festival takes at Loews Universal Studios Cinemas at Universal CityWalk. Winners will be announced at the Dinner Award Ceremony to be held on October 23 at Maggiano's located in The Grove. Screamfest is an internationally recognized showcase for independent filmmakers and writers of the horror, science fiction and fantasy genres.

Headline News Activision & Marvel Team on New RPG Games

Activision Inc. has extended its license with Marvel Enterprises to expand their long-term, broad-based strategic alliance through an additional license agreement for a non-persistent role-playing game (RPG).

Headline News Gran Turismo 4 Ranks #1 in Sales For First Half of 2005

According to leading marketing information provider, Sonys GRAN TURISMO 4 for the PlayStation 2 ranked top in sales for the first half of 2005. The NPD Group also reported retail sales of U.S. console and portable videogames hardware, software and accessories saw an increase of 21% during the first half of 2005 (January June), compared to the same time period last year. The videogames industry saw sales figures rise to more than $4.1 billion in the first half of the year compared to $3.4 billion in the first half of 2004.

Headline News Celebrate Summer By Entering Animation Block Party!

Animation Block Party - Summer EditionBrooklyn, New York USASeptember 15, 2005Deadline: August 24, 2005

Animation Block Partys End of Summer Festival is still taking entries. Where its last festival had a special (love) theme, this time around the event has no required theme for the content just the intention to exhibit the most well-rounded and diverse work it can find for one evening of animation excellence.

Prize categories include:* best in show* audience award* original design* music video

Headline News Mind Games Played For FanTasia Prize

FanTasia, a festival showcasing contemporary international genre cinema with an emphasis on unveiling films very rarely seen in North America, wrapped up on July 25, 2005, in Montreal, awarding Yuasa Masaakis MIND GAME the prize for best animated film. The film also took home the silver prize in the most groundbreaking film category as well.

For its ninth edition, FanTasia jury was of the following members:* Érik Canuel (creator of films LA LOI DU COCHON, LE DERNIER TUNNEL and LE SURVENANT)

Headline News Konami Acquires Game Rights For American Idol

Konami Digital Ent. Inc. announced a multi-year agreement with FremantleMedia Licensing Worldwide, Americas that gives the company the exclusive interactive videogame rights for AMERICAN IDOL. Pursuant to the agreement, FLW, Americas grants Konami the rights to develop games for current and next generation videogame systems. The games will be distributed throughout America, Canada and Latin America with more details to be revealed at a later date.

Headline News Bluesman, Voice-Over Actor John Baldry Dies

Long John Baldry, a British blues-rock singer who helped start the careers of the Rolling Stones, Rod Stewart, Elton John and other British stars, died of a severe chest infection on July 21, 2005, in Vancouver, British Columbia, reports THE NEW YORK TIMES. He was 64.

Headline News Disney to Close Down Australian Animation Studio

After producing an ambitious slate of direct-to-video movies, The Walt Disney Co. has decided to close its animation studio in Sydney, Australia and notified its 250 employees there this will take effect next year.

Headline News Disney Nabs Gibson’s Apocalypto

Disney has won a bidding war for the domestic distribution rights to Mel Gibsons next directorial effort, APOCALYPTO, reports VARIETY. Gibsons Icon will handle international distribution. THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST director also wrote the script for the film, which will start production in Mexico in October for a summer 2006 release. Icon partner Bruce Davey will produce alongside Gibson.

Headline News Miami Int’l Short Film Fest Wants Your Flicks

Miami International Short Film Festival 2005Miami, Florida, USAOctober 24-29, 2005Deadline: September 30, 2005

Miami International Short Film Festivals goal is to bring films to an atmosphere where people can experience cultures from around the world. The festival, dedicated to promote the short film genre, showcases films that run from one to 20 minutes long. Awards are presented in a variety of categories, such as narrative, documentary, experimental, animation and best local Miami production.

Headline News SIGGRAPH 2005 Hosts Full-Dome Animation Theater

The SIGGRAPH 2005 Computer Animation Festival will feature full-dome video projection, a rapidly growing medium of immersive display, at the 32nd International Conference on Computer Graphics & Interactive Techniques being held July 31 to Aug 4 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

The worlds best full-dome animations from DomeFest 2005 are being shown at SIGGRAPH 2005. The animations produced by students, institution, and full-dome professionals are screened daily on a 9-meter-diameter digital dome assembled specially for SIGGRAPH 2005.

Headline News Weinsteins, WB Hatch CG-Animated Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Movie

The Weinstein Co. and Warner Bros. Pictures will join forces to distribute the first all-CG-animated movie of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise. The as-yet-untitled picture will be released early in 2007.

Headline News Pipelinefx to Unveil qube! 4.0 at SIGGRAPH 2005

Pipelinefx, a leading provider of render farm management software for 3D animation and interactive entertainment companies, will demonstrate version 4.0 of its flagship product, qube!, at SIGGRAPH 2005, being held at the Los Angeles Convention Center from July 31 to Aug. 4.

Headline News Glitch Fest Calls for Entries

Glitch Fest 2005Montreal, Quebec, CanadaNovember 2005Deadline: August 1, 2005

The Glitch Fest, is comprised of short films of three to 10 minutes in length and in all categories: French or English, from Quebec or elsewhere, be they parodies, fake publicities, dramas, horror films, press reports, animations, trash, etc., so long as the short films are interesting and innovative.