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Headline News Nick Announces Kids Choice Nods

Nickelodeon has announced the nominees for 17th Annual Kids' Choice Awards, which will be hosted by previous Kids' Choice winners Mike Myers and Cameron Diaz. The event will take place April 3, 2004 from 8:00 - 9:30 pm. Topping the list of nominees was FINDING NEMO with three nods for Favorite Movie, Favorite Voice from an Animated Movie (Ellen DeGeneres) and Favorite Video Game.

Headline News Koontz, Scorsese Team for Frankenstein TV Series

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, January 21, 2004 at 12:00am

USA Network has ordered production to begin on a new TV series, DEAN KOONTZ'S FRANKENSTEIN. Best-selling author Koontz will write the series and exec produce along with legendary film director Martin Scorsese and Flame Television's Tony Krantz. THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE remake director Marcus Nispel will helm the project.

Headline News Disney Loses Federal Appeal in 'Pooh' Copyright Case

The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has denied an appeal by Clare Milne and Disney to recapture the rights under copyright to Winnie the Pooh from the Slesinger family, originally granted in an agreement with author A. A. Milne in the '30s.

In November of 2002, Disney said Clare Milne had initiated complex copyright-law maneuvers in an effort to reclaim the rights to Pooh. In May, a Federal District court ruled in favor of the Slesingers, leading to Milne's appeal, which Disney joined.

Headline News DKP Produces VFX for ‘See the Town’ Internet Service Spot

Cossette Communications of Toronto came to nearby DKP Effects to do vfx honors for the Bell Sympatico high-speed Internet service spot titled SEE THE TOWN 310 FAST. Cossette was looking to create a world that didnt exist to support the metaphor of the Internet at high-speed, in which stores would be stylized versions of media-rich Websites. Each storefront was designed to be deep into the interactive content, and streets were perfectly clean to represent the DSL broadband service.

Headline News R!OT Manhattan Visualizes ‘Closer Than You Think’ GM Spot

R!OT Manhattan applied its artistic touch to turn New York City street scenes into Anytown, USA for a new spot promoting the GM Credit Card. Conceived by Mullen Advertising, CLOSER THAN YOU THINK promotes the cards benefits program through the story of a man who is being stalked by a growing fleet of General Motors vehicles.

Headline News Discreet's Digital Intermediate Drive Continues with New lustre Purchase

Discreet announced that Ultimate (Ultimate Video Int.), The Netherlands, has installed high-performance digital color correction and digital intermediate (DI) capabilities based on lustre, Discreet's award-winning, realtime color grading system.

Headline News Savannah College’s Beckmann named Education Chair for SIGGRAPH 2005

Patricia Beckmann, chair of the animation department at Savannah College of Art and Design, has been named Education Chair for SIGGRAPH 2005. In addition, Matthew Munn, a second-year graduate student in animation from Calymont, Delaware, won the 10 Second Club monthly Character Animation Competition for the month of November 2003. This online international competition posts a 10-sec sound clip at the beginning of each month.

Headline News Manga Ent. Announces Licensing Deal with Starz

Manga Entertainment Inc. has signed an agreement with Starz for 13 of Manga's Anime films. The films will be featured on Starz's non-stop X-citement ACTION channel. The titles include GHOST IN THE SHELL, PATLABOR 1, PATLABOR 2, BLOOD: THE LAST VAMPIRE, PERFECT BLUE, STREET FIGHTER IIV, BLACK MAGIC M-66, MACROSS II: LOVERS AGAIN, MACROSS PLUS, NEW DOMINION TANK POLICE, SHADOW SKILL and X.

Headline News HypeFest Screenplay Competition Call for Entries

HypeFest Screenplay CompetitionHollywood, California, USAJuly 2004Deadline: April 1, 2004

HypeFest has unveiled its Screenplay Competition. The festival is now accepting original short film screenplays (length 1-60 pages). Entrants must send a completed, signed entry form with each submission, which is available online at www.hypefest.com. Screenplays must not have been previously optioned, purchased, or produced. Prizes will be provided by The Writer's Store in Los Angeles. The entry fee is $25.

Headline News Send Your Films to Dahlonega, Georgia!

Dahlonega International Film Festival, DIFFDahlonega, Georgia, USASeptember 2-5, 2004 Deadline: May 15, 2004

The Dahlonega International Film Festival, the DIFF, is unique as it brings together the concept of a totally filmmaker-friendly festival. DIFF strives to be at the forefront in exhibiting works from emerging artisans who have been ignored by the more conventional exhibiting venues. For more information, visit www.diff.tv.

Headline News Stargate Digital Launches Visual Effects Facility at London's Pinewood Studios

Stargate Digital, the visual effects studio based in Pasadena, Californa, has opened a new facility, Stargate Digital UK, at London's historic Pinewood Studios.

The new high-speed, deep storage digital facility is modeled after Stargate's growing and groundbreaking Los Angeles and Vancouver studios. All three studios will be linked via a state-of-the art high-speed, high-resolution digital network and will be able to quickly and efficiently work on projects and pool talent.

Headline News NATPE News: Disney Hopes TV Buyers Have Barbarian Tastes

Buena Vista International Television has an original new animated show to sell at NATPE 2004, DISNEYS DAVE THE BARBARIAN, which debuts at 5:30 p.m. on Jan. 23, 2004 on the Disney Channel. Produced by Walt Disney Television Animation, the 21x30 comedy series was created by Doug Langdale.

Headline News NATPE News: 15 TV France International Companies Turn Out For NATPE 2004

Reassured that major American studios are back at NATPE, TV France International (TVFI) will be at the market with 15 French production and distribution companies, including 21 foreign sales executives.

Headline News PBS and Paramount to Partner for Home Video Distribution

Paramount Home Ent. will be PBS Home Video's new video distribution partner for the U.S. and Canada. Beginning April 5, 2004, Paramount will bring PBS DVD and VHS releases to retailers across the country. The PBS Home Video library features award-winning titles such as THE CIVIL WAR, BASEBALL, JAZZ and many other acclaimed films from Ken Burns, AMERICAN EXPERIENCE's portrait of SEABISCUIT and the popular children's franchises, CAILLOU, SAGWA THE CHINESE SIAMESE CAT and TELETUBBIES, among others.

Headline News Academy Sends Animation Teaching Kits To 18,000 Schools

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has produced its fifth high school teaching kit to promote understanding and appreciate the art of animation. The kit is being mailed to 18,000 high schools throughout the United States will all production and distribution-related costs to be paid by the Academy.

Headline News NATPE News: DIC Sends Shortcake, Sabrina & Stan Lee's Super 7 to NATPE

DIC Entertainment (DIC) will be bringing four new STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE specials, two SABRINA, THE TEENAGE WITCH series and a sneak peek at the new TV series STAN LEE'S SUPER 7 to NATPE at booth 1246.

Headline News NATPE News: Cybergraphix & Animation Bridge Bring New Co-Production to NATPE

Cybergraphix Animation recently announced its co-production agreement with Mumbai-based Animation Bridge and Padmalaya Telefilms for 26 half-hours of its action-adventure series GUARDIANS OF LUNA, which it will be bringing to NATPE.

Headline News NATPE News: NFB Brings Original Canadian Animation

The National Film Board of Canada will be at NATPE this year with NOËL NOËL, an animated Christmas special narrated by Leslie Nielsen, that revives the great tradition of children's fairy tales.

The title character in this whimsical half-hour is a misguided billionaire, who falls in love with Beatrice, a bespectacled fairy who prefers words of love to rivers of diamonds. Thanks to little Zoey, her dog Snooze and a blue-eyed reindeer, Noel Noël finally realizes that money doesn't bring happiness, and that to be happy, you have to listen to your heart.

Headline News NATPE News: SPTI’s Astro Boy Premieres In U.S. NATPE Weekend

Sony Pictures Television International (SPTI) big animated series, ASTRO BOY, premieres on the Kids WB! in the U.S. Jan. 17, 2004, the day before the NATPE exhibit floor opens. ASTRO BOY and CYBORG 009 are amongst a diverse slate from SPTI, which includes STEPHEN KING'S KINGDOM HOSPITAL, JOAN OF ARCADIA, MISSING and THE RESIDENTS, MACHOS and POOR ANASTASIA. SPTI will be located off the floor in the Venetian Hotel, Casanova Room 504.

Headline News NATPE News: Anime Net Prez On VOD Panel, Seeks Product

A newcomer to NATPE, Anime Network president Kevin Corcoran will join fellow industry leaders in a discussion on Video On Demand. He will also be looking for more product to add to the A. D. Vision catalog and shows to air on his network, at booth 1242.

Headline News Monster Goes HDTV In U.S.

Monster Distributes has sold three programs to Animania HD, one of 21 brand-new, commercial-free HD (high-definition) channels created by Rainbow Media Holdings, LLC and available exclusively on VOOM, the first television service to offer a comprehensive array of HDTV programming to customers throughout the continental United States.

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