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Headline News Alliance Atlantis Exec to Head Programming & Marketing for Sundance Channel

Laura Michalchyshyn has joined the Sundance Channel as evp, programming & marketing, responsible for all creative expressions of the Sundance Channel brand, both on and off-Channel, including original programming, film acquisition, program planning, on-air promotion and the creative strategy and implementation of all off-Channel consumer marketing.

Michalchyshyn, who will be based in New York City, will report to Sundance Channel Founder Robert Redford and Larry Aidem, president/ceo.

Headline News BrainPop's TSUNAMI Movie Helps Kids Understand Global Events

BrainPOP's has created a new TSUNAMI movie to give kids the information they need to make connections and gain understanding of the devastation caused by natural disasters. The film is available for free distribution to every media company and Website.

Headline News Northern Lights Post Adds Editor East Coast Rep

Northern Lights Post has added noted comedy/lifestyle editor John Laskas to its roster of talented editors and named Rich Schafler of Schafler Artist Management, New York, as its east coast commercial sales rep.

Headline News Canadian Kids to Greenlight TV Series on Shorts Compilation Show

For the first time in Canada, kids will help determine the next hit show in a new animated shorts showcase, FUNPAK, premiering on YTV Feb. 3, 2005, at 7:30 pm. FUNPAK is a 13x30 assortment of animated shorts created entirely in-house at YTVs sister company, Nelvana Ltd..

Headline News Telluride IndieFest Issues Call for Entries

Telluride IndieFest 2005Telluride, Colorado, USAAugust 31 - September 4, 2005Deadline: May 31, 2005

Telluride IndieFest showcases the best independent films and screenplays in the world and does not require films to 'premiere' at its event. The event limits films and screenplays to 1,000 entries. ALL selected artists will have the opportunity to have their entry presented to some of the most-respected Hollywood talent agencies, production companies and film distributors. For more information, visit tellurideindiefest.com.

Headline News DIC Signs More Licensees For Trollz 2005 Launch In North America

DIC Entertainment (DIC) has inked additional deals for its all-new tween entertainment and lifestyle property, TROLLZ. There is now approximately 35 licensees in the U.S. and Canada secured for the 2005 launch.

Headline News Nick Ups Kaufman for Global Marketing

Pamela Kaufman has been promoted from svp, Nickleodeon marketing to evp, marketing and worldwide promotions, expanding her responsibilities to include strategic planning of worldwide programming launches as well as global partnership deals.

"Pam Kaufman is one of the most successful marketers in the entertainment industry," said Nickelodeon TV president Cyma Zarghami, to whom Kaufman will continue to report. "Her consumer marketing and property management skills have raised the creative bar for the entire industry and have turned our TV properties into gold."

Headline News itty bitty HeartBeats Signs New Licensing Partners

LevyMann Entertainment, the creator and producers behind the childrens animated series, ITTY BITTY HEARTBEATS, have teamed up with new licensee partners Franco Manufacturing, Baby Boom Consumer Products, Wiesner Products and Waterbury Garments for several new lines of itty bitty products.

These new licensees add to their deals in place with StudioWorks Ent. (Ventura Video), Fruit of the Loom and Penguin Books, which is releasing three new ITTY BITTY HEARTBEATS titles.

Headline News Shrek Franchise Delivers $1.6B on DVD & Video

DreamWorks Animation reported that the SHREK franchise has generated more than $1.6 billion in consumer home entertainment spending since its launch in 2001 with the record-shattering SHREK. SHREK 2 has sold more than 37 million units worldwide since its November release through DreamWorks Home Ent. That makes SHREK 2 the third highest grossing feature in U.S. history the number one home video release of the year.

Headline News MeniThings’ The Freak Wins 18th International Award

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, December 29, 2004 at 12:00am

AIFF artistic director Buzz Schwall announced the winners of the audience awards and director Meni Tsirbas THE FREAK was presented with the best short film prize. This marks the 18th such honor for the CGI short, which also won awards at the Palm Springs Film Festival and the 2003 Sundance Film Festival.

THE FREAK is in pre-production as a feature with The Hatchery. Tsirbas follow up effort, TERRA, has collected 12 awards including Best Animation at the USA Film Festival.

More information is available at www.menithings.com.

Headline News Bert Smets’ Hopla Finds Commercial Home At Telescreen

Bert Smets has chosen Telescreen to handle all commercial rights to his animated HOPLA series (104x5) so he can focus on the creative process.

Smets commends Telescreen for its, all round knowledge with regard to animation productions and licensing forms, making it the perfect combination with my own creative perspective. I am sure that we can mean a lot for each other.

Headline News Shorts International to Distribute American Short Film Catalog

U.K.-based Shorts International, the short film distribution arm of Britshorts Ltd., has become the exclusive distributor for the entire short film library of American Vantage/Hypnotic. American Vantage/Hypnotic, a subsidiary of American Vantage Media Corp., has one of the largest high-quality short film and animation libraries in the world. The combined entity gives Shorts Intl the largest short film distribution capability across the globe.

Headline News Kid’s Enter Your Illustrated Stories in Holiday Art Contest!

Left Lane Cartoons Holiday Art ContestWorld Wide WebJanuary 31, 2004Deadline: December 23, 2004

Left Lane Cartoons is sponsoring a Holiday Art Contest. All children, ages 5 to 13, are invited to submit an illustrated book report of their favorite novel. Six winners will receive art books. Entries may be sent to: Left Lane Cartoons, Box 53074 - 10 Royal Orchard Blvd., Thornhill, Ontario, Canada L3T 7R4. For more information, visit www.leftlanecartoons.com.

Headline News Nick Orders Two New Series and Renews Two

Nickelodeon has ordered two new animated series, THE XS, a stylish series about a crime-fighting family who must thwart the forces of evil while still functioning as an average suburban family, and CATSCRATCH, featuring three fumbling felines who carry on in a world of humans. In addition, hit Nicktoon DANNY PHANTOM has been picked up for a second season of 20 episodes, bringing the total episode order to 40 and tween favorite MY LIFE AS A TEENAGE ROBOT has been picked up for an additional 14 episodes, bringing its total number of episodes picked up to 40.

Headline News Discreet Technology Embraced by Holiday Films

What do a disfigured musical genius, aviation pioneer Howard Hughes and a resurrected vampire have in common? This holiday season, their stories are being told using digital content creation tools from Discreet.

Headline News 7th Annual Independent Games Festival Names Finalists

The Independent Games Festival has announced the finalists in the seventh annual Independent Games Festival (IGF) competition. Selected by a panel of industry professionals, game development teams will compete for more than $40,000 in cash prizes. Finalists will exhibit their titles at the Game Developers Conference, March 7-11, 2005 in San Francisco and winners will be announced at the Game Developers Choice Awards Ceremony March 9.

The 10 games selected for the "Open" category are (in alphabetical order):* ALIEN HOMINID by The Behemoth (San Diego, California)

Headline News Exent Launches Animated TumbleBooks

Exent has launched TumbleBooks, a collection of animated, talking picture books that teach kids the joy of reading in an easy-to-use format, through its Games-on-Demand services. The books are created by taking existing picture books licensed from leading children's book publishers, and then adding animation, sound, music and narration to produce an electronic picture book.

Headline News Stanley Cheung to Head The Walt Disney Co. China

Stanley Cheung has been named md, The Walt Disney Co. (China), responsible for driving the company's strategy, coordinating all of Disney's business efforts in China, including overseeing Disney's global brands in the market, expanding existing businesses and seeking out new business opportunities.

Disney will now have its existing businesses in China managed locally, with all business segments reporting into Cheung, as well as their respective business units. Based in Shanghai, Cheung assumes his new post on Jan. 1, 2005.

Headline News Ryan Makes Canada’s Top 10

Chris Landreths RYAN was the only animated film named in Canada's Top Ten 2004 and will receive this honor at The Toronto International Film Festival Group to be held Jan. 28 Feb. 5, 2005 at the Cinematheque Ontario.

Established in 2001, Canada's Top Ten celebrates the finest in Canadian cinema and is selected by an independent panel of filmmakers, programmers, academics, journalists and industry professionals from across the country.

Headline News Send Your Shorts to Sea at the Key West IndieFest

Key West IndieFest 2005Key West, Florida, USAApril 7 - 10, 2005Deadline: December 31, 2004

Key West IndieFest 2005 is an international event that showcases the best independent films and screenplays in the world by the sea. ALL selected artists will have the opportunity to have their entry presented to some of the most-respected Hollywood talent agencies, production companies and film distributors. The event also holds a screenwriting competition. For addition information, visit keywestindiefest.com.

Headline News Davey & Goliath Mark the Reason for the Season on Hallmark

DAVEY AND GOLIATH is making its return to television after a 30-year absence, in a new one-hour special, DAVEY AND GOLIATHS SNOWBOARD CHRISTMAS. The world premiere will air Dec. 19 at 12:00 noon (ET/PT) on Hallmark Channel, presented by Faith & Values Media. An encore broadcast of the program will air on Dec. 26 on Hallmark Channel at 12:00 noon (ET/PT).

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