Cookie Jar Ent. has licensed MAGI NATION to Kids WB! on The CW in the U.S., Canadian Broadcasting Corp. (CBC) and Radio-Canada. MAGI NATION is Cookie Jars newest original series from its rapidly growing action-adventure brand Coliseum.
Geographical Region: North America
Four animators and an Iranian animation expert were selected as the jury members for the International Section of the Fifth Tehran International Animation Festival, which will be held Feb. 25-March 1, 2007, reports the Mehr News Agency.
Olivier Catherin (from France), Nancy Mary (Canada), Otto Alder (Switzerland), Borivoj Dovnikovic (Croatia), and Abdollah Alimorad (Iran) were selected as jury members.
Digital Dimension completed 162 shots as the lead visual effects provider for the DreamWorks comedy NORBIT, magically transforming Eddie Murphys slender frame into the 400-pound female lead, Rasputia (also played by Murphy). A large portion of Digital Dimensions shots involved head replacements where Murphys face, made up to look like Rasputia, was composited onto the performance of a body double.
Five Guest Casting Directors Teach Pro Animation ClassPro/Adv Animation VO ClassBurbank, California, USAFeb. 22 -- March 29, 2007
M.J. Lallo is holding a five-week pro animation workshop for VO artists who have had previous classes in VO and feel ready to work out with professional directors and agents. The class is a good opportunity to work with guest directors and make contacts. All guest directors will accept your demos at the class that night.
Guest directors include:* Ilko Drozdoski-TGDM VO Agency (formerly Tisherman)
First International FJORG! CompetitionSan Diego, California, USAAug. 7-9, 2007Deadline: May 1, 2007
The best CG animators in the world are invited to participate in the first international FJORG! competition -- an iron animator event to be launched at SIGGRAPH 2007.
Competing teams will be called on to try to create the best character-driven animation the world has ever seen, within a limited window of 32 straight hours, while overcoming multiple staged distractions in a test of skill, talent, creativity and physical endurance.
The 24th Chicago International Film FestivalChicago, Illinois, USAOctober 18 28, 2007Deadline: May 1, 2007
The 24th annual Chicago International Childrens Film Festival is the only Academy-qualifying festival for childrens films in the world and the largest in North America. Categories include shorts, features, live-action, animation, television productions, documentaries and child-produced and youth-produced work.
The Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television has announced the winners of the 27th Annual Genie Awards, celebrating excellence in Canadian cinema. Outside of the live-action film, THE ROCKET, snatching up nine awards, THE DANISH POET, by Torill Kove, Lise Fearnley and Marcy Page won for best animated short.
The event was held at The Carlu in Toronto from 7-9:00 pm on Feb. 13, 2007. That was followed by Live! At The Genies, a one-hour broadcast on CHUM Television and MusiMax that showcased the nights memorable moments in a live, schmooze-style atmosphere.
An animated film, Steve Baker's AN IMAGINARY LIFE, won this year's Sony Tropfest short film competition. The Queenslander had entered the festival five times and at last won during the awards ceremony on Feb. 18, 2007.
Baker said, "This is something that I have been working toward for such a long time. As a director, it means so much for your career to be recognized at a high level such as Sony Tropfest. And to have your film seen by literally hundreds of thousands of people there is nothing else like it.
AWN is sad to report the passing of legendary animator Ryan Larkin at 10:30 pm on Feb. 14, 2007, in Canada. He was 63 years old. Larkin was recently diagnosed with brain cancer.
Born in Montreal, Larkin was nominated for the Oscar for his 1969 short film, WALKING. In 1972, he was again honored with an Oscar nod for his short film, STREET MUSIQUE. Moreover, he provided animated effects for Mort Ransens RUNNING TIME, for which he acted in three small roles.
Dennis Hoffman has joined Rainmaker Visual Effects as head of production, a comparable position he most recently held at Digital Domain. Hoffman will report to Brian Moylan, managing director, Rainmaker Visual Effects.
"As Vancouver increasingly becomes a destination for high end visual effects, Rainmaker is pleased to have someone of Dennis caliber and experience join us as we move into more demanding and challenging projects, stated Warren Franklin, ceo of Rainmaker Ent. Inc.
Cartoon Network announced its programming lineup for 2007 during its upfront event held today (Feb. 14, 2007) in New York City. CN will have five new original series, a network invasion, a multimedia event featuring inspirational kids, and a new innovative technology that will let characters take over a mobile phone. The network also showed a sneak peek of its massively multi-player game, scheduled for 2008, and also introduced a new after school franchise called Master Control, allowing kids to choose what they want to watch starting in the late summer.
Ubisoft announced a new phase of development for its operations in Quebec, Canada. The company, which currently boasts more than 1,600 in the province, could invest up to an additional 295.6 million euros over the next six years with the goal of building up a team of 3,000 employees by 2013. This forecast exceeds current development objectives for 2005-2010 by an additional 1,000 jobs.
MONSTER WARRIORS, the hit YTV series produced by Coneybeare Stories, wrapped production of its second season of 26 half-hour episodes this week, and marked the occasion with special gifts for the city's Children's Aid Society.
The new season of MONSTER WARRIORS premieres on YTV on Saturday, April 7, at 12:00 pm ET/PT.
The winners and runners up in this year's Animex Awards were announced at Cineworld Multiplex in Middlesbrough by Shelley Page, European representative for feature animation DreamWorks.
Atmosphere Visual Effects has begun vfx work on BABYLON 5: THE LOST TALES, a made-for-video movie produced by Warner Home Video and Warner Bros. Television. Atmosphere's Andrew Karr is serving as vfx supervisor.
Titled VOICES IN THE DARK, the movie will feature two all-new stories written and directed by the original creator of BABYLON 5, exec producer J. Michael Straczynski. Doug Netter returns to the BABYLON 5 franchise as exec producer.
Corel Corp. announced the availability of Corel Painter X. The latest version of Corel Painter continues its focus on giving professional artists, designers and photographers a natural painting and illustration experience that is unmatched by any other software.
Rhythm & Hues Inc. has purchased three seats of Iridas' FrameCycler DI. FrameCycler DI offers a powerful toolset combining uncompressed playback of 2K content, conform, primary color correction and ReviewLink, Iridas' new remote collaboration system.
"FrameCycler DI allows us to do 2K playback and saves us the step of having to do a film-out," said Harry Lam, digital compositing supervisor at Rhythm & Hues. "It's great being able to go into the screening room each day and see our work in realtime. It allows us to keep close tabs on our work as we go."
Jeff Zucker has been officially announced as president and ceo of NBC Universal, succeeding Bob Wright, who will continue to serve as a General Electric vice chairman.
TELETOON audiences are tuning into a brand new look on the 24-hour animation network. A comprehensive re-brand including the on-air identity, for both the TELETOON daytime programming block and The Detour on TELETOON, the interactive website teletoon.com, all marketing collateral and a new corporate identity was unleashed.
For the second year in a row, Imaginary Forces Karin Fong designed and directed an eye-catching, imaginative series of TV spots from ad agency Kelliher Samets Volk for Vermonts Chittenden Bank for Super Bowl viewers in New England.
As with last years campaign, the spots focus on hip, iconoclastic Vermont businesses that have grown with the help and guidance of Chittenden. The spots employ a mix of production and visual effects techniques designed to make them stand out not.
BEET THE VANDEL BUSTER: THE SACRIFICE, the premiere anime release under the new partnership between Illumitoon Ent. Ltd. and Westlake Ent., arrives on DVD Jan. 30, 2007. Featuring four 30-minute episodes, the disc will be available for $24.98.
Rainmaker Ent. Inc. has turned Mainframe Ent. into Rainmaker Animation as a result of its acquisition and has named Paul Gertz as evp of the new division.
Production I.G and Geneon Ent. (USA) Inc. announces the signing of a creative partnership between the two companies in the creation, development and production of an animated music video for French music diva Mylene Farmer.
The 2nd Annual Canadian Awards for the Electronic and Animated Arts (CAEAA) along with its event partners Ernst & Young, Electronic Arts (EA), Autodesk and the British Columbia Provincial Government will be inviting videogame and animation companies as well as the students and educators from around the world to participate in this year's awards event, the 2007 Elans.