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Kids Headline News

AOL Launches KOL Jr. on the Open Web

AOL has launched KOL Jr. (www.koljunior.com/), a website for kids 2-5. The site contains original cartoons, games, music, bedtime stories and other fun, interactive features designed to help parents introduce the Internet to their young children. The launch of KOL Jr. also marks the debut of a brand new cartoon called PILAR'S ADVENTURES, which covers topics that engage preschoolers' imaginations while helping them deal with everyday life experiences.

Interactive Headline News

New Thomas the Tank Engine, Bob the Builder TeleStory Interactive Books Arrive

JAKKS Pacific Inc. announced a worldwide licensing agreement with HIT Ent. to market and distribute JAKKS Pacific's new TeleStory interactive books based on HIT's popular THOMAS & FRIENDS, BARNEY, THE WIGGLES and BOB THE BUILDER properties. The TeleStory system connects directly into a standard TV using Plug & Read technology and serves as a fun, introductory reading guide for preschool-aged children.

Artists Headline News

Non-Narrative Toon Wanted for Not Still Art Fest

11th Annual Not Still Art FestivalOctober 7, 2006New York, New York, USADeadline: June 15, 2006

Not Still Art Festival is an international screening of abstract and non-narrative electronic motion imaging with music/sound design. The Not Still Art Festival was first organized in 1996 by video artist, Carol Goss, to provide a forum for video artists, electronic animators, musicians/sound artists working in non-narrative forms.

Film Headline News

Korean Film Council Launches Filmmakers Development Lab with University of Hawai

In a major initiative to nurture and encourage emerging Korean-American filmmakers, the Korean Film Council (KOFIC) announced the launch of its inaugural KOFIC Filmmakers Development Lab.

Film Headline News

NATPE Student Video & Film Production Awards Call for Entries

NATPE Student Video & Film Production AwardsLas Vegas, Nevada, USAJanuary 15-18, 2006Deadline: May 1, 2006

The National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE) Educational Foundation is hosting its annual Student Video & Film Production Awards. Winners will be rewarded with cash prizes and complementary registrations for the 2007 NATPE Conference & Exhibition.

Digital Headline News

Warner Bros. Supports Christie/AIX Digital Cinema Funding Plan

Access Integrated Technologies Inc. has received the commitment of Warner Bros. Studios to release future movies in digital format as part of Christie/AIX's digital cinema nationwide rollout. The sixth studio backing the plan, Warner Bros. will also pay Christie/AIX virtual print fees for each movie booked helping fund exhibitor adoption of digital cinema equipment.

Version Headline News

Sgt. Rock Finds Writer

John Cox, who has projects in development at the USA Network and ESPN, has been tapped by by Joel Silver for Warner Bros. Pictures to write SGT. ROCK, an adaptation of DC Comics' World War II adventure comic, according to THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER.

Sgt. Frank Rock was the leader of his infantry unit called Easy Company. He first appeared in a 1959 issue of OUR ARMY AT WAR. As the characters popularity rose, the comic was renamed SGT. ROCK in 1977 and ran until 1988.

Animation Headline News

SIGGRAPH 2006 Announces Computer Animation Festival Schedule

The Computer Animation Festival jury for SIGGRAPH 2006 selected 97 films and two award winners from 726 entries for exemplary use of computer-generated imagery and animation and compelling storytelling.

The SIGGRAPH Computer Animation Festival is an internationally recognized event that engages and inspires artists and technologists alike. Each year, it serves as a mirror of what is possible today and a window into what can be achieved in the future.

Festival Headline News

Submit Your TV Pilots to NYTF

New York Television Festival 2006New York, New York, USASeptember 12-17, 2006Deadline: July 7, 2006

The New York Television Festival is the first creative festival for the medium, pioneering the movement of Independent Television and constructing a new path for program development. Writers, directors, and producers will be selected from a national and international grassroots search and given the unprecedented opportunity to showcase their originally produced pilots directly to network and cable executives in a festival competition.

Film Headline News

Horror Filmmakers Wanted for NYC Horror Fest

2006 New York City Horror Film FestivalNew York, New York, USAOctober 2006Deadline: September 15, 2006

The New York City Horror Film Festival is Americas largest genre film festival. Held yearly at the prestigious Tribeca Cinemas, the NYCHFF prides itself on having the best industry networking, the biggest parties and being the most highly attended and globally recognized genre film festival in America. For more information, visit www.nychorrorfest.com.

Anime Headline News

Geneon Ent. Brings Popular Anime Titles To Podcasts

Following its recent success in the portable community with the release of its anime titles on UMD, Geneon Ent. has expanded into the ever-growing world of podcasting. Featuring trailers and television commercials that include the popular superhero series VIEWTIFUL JOE and the gritty samurai series SAMURAI CHAMPLOO, Geneon Ent. will be adding three new podcast streams each week on iTunes, and will soon expand the content to include behind-the-scenes features, sneak previews and exclusive footage only available through the podcast.

Sega Headline News

SEGA Acquires Notable San Francisco-Based Developer

SEGA Holdings U.S.A. Inc. has acquired acclaimed developer Secret Level Inc. to establish new internal development arm in North America. Founded in 1999 and headed by Jeremy Gordon, San Francisco-based Secret Level is a leading videogame developer well-known in the industry for developing cutting-edge next-generation technology.

The Secret Level, Inc. development studio will continue to operate out of its current office in San Francisco.

Music Headline News

Sacramento Fest Celebrates Music & Film

The Sacramento International Film & Music Festival 2006Sacramento, California, USAAugust 2-6, 2006Deadline: May 26, 2006

The Sacramento International Film And Music Festival brings the world of independent cinema to the California capital. Screenings will be both competition and non-competition, with special categories for music videos, social impact documentaries and student films. Go to www.sacfilm.com for more information.

Festival Headline News

Chicago International Children's Film Fest Now Open For Entries

Chicago International Children's Film Festival 2006Chicago, Illinois, USAOctober 19-29, 2006Deadline: May 30, 2006

Now in its 23rd year, The Chicago International Children's Film Festival is the largest and longest running festival of films for children in the U.S. Last year the festival screened 220 films and videos from 40 countries for audiences of 24,000 children and families. It is the only Academy Award qualifying childrens festival in the world.

Headline News

Jetix Europe Acquires Multi-Territory Pay TV Rights To Planet Sketch

Jetix Europe announced the Pay TV rights acquisition of Aardman Animation and DECODE Ent.s co-production PLANET SKETCH. The CGI animated comedy sketch show will air on Jetix Europe Channels in Scandinavia, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Central and Eastern Europe (including Poland, Turkey and Greece), Middle East, Israel and Netherlands.

Film Headline News

Stony Brook Film Fest Looking for Toons

2006 Stony Brook Film FestivalLong Island, New York, USAJuly 20-29, 2006Deadline: May 1, 2006

The Stony Brook Film Festival is a filmmaker-friendly, well-attended festival, which takes place at a 1000+ seat theatre with a 40-foot wide screen. It features independent features and shorts in competition; premieres, special screenings, filmmaker panels and receptions. The event is held at Staller Center for the Arts on the campus of Stony Brook University. For more information, visit www.stonybrookfilmfestival.com.

Entertainment Headline News

IEMA & VSDA Form One Trade Group

The Interactive Entertainment Merchants Assoc. (IEMA) and the Video Software Dealers Assoc. (VSDA) have voted to merge into a single trade association to represent the retailers and distributors of video and videogame products. The merger will bring together mass merchants, video specialty stores, videogame specialty retailers, online merchants, electronics retailers, entertainment combo stores, and others that retail and wholesale DVDs, console videogames and computer videogames.

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