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Headline News Lion, the Witch & The Wardrobe To Begin Filming Early 2004

By Rick DeMott | Thursday, December 18, 2003 at 12:00am

THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE, based on the popular book of the same name by C.S. Lewis, will begin production in New Zealand in early 2004, industry development minister Jim Anderton said in a statement. New Zealand-native Andrew Adamson, co-director of the Oscar-winning SHREK, will be directing the live-action film. The production will use stage space and personnel in Auckland.

Headline News Canal+ & ABC Family To Air Christmas Orange Special

Canal+ has picked up Bardels award-winning holiday special, THE CHRISTMAS ORANGE special for its Christmas 2003 season to air in France, Monaco, Mauritius, Switzerland and Africa.

"THE CHRISTMAS ORANGE is exactly the kind of moral tale we like to have on Canal+", says Sandra Ouaiss, acquisition director of fiction & animation at Canal+ international acquisition.

Headline News Garden State Film Festival Deadline Nears

Garden State Film FestivalAsbury Park, New Jersey, USAMarch 25-28, 2004Deadline: January 1, 2004

The mission of The Garden State Film Festival is to promote the art of filmmaking on all levels by showcasing a wide variety of film, video and animated works as well as to provide educational programs in the creative arts to the public. The event will feature screenings, discussions and workshops. Animation from Clay to Cartoons will teach kids how the animation process works. For more information, visit http://www.gsff.org.

Headline News American Animation Institute Hosts Storyboard Portfolio Night

American Animation Institutes Storyboard Portfolio NightNorth Hollywood, California, USADecember 18, 2003

The American Animation Institute is hosting a storyboard portfolio night. The guest artists who will critique portfolios include Linda Miller, Karl Gnass and John Fountain. The American Animation Institute was founded in 1980 by the Motion Picture Screen Cartoonists and Affiliated Optical Electronic and Graphic Arts, Local 839 IATSE, to further the art of the animated cartoon in the United States through educational and other activities.

Headline News XYZ RGB Contributes to Return of the King's VFX Achievements

When the Visual Information Technology laboratory at the Canadian National Research Council started developing its high resolution 3D scanners in the early 1980s, it probably had no idea that 20 years later one of its spin-offs, XYZ RGB Inc., would be contracted to help bring the characters of THE LORD OF THE RINGS to life on the big screen.

Headline News Alliance Atlantis Cutting Production Jobs In Canada

Toronto-based Alliance Atlantis Communications Inc. announced Dec. 10, 2003 that it is essentially stopping TV and movie production with the departure of entertainment group ceo Peter Sussman and Seaton McLean, the group's president, production. The company will hone its activities down to primarily specialty channel broadcasting and TV/film distribution.

Headline News VVL Foots Video Rights To Franny’s Feet In U.K.

DECODE Entertainment is following the international television sales success of its illustrative pre-school show FRANNYS FEET with a major home entertainment deal. Universal-owned Vision Video Ltd (VVL) has picked up the U.K. rights and plans a full-scale retail release of the series on DVD and video early in 2004.

This is DECODEs second deal with VVL following a home entertainment agreement for its other preschool property THE SAVE-UMS! earlier this year.

Headline News Buena Vista Int'l Ups Four to VP

Buena Vista International Inc. upped four of its key marketing and publicity exec directors to vp: Maggie Todd (international publicity), Donald Evans (marketing and promotions), Mari Gastineau (marketing/creative print services) and Ticole Richards (marketing/creative film services).

Headline News NFB Launches Yukon Short Film Competition

The National Film Board of Canada has announced the creation of a short film competition for Yukon filmmakers, entitled Northern Sights. Modeled on film development programs in other regions, the competition is designed to encourage creative filmmaking in both the documentary and animation fields.

Headline News USA Greenlights 4400 Sci-Fi Series

USA Networks has order a pilot and five episodes of a new sci-fi series entitled THE 4,400, reported VARIETY. The new program will follow the events that occur when 4,400 people abducted by aliens are returned to Earth. The project will be exec produced by Francis Ford Coppola, Rene Echevarria (DARK ANGEL) and Maira Suro (PLATINUM). Scott Peters (THE OUTER LIMITS) will be writing and producing the hour-long series with Viacom Prods. and Renegade 83 as the production firms.

Headline News 20 French companies to attend the ASIA TV FORUM

Asia/Oceania represents a significant growing market for French television exports so producers from France are turning out in record number, organized by TV France (TVFI), to attend the Asia TV Forum in Singapore, Dec. 3-5, 2003. This region accounted for 8.7% of French TV program exports, amounting to 9.3 million euros in 2002 (figures resulting from the annual study carried out by TVFI with INA and CNC, available on the Website www.tvfrance-intl.com).

Headline News VIZ Acquires Manga ULTIMATE MUSCLE: THE KINNIKUMAN LEGACY

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, December 3, 2003 at 12:00am

VIZ LLC has announced the acquisition of ULTIMATE MUSCLE: THE KINNIKUMAN LEGACY from Shueisha Inc., one of Japan's largest publishers. The manga will be offered through the SHONEN JUMP line of graphic novels and will begin shipping in March 2004 and hit stores in the U.S. in mid-April.

Headline News Former Film Roman and WB Vets Start Phuuz Entertainment

Three award-winning veterans of the animation industry have joined forces to form a new media company, phuuz entertainment in North, Hollywood, California. Co-founders of this new enterprise are Emmy Award-winning producer/director and former exec creative director at Film Roman, Eric Radomski, former production vp at Warner Bros. Animation, Ken Duer, and former vp/gm for LEVEL13.NET (Film Romans Internet entertainment site), Jay Francis.

Headline News Danixa Diaz Tosses Producing Hat Into 3 Ring Circus

Danixa Diaz has joined creative branding firm 3 Ring Circus as exec producer, responsible for new business development and global marketing for the agency.

Regarding her joining the company, Sideropoulos said, "Danixa brings to 3 Ring Circus many years of expertise and the right personality mix. We are very sensitive as to how we approach our business development process. Danixa's personable and friendly approach, combined with her knowledge of the industry, really fits our style," said ceo John Sideropoulos.

Headline News Rhinofx Wrap Sweet Spots for Pop’Ables

Rhinofx has reworked new M&M/Mars PopAbles candy ads, YIKES and SEPARATION ANXIETY, to play in theaters and on TV this holiday season. Director Harry Dorrington and his team designed an entirely CG-animated campaign. To adapt the campaign for the cinema, rhinofx re-rendered the spots in 2K and changed the aspect ratio and size. The challenge with this was keeping the candy looking real in the large formats extreme close ups.

Headline News New Zoo Revue Gets 3D Treatment

ValCom and O Atlas Enterprises will be turning their NEW ZOO REVUE into a new 3D TV series and feature. The original people-in-suits series debuted in syndication in the U.S. in 1971. The new film is budgeted at $3 million and production on both the telefilm and 26-part series should wrap in January 2005. ValCom plans to unveil the project at NATPE.

Headline News Night B4 Christmas Debuts in U.S.

THE NIGHT B4 CHRISTMAS special made its U.S. television premiere on Dec. 2, 2003 at 8:30 pm with a replay on Dec. 9, at 8:00 on Cartoon Network. Aries Spears, (MAD TV), Paramounts next feature film comedy star Earthquake, and Chali 2NA of Universal Music Groups hot hip hop sensation, Jurassic 5, highlight a talented ensemble cast that keeps the laughs coming.

Headline News Judeo Christian Films Wanted for Envoy Film Fest

Envoy Film Festival 2004Colorado Springs, Colorado, USAApril 16-19, 2004Deadline: January 15, 2004

The Envoy Film Festival highlights films and that demonstrate a Judeo Christian worldview. Categories include feature, documentary, animation and comedy, all with short and long formats. There are two divisions student and professional. All submissions must be either in DVD or VHS format. For further information, e-mail envoymedia@juno.com.

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