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Headline News Bird To Roost At Mouse House

Andy Bird leaves Warners TBS International to join Walt Disney as the new president of Walt Disney International effective January 12, 2004. The U.K. native will be based in Burbank, California.

From a strategic perspective, one of Disneys most significant long-term growth opportunities resides in markets outside of the United States, and it is crucial that the company continue to have a well-coordinated approach to business development around the world, said Michael Eisner, Disney chairman/ceo.

Headline News George H. Nicholas Exhibition in Fort Wayne

George H. Nicholas Exhibition: "From Mickey to the Grinch: Art of the Animated Film"Fort Wayne, Indiana, USANovember 22 January 11, 2004

Fort Wayne Museum of Art is holding an exhibition of the artwork of the late veteran animator George H. Nicholas, entitled "From Mickey to the Grinch: Art of the Animated Film." Nicholas credits include FANTASIA, PINOCCHIO, BAMBI and HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS. The Animation Station, located in the Eckrich Education Gallery, will allow participants to bring life to their own drawings.

Headline News Basil Brush Headed for Germany

THE BASIL BRUSH SHOW has been sold to German public service broadcaster ZDF. This deal coincides with Basil's first ever Christmas music single, the double A-side Boom Boom and Christmas Slide that will be released on Dec. 15, 2003 in Germany. The songs will be released in the U.K. on Dec. 8. The 16-year-old singing sensation, India Beau, performs on Boom Boom with Basil. The series will also air on the top rated children's digital channel KIKA, starting fall 2004.

Headline News AWN’s New Educator’s Forum: What Are People Saying? for November 20, 2

By Rick DeMott | Thursday, November 20, 2003 at 12:00am

AWN recently launched the Educator's Forum. The goal of the forum is to offer a place where anyone involved in the development, support and delivery of animation-related education and educational products can ask questions and rub elbows with other professionals in the business. The discussions have begun, and below is a quick sketch of what is being said.

Headline News Nelvana Sells Carerre’s Rock Star Series To Nick Int’l

Talk about your international cooperation. Corus Entertainments Nelvana (based in Canada) has negotiated a broad deal with Nickelodeon International (based in the U.K.) for MY DAD THE ROCK STAR, a co-production with producer The Carrere Group and broadcaster M6 (both based in France).

Headline News Jordanian-American Co-Production Tackles Arab/American Tension

Amman, Jordan-based Rubicon, Washington, DC-based Layalina Prods. and Los Angeles-based Fat Rock Ent. have teamed up to create a 13-episode series addressing the cultural gap that exists between the United States and the Arab world. Heading the project will be Rubicon ceo Randa Ayoubi, Layalinas chairman Richard Fairbanks and Fat Rock ceo David Pritchard, who created the series. The project is intended to be a direct-to-DVD production, but will also air on satellite and television broadcast networks both in the Middle East and the U.S. The budget for the project is set at $5 million.

Headline News NSI Global Marketing Program

By Rick DeMott | Thursday, November 13, 2003 at 12:00am

Cannes, FranceFebruary 1 April 2, 2003Deadline: January 8, 2004

The National Screen Institute - Canada, in association with Global Television Network, is hosting the NSI Global Marketing Program culminating at MIP-TV 2004 in Cannes, France. Participants must have a show that has aired on national television and have a project in development to qualify for the NSI Global Marketing Program.

Headline News DECODE’S Save-Ums! Racks Up Licensing Deals & Ratings

Worldwide licensing agent, The Sharpe Co., has negotiated a number of licensing partners for DECODE Entertainments 3D animated pre-school show, THE SAVE-UMS!

New licensing and merchandising partners include Copyright Promotions Group in the U.K., France, Spain, Portugal, the Benelux territories and Italy; Licensing Works in Australia and Newman International in New Zealand. Plus Licens is a licensing partner for Scandinavia and Eastern Europe with the company also picking up merchandising rights for Scandinavia.

Headline News ATTIK, Ambience Drive Animated Scion Transformer Spot

ATTIK provided production details on its Scion TRANSFORMER spot, one of three :60 theatrical commercials conceived by ATTIK and produced by Sydney-based visual effects, animation and design company Ambience Entertainment. The animated spot is targeted specifically at young males in the U.S. and dramatically fictionalizes the evolution of Scion's first models, the Scion xA and xB, from robot form.

Headline News Kobayashi Goes Down Under to Animal Logic

Visual effects vet Hael Kobayashi has joined Animal Logic, the Sydney-based visual effects house as digital artists manager to oversee recruiting, training and career development of the studios expanding ranks of digital artists.

Headline News Matrix Revolutions Takes In $43.1M Worldwide On 1st Day

THE MATRIX REVOLUTIONS made its worldwide debut on Nov. 5, 2003, taking in $43.1 million from 18,000 screens. The final installment in the cyber saga brought in $24.3 million in the U.S. and Canada where it played in 3,502 theaters. This amount makes it the third biggest Wednesday bow of all time in North America behind only STAR WARS: EPISODE I - THE PHANTOM MENACE ($28.5M) and THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE TWO TOWERS ($26.2M).

Headline News Activision Breaks Out True Crime: Streets of L.A.

Gamers can save the City of Angels and take out the bad guys Hong Kong action flick style with Activisions release of TRUE CRIME: STREETS OF L.A., which has just been shipped to retail outlets for PlayStation2, Xbox and Nintendo GameCube. The game is rated "M" ("Mature" - Blood and Gore, Mature Sexual Themes, Strong Language and Violence) by the ESRB.

Headline News NFB Nurtures New Talent in Animation Hothouse

NFB will be hosting its second annual Animation Hothouse, designed to help nurture the talents of emerging animators. Six promising filmmakers from across Canada will be given 12 weeks to create extremely short animation, from concept to release, with the full support and assistance of NFB creative experts at the NFBs English Animation Studio. This years Hothousers are Marielle Guyot and Thea Pratt, Montreal; Kevin Langdale, Vancouver; Amy Lockhart, Vancouver; Megann Reid, Calgary; and Howie Shia, Toronto. The project began on Nov. 3, 2003 in Montreal.

Headline News Film Academy Divvies Out $250,000 to U.S. Film Festivals

The Academy Foundation of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will allocate $250,000 to 17 U. S. film festivals for calendar year 2004 programming, according to the Academy's festival grants committee chair, Buffy Shutt.

The Chicago International Children's Film Festival and the Miami International Film Festival will each receive $30,000 grants.

Headline News 3 Ring Circus Features New Creative Team

3 Ring Circus, a full-service creative branding firm based in Los Angeles, has a new creative team on board, which has just finished a string of projects. Maziar Majd leads the team as creative director.

Headline News Revolutions Marks Day and Date First for IMAX and Industry

The simultaneous release of Warner Bros.' THE MATRIX REVOLUTIONS on Nov. 5, 2003 in 35mm and IMAX/15/70 represents a first for a live-action Hollywood film and the prestigious large format corporation, which is attempting to increase both its commercial appeal and profitability as a result of its aggressive repurposing strategy.

Headline News Xiaolin Showdown Premieres On New Kids’ WB! Sked

The Kids' WB! 2003-2004 fall schedule launch continues with new programming for the season including the comedy-adventure series XIAOLIN SHOWDOWN, the next installments of YU-GI-OH!: ENTER THE SHADOW REALM and POKÉMON: ADVANCED and TEEN TITANS on Saturday mornings, beginning November 1, 2003.

Headline News Former Nelvana Execs Hirsh & Taylor Buy CINAR

An investor group comprised of Michael Hirsh, Toper Taylor and TD Capital Canadian Private Equity Partners signed a definitive agreement Oct. 30, 2003 to acquire all of the outstanding multiple and limited voting shares of CINAR Corp. for $143.9 million in cash by way of a plan of arrangement.

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