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Animated Films at the Los Angeles Film Festival, June 18-28

Animation, comics, graphic novels, and anime will take center stage at Film Independent's 2009 Los Angeles Film Festival. This year's festival, held June 18-28, will feature a wide variety of options for graphic arts fans, highlighted by the U.S. debut of the award winning animated feature PONYO, written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki.

Design Headline News

SIGGRAPH Curated Art Presents Generative Fabrication

(Chicago, IL) -- Design and Computation is brought to the forefront in the SIGGRAPH 2009 Curated Art Gallery -- Generative Fabrication -- an exploration of non-linear and natural processes in design and digital fabrication.

Film Headline News

Disneynature Adds OceanWorld 3-D to Its Slate of Theatrical Releases

Disneynature has acquired the North American and Mexican distribution rights to the exciting new underwater film "OceanWorld 3D," the first feature-length nature documentary ever filmed and released in 3D, it was announced today by Jean-Francois Camilleri, executive vice president and general manager for Disneynature, and Francois Mantello, chairman of 3D Entertainment.

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SIGGRAPH Juried Art Gallery Explores Nature and Technology Connections

From synthetic worlds and post-apocalyptic futures to human labs and digitally stimulated plants, BioLogic: A Natural History of Digital Life takes both a serious and playful look at what happens when nature and technology combine. This juried exhibition showcases recent projects by eleven artists representing ten countries. All of the projects are kinetic, most are interactive, and many are large installations that immerse the viewer in fantastic environments of quivering tendrils, singing strands of hair, and fuzzy, cloud-like surfaces that respond when stroked.

Cartoon Headline News

TWF Preps for Latin America Launch

Press Release from Animation Collective

THUMB WRESTLING FEDERATION: TWF, the wildly popular kids' TV series, continues to wrestle its way through Latin America, announcing today that it has picked up a new team of broadcasters. TWF will be hitting the airwaves on Cadena Tres in Mexico, RedeTV! in Brazil, Telemundo in Puerto Rico, America TV in Peru, Televisora Hondurena in Honduras, Red Uno in Bolivia, and Ecuavisa in Ecuador. TWF has already found success in Latin America on Cartoon Network, where it will continue to air.

International Headline News

Chocolate Liberation Front Takes First Bite

Press Release from Chocolate Liberation Front

Melbourne, June 10 -- Award-winning Australian and Canadian producers form cutting-edge independent production company, Chocolate Liberation Front, which will create and produce high-quality and innovative multiplatform projects for the international marketplace.

Entertainment Headline News

Cookie Jar Hires Gwen McCauley as VP Distribution/Sales Operations

Press Release from Cookie Jar Entertainment

TORONTO, CANADA (June 9, 2009) Cookie Jar Entertainment has hired Gwen McCauley as VP Distribution/Sales Operations for Canada. Based in Cookie Jar's Toronto headquarters, McCauley will develop and distribute programming that fits with Cookie Jar's brand and broadcaster needs. She will also lead all sales efforts throughout Canada including television pre-sales and library and home video entertainment. McCauley will report to Tom Mazza, EVP and Head of Worldwide TV.

Disney Headline News

Ludorum Licenses Chuggington to Playhouse Disney

Press Release from Ludorum

LONDON, June 8 -- Ludorum plc, a leading specialist in the creation of global pre-school childrens' IP, announced today that it has licensed CHUGGINGTON, its successful train based pre-school series, to Disney Channel for its Playhouse Disney programming block in the United States.

Animation Headline News

Animarte 2009 Call for Entries

Animarte 2009 Call for EntriesDeadline: September 30, 2009

The 4th Animarte - International Animation Festival is receiving submissions until September 30, 2009. Animarte is open to animated and mixed media shorts with a duration of 15 minutes or less. There is no entry or registration fee and all animation techniques are accepted.

Channel Headline News

BabyTV Launches on Sky Mexico

Press Release from BabyTV

Mexico, June 2nd, 2009 -- Fox International's BabyTV has announced that it has launched on SKY Mexico, the leading supplier of Direct to Home (DTH) Pay-TV services in Mexico, with a localized Spanish-language channel. With this new launch BabyTV now reaches more than two million subscribers in Mexico alone.

Baby TV, the world's most widely distributed channel aimed at babies, toddlers and their parents, is now available on Sky Channel 324 in the Kids Mix as well the Fun, Movie City, HBO/MAX & UNIVERSE packages.

Series Headline News

Magna Home Ent. Joins the Australian Team for RollBots

Press Release from Amberwood Entertainment

Ottawa, June 2nd, 2009 -- Amberwood Entertainment today announced that it has concluded a DVD deal with Magna Home Entertainment for ROLLBOTS. The deal will see Magna release the first season of 26 half-hours across Australia and New Zealand following the broadcast on Network 10.

"We are delighted to have Magna join the ROLLBOTS team" said Jonathan Wiseman, Senior Vice President at Amberwood. "They have a proven track record in the region and have a strong campaign planned for ROLLBOTS."

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First Stereographic 3-D Developer Tools for the iPhone 3G

Press Release from Spatial View Inc/

TORONTO, CANADA -- June 1, 2009 -- Spatial View Inc., a leading developer of 3D image processing and autostereoscopic display technologies, today announced the introduction of Wazabee 3DeeInterlacing SDK and Wazabee 3DeeInterlacer to allow third party developers to create 3D games, applications and video content for the iPhone 3G. Combined with the Wazabee 3DeeShell and its current suite of applications, iPhone app developers will be able to create and view applications in vivid 3D.

Wars Headline News

From a Galaxy Far, Far Away to Teletoon - The Clone Wars this Fall

Press Release from TELETOON Canada

Toronto -- The battle for galactic freedom is coming to TELETOON Canada this Fall when STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS launches its eagerly anticipated second season on the Canadian animation network. Beginning in September, season one of Lucasfilm Animation's cutting-edge, computer-generated series will air on the network, along with the 2008 STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS feature film. Season two will follow later in the year. STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS will also launch on the French language TELETOON network this Fall.

Final Headline News

Jetsons, Bruce Almighty & Final Fantasy VII Come to DVD/Blu-ray

In home video releases for June 2, AIR FORCE ONE, BRUCE ALMIGHTY and ANACONDA make their way to Blu-ray, THE JETSONS '80s revival comes to DVD and FINAL FANTASY VII: ADVENT CHILDREN COMPLETE comes to Blu-ray along with the DVD debut of THE ZULA PATROL: ANIMAL ADVENTURES IN SPACE.

AIR FORCE ONE on Blu-ray

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More Animal Mechanicals for Decode Enterprises

Press Release from DECODE Enterprises

Toronto, 28 May 2008. Leading kids and family entertainment specialist DECODE Enterprises, the distribution subsidiary of DHX Media Ltd., is set to bolster its slate of dynamic preschool entertainment following a CBC commission for an additional 15x11' episodes of ANIMAL MECHANICALS from DHX production subsidiary Halifax Film.

Series Headline News

Italy's MediaSet Licenses RollBots from Amberwood

Press Release from Amberwood Entertainment

Ottawa, May 28, 2009 - Amberwood Entertainment is pleased to announce that MediaSet has acquired the Free TV and Home Entertainment rights for Italy to its new animated series ROLLBOTS.

"We are delighted to be working again with MediaSet," said Jonathan Wiseman, Senior Vice President at Amberwood. "They're a strong home for ROLLBOTS in Italy and a great addition to our broadcast partners to date".

Software Headline News

Cinnafilm Signs with ARRI

Press Release from Cinnafilm, Inc. and ARRI

Albuquerque, NM -- May 26, 2009, Cinnafilm, Inc., an engineering software firm dedicated to the development of powerful, reliable and intuitive film and video post production tools for creative professionals, today announced it has signed a multi-year, multi-million dollar global reseller agreement with ARRI, the world's leading manufacturer of professional motion picture equipment.

Series Headline News

WB to Expand Pucca Merch to U.S., Mexico

Warner Bros. Consumer Products is set to expand the PUCCA animated series' merchandise to the U.S., Canada and Mexico, reports VARIETY. The South Korean series originated on the internet and has a successful consumer products industry in Brazil.

Vooz Co. launched PUCCA on the internet in 2000 as a short Flash series about the young daughter of a Chinese restaurant owner who falls in love with a 12-year-old ninja. The series then got a place on Disney XD.

Autodesk Headline News

Alioscopy Autostereoscopic 3-D Displays Join Autodesk Gallery and Showrooms

Press Release from Alioscopy USA

SAN FRANCISCO -- Alioscopy USA, a 3D visualization technology provider, today announced that its innovative 42" LCD autostereoscopic 3D display is now a part of the design collection in the prestigious Autodesk Gallery at One Market in San Francisco, California. Built to celebrate the design process of its customers, the Autodesk Gallery at One Market features more than 20 different exhibits that highlight the vast range of inspiring designs, from cathedrals to giant LEGO dinosaurs.

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eyeon Fusion Used Extensively on Dragonball: Evolution

Press Release from eyeon Software

Toronto: May 26, 2009... Fusion, the award-winning compositing application from eyeon Software, played a key role in creating the visual effects for Twentieth Century Fox's DRAGONBALL: EVOLUTION, directed by James Wong.

Winnipeg-based Frantic Films VFX contributed 334 visual effects shots to the film, with VFX supervisors Chad Wiebe and Mike Shand overseeing the work from the company's Vancouver and Winnipeg facilities, respectively.