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British, Swedish And Belgian Films Top Winners At MediaBridge Youthfest

MediaBridge YouthFest, the international film festival curated by youth from Mexico, India, Portugal, Russia, and Sri Lanka and teens from Chicago, downstate and western Illinois, has announced its winners.

Held on Saturday, August 9 at The Normal Theatre in Normal, Illinois, USA, MediaBridge Youthfest featured films from eight countries, all selected by MediaBridge youth participants.

Design Headline News

Adobe Design Achievement Award Winners Announced

Adobe Systems has announced the winners of the eighth annual Adobe Design Achievement Awards, recognized as one of the world's premier student design and film competitions.

The awards honor the most talented and promising student graphic designers, photographers, illustrators, animators, digital filmmakers and computer artists from renowned educational institutions around the globe. This year marked another record in submissions for the prestigious awards, with more than 2,700 students from 33 countries competing in the program.

Series Headline News

Amberwood Concludes Third Major Deal With HAGI

Poland's HAGI has licensed 39 half-hour episodes of Amberwood Ent's animated series THE SECRET WORLD OF BENJAMIN BEAR for various additional European territories.

A fourth cycle of the series was recently commissioned by Canada's Playhouse Disney, bringing the episodic total to 104x11episodes. The series has been licensed in more than 110 territories worldwide.

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Sweden's Filmgate Builds SCRATCH-RED Workflow

Swedish vfx house Filmgate has expanded business by adding a range of digital intermediate (DI) services for the post production of films. ASSIMILATE's SCRATCH Digital Process Solution is at the core of Filmgate's new digital pipeline.

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Jetix Becomes New Home Of Pokemon In Europe

Jetix Europe has struck a deal with Pokemon USA to air the anticipated 11th season of POKEMON on its channels across Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

As part of the deal for the season, POKEMON: DIAMOND & PEARL: BATTLE DIMENSION, will start to air on Jetix in the U.K. for the first time. The deal gives Jetix Europe pay TV rights as well as TV VOD rights in certain territories for the 52x22 series.

Series Headline News

Corus Kids Announces Fall 2008 Programming Lineup

Kids' broadcaster Corus Ent. has released highlights from its 2008 fall schedules and the launch of Nickelodeon Sundays, a brand new 3-hour programming block on YTV jam-packed with Nickelodeon shows including a new animated series from Amy Poehler, THE MIGHTY B. Also new to YTV's fall schedule is the finale of THE NEXT STAR, Canada's search for a young singing sensation; new shows from Holly Hobbie and Bert and Ernie on Treehouse, and Discovery Kids' new take on science with SCIQ.

YTV Programming Highlights Include:

Nickelodeon Sundays

Animation Headline News

Pixar Gives Nod To Past At Future-Looking SIGGRAPH

For their night at the uber-progressive SIGGRAPH, Pixar Studios honored the past, showing legendary animator Frederic Back's THE MAN WHO PLANTED TREES and honored their own past with documentary THE PIXAR STORY.

Autodesk Headline News

Autodesk Announces Recipients Of Masters Awards

Autodesk congratulates the recipients of this year's Autodesk Masters awards: Paul Neale, Dario Passariello, Andrea Maiolo and Piyush Patel. Through this annual program, Autodesk recognizes exceptional Autodesk 3ds Max and Autodesk Maya software artists and technical specialists whose work and dedication have significantly contributed to the advancement of computer graphics. The 2008 Autodesk Masters were announced Tuesday on Autodesk's AREA community website.

Autodesk 3ds Max Masters 2008

Show Headline News

Cuppa Coffee Studios Launches Life's A

Cuppa Coffee's highly touted stop motion comedy, LIFE'S A ZOO.TV is set to launch on TELETOON Canada's Detour Zone on September 1, 2008. Later in the year the SBS Australia premiere of the show is set to air. The show, which features a group of animals fighting for glory in a mansion in Saskatchewan, is aimed at the teens and up crowd and promises to deliver a hilarious new spin on the reality television genre.

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Indiana Jones Makes DVD, Blu-ray Debut October 14

The highest-grossing installment of the phenomenally popular adventure franchise, with more than $770 million at the global box office, Paramount Pictures and Lucasfilm Ltd.'s INDIANA JONES AND THE KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL will make its highly anticipated debut on DVD and Blu-ray October 14.

Animation Headline News

Sony Pictures Imageworks And Sony Pictures Animation: SIGGRAPH

Sony Pictures Imageworks and Sony Pictures Animation will have a comprehensive presentation during SIGGRAPH 2008. In addition to the more than 15 presentations in the conference program and on the show floor, the companies will highlight current and upcoming projects, their recently expanded IPAX academic program, and will host a special tribute to Stan Winston to be held at the Nokia Theater on Wednesday, August 13.

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Aguru Images Partners With XYZ-RGB

Aguru Images, a provider of innovative image capture devices, has formed a strategic partnership with XYZ-RGB, a developer of 3D scanning solutions. The two companies have complementary technologies and plan to jointly produce a unified 3D capture solution for the entertainment market.

Festival Headline News

2008 Machinima Film Festival

2008 Machinima Film FestivalDeadline: September 12, 2008November 1, 2008

The Academy of Machinima Arts & Sciences (AMAS) has opened the call for submissions for the 2008 Machinima Film Festival, which will be held Saturday, November 1, 2008, at Eyebeam, a multi-disciplinary art and technology center in New York City. Filmmakers interested in submitting their work for the 2008 Machinima Awards ("The Mackies") should do so by Friday, Sept. 12.

Series Headline News

Release Date For Strong Bad Premiere Game Episode Announced

"Homestar Ruiner", the first of five monthly STRONG BAD'S COOL GAME FOR ATTRACTIVE PEOPLE episodes, will premiere Monday, August 11. "Homestar Ruiner," from Telltale, will release on Nintendo's WiiWare download service in North and South America and worldwide on PC simultaneously. WiiWare availability for Europe, Australia and New Zealand will follow shortly.

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Eureka! Computer Animation Winners

From Orlando ACM SIGGRAPH, the second annual Eureka! Computer Animation Film Festival took place last Saturday at the Enzian Theater in Winter Park, Florida, USA.

The winners of the festival were ROSE DOLLZ (professional) and ALONE (student).

Also recognized:

Artistic AchievementROSE DOLLZ" (professional) and HOMELESS (student)

Technical AchievementHEART OF THE LION (professional) and TOFU THE VEGAN ZOMBIE (student)

Here is the full list of titles from the 2008 Eureka! show:

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Smoke & Mirrors New York Recreates Mediterranean Paradise For Bacardi

SMNY helps George Clooney channel his inner Clark Gable while dodging his competitor, actress Shannyn Sossamon, in A BEAUTIFUL RACE, a stylish new romp for Bacardi's Martini brand, via Momentum, NY and director Francois Girard.

Live-action Headline News

Scooby-Doo Live-Action Prequel In 2009

Cartoon Network and Warner Premiere have announced the start of production on SCOOBY-DOO: IN THE BEGINNING, an all-new, live-action prequel that will be debut on the network fall 2009 to coincide with the DVD release. This original movie will commence principal photography on August 4, 2008 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Netflix Headline News

First Blu-ray Player That Can Stream Movies From Netflix To The TV

LG Electronics and Netflix announced plans for the first Blu-ray disc player that will have the added benefit of being able to instantly stream a growing library of movies and TV episodes from Netflix directly to the TV.

Available this fall, the LG BD300 Network Blu-ray Disc Player will play high definition Blu-ray discs, up-convert standard DVDs to 1080p and allow Netflix subscribers to instantly stream more than 12,000 choices of movies and TV episodes from Netflix to the TV for no additional charge.

Disney Headline News

First Female Disney Imagineer Dies

Harriet Burns, the first woman designer hired at Walt Disney Imagineering, has died at 79, according to a LOS ANGELES TIMES obituary. Burns helped create and build prototypes for Disneyland attractions like the SLEEPING BEAUTY CASTLE and PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN.

Burns, a Santa Barbara, California resident, died of complications from a heart condition July 25 at USC University Hospital, said her daughter, Pam Burns-Clair.

Million Headline News

DreamWorks Animation Reports Second Quarter 2008 Financial Results

For the quarter ended June 30, 2008, DreamWorks Animation reported total revenue of $140.8 million and net income of $27.5 million, a 37 percent drop from the same time period last year.

This equals a $0.30 per share on a fully diluted basis, compared to revenue of $222.5 million and net income of $61.8 million, or $0.60 per share on a fully diluted basis, for the same period in 2007.

Series Headline News

Hawaii Film Partners With China, Korea On Animated Series

Honolulu-based production company Hawaii Film Partners has entered in to a partnership with the city of Changzhou in China and the Gagwon Information Multi-Media Corporation (GIMC) in South Korea to produce an original animated television series tentatively entitled GUARDIANS OF THE POWER MASKS. Preproduction of the animated series has begun in Hawaii.