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Game Headline News

Chaotic Hits Online Milestones, Comes Back To TV

Chaotic, the collectible trading card game that enables players to battle opponents in person and online, has developments across all three of its platforms:

Chaotic is back on the small screen, with the fall season beginning Saturday, September 13 on FOX and The CW. In CHAOTIC: M'ARRILLIAN INVASION, a new series debuting on FOX, Tom and Kaz delve deeper into Chaotic, confronting freaky new Creatures, uncovering strange new locations and scanning awesome new BattleGear and Mugic. But their games take a shocking, turn when a mysterious new tribe is accidentally unleashed.

Series Headline News

DECODE Adds Martha Speaks To MIPCOM Line-up

DECODE Enterprises is bringing a diverse range of programming for all ages to MIPCOM 2008, including debut show MARTHA SPEAKS, from Studio B Productions and WGBH Boston. Also on its market slate are new episodes of established shows alongside brand new programming from DHX Media's production subsidiaries and third party producers.

Brand Headline News

4Kids Entertainment Brings On The RollBots

Amberwood Ent. has appointed 4Kids Ent. as the worldwide merchandise licensing agent and marketing brand manager for its new animated TV series, ROLLBOTS. 4Kids will manage global licensing opportunities, working closely with all licensees of the ROLLBOTS brand, including recently signed master toy licensee Mattel.

ROLLBOTS, a CG animated action-comedy with 26 episodes currently in production, features perfectly round robots with arm and leg appendages that retract, allowing them to roll at extreme speeds on roller-coaster-like tracks through their world, Flip City.

Digital Headline News

Snap to Grid: the UN-Juried Exhibit

Snap to Grid: the UN-Juried ExhibitLos Angeles, California, USAOctober 9-November 1, 2008Deadline: September 30, 2008

Show your work at our gallery in the Los Angeles Center for Digital Arts's Un-Juried Competition: Snap to Grid in the exhibit's second year.

Series Headline News

TV-Loonland's RAYMOND Starts His First Term

TV-Loonland has completed the first round of deals for its animated comedy series RAYMOND (26x7). Broadcasters confirmed include ABC Australia, M-NET South Africa, VOOM HD/Animania USA, DR TV Denmark, RTBF Belgium, Noga Communications Israel, PTS Taiwan and Truevisions Kids Thailand.

RAYMOND is also set to take to the skies with Air France (France Vision Service) and Malaysian Airlines (Inflight Productions) onboard for Inflight Entertainment programming.

Headline News

Activision Blizzard Two-for-One Stock Split Now Effective

Activision Blizzard, Inc. announced today that its two-for-one stock split is effective and its common stock will begin trading today on a split-adjusted basis. As a result of the stock split, there are approximately 1.3 billion shares of Activision Blizzard's common stock issued and outstanding.

Activision Blizzard maintains operations in the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Sweden, Spain, Norway, Denmark, the Netherlands, Romania, Australia, Chile, India, Japan China, South Korea and the region of Taiwan.

Animation Headline News

Showcase Of SIGGRAPH Computer Animation Festival

The Los Angeles Professional Chapter of ACM SIGGRAH will present the world's best animation and visual effects in a special showcase version of the SIGGRAPH Conference's Computer Animation Festival on September 9. This special edit reel of feature work, art, science, broadcast and games is brought to us by Computer Animation Festival Chair, Jill Smolin.

Digital Headline News

Total Immersion Brings Augmented Reality To Arizona Science Center's New Exhibit

Fireworks aren't just for the Fourth of July. Total Immersion has created an augmented reality experience for a new permanent gallery called "My Digital World," which opened on September 1 at the Arizona Science Center in Phoenix, Arizona, USA. And for the engaged visitor, the payoff is almost incendiary.

Headline News

Peanuts Animator and Director Bill Melendez Dies at 91

Bill Melendez, considered a pioneer in animation and best known for bringing the PEANUTS characters to life, died early Tuesday morning September 2 at St. John's hospital in Santa Monica, California. He was 91.

With his trade mark handle bar mustache, Melendez was a talent whose unique style and distinct sense of humor inspired a generation.

Melendez began his career at Walt Disney Studios. As a young animator he worked on PINOCCHIO, FANTASIA, BAMBI, DUMBO and classic Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck cartoons.

Music Headline News

MTV Networks Int'l Launches First Music/Kids International HD Service

MTV Networks International (MTVNI) has launched first international high definition service dedicated to music and kids, MTVNHD (MTV Networks High Definition). The 24-hour English-language channel will premiere on Monday, 15 September 2008 and will be available in Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Poland and Sweden.

Headline News

Ricky Schroder To Tame Hellhounds

Ricky Schroder will direct HELLHOUNDS for the Sci Fi Channel, per THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER. Set in 500 B.C., Kleitos (Scott Elrod) battles the hellhounds of Hades to rescue his love from the Underworld and bring her back to life.

The film, with a script by Paul A. Birkett, will be CG- and vfx-heavy. Shooting starts this weekend in Romania. Canada's Muse Ent. and Romania's S.C. Studiourile Media Pro are co-producers. Muse's Michael Prupas will exec produce with RHI Ent.'s Robert Halmi Sr. Robert Halmi Jr. will handle distribution.

Shorts Headline News

21 Animated Shorts Now Available On iTunes

Short film distributor Shorts International has released THE ANIMATION COLLECTION OF SHORTS to the iTunes Store in the United States, United Kingdom and Canada.

The 21 animated shorts are in a variety of styles, from traditional hand-drawn cartoons to state-of-the-art computer graphics, in widely ranging moods, from serious to satirical so that anyone could get animated.

THE ANIMATION COLLECTION OF SHORTS includes, 2008 Oscar Winner PETER & THE WOLF, and 2008 Oscar Nominee EVEN PIGEONS GO TO HEAVEN.

Mipcom Headline News

4Kids Debuts New Dinosaur King Episodes At MIPCOM

4Kids Ent. has set MIPCOM 2008 for the premiere of 26 all-new half-hour episodes of DINOSAUR KING.

The global broadcast line-up for DINOSAUR KING series includes Mediaset (Italy), RTL2 (Germany), France 3 (France), Canal J (France), TV2 (Denmark), TV4 (Sweden), MTV 3 (Finland), TVI (Portugal), LNK (Lithuania), Neljas (Estonia), Jetix (UK, Scandinavia, Spain and Latin America), MNET (South Africa) and YTV (Canada) among many others. New markets expected to close at MIPCOM include the U.K., Ireland, Australia and a number of central European countries.

Film Headline News

Acme Filmworks Provides Animated Films To Responsibility Project

Liberty Mutual has collaborated with Acme Filmworks on the Boston-based insurance company's branded-entertainment initiative, The Responsibility Project. Through this arrangement, Acme Filmworks is delivering animated film shorts that bring to life the theme of personal responsibility and the decisions that confront people trying to "do the right thing."

College Headline News

Cast Your Vote For The Top New Canadian Animators

Emerging animators from across Canada have been selected as finalists for the 2008 TELETOON Animation Scholarship. With shorts spanning from the biblical past to a hyper-industrial future, the short-listed films are now on www.teletoon.com. Cartoon fans are invited to watch and vote to decide which short in each category will win the Voter's Choice Award and receive a cash award of $500. Voting is open until September 15.

Blu-ray Headline News

Universal Pictures Int'l Ramps Up Blu-ray -- Hulk First Up

Universal Pictures International Ent. will release THE INCREDIBLE HULK on DVD and Blu-ray on October 13, marking the studio's first international day-and-date wide debut of a Blu-ray new release feature film.

The film will be released on DVD and Blu-ray in the U.S. on October 21.

From Marvel Studios, THE INCREDIBLE HULK, starring Edward Norton, Tim Roth and Liv Tyler has earned $250 million in worldwide box office. Bonus features on the Blu-ray will include the U-Control application and interactive features via BD-Live.

Season Headline News

Bo on the GO! Clocks Up Third Season And New Sales

DECODE Enterprises has made further international sales of Halifax Film's preschool series BO ON THE GO!. The series has also been commissioned for a third season by CBC in Canada, where it is currently one of the broadcaster's highest-rated preschool shows.

DECODE has sold season one to RAI SAT in Italy and season two to the Disney Channel in Spain. MNET/KTV in South Africa and TG4 in Ireland have taken TV rights for both seasons one and two. Prava I Prevodi has acquired home video and broadcast rights for both seasons for Bosnia, Croatia, Serbia and Montenegro.

Producers Headline News

23 Years Of Gemini Awards Honor Canadian Television

The 23rd Annual Gemini Awards, over the course of four gala evenings, honor this year's most prominent productions in 96 craft, program and performance categories in Canadian English-language television.

The four animation categories will be awarded during the Gemini Lifestyle, Children's and Youth Gala on October 21, 2008 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Best Animated Program or Series

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Series Headline News

The Bugs Are Back -- Erky Perky Season 3 In Pre-Production

The 3D animated children's series ERKY PERKY is in pre-production for a third season. The (26x11) episodes will again be a co-production from Ambience Ent. of Australia and CCI Ent. of Canada.

Season three of ERKY PERKY follows the hilarious adventures of two bumbling bugs on the hunt for food in and around an uncomfortably clean kitchen, but the two little bugs are now a little wiser to the ways of their nemesis Mad Margaret and her crew.

Headline News

rhinofx Completes VFX For Mercedes' Summer of Love Campaign

rhinofx recently collaborated with Merkley + Partners and Oscar-nominated director Mehdi Norowzian of Joy Films to create the vfx for a series of :30 spots for the Mercedes-Benz SUMMER OF LOVE campaign.

rhinofx designed a complete 2D palette of color to help visually romanticize various Mercedes vehicles as the center of carnival attractions. In the spots, visitors enjoy effects-enhanced Mercedes-Benz themed attractions and effects, which help position vehicles at the center of the Tunnel of Love water ride and showcase brand-new Mercedes-Benzes in the go-kart track.

Digital Headline News

IRIDAS Brings RealTime RAW 2.0 To NVISION 08

IRIDAS, the world leader in RAW playback technologies, is bringing RealTime RAW 2.0 to the crowds at the San Jose Convention Center for NVISION 08 this week. On August 26 and 27 visitors to the PNY booth (200/305) can see the live playback of RAW content with pristine image quality using NVIDIA PNY graphics to provide de-Bayering in real-time. The technology means that filmmakers now have immediate access to their footage straight from the camera.

Headline News

FrameCycler Goes Stereo 3-D

IRIDAS, which first introduced its stereo 3-D playback technology five years ago, has announced that DualStream will now be included standard with all versions of FrameCycler, starting with the 2008 versions. Recently used in the VFX pipeline for JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH, and in finishing work on U2 3D, demand for IRIDAS DualStream technology has grown with the rapid increase in stereo 3-D product work. Now artists and facilities can use the playback software they are already rely on without the added expense of new software components.

World Headline News

New Epcot Attraction Lets Guests Into World Of Kim Possible

Epcot guests at Walt Disney World Resort will be treated to a brand new, highly interactive attraction inspired by Disney Channel's Emmy Award-winning animated series, Disney's KIM POSSIBLE. The new experience is slated to premiere in late 2008.

Using the latest technology, DISNEY'S KIM POSSIBLE WORLD SHOWCASE ADVENTURE invites guests of all ages to become secret agents, teaming up with members of Team Possible to save the world from various comical villains and their mad inventions.

Interactive Headline News

Flying Experience With 3D Depth Sensing For Beijing Olympics Visitors

GestureTek, creator of gesture-driven user interfaces, and Xpletive, innovators of immersive applications using next-generation technologies, have unveiled a space-age, custom-designed interactive attraction at the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics. GestureTek is the inventor and multiple patent holder of camera-enabled gesture control technology for interactive displays and entertainment experiences.

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