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Midway's Happy Feet Videogame Shuffles Onto Store Shelves

Midway Games Inc. has shipped HAPPY FEET the videogame, licensed by Warner Bros. Interactive Ent., for the PlayStation2, GameCube, Nintendo DS & Wii Game Boy Advance and personal computers.

Based on the Warner Bros. Pictures feature film, HAPPY FEET the videogame follows tapdancing penguin, Mumble, in his struggle to find his soul mate. Featuring the voices of Elijah Wood as Mumble and Brittany Murphy as Gloria, the videogame sees Mumble dance, bellysled and swim his way through Antarctica in his attempts to win Gloria's heart.

Series Headline News

VIZ Media Announces New Anime For 2006 Holiday Season

VIZ Media Llc. has announced a variety of anime offerings for the 2006 holiday season. These DVD volumes include new and recently released installments from series like SHONEN JUMP NARUTO, INUYASHA, FULL MOON, ZATCH BELL! and FLAME OF RECCA.

Animation Headline News

Jean Ann Wright Runs Animation Screenplay Lab

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, November 29, 2006 at 12:00am

Animation Screenplay Lab Hollywood, California, USADec 3, 2006

Screenplay Lab will host Jean Ann Wright, who will discuss how animation writing is different from other kinds of screenwriting, kids, animation script length and format, writing for an existing series, comedy theory and gag structure and developing and pitching an original animation project for TV or film.

Music Headline News

Northeastern University Needs Shorts for Visual Music Marathon

Visual Music Marathon 2007Boston, Massachusetts, USAApril 28, 2007Deadline: Jan. 22, 2007

Northeastern University is hosting the 2007 Visual Music Marathon, to be held as part of the Boston Cyberarts Festival. The marathon will include screenings of new and historic works that reflect the theme of the event and a live video component. Approximately 30 minutes of programming will be selected for national cablecast on the Harmony Channel, available to subscribers of digital cable on the Comcast and Cox networks.

Headline News

Jetix Europe Acquires Urban Vermin

Jetix Europe has acquired the European pay TV rights to the action-comedy URBAN VERMIN. DECODE Ent.'s CGI series will air on all Jetix Europe Channels starting autumn 2007.

Jetix Europe has also acquired TV distribution (with the exception of France), home video and consumer product rights to the series for Europe. Buena Vista Int'l Television is to service the distribution of television rights to URBAN VERMIN and will launch the 22x26 series at MIP-TV in April 2007.

Series Headline News

Finale of Epic Anime Series Inuyasha Airs Dec. 1 on YTV

The popular Japanese anime series, INUYASHA, finishes off this Friday, Dec. 1, 2006, at 9:00 pm, as YTV airs the series finale in Bionix, YTV's anime programming block. It promises to be a cliff-hanging end to the 167-episode series that combines ancient Japanese folklore, epic storylines and blazing action. Fans don't need to worry, as the series will continue to air every Friday night in repeats.

Imax Headline News

Happy Feet Taps Another Strong IMAX Performance

HAPPY FEET: THE IMAX EXPERIENCE carried momentum from its record-breaking opening weekend with a strong performance through the Thanksgiving holiday, posting the highest grossing second weekend ever in IMAX theaters for a DMR release. On 79 IMAX screens, the 3D-animated feature made at Animal Logic contributed an impressive $2.25 million of the film's weekend total of $37 million. The cumulative domestic IMAX total now stands at approximately $6 million, with the film's overall domestic total topping $100 million.

Mattel Headline News

Mattel Claims Ownership of MGA Bratz Doll

Mattel Inc., home to the Barbie doll, is now claiming that it owns MGA Ent. Inc.'s rival Bratz doll, part of a new legal fight over a toy that has stripped the toy giant of a chunk of anticipated Barbie sales, according to the WALL STREET JOURNAL.

In court papers filed in U.S. District Court, Central California, on Nov. 20, 2006, (obtained by the WALL STREET JOURNAL), Mattel claims ownership to the Bratz empire because its former employee, named Carter Bryant, conceived the doll while he worked as a Barbie designer.

Anime Headline News

New York Comic Con Allows Fans to Vote for the American Anime Awards

American Anime AwardsNew York, New York, USAFeb. 24, 2006Deadline: Jan. 31, 2007

The New York Comic Con will host the first-ever American Anime Awards. The awards ceremony will take place at the New Yorker Hotel in midtown Manhattan.

The American Anime Awards celebrates Japanese animation (anime), which has grown into a global entertainment phenomenon. The awards showcase the very best anime to make its way to North America and the winners will be chosen by anime fans themselves.

Game Headline News

Dark Age of Camelot Among EA's November Lineup

Highlighting its November lineup of game titles, Electronic Arts released two new DARK AGE OF CAMELOT (DAOC) in North America. LABYRINTH OF THE MINOTAUR, the MMORPG's 7th expansion, is being released in conjunction with the epic fantasy game's 5th anniversary. The new expansion is available both as a stand alone product via digital distribution and as part of the new DARK AGE OF CAMELOT: 5TH ANNIVERSARY COLLECTION. Developed by EA Mythic (formerly Mythic Ent.), the titles are available for the PC and require an internet connection to play.

Nickelodeon Headline News

MTV Networks International Ups Mark Levine & Pooja Midha

MTV Networks International has promoted Mark Levine to svp, Nickelodeon marketing & communications, in an expanded role to drive Nickelodeon's continued business growth and kids'-first brand proposition around the world. Pooja Midha also has been promoted to vp, marketing, reporting to Levine.

Canada Headline News

Rainmaker Receives BC's Top Exporter Award in New Media & Ent.

Rainmaker received the top award in the New Media & Ent. category at the 2006 BC Export Awards ceremony held Nov. 10 at the annual Awards Gala held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel.

Rainmaker was recognized among 24 finalists who exemplify the value of B.C.'s export economy. The award, accepted by Rainmaker ceo Warren Franklin, was presented by Blair Reekie, president, The Eyes Multimedia Prods.

Headline News

WHV Releases Looney Tunes Golden Collection Vol. 4

With the Nov. 14, 2006, release of LOONEY TUNES GOLDEN COLLECTION VOLUME FOUR and LOONEY TUNES SPOTLIGHT COLLECTION VOLUME FOUR (Warner Home Video, $64.92 and $26.99) viewers can shout "Andale! Andale! Arriba! Arriba!"

Television Headline News

Radical Sheep & Treehouse Developing Stella and Sam Animated Series

Toronto-based Radical Sheep Pros. will development for Treehouse a new children's property, STELLA AND SAM, based upon the STELLA and SAM book series by acclaimed writer/illustrator Marie-Louise Gay.

Design Headline News

Adobe Issues Call for Design Achievement Awards

2007 Adobe Design Achievement AwardsWorld Wide WebAugust 2, 2007Deadline: April 27, 2007

Adobe Systems is hosting the 7th annual Adobe Design Achievement Awards (ADAA). The program honors and recognizes the most talented and promising student designers, photographers, illustrators, animators and digital filmmakers from the world's top design, film, interactive and Web higher education programs. This year, the competition will accept entries from 30 participating countries.

Awards Headline News

Deadline Nears for Webby Awards

11th Annual Webby AwardsNew York, New York, USAJune 2007Deadline: Dec. 15, 2006

The Webby Awards is the leading international award honoring excellence on the Internet. With more than 5,500 website entries from around the globe, no other interactive award compares. And now, reflecting the Web's emergence as the premiere venue for groundbreaking advertising and original entertainment content, the 11th Annual Webby Awards is honoring two new disciplines alongside Websites: Interactive Advertising and Online Film & Video.

Animation Headline News

Ellen Besen New KAFI Creative Director

Thirty-year animation veteran Ellen Besen is the new creative director of the Kalamazoo Animation Festival International (KAFI) to be held May 17-20, 2007, in downtown Kalamazoo. Michigan. She will oversee the competitions, screenings, professional development and networking interaction between todays and tomorrows animators booked for the four-day festival in the southwest Michigan community.

Alien Headline News

Ben 10 Creates an Alien Invasion at Retail

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, November 8, 2006 at 12:00am

Bandai America Inc. has seen big success with its BEN 10 toy line, based on the popular Cartoon Network series. Since its launch this past summer, it debuted as one of the top 10 action figure properties during the month of August, according to market information company The NPD Group (based on dollar volume in the Action Figures & Accessories Supercategory).

Television Headline News

Family Guy Exhibit Opening at the Museum Of Television & Radio

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, November 8, 2006 at 12:00am

20th Century Fox Television Licensing & Merchandising presents What The Deuce Are You Staring At!?! A Collection of Interpretive Work Inspired by FAMILY GUY, the first Pop Surrealist exhibition of new works inspired by a television series. Featuring the new pieces of twenty-one emerging artists, the exhibit remains on public view through January 21, 2007, when it will embark on a world tour of animation galleries around the globe.

Dreamworks Headline News

DreamWorks Studios Names Jeff Small COO

Jeff Small exits Revolution as its coo to join DreamWorks Studios as coo.

"We are excited about Jeff joining DreamWorks," said Stacey Snider, co-chairman/ceo. "I know Steven Spielberg and all of us here look forward to having this talented executive on our team. His range of experience at all levels of a studio which I recognized firsthand when we were both at Universal will be an asset throughout the company."

Small oversaw Revolution's business and legal affairs, finance, physical production and administration.

Media Headline News

AOL & Urbaniacs Win iParenting Awards

iParenting Media, a media company focused on parents, has announced the winners of its iParenting Media Awards.

Animation related winner include:

WebsitesAOL Learning GamesAOL Step by Step MathAOL Writing WizardStudyBuddy.comBy AOL Llc.

UrbaniacsBy Urbaniacs

www.whyville.netBy Whyville.net (Numedeon, Inc.)

TelevisionBy BabyFirstTV By BabyFirstTV

BIGFOOT PRESENTS: METEOR AND THE MIGHTY MONSTER TRUCKSBy Discovery Kids

Festival Headline News

Rabbit Runs Away with Leipzig Festival Honors

On Saturday, Nov. 4, 2006, the prizes of the 49th International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film were awarded. Filmmakers, the audience and international festival guests celebrated the winning films in the Leipzig CineStar.

The International Jury for Animated film awards for Animated films and videos include:

Golden Dove connected with 5,000 partially founded by Filmverband Sachsen e. V. RABBIT by Run Wrake (U.K.)

Silver Dove connected with 2,000

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