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Headline News National Geographic Offers Exclusive Videos of Thornberrys

Fans of the animated Nickelodeon series, THE WILD THORNBERRYS, can now join Eliza Thornberry and her family on their cross-continental adventures with an exclusive offer through National Geographic. The two VHS sets follow the Thornberrys as they trek through Africa and Australia filming wildlife documentaries and getting mixed up in their crazy adventures along the way. Available exclusively through National Geographic, the two video sets can be purchased by calling 1-800-627-5162 or by ordering online at www.nationalgeographic.com.

Headline News Telefilm Canada Reorganizes Management Structure

Telefilm Canada has made a number of changes to its management structure to reflect its commitment to an asymmetrical approach to the film and television industries, based on the particular characteristics and levels of maturity of the English- and French-language markets; to its efforts to increase the synergy between core programs and international activities to ensure Canadas competitiveness in the global market; and to offer improved client service through closer ties with the industry.

Headline News Kid Jokes to be Featured in Yakkity Yak Contest

Vancouver-based animation house Studio B will give 20 Canadian kids a chance to see their best jokes delivered by TELETOONs animated star Yakkity Yak. YAKKITY YAK follows the day-to-day trails and tribulations of Yakkity Yak, a teenage yak who dreams of becoming a stand-up comedian.

"Yakkity Yak has a can-do attitude, and a quirky view of the world," said Blair Peters, co-founder and partner, Studio B Productions. "We're looking for kids who have the same attitude and sense of humor."

Headline News Noodlesoup Ventures Big Win At Cineme 2003

Noodlesoup Prods. was amongst the happy winners at the first annual Cineme 2003, garnering Best Animated Television Series Award for its THE VENTURE BROTHERS, produced for the Cartoon Network. During Nov. 6-9, Cineme, Chicagos First International Animation Film Festival, showcased the best of animated cinema from around the world, attracting animation professionals from all genres, including notable giants from the software, hardware and entertainment industries.

Headline News EuNoia Training Facility Driven by MOTIONBUILDER

Kaydara and Mexico's EuNoia Animation School announced the successful completion of the facility's first 10-month course specifically dedicated to teaching professional animation software. Driven by MOTIONBUILDER, Kaydara's award-winning character animation software, EuNoia is Mexico's only certified training center to offer artistic and technical courses on the industry's leading animation and effects software.

Headline News Activision Game For Shrek 2; Terminates TDK Deal

Activision has signed agreement with DreamWorks for videogame rights to the upcoming feature film SHREK 2. Activision has terminated its previously announced co-publishing and co-development agreement with TDK Mediactive following Take-Two Interactive Software's acquisition of TDK.

Headline News Aspyr Media Ships Wakeboarding Unleashed Featuring Shaun Murray

Activision Inc.'s WAKEBOARDING UNLEASHED FEATURING SHAUN MURRAY on PC and Macintosh has been shipped by Aspyr Media Inc. and is available at retailers across the U.S. The game was licensed from Activision, and conversions were completed by Beenox Inc.

Headline News Activision Promotes Vrabeck In Organizational Restructure

Kathy Vrabeck has been promoted to president of Activision Publishing and will oversee Activision's product development activities worldwide, including research and development and product acquisitions, as well as the company's global brand management operation. The reorganization also see Larry Goldberg exiting as evp of Worldwide Studios.

Headline News da Vinci Launches Master Colorist Awards Competition

da Vinci Systems launched its first annual Master Colorist Awards competition. The company is now accepting submissions in four categories and will feature the winning show reels at the NAB2004 exhibition, April 19-22, in Las Vegas. In addition, winning colorists in the TV and long form, theatrical release, commercial and music video categories will receive a trophy and three days of all-expenses-paid training with Kevin Shaw, the company's director of training, at da Vinci's facilities in Coral Springs, Fla.

"This competition is designed to showcase the innovation, creativity, and skill with which our clients have put da Vinci products to work," said da Vinci vp of marketing and product management Matthew Straeb. "Post houses and other creative firms are continually finding new ways to use our film enhancement and restoration tools. We look forward to highlighting these achievements on the worldwide stage provided by NAB2004."

Headline News See If You Qualify for the Metro Art Poster Contest

Metro Art Poster ContestLos Angeles, California, USAFebruary 13, 2004Deadline: February 13, 2004

MTA Metro Art is holding the 2004 Neighborhood Poster Series. The selected artworks will be reproduced in a range of poster formats and displayed throughout the Metro system including stations, trains, buses and various other locations. Please note that this is a qualification based call so no proposals are requested. Eligibility is limited to Los Angeles County-based professional artists and illustrators.

Headline News Munro a Real Cut-Up on DVD

Described as a combination of Joan Miró, Buster Keaton, Chuck Jones, Gene Kelly and Felix the Cat, the iconoclastic animator, actor, dancer, cinematographer and editor Grant Munro is paid tribute on the new DVD CUT-UP: THE FILMS OF GRANT MUNRO (Image, $29.99). Presented by The National Film Board of Canada (where Monroe worked) and Milestone Films, the disc features 109 minutes of significant hand-drawn and pixilated animation, live action and documentary shorts covering 1945-1983.

Headline News Exec Committee and Preliminary Speakers Set for 3D Festival 2004

3D Festival 2004, Europe's largest convention and exhibition for the creative 3D industry (May 3-6 at Bella Center in Copenhagen, Denmark), has announced its executive committee and preliminary speakers. Synergy, meanwhile, will be the theme, encompassing storytelling, modeling, animating, rendering, programming and business strategies.

Headline News Lion, the Witch & The Wardrobe To Begin Filming Early 2004

By Rick DeMott | Thursday, December 18, 2003 at 12:00am

THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE, based on the popular book of the same name by C.S. Lewis, will begin production in New Zealand in early 2004, industry development minister Jim Anderton said in a statement. New Zealand-native Andrew Adamson, co-director of the Oscar-winning SHREK, will be directing the live-action film. The production will use stage space and personnel in Auckland.

Headline News Canal+ & ABC Family To Air Christmas Orange Special

Canal+ has picked up Bardels award-winning holiday special, THE CHRISTMAS ORANGE special for its Christmas 2003 season to air in France, Monaco, Mauritius, Switzerland and Africa.

"THE CHRISTMAS ORANGE is exactly the kind of moral tale we like to have on Canal+", says Sandra Ouaiss, acquisition director of fiction & animation at Canal+ international acquisition.

Headline News Garden State Film Festival Deadline Nears

Garden State Film FestivalAsbury Park, New Jersey, USAMarch 25-28, 2004Deadline: January 1, 2004

The mission of The Garden State Film Festival is to promote the art of filmmaking on all levels by showcasing a wide variety of film, video and animated works as well as to provide educational programs in the creative arts to the public. The event will feature screenings, discussions and workshops. Animation from Clay to Cartoons will teach kids how the animation process works. For more information, visit http://www.gsff.org.

Headline News American Animation Institute Hosts Storyboard Portfolio Night

American Animation Institutes Storyboard Portfolio NightNorth Hollywood, California, USADecember 18, 2003

The American Animation Institute is hosting a storyboard portfolio night. The guest artists who will critique portfolios include Linda Miller, Karl Gnass and John Fountain. The American Animation Institute was founded in 1980 by the Motion Picture Screen Cartoonists and Affiliated Optical Electronic and Graphic Arts, Local 839 IATSE, to further the art of the animated cartoon in the United States through educational and other activities.

Headline News XYZ RGB Contributes to Return of the King's VFX Achievements

When the Visual Information Technology laboratory at the Canadian National Research Council started developing its high resolution 3D scanners in the early 1980s, it probably had no idea that 20 years later one of its spin-offs, XYZ RGB Inc., would be contracted to help bring the characters of THE LORD OF THE RINGS to life on the big screen.

Headline News Alliance Atlantis Cutting Production Jobs In Canada

Toronto-based Alliance Atlantis Communications Inc. announced Dec. 10, 2003 that it is essentially stopping TV and movie production with the departure of entertainment group ceo Peter Sussman and Seaton McLean, the group's president, production. The company will hone its activities down to primarily specialty channel broadcasting and TV/film distribution.

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