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Headline News U.K. Producers Group Fears UK Toon Collapse

U.K. producers group Pact fears the U.K. animation industry teeters on the edge of collapse unless the government invests £50 million ($90 million) over eight years into a rights fund. An initial $10 million is needed to set up the fund, which would eventually sustain itself.

Headline News Corus Provides Programming For New Chinese ESL Training Project

Corus Ent. announced a new partnership with Shanghai Distance Education Group (SDEG), one of the largest developers of educational programming and content in Asia. As part of the agreement, the two companies will develop and exchange programming and will extend Corus' reach into the burgeoning Chinese marketplace.

Headline News Int’l Broadcasters Renew New Teenage Mutant Turtles for Third Season

4Kids Entertainment, Inc. will continue the new TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES animated series, produced by Mike Young Prods., for a third season of new episodes (26) with TF1 (France), Media Set (Italy), and Fox Kids Europe and Latin America.

In addition, NINJA TURTLES already have renewals with GMTV (U.K.), VTM (Belgium), SIC TV (Portugal), Alter TV (Greece), Childrens Channel (Israel) and DTV (Turkey).

Headline News Disney Int’l Kicks Up L.A. Screenings

Buena Vista International Television kicked off the start of the L.A. screenings for some 1,000 TV buyers from around the world in high-spirited style, unveiling six new and seven returning primetime series, with most of the cast and key creatives from each show on stage of the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood May 23, 2004, followed by a party across the street at The Annex, which featured a live performance by rocker Cyndi Lauper.

Headline News NBC Universal Restructures Organization

NBC Universal, recently formed through the combination of NBC and Vivendi Universal Ent. puts Bob Wright at the top of the organizational structure as chairman/ceo, while retaining his position of vice chairman/exec officer of General Electric, NBC Universal's parent company.

Headline News New Canadian Subsidy Directory Revised

The newly revised Canadian Subsidy Directory 2004 edition is now available, containing information to more than 2,000 direct and indirect subsidies, grants, and loans offered by various levels of government; foundation; association and other similar organizations in Canada.

Could prove good reading for companies interested in partnering with Canadian animation and vfx houses to help fund projects by taking advantage of the financial boost the entertainment and other industries get in Canada.

Headline News Grand Clio Goes to Honda Cog

Wieden & Kennedys Honda COG, a unique 120-second TV commercial, has walked off with this years Grand Clio for TV at this years International Clio Festival, held from May 15 - 18, 2004. In addition, DDB Chicago has, again, been named Clios Agency of the Year, and DDB Worldwide, Agency Network of the Year for the fourth year in a row.

Headline News Air Your Shorts in the Winslow Film Festival

Winslow Film FestivalWinslow, Arizona, USAOctober 21 - 24, 2004Deadline: October 3, 2004

The 3rd Annual Winslow Film Festival brings indie films to the high desert of Arizona. Films compete in four categories: Narrative feature and short, Documentary feature and short. Fest has a yearly industry professional visual effects panel discussion. Entry fee is $40 for August 30 early deadline and $45 for late deadline. For more info, contact the fest at Web: http://www.winslowfilmfestival.org or Tel.: (818) 219-9339.

Headline News Mo Willems At The Chicago BookExpo

BookExpo AmericaChicago, Illinois, USAJune 3 6, 2004

BookExpo America is the book industry's leading event where attendees can experience the entire scope of book publishing from the U.S. and the world. With more than 2,000 exhibits, 500 authors, more than 100 conference sessions as well as a special area for rights business, visitors see all the latest titles across genres, uncover hidden gems, network and meet industry contacts.

Headline News Activision Gets Spider-Man 3 Game Deal

Activision Inc. has announced that, through a licensing agreement with Spider-Man Merchandising (a 50/50 limited partnership comprised of Marvel Enterprises Inc. and Sony Pictures Consumer Products Inc.), the company will develop and publish videogames based on the 2007 feature film SPIDER-MAN 3. Activision is currently developing console and PC games based on SPIDER-MAN 2 that are scheduled for release in North America timed to the film's launch on June 30, 2004.

Headline News Production Begins on Mexican Toon, Maya

This week marks the start of production on the Spanish-language feature MAYA, produced by actor Bruno Bichir and pop singer Emmanuel for Escarabajo Producciones. Ricardo Arnaiz will direct the $3 million budgeted film with animation supervision being handled by Mike Kunkel (TARZAN, HERCULES). Music will be supervised by Antonio Zepeda. Lending voice talent will be actor Andres Bustamante (TV's TELETON). The film is scheduled to be complete by the end of 2005.

Headline News Locarno Film Festival Beckons!

57th Locarno International Film FestivalLocarno, SwitzerlandAugust 4 - 14, 2004Deadline: June 11, 2004

The Locarno International Film Festival is renowned for its tradition of experimentation, discovery, eclecticism and passion for auteur cinema, and for the convivial and friendly networking opportunity for distributors, buyers, producers and journalists from around the world.

Headline News AWN Discussion Forums - What's New? for May 13, 2004

This week in AWN's Forums, some junior members want others to check out their work online and give critiques. Another jr. member is looking for good model software. A new member asks if it's two late at age 28 to start a career in animation. Others are talking about the worth of plastic animation paper. As well, a thread collects people's thoughts on DELGO. Another thread discusses artist's dealings with the National Film Board of Canada. Another blogger asks: has every sci-fi story has already been done?

Headline News WIA Meeting With Playhouse Disney's Paula Rosenthal

WIA Meeting With Playhouse Disney's Paula RosenthalNew York, New York, USAMay 11, 2004

WIA's next meeting will feature Paula Rosenthal, exec director, Playhouse Disney Original Programming, Current and Development. Rosenthal will give the low down on what is happening at Playhouse Disney. The event will take place from 6:30 - 8:00 pm at Little Airplane Prods, 86 Franklin St., 5th Floor. RSVP to Lisa Goldman at LGOLDEE@aol.com.

Headline News rhinofx Shows off New ATI Graphics Technology with Doublecross

When ATI Technologies launched the latest generation of its Radeon graphics technology in April, the company wanted a visual demonstration piece that would show off the card's realtime rendering and graphics capabilities.

Headline News Polar Express Goes 3D for IMAX

IMAX Corp. and Warner Bros. Pictures have struck a deal where the CGI feature, THE POLAR EXPRESS will screen in IMAX 3D format day-and-date with the release of the film in conventional theaters, Nov. 19, 2004. The film will be digitally converted into IMAX 3D using both the proprietary IMAX 3D conversion process and IMAX DMR(R) (Digitally Re-mastering) technology.

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