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The Meatrix II 1/2 Short Launches to Promote Fast Food Nation

Sustainable Table, a leading resource designed to celebrate the sustainable food movement and educate consumers on food related issues, and Participant Prods., a socially conscious film company, launched an animated short, THE MEATRIX II 1/2 online (www.moremeatrix.com) to promote the live-action theatrical, FAST FOOD NATION, and its social action campaign, produced by Participant. FAST FOOD NATION will be released Nov. 17, 2006, by Fox Searchlight. Sustainable Table produced THE MEATRIX films with Free Range Studios.

Kids Headline News

PBS KIDS and PBS KIDS Go! Stir Up Halloween Programming Treats

PBS KIDS and PBS KIDS GO! are offering loads of Halloween treats and surprises with spooky/kooky themed programming on Oct. 31, 2006 (check local listings). On PBS KIDS GO!, early elementary school kids may use division to help thwart Hackers holiday hijinks in a new CYBERCHASE episode and find out what it takes to make it to a giant pumpkin competition on POSTCARDS FROM BUSTER.

Headline News

EA Ships Medal of Honor Heroes for PSP & Other Oct. Highlights

Electronic Arts launched MEDAL OF HONOR HEROES for PSP in North America with the title rolling out worldwide later next month. This release rounds out EAs October lineup, which included BATTLEFIELD 2142, THE SIMS 2 PETS, TIGER WOODS PGA TOUR 07 and FIFA SOCCER 07.

Games Headline News

GameTap Celebrates First Birthday

GameTap, the first-of-its-kind broadband entertainment network from Turner Broadcasting System Inc., celebrates its first birthday.

On its first anniversary, GameTap currently features:* The largest collection of videogames on-demand with more than 700 titles, including FAR CRY, TONY HAWK PRO SKATER and TOM CLANCY'S RAINBOW SIX 3 GOLD* The worldwide exclusive debut of "SAM & MAX Episode 1: Culture Shock" * More 50 Challenge games including STREET FIGHTER ALPHA 3, PAC MAN, DIG DUG, BUST-A-MOVE, COMBAT and PONG

Awards Headline News

Bromwell High Top Toon at Gemini Awards

With 21st Annual Gemini Awards broadcast set for Nov. 4, 2006, the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television has already announced the winners in the Gemini Industry Awards at the Liberty Grand Entertainment Complex in Toronto. As part of three consecutive nights of industry awards, the ceremony will be broadcast on Rogers Television Nov. 17, 2006.

Licensing Headline News

HIT's VP Business Development Jon Owen Expands Plans Into Europe

HIT Ent., one of the worlds leading pre-school childrens entertainment producers and rights owners, has stepped up the companys licensing activities into new and existing territories across Europe, with new deals in Scandinavia.

World Headline News

Peerless Camera Provides VFX for Terry Gilliam’s Tideland

Terry Gilliams TIDELAND (opening Oct. 13) is a dark and challenging film that looks at an adult world through the eyes of a child. Based on a novel by Mitch Cullin it follows a young girls innocent view of her difficult life as she is exposed to the traumatic and confusing world around her and explores how Jeliza Rose uses her imagination to escape this chaos. Shot on location in Regina, Canada in limited time, director Gilliams approach was to create an ALICE IN WONDERLAND world in reverse with adults peering through a childs view of their surroundings.

Effects Headline News

Look Effects Hosts VFX Roundtable: Keeping Work in L.A.

Look Effects hosted the first annual VFX roundtable on Sept. 28 at its El Capitan headquarters in Hollywood.

The event attracted a number of top-tier industry professionals, including studio department heads, post-production and vfx supervisors, tax and legal specialists, and representatives from the office of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, the California Film Commission, and the Visual Effects Society.

Effects Headline News

ElementFX and Yanick Dusseault Join Forces

Yanick Dusseault, one of the most accomplished visual effects digital matte artists working today, has joined ElementFX as its art director. ElementFX is a digital post-production studio.

In naming Dusseault to the new post, Marjolaine Tremblay, the company's ceo/animation director, said, "Luring Yanick to our studio is a real coup for ElementFX. His expertise and wonderful reputation allow him to be very selective. The fact that he was drawn to our company's philosophy of client and artist collaboration is indicative of who we are and where we are heading."

Total Headline News

Aardman’s Shaun the Sheep Tops MIPCOM Jr.

Results coming out of MIPCOM Jr. shows Aardmans SHAUN THE SHEEP (U.K.) topping the list of the most requested series at the event, taking place in Cannes, France. A new finisher in the Jr. race shows Ettamogah Ent. Groups AMYS GANG (Australia) in second place while BRB Internactional came in third for ANGUS AND CHERYL (Spain). In fourth place was 4Kids Ent. for its CHAOTIC (USA) and in fifth was Cake Ent. Ltd.s SKUNK FU! (U.K.).

Headline News

DECODE Ent. Expands Presence In Latin America

DECODE Ent. has further expanded its presence in Latin America with a raft of sales to broadcasters in the region.

Mexican network Canal Once has snapped up PLANET SKETCH, a DECODE co-production with Aardman Animations and quirky short-form series NAUGHTY NAUGHTY PETS. In Venezuela, local distributor Amazonia has picked up the rights to FRANNYS FEET, THE SAVE-UMS! and GIRLSTUFF BOYSTUFF.

Halloween Headline News

TELETOON Gives Kids What They Want For Halloween

TELETOON has a spooky lineup planned for October in celebration of Halloween as well as Canadas Thanksgiving Day.

On Friday the 13th at 4:00 pm (ET/PT), TELETOON will air Tim Burtons BEETLEJUICE, staring Michael Keaton, Winona Ryder, Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis. To celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday, TELETOON will hold a movie marathon on Oct. 9. The schedule includes:

* 9:00 am SCOOBY-DOO AND THE RELUCTANT WEREWOLF* 11:00 am QUEST FOR CAMELOT

Mainframe Headline News

Ken Tsumura New Mainframe Ent. Production & Technology SVP

Animation production vet Ken Tsumura joins Mainframe Ent. as svp, production and technology.

Tsumura was a producer and production manager for multiple high-profile animated series and feature films, including CURIOUS GEORGE for Universal, ADAM SANDLERS EIGHT CRAZY NIGHTS for Columbia Pictures, THE PRINCE OF EGYPT, JOSEPH KING OF DREAMS and FATHER OF THE PRIDE for DreamWorks Animation, THE SIMPSONS for Gracie Films and numerous series for Disney Animation.

Games Headline News

The Sims 2 & Pogo.com Going In-Flight Worldwide

Electronic Arts and DTI Software, the market leader in in-flight entertainment (IFE), announced a global partnership that will bring THE SIMS 2 and POPPIT!, WORD WHOMP, PHLINX, TRI-PEAKS SOLITAIRE, HARVEST MANIA, TUMBLE BEES, GREAT ESCAPES SOLITAIRE and TURBO 21 from Pogo.com to airlines worldwide.

Channel Headline News

SCI FI Channel Announces Visions For Tomorrow Advisory Board

SCI FI Channel has launch a new Visions for Tomorrow public affairs initiative set to champion a bold, optimistic view of the future and is predicated on the belief that individuals can have a positive impact on the human condition. What began as a two-day SCI FI Channel management off-site in the Chabot Space and Science Center in Oakland, California in May 2004 has become the inspiration for SCI FIs ambitious new public affairs campaign, which is comprised of public service announcements, educational outreach, nonprofit advocacy efforts and an illustrious advisory board.

Headline News

Jonathan Friedland New Disney Corp. Com. VP

Jonathan Friedland joins The Walt Disney Co. as vp, corporate communications, where he will participate in developing and executing the communications strategies for various issues and initiatives, including financial reporting, legislative and regulatory issues, corporate reputation management and executive communications. He also will work closely with Disney's businesses, including Parks and Resorts, Media Networks, Consumer Products and Studio Ent.

Canada Headline News

McLaren Works On Tour in Support of New DVD Set

By Rick DeMott | Thursday, September 28, 2006 at 12:00am

As part of its year-long celebration of 65 years of producing award-winning animation films, the National Film Board of Canada is releasing the box set of the complete works of Norman McLaren, the founder of its famed NFB animation studio and a world-renowned animator in his own right. In conjunction with the DVD release, there will also be retrospectives of McLarens films in major U.S., Canadian and European cities.

Books Headline News

4400 Book Descending Soon

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, September 27, 2006 at 12:00am

Titan Books will publish THE 4400: THE OFFICIAL COMPANIO, SEASONS 1 AND 2, the first of a series of behind-the-scenes books about USA Network's sci-fi series THE 4400.

The first companion is set to coincide with the premiere of the fourth season on USA and the release of the season-three DVD set in summer 2007.

The tome will include behind-the-scenes interviews, factual nuggets, quotes, trivia, extensive episode guides, exclusive photos and a 16-page full-color supplement. It will sell for $14.95.

Headline News

Portfolio Clones European Deals for Carl Squared

By Rick DeMott | Tuesday, September 26, 2006 at 12:00am

Nickelodeon Germany and Jetix Netherlands just acquired CARL SQUARED (52x30), Portfolios tween targeted animated series.

CARL SQUARED takes traditional television further by integrating an interactive component with online gaming and character blogs.

Animation Headline News

Three-Prize Winner at Annecy Wins Top Prize at Ottawa

The 30th Ottawa Intl Animation Festival came to a close on Sunday, Sept. 24, 2006, with the awarding of its prizes. The jury consisting of Konstantin Bronzit, Rob Coleman and Jeff Scher awarded the Nelvana Grand Prize for Best Independent Short Animation to Joanna Quinns DREAMS & DESIRES: FAMILY TIES, which previously in the year won three awards at Annecy.

The Grand Prize for Best Commissioned Animation went to FedEx STICK, directed by Framestore New Yorks David Hulin, which also won the prize for Promotional Animation.

Headline News

Portfolio Ent. Ups Aron Dunn to Creative Development Manager

Toronto-based Portfolio Ent. Inc. has upped Aron Dunn from development exec to manager of creative development. In his new role, Dunn will over see the acquisition of new intellectual properties and shepherd them through the development process. He will also explore the extension of all brands across multiple delivery platforms including web, mobile and game applications.

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