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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Cartoon Headline News

Quinn’s Dreams & Desires Takes Cartoon d'Or as Int’l Wins Mount

The 2006 Cartoon d'Or has been awarded to Joanna Quinn of the U.K. for her short, DREAMS & DESIRES: FAMILY TIES. The hysterically funny 2D short with its reality show camera angle point-of-view is sweeping international animation contesta, racking up wins at Ottawa and Cartoon Forum this past weekend, as well as three awards at Annecy and two at Zabreb earlier this year.

Season Headline News

Atmosphere Signs on for Third Battlestar Galactica Season

NBC Universal has tapped Atmosphere Visual Effects again for the third season of SCI FI Channels BATTLESTAR GALACTICA, consisting of 20 one-hour episodes. This marks the third consecutive season that Atmosphere has provided visual effects for the series.

Movie Headline News

BKN’s 3D Animated A Christmas Carol to Make U.S. Theatrical Debut

BKN Home Ent. Ltd. announced today (Sept. 21, 2006) that its all-new CGI 3D animated movie, A CHRISTMAS CAROL, makes its U.S. theatrical debut on Nov. 4. Movie distributor Kidtoon Films will be screening the feature at some 100 U.S. theaters nationwide Nov. 4-26 during weekend matinees.

The Kidtoon Films program is a G-rated movie matinee event designed for kids and families with cartoon shorts, music videos and sing-alongs before the movie, complete with giveaways such as stickers, temporary tattoos, activity books or toys after the movie.

Game Headline News

Studio B Wins Four Elans

On Sept. 14, 2006, in Vancouver, B.C., the Canadian Awards for the Electronic and Animated Arts (CAEAA) winners were announced.

The theater was packed with videogame and animation luminaries as well as new media art schools' top talents who were wined, dined and entertained by William Shatner and a host of industry celebrities.

"The evening was a huge success," said Yannis Mallat, ceo of Ubisoft's Montreal studio. "The first edition of the Canadian Awards for the Electronic and Animated Arts is a step forward for the entire Canadian video game industry."

Licensing Headline News

Taffy Names Cynthia Money President, Worldwide Consumer Products

Licensing veteran Cynthia Money joins the Taffy Ent. team as president, worldwide consumer products, to build the consumer awareness and innovative marketing platforms for all of the companys award-winning brands. Money will be based in Los Angeles.

Film Headline News

Barney the White House Scottish Terrier Doing Fest Rounds

By Rick DeMott | Thursday, September 14, 2006 at 12:00am

Sydney, Australia writer/director Anny Slater's comedy animation BARNEY THE WHITE HOUSE TERRIER has been selected to screen at the Oscars qualifying Chicago International Children's Film Festival. Films that win at the festival are automatically short listed for nomination at the 2008 Oscars. The same film is one of only nine short films screened at the Boston Comedy Festival, where comedians Denis Leary and Lewis Black will be performing.

The film is an imagined conversation between President Bush's dog Barney and his secret service agent.

Animation Headline News

ZIM & Cinerio To Deliver Animation on Internet TV

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, September 13, 2006 at 12:00am

ZIM Corp., a global mobile content and application developer, announced a content distribution agreement with Cinerio Ent. Inc, a developer of traditional 2D animation, 3D animation and interactive content for international markets. Through this deal, ZIM will distribute Cinerio's children animation and children's learning products on the P2P (peer to peer) Internet TV platform, The addition of Cinerio's content will expand ZIM's overall offering on PPLive which already includes an American Pop Channel (Hollywood Classics) and Travel/Tourism Channels.

Anime Headline News

FUNimation Doubles Programming for Anime Block

FUNimation Ent., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Navarre Corp, has doubled the content on its syndicated anime block to four hours. CoLours TV Network, available nationwide as part of DISH Network's basic satellite TV package, is the first broadcaster to pick up the extended block. The new block covers key primetime programming slots and launched on Sept. 11, 2006.

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Jim Carrey, Steve Carrell Cast in Animated Horton

Jim Carrey, who played a live-action Grinch, returns to the world of Dr. Seuss as the lead voice actor in HORTON HEARS A WHO from Twentieth Century Fox Animation/Blue Sky Studios, reports USA TODAY and the trades. Meanwhile, Steve Carrell (THE OFFICE) will co-star as the diminutive mayor of Who-Ville.

Kids Headline News

Corus Reorganizes TV & Content Divisions

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

Corus Ent. Inc. announced a new organizational structure for its television and content divisions. Corus Ent.s will focus on its kids portfolio highlighted by the integration of Nelvana Studios into the television division and the creation of Nelvana Enterprises, a separate business unit that will focus on leveraging Corus intellectual property internationally.

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HIT Ent. Expands Into Hong Kong

HIT Ent. is expanding with a new office servicing the Asia Pacific region in Hong Kong. HITs Asia Pacific licensing, TV sales and distribution will be handled out of Hong Kong, enabling the company to work more closely with its broadcasting partners, licensees and licensing agents.

The Hong Kong office will service Australia, Korea, South East Asia and India. HIT already operates an office in Japan.

Effects Headline News

Dennis Hoffman to Head Production at Anthem Visual Effects

Former Digital Domain vet Dennis Hoffman has been appointed vp/head of production for Vancouver-based Anthem Visual Effects Inc. Anthem was recently awarded, for the second consecutive year, production of visual effects for Starz/IDT Ent.s anthology series MASTERS OF HORROR.

Television Headline News

Jim Packer to Lead MGM Worldwide Television Distribution Group

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. (MGM) is restructuring its worldwide television distribution operation, hiring senior management and bringing a number of new high profile programs to buyers around the globe. Seasoned distribution exec Jim Packer assumes the new title of president and remains in charge of television distribution worldwide, including U.S. barter sales and syndication, as well as all emerging forms of television programming distribution on a worldwide basis.

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Illumitoon Partners With Westlake

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, September 6, 2006 at 12:00am

Illumitoon Ent. Ltd., a newly formed collaboration of business and creative professionals focused on delivering customized entertainment to the North American markets, announced that it will be utilizing Westlake Ent. Inc. for home video distribution on its new acquisitions, including BEET THE VANDEL BUSTER and AM DRIVER. The announcement comes on the heels of Westlake Ent.s announcement of the companys repositioning in the marketplace to release first-run features, including theatrical and new title acquisitions in other key core categories.