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Animation Weekend At The Academy

Animation Weekend At The AcademyBeverly Hills, California, USAAugust 8-10, 2008

More information will come soon, but several Academy events the weekend of SIGGRAPH have been announced:

Friday, August 8 -- "Sound in Animation" (hosted by Mark Mangini -- Academy Award-nominated sound editor) The use of sound in classic animation -- clips, discussion and live demonstrations of sound effects.

Interactive Headline News

Teletoon Names New Interactive Director

Teletoon Canada has appointed Caroline Soucy to the position of Director Teletoon Interactive. Soucy will lead Teletoon interactive and web development projects and supervise all aspects of the award-winning website, the recent winner of the Promax/BDA Silver Award for Consumer Website.

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Amberwood's Benjamin Bear Continues To Travel The Globe

The Russian Film Company has acquired all TV and DVD rights for (39x30) THE SECRET WORLD OF BENJAMIN BEAR for Russia and the CIS from Amberwood Ent.

THE SECRET WORLD OF BENJAMIN BEAR was commissioned by Canada's The Family Channel, and has since been placed on its new service, Playhouse Disney. There are 39 half-hours currently available and the series has been licensed in more than 110 territories worldwide.

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Nintendo And Starlight Give Wii's To Sick Kids

To help lift the spirits of seriously ill children and their families, Nintendo of America and Starlight Starbright Children's Foundation have committed to placing hundreds of popular Fun Centers, now featuring Wii game systems, in hospitals across the United States and Canada this year.

Nintendo of America is manufacturing 1,250 new Fun Centers in their first run, and Starlight expects to have about 500 of them placed in hospitals by the end of the year.

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Class in Session: Anime Expo And Bang Zoom! Present Acting 101 Classes

This year, Anime Expo has teamed with Bang Zoom! Ent. to offer free voice acting workshops at Anime Expo 2008. In celebration of Bang Zoom! Ent.'s new DVD release of ADVENTURES IN VOICE ACTING Volume One, there are scheduled one hour free classes that will give participants a taste of voice acting with insiders' tips, general discussions and chances to dub with a professional audio engineer.

Anime Expo 2008 will be held from July 3-6, 2008 at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, California, USA. More information can be found on the website

Licensing Headline News

DECODE Ent. Wins Order For Third Season Of Franny's Feet

DECODE Ent. has followed recent major deals for hit preschool series FRANNY'S FEET with a third season commission from Family Channel, an Astral Media network.

The Canadian broadcaster has ordered a further 26x11 minutes, bringing the total to (104x11 or 52x22), and will air the new season on its Playhouse Disney and Family channels.

Recent deals for the property have seen the television series acquired by PBS Kids Sprout, following excellent ratings for the show in the U.S. on THIRTEEN/WNET where it airs daily, and in the U.K., a sale to the Disney Channel.

Films Headline News

Bitfilm Voting Close To The Finals

For one more week, the worldwide online community has the chance to cast their votes to decide upon the winners of the Bitfilm Festival. The online voting runs until July 1, 2008 at 91 films compete in six categories for the Bitfilm Awards. On July 9 the winners will be disclosed at the Bitfilm Award Show held at Planetarium Hamburg. The prize money, donated by the Hamburg Cultural Authority, totals 10,000 Euros.

Production Headline News

SpeedGrade XR Installed At DART

DART, Central America's leading production company and post facility, has selected SpeedGrade XR to drive their DI finishing pipeline. SpeedGrade XR offers a complete set of grading and finishing tools for all available RAW and video formats. DART, who recently purchased Silicon Imaging 2K cameras for their production work, will now be able to review, color correct, and assemble projects using the native RAW files straight from the camera.

Animation Headline News

Television Animation Conference Hit Event Pitch THIS! Returns

Ottawa International Animation FestivalOttawa, Ontario, CanadaSeptember 17-21, 2008

Do you have what it takes in the world of animation? Think you have the right stuff? The bases are loaded as animation producers are once again invited to take their best shot to wow an audience of the top television animation executives in the world at the fourth annual Pitch THIS! Will you strike out...or will it be a home run? Time to polish your best ideas, practice your pitches and prove it.

Film Headline News

Nat'l Film Board Of Canada And YouTube Strike Deal For Oscar Shorts

Seven NFB shorts will be featured on YouTube's new channel The Screening Room, which offers viewers a selection of the best international animated shorts. The first NFB gem to screen on the video sharing Web site will be the 2007 Oscar winner THE DANISH POET by Torill Kove, who attended the launch in Los Angeles yesterday evening.

The selected NFB animated shorts will screen starting today on, each for six consecutive weeks.

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Artifex Creates Carefree Elephant For Nissan

Vancouver-based Artifex Studios has created a photorealistic 3-D elephant for Nissan. The carefree elephant hitching a ride on the back of a Nissan pickup truck was built and animated for Filmmates Productions (Mexico City) and Clemente Camara & Associates in collaboration with The Oranj Group out of New York.

Digital Headline News

L.A. Digital Arts Festival

L.A. Digital Arts FestivalLos Angeles, California, USAExhibition: August 14-September 6, 2008Deadline: June 30, 2008

The L.A. Center for Digital Art, in conjunction with Downtown Film Festival -- L.A., announces an international call to artists. All styles of artwork and photography where digital processes of any kind were integral to their creation are acceptable: digital art stills of any kind, digital photography, short experimental time based video, video loops, mobile media, interactive media, and Internet art.

Japan Headline News

Ribbit's Riddles To Air In Germany, Japan And Scandinavia

International sales agent has signed FreeTV and Home Video rights with MICO-NHK (Japan); FreeTV rights with ARD/NDR (Germany) and SVT (Sweden); TFO (Canada); DTT and Cab/Sat. rights with YLE (Finland), NRK (Norway) and Raisat (Italy) to air the first season of preschool stop motion animation "animal edutainment" (52x3) RIBBIT’S RIDDLES.

Sample episodes online screening on

Animation Headline News

This Week's Animation Trivia Quiz for June 18, 2008

Test your skills and challenge your brain with AWN's Animation Trivia Quiz. Check out the latest installment from quizmaster Karl Staven, an accomplished independent animator and head of the Animation Department at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Films Headline News

Hey! 9 Story And Darius Films? Fugget About It!

Toronto-based production and distribution studio 9 Story Ent. and Canadian film producer Darius Films are partnering to produce a pilot entitled FUGGET ABOUT IT, a prime-time animated sitcom about the misadventures of a powerful former New York mob boss and his family, who enter a witness protection program and are relocated to a sleepy Canadian town.

The pilot has been commissioned for The Detour on Teletoon, the network's teen and adult programming block.

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Oscar-Winning VFX Artist Stan Winston Dies

News outlets are reporting Stan Winston, who won three vfx effects Oscars over the course of his career, is dead at age 62.

Per the LOS ANGELES TIMES, Winston died at his home Sunday evening after a seven-year struggle with multiple myeloma, according to a spokeswoman from Stan Winston Studios.

"Stan died peacefully at home surrounded by family," a spokeswoman said.

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Lawrence Kasdan To Write Robotech Adaptation

Screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan was hired by Warner Bros. to pen ROBOTECH, an adaptation of the anime classic, per THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER.

Akiva Goldsman and Chuck Roven will produce, joining Tobey Maguire and Drew Crevello. ROBOTECH was a 1980s cartoon series from Harmony Gold USA and Tatsunoko Productions. It was re-edited and re-dialogued to combine three Japanese anime series, enough for daily syndication.

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qubo's Space-Age Summer Blasts Off With The Zula Patrol And Babar

qubo's Space-Age Summer will defy the laws of gravity, as it transports kids from a continent ruled by elephants all the way to the farthest reaches of the galaxy. The TV and online entertainment service for children kicks off its third quarter programming with two new additions to its broadcast line-up and a new schedule.

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Pokemon And Burger King Partner For Global Promotion

Pokemon USA, and Burger King have entered a promotional partnership that will bring popular characters like Pikachu, Darkrai, Dialga and Palkia to children around the world. Participating Burger King restaurants worldwide will offer an exclusive Pokemon Trading Card Game (TCG) card and accessory with each purchase of a BK Kids Meal.

Series Headline News

BBC Picks Up Koala Brothers For Poland, Africa And Asia-Pacific

U.K. children's rights owner and producer Spellbound Ent. has inked a new broadcast deal with BBC Worldwide Channels for its award-winning pre-school series, THE KOALA BROTHERS.

CBeebies in Poland, Africa and Asia-Pacific have each acquired all 78x10 episodes plus the 46 minute Christmas special, "The Koala Brothers Outback Christmas" and will start broadcasting the series later this year.

CBeebies was the first broadcaster to acquire THE KOALA BROTHERS for the U.K. market when Spellbound started production in 2002.

Star Headline News

Fringe To Have Comic Book Prequel

DC Comics will release a prequel to upcoming TV show FRINGE, according to USA TODAY. FRINGE, from J.J. Abrams (ALIAS, LOST, CLOVERFIELD, upcoming STAR TREK) is set to start airing this fall on Fox.

Writers and artists are still being hired, but DC will release the comic on August 27, two weeks before the two-hour premiere on September 9.