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Film Headline News

Ryan Larkin Dies at Age 63

AWN is sad to report the passing of legendary animator Ryan Larkin at 10:30 pm on Feb. 14, 2007, in Canada. He was 63 years old. Larkin was recently diagnosed with brain cancer.

Born in Montreal, Larkin was nominated for the Oscar for his 1969 short film, WALKING. In 1972, he was again honored with an Oscar nod for his short film, STREET MUSIQUE. Moreover, he provided animated effects for Mort Ransens RUNNING TIME, for which he acted in three small roles.

Effects Headline News

Dennis Hoffman to Head Production at Rainmaker Visual Effects

Dennis Hoffman has joined Rainmaker Visual Effects as head of production, a comparable position he most recently held at Digital Domain. Hoffman will report to Brian Moylan, managing director, Rainmaker Visual Effects.

"As Vancouver increasingly becomes a destination for high end visual effects, Rainmaker is pleased to have someone of Dennis caliber and experience join us as we move into more demanding and challenging projects, stated Warren Franklin, ceo of Rainmaker Ent. Inc.

Cartoon Headline News

Cartoon Network Announces Five New Series at 2007 Upfront Presentation

Cartoon Network announced its programming lineup for 2007 during its upfront event held today (Feb. 14, 2007) in New York City. CN will have five new original series, a network invasion, a multimedia event featuring inspirational kids, and a new innovative technology that will let characters take over a mobile phone. The network also showed a sneak peek of its massively multi-player game, scheduled for 2008, and also introduced a new after school franchise called Master Control, allowing kids to choose what they want to watch starting in the late summer.

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Ubisoft to Build New CG Studio

Ubisoft announced a new phase of development for its operations in Quebec, Canada. The company, which currently boasts more than 1,600 in the province, could invest up to an additional 295.6 million euros over the next six years with the goal of building up a team of 3,000 employees by 2013. This forecast exceeds current development objectives for 2005-2010 by an additional 1,000 jobs.

Production Headline News

YTV's Monster Warriors Wraps Production On Second Season

MONSTER WARRIORS, the hit YTV series produced by Coneybeare Stories, wrapped production of its second season of 26 half-hour episodes this week, and marked the occasion with special gifts for the city's Children's Aid Society.

The new season of MONSTER WARRIORS premieres on YTV on Saturday, April 7, at 12:00 pm ET/PT.

Effects Headline News

Atmosphere Visual Effects Joins Babylon 5: The Lost Tales Mission

Atmosphere Visual Effects has begun vfx work on BABYLON 5: THE LOST TALES, a made-for-video movie produced by Warner Home Video and Warner Bros. Television. Atmosphere's Andrew Karr is serving as vfx supervisor.

Titled VOICES IN THE DARK, the movie will feature two all-new stories written and directed by the original creator of BABYLON 5, exec producer J. Michael Straczynski. Doug Netter returns to the BABYLON 5 franchise as exec producer.

Artists Headline News

Corel Painter X Blurs Line Between Traditional & Digital Art

Corel Corp. announced the availability of Corel Painter X. The latest version of Corel Painter continues its focus on giving professional artists, designers and photographers a natural painting and illustration experience that is unmatched by any other software.

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Rhythm & Hues Purchases FrameCycler DI

Rhythm & Hues Inc. has purchased three seats of Iridas' FrameCycler DI. FrameCycler DI offers a powerful toolset combining uncompressed playback of 2K content, conform, primary color correction and ReviewLink, Iridas' new remote collaboration system.

"FrameCycler DI allows us to do 2K playback and saves us the step of having to do a film-out," said Harry Lam, digital compositing supervisor at Rhythm & Hues. "It's great being able to go into the screening room each day and see our work in realtime. It allows us to keep close tabs on our work as we go."

Brand Headline News

TELETOON Launches a Brand New Look

TELETOON audiences are tuning into a brand new look on the 24-hour animation network. A comprehensive re-brand including the on-air identity, for both the TELETOON daytime programming block and The Detour on TELETOON, the interactive website, all marketing collateral and a new corporate identity was unleashed.

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Imaginary Forces' Karin Fong Directs Animated Super Bowl Ad Campaign

For the second year in a row, Imaginary Forces Karin Fong designed and directed an eye-catching, imaginative series of TV spots from ad agency Kelliher Samets Volk for Vermonts Chittenden Bank for Super Bowl viewers in New England.

As with last years campaign, the spots focus on hip, iconoclastic Vermont businesses that have grown with the help and guidance of Chittenden. The spots employ a mix of production and visual effects techniques designed to make them stand out not.

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Beet The Vandel Buster Comes to DVD

BEET THE VANDEL BUSTER: THE SACRIFICE, the premiere anime release under the new partnership between Illumitoon Ent. Ltd. and Westlake Ent., arrives on DVD Jan. 30, 2007. Featuring four 30-minute episodes, the disc will be available for $24.98.

Music Headline News

Production I.G Animates New Music Video for French Diva Mylene Farmer

Production I.G and Geneon Ent. (USA) Inc. announces the signing of a creative partnership between the two companies in the creation, development and production of an animated music video for French music diva Mylene Farmer.

Awards Headline News

2007 Elans Add International Competition

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, January 24, 2007 at 12:00am

The 2nd Annual Canadian Awards for the Electronic and Animated Arts (CAEAA) along with its event partners Ernst & Young, Electronic Arts (EA), Autodesk and the British Columbia Provincial Government will be inviting videogame and animation companies as well as the students and educators from around the world to participate in this year's awards event, the 2007 Elans.

Animation Headline News

Animation Block Party Issues Call for Entries

Animation Block Party 2007Brooklyn, New York, USAJuly 28-30, 2007

NYC based Animation Block Party is dedicated to exhibiting the world's best independent, professional and student animation. There will be almost $30,000 worth of prizes up for grabs at the summer festival.

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DECODE Ent. Sells New Planet Sketch Season to Nicktoons Network

DECODE Ent. has sold a second season commission for PLANET SKETCH to Nicktoons Network in the U.S., Nickelodeon's 24-hour animation network. Nicktoons Network has ordered all 26 11-minute episodes of the hit Aardman Animations co-production to air in spring 2007.

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Nelvana Spins New Toy Deal

Nelvana and Spin Master Ltd. have teamed up on a line of specialty toys and games developed from two new animated action adventure series. The toys and games from the animated series DI-GATA DEFENDERS and BAKUGAN, which is in production and will begin airing in 2007, are set to make their debut at the Spin Master booth at the Canadian Toy & Hobby Fair on Saturday, Jan. 27, 2007, at the Metro Convention Centre in Toronto (Booth #602). Both companies, headquartered in Toronto, are working together to market and promote the toys.

Films Headline News

Pan's Labyrinth On the Foreign-Language Oscar Shortlist

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, January 17, 2007 at 12:00am

For the first time, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences released a shortlist of contenders for the foreign-language Oscar. The Mexican visual effects spectacle PAN'S LABYRINTH, which features effects from Café FX, is among the short-listed films. The other eight films include: DAYS OF GLORY (Algeria), WATER (Canada), AFTER THE WEDDING (Denmark), AVENUE MONTAIGNE (France), THE LIVES OF OTHERS (Germany), BLACK BOOK (The Netherlands), VOLVER (Spain) and VITUS (Switzerland).

Animation Headline News

Qube! Supports Digital Media Education Programs

PipelineFX's Qube! render farm management system has gained continued market momentum, as seven universities from the U.S., China, the U.K. and Canada have adopted Qube! for render farm management for their digital media and animation education programs.

Universal Headline News

NBC Universal Cable Ent. To Launch Chiller Network

NBC Universal Cable Ent. announced the launch of Chiller, a 24-hour entertainment cable channel dedicated to the horror genre. DIRECTV will be the first affiliate to carry the new network, which starts March 1, 2007.

"We continually look at our options for launching new networks," said Jeff Gaspin, president, NBC Universal Cable Ent., digital content and cross network strategy.. "Horror is one of the most reliably successful genres in entertainment today and Chiller seems like a well-timed addition to our portfolio."