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Headline News Interactive Academy Announces Award Finalists

The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (AIAS) announced the finalists for the 7th Annual Interactive Achievement Awards, which will be held at Rain in the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, March 4, 2004. Leading the finalists was Electronic Arts with 29, followed closely by Ubisoft and Sony Computer Entertainment of America (SCEA) with 23 and 21 finalists respectively. The Academy will present awards in 36 craft, console, computer and online categories, including an overall "Game of the Year" and Game of the Year honors in various genres, as well as the prestigious Hall of Fame Award.

Headline News Comcast Makes Surprise Bid to Buy Disney

With cable TV giant Comcast Corp. stunning the entertainment world with its proposed offer on Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2004, to buy the Walt Disney Co. for an estimated stock value of $66 billion, the industry was abuzz with speculation that Disney chairman/ceo Michael Eisner's days are now numbered. Especially in light of the fact that Institutional Shareholder Services, a leading provider of proxy voting and corporate governance services, also recommended on Wednesday that Disney shareholders withhold their vote for Eisner's reelection to the board of directors.

Headline News H2V’s Manga To Make Monster & Alien Films

H2V Entertainments Manga Latina Productions, along with Britain-based UKFS as a financing co-producer, are teaming with the U.K.s Treehouse Productions to turn AP Comics first full-color comic book, MONSTER CLUB, into an animated feature film. Manga Latina is also turning its property ALIEN AND AJAX into a full-length animated feature. H2Vs Louie Porco and Henrique Vera-Villanueva will exec produce both films.

Headline News Kid Power Marketing Awards Deadline Nears!

11th Annual Kid Power AwardsOrlando, Florida, USAMay 4, 2004Deadline: February 16, 2004

Kid Power Xchange, the leading information resource for youth marketers, is hosting the 11th annual Kid Power Awards. The awards program honors, recognizes and promotes the most innovative kids marketing campaigns in the U.S. and worldwide. All entries will be judged anonymously by a panel of senior-level marketing professionals who represent the youth marketing industry.

Headline News Legacy Offers Online Production Journal For First Short Film

Recently formed Legacy Animation Studios has begun pre-production on an animated short film entitled LUCKY, and, a la Bill Plympton and his HAIR HIGH or Fathom Studios DELGO, Web surfers can watch the production in progress with an online production journal (www.legacyanimation.net/lucky/). The film will be animated with traditional hand-drawn animation, and is the first project for this group of animators and artists formerly employed by Walt Disney Feature Animation Florida.

Headline News AOL & Sarbakan Team On FireChild Online Game

America Online launched FIRECHILD, a 3D online action game built exclusively for the RED service, AOL's new service created just for teens. Created by Sarbakan, FIRECHILD is a console-quality, story-driven online game that can be played using the AOL for Broadband service.

Headline News Bardel & Mega Bloks Fire Up Dragons Deal

Vancouver-based Bardel Entertainment Inc. has landed a deal with Mega Bloks Inc. to develop the top-selling DRAGONS toy line for an animated TV movie, which will air on Canadas TELETOON.

Were very excited to work with Mega Bloks and bring the DRAGONS universe to the big screen, said Bardels ceo Delna Bhesania. These toys are already a huge hit and the evolution into a feature film is a natural progression. Kids are going to love this.

Headline News CyberChase Makes Marketing Push

PBS Kids' math-mystery property CYBERCHASE has moved into brand activity high gear this spring, including new marketing dollars and licensees. With INTEL and JIF signing on as national underwriters of the series, the deal brings a variety of promotional opportunities and marketing dollars to the show. As part, national student contests, educational outreach programs, consumer promotions and events are in the works to focus nationwide attention on math literacy.

Headline News IMAX & Daytona USA to Open IMAX Theatre at Daytona

IMAX Corp. has signed an agreement with Daytona USA, the official attraction of NASCAR, to open a new IMAX 3D theatre alongside the Daytona International Speedway. Scheduled to open in April 2004, the theater will premiere the Warner Bros. Pictures first IMAX 3D film, NASCAR 3D: THE IMAX EXPERIENCE.

Headline News Fairly OddParents Fly to Burger King

Running from February 9 - March 14, 2004, Burger King will offer 10 FAIRLY ODDPARENT toys featuring all of characters. Each toy will come with one of five online codes that unlock unique FAIRLY ODDPARENTS-themed digital prizes at www.burgerkingFOP.nick.com, including a mouse pointer, printable locker poster, wallpaper, 500 Nick Points and e-cards. In addition, kids who collect all five codes will get a limited edition screensaver.

Headline News Dinotopia: The Series Wins Bronze Medal at New York festivals

An episode of the fantasy series DINOTOPIA has won a Bronze World Medal in the 'Action/Adventure' category at the International Film & Video Awards, part of the New York festivals. The awards were presented on January 30, 2004 along with the Television Programming and Promotions Awards. Framestore CFC created the digital VFX for the episode.

A list of winners in every category can be found at: http://www.newyorkfestivals.com/main.taf?p=3,1

Headline News DreamWorks Taps Ridley for Unprofessional Animated Feature

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, February 4, 2004 at 12:00am

DreamWorks has signed a seven-figure deal with writer John Ridley to pen the animated feature, THE UNPROFESSIONALS, reported VARIETY. The film will chronicle the misadventures of a trio of unlucky monkeys. Ridley previously worked in toon town on the Web animation series UNDERCOVER BROTHER, which was made into a live-action theatrical feature, and THOSE WHO WALK IN DARKNESS, which was released as an animated feature compilation on DVD. Mike LaChance, Chris Cuzer and Jeffrey Katzenberg will serve as producers on the new project.

Headline News Tiger Aspects Licenses Mr Bean To Strip On Nicktoons TV

Tiger Aspect Productions has signed a three-year deal with Nickelodeon U.K. for its hit series, animated MR BEAN, bringing the outlandish animated adventures of one of the worlds most recognizable comic figures to strip throughout the week on Nicktoons TV in February 2004.

Headline News Stargate to Re-do Highlander 2 VFX for Upcoming DVD

Stargate Digital, which recently opened a new facility in London, is currently revamping of all the visual effects for Highlander 2, to be released on DVD this spring through Artisan Home Ent.

Headline News Atomic Betty Breaks Into U.S. Market

Breakthrough Animation Inc. has sold ATOMIC BETTY to Cartoon Network in the U.S. The series, co-produced with fellow Canadian Atomic Cartoons and Tele-Images Kids in France, has cleared in a number of markets around the world, but creators were especially keen on bringing the cartoon to American TV viewers.

Headline News Discreet Ships New fire and smoke

Discreet has begun shipping worldwide its non-linear editing and finishing systems, fire 6 and smoke 6. Discreet's editing systems are shaping a new generation of powerful data-centric workflows for digital film, high definition television (HDTV) and standard definition television projects.

Headline News eyeon Releases Courseware Edition 2 for Digital Fusion/DFX+

eyeon Software Inc. announced the availability of its latest courseware series, Edition 2, an integrated system-based learning experience, exploring the tools within Digital Fusion/DFX+ while outlining features, benefits and varying degrees of application. Edition 2 is a valuable resource for anyone looking to broaden their compositing foundation.

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