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Total Drama Island Pushing The Boat Out In 2008

After a phenomenal first season on Teletoon in 2007, making a splash in the top three for children ages 2-11, this new year will see TOTAL DRAMA ISLAND, the unique interactive animated reality show, wade into international waters on a grand scale with more major announcements soon to come.

Cake Distribution has licensed TOTAL DRAMA ISLAND to CANAL + Family, France, Jetix Benelux, Noga Israel, Digiturk Turkey, Salmon Russia and Diema of Bulgaria for 2008-2009 broadcast.

Series Headline News

ADV Films And Crunchyroll.com Bring Welcome To The N.H.K. To The Web

ADV Films and Crunchyroll will bring fan-favorite series WELCOME TO THE N.H.K. to the Internet. ADV Films is the number one producer-distributor of anime outside of Japan and Crunchyroll is the leading destination for Asian content on the Internet.

In a progressive campaign to leverage digital promotion, ADV has made the first two installments of the 24 episode series available for at www.crunchyroll.com. Two additional episodes will be added each Thursday over the next five weeks.

Film Headline News

New Terminator Flick Starts Shooting Up New Mexico

Principal photography for TERMINATOR SALVATION: THE FUTURE BEGINS, starring Sam Worthington and Christian Bale, is now underway in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA.

TERMINATOR SALVATION: THE FUTURE BEGINS is directed by McG from a script by Michael Ferris and John Brancato. It is a Halcyon Company film from Mortiz Borman Production and a McG Film.

McG will write a production blog on the movie's official site: http://rss.warnerbros.com/terminatorsalvation/.

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Action! Extraterrestrials! Strippers! AWNtv This Week

With the new "Indiana Jones" hitting theaters this week, AWNtv gets into the action/adventure mood as well. This exciting playlist is your ticket to adventurers, superheroes, barbarians, car chases, Vikings, giant Hello Kitty robots, and avenging dust bunnies!

Two new films from the talented Ivan Rusev!

When life gives you lemons, punch it in the face -- enter the world of GREY.

Look to the skies! Slap yourself on the head -- EXTRATERRESTRIALS is here.

Licensing Headline News

Lola & Virginia Continue To Head Around The World

Imira Ent. is heading to next month's Licensing International Show with further deals signed for international hit property LOLA & VIRGINIA. Following hot on the heels of partnerships with Italy's RAI Trade, Panini and Virgin Play (Nintendo DS game), Imira has scored additional broadcast, home entertainment, licensing and interactive deals in territories worldwide.

Wild Headline News

Wild Canary Media Opens Its Doors In Burbank

Richard Marlis, the former exec VP of Hollywood-based ka-chew/Klasky-Csupo, and Carmen Italia, an advertising and marketing exec and founder of Italia Partners, announced the opening of Wild Canary Media today, based in Burbank, California, USA.

Joining Marlis and Italia at Wild Canary are executive producer of animation Liz Seidman, directors Paul DeMeyer and Gary Johns and producer Chris Hutchison. Heading up the CG animation team are CGI supervisor Bryan Blevins and lead TD artist James Parks. Spearheading the broadcast entertainment business is Mark Pinsker.

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U2 3D Film Director Selected As SIGGRAPH 2008 Featured Speaker

ACM SIGGRAPH announced the selection of Irish artist and director Catherine Owens, best known for her staging and film work with the Irish rock band U2, as a featured speaker for SIGGRAPH 2008 to be held in Los Angeles this August.

Owens will present "Giving Technology Emotion: From the Artist's Mind to U2 3D," which details her co-directing and producing experiences during production of the film U2 3D, the first digital 3D, multi-camera, real-time production.

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Book Of Secrets, Muppets In A Show And More On DVD Today

From Disney comes NATIONAL TREASURE 2: BOOK OF SECRETS and the third season of THE MUPPET SHOW, along with Volume 1 of the RICHIE RICH/SCOOBY-DOO hour and OBAN STAR-RACERS Vol. 2.

NATIONAL TREASURE 2: BOOK OF SECRETS

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Shout! And 4Kids Bring Dinosaur King To DVD

Shout! Factory and 4Kids Ent. will bring the highly popular 4Kids TV animated series DINOSAUR KING to the home entertainment marketplace.

The multi-year deal provides Shout! Factory with licensing rights as the exclusive home entertainment distributor for DINOSAUR KING in the U.S. Multiple DVD titles, to include 49 half-hour episodes of this visually stunning cel and CG-animated hybrid series, are currently in pre-production, with the first to be released later this year.

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Live-Action Japanese Feature Death Note On The Big Screen

DEATH NOTE, a live-action Japanese feature event shows that the pen is mightier than the sword in a special two-night event at more than 300 theaters on May 20 and 21 at 7:30 p.m.

This unique theater event (English dubbed) brings to life the popular Japanese manga series written by Tsugumi Ohba and will feature an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the creation of this breakthrough live action production, an in-depth interview with Director Shusuke Kaneko and a unique look at the talent behind the DEATH NOTE characters.

Production Headline News

John Cline Get Curious

John Cline has joined Curious Pictures as its Head of Production. The announcement was made by Mary Knox, Executive Producer at the New York-based production company.

He brings to the studio an extensive background as both an agency producer at a number of New York agencies, most recently Nitro, as well as on the production company side of the business.

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CMG Acquires Worldwide Sales Rights To Louis La Chance

Cinema Management Group has signed worldwide sales rights to $16 million 3-D/CGI feature animated film LOUIS LA CHANCE. Currently in production, LOUIS LA CHANCE is a hilarious, fast paced, action-packed animated feature set during the early years of the Monaco Grand Prix.

Festival Headline News

Mexico International Film Festival

Now in its third year, the Mexico International Film Festival is committed to bringing the best independent cinema from around the world to Mexico in an effort to maintain and enrich the country's film culture. The festival is held in the serene and beautiful town of Rosarito, situated on the Baja coast, where the sun shines all year with cooling sea breezes, glorious clear skies, and the crystal azure Pacific as a backdrop. The festival will be held April 18-19, 2009 and entries are due December 31, 2008.

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Call For Entries: Canada International Film Festival

The Canada International Film Festival brings the best of world cinema to Canada and plays an important role in maintaining and further enriching its film culture. The Canada International Film Festival has quickly carved out a name for itself among the top film festivals in Canada. It accepts films of any type, in any genre, from over 90 countries around the world. The festival, in Vancouver, is dedicated to the creation of opportunities for the artistic interaction and exchange among independent filmmakers and the film-going community.

Festival Headline News

Call For Entries: Mexico International Film Festival

Now in its third year, the Mexico International Film Festival is committed to bringing the best independent cinema from around the world to Mexico in an effort to maintain and enrich the country's film culture. The festival is held in the serene and beautiful town of Rosarito, situated on the Baja coast, where the sun shines all year with cooling sea breezes, glorious clear skies, and the crystal azure Pacific as a backdrop.

Festival will be held April 18-19, 2009Deadline: December 31, 2008

Series Headline News

Fantastic Four & Creepie Heading to Mexico

Taffy Ent. announced that Televisa has purchased the free TV rights in Mexico to the award-winning kids' animated series GROWING UP CREEPIE and THE FANTASTIC FOUR. The deal was completed in partnership with Hola Ent., the Latin America agent for Taffy Ent.

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Sony's IPAX Program Admits Seven New Schools

Seven new educational institutions have been accepted into Sony Pictures Imageworks' Professional Academic Excellence (IPAX) program, it was announced today by the company's president, Tim Sarnoff. After a rigorous review process, Imageworks has admitted the following schools into the program, including, for the first time, two international institutions:

* Brigham Young University* California State University Northridge* Filmakademie Baden-Wurttemberg* Linkopings Universitet* New York University* School of Visual Arts

Spot Headline News

Blur Goes Disco in Latest Spot from Pringles

Blur Studio channeled their inner disco in a new commercial for Pringles Stix via advertising agency Grey New York. The spot features a lively dance number performed by digital characters, in an entirely CG environment evoking the sparkly discos of the 1970s. The campaign includes :30 and :15 versions airing in the U.S. and later in Canada.

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AWNtv This Week - Bad Boys of Animation & Rockin' Videos

AWNtv let animated girls go wild; now it introduces the bad boys... you know you love them.

From Cole who needs women to a naughty door-to-door salesman to super cool Disco Cool to seven sinners to an avenging line-dancing bear to randy neutered cats to convertible-driving pigs to black-hatted cowboys -- the bad boys are talking over AWNtv!

For something new -- more than snowballs get thrown in DARTS IN THE SNOW.

Justice seeking acorns vs. scheming squirrels in NUTZ.

Come to the dark side for LA PETITE ET LA MORT.

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Sierra Wraps Up Mummy 3 Game

Sierra Ent., a division of Vivendi Games, today announced the development of THE MUMMY: TOMB OF THE DRAGON EMPEROR, a videogame based on the Universal Pictures' production. The game, which will mirror the film, is being developed by Eurocom Studios for the Wii and PlayStation 2 and by A2M for Nintendo DS. THE MUMMY: TOMB OF THE DRAGON EMPEROR game was created through a licensing agreement with Universal Pictures Digital Platforms Group.

Animation Headline News

SIGGRAPH Computer Animation Festival Award Nominees Announced

ACM SIGGRAPH announced today the award nominees for the SIGGRAPH 2008 Computer Animation Festival to be held in Los Angeles this summer. Nominees were chosen from more than 900 submissions from around the globe, presented by both professional studios and students alike. An esteemed panel of jury members reviewed each submission to compile some of the greatest works submitted this year.

Animation Headline News

Ottawa Festival Entry Deadline Fast Approaching

The Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF) entry deadline is fast approaching for the 2008 event taking place Sept. 17-21, 2008. Each year, by the June 1 deadline, the OIAF receives over 2,000 entries. Only 100 are selected to be screened. Animators are invited to submit their recent work in six major categories including independent short films, feature films, new media, commissioned films (TV series, commercials, music video etc), student films and work made for children. There is no entry fee. Preview DVDs must be received by June 16.

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AWNtv This Week - Bathroom Lovin', Prince-Hungry Pussycat & Mom

Great new vids, celebrating mom this week at AWNtv!

In celebration of Mother's Day, AWNtv showcases a mix of female characters and female filmmakers.

From a child's innocence in SHADOWS AND REFLECTIONS to the later years of life in WOMAN IN THE ATTIC -- AWNtv shows its feminine side.

New! New! New!

Shocking... and hilarious... new series WERBOPBOP -- nsfw for sure!

Love... bathrooms... decapitation... all in Jason Donati's HEAD QUARTERS.

Chaos ensues in Ivan Rusev's YELLOW.

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