JoeCartoon, who was recently acquired by Endemol USA, announced the re-launch of its new 'humor portal' JoeCartoon.com. The revamped website offers an enhanced user-friendly interface.
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DreamWorks Animation today (July 31, 2007) posted a sharply higher second-quarter profit, propelled by SHREK THE THIRD, which has reached global box office grosses of $720 million since mid-May.
The Glendale, California-based studio reported total revenue was $222.5 million and net income was $61.8 million, or 60 cents per share, compared with $74.9 million and net $13.7 million, or 13 cents per share, for the same period in 2006.
Montreal-based My Virtual Model Inc. has recently switched its 3D software technology to SOFTIMAGE|XSI, enabling its customers to offer new interactive marketing techniques in the online retail apparel and fashion, home decor, weight loss and entertainment industries.
My Virtual Model chose to replace its Maya software with SOFTIMAGE|XSI software to further develop the wide range of realistic 3D character and product models for its customers, who offer unique "try-before-purchase" online experiences as part of their customer retention strategies.
The Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF) announced its roster of films in competition, including the controversial feature PERSEPOLIS. Included among the final contenders are 26 films from the U.S. and 20 films from the U.K. Other countries competing include Australia, Argentina, Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Israel, Japan, Russian Federation, Serbia, Spain, South Korea, Sweden and Taiwan.
Imagi Studios U.S.A. and the Animation Guild, Local 839 IATSE signed a contract on July 20, 2007, covering animation writers, storyboard artists and designers. Imagi Studios U.S.A. also signed onto the Animation Guild's 401(k) Plan, and employees will be covered under the Motion Picture Industry Pension and Health Plan.
Filmmaker Zack Snyder (300), who is set to direct Warner Bros. Pictures' feature film adaptation of the award-winning graphic novel WATCHMEN, announced the cast and release date (March 6, 2009) of the highly anticipated epic before 6,500 fans during a presentation at this year's Comic-Con International convention in San Diego, California.
New York City-based Animation Collective and Canadian-based Fatkat Studios will co-produce a new, 26 half-hour episode action/comedy, animated series, THREE DELIVERY, in association with; Nicktoons Network, YTV and the BBC.
THREE DELIVERY, created by Animation Collectiveâs founder/ceo Larry Schwarz, is about a group of teenage delivery kids/superheroes, set in a Chinatown, animated in a highly graphic comicbook style. Produced with Fatkat as a U.S./Canadian co-venture. Animation Collective will handle worldwide television and consumer products sales.
Houston-based Anime Network has secured linear carriage in the state of Kansas with Sunflower Broadband and Eagle Communications, which adds three new markets to Anime Network's linear distribution. Anime Network will soon be available in Lawrence, Hays and Minneapolis, Kansas, just in time for the new semester to begin at universities across the state.
If you've been wondering how those amazing looking dinosaurs have made it to the small screen in DINOSAPIEN, the new live-action/animated adventure series airing on Discovery Kids in the U.S., you can look to Toronto-based animation studio Yowza Digital. Yowza Digital is crafting the 3D animation and visual effects production on DINOSAPIEN, which premiered July 7 in the U.S., after its earlier debut on BBC Kids Canada.
Mario Lopez hopes to revitalize the motion picture industry in Mexico with an animated film about an ancient Mayan myth, Uxmal, now 16 years in the making, reports CALAVERASENTERPRISE.COM.
The Austin, Texas, division of BioWare Corp. is integrating NaturalMotion's morpheme into its pipeline and will be using it to develop assets for several undisclosed next-generation game titles. morpheme is robust middleware designed to give developers and animators unprecedented creative control over the look of their final in-game animation by allowing them to author and preview blends, blend trees and transition graphs in realtime.
Corus Ent. announced highlights from its 2007 fall schedules.
"Treehouse, Discovery Kids and YTV are with kids at every stage of their journey through childhood - from preschooler to tween to teen," said Scott Dyer, evp/gm, kids, Corus Ent. "This fall, we're doing what we do best: giving young Canadians great programming from around the world, from preschool shows that parents trust to entertaining live-action dramas to hit series, like SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS, plus a slate of kid-friendly reality series."
Cuppa Coffee Studios has started production on the new comedy series LIFE'S A ZOO. The stop-motion package aimed at the 18+ crowd, includes its own Web channel.
MySpace and TOKYOPOP have partnered up to premiere four exclusive new shows based on TOKYOPOP's hit manga series I LUV HALLOWEEN, A MIDNIGHT OPERA, BIZENGHAST and RIDING SHOTGUN. Featuring music from the latest underground acts and cutting edge digital animation from Menfond Electronic Art, pilot episodes will air the week of July 16, 2007, with subsequent episodes running weekly thereafter. MySpace and TOKYOPOP are strategically launching a TOKYOPOP-branded profile (www.myspace.com/tokyopoptv) to host and deliver the shows to create a unique one-on-one relationship with MySpace users.
PBS is bringing an animated version of Tom and Ray Magliozzi's CAR TALK radio show to TV. Based on the hit NPR radio show, the as-yet-untitled animated 10x30 sitcom is targeted for summer 2008. Fans will be invited to submit title suggestions for the television show.
The show will focus on the âoff-airâ escapades of Tom and Ray Magliozzi (known to their listeners as Click and Clack, the Tappet brothers) as they try to fix cars, fend off disgruntled customers and seek out ways to do less and less work.
Screenwriting Expo Screenplay CompetitionLos Angeles, California, USAOct. 24-28, 2007Deadline: Aug. 14, 2007
HarperCollins Publishers announced that Warner Bros. Pictures has acquired the feature film rights to the seven-book fantasy series, SEPTIMUS HEAP. This bestselling series marks U.K. author Angie Sage's first foray into middle-grade fantasy.
SEPTIMUS HEAP: MAGYK, the first book in the series will be produced by Karen Rosenfelt (THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA) with Sage as exec producer.
The software division of award-winning visual effects studio Frantic Films will be demonstrating an array of new software products at SIGGRAPH 2007. Along with a new version of Deadline, the company's popular render farm solution, Frantic Films will unveil several new developments at Booth #1720 throughout the conference, Aug. 7-9, at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, California.
These new solutions designed for visual effects and animationProfessionals include:
In a closely fought contest, Springfield, Vermont, has emerged as the winner of THE SIMPSONS MOVIE Hometown Movie Challenge. Twentieth Century Fox will roll out the âyellow carpetâ at Springfield, Vermontâs Springfield Theaters on July 21, 2007, for the premiere screening event of THE SIMPSONS MOVIE, where attendees will get the V.I.P. treatment and be among the first in the world to see the long-anticipated movie before it hits theaters.
Kahani World Inc. in Canada and Accel Animation Studios in India have packed to produce three motion pictures and 11 direct-to-DVDs, which the parties hope to spin off into further opportunities in TV, mobile, new media & web formats. One of the largest motion picture deals in Indian animation, the parties toasted the deal at MIFA last month during Annecy, to mark the first international market where Indian animation companies had come together to present India's capabilities and accomplishments on the world stage.
DreamWorks Animation's SHREK THE THIRD's cumulative worldwide gross now surpasses the $600 million mark. The historic U.S. opening of SHREK THE THIRD -- the largest domestic debut ever for an animated film -- was duplicated in many key territories around the world, with #1 animated openings of all time in such countries as the U.K. (where it remains at the top of the box office charts for the second week of release), Russia, Korea, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Singapore and others.
HIT Ent. has appointed Sinerji, one of Turkey's leading licensing agencies, to represent HIT's internationally renowned preschool properties THOMAS & FRIENDS, BOB THE BUILDER and BARNEY & FRIENDS across Turkey.
THOMAS & FRIENDS and BARNEY & FRIENDS is broadcast on the Show TV, Turkey's terrestrial broadcaster, reaching more than 18 million households.
Adobe Systems Inc. announced the immediate availability of Adobe Creative Suite 3 Production Premium and Adobe Creative Suite 3 Master Collection software. Adobe Production Premium CS3 is the comprehensive collection of integrated cross-platform post-production software tools, helping video professionals deliver stunning results for film, broadcast, DVD, web and mobile devices. Adobe Creative Suite 3 Master Collection combines 12 of Adobe's new design and development products in a single box.
HIT Ent. has made a number of key changes to its U.K./European consumer products business following the recent appointment of Peter Byrne as evp of worldwide consumer products.
Katie Rollings fills the newly created position of vp of international marketing responsible for all strategic brand planning, marketing, retail development and creative services covering the entire international region.
Jon Owen is now vp of EMEA (Europe, the Middle East & Africa) consumer products responsible for all U.K. and EMEA licensing operations.