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Mysterious Geographic Voyage of Jasper Morello Takes Annecy

The coveted short film grand prize at the 29th International Festival of Animated Film at Annecy went to THE MYSTERIOUS GEOGRAPHIC EXPLORATIONS OF JASPER MORELLO by Anthony Lucas from Australia. The awards were presented at the closing ceremony held on Saturday, June 11, 2005 in Annecy, France. Congratulations to all the winners!

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Sega Animanium Releases Lite Version of Its Animation Software

Sega Animanium, a 3D character animation software that has been used by leading animation studios and videogame developers in Japan, is now available in both a full version and a newly released lite version.

USA Index Corp., the U.S. subsidiary of Japan-based Index Corp. and licensee of Animanium, has released Animanium Express for $99. Animanium Express offers most of the features of the full version of Sega Animanium, however is limited to no more than 180 frames and does not offer the automatic clean-up function.

Software Headline News

Pipelinefx Becomes IBM ServerProven

Pipelinefx, a leading provider of enterprise server farm management software for 3D animation and interactive entertainment companies, has achieved optimized status in IBMs PartnerWorld Industry Networks program. As a result, Pipelinefx can help customers achieve higher productivity in the production of 3D content and game development for next generation platforms.

Film Headline News

Slamdance 2006 Now Open for Submissions!

Slamdance Film Festival 2006Park City, Utah, USAJanuary 19-27, 2006Deadline: October 11, 2005

The 12th annual Slamdance Film Festival is a leading independent film festival taking shorts and features. Slamdance is currently accepting submissions. The early deadline is Aug. 29 for all films. The final shorts deadline is Oct. 11. The final features deadline is Oct. 17. Go to www.slamdance.com for more information or to download an application.

Post Headline News

Post Logic Staffs Up and Prepares for Capital Expansion

Leading post-production boutique Post Logic Studios has added three new members to its management team as the company prepares to roll out a multimillion-dollar capital expansion under the leadership of president Steve Hendricks.

Film Headline News

More Sensitive Wins Best Animation at the Female Eye Film Fest

MORE SENSITIVE, an animated film about a musician playing before a drunken, oblivious audience in a piano bar, was awarded Best Animation at the Female Eye Film Festival in Toronto this past weekend.

This is the second award for MORE SENSITIVE, which also won the Government of Canada Best Short Animation Award at the Victoria Independent Film & Video Festival in February 2004. Since then it has screened at 20 festivals across Canada, the U.S., Europe and Australia.

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Noga & Pil Animation Launch Just a Minute

Noga Communications and Pil Animation have launched a new 26x2 series, JUST A MINUTE. Noga will be attending Annecy and MIFA with the project.

This animated show provides kids 6-12 with core knowledge in nature, science, architecture and history. Each clip presents at least five interesting facts on any given subject. For example, the program's viewers will learn why it is that Leonardo da Vinci wrote backwards, or why the Food Chain should not be confused with a fast-food joint.

Digital Headline News

Digital Dimension Creates Seamless 3D for Monster-in-Law

Leading visual effects studio Digital Dimension completed several dozen visual effects shots for the recent New Line feature MONSTER-IN-LAW. Seamless composites and digital effects created by Digital Dimension in collaboration with director of photography Russell Carpenter are a perfect fit for the film's gorgeous Southern California look and sets.

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Cookie Jar Education Acquires Kingsley & Fiesta Brands

Cookie Jar Education has acquired the Kingsley and Fiesta lines of ESL (English as a second language) and SSL (Spanish as a second language) books and education materials from San Diego, California-based Kingsley Publishing, the publisher responsible for the development of the properties.

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YTV Goes Fairly Odd With Superheroes In June

Canada's YTV will be holding a FAIRLY ODDPARENTS marathon and superhero themed programming block during June.

YTV will air four back-to-back episodes of THE FAIRLY ODDPARENTS to honor the beginning of summer vacation, on Thursday, June 23, beginning at 4:00 pm.

Beginning Saturday, June 4, YTV will kick off its month long superhero programming. On June 12, HOLLYWOODS 10 BEST SUPERHEROES will countdown the best movie superheroes in history at 7:00 p.m.

Film Headline News

Time to Enter the Woodstock Museum Free Film & Video Fest

6th Annual Woodstock Museum Free Film & Video FestivalWoodstock, New York, USASept. 2 - 4, 2005Deadline July 20, 2005

This year's theme for the 6th Annual Woodstock Museum Free Film & Video Festival is "Connection. The event celebrates work in features, documentaries, shorts and works in progress. For more information, contact the Woodstock Museum at P.O. Box 73, Woodstock, New York 12498-0073, tel.: 845-246-0600, fax: 845-246-7763 or Web: www.WoodstockMuseum.org.

Series Headline News

Benjamin Bear Snags Italian Merchandising Deal

Amberwood Ent. has entered into a master merchandising and licensing arrangement with RTI, a subsidiary of Gruppo Mediaset, for the animated series, THE SECRET WORLD OF BENJAMIN BEAR. RTI will undertake comprehensive merchandising of product based upon the series throughout Italy.

This series, commissioned by Canada's Family Channel, was co-produced with Scotland's Red Kite Productions and has been licensed in numerous territories worldwide.

Anime Headline News

Appleseed DVD Sales Surpass Expectations

Geneon Ent. reported that DVD sales of APPLESEED have exceeded expectations with more than 85,000 units sold to date since the titles May 10 release, setting a new standard for anime titles released in North America, and shaping up to be one of the top anime releases of 2005.

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Fifi and the Flowertots Pollinate New Territories

Rights management company Target Entertainment, acting as agent for Chapman Entertainment, has signed new TV deals for FIFI AND THE FLOWERTOTS in Asia and the Middle East. Target reps the stop-motion series from Chapman Ent., which continues to impress buyers across the globe, taking root in 42 territories that have picked up the rights to the TV series since its launch at MIPCOM 2004.

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JibJab Brewing Online Ent. for Budweiser

JibJab founders Gregg and Evan Spiridellis have joined with Budweiser to develop online entertainment staring Bud Lizards Frank and Louie in teaser videos to promote the beer.

In an effort to maintain its brewing industry lead in reaching Internet-savvy adult consumers, Budweiser decided to employ the brothers who created the wildly popular THIS LAND video that swept the Internet during last fall's presidential election.

Home Headline News

Incredibles and Shrek 2 Highlight VSDA Nominations

Nominations for the VSDA's annual Home Entertainment Awards were announced by the Video Software Dealers Assn., with Disney/Pixars THE INCREDIBLES (Buena Vista Home Ent.) and DreamWorks SHREK 2 (DreamWorks Home Ent.) leading the pack with four nominations each. SHREK 2 earned an additional nomination for its GameCube videogame.

Animation Headline News

Geneon Releases Next Samurai Champloo Volume

On May 31, 2005, Geneon Ent. will release the third volume in their critically acclaimed series SAMURAI CHAMPLOO. Powered by fresh sounds from Tsutchie, fat jon, Nujabes and FORCE OF NATURE, SAMURAI CHAMPLOOs visuals and story are the creative collaboration of character designer and animation director Kazuto Nakazawa (KILL BILL VOL. 1), creative director Shinichiro Watanabe (COWBOY BEBOP, THE ANIMATRIX) and weapons designer Mahiro Maeda (THE ANIMATRIX, LAST EXILE).

Media Headline News

MTV Networks Latin America Ups Luis Goicouria to VP, Digital Media

Luis Goicouria has been promoted to vp of digital media for MTV Networks Latin America. He will oversee the companys New Media division in Miami and report to Charlie Singer, evp of programming, creative and strategic marketing, MTV Networks Latin America.

Goicouria oversee all strategic and operational aspects of interactive digital media, and continue to ensure the integration and expansion of both online and mobile businesses. He will also lead the development and distribution of proprietary digital content for MTV Networks brands across Latin America.

Lucas Headline News

Lucas to Receive 33rd AFI Life Achievement Award June 9

The Force is definitely with George Lucas: On the heels of the record breaking box office results from the first week of his last STAR WARS saga, EPISODE III REVENGE OF THE SITH, Lucas will receive the American Film Institute's (AFI) 33rd Life Achievement Award on June 9, at a gala event. Filmmaker, friend and past recipient Steven Spielberg will present Lucas with the award at the tribute, which will be held at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles. THE 33rd AFI LIFE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: A TRIBUTE TO GEORGE LUCAS will air on USA Network on June 20, at 9:00 p.m. (ET/PT).

Digital Headline News

Discovery Channel Presents CG Accurate Battle of the Bulge March 29

The Discovery Channel will broadcast one of the major battles of the 20th Century, THE BATTLE OF THE BULGE, as a one-hour cable show on May 29, 2005, at 8:00 pm with a rebroadcast at 10:00 pm. This is one of a series of historical shows produced by Morning Star Ent., with 3D-animated effects by Double Edge Digital, the Glendale, California studio that did the vfx on the first show of the series, ALEXANDER THE GREAT AND THE BATTLE OF GAUGAMELA.

Game Headline News

Madagascar Game Stampedes Into Stores Nationwide

DreamWorks Animation's MADAGASCAR THE GAME from Activision Inc. has hit stores in time for the May 27 release of MADAGASCAR. Based on the highly anticipated CG feature, MADAGASCAR THE GAME lets players discover their true animal instincts when an adventurous journey lands them on the remote island of Madagascar. Gamers must master each animal's individual survival skills in order to tackle obstacles and foes in scenarios from the movie and beyond.

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