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McLaren Retrospective in Official Selection at Cannes

For the first time, Cannes Classics will feature an animator, and the honor goes to Norman McLaren, who won the Short Film Palme dor in 1955 with BLINKITY BLANK. A selection of 13 McLaren films has been put together in homage to the great filmmaker and to celebrate 65 years of animation at the National Film Board of Canada.

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Activision to Open Facility on DreamWorks Animation Campus

Activision will be opening a dedicated studio facility on the DreamWorks Animation campus in Glendale, California, following on the heels of their strategic alliance. The move, which establishes an unprecedented level of collaboration between a Hollywood studio and a videogame company, will facilitate simultaneous co-development between DreamWorks' 3D-animated features and Activision games based on those films.

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Silicon Graphics Seeks Bankruptcy Protection

Silicon Graphics Inc. has filed for bankruptcy protection under Chapter 11 on May 8, 2006, after a round of restructuring measures failed, and signed an agreement with its lenders to reduce the companys debt by about $250 million, according to SGI officials.

In court papers, SGI said it had been challenged by delays in introducing new technology, a focus on more specialized markets and more intense competition from larger rivals.

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Activision Wins James Bond Video Game License

MGM Interactive and EON Productions Ltd. have awarded Activision Inc. the rights to develop and publish interactive entertainment games based on the James Bond license through 2014.

Since the initial release of DR. NO in 1962, JAMES BOND films have grossed more than $3.6 billion theatrically worldwide and approximately 30 million units of videogames based on the world of James Bond have been sold to date.

International Headline News

Scotland Showcasing its Creative Services Talent at E3

Learn more about Scotland's thriving gaming industry by visiting the Scottish Development International Pavilion, West 2400, at E3, May 10-12, 2006. Demo the latest games from top developers, such as Genuine Games and OuterLight and meet with key industry players from this part of the world, including execs from Real Time Worlds, F4G Software, and TPLD.

Award Headline News

Overtime Wins Two Awards at Stuttgart

Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film wound up its 2006 event on May 2, with the awarding of its coveted prizes. OVERTIME from Oury Atlan, Damien Ferrié and Thibault Berland took home the International Promotion Award and the Best Student Film prize. Other big winners included Aardmans ANGRY KID and OLIS CHANCE by Johannes Weiland and Saschka Unseld.

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fmx/06 Announces Awards

fmx/06, the 11th International Conference on Animation, Effects, Realtime and Content from May 3-6, 2006 in Stuttgart, Germany, announces its prizes. With more than 5,000 international visitors 40% more than last year fmx/06 included 350 speakers from all over the world presented more than 300 lectures, demos, workshops and screenings about creation, production and distribution in all forms of digital content.

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SNK Playmore USA Corp. Brings 5 Titles to E3

SNK Playmore USA Corp., the U.S. publishing arm of the SNK Playmore Corp., announced that they will premiere five new games for the Wii, PlayStation 2, PSP, Nintendo DS and Game Boy Advance at E3, to be held May 10-12, 2006, at the Los Angeles Convention Center. SNK will showcase its titles in the Concourse, Suite #153A.

Debuting at this year's E3 are THE KING OF FIGHTERS 2006 for the PlayStation 2, METAL SLUG ANTHOLOGY for the Wii and PSP, METAL SLUG for the Game Boy Advance and SNK VS CAPCOM CARD FIGHTERS DS for the Nintendo DS.

Kids Headline News

Alliance Atlantis Announces Canadian Licensing Deals for Lunar Jim

Alliance Atlantis International Content Distribution announced that agreements have been reached in Canada with Adorable Kids Inc. to develop sleepwear and underwear and Calego Intl to develop a line of bags, backpacks and other accessories, for its preschool stop-motion animated property, LUNAR JIM.

World Headline News

EA Marks Release of Black & White 2 & 2006 FIFA World Cup

Electronic Arts has marked the release of BLACK & WHITE 2: BATTLE OF THE GODS and 2006 FIFA WORLD CUP.

Developed by UK-based Lionhead Studios, BLACK & WHITE 2: BATTLE OF THE GODS has begun to ship to retail outlets and the EA downloader at www.downloader.ea.com.

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Geneon Releases Viewtiful Joe, Starship Operators & More on DVD

Geneon Ent. has released VIEWTIFUL JOE VOLUME TWO, STARSHIP OPERATORS VOLUME THREE, SAIYUKI RELOAD GUNLOCK VOLUME ONE and KANNAZUKI NO MIKO SOLAR PRINCESS VOLUME ONE on DVD.

Based on Capcoms wildly popular videogame franchise, the vibrant and fun combination of Japanese and American comic-style character design has ranked #1 in its Saturday timeslot for kids 6-11 and boys 9-14 on Kids WB! since its November sweeps week debut. Featuring character profiles and conceptual images, the VIEWTIFUL JOE VOLUME TWO DVD will sell for $19.98.

Shows Headline News

LACDA Opens 2006 Digital Art And Photography Competition

LACDA Digital Art And Photography Competition 2006Los Angeles, California, USAJune 8-July 1, 2006Deadline: May 21, 2006

LACDA announces our juried competition for digital art and photography. Entrants submit three JPEG files of original work. All styles of 2D artwork and photography where digital processes of any kind were integral to the creation of the images are acceptable.

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Magic Cellar Wins Highest Award At WorldFest

MAGIC CELLAR, the first animated series to be based on African culture, has been awarded the Platinum REMI Award at WorldFest. The award to MAGIC CELLAR was presented in Houston, Texas on April 29, 2006. Present to receive the award were Firdaus Kharas, director and executive producer of Ottawa, Canada and Adeelah Carrim, producer, of Johannesburg, South Africa. The show is a joint venture between Canada and South Africa.

Television Headline News

Jane & the Dragon, John & Michael Get BANFF Playback Nods

The Banff World Television Festival announced the nominees for its PLAYBACK-sponsored Best Canadian Award. As finalists, the 18 Canadian nominees not only stand to win in their own genre categories, but are also vying for the Best Canadian Program title. Nominees will be screened by an independent jury of Canadian television professionals with the winner announced at the 2006 Banff World Television Festival.

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IDT Ent. Brings Everyone’s Hero & More To Cannes 2006

IDT Ent. is gearing up a full slate of projects, including its first theatrical CG feature EVERYONES HERO, to take to Cannes. Executives attending the event include: Neil Braun, president, feature films & television; John Hyde, coo; Andrew Berman, evp, IDT Ent. Sales; and Patti Rose, director, IDT Ent. Sales.

Series Headline News

Spider Riders Premiere Tops TELETOON May Highlights

Topping the highlights in its May lineup, TELETOON will premiere the first anime series to come out of Canada SPIDER RIDERS. The series will launch Sunday, May 7, 2006, at 10:00 am with a 90-minute special, SPIDER RIDERS: THE INNER WORLD.

SPIDER RIDERS is an action-adventure series for kids 6-12, based on the book SHARDS OF THE ORACLE by Tedd Anasti and Patsy Cameron-Anasti, published in December 2004. Toronto's Cookie Jar Ent. and Japan's Yomiko co-produce the series. Japanese animation company BeeTrain, a division of IG Prod., is doing the animation.

Films Headline News

John Lithgow to Star in Paloozaville Animated & Live-Action Series

23D Films, an animation design studio, and Weller/Grossman Prods., an award-winning television production company, will jointly produce live-action/animated PALOOZAVILLE, a 20-part signature series staring its creator, John Lithgow. The program will broadcast on Mag Racks Kids Club video on-demand presentations.

A palooza is an invitation to a creative adventure, an activity that keeps kids from uttering those terrifying words, Im bored! according to creator John Lithgow.

Media Headline News

NAB2006 AIM Winners Announced

NAB announced the winners of the fourth-annual Awards for Innovation in Media (AIMs). Attendees at the NAB2006 exhibition voted April 24 and 25 for the technological innovations that best addressed current and upcoming issues in the electronic media industry by boosting efficiency, increasing user flexibility and creativity, and lowering cost.

Film Headline News

Red Bank International Film Fest Calls for Entries

Red Bank International Film Festival 2006Red Bank, New Jersey, USAOctober 13-15, 2006Deadline: June 1, 2006

Red Bank - The Jersey Shore town that local filmmaker Kevin Smith made famous is set to host the 6th Annual Red Bank International Film Festival. With one of its main sites being the historic Count Basie Theatre a venue with more than 1,000 seats, a brand new state of the art sound system, and an enormous screen the festival is a showcase for any film.

Kids Headline News

AOL Launches KOL Jr. on the Open Web

AOL has launched KOL Jr. (www.koljunior.com/), a website for kids 2-5. The site contains original cartoons, games, music, bedtime stories and other fun, interactive features designed to help parents introduce the Internet to their young children. The launch of KOL Jr. also marks the debut of a brand new cartoon called PILAR'S ADVENTURES, which covers topics that engage preschoolers' imaginations while helping them deal with everyday life experiences.

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