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Robert B. Clasen to Head Starz Ent. Group & IDT Ent. Merger

IDT Ent. has been renamed Starz Media and Starz Ent. Group has been renamed Starz Ent., both wholly owned subsidiaries of Starz Llc., which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Liberty Media Corp. Liberty recently acquired IDTE from IDT Corp. Robert B. Clasen will serve as chairman/ceo of both entities and of Starz Llc., which will be the umbrella company overseeing the two operating units.

Series Headline News

Terminator TV Series Gets Greenlight

Warner Bros. TV has hired David Nutter to helm the pilot for THE SARAH CONNOR CHRONICLES, prompting Fox Broadcasting to officially greenlight production on the TERMINATOR-based project, reports VARIETY. Andy Vajna and Mario Kassar's C2 Pictures, which produced TERMINATOR 3, is producing with Warner Bros. TV. Nutter will also exec produce with Kassar and Vajna.

Fox picked up the script from exec producer Josh Friedman (WAR OF THE WORLDS) last fall.

Casting will begin immediately, with filming set to start early next year in New Mexico.

Film Headline News

Enter the Historic 50th San Francisco International Film Festival

50th San Francisco International Film Festival San Francisco, California, USAApril 26May 10, 2007Deadline: Dec. 8, 2006

The San Francisco International Film Festival (SFIFF) is a celebration of international and independent film that has brought progressive and discerning Bay Area film audiences together with the best films and filmmakers in the world since 1957.

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Frank Tashlin Spotlighted in New Golden Looney Tunes DVD Collection

On Nov. 14, viewers will shout "Andale! Andale! Arriba! Arriba!" when Warner Home Video (WHV) releases LOONEY TUNES GOLDEN COLLECTION VOLUME FOUR ($64.92) and LOONEY TUNES SPOTLIGHT COLLECTION VOLUME FOUR ($26.99).

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VIZ Media Signs New Deals For Zatch Bell! & Naruto In Latin America

VIZ Media Llc. has closed deals with three of the largest terrestrial television companies in Latin America for two animated series from Japan NARUTO and ZATCH BELL! America TV (Peru) has acquired 52 episodes each of ZATCH BELL! and NARUTO ; TV Globo (Brazil) has acquired 52 episodes of ZATCH BELL! and Televideo Services picked up 52 episodes each of ZATCH BELL! and NARUTO for Guatemala, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Paraguay and Honduras.

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Microsoft Launches New Gaming Peripherals

At the Games Convention in Leipzig, Germany, Microsoft Corp. unveiled several new products to enhance its gaming line the Microsoft IntelliMouse Explorer 3.0, Xbox 360 Wireless Controller for Windows and Habu mouse in alliance with Razer USA Ltd. Guided by consumer feedback, these new products address specific gamer demands and demonstrate Microsoft Hardware's increased focus on the PC gaming market.

Series Headline News

The 4400 Returns for Season Four

USA Network has ordered 13 one-hour episodes of the Emmy-nominated series THE 4400. The series will return to USA Network in summer 2007 with production scheduled to begin in Vancouver in early 2007. THE 4400 is produced by CBS Paramount Network Television in Association with Sky Television, Renegade 83 and American Zoetrope for USA Network.

Effects Headline News

VES Starts Taking Awards Entries on Sept. 1

5th Annual Visual Effects Society (VES) AwardsHollywood, California, USAFeb. 11, 2007Deadline: Dec. 2, 2006

The Visual Effects Society (VES) presents the 2007 VES Awards, a celebration of the best in visual effects. The 5th annual event will be held at the Kodak Grand Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland. Dennis Muren will received the VES Award for Lifetime Achievement this year.

Series Headline News

Cartoon Boom For Irish Animation Sector

The Irish animation industry has had an excellent year and the most recent success has been the selection of the Irish animated feature film THE UGLY DUCKLING AND ME, for the Toronto International Film Festival, which takes place next month. It will screen as part of the Sprockets Family Zone, which is dedicated to featuring films that represent the best in contemporary international childrens cinema.

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Stitcher Unlimited Offers ImmerVision’s IVP File Format

REALVIZs Stitcher Unlimited 5.5 now contains ImmerVisions IVP standard file format. The ImmerVision IVP format allows panoramas to be played on multiple platforms and devices using PURE Player. Furthermore, with the PURE Player for Java and PURE Player PRO for Java viewers, creators can easily load panoramic images onto any computer or website without installing a plug-in.

Animation Headline News

Denmark’s Animation Workshop Announces Fall Courses

Viborg, Denmarks The Animation Workshop announces its fall of 2006 courses. The Animation Workshop operates with the support of the MEDIA Plus Programme of the European Union, Viborg Kommune, Nordisk Film (Egmont) and Den Vestdanske Filmpulje. Courses include:

* 3D Artist for Animated Features, TV Series and GamesAdvanced modeling and set-designSept. 11 to Dec. 15, 2006

Film Headline News

Stars Give Voice to Legend of Secret Pass Film

Voice recording has begun for the independent, CG-animated feature, THE LEGEND OF SECRET PASS. Lord Prods. Llc. and Strategic Dreamers Llc., in conjunction with JC2 Animated Ent. and associates Mad Cow Pictures, 310 Studios and Digital Dimension, are producing the film set for release in 2008.

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Marvin Gleicher New Navarre Corp. DVD Content Acquisition VP

Anime distribution vet Marvin Gleicher joins Navarre Corp. as vp of DVD content acquisition, primary responsibility for acquiring and marketing DVD entertainment content for the companys distribution segment.

Channel Headline News

Doctor Who Second Season Slated for SCI FI Channel with Kick-off Special

BBC Worldwide Americas has licensed a second season of DOCTOR WHO to SCI FI kicking off with a two-hour premiere on Sept. 29, 2006, that will include the Christmas Invasion special in which David Tennant (HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE) was introduced as the 10th Time Lord.

The Doctor returns with his feisty young companion, Rose Tyler (Billie Piper), and together they will travel through time and space battling new and returning aliens and monsters.

Animation Headline News

Changzhou National Hi-tech District Completed

After a one and a half of construction, the Changzhou National Hi-tech District, based in Jiangsu province, China, has been finished. Participation includes more than 40 animation companies from Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou, and cooperative agreements from eight overseas entities from Korea, India, Canada, Malaysia and Singapore. Based on the status of their working agenda, by the end of this year, 12 animated productions should be completed, totaling 6,251 minutes.

Effects Headline News

Rainmaker Selects Qube! for Global Render Farm Management

Rainmaker Animation & Visual Effects has chosen Qube! from PipelineFX as its render farm management system for both the Vancouver and U.K. studios.

After careful consideration of queue managers on the market, our decision on Qube! was an easy one, said Ronald Knol, IT supervisor at Rainmaker. PipelineFX's support is outstanding and Qube! is a mature, stable and extremely scalable product. Qube! supports all our applications and platforms, and will allow us to manage our remote locations, simplifying IT and render wrangler tasks.

Creative Headline News

Nickelodeon Latin America Unveils New On-Air Creative Campaign

Nickelodeon Latin America unveiled a new, creative on-air look. The new image will include more than 60 vignettes per feed (North, South and Brazil), a new animated Nickelodeon logo and the debut of Nickelodeon Latin Americas new mascot, Cubito.

Animation Headline News

BET Inks Animation Pact With Film Roman

BET's newly-established animation division announces two new major deals in the world of animation. BET has partnered with Film Roman to produce a slate of animated films and multi-platform series. In addition, BET is re-uniting Denys Cowan, BET svp of animation and his former creative partner, Milestone Media co-founder Dwayne McDuffie (STATIC SHOCK) to create a new action adventure series.

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Imaginary Forces Creates Super-Heroic Open & Close for Zoom

Comic lovers are in for a visual treat when they watch the first few minutes of ZOOM. Created by Imaginary Forces (IF), the prologue pays tribute to vintage comic books of the 1970s with illustrations that come to life. The design was led by IF creative director Karin Fong.

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Lunar Jim Is Dining At Zellers

Alliance Atlantis Intl Content Distribution and Hudson's Bay Co. (Hbc) announced that they are partnering to bring consumers an exclusive meal program and unique meet and greet opportunities, developed around Alliance Atlantis' preschool stop-motion animated property, LUNAR JIM. This two-phased initiative heralds the launch of the LUNAR JIM line of Fisher-Price toys, hitting Canadian shelves beginning August 2006 and marks the first children's property product tie-in at Zellers restaurants.

Digital Headline News

Digital Dimension in Pole Position with Talladega Nights VFX

Digital Dimension continues to help set the pace for seamlessly believable Hollywood visual effects as the lead visual effects studio on the new NASCAR-themed movie TALLADEGA NIGHTS: THE BALLAD OF RICKY BOBBY. Following on such collaborations as ZATHURA: A SPACE ADVENTURE and BLADE: TRINITY, visual effects supervisor Joe Conmy entrusted the award-winning company with the movies three large NASCAR race sequences, as well as other select scenes, for a total of 267 shots.

Studios Headline News

Zoic BC Launches in Vancouver

Award-winning visual effects house Zoic Studios has opened Zoic BC. The Canadian-based company is being launched to service Zoic Studios' ever-diversifying client base, and has proven to be a natural step in the company's evolution. Zoic BC has already completed the feature film PATHFINDER for Twentieth Century Fox and is working on two episodics: EUREKA for SCI-FI Channel and BLADE for Spike TV, both of which have proved to be successful for their respective networks.

Awards Headline News

Crystal Reel Awards Celebrates the Best in Florida Filmmaking

17th Annual Crystal Reel AwardsOrlando, Florida, USANov. 11, 2006Deadline: Sept. 15, 2006

The Florida Motion Picture and Television Association (FMPTA) is hosting the Crystal Reel Awards (CRA). The Crystal Reel Awards have been compared to Floridas version of the Oscars and the Emmys with many different categories (behind and in front of the camera) from students to professionals. Entries are limited to work produced in the State of Florida between Jan. 1, and Dec. 31, 2005.