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Festival Headline News

DIY Book Festival Needs Indie Comics

2007 DIY Book FestivalLos Angeles, California, USAOct. 2007Deadline: Sept. 25, 2007

The 2007 DIY Book Festival will host its fifth annual program celebrating the success of independent authors and publishers.

The DIY Book Festival will consider self-published or independent publisher non-fiction, fiction, biography/autobiography, children's books, teenage, how-to, audio/spoken word, photography, art, comics, 'zines, fan fiction, poetry and e-books published on or after Jan. 1, 2005.

Sega Headline News

Berman Returns to TMS Post

Andrew Berman, a 20-year veteran of the entertainment industry has returned to TMS Ent. as evp/gm of TMS Ent. USA Inc. TMS Ent. Ltd. (TMS), is an affiliate of videogame giant SEGA Corp. in Japan and is one of the largest and most prolific anime producers and distributors in the world today.

Berman oversees the North American operations for TMS. His responsibilities include sales and marketing of an expansive animation library, as well as further expanding the existing business of TMS and SEGA Corp. relating to entertainment programming.

Animation Headline News

Accel Transmatic & LongTale To Develop Animation Movies

Accel Transmatic Ltd. announced that Accel Animation Studios, a division of the company in India engaged in 3D animation content development and visual effects, has formed a strategic alliance with a Los Angles-based LongTale InterNational, to develop, co-produce and distribute animation movies for the global market.

The Trivandrum-based studio would produce 133 episodes of a series based on the THIRUKKURAL stories that LongTale would distribute to global audiences.

Games Headline News

Gameloft Partners with Sprint to Launch 3D Games

Gameloft has partnered with Sprint to launch a trio of award-winning 3D games to Sprint customers. Gamelofts slate of hit titles includes REAL SOCCER 3D, MIDNIGHT BOWLING 3D and MIDNIGHT POOL 3D.

The games are part of Gamelofts expanding catalog of original licenses and strong 3D offerings. The company upholds its commitment to 3D by continuing to provide consumers with the latest selection of enhanced high definition games. 3D, with an increase in file size, allows for realistic, immersive gameplay.

Autodesk Headline News

Autodesk VFX Systems Attract More Than 100 New Post Facilities

During the past six months, more than 100 additional post-production facilities around the globe have adopted Autodesk Inc.'s film and television solutions running on the Linux operating system. The Autodesk Linux-based systems provide digital artists and editors with increased speed and interactivity.

Media Headline News

Artifex Takes on Painkiller Jane VFX

Visual effects company Artifex Studios has teamed up with Insight Film and Starz Media for the new action television series, PAINKILLER JANE, starring Kristanna Loken (TERMINATOR 3, BLOODRAYNE), which debuts April 13 at 10:00 pm on SCI FI Channel. Artifex is creating all the visual effects and promises some stunning digital tricks for this new 22-part, one-hour series.

College Headline News

Final Call for Entries for Scollies Animation & Video Festival

Sierra College 2007 Scollies Animation and Video FestivalRocklin, California, USAApril 28, 2007Deadline: April 9, 2007

The Sierra College 2007 Scollies Animation and Video Festival invites films from Sierra College students, people of all ages from the Sierra College community and from high school students in the Sierra College district.

Headline News

Hardwick New Porchlight Ent. VP Marketing & Promotions

Continuing to accelerate its worldwide marketing and branding objectives across its multiple divisions, Donna Hardwick has joined PorchLight Ent. in the newly created post of vp, marketing and promotions. Hardwick is responsible for the marketing and branding strategies on a multileveled corporate, divisional and product platform, including the company's major children's brands, JAY JAY THE JET PLANE, TUTENSTEIN and ANIMALIA, scheduled to debut on public television next year.

Animation Headline News

NFB Heats Up Hothouse 4

The National Film Board of Canada has launched the Hothouse 4 website at, which includes a regular behind-the-scenes podcast series.

Hothouse is a NFB project that encourages new talent, provides an A-Z experience in professional animation filmmaking and re-imagines ways of making animation: ways that are faster, more flexible and that celebrate the shortest of short forms. Eight emerging filmmakers spend 12 weeks at the NFB Animation studios in Montreal to create 30-second films on the theme "A Chance Encounter."

Production Headline News

Entity FX Appoints Tricia Pifer to Head Production

Entity FX has named Tricia Pifer to the newly formed position of head of production. Pifer's industry experience spans more than a decade working with entertainment companies such as Jim Henson Prods. and ABC. She joined Entity FX in 2004.

"Tricia plays an important role day to day at Entity FX," stated Kymber Lim, exec producer, Entity FX. "Her detailed knowledge of scheduling, staffing and coordination ensures that our projects deliver smoothly, efficiently and on time. She is in tune with the artists, and she keeps things fun."

Mobile Headline News

Universal Buys International DVD Rights To Bernard

Universal Pictures Int'l Ent. has just bought the international DVD rights to the first 52-episode season of BERNARD. This deal for producer BRB Internacional represents the first time that the Spanish company has entered into such a wide-ranging alliance covering so many countries. Universal has also acquired mobile rights to BERNARD in the U.K.

Story Headline News

9 Story Ent. Producing Proprietary Series Best Ed & Futz!

Canadian animation production and distribution studio, 9 Story Ent., has started production on two new children's animated properties, a comedy, BEST ED, and an action/comedy, FUTZ! In addition, the company will complete production on additional episodes of four critically-acclaimed animated series: PEEP AND THE BIG WIDE WORLD (Season 3), MAX AND RUBY (Season 3) POSTCARDS FROM BUSTER (Season 2) and SKYLAND (Season 1).

Game Headline News

Def Jam: ICON Among EA's New Releases

DEF JAM: ICON is among a host of new titles that have been recently release by Electronic Arts. Other new releases include: BATTLEFIELD 2142: NORTHERN STRIKE, MEDAL OF HONOR COLLECTION and three new sports titles.

Animation Headline News

Win Distribution Deal with Treo at MOBIFEST LA

MOBIFEST LALos Angeles, California, USAApril 3, 2007Deadline: March 28, 2007

The Animation Show and Mobifest, the world's largest independent mobile film festival, present MOBIFEST LA, a one-of-a-kind event, which brings the world's top animators to the small screen. Hosted by award-winning animator and co-founder of The Animation Show, Mike Judge (BEAVIS AND BUTT-HEAD, KING OF THE HILL), MOBIFEST LA takes place at Laemmle's Music Hall 3, 9036 Wilshire Blvd., Tuesday, April 3, 2007 at 7:30 PM.

Short Headline News

HollyShorts Calls for Entries

HollyShorts 2007Hollywood, California, USAAugust 10-12, 2007 Deadline: May 25, 2007

HollyShorts, Short Film Festival is an annual short film festival showcasing the best and brightest short films from around the globe. HollyShorts is devoted to the advancement filmmakers through screenings, Q&A sessions and networking events. The HollyShorts Film festival showcases the top short films produced 30 minutes or less.

Film Headline News

After Hours Film Society Wants Student Shorts

After Hours Film Society Student Film Fest 2007Glen Ellyn, Illinois, USAOctober 8, 2007Deadline: June 30, 2007

The After Hours Film Society invites all students to participate in the 5th Annual Student Short Film and Video Festival, which will be juried by film professionals and educators who have experience as well as an appreciation for creativity, originality, ambition and determination.

International Headline News

J.D. Beaufils New PorchLight International Sales VP

J. D. Beaufils joins PorchLight Ent. as vp, international sales. Based in Los Angeles, he will work closely with Adam Wright, PorchLight's svp, international sales. His territories include key European and Asian territories.

"J.D. 's extensive experience in contracts and sales throughout the international marketplace makes him the right addition to the PorchLight sales team as we continue to grow its acquisition and distribution venues," Wright said.

Headline News

PhoeniX Technologies Launches New Visualeyez II Mocap System

PhoeniX Technologies Inc. (PTI) recently launched its next generation Visualeyez II VZ4000 Active Optical Real-Time motion capture system to help animators dramatically eliminate post processing costs while saving thousands of dollars on mocap development projects. Visualeyez II is equipped with a robust and lightweight mechanical design (3 kg) for easier portability, making it easier to transport the equipment to different studios, as well as the flexibility to mount the system on a wall, ceiling or tripod within an animation studio.

India Headline News

Sony Pictures Imageworks May Shift Jobs to New Mexico

Sony Pictures Imageworks has proposed moving more than 100 jobs from Culver City to New Mexico if lawmakers approve a state bill next week that would make permanent an existing program providing a combined 25% rebate on taxable production expenses, reports THE LOS ANGELES TIMES.

A proposed 112,000-square-foot digital facility would be housed within the newly opened Albuquerque Studios. The partial relocation would not only reduce the cost of making vfx and 3D animation, but also ease the burden of the Culver City facility that currently operates at full capacity.

Star Headline News

Dora the Explorer New Episode Offers Language Lessons

DORA THE EXPLORER is reaching for the stars as Nick Jr. premieres a new half-hour episode entitled, "Star Mountain" on March 12. 2007, at 9:00 am on Nick Jr. and will encore later in the week on Friday, March 16 at 9:00 am. The new episode offers viewers lessons on numbers and colors in Spanish, as they journey along with Dora, Boots and the Tres Estrellas Exploradoras (Three Explorer Stars). Nick Jr. Video offered an "instant replay" of the full episode at 2:00 pm on March 12.

Animation Headline News

Cartoons on the Bay International Jury Set

The International Jury for the 11th edition of Cartoons on the Bay has been announced for the event runs April 19-22, 2007, in Salerno, Italy.

They include Wolfgang Wegmann from Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR), Germany; Jan-Willem Bult from KRO Youth TV, The Netherlands; Beth Gardiner from Playhouse Disney, USA; Céline Limorato from France 5, France and Maurizio Forestieri, animation director, Italy. The Jury members will select the prestigious Pulcinella Awards, designed by the famous Italian maestro of animation Emanuele Luzzati, who recently passed away.