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Effects Headline News

MPC & Cinesite Provide VFX for Little Man

Moving Picture Co. (MPC) of London was hired to create the little man character in Sony/Revolutions LITTLE MAN, while London-based Cinesite contributed 210 vfx shots to the Wayan brothers comedy.

The Wayans filmmaking team enlisted visual effects supervisor Alex Bicknell and visual effects producer Rob Yamamoto to oversee the complex effects process, which included hiring outside effects houses, to watching over daily principal photography, to overseeing post-production.

Channel Headline News

Walt Doublestein New Channel M VP Videogame Integration

Walt Doublestein has joined New York City- and Los Angeles-based Channel M as vp videogame integration.

For the past nine years, Doublestein worked at BBDO Detroit, where he was most recently director video gaming & non-traditional marketing. One of the pioneers in videogame integration, he oversaw projects, such as NASCAR 06 TOTAL TEAM CONTROL, TONY HAWKS UNDERGROUND 2, TONY HAWKS AMERICAN WASTELAND, THE MOVIES and TOMB RAIDER: LEGEND.

Headline News

Adobe Hosts MAX 2006 Conference and Fourth Annual MAX Awards

Adobe MAX 2006 Conference and Fourth Annual MAX AwardsLas Vegas, Nevada, USAOctober 23-26, 2006Deadline: September 1, 2006

Adobe Systems hosts the Adobe MAX 2006 Conference, giving developers and designers a forum to network, share ideas, get hands-on technical training from certified experts, gain new skills and learn about new and emerging Adobe products and technologies. Adobe also announced the call for entries for the fourth annual Adobe MAX Awards, which recognize customer achievement in eight different categories.

Media Headline News

Astral Media & Corus Ent. to Take Bite of TELETOON from Cookie Jar

Astral Media Inc. and Corus Ent. Inc. announced today (July 13, 2006) they would acquire the remaining 20% of the TELETOON network from the shareholders of The Cookie Jar Group.

Subject to the approval of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), this transaction will give Astral Media and Corus Ent. each an additional 10% ownership of TELETOON, bringing their individual ownership to 50% each. The price for this acquisition is approximately CDN $96 million.

Television Headline News

Lionsgate Buys South Park Distributor Debmar-Mercury

Lionsgate has acquired television distributor Debmar-Mercury Llc., which owns the distribution rights to SOUTH PARK. Debmar-Mercury will continue to operate, still headed by principals Mort Marcus and Ira Bernstein, under the Debmar-Mercury banner as a wholly-owned subsidiary.

World Headline News

Noodlesoup Renamed, Launches SuperNormal Series

Animation production company Noodlesoup Prods. has renamed itself World Leaders Ent. with the launch of the new animated series SUPERNORMAL, its first global co-production with U.K. TV leader Granada Television.

SUPERNORMAL is the story of Eric Normal, a special boy with no super powers, who attends Superhero Junior High School and befriends three of the less promising but stand-out members of the student body.

Digital Headline News

Digital Artists Snap to Grid

SNAP TO GRID: the UN-Juried ShowLos Angeles, California, USASeptember 14 - October 7, 2006Deadline: August 27, 2006

Los Angeles Center For Digital Art hosts third annual SNAP TO GRID: the UN-Juried Show. In its third annual exhibition of this kind participants each upload one image to be printed on high quality paper (8.5x11) and hung in a grid in our gallery. The show will be widely promoted and will include a reception for the artists.

Comedy Headline News

Giggleshorts Wants Your Funny Toons

Giggleshorts International Comedy Short Film FestivalToronto, Ontario, Canada October 2006 Deadline: August 31, 2006

Giggleshorts is the largest comedy short film festival in the world. Last year Gigglehsorts presented more than 200 short comedy , films, animations, spoofs, ads, etc. For more information, visit

Shows Headline News

Ex-FUNimation Execs Form Illumitoon Ent.

Three former execs from FUNimation have formed Illumitoon Ent. Ltd., dedicated to bringing exciting anime titles to the U.S. Formed in January 2006 in Fort Worth, Texas, the company focuses on acquiring exciting anime from Japan, with the emphasis on making them relatable for an American audience.

Of course, we always want to include the original Japanese tracks with our shows, for the serious anime fan, says Barry Watson, the companys president/ceo. Its just that we want it to be accessible and engaging for a mass audience as well.

Visual Headline News

Patlabor 2 Lands on DVD

Image Ent. Inc. and Bandai Visual USA Inc. have released the 1993 anime masterpiece PATLABOR 2 THE MOVIE on DVD.

PATLABOR 2 was directed by acclaimed director Mamoru Oshii (PATLABOR THE MOVIE, GHOST IN THE SHELL, JIN-ROH, AVALON), written by Kazunori Ito (.HACK//, AVALON), with music by Kenji Kawai (GHOST IN THE SHELL, AVALON, RINGU).

Effects Headline News

FrameFlow Contributes to Click VFX

Visual effects studio FrameFlows, including its US-based producers and international staff of artists based in Chennai, India, worked directly with the vfx team at Sony Pictures Imageworks to provide 3D tracking, wire removal, rotoscoping and compositing work on effects shots for CLICK from Columbia Pictures/Revolution Studios.

Series Headline News

Nick Says “Action!” to Ricky Sprocket – Showbiz Boy

Bejuba! Ent. Inc., Snowden Fine Prods. and Studio B Prods. Inc. have announced that RICKY SPROCKET SHOWBIZ BOY will air on Nickelodeon channels in the U.K., Australia, Latin America, Germany, Italy, France, Spain and Scandinavia in the fall of 2007 and Nicktoons Network in the U.S. The series, created by Alison Snowden and David Fine, the Oscar-winning team behind BOB AND MARGARET, will be co-produced with Vancouvers Studio B Prods. Inc. and distributed by Bejuba! Ent. Inc.

Holiday Headline News

NBC Starts Live Action Version of Rankin-Bass Holiday Special

NBC viewers will get a new, live-action version of the Yuletide classic THE YEAR WITHOUT A SANTA CLAUS, a heartwarming story about Santa Claus and a young boy who help each other believe in Christmas again, produced originally in stop-motion animation by Rankin-Bass.

Mobile Headline News

MTV Int'l’s First Made-for-Mobile Animations Debut Globally

MTV Networks International (MTVNI) debuted its first animated series of made-for-mobile shorts, WULFFMORGENTHALER. A co-production between MTVNI and the "Danish Duo" Mikael Wulff and Anders Morgenthaler, the series of 20 short animations is inspired by the famous WULFFMORGENTHALER comic strips of the same name. The witty, compelling animations are the perfect "snack-size" for mobile users wanting more.

WULFFMORGENTHALER underscores MTVNIs commitment to creating and providing users with breakthrough, original mobile content.

Design Headline News

Imaginary Forces Helps Design ‘Transformers’ Teaser

Entertainment and design company Imaginary Forces (IF) recently designed and animated the dynamic title reveal in the TRANSFORMERS teaser trailer. The teaser for the Michael Bay-directed film is online now at the official website,, and will play in theaters with Disney's PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MAN'S CHEST beginning July 7.

Game Headline News

EA Releases NFL Head Coach, Puts Face to NBA Live 07, Tunes Up for Madden

In the world of sports gaming, Electronic Arts has released the first 3D sports strategy game, NFL HEAD COACH, announced that Tracy McGrady will be the new face of NBA LIVE 07 and reveals the 35 songs that will be featured in MADDEN NFL 07.

NFL HEAD COACH¸ a new franchise from the EA SPORTS brand is now in stores and challenges gamers to manage every aspect of a professional football team and build their franchise from the ground up into a perennial powerhouse.

Effects Headline News

Red Carpet Rolled Out for the Movies: Stunts & Effects Expansion Pack

Activision Inc. and Lionhead Studios have shipped THE MOVIES: STUNTS & EFFECTS EXPANSION PACK to retail stores nationwide. Building on THE MOVIES' critically acclaimed gameplay, THE MOVIES: STUNTS & EFFECTS EXPANSION PACK gives players the tools to turn ordinary scripts into blockbuster films with the addition of stuntmen, visual effects, a variety of dangerous stunts, a movie-making toolset, impressive new sets and an innovative "Freecam Mode" that allows players to adjust the camera location, angle, field of view and path.

Headline News

Geneon Releases Kannazuki No Miko, Strawberry Marshmallow, Elemental Gelade

In the past month, Geneon Ent. has released new volumes of KANNAZUKI NO MIKO, STRAWBERRY MARSHMALLOW and ELEMENTAL GELADE on DVD.

Love, loss and friendship collide with spectacular and devastating results as three young students imbued with heavenly powers struggle to realize their own potential in KANNAZUKI NO MIKO VOLUME TWO: LUNAR PRIESTESS. As the prophecy reveals itself, the three friends feel the strain of their destinies more and more, as their burgeoning gifts and world-shaking powers conflict with the emotional rollercoaster of adolescence.

Time Headline News

Canada Day Cookout Kicks Off YTV’s July Lineup

This Canada Day, Saturday, July 1 from 12:00 noon to 7:00 pm, Ian Kelly (BEING IAN) is throwing the biggest bash of the summer with all of YTVs favorite Canadian cartoon pals.

With original animation created by Studio B Prods., CCI Ent., 9 Story Ent. and Breakthrough Animation in collaboration with YTVs On-Air Promotions department, characters from YTV series introduce their own shows in all-new exclusive content.

Awards Headline News

William Shatner to Host Canadian Gaming & Animation Awards

William Shatner will host the first year of the Canadian Awards for the Electronic and Animated Arts (CAEAA 2006) on Sept. 14, 2006, in Vancouver. Producers of the show say Canada is long overdue according to most animation and videogaming professionals, as Canada has earned worldwide recognition as a leader in videogame development and animation.