AOL and Warner Bros. announced the launch of In2TV, the first broadband television network, on AOL.com. The network offers the largest collection of free on-demand TV shows on the Web, including full episodes of favorite Warner Bros. programs from the past 40 years, such as WELCOME BACK, KOTTER, CHICO & THE MAN, GROWING PAINS, KUNG FU, LOIS & CLARK, as well as animated series, along with interactive features and viral videos that enable audiences to experience and interact with television programming in a new way.
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On Wednesday, March 15, 2006, 4Kids Ent. unveiled the fruits of its partnership with Microsoft Game Studio at a New York City press event, an entertainment property called VIVA PIÑATA.
In the fall, PIÑATA will both as a debut as a 26-episode CGI series on 4Kids FOX TV Saturday morning block, and as an "immersive" Xbox 360 videogame. In 2007, after the property is an established entity, 4Kids plans to back up PIÑATA with an extensive licensing and merchandising campaign.
Industry exec Michael Hefferon, announced the official launch of ibanana integrated media inc., an entertainment company he heads dedicated to developing and producing integrated content for television, web, mobile and gaming platforms.
Responding to industry demand for dynamic content with digital media convergence, ibanana has developed a concept that utilizes the strengths and applications of each platform to develop inherent synergies.
Director Jesse Rosensweet, winner of the Cannes Film Festivals 2002 Jury Prize for his stop-motion short, THE STONE OF FOLLY, will direct Canadas first stop-motion animated feature, NEWTON AND LEO. The film will be produced by Dean English of Vancouver-based Perfect Circle Prods. Karen Powell is serving as exec producer.
Anima, the premier animation festival in Belgium, announced the winner of this years event on March 5, 2006.
As part of the festival, Anima was announced its nominations for the Cartoon dOr 2006, which include: * NOCTURNE, Guillaume Delaunay (France)* VERSUS, François Caffiaux, Romain Noël, Thomas Salas (France)* FLIEGENPFLICHT FÜR QUADRAT KÖPFE, Stefan Flint Müller (Germany)* LOISEAU DO, Henri Heidsick (France)* HOT DOG, Joke Van Der Steen & Valère Lommel (Belgium)
The Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television has announced the winners of the 26th Annual Genie Awards, celebrating excellence in Canadian cinema. Outside of the live-action film C.R.A.Z.Y. snatching up 11 awards, Chris Hinton and Michael Fukushimas CNOTE won for best animated short.
For more information on the Genie Awards, visit www.genieawards.ca.
Definition 2006: HDTV SummitBanff, Alberta, CanadaApril 20-22, 2006Deadline: March 15, 2006
The Definition 2006: Digital Media Festival will be held during the Accelerators Definition 2006: HD Summit from April 20-22, 2006, at The Banff Centre. The festival is a juried event bringing the best works in HD media from around the world to Banff, Alberta.
The first 3D-animated TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES feature from The Weinstein Co. and Warner Bros. Pictures will find its way to theaters in North America on March 30, 2007. That means it will go head-to-head with Disneys next 3D-animated feature, MEET THE ROBINSONS, which has just been pushed back from Dec. 15 of this year.
Warner Bros. Pictures will handle domestic distribution and the Weinstein Co. will distribute overseas.
Walt Disney Pictures has launched the official website for Pixars CARS (http://disney.go.com/disneypictures/cars/) and will premiere the latest theatrical trailer March 9 on a variety of broadcast outlets, basic cable channels, Internet sites, in person at the Disney Theme Parks, ESPN Zones, Disney Stores (in more than 300 mall and shopping center locations across the U.S. and Canada) and on the ABC SuperSign in Times Square.
Studio B Prods. and TELETOON are partnering with Alison Snowden and David Fine (the Oscar-winning creators of BOB AND MARGARET) and Bejuba! Ent. for the animated series, RICKY SPROCKET SHOWBIZ BOY. Studio B Prods. will be co-producer and animation studio for the series with Snowden Fine. Bejuba! will distribute and exec produce the series set to air on Canadian specialty broadcaster TELETOON in the fall 2007.
Director Justin Klarenbeck has signed with TWC for exclusive representation in commercials as the company continues to add highly accomplished, multi-talented filmmakers to its staff. Klarenbeck, whose expertise ranges from visual effects to directing talent, is probably best known for his automotive work, within credits including virtually every leading automaker. His recent work includes spots for Toyota, Chevy, Lexus, Honda and Mercedes Benz.
2006 Angelus Student Film Festival Hollywood, California, USAOctober 21, 2006Deadline: July 1, 2006
The Angelus Student Film Festival cultivates and honors future filmmakers as they explore and create works that respect the dignity of the human person. Angelus Award winning films reflect values such as redemption, spirtuality, dignity, tolerance, equality, diversity, hope and triumph of the human spirit.
Electronic Arts announced that FIFA STREET 2, which features gifted Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo on all packaging worldwide, has shipped to retailers under the EA SPORTS BIG brand. FIFA STREET 2 captures the flair and skill of soccer in an arcade videogame experience that features real players performing over-the-top tricks in authentic locales around the world.
The developers of LEFT BEHIND: ETERNAL FORCES the highly-anticipated PC game based on the blockbuster fiction series by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins are set to launch the title in the second half of 2006.
ATI Technologies Inc. has apparently changed the rules of the motherboard industry with the introduction of its CrossFire Xpress 3200 chipset, delivering the enthusiast gaming platform of the future. Developed from the ground up for multi-GPU gaming, the CrossFire Xpress 3200 chipset arguably enables the world's fastest gaming performance, advanced overclocking capabilities and bedrock stability available in an AMD-based PC motherboard today.
FUNimation Ent., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Navarre Corp., struck a deal with Rainbow Media for the U.S. debut and cross-channel airing of Akira Kurosawa's SAMURAI 7 on both VOOM HD Networks' ANIMANIA HD on March 1 and IFC on April 1.
"Akira Kurosawa's SAMURAI 7 is a great series. It is a perfect match for FUNimation's philosophy of hand-picking the best titles from Japan and bringing them to the United States," said Gen Fukunaga, president/ceo of FUNimation Ent. "It is that quality that also makes it a perfect match for ANIMANIA HD and IFC."
Dennis Weaver, who played limping deputy Chester Goode in GUNSMOKE and the intelligent New Mexico deputy solving crime in the Big Apple in TV's MCCLOUD, died Friday, Feb. 24, 2006. He was 81 years old. Weaver died at his home in Ridgway, in southwestern Colorado, of complications from cancer, publicist Julian Myers said Monday.
This week in AWN's Forums, a junior member has concerns about leaving India to study classical animation in Canada because of the poor jobs prospects. Others are discussing THE CORPSE BRIDE and the work of John Hubley. Another member wants to know the least painfully way to animated tentacles. A senior member posts a link to an American Greeting e-card that might get Christians rioting. Other continue to post their work for members to critique.
Sony Pictures Home Ent. (SPHE) will deliver the first wave of Blu-ray Disc (BD) titles on May 23, three months after the rival HD-DVD format begins its launch. Delivery will coincide with the launch that day of the first commercially available BD player from Samsung Electronics, which will be followed shortly by BD players from Pioneer and Sony along with a BD compatible VAIO PC from Sony.
SPHE and MGM Home Ent. will first release eight BD titles, with another eight following shortly June 13.
Animation Block Party 2006Brooklyn, New York, USAJuly 22-24, 2006Deadline: June 16, 2006
Animation Block Party 2006 features more diverse award categories, a new jury of animation talents and fresh chances to exhibit films at more venues. Animation Block Party 2006 will officially transmit at Rooftop Films, Galapagos Art Space and BamCinematek.
Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) has launched the first focused forum that will drive the agenda of animation and gaming industry in India. The forum aims to be the apex institution and the single point referral for anyone who is a part of the industry.
Future Filmmakers Festival 2006Chicago, Illinois, USAJune 16-18, 2006Deadline: February 28, 2006
The Future Filmmakers Festival has the goal of allowing industry professionals and fellow peers to identify the best, brightest and innovative in youth filmmaking.
Fort Myers Beach Film Festival Fort Myers Beach, Florida, USAApril 27 - 30, 2006Deadline: March 15, 2006
The Broad Humor Film Festival Venice Beach, California, USAJune 30 July 2, 2006Deadline: May 12, 2006
The Broad Humor Film Festival is an event highlighting female-directed and female-written comedies. The festival puts the spotlight on women who write and direct comedic films. Filmmakers, writers and theatergoers who love well-crafted humor will come together for a weekend of films, workshops, panels and events. All film submissions must be both written and directed by a woman. All screenplays must be written by women writers.