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Comics Headline News

SCI FI & Virgin Comics Team on Multimedia Banner

The SCI FI Channel is teaming up with Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Comics to create a co-branded multimedia partnership called SCI FI/Virgin Comics.

SCI FI/Virgin Comics will develop fresh properties that integrate the unique spirit and vitality of both brands. Original concepts will be considered across all mediums from publishing, film and television to digital and gaming. Five new comicbook titles will serve as a jumping off point.

Animated Headline News

Happy Feet & Danish Poet Top Animated Oscar Honors

The Oscar animation winners offered a few surprises as the top animation awards went to HAPPY FEET for Best Animated Feature and the indie 2D short THE DANISH POET (NFB) by Torill Kove won for Best Animated Short tonight (Feb. 25, 2007) during the 79th Annual Academy Awards at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood.

Echoing its earlier awards at the VES Awards, PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MANS CHEST scored the big win for Best Visual Effects. Taking the stage to accept from ILM were John Knoll, Hal Hickel, Charles Gibson and Allen Hall.

Animation Headline News

HIT Hires Copley to Head HOT Animation

HIT Ent. has brought onboard Andi Copley as md/exec producer of its award-winning animation studio, HOT Animation. The Los Angeles-based studio exec will relocate to Manchester in the U.K. this month and will assume responsibility for the operational management of HOTs production slate, including PINGU and BOB THE BUILDER, as well as growing and expanding the studios third-party work.

Magi Headline News

Cookie Jar Ent. Licenses Magi-Nation To No. American Networks

Cookie Jar Ent. has licensed MAGI NATION to Kids WB! on The CW in the U.S., Canadian Broadcasting Corp. (CBC) and Radio-Canada. MAGI NATION is Cookie Jars newest original series from its rapidly growing action-adventure brand Coliseum.

International Headline News

Int'l Animators To Judge Iranian Festival

Four animators and an Iranian animation expert were selected as the jury members for the International Section of the Fifth Tehran International Animation Festival, which will be held Feb. 25-March 1, 2007, reports the Mehr News Agency.

Olivier Catherin (from France), Nancy Mary (Canada), Otto Alder (Switzerland), Borivoj Dovnikovic (Croatia), and Abdollah Alimorad (Iran) were selected as jury members.

Short Headline News

Oscar Nominated Shorts Show Box Office Strength

THE 2006 ACADEMY AWARD NOMINATED SHORT FILMS program, distributed by Magnolia Pictures, opened at #44 on the box office chart, with $128,569 on 38 screens for a per-screen average of $3,383. NOMINATED SHORT FILMS is currently playing at the Nuart in L.A. and opens Friday, Feb. 23, at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood.

The program consists of:

Short Film (Animated)* THE DANISH POET (Norway & Canada, National Film Board of Canada) Torill Kove, director* LIFTED (U.S., Buena Vista), Gary Rydstrom, director

Digital Headline News

Digital Dimension Weighs In On Norbit

Digital Dimension completed 162 shots as the lead visual effects provider for the DreamWorks comedy NORBIT, magically transforming Eddie Murphys slender frame into the 400-pound female lead, Rasputia (also played by Murphy). A large portion of Digital Dimensions shots involved head replacements where Murphys face, made up to look like Rasputia, was composited onto the performance of a body double.

Directors Headline News

Five Guest Casting Directors Teach Pro Animation Class

Five Guest Casting Directors Teach Pro Animation ClassPro/Adv Animation VO ClassBurbank, California, USAFeb. 22 -- March 29, 2007

M.J. Lallo is holding a five-week pro animation workshop for VO artists who have had previous classes in VO and feel ready to work out with professional directors and agents. The class is a good opportunity to work with guest directors and make contacts. All guest directors will accept your demos at the class that night.

Guest directors include:* Ilko Drozdoski-TGDM VO Agency (formerly Tisherman)

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Animators: Ready for the FJORG Challenge?

First International FJORG! CompetitionSan Diego, California, USAAug. 7-9, 2007Deadline: May 1, 2007

The best CG animators in the world are invited to participate in the first international FJORG! competition -- an iron animator event to be launched at SIGGRAPH 2007.

Competing teams will be called on to try to create the best character-driven animation the world has ever seen, within a limited window of 32 straight hours, while overcoming multiple staged distractions in a test of skill, talent, creativity and physical endurance.

Festival Headline News

The 24th Chicago International Film Festival

The 24th Chicago International Film FestivalChicago, Illinois, USAOctober 18 28, 2007Deadline: May 1, 2007

The 24th annual Chicago International Childrens Film Festival is the only Academy-qualifying festival for childrens films in the world and the largest in North America. Categories include shorts, features, live-action, animation, television productions, documentaries and child-produced and youth-produced work.

Television Headline News

Danish Poet Granted Genie Award

The Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television has announced the winners of the 27th Annual Genie Awards, celebrating excellence in Canadian cinema. Outside of the live-action film, THE ROCKET, snatching up nine awards, THE DANISH POET, by Torill Kove, Lise Fearnley and Marcy Page won for best animated short.

The event was held at The Carlu in Toronto from 7-9:00 pm on Feb. 13, 2007. That was followed by Live! At The Genies, a one-hour broadcast on CHUM Television and MusiMax that showcased the nights memorable moments in a live, schmooze-style atmosphere.

Film Headline News

Animation Tops Sony Tropfest

An animated film, Steve Baker's AN IMAGINARY LIFE, won this year's Sony Tropfest short film competition. The Queenslander had entered the festival five times and at last won during the awards ceremony on Feb. 18, 2007.

Baker said, "This is something that I have been working toward for such a long time. As a director, it means so much for your career to be recognized at a high level such as Sony Tropfest. And to have your film seen by literally hundreds of thousands of people there is nothing else like it.

Film Headline News

Ryan Larkin Dies at Age 63

AWN is sad to report the passing of legendary animator Ryan Larkin at 10:30 pm on Feb. 14, 2007, in Canada. He was 63 years old. Larkin was recently diagnosed with brain cancer.

Born in Montreal, Larkin was nominated for the Oscar for his 1969 short film, WALKING. In 1972, he was again honored with an Oscar nod for his short film, STREET MUSIQUE. Moreover, he provided animated effects for Mort Ransens RUNNING TIME, for which he acted in three small roles.

Effects Headline News

Dennis Hoffman to Head Production at Rainmaker Visual Effects

Dennis Hoffman has joined Rainmaker Visual Effects as head of production, a comparable position he most recently held at Digital Domain. Hoffman will report to Brian Moylan, managing director, Rainmaker Visual Effects.

"As Vancouver increasingly becomes a destination for high end visual effects, Rainmaker is pleased to have someone of Dennis caliber and experience join us as we move into more demanding and challenging projects, stated Warren Franklin, ceo of Rainmaker Ent. Inc.

Cartoon Headline News

Cartoon Network Announces Five New Series at 2007 Upfront Presentation

Cartoon Network announced its programming lineup for 2007 during its upfront event held today (Feb. 14, 2007) in New York City. CN will have five new original series, a network invasion, a multimedia event featuring inspirational kids, and a new innovative technology that will let characters take over a mobile phone. The network also showed a sneak peek of its massively multi-player game, scheduled for 2008, and also introduced a new after school franchise called Master Control, allowing kids to choose what they want to watch starting in the late summer.

Headline News

Ubisoft to Build New CG Studio

Ubisoft announced a new phase of development for its operations in Quebec, Canada. The company, which currently boasts more than 1,600 in the province, could invest up to an additional 295.6 million euros over the next six years with the goal of building up a team of 3,000 employees by 2013. This forecast exceeds current development objectives for 2005-2010 by an additional 1,000 jobs.

Production Headline News

YTV's Monster Warriors Wraps Production On Second Season

MONSTER WARRIORS, the hit YTV series produced by Coneybeare Stories, wrapped production of its second season of 26 half-hour episodes this week, and marked the occasion with special gifts for the city's Children's Aid Society.

The new season of MONSTER WARRIORS premieres on YTV on Saturday, April 7, at 12:00 pm ET/PT.

Effects Headline News

Atmosphere Visual Effects Joins Babylon 5: The Lost Tales Mission

Atmosphere Visual Effects has begun vfx work on BABYLON 5: THE LOST TALES, a made-for-video movie produced by Warner Home Video and Warner Bros. Television. Atmosphere's Andrew Karr is serving as vfx supervisor.

Titled VOICES IN THE DARK, the movie will feature two all-new stories written and directed by the original creator of BABYLON 5, exec producer J. Michael Straczynski. Doug Netter returns to the BABYLON 5 franchise as exec producer.

Artists Headline News

Corel Painter X Blurs Line Between Traditional & Digital Art

Corel Corp. announced the availability of Corel Painter X. The latest version of Corel Painter continues its focus on giving professional artists, designers and photographers a natural painting and illustration experience that is unmatched by any other software.

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Rhythm & Hues Purchases FrameCycler DI

Rhythm & Hues Inc. has purchased three seats of Iridas' FrameCycler DI. FrameCycler DI offers a powerful toolset combining uncompressed playback of 2K content, conform, primary color correction and ReviewLink, Iridas' new remote collaboration system.

"FrameCycler DI allows us to do 2K playback and saves us the step of having to do a film-out," said Harry Lam, digital compositing supervisor at Rhythm & Hues. "It's great being able to go into the screening room each day and see our work in realtime. It allows us to keep close tabs on our work as we go."

Brand Headline News

TELETOON Launches a Brand New Look

TELETOON audiences are tuning into a brand new look on the 24-hour animation network. A comprehensive re-brand including the on-air identity, for both the TELETOON daytime programming block and The Detour on TELETOON, the interactive website, all marketing collateral and a new corporate identity was unleashed.

Headline News

Imaginary Forces' Karin Fong Directs Animated Super Bowl Ad Campaign

For the second year in a row, Imaginary Forces Karin Fong designed and directed an eye-catching, imaginative series of TV spots from ad agency Kelliher Samets Volk for Vermonts Chittenden Bank for Super Bowl viewers in New England.

As with last years campaign, the spots focus on hip, iconoclastic Vermont businesses that have grown with the help and guidance of Chittenden. The spots employ a mix of production and visual effects techniques designed to make them stand out not.