Geographical Region: North America

Headline News American International Toy Fair

By Rick DeMott | Thursday, February 10, 2000 at 12:00am

* Sunday, February 13, 2000 - Thursday, February 17, 2000. New York, New

York, U.S.A.

The American International Toy Fair, one of the world's leading toy trade

shows, features over 1,800 exhibitors and highlights the newest and most

exciting toys on the market. Toy Manufacturers of America, Inc., the

industry trade association, brings the 97th annual event to several

showrooms all across the Manhattan area. Three new showplaces have joined

Headline News Kirikou And The Sorceress's U.S. Premiere

By Rick DeMott | Thursday, February 10, 2000 at 12:00am

* Friday, February 18, 2000. New York, New York, U.S.A.

Cinema Village, the city's venue for alternative animation, will be

presenting the U.S. theatrical premiere of KIRIKOU AND THE SORCERESS from

French filmmaker Michel Ocelot. Based on a West African legend, this film

follows a miraculous infant who singlehandedly saves his small village from

a sultry yet evil wizard. Featuring an original score by Senegalese music

artist Youssou N'Dour, KIRIKOU AND THE SORCERESS offers a unique spin: an

Headline News WIA Production Management Group Meeting

By Rick DeMott | Thursday, February 10, 2000 at 12:00am

* Wednesday, March 1, 2000. Burbank, California, U.S.A.

Ideas, new properties and pitching will be the topic of discussion at this

month's Women In Animation Production Management Group Meeting (PMG). The

event will be held at Nickelodeon in Burbank at 7 pm. Monthly meetings will

be on the 1st Wednesday of each month at Nickelodeon. To attend please RSVP

to Kellie-Bea Cooper at (818) 623-0020 or E-mail:

kellie-bea@kellie-bea.com. For more information on WIA events please visit

Headline News Art Of Directing 3D Computer Animation Workshop

By Rick DeMott | Thursday, February 10, 2000 at 12:00am

*Saturday, March 4, 2000. New York, New York, U.S.A.

The School of Visual Arts will feature a workshop entitled "Art of

Directing 3D Computer Animation" taught by Isaac Victor Kerlow, director of

digital talent at Walt Disney. The SVA alumni will lead the one-day event

explaining the day-to-day processes of art directing 3D computer animation

productions. In addition, Kerlow will discuss the various markets for 3D

computer animation such as TV, interactive and the Web. The class will be

Headline News The Santa Clarita International Film Festival

By Rick DeMott | Thursday, February 10, 2000 at 12:00am

* Friday, March 10 - Friday, March 17, 2000. Santa Clarita, California, U.S.A.

The Santa Clarita International Film Festival is strictly dedicated to

family entertainment. It includes a film and screenplay competition,

student filmmaker award, as well as panel discussions. Co-sponsored by

FOCUS Institute of Film, the winning screenplay will be mentored and

developed for future production with a later-announced studio. For more

Headline News Comic Book Legal Defense Fund Cruise

By Rick DeMott | Thursday, February 10, 2000 at 12:00am

* Sunday, April 9 - Sunday, April 16, 2000. Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

Comic book fans can hobnob with the best in the business on a 7 day/7 night

cruise benefiting the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, a non-profit

organization protecting the First Amendment rights of the comics community.

The "Making WAVES" cruise will stop at three Mexican ports -- Puerto

Vallarta, Cabo San Lucas and Mazatlan. The event will feature week-long

Headline News CineGroups & Saban To Power WunschPunch

Montreal-based CineGroupe and Saban International Paris will co-produce a

new half-hour series entitled WUNSCHPUNCH. The show will be based on the

novel by Michael Ende, whose previous novel, THE NEVER ENDING STORY was

made into a live-action feature. Radio Canada will broadcast the series in

Canada and TF1 will air it in France. Hubert Gariepy and Bruno Bianchi will

produce the series and Philippe Amador will direct.

Headline News Treasure The Teen Angst

The BBC, CINAR and HALO Productions will team up to brighten the world with

the teenage angst of the new animated series TREASURE. The show follows the

teenage tribulations of Treasure, her ever-frantic mother and critical

grandmother. The series will air on BBC prime time sometime in late 2000,

early 2001. The show has also been sold to YTV in Canada. TREASURE is based

off a popular newspaper column by Michele Hanson.

Headline News Iowa State Wants To Air Your Shorts

Iowa State University's student television station is looking for animated

films of any kind under 7 minutes in length, for their animation

exposition. The winner will be broadcast locally in April of 2000 to an

audience of around 40-50,000 homes. In addition, animators that participate

will have their Web sites linked to from the station Web site. Submissions

can be on BetaSP, SVHS or VHS tapes. Since the animations will be broadcast

on TV, all submissions must meet FCC rules that include no nudity, graphic

Headline News The Adventures of Prince Achmed Screening

* Saturday, February 12, 2000. Ontario, Canada.

Cinematheque Ontario will present Lotte Reiniger's timeless silhouette

animation, THE ADVENTURES OF PRINCE ACHMED (DIE ABENTEUER DES PRINZEN

ACHMED). The story is adapted from the "Tales of the Arabian Nights." The

film, that took Reiniger two years to make, captures fantasy, romance,

adventure, and humor. The screening will begin at 2 pm. The Jackman Hall

Box Office opens 30 minutes prior to the first screening of the day. Ticket

Headline News TEAM Awards

* Wednesday, February 16, 2000. Westwood, California, U.S.A.

For the tenth consecutive year Clifford Cohen's AnimAction will be

presenting the TEAM (Tobacco Education Awareness Message) Awards.

Twenty-seven middle schools have participated in AnimAction's filmmaking

program this year. Students work together in creating animated Public

Service Announcements (PSAs). The award winning PSAs will be aired on

network and cable TV. Previous PSAs have been distributed by UNICEF and

Headline News Cinequest San Jose Film Festival

* Thursday, February 24 - Sunday, March 5, 2000. San Jose, California, U.S.A.

Cinequest San Jose Film Festival showcases features and short films (16mm &

35mm all genres) of artistic, social or stylistic merit. This year, the

festival is celebrating Maverick Films, Filmmakers and Technologies. For

more information contact Cinequest 2000 at: P.O Box 720040, San Jose, CA

95172-0040; Tel.: (408) 995-5033; Fax: (408) 995-5713; E-mail:

cineqst@wenet.net; or Web: http://www.cinequest.org.

Headline News ASIFA-Hollywood's Animation Expo

* Friday, March 3 - Saturday, March 4, 2000. Glendale, California, U.S.A.

This year, ASIFA-Hollywood will host its 7th Annual Animation Expo. The

Expo is a two day animation industry trade show focusing on the exhibition

of animation related products and services and the recruitment of related

talent and personnel. In addition, the Expo offers industry seminars and

workshops, digital tutorials and a showcase of animation. Admission price

Headline News Disney TV's Pioneer Webster Passes

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, February 2, 2000 at 12:00am

Michael Webster, who established Walt Disney's television animation

division in 1984, passed away at the age 60 following a long battle with

multiple sclerosis. On Saturday, January 29, 2000, Mr. Webster succumbed to

complications from pneumonia at his home in Port Townsend, Washington,

U.S.A. During his 42 year tenure, Webster created the Walt Disney

Television Animation division and served as its senior VP until his

retirement in 1992. He oversaw production of the Emmy-winning NEW

Headline News Nick's Net Nozzle Closes

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, February 2, 2000 at 12:00am

Nickelodeon has recently closed the San Mateo branch of its on-line unit

announced Nick On-line Pres. Fred Seibert. The office had been doing

research and development for "Project Nozzle" -- a re-launch of Nick.com as

a children's Web portal. To help strengthen the re-launch Viacom, owners of

Nick, bought San Mateo-based Web development house Nvolve, which turned

into the now de-funked San Mateo branch of Nick.com. This decision comes on

the heals of the suspension of "Project Nozzle's" main component My

Headline News Funkmation Floats Into Brooklyn Navy Yard

Funkmation Studios, an animation house providing services for film,

television, CD-Rom and the Web, has floated into a new home in Brooklyn's

Navy Yard. The animation house will share the new space with New York

Studios' film and television sound stage. Funkmation's credits include:

SABRINA THE TEENAGE WITCH CD-Rom; storyboard and background design on

COURAGE THE COWARDLY DOG; Flash animation on Partner Re's screen savers;

and a 2D animation pilot with C&C Films entitled MAXIMUM BLACK. The new

Headline News Stolar Shines As New Mattel Interactive Pres

BERNARD STOLAR was named president of MATTEL INTERACTIVE, the division that

includes The Learning Company and other software and high-tech products.

Stolar joins Mattel from Sega where he helped engineer the launch of the

Sega Dreamcast video game console in the United States. At Mattel, he will

try to mend the ailing Learning Company division, whose unexpected $105

million loss in the third quarter shocked investors and diminished Mattel's

Headline News Women In Animation Writers' Group

* Thursday, February 10, 2000. Westwood, California, U.S.A.

The Women In Animation Writers' Group will meet at Saban Entertainment at

7:30 pm. This month's topic is the animation premise and general animation

structure. The charge for the workshop is US$5. RSVP required. For more

information please contact Jean Ann Wright at: Tel.: (818) 360-8321 or

E-mail: jjwright@gte.net.

Headline News Stan Brakhage Screening

* Saturday, January 29 - Sunday, January 30, 2000. Ontario, Canada.

Cinematheque Ontario will present a series of screening of

animator/filmmaker Stan Brakhage's work. Since 1952, Brakhage has

experimented with manipulating celluloid by directly scratching,

hand-painting, etching and collage on its surface. What makes these works

so exquisite is the precision with which they are made. Brakhage's abstract

films are rewarding viewing for anyone interested in cameraless filmmaking

Headline News Norman McLaren Screening

* Saturday, February 5, 2000. Ontario, Canada.

Cinematheque Ontario presents a screening of Canadian animator Norman

McLaren's work. McLaren was one of the most prolific and inventive figures

in abstract cinema and experimental animation. McLaren's greatest abstract

films from five decades of work will be shown like: BEGONE DULL CARE,

SPHERES, BLINKITY BLANK and SYNCHROMY. The event will be held in the Art

Gallery of Ontario's Jackman Hall at 2 pm. Jackman Hall Box Office opens 30

Headline News Round-Up: Recent International Gems

* Sunday, February 6, 2000. Ontario, Canada.

Cinematheque Ontario will present "Round-Up: Recent International Gems"

featuring animation and experimental films. The screening will include

British Columbia-based animator Richard Reeves' LINEAR DREAMS. Other works

on the programme explore different areas of abstraction outside the realm

of animation. Jackman Hall Box Office opens 30 minutes prior to the first

screening of the day. All screenings restricted to individuals 18 years of

Headline News Careers In Animation Lecture

* Tuesday, February 8, 2000. Glendale, CA, U.S.A.

Women in Animation, ASIFA-Hollywood and Glendale Community College proudly

present the Fourth Annual Lecture Series "Careers in Animation." This

year's presenter will be Frank Gladstone, head of Artistic Development at

DreamWorks SKG Animation. Gladstone has been a professional animator,

producer, director, writer and teacher for more than twenty-five years.

Between 1973 and 1989, he managed his own award-winning studio, Persistence

Headline News ORAD Arrives At Seneca

Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology in Canada has become the

first institution to bring ORAD video technology into the classroom.

Originally designed for the Israeli military's virtual reality training,

ORAD places real-time people into a virtual set. The ORAD system removes

the bluescreen behind a person and replaces it with a computer-generated

environment. Located at the Seneca York campus, students in the television

broadcasting, 3D arts and advertising programs will have the opportunity to

Headline News Robinson New VP At Disney

CLAIRE ROBINSON has been named senior vice president, intellectual property

law, for THE WALT DISNEY CO. Robinson will oversee Disney's intellectual

property group, which is responsible for intellectual property matters for

the company and its subsidiaries worldwide. Previously, Robinson held the

position of vice president in the same department. Before joining Disney in

1989, she was with the law firm of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in Washington,

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