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GeForce GPUs Selected for Call of Duty 2

NVIDIA GeForce graphics processing units (GPUs) have been selected by Activision as the preferred platform for CALL OF DUTY 2, the sequel to Infinity Wards 2003 Game of the Year.

Series Headline News

Thomas C. Emma New Business Affairs VP at MarVista Ent.

Thomas C. Emma joins MarVista Ent. in the newly created position of vp, business affairs for the companys production, acquisition and distribution activities, as well as utilize his experience in new media and new business development to guide their participation in future business opportunities.

His entertainment career includes senior level management positions at Artist View Ent., The American Film Marketing Assoc., Hal Roach Studios, Harmony Gold and Philips Media Inc.

Channel Headline News

Family Channel Gets Behind Bullying Awareness Week

Astral Media's Family Channel is launching its 2005 Take the Pledge campaign in support of the third annual Bullying Awareness Week, Nov. 14-20, 2005, to encourage kids to stick up for each other rather than silently watch if they see someone being bullied.

Animation Headline News

Seneca College Now Accepting Applications

Seneca Colleges Animation Arts Centre is now accepting applications for its January 2006 intake in its one year graduate certificate programs, which include 3D character animation, visual effects for film and television and 3D gaming program. In addition, Seneca offers a three-year undergraduate diploma in animation arts, which provides a solid foundation of 2 years of traditional animation and in their final year students can choose between 3D character animation for film and television or 3D game art and design.

Series Headline News

Lola & Virginia Joins Disney Channel Italy

In a deal signed at MIPCOM 2005, Icon Animation has signed a deal to bring its animated series LOLA & VIRGINIA (52x11) to Disney Channel Italy, adding to the earlier acquisition of the series by Disney Channel Spain. The series, which is targeted at girls 8-12, has already pre-sold to Nickelodeon Channel Latin America, Disney Channel Spain, RCTV Venezuela and Animania USA.

Headline News

DECODE & Aardman Go Down Under with Planet Sketch

DECODE Ent. is further expanding its presence on Australian public broadcaster ABC, signing a deal for Aardman Animations co-production PLANET SKETCH at MIPCOM 2005.

This deal marks a further commitment to DECODEs programming by the broadcaster, which already airs a number of series including the primetime 2D animation BROMWELL HIGH as well as FRANNYS FEET and THE SAVE-UMS! for pre-schoolers.

Animation Headline News

Cartoon Network Reups MoonScoop’s Code Lyoko

At MIPCOM, MoonScoop announced a new deal that will bring an additional 45 episodes of CODE LYOKO to Cartoon Network. This deal brings the total number of episodes for the show to 97 half-hours. A second season of 26x30 launched last month.

Headline News

Being Ian’s Set To Pull Pranks For Another Year

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, October 19, 2005 at 12:00am

Vancouvers Studio B announced the delivery of new BEING IAN episodes to YTV. The horror spoof, Scream Because I Know What You Did To That Psycho Last Summer, airs on YTV on Oct. 19, at 6:00 pm ET/PT as part of YTVs Halloween programming.

Headline News

ka-chew! Promotes Hallmark's Hauntington Keepsake Ornament Collection

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, October 19, 2005 at 12:00am

Hallmark Channel and its parent company Hallmark Cards have teamed with ka-chew! to create an on-air vignette campaign designed to promote the retailer's "Hauntington U.S.A. Keepsake Collection," a special decorative collection that celebrates the fun spirit of Halloween. The vignette campaign was conceived and developed by Hallmark Channel's Sponsorship Solutions Unit and produced by ka-chew!, which has created two, 30-second spots to air exclusively on Hallmark Channel throughout October. This campaign marks the only on-air promotion that the ornament collection will receive this year.

Films Headline News

Spike TV Spends Serious Coin For Six Star Wars Films

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, October 19, 2005 at 12:00am

Spike TV has made the biggest film licensing deal in its 22-year history with its purchase of the exclusive rights for all six of STAR WARS films for six-years, reports VARIETY. The serious coin Spike will pay is between $65-70 million, which is about $15 million more than most insiders expected the films to sell for. A bidding war between Spike, NBC Universal's USA Network and Sci Fi Channel and Turner's TBS and TNT drove up the price. Key to the deal is that Spike will have the first network window for REVENGE OF THE SITH in April 2008.

Digital Headline News

Digital Domain Hosts Free Storm Training

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, October 19, 2005 at 12:00am

Free Storm TrainingVenice, California, USANovember 14-18, 2005Deadline: October 21, 2005

Digital Domain will be offering a free one-week Storm class. This software was used in conjunction with SESI Houdini to create natural phenomena and environmental effects on such films as AEON FLUX, STEALTH, THE DAY AFTER TOMORROW and XXX.

Digital Headline News

Fox Commits to Digital Cinema with Christie/AIX

In its first long-term commitment to digital cinema, 20th Century Fox has reached an agreement to supply its feature films to digital cinema projection systems deployed by Christie/AIX, a unit of Access Integrated Technologies (AccessIT). For Fox, this will include an increasing number of feature films from 20th Century Fox, Fox 2000 Pictures, 20th Century Fox Animation and Fox Searchlight Pictures production units.

Headline News

Taffy To Distribute Sunwoo’s Mixmaster: The King Of Cards

Taffy Ent. has signed a deal with Korean-based Sunwoo Ent. to distribute Sunwoo's hot new anime style series, MIXMASTER: THE KING OF CARDS. The deal will call on Taffy to manage worldwide rights (excluding Asia) for the series in all categories including television, home entertainment, licensing, merchandising, master toy, Internet as well as both online and mobile trading card games. The multi-platform deal was unveiled at MIPCOM and MIPCOM Jr. this week.

Digital Headline News

Digital Domain Hosts Free Houdini Training

Free Houdini TrainingVenice, California, USANovember 7-11, 2005 Deadline: October 21, 2005

Digital Domain will be offering a free one-week Houdini class. Attendees must have experience at a production level with 3D programs such as Maya, Softimage or 3ds Max. Student Project reels are acceptable as well. Some exposure to Houdini is a plus.

Festival Headline News

eDIT 8. Filmmaker’s Festival Reports Record Attendance

eDIT 8. The Filmmakers Festival, which took place Oct. 9-11 in Frankfort, Germany, enjoyed an increased participation of almost 50% over the previous year, a fact that could clearly be seen in the full theaters. In addition to the 2,300 professional visitors there were 350 guests from the media industry, politics and business, along with 130 international speakers and around 120 accredited journalists.

Series Headline News

Pesky, Bejuba! & Studio B Catapult Forward with Adrenalini Brothers!

Pesky and Bejuba! Ent. and Studio B Prods. have begun production on the animated series, THE AMAZING ADRENALINI BROTHERS! Created by U.K.-based Pesky, this seven-minute formatted series of 26 half-hours is aimed at kids 6-12 and will air on ITVs prime Saturday morning slot, CITVs Ministry of Mayhem. The series is also set to debut on YTV in Canada, and on Cartoon Network. Bejuba! Ent. holds television distribution rights with Studio B holding digital rights to the series.

Studio Headline News

Studio B Clashes With Class of the Titans

On New Year's Eve 2005, CLASS OF THE TITANS, an original animated series produced by Studio B, will launch on the Canadian specialty network, TELETOON. Studio B is in post-production on 26x22 episodes of the action-adventure series with distribution partner Nelvana. Studio B and Nelvana will launch this new series at MIPCOM Jr. in France.

Movie Headline News

Kong Swings Onto Toonami U.K.

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, October 12, 2005 at 12:00am

This November, Toonami in the U.K. will begin airing a new 40-episode KONG animated series and a 74-minute animated movie from BKN New Media.

Turner Broadcastings boys action animation channel will air the U.K. premiere of KONG THE ANIMATED SERIES on Nov. 1, at 6:00 pm. The movie, KONG: KING OF ATLANTIS, will have its U.K. premiere during Toonamis popular Destination: Friday block on Nov. 11, at 5.30 pm. It will have its network premiere on Cartoon Network on Nov. 19.

Headline News

BWM Sells Bardel Programs To Toon Disney

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, October 12, 2005 at 12:00am

B Wooding Media (BWM), acting as agent for Bardel Distribution, has sold three animated features, DRAGONS: FIRE & ICE, DRAGONS: THE METAL AGES and SILVERWING: THE MOVIE TRILOGY, to Toon Disney in the U.S. for a fall 2005 debut.

The DRAGONS movies will be featured in the popular Jetix block at 7:00 pm, and will be supported with cross promotions in fall 2005 and fall 2006 through retail partners Megabloks and Lions Gate Ent.

Animation Headline News

Kingwood College Hosts Student Video & Animation Fest

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, October 12, 2005 at 12:00am

Its a Wrap Student Video and Animation FestKingwood, Texas, USANovember 12, 2005Deadline: October 21, 2005

Kingwood College is seeking student submissions in animation or video for the upcoming Its a Wrap Student Video and Animation Fest, at Kingwood College. Submissions are due Oct. 21, must be recent works (completed after September 2004) and under 10 minutes. Winning entries will be showcased at the Nov. 12 event.

Animation Headline News

Jewish Themed Works Sought for Jewish Animation Celebration

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, October 12, 2005 at 12:00am

Jewish Animation CelebrationToronto, Ontario, CanadaJanuary 2006Deadline: November 11, 2005

The Toronto Animated Image Society (TAIS) is hosting its Jewish Animation Celebration. The short film and video show is entering its third year and celebrates Jewish culture, tradition, art and community. Its open to all kinds of animation, classical cels, paint, cutouts, Flash, 3D, puppets, etc. Entries total running time must not exceed 10 minutes. For more information, visit

Kids Headline News

All Grown Up Kids Hit Special and DVD Road

The tweens of Nickelodeons ALL GROWN UP hit the road with their moms to explore America in a one-hour special R.V. HAVING FUN YET? that aired Monday, Oct. 10, 2005, at 8:00 pm on Nickelodeon. The family fun arrives on home video and DVD today (Oct. 11).

Animation Headline News

Newest Animation World Magazine Acrobat Now Online!

The newest Acrobat edition of Animation World Magazine is now online and ready for you to download. For June, the mag put its focus on independent animation. Kicking off a three-part series, Joe Strike spoke with famed animation historian and filmmaker John Canemaker about his early career and how he got into animation. Marisa Materna peers into a reporters crystal ball to see if the future of animation lies in independent studios. Joe Strike also surveys the animation landscape in New York City to see how independent artists are building business in the Big Apple.

Nickelodeon Headline News

Jules Borkent Upped to VP, Programming, Nickelodeon Int’l

Jules Borkent has been promoted to vp, programming, Nickelodeon International, responsible for coordinating Nickelodeon's global programming and acquisitions strategy, with a particular emphasis on working with our local programming heads to coordinate and develop pan-regional deals for Nickelodeon's 13 localized channels across Europe.