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ADV Announces May Releases

ADV Films has announced its slate of May anime releases. The titles include BASTOF SYNDROME: FEAR AND LEMONS, ANGELIC LAYER: INHERIT THE LAYER, LEGEND OF THE MYSTICAL NINJA: LOVE IS A POWERFUL WEAPON, WELCOME TO THE KALEIDO STAGE, SAIYUKI: TROUBLE IN PARADISE and SLAYERS: PREMIUM.

Anime Headline News

Anime Network Goes 24/7 With Insight Cabler

Anime Network, the first cable channel in North America dedicated to anime, is expanding from a Video-On-Demand service to a 24-hour, seven-day-a-week network with multisystem cable operator Insight Communications, which expects to roll out the Anime Network on its digital tier in several markets.

Animation Headline News

Birthday Boy, Ryan Earn SIGGRAPH 2004 Computer Animation Festival Honors

ACM SIGGRAPH announced the Computer Animation Festival's Best Animated Short and Jury Honors winners for SIGGRAPH 2004, to be held Aug. 8-12 in Los Angeles, California. The Computer Animation Festival jury selected BIRTHDAY BOY (by Sejong Park of the Australian Film Television and Radio School) as Best Animated Short and RYAN (by Chris Landreth) for Jury Honors. Chris Bregler, New York University, is the SIGGRAPH 2004 Computer Animation Festival Chair.

Movie Headline News

May Movie Month Primed on Cartoon Network

Cartoon Network will deliver 22 animated features during its May Movie Month. Each night in May, Cartoon Network will showcase animated movies in primetime, including cartoon classics as well as premieres of SCOOBY-DOO AND THE MONSTER OF MEXICO, THE KING AND I, BATMAN: MYSTERY OF THE BATWOMAN, THE SCARECROW and UNDER THE BLACK FLAG.

The schedule for Cartoon Network's May Movie Month is as follows:

May 1: 7:30 pm - SAMURAI JACK: THE LEGEND BEGINS

Animation Headline News

Toon Boom Launches Paperless Concerto

Toon Boom Animation has launched Concerto, an animation software for paperless, digital, re-use or cutout animation production. Concerto offers studios increased productivity, raises animation quality and eliminates file management issues so common to the normal Flash pipeline.

Game Headline News

Activision Releases Shrek 2 the Videogame

Can't you wait to see DreamWorks' SHREK 2 movie, you can play the videogame now from Activision, available on PlayStation2, Xbox or GameCube for a suggested retail price of $49.99. The Game Boy Advance and PC versions are available for a suggested retail price of $29.99.

Canada Headline News

Canada Tops Cartoons On The Bay Winners

Cartoons on the Bay, the 8th festival of television animation organized by Rai Trade, culminated in Positano, Italy with the Pulcinella Awards on April 25, 2004. Canada led the awards with three.

The winning programs are as follows:

Best Program of the Year and Best TV Series for Teenagers and AdultsTRIPPING THE RIFT Canada (& U.S.)

Best Character of the Year and Best TV Series for Children ZOÉ KÉZAKO France

Games Headline News

Players Can Slip Into Hef's Slippers in Playboy Videogame

The new videogame, PLAYBOY: THE MANSION, from Groove Games and ARUSH Entertainment, published under license from Playboy Enterprises, will be available on the PlayStation2 for the 2004 holiday season.

Under development at Cyberlore Studios, PLAYBOY: THE MANSION combines intriguing social interaction, party-throwing simulation and empire- building challenges in the gaming experience. This marks the marks Playboy's entry into videogame.

Film Headline News

Ryan Short to Premiere at Cannes, Annecy and SIGGRAPH

Chris Landreth's new 3D-animated short film, RYAN, will have three premieres this summer, screening at festivals in France, Canada and the U.S. The 14-minute film will have its world premiere at Cannes 43rd International Critic's Week (May 13-21, 2004). The Canadian premiere will take place at the World-wide Short Film Festival in Toronto (May 11-16). It will also screen in competition at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival (June 7-12) in France. The U.S. premiere will be at the SIGGRAPH 2004 Computer Animation Festival in Los Angeles (August 8-12).

Production Headline News

Shuffle Names Bando Exec Producer

Shuffle Inc., an international television commercial production company with offices in Venice, California, and Tokyo, Japan, has named David Bando as its new exec producer.

In his new position, Bando will work with advertising agencies and Shuffle directors on the production of TV commercials worldwide. He will oversee all aspects of television show and TV commercial production, as well as post-production, and will also be responsible for the companys expansion and development of its TV commercial division and overall growth.

Effects Headline News

MASTERSFX Promotes Rebert to FX Producer

MASTERSFX has promoted Dan Rebert to the new position of FX producer. The company is involved in the production of special effects for KINGDOM HOSPITAL, SIX FEET UNDER, STARGATE SG-1 and STARGATE ATLANTIS, among several others.

Rebert originally joined MASTERSFX in 2000 as art director and shop supervisor. Since joining MASTERSFX, he has worked on numerous projects and continues to explore and develop new effects technology.

Drawn Headline News

Gene Deitch Lands Harvey Award Nod

The Harvey Awards, the top honor in comics, has announced this year's nominees. The big news for animation fans is the nomination of Gene Deitch's CAT ON A HOT THIN GROOVE for Best Domestic Reprint Project. This year's ceremony will take place at the new Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art on June 26, 2004 as part of the Third Annual MoCCA Art Festival.

Toon Headline News

Toon Boom Studio Version 2.5 for Mac Ready

Toon Boom Animation has launched Toon Boom Studio version 2.5 for Mac OS X, a program used primarily for 2D cartoon animation. Some of the releases new features include sound scrubbing in the Timeline, the ability to draw in Sceneplanning and support for scanning.

Toon Boom's client base ranges from major studios creating Hollywood blockbuster animated films to individual animators creating their first masterpieces.

The upgrade can be purchased online or from a reseller at $ 199.

Disney Headline News

Disney Shakes Up ABC Top Management

The Walt Disney Co. has made some sweeping changes this week in the top executive ranks at the ABC network. Anne Sweeney and George Bodenheimer have been named co-chairs of Disney's Media Networks unit. Sweeney will be adding the ABC Television Network, which includes ABC Entertainment, ABC Daytime, ABC News and Touchstone Television to her portfolio of responsibilities, while Bodenheimer remains head of ESPN Inc. and ABC Sports.

Headline News

Pirates Steals Most MTV Movie Award Nods

In what amounts to be no less a popularity contest than voting for high school homecoming queen, the MTV Movie Award nominations for 2004 have been announced. However, the awards do highlight the coolest kids on the block vfx blockbusters with PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: THE CURSE OF THE BLACK PEARL topping the list of nomination with six. X2: X-MEN UNITED came in second with four nods. In animation nominations, FINDING NEMO reeled in two nods for best movie and best comedic performance for Ellen DeGeneres.

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