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Headline News American Royal Arts Offers Signed SpongeBob Art

American Royal Arts has announced the very first release of signed original production artwork from Nickelodeon's SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS. The collection of cels and drawings are from various episodes, including the world premier releases of "Squidward, the Unfriendly Ghost" and "Jellyfish Jamboree." Each piece is hand-signed by the voice of SpongeBob -- Tom Kenny. American Royal Arts is offering original production drawings, original production cels, cel progressions and key master set-ups.

Headline News Warner Bros. To Release YU-GI-OH!: The Movie Aug. 13

4Kids Entertainment Inc. made a deal Warner Bros. Pictures to distribute YU-GI-OH!: THE MOVIE, the first theatrical motion picture based on the hit YU-GI-OH! animated TV series. YU-GI-OH!: THE MOVIE produced by 4Kids Entertainment in association with Shueisha, TV Tokyo and Nihon AD-Systems will be released across the U.S. on Aug. 13, 2004 and will be released internationally in markets outside of Asia beginning in late August 2004.

Headline News Entertainment Rights Secures Pan-European Deal For Duel Masters

Entertainment Rights has sold its hot property for boys, DUEL MASTERS, to Turner Broadcasting System Europe, which will see the cartoon airing on screens in the U.K., Ireland, Italy, Spain, Scandinavia, Central and Eastern Europe, reaching 30+ million households via Cartoon Network and Toonami in the U.K.

DUEL MASTERS started life as a Manga comic, which gained a huge following in Japan. The television series is a combination of 2D animation with CGI effects done by Shogakukan's famous production arm, Shopro, who also produced the hit shows POKÉMON and HAMTARO.

Headline News VIDFEST Issues Last Call for Entries!

Vancouver International Digital Festival (VIDFEST)Vancouver, British Columbia, CanadaSeptember 25 26, 2004Deadline: March 15, 2004

VIDFEST is for the creators and producers of digital content. It's a chance to meet with peers from all over the world, see their work, develop new partnerships, and engage your mind by listening and talking to people who explore and push the boundaries of creativity in digital media.

Headline News Manhattan Short Film Fest Gives Winners Feature Film Deal!

Manhattan Short Film FestivalNew York, New York, USASeptember 18, 2004Deadline: July 31, 2004

The Manhattan Short Film Festival is held in Union Square Park gathering New Yorkers to view a selection of short films from around the world, where the eventual winner is awarded all the necessary equipment to create a feature film. Selected films are displayed on three giant screens and are judged by filmmakers. For more information, visit www.Msfilmfest.com.

Headline News Blitz Digital Promotes Three Staffers

With an eye on a robust slate of current and future client activity, rapidly expanding Blitz Digital Studios (DS), a leading interactive marketing agency based in North Hollywood, California, has elevated three staff members and brought on board two creatives.

Headline News Last Exile Finds Refuge on TechTV

LAST EXILE, the acclaimed Japanese anime series from Gonzo Ent., premieres in primetime beginning March 8, 2004 at 10:00 pm on TechTV, during Anime Unleashed, a late-night block of anime on the network's regular program schedule. TechTV will preempt ROBOT WARS for this special prime time premiere of Last Exile.

Headline News Webb Moves Up Corus Programming Ladder

Corus Entertainment has promoted Joanna Webb to vp, programming, responsible for YTV, Treehouse TV and Discovery Kids Canada. Webb will continue to be responsible for driving ratings on YTV, Treehouse and Discovery Kids through strategic approaches to program development, acquisitions and partnerships. She will also remain acting director of programming on W Network, Corus specialty network for women.

Headline News CommArts Illustration Competition Deadline Nears!

Communication Arts Illustration CompetitionWorld Wide WebMay 9, 2004Deadline: March 15, 2004

Juried by a nationally representative jury of distinguished designers, art directors and illustrators, each years ILLUSTRATION ANNUAL features the best work in drawing, painting, collage, electronic and three-dimensional illustration.

Headline News Stone Soup To Produce Independent Animator's Forum for TV

Houston, Texas-based Stone Soup has announced plans to produce WILL ANIMATE FOR FOOD, a 30-minute TV program for WTP-TV, Cable 17, a public access channel. The show will feature a series consisting of a collection of independently produced animations and animator interviews presented in a variety format.

Headline News Indian Film To Feature Toon/Live-Action Musical Number

Mumbai, India-based 2nz Animation has completed work on the 2D animation portion of a musical number in the upcoming film SHAADI KA LADDOO. Directed by Raj Kaushal and starring Mandira Bedi, Sanjay Suri and Aashish Chaudhary, the film's "Chal Hutt" number will feature actress Negar Khan and animated characters singing together.

Headline News Inspector Gadget Go Goes CG

DIC Ent. and Mainframe Ent. will co-produce an all-new CGI INSPECTOR GADGET television special and DVD release, INSPECTOR GADGET SAVES THE DAY MAYBE. Mainframe will handle distribution in Canada, Australia and the U.K. with handling the title internationally and Lions Gate's Family Home Ent. handling the U.S.

Headline News Robert Rodriguez to Helm Sin City Feature

Robert Rodriguez (SPY KIDS franchise, ONCE UPON A TIME IN MEXICO) has signed on to direct the screen adaptation of Frank Miller's classic crime saga, SIN CITY. The feature will be based on the three graphic novels SIN CITY, THAT YELLOW BASTARD and THE BIG FAT KILL. Rodriguez and Elizabeth Avellan will produce the project through their Troublemaker Studios. Andrew Rona and Brad Weston, co-presidents of Dimension, will oversee the project for the studio.

Headline News Nick Ups Marjorie Cohn to EVP, Development and Original Programming

Veteran production and development exec Marjorie Cohn has been promoted to the newly created position of evp, development and original programming, at Nickelodeon. Based in New York, Cohn will oversee all of Nickelodeon's ongoing program development and current series production activities in New York, Los Angeles and Canada

Headline News Digital Pioneer Cohen Joins Ascent

Steven B. Cohen, a pioneer in digital technologies used to edit and screen feature films, has joined Ascent Media Creative Services in the newly created post of vp of feature film services. In his new role, Cohen will develop leading edge digital services for use in film production; including digital dailies, location and studio screening rooms, digital cinema previews and the digital intermediate process.

Headline News Canada Approves CINAR Sale

The founders, the stockholders and now the Canadian authorities have approved the sale of CINAR Corp. to the investor group comprised of Michael Hirsh, Toper Taylor and TD Capital Canadian Private Equity Partners through 4113683 Canada Inc. ("Newco").

The Quebec Superior Court granted approval by Justice Joel A. Silcoff, on Feb. 25, 2004, following a hearing in Montreal, on February 19 and 20.

Headline News Nemo Wins Humane Society Award

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, February 25, 2004 at 12:00am

The 18th Annual Genesis Awards, presented by The Hollywood Office of The Humane Society of The United States (HSUS), has awarded FINDING NEMO, along with live-action LEGALLY BLONDE 2, its outstanding film prize. The awards will be presented on March 20, 2004 at a gala ceremony in the International Ballroom of The Beverly Hilton, Beverly Hills. The show will be taped and edited for a two-hour television special airing on Animal Planet on April 25, 2004.

Headline News Pooh Case Heats Up With Theft Accusations

On Feb. 24, 2004, the epic legal battle between the Walt Disney Co. and Winnie the Pooh copyright holders, the Slesinger family, heated up with Disney accusations that the family stole and altered documents, reported REUTERS. Disney lawyers again asked Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Charles McCoy, who took over the case in October, to throw out the case, which could lose Disney hundreds of millions of dollars.

Headline News Cosgrove Hall Working On The Wumblers

Manchester, U.K.-based animation house Cosgrove Hall has started production on THE WUMBLERS, a 26x11 2D preschool series for Peak Ent. and The Silly Goose Co.

THE WUMBLERS is a heart-warming collection of tales featuring Bertrum, a young Wumbler, and his best friend, Raimundo, a Spanish-speaking snail. Laura Wellington, recipient soon of the New Jersey Business Woman of the Year award, created the series.

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