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Half-Life 2 Scores Multiple Wins at Game Developers Choice Awards

HALF-LIFE 2 and Eugene Jarvis took top honors in the 5th annual Game Developers Choice Awards given by the International Game Developers Association (IGDA) at a ceremony the evening of March 9, during the 2005 Game Developers Conference (GDC) in San Francisco.

The big guns at the show were 3: HALO 2 (from Bungie/Microsoft), HALF-LIFE 2 (Valve/Vivendi) and WORLD OF WARCRAFT (Blizzard) all of them huge budget productions with great visuals and sound, but a surprising audience favorite was KATAMARI DAMACY (Namco), which was simple, but very creative.

Television Headline News

Family Guy Live On Stage

Seth McFarlanes Emmy Award-winning animated comedy series FAMILY GUY celebrates its historic return to primetime network television with the U.S. premiere of the unprecedented live stage event, FAMILY GUY LIVE!, starring the cast of the series. The show features a live reading of a classic episode, a live performance from the eagerly anticipated FAMILY GUY LIVE IN VEGAS comedy album, a sneak peek at the new FAMILY GUY episode and a Q & A with the cast/creators of the series.

Game Headline News

TELETOON Gets Some SMAX! from Mattel

Canadas TELETOON has launched an on-air and online promotion to support the new Mattel toy SMAX! The online initiative includes a TELETOON-designed SMAX! Squeeze Web game, which highlights the new toy and uses color combinations to collect points. The campaign will run until March 27, 2005.

SMAX! are new collectible action figures whose heads pop off to reveal a colored "brain" inside. Each color, (purple, green, orange) indicates the winner in each battle, while all the characters have special personalities and names.

Game Headline News

BioWare Unveils Recruitment Efforts For GDC & Beyond

BioWare Corp. announced its plans to continue the expansion of its development teams for its future videogame projects. The Edmonton-based company is actively recruiting for a variety of positions across numerous disciplines and will be taking those recruitment efforts across North America in the upcoming months.

Comedy Headline News

Bromwell High Premieres on Canada’s TELETOON

British high humor and high school hijinks are in store for viewers tuning into BROMWELL HIGH, an animated comedy following the adventures of three exceptionally naughty schoolgirls, one maverick headmaster and a bunch of desperate, underpaid teachers, as it premieres on Canadas TELETOON March 7, 2005 at 10:30 pm.

Headline News

Los Angeles ACM SIGGRAPH Presents: 3D Web and Wireless

Los Angeles ACM SIGGRAPH March MeetingWestchester, California, USAMarch 8, 2005

For the March meeting, Los Angeles ACM SIGGRAPH will host a program on 3D Web and wireless. The event will look at the latest Website developments for PDA software applications, 3D and virtual worlds.

Mobile Headline News

Gameloft Secures Mobile Gaming Rights to War of the Worlds

Gameloft, a leading developer and publisher of videogames for mobile phones, has signed an exclusive agreement with Viacom Consumer Products Inc. to develop, publish and distribute the wireless game version of Steven Spielberg's WAR OF THE WORLDS starring Tom Cruise.

Film Headline News

Sin Fronteras Film Fest Looking For Multi-Cultural Films

Sin Fronteras Film FestivalAlbuquerque, New MexicoApril 15-16, 2005Deadline: March 15, 2005

The Department of Latin American Studies at the University of New Mexico and SOLAS Student Association for Latin American Studies are co-sponsoring Sin Fronteras Film Festival, which will take place at the Guild Theatre. Sin Fronteras is a media festival created to showcase the works of socially conscious independent filmmakers from across the Americas.

Spot Headline News

Ford Gets Big Picture Spot from !mpossible Pictures

Ad agency JWT/Denver recently commissioned digital studio !mpossible Pictures to create a visually compelling spot for Ford. BIG PICTURE, which airs in the Midwest, takes viewers on an exhilarating topographical adventure and introduces the Ford Big Picture Event at Midwest Ford dealers.

Music Headline News

New Little Einsteins Series to Debut On Disney Channel

Disney's LITTLE EINSTEINS, an innovative new TV series for toddlers, emanating from the popular videos and CDs from The Baby Einstein Co., will premiere in October 2005 during the daily Playhouse Disney programming block on Disney Channel. The series and a Disney DVD/video release in August will build on the cachet of the infant/preschool brand Baby Einstein.

Animation Headline News

USA Index Corp. Gets U.S. Rep

The Honig Co. Inc., a leading boutique public relations agency, announced it is representing USA Index Corp., the U.S. subsidiary of Index Corp., a $20 billion diversified technology and media company based in Japan.

The Honig Co. will initially be undertaking a campaign aimed at raising awareness of Sega Animanium, a software product for the animation industry, and working to increase sales within North America.

Sound Headline News

The Incredibles Wins Two Oscars & Ryan Wins Shorts Race

Pixar earned its second animated feature Oscar for THE INCREDIBLES at the 77th Annual Academy Awards, Feb. 27, 2005, while Skywalker Sound won the Best Sound Editing Award. Animated feature was the award up for the night, collected by a jubilant Brad Bird. He thanked the holy trinity at Pixar referring to Ed Catmull, Steve Jobs and John Lasseter for creating the greatest studio on the face of the Earth, Bird said.

Union Headline News

Spanish-lingo Simpsons Cast Goes On Strike

By Rick DeMott | Thursday, February 24, 2005 at 12:00am

On Feb. 23, 2005, negotiations broke down in the ongoing dispute between the Spanish-language voices of THE SIMPSONS union and a Mexico City-based dubbing studio, spurring the cast to go on an official strike, reports HOLLYWOOD REPORTER.

The cast alleges that its employer, formerly known as Grabaciones y Doblajes, breached its contract with their union, the National Actors' Assn. Union, by hiring union-member actors. The company claims that the contract was made void when its administration and company name changed to Grabaciones y Doblajes Internacionales (GDI).

Headline News

ASIFA East Wants Your Films

2005 ASIFA East Animated Film FestivalNew York, New York, USAMay 1, 2005Deadline: March 1, 2005

2005 ASIFA East Animated Film Festival screens the best in independent, commercial and student animation. All films are judged by a panel of ASIFA-EAST members and prizes are given in each category for first through third place. For more information, visit www.asifaeast.com.

Film Headline News

2nd Annual Billyburg Short Film Festival Deadline Nears

2nd Annual Billyburg Short Film FestivalWilliamsburg, Virginia, USAMay 20-21, 2005Deadline: March 1, 2005

Billyburg Short Film Festival highlights the best in various media including narrative, documentary, animation, experimental, commercials and music videos.

Headline News

WB Soars With Batman & Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at Toy Fair

Warner Bros. Consumer Products kicked off the world's largest toy trade show, the 2005 American International Toy Fair -- in New York City from Feb. 20-23, 2005 -- with a new lineup of licensed toys and products inspired by one of the world's most popular superhero franchises: BATMAN.

Features Headline News

Disney Debuts Ghibli Trio on DVD

With the highly anticipated release of Hayao Miyazakis HOWL'S MOVING CASTLE in June, Disney has smartly introduced three more of the legendary directors films to DVD on Feb. 22, 2005 (Buena Vista Home Ent., $29.99): NAUSICAÄ OF THE VALLEY OF THE WIND (1984), PORCO ROSSO (1992) and THE CAT RETURNS (1992). All three two-disc sets contain original Japanese versions as well as newly produced English versions with prestigious voice casts, along with notable bonus features.

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Kids Headline News

Nelvana Inks Babar European Deal; Reveals Miss Spider Lineup at Toy Fair

While exhibiting at the American International Toy Fair in New York City, Nelvana Ltd. announced it has completed a pan-European direct-to-retail agreement with C&A to carry a carry a range of BABAR-themed infantwear.

Under terms of the direct deal a first for Nelvana in the international market C&A stores in the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, Spain, Portugal, Poland, Hungary, Russia and the Czech Republic will carry the BABAR baby line, which is expected to debut in June 2005.

Film Headline News

Mintus Promoted to Partner at Version2

Award-winning editorial, visual effects and design company Version2 has promoted editor Tina Mintus to partner. Mintus, who has been with owner/editor Vito DeSario for eight years, will head the company with DeSario and be responsible for new recruitment.

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