Playmates Toys will toy around with the characters from the upcoming computer animated feature film DELGO. Fathom Studios and its licensing agency Joy Tashjian Marketing Group (JTMG) have scored a bit of a coup awarding the master toy license for the unfinished indie film with a distributor and release date still to be set. The toy line includes dolls and figures at several price points, as well as play sets, action figures, vehicles, play environments, and toy accessories.
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Movielink will now offer STAR BLAZERS and Yamato Films anime classics through a deal with Voyager Ent. STAR BLAZERS' "Quest for Iscandar," episodes 1-17, are available now for download. Additional titles coming soon include THE COMET EMPIRE, THE BOLAR WARS, SPACE BATTLESHIP YAMATO, FAREWELL TO SPACE BATTLESHIP YAMATO: IN THE NAME OF LOVE, SPACE BATTLESHIP YAMATO: THE NEW VOYAGE, BE FOREVER YAMATO and FINAL YAMATO. Movielink and Voyager Ent. will launch co-marketing campaigns and promotions to highlight the titles available.
Winners in the regional awards for excellence in film and television in British Columbia, Canada, The Leo Awards, have been announced. Mainframe Entertainments SCARY GODMOTHER HALLOWEEN SPOOKTAKULAR pretty much swept the animation competition winning for Best Animation Program or Series, as well as Best Musical Score and Best Direction/Storyboarding in an Animation Program or Series.
ACM SIGGRAPH announced the program for the Computer Animation Festival for SIGGRAPH 2004, the 31st international conference on Computer Graphics & Interactive Techniques, to be held Aug. 8-12 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.
The Computer Animation Festival jury chose 83 selections out of a record 643 entry for exemplary use of computer-generated imagery and compelling storytelling. There are 40 international selections and 27 student pieces in the Festival.
2004 Frederick Festival of FilmFrederick, Maryland, USASeptember 17 - 19, 2004Deadline: June 30, 2004
15th Vermont International Film Festival Burlington, Vermont, USAOctober 13-18, 2004Deadline: July 10, 2004
Spectra Animation, a subsidiary of LÉquipe Spectra, has launched its Internet site, which can be accessed at www.spectra-animation.ca, featuring info on the company, its history, creations and development projects, plus the latest news on its activities.
Acclaim Ent. has unleashed the ultimate wrestling game SHOWDOWN: LEGENDS OF WRESTLING for the PlayStation 2 and Xbox. Developed by Acclaim Studios Austin, the game was designed in conjunction with professional wrestling experts and features 73 of the greatest wrestlers in history, including Hulk Hogan, Sting, Andre the Giant, Ultimate Warrior, Randy "Macho Man" Savage, Bret "Hitman" Hart, Diamond Dallas Page, Jake "The Snake" Roberts, "Rowdy" Roddy Piper, Eddie Guerrero and "The American Dream" Dusty Rhodes.
ASIFA-Hollywood's 2D Expo Pencils Not PixelsBurbank, California, USAJune 26, 2004
ASIFA-Hollywood presents 2D Expo Pencils Not Pixels, a one-day symposium and conference for traditional animators. The events will feature meetings, screenings, panels, filmmakers, networking, grants, sketchbooks, inspiration, discussion, drawing and painting. Guests and Panelists include:
* Eric Goldberg (director, LOONEY TUNES: BACK IN ACTION, FANTASIA 2000)* Shane Glines (designer, BATMAN BEYOND, CartoonRetro.com)
BKN International A.G. has completed development and will soon begin production of the ALI BABA AND THE FORTY THIEVES: THE LOST SCIMITAR OF ARABIA series. BKN is currently in negotiations with a media company in the Middle East to co-produce and distribute this program.
Geneon Ent. has acquired worldwide theatrical and home video rights from Micott & Basara to anime feature APPLESEED. The pact excludes Japan and South Korea. North American theatrical distribution is scheduled for late summer. The film will mark the debut of Geneon Films, which will focus on marketing and distributing Japanese and Asian live-action and animated features around the globe.
Sarbakan, a full service digital animation studio in Quebec City has added five new hires to its full-time staff, bringing its total of employees to 47.
Stephanie Gingras joins the 2D project management team as a producer. She was a producer for I.C. Axon where she was responsible for many multimedia and print projects in the field of e-learning solutions between 2000 and 2003.
Nickelodeon, celebrating its 25th birthday this year, will kick off the 49th annual PROMAX&BDA conference at the Summer Garden at Rockefeller Center in New York City with a cocktail reception on the opening night, 8-11:00 pm on June 23, 2004 for conference attendees and other invited guests.
"We've celebrated every milestone in our 25 years by showcasing our work at PROMAX&BDA and it's part of our legacy to be judged by the best critics in the business our peers," said Russell Hicks, svp, Nickelodeon Creative Resources.
A few months ago Rick Mischel, ceo of Mainframe Ent., alluded to AWN that a sales/distribution entity would be in place soon for IDT Ent. and now that has become a reality. IDT Ent. has formed IDT Ent. Sales (IDTeS) a new company responsible for the worldwide distribution of content from its companies, as well as third-party producers. IDT Ent. companies include Anchor Bay Ent., Manga Ent., DPS, DPS/Film Roman, Mainframe Ent. and DKP Effects.
Prague, Czech Republic-based Cenega Publishing has signed a deal with Altar Interactive to publish the forthcoming PC-CD ROM title, UFO: AFTERSHOCK, due to release in Q3 2005.
Director Darren Aronofsky will start shooting his long-delayed sci-fi drama THE FOUNTAIN in Montreal, Canada, November 1, reports NEWSDAY. Hugh Jackman will star the immortality tale that takes place over three centuries. Cate Blanchett, Ellen Burstyn and Sean Gullette will also star. Aronofsky and Ari Handel penned the scripted. New Regency and Aronofsky's Protozoa Pictures are producing the film, which is set to be released by Warner Bros. in 2005 or 2006.
Accel-KKR, the Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan and Alias management announced the completion of the acquisition of Alias from SGI for $57.5 million. Accel-KKR is a technology-focused private equity firm and Teachers' is one of Canada's largest pension plans with net assets of more than $75 billion CDN.
Cinequest Film Festival 2005San Jose, California, USAMarch 2 - 13, 2005Deadline: October 8, 2004
The Cinequest Film Festival prides itself as being a soul-stirring and personable discovery festival of international films and digital forums for movie lovers, maverick film artists and students. The event was named one of the Top 10 Film Festivals in the world by the ULTIMATE FILM FESTIVAL SURVIVAL GUIDE. The short film submission deadline is October 8, 2004 and the feature film submission deadline is October 29, 2004.
Mobile ExposureHouston, Texas, USAFebruary 1, 2005Deadline: November 31, 2004
The Mobile Exposure handheld video program is an exploration of the potentials of mobile motion imaging. Practitioners are invited to submit all lengths of work, although the focus will be on short works (less than 15 minutes in length). This international exhibition of mobile video will be presented by Microcinema International and curated by Patrick Lichty.
Spain-based Filmax Animation's long-in-the-works PK3: PINOCCHIO 3000 feature will feature a Hollywood flare with voice provide by Whoopi Goldberg, Malcolm McDowell and Howie Mandel, reports VARIETY. The futuristic spin on Carlo Collodi's classic tale is also being produced by Canada's CineGroupe, and France's Animakids.
Mandel will voice Spencer, a cyber-penguin who helps tinkering inventor Geppetto. Goldberg voices Cyberina, a big-mamma holographic fairy. McDowell will voice Scamboli, the low-life mayor of the high-tech city of Scamboville.
The coveted short film grand prize at the 28th International Festival of Animated Film at Annecy went to Mike Gabriel for LORENZO while Chris Landreth received the Special Jury Award for RYAN. The judges selected the 2D film over the 3D film for the top prize, wishing to recognize "true magic does not rely on technology and can start with the artist's hand-drawn art." The awards were presented at the closing ceremony held on Saturday, June 12, 2004 in Annecy, France. Congratulations to all the winners!
The Short and Feature Fiction Films Category winners are:
Entara has announced that it has signed a home video deal for JAKERS! THE ADVENTURES OF PIGGLEY WINKS with Paramount Home Ent. as well as a book deal with Simon Spotlight, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Childrens Publishing.