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Anime Headline News

ADV Films & Geneon Announce Strategic Alliance

ADV Films and Geneon Ent. (USA) announced a new distribution agreement. Beginning Oct. 1st, ADV Films will be Geneon Ent. USA's sole distributor. ADV Films will handle all sales and distribution duties for the combined catalog as well as certain marketing functions.

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Xilam Cements Distribution Deal with Cake

French animation company Xilam has allied with the U.K.'s Cake Distribution to handle English-speaking territories, reports C21 MEDIA. The alliance with Cake, which is headed by Xilam's former exec VP of business development, Ed Galton, will have the London-based distributor handling sales to all English-speaking markets, including the U.K., Ireland, the U.S., Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

Game Headline News

GDC Calls for Lecture, Poster Submissions

2008 Game Developers ConferenceSan Francisco, California, USAFebruary 18-22, 2008Deadline: Oct. 1, 2007

Game Developers Conference provides educational, networking, and business opportunities for game development professionals driving the $11 billion videogame industry. It is the main global forum where programmers, artists, producers, game designers, audio professionals and others involved in the development of interactive games gather to exchange ideas, network and shape the future of the industry.

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Activision Selects REALVIZ Movimento

Activision has selected REALVIZ Movimento as its facial capture solution of choice for a forthcoming movie-based game. Movimento is a state-of-the-art video-based motion capture solution, "Powered by SMART," REALVIZ' automatic 3D tracking engine.

REALVIZ Movimento offers the capability to capture the motion of any non-rigid object (humans, animals) in post-production, from synchronized image sequences with total flexibility:

* Starting from two cameras to as many as required* Cameras can be fixed or moving.

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Young Indiana Jones to Debut on DVD

The Emmy-award winning series THE ADVENTURES OF YOUNG INDIANA JONES makes its long-awaited DVD debut on Oct. 23 (VOLUME ONE) from Lucasfilm Ltd., CBS Home Ent. and Paramount Home Ent., with an impressive array of all-new bonus materials, which allow viewers to dig deeper into the real-life events behind young Indy's globe-trotting coming-of-age. THE ADVENTURES OF YOUNG INDIANA JONES was the first TV series to use digital production, pioneering processes that would pave the way for George Lucas' own STAR WARS prequels.

Effects Headline News

Rainmaker Elevates Marianne O'Reilly to Lead Visual Effects

Marianne O'Reilly, an eight-year veteran of Rainmaker Visual Effects, has been elevated from exec producer to president of the burgeoning division. Previously, Warren Franklin served as president of the division, but was elevated to CEO of Rainmaker Ent. (parent company of Rainmaker Animation, Rainmaker Post and Rainmaker Visual Effects) last July when Mainframe was acquired.

Effects Headline News

Encore Hollywood Brings on VFX Whiz Black

Emmy-winning Visual Effects Supervisor and Flame artist R. Edward Black, whose skills include on-set visual effects supervision, compositing, visual effects production, graphic design and animation, has joined Encore Hollywood. Black will join the visual effects team working on the television series HOUSE, and will also be available for other television, feature film, commercial and music video assignments.

Producers Headline News

Mendes Now Femme Fatale for Miller's Spirit

Frank Miller has cast Eva Mendes (GHOST RIDER) as femme fatale Sand Saref in his screen adaptation of Will Eisner's THE SPIRIT, according to THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER. Saref was The Spirit's teenager lover until the couple was ripped apart by the death of Sand's father at the hands of Spirit's uncle.

Cast already includes Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson and Gabriel Macht (upcoming WHITEOUT). Additionally, MATRIX's Bill Pope has been hired to bring the comic book world to life as the cinematographer.

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Corel Painter X Joins //ADAPT 2007 as Official Sponsor of Art Expo

Corel Corp. announced that Corel Painter X has joined the //ADAPT 2007 Conference as the official sponsor of the new //ADAPT Art Expo. The //ADAPT Art Expo will take place at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Montreal from Sept. 24-28 and will feature work from some of Corel's outstanding Painter Masters, including noted concept artists Ryan Church and Andrew Jones, who will also be presenting as part of the conference program.

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Counterfeit Nintendo Products Seized in Mexican Raids

Mexican authorities conducted raids against 12 alleged distributors of counterfeit Nintendo products in a major "fayuca" (contraband) market in Guadalajara, confiscating 15,000 imitation products, including 4,500 counterfeit Wii game discs.

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Speedy Gonzales Breaks into Music Video

Legendary toon Speedy Gonzales, "the fastest mouse in all of Mexico," has joined Latin sensations Kumbia All-Starz in a music video for their song SPEEDY GONZALES, featured on the band's newest album, AYER FUE KUMBIA KINGS HOY ES KUMBIA ALLSTARZ. The Warner Bros. Consumer Products character was inaugurated as the newest member of the Kumbia All-Starz at a press conference in Mexico City, after record label EMI/Televisa Music leaked to the media that an unnamed Hollywood star was set to join the band.

Series Headline News

Galleon, Warners Sign DVD Licensing Deal for Skunk Fu!

Galleon Holdings plc, the U.K.-based intellectual property owner, developer and manager, has licensed the U.K. DVD rights of series one of its hit animated series SKUNK FU! to Warner Music Group.

"This is the first licensed deal received for the U.K.," said Galleon CEO Stephen Green, "and we are delighted to be working with a partner of this calibre in a key category like DVD's."

Show Headline News

MTVN's NOGGIN and The N Channels to Split in Two

As part of MTV Networks' (MTVN) niche programming strategy to super-serve targeted audiences, the award-winning NOGGIN and The N, the two Nickelodeon and MTVN Kids and Family Group brands that currently share space on a single channel, will be separated into two 24-hour services beginning Dec. 31, 2007. NOGGIN will become a commercial-free preschool service, while The N will be a tween/teen channel, featuring TEENick programming during the day and The N's content at night. NOGGIN and The N will be carried by all cable operators, DirecTV, AT&T U-verse and Verizon FiOS.

Licensing Headline News

DECODE Enlists Rocket Licensing For Franny's Feet

Leading kids and family entertainment specialist DECODE Ent. has signed up Rocket Licensing as the U.K. licensing agent for its hit preschool property FRANNY'S FEET, the adventures of a little girl with magical shoes. The company has already completed a deal for costume characters with Rainbow Prods. for Europe.

Series Headline News

Bejuba! Licenses Adrenalini Bros. To U.S. Voom's Animania HDTV

Bejuba! Ent. has licensed the award-winning animated series THE AMAZING ADRENALINI BROTHERS to Voom's HDTV Networks in the U.S. THE AMAZING ADRENALINI BROTHERS is a Pesky/StudioB co-production in association with Bejuba! Ent.

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Voltron Transforms into Feature at Fox

Riding the popularity of the box office's favorite giant robots in TRANSFORMERS, 20th Century Fox-based New Regency is in final talks with the Mark Gordon Co. to bring VOLTRON: DEFENDER OF THE UNIVERSE to the big screen as a live-action film, VARIETY reports. Gordon has been developing the project and previously hired Justin Marks (HE-MAN) to pen the script.

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Rainmaker's Jones & Breakspear to Present at //ADAPT 2007 Conference

Artists and visual effects supervisors Ed Jones and Mark Breakspear of Rainmaker Ent. Inc. have joined the //ADAPT Conference lineup at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Montreal from Sept. 24-28, 2007. An estimated 2,500 people from around the world are expected to attend the industry's second annual creative event focused on inspiring and teaching advanced digital art production techniques for film, visual effects and videogame development. The program includes more than 40 digital art masters, an Art Expo, a Theatre, a Job Fair and much more.

Lopez Headline News

Hayek & Tamex Tap Lopez to Helm Time Travel Film

Chilean filmmaker Nicolas Lopez will write and direct an untitled comedy thriller about a young woman who is sent to the past to prevent World War III, under Salma Hayek and partner Jose Tamez's new MGM-based production shingle Ventanazul, reports VARIETY.

Ventanazul is scouting hot young talent from Mexico, Chile and the U.S. for this and its other first few projects.

Disney Headline News

Club Penguin Migrates to Walt Disney Internet Group

The Walt Disney Co. has acquired Club Penguin, one of the fastest-growing online virtual worlds for kids. Since its launch in October 2005, award-winning Club Penguin has grown to more than 700,000 paid subscribers, achieving this subscriber and user growth with very limited marketing efforts, relying mostly on strong product and word-of-mouth awareness among kids. The site has more than 12 million activated users, primarily in the U.S. and Canada

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My Virtual Model Switches to XSI

Montreal-based My Virtual Model Inc. has recently switched its 3D software technology to SOFTIMAGE|XSI, enabling its customers to offer new interactive marketing techniques in the online retail apparel and fashion, home decor, weight loss and entertainment industries.

My Virtual Model chose to replace its Maya software with SOFTIMAGE|XSI software to further develop the wide range of realistic 3D character and product models for its customers, who offer unique "try-before-purchase" online experiences as part of their customer retention strategies.

Films Headline News

Controversial Persepolis Among The Competition At Ottawa

The Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF) announced its roster of films in competition, including the controversial feature PERSEPOLIS. Included among the final contenders are 26 films from the U.S. and 20 films from the U.K. Other countries competing include Australia, Argentina, Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Israel, Japan, Russian Federation, Serbia, Spain, South Korea, Sweden and Taiwan.