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Pixel Magic VFX Drive Taxi

Pixel Magic recently took on the duty of chasing bank robber supermodels through Grand Central Station and the streets of New York for Foxs TAXI, culminating in a high-speed car duel on an elevated unfinished highway by performing more than 300 visual effects. They included greenscreen composites, CG cars, CG bridges, CG matte paintings, wire removals and assorted fixes.

Nick Headline News

Nick Jr. Steps Out With New Backyardigans Series

Nick Jr. goes CGI with a new show, THE BACKYARDIGANS, that will introduce preschoolers to five-high spirited friends who take epic, musical adventures by transforming their yards into fantastical places like ancient Egypt or the high seas, which premieres at 11:00 am on Oct. 11, 2004. Each episode's soundtrack features a unique music/dance genre with four original songs, along with real choreographed movements recreated in animation, raging from swing to reggae to James Brown-style funk.

Anime Headline News

ADV, Funimation & Geneon Form Joint Venture

At MIPCOM, the three largest producers and distributors of anime in America -- ADV Films Inc., Funimation Prods. and Geneon Ent. (USA) Inc. -- announced plans to form a joint venture for the development and marketing of anime. They will focus on developing high quality entertainment series primarily targeted to children and young adults, where the team can best maximize their respective resources, talent and expertise.

Artists Headline News

Wicked RGB adds Four New 3D Artists

Wicked RGB has extended its impressive stable of artists with the addition of Ira Shain, Micah Henrie, Pascal Blanché and Raphael Lacoste.

"We are here to push projects to the maximum level of graphical quality -- and we are here to stay," said founder/president Michael Christensen.

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Need $40,000 To Complete Your Film?

$40,000 Creativity in Motion/Thatcher Hoffman Smith PrizeNorman, Oklahoma, USAApril 10, 2005Deadline: January 15, 2005

The University of Oklahoma College of Arts & Sciences is hosting biennial $40,000 Creativity in Motion/Thatcher Hoffman Smith Prize honoring the creative process. This prize was established in 2002 to recognize and encourage the process of creativity as it unfolds and is expressed by individuals in diverse ways.

Series Headline News

EM.TV Acquires TV/Home Entertainment rights to Zoé Kézako

EM.TV AG has secured exclusive distribution rights for free-TV, pay-TV and home entertainment to the 3D-animated series ZOÉ KÉZAKO from French production studio Sparkling. The German broadcast rights to the program were subsequently licensed to ZDF, which will premiere the series on KI.KA, the childrens channel owned jointly by German public broadcasters ZDF and ARD. ZOÉ KÉZAKO will start screening on Dec. 8, 2004. In the home entertainment sector, Universal Family Ent.

Movie Headline News

Silverwing Series Repackaged Into Movie Trilogy

Bardel Ent. has repackaged its SILVERWING series into a movie trilogy created for both broadcast and DVD/VHS distribution worldwide. Under the creative direction of veteran producer Chris Henderson, the 13x22 series has been edited into three 72-minute movies with Dolby 5.1 surround sound. Henderson recently completed Scholastic Ent.s theatrically released feature film CLIFFORDS REALLY BIG MOVIE and also worked on Disneys RETURN TO NEVER LAND.

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MoCap Legend Selects Ascension's ReActor 2 for Cotoons TV Series

Legendary broadcast animation studio director Herve Tardif (DONKEY KONG COUNTRY) has chosen Ascension Technology's ReActor2 -- active-optical motion-capture workstation -- for his latest TV production. COTOONS is a seven-minute, 26-episode 3D animated childrens series being created by Tardif's Paris-based animation studio 3dclic.

Entertainment Headline News

ER Partners with UrbanWorks on Fat Albert DVDs in North America

London-based Entertainment Rights has partnered with UrbanWorks Entertainment Llc., part of Ventura Entertainment Enterprises, as its home entertainment partner in North America and Mexico for Bill Cosbys ever-popular FAT ALBERT AND THE COSBY KIDS, timed for the holidays and release of the live-action movie from Fox.

UrbanWorks Ent. is a vertically integrated, full service studio and the leading supplier of urban content to the home entertainment market in the U.S.

Media Headline News

New George Of The Jungle Swings Into Production

By Rick DeMott | Thursday, September 30, 2004 at 12:00am

Studio B and Classic Media announced that they will produce and distribute a new GEORGE OF THE JUNGLE Flash-animated series. Originally a primetime animated series from Jay Ward, the new series (52x11) has been commissioned by Canadian animation broadcaster Teletoon and is slated for broadcast in 2006.

Advertising Headline News

Sharks Advertising Festival Awards Prizes

By Rick DeMott | Tuesday, September 28, 2004 at 12:00am

TBWA network agencies created the biggest impact at the 42nd Sharks Advertising Festival in Galway. Dublin Agency Cawley Nea TBWA won the Irish Grand Prix and a host of other Awards for its Today FM campaign. Its sister agency TBWA London won the Cinema Grand Prix, 3 Craft and two Gold Sharks for the Playstation 2 Mountain ad. The Festival Grand Prix was won by BBHs Getting Dressed commercial for Lynx.

Film Headline News

Ottawa Awards Top Prize to Ryan & Raining Cats & Frogs

The 2004 Ottawa International Animation Festival announced the winners of the official competition during its closing ceremonies held Sept. 26, 2004 at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. Taking the top prize was Chris Landreths groundbreaking short RYAN, an animated documentary about the famed NFB animator Ryan Larkin.

Series Headline News

INDIGO Brings Tenali Raman To Nick

By Rick DeMott | Tuesday, September 21, 2004 at 12:00am

INDIGO has signed a deal with Nickelodeon Asia for its Indian animated series THE ADVENTURES OF TENALI RAMAN. The series will air on Nickelodeons Philippine and Asia feed reaching out to viewers in the Philippines, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, New Zealand, South Korea and Singapore. It is due to air in November 2004.

Film Headline News

Florida Natives Submit to Shorts in the Park

By Rick DeMott | Tuesday, September 21, 2004 at 12:00am

2nd Annual "Shorts in the ParkMiami, Florida, USANovember 18, 2004Deadline: October 11, 2004

Gen Art, the national arts and entertainment organization dedicated to showcasing emerging talent in fashion, film, music and the visual arts, is seeking submissions of new or existing short films by Florida-based or "born and bred" filmmakers for its 2nd annual "Shorts in the Park."

Game Headline News

Activision Value Teams with Paintball Legend on New Game

Activision Value Publishing has announced that it has teamed with game developer WXP and paintball legend Greg Hastings to create the first-ever paintball game for a major videogame console -- GREG HASTINGS' TOURNAMENT PAINTBALL for the Xbox. This single and multiplayer game combines the strategy and teamwork of a sports title with the view of a first-person action game. The game will be available this fall and is currently rated "RP" by the ESRB.

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Activision Ships Call of Duty: United Offensive

By Rick DeMott | Tuesday, September 14, 2004 at 12:00am

Activision Inc. has announced that CALL OF DUTY: UNITED OFFENSIVE has shipped to retail outlets nationwide. Developed by Gray Matter Interactive Studios, CALL OF DUTY: UNITED OFFENSIVE is rated "T" (Teen -- Blood, Mild Language, Violence) by the ESRB and carries a suggested retail price of $29.99.

Entertainment Headline News

Anchor Bay and Fox Sign DVD/VHS Pact

Anchor Bay Ent., IDT Ent.'s home video subsidiary, and Twentieth Century Fox Home Ent. (TCFHE) have entered into a long-term distribution agreement. TCFHE will handle all manufacturing and distribution services for Anchor Bay's entire library of DVD and VHS offerings.

Headline News

Kangaroo Jack Gets Animated Direct-to-Video

Warner Home Video (WHV) has announced the release of the new animated feature KANGAROO JACK G'DAY U.S.A.!, based on the surprise 2003 box office live-action hit. Price at $24.98 on DVD and $14.94 on VHS, the movie will arrive in stores Nov. 16, 2004.

Animation Headline News

AWN Discussion Forums - What's New? for September 7, 2004

This week in AWN's Forums, a new thread is looking for the animated moments that bring out the tears in members. BAMBI anybody? The utterance of the word Superman in IRON GIANT? Ponders have started about how much money JibJab has made through PayPal donations attached to its THIS LAND short. A post from Cuba asks about the options open to filmmakers once their project is finished. Others are debating the merits of FATHER OF THE PRIDE.

Animation Headline News

Radar Pictures Joins Forces With C.O.R.E.

Radar Pictures of Los Angeles (THE CHRONICLES OF RIDDICK and THE LAST SAMURAI) has agreed to a minority interest in the Canadian visual effects group of companies that includes C.O.R.E. Feature Animation and C.O.R.E. Digital Pictures of Toronto.

Said Bob Munroe, president/co-founder of C.O.R.E.: "Partnering with one of Hollywood's most successful independent production companies will give us greater access to the resources required to bring major animated feature films to market.