AT&T Inc. struck a distribution agreement to deliver MTVN and BET linear, high-definition, on-demand and digital music programming as part of the AT&T U-verse TV channel lineup. Financial and other terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
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Rainmaker has agreed to purchase 62% worth of outstanding shares of Mainframe Ent. Inc. from IDT Ent. Inc. and its affiliates. The acquisition is expected to close on July 31.
Following the closing of the acquisition from IDT, Rainmaker intends to acquire the balance of the shares of Mainframe. If Rainmaker acquires all the remaining shares of Mainframe at the intended price, the aggregate acquisition purchase price to Rainmaker for all shares of Mainframe will be approximately $13.8 million.
AMD and ATI will join forces in a transaction valued at approximately $5.4 billion. The combination will create a processing powerhouse by bringing AMDs technology leadership in microprocessors together with ATIs strengths in graphics, chipsets and consumer electronics. The result: A new and more formidable company, determined to drive growth, innovation and choice for its customers, particularly in the commercial and mobile computing segments and in the rapidly growing consumer electronics market.
BET Networks' newly-minted animation unit will join with Vin Diesel's One Race Prods. to produce HANNIBAL THE CONQUEROR, an animated series based on the life of Hannibal of Carthage, universally recognized as the greatest military leader in the history of the world. The project was jointly announced by Diesel and Reginald Hudlin, BET president of entertainment. One Race vp Samantha Vincent and Diesel will exec produce. Last January, BET announced the formation of BET Animation under the management of Denys Cowan, former producer of the hit animated series THE BOONDOCKS.
Fox Atomic, the new youth-focused division of Fox Filmed Ent., announced its 2006-2007 lineup and theatrical release dates for three of their upcoming films. TURISTAS, a recent acquisition, will jump start the studios slate on Dec. 1, 2006, followed by THE HILLS HAVE EYES 2 and 28 WEEKS LATER, both going into production this summer, and being released in theaters in 2007. Also on the production slate for Fox Atomic is a re-imagining of the 1984 classic REVENGE OF THE NERDS and THE COMEBACKS, a sports comedy.
Alfred Haber, founder of Alfred Haber Distribution Inc. (AHDI), announced that the company has entered into an agreement for the first time with MTV Networks' Spike TV to serve as the international distributor of SPIKE TV SCREAM AWARDS 2006, the first annual televised event devoted to celebrating the horror, sci-fi and fantasy genres. Haber has secured the rights to worldwide distribution of SPIKE TV SCREAM AWARDS 2006 with the exception of the U.K. and Canada.
Academy Award-nominated Brown Bag Films has just delivered the 52x2 animation series I'M AN ANIMAL for kids 3-6. The series was commissioned by state broadcaster RTE and the Irish Film Board and distributed by Monster Distributes.
Canadas only animation-specific industry forum, the Television Animation Conference (TAC), which returns to Ottawa Sept. 20-21, 2006, at the Château Laurier hotel, has announced its 2006 lineup.
REAL D, the leader in the delivery of premium digital 3-D experiences, will present Columbia Pictures' animated MONSTER HOUSE in the REAL D Cinema format. MONSTER HOUSE represents the widest 3-D rollout worldwide day-and-date with the 2-D release on July 21. MONSTER HOUSE is the second release in REAL D and the second animated feature to employ the groundbreaking performance capture innovation (Imagemotion) developed by Sony Pictures Imageworks.
Miami International Short Film Festival 2006Miami, Florida, USANovember 27 - December 2, 2006Deadline: September 26, 2006
Moving Picture Co. (MPC) of London was hired to create the little man character in Sony/Revolutions LITTLE MAN, while London-based Cinesite contributed 210 vfx shots to the Wayan brothers comedy.
The Wayans filmmaking team enlisted visual effects supervisor Alex Bicknell and visual effects producer Rob Yamamoto to oversee the complex effects process, which included hiring outside effects houses, to watching over daily principal photography, to overseeing post-production.
Walt Doublestein has joined New York City- and Los Angeles-based Channel M as vp videogame integration.
For the past nine years, Doublestein worked at BBDO Detroit, where he was most recently director video gaming & non-traditional marketing. One of the pioneers in videogame integration, he oversaw projects, such as NASCAR 06 TOTAL TEAM CONTROL, TONY HAWKS UNDERGROUND 2, TONY HAWKS AMERICAN WASTELAND, THE MOVIES and TOMB RAIDER: LEGEND.
Adobe MAX 2006 Conference and Fourth Annual MAX AwardsLas Vegas, Nevada, USAOctober 23-26, 2006Deadline: September 1, 2006
Adobe Systems hosts the Adobe MAX 2006 Conference, giving developers and designers a forum to network, share ideas, get hands-on technical training from certified experts, gain new skills and learn about new and emerging Adobe products and technologies. Adobe also announced the call for entries for the fourth annual Adobe MAX Awards, which recognize customer achievement in eight different categories.
Astral Media Inc. and Corus Ent. Inc. announced today (July 13, 2006) they would acquire the remaining 20% of the TELETOON network from the shareholders of The Cookie Jar Group.
Subject to the approval of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), this transaction will give Astral Media and Corus Ent. each an additional 10% ownership of TELETOON, bringing their individual ownership to 50% each. The price for this acquisition is approximately CDN $96 million.
Lionsgate has acquired television distributor Debmar-Mercury Llc., which owns the distribution rights to SOUTH PARK. Debmar-Mercury will continue to operate, still headed by principals Mort Marcus and Ira Bernstein, under the Debmar-Mercury banner as a wholly-owned subsidiary.
Animation production company Noodlesoup Prods. has renamed itself World Leaders Ent. with the launch of the new animated series SUPERNORMAL, its first global co-production with U.K. TV leader Granada Television.
SUPERNORMAL is the story of Eric Normal, a special boy with no super powers, who attends Superhero Junior High School and befriends three of the less promising but stand-out members of the student body.
Cucalorus Film Festival 2006Wilmington, North Carolina, USANovember 8-11, 2006Deadline: July 15, 2006
SNAP TO GRID: the UN-Juried ShowLos Angeles, California, USASeptember 14 - October 7, 2006Deadline: August 27, 2006
Los Angeles Center For Digital Art hosts third annual SNAP TO GRID: the UN-Juried Show. In its third annual exhibition of this kind participants each upload one image to be printed on high quality paper (8.5x11) and hung in a grid in our gallery. The show will be widely promoted and will include a reception for the artists.
Giggleshorts International Comedy Short Film FestivalToronto, Ontario, Canada October 2006 Deadline: August 31, 2006
Giggleshorts is the largest comedy short film festival in the world. Last year Gigglehsorts presented more than 200 short comedy , films, animations, spoofs, ads, etc. For more information, visit www.giggleshorts.com.
Three former execs from FUNimation have formed Illumitoon Ent. Ltd., dedicated to bringing exciting anime titles to the U.S. Formed in January 2006 in Fort Worth, Texas, the company focuses on acquiring exciting anime from Japan, with the emphasis on making them relatable for an American audience.
Of course, we always want to include the original Japanese tracks with our shows, for the serious anime fan, says Barry Watson, the companys president/ceo. Its just that we want it to be accessible and engaging for a mass audience as well.
Image Ent. Inc. and Bandai Visual USA Inc. have released the 1993 anime masterpiece PATLABOR 2 THE MOVIE on DVD.
PATLABOR 2 was directed by acclaimed director Mamoru Oshii (PATLABOR THE MOVIE, GHOST IN THE SHELL, JIN-ROH, AVALON), written by Kazunori Ito (.HACK//, AVALON), with music by Kenji Kawai (GHOST IN THE SHELL, AVALON, RINGU).
Visual effects studio FrameFlows, including its US-based producers and international staff of artists based in Chennai, India, worked directly with the vfx team at Sony Pictures Imageworks to provide 3D tracking, wire removal, rotoscoping and compositing work on effects shots for CLICK from Columbia Pictures/Revolution Studios.
Bejuba! Ent. Inc., Snowden Fine Prods. and Studio B Prods. Inc. have announced that RICKY SPROCKET SHOWBIZ BOY will air on Nickelodeon channels in the U.K., Australia, Latin America, Germany, Italy, France, Spain and Scandinavia in the fall of 2007 and Nicktoons Network in the U.S. The series, created by Alison Snowden and David Fine, the Oscar-winning team behind BOB AND MARGARET, will be co-produced with Vancouvers Studio B Prods. Inc. and distributed by Bejuba! Ent. Inc.