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Production Headline News

Alliance Atlantis Ups Alan Gregg VP, Production And Distribution, Children's TV

Alan Gregg has been upped to vp, production and distribution, children's television, at Alliance Atlantis Communications to fill the void by Ken Faiers departure to Nerd Corps Ent. Based in Alliance Atlantis head office in Toronto, Gregg is responsible for developing and implementing the overall strategy for the companys childrens properties, including all aspects of production and distribution.

Media Headline News

Triple Take Marches with CowParade

By Rick DeMott | Thursday, September 22, 2005 at 12:00am

Triple Take Media and CowParade Holdings Corp., a world-renowned organization whose cow motif art and collectible figurines have spawned a multimillion dollar franchise, have established a joint venture designed to expand the beloved COWPARADE brand into all areas of media and merchandising.

Disney Headline News

Disneyland Cast Members Dominate 2005 Disney Legends Awards

In celebration of 50 years of Disneyland magic, The Walt Disney Co. inducted the 2005 "class" of Disney Legends for their roles in creating the company's treasure trove of entertainment, particularly their part in creating "The Happiest Place on Earth." Tuesdays 10:00 am ceremony was presented in the Main Street Opera House at Disneyland. Following the awards presentation, the honorees participated in a hand-print ceremony.

Universal Headline News

Beth Minehart New SVP, International On-Demand Licensing For NBC Universal TV

Beth Minehart has been upped from svp, international integration and planning, to svp, international on-demand licensing for NBC Universal Television Distribution. Minehart will oversee on-demand licensing for NBC Universal's product outside of the U.S. and Canada. She will focus on driving significant revenue growth in the burgeoning on-demand arena, including pay-per-view, video-on-demand and subscription-on-demand through traditional and new platforms including cable, satellite, digital terrestrial television, Internet and mobile.

Animation Headline News

Four INTERspectacular Shorts Showcased At Ottawa

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, September 21, 2005 at 12:00am

Four of INTERspectacular's animated pieces for Comedy Central (ROBOGIRL, ALPHONSE AND ORVILLE, MONSTER MUNCHIES and STUMPY) have been accepted into the Ottawa International Animation Festival. The shorts will screen this week as part of the festival's Short Competition One. Screenings will take place at the Bytowne Cinema on Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2005, at 9:00 pm and Sunday, Sept. 25, at 3:00 pm.

Game Headline News

EA Ships Marvel Nemesis, Sims 2 Nightlife & Madden 06

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, September 21, 2005 at 12:00am

Electronic Arts has shipped the MARVEL NEMESIS: RISE OF THE IMPERFECTS console game, THE SIMS 2 NIGHTLIFE expansion pack and MADDEN NFL 06 for PSP.

In MARVEL NEMESIS: RISE OF THE IMPERFECTS, gamers can take control of more than 17 fighters including popular superheroes from the Marvel Universe as well as a new set of characters called, The Imperfects, as they battle in highly destructible environments to determine who among them is the most powerful.

Series Headline News

Eden FX to Produce VFX for Surface and Invasion

Eden FX has been signed to produce original CG vfx for two major new fall 2005 TV series, NBCs SURFACE (which debuted Sept. 19, 2005) and ABCs INVASION (which debuts Sept. 21). The two new series join Edens contributions to COMMANDER IN CHIEF, and its on-going contributions to the hit TV series LOST, ALIAS and NAVY: NCIS.

Production Headline News

Bridgepoint to Merge with Marathon

European private equity firm Bridgepoint Capital has signed a merger deal with Marathon, which will create a major new production and distribution group in France, reports C21 and was confirmed by Bridgepoint Capital (which also owns production giant All3Media).

Bridgepoint's French division, Financière Héra (Finhera), has been pursuing Marathon. Finhera is lead by Eric Licoy, previously a top executive at Vivendi Universal when Jean-Marie Messier was ceo.

Disney Headline News

Alison Homewood to Head HIT’s TV Distribution

Alison Homewood has joined HIT Entertainment as evp, worldwide television distribution. Based in the companys London office, her focus will be on global TV licensing and co-production of existing brands such as BOB THE BUILDER, THOMAS & FRIENDS, PINGU, BARNEY and ANGELINA BALLERINA, as well as the development of further TV content.

Headline News

1st Ave. Machine Blurs Fantasy, Reality for Music Video

Technology and nature blend together seamlessly to create a breezy and soothingly upbeat vibe in 1st Ave Machine's latest creation, SIXES LAST, a music video for the artist Alias, who is currently signed with record label Anticon. Taken off the musicians album MUTED, the video debuted at RESFEST in September 2005 in the Cinema Electronica Showcase.

Digital Headline News

Digital Dimension Wins VFX Emmy for Lost

Digital Dimension described the crash sequence from ABCs LOST (Part 2 of the pilot), which recently earned the 2004-2005 Creative Arts Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Special Visual Effects For A Series. Digital Dimensions work on LOST previously garnered a VES Award for Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Broadcast Program last February.

Headline News

McFarlane Toys to Haunt Toy Shelves With Corpse Bride Figures

McFarlane Toys will put a chill in the air this fall creating many products from TIM BURTON'S CORPSE BRIDE. The film honors the dark, romantic tradition of Burton's EDWARD SCISSORHANDS and THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS as it follows the path of Victor, a fidgeting groom who is taken from his own wedding and married to a Corpse Bride in the underworld.

Series Headline News

Planet Nemo Pitches Bali Series at Cartoon Forum

Indie kids media company Planet Nemo has announced details of its first production. The company has teamed up with Canada-based Subsequence Ent. to co-produce a new preschool series called BALI, which will be pitched at Cartoon Forum Kolding, Sept. 21-24, 2005.

Festival Headline News

Animation Block Party Awards Prizes

On Sept. 15, 2005, Animation Block Party ended the sweltering NYC summer with a festival that featured more than 60 short films in three September screenings at BAM Rose Cinemas in Brooklyn. Animations from Canada, Australia and Europe meshed well with the top festival films from the U.S. The genres featured were diverse, ranging from stop-motion to experimental films, personal narrative work, music videos and gross-out humor.

Game Headline News

Activision Releases Poker, Hunting & Pool Games

By Rick DeMott | Thursday, September 15, 2005 at 12:00am

Activision has a host of sporting games with WORLD SERIES OF POKER, CABELA'S OUTDOOR ADVENTURES and THE HUSTLE: DETROIT STREETS.

WORLD SERIES OF POKER is the official videogame of the World Series of Poker (WSOP) tournament. Set around the main table at the Rio Casino in Las Vegas, the game authentically captures all of the high-stakes action from the likeness and play styles of renowned pros like Chris "Jesus" Ferguson and 14 other top poker players to the accurate recreation of the WSOP poker room, down to the carpet and the wallpaper.

Entertainment Headline News

Patricia Wyatt Named President, HIT North America

Patricia Wyatt has been named president, HIT North America, based in the companys New York City office where she will be responsible for expanding the existing consumer products and home entertainment businesses for HITs classic preschool brands, including Bob the Builder, Thomas & Friends, Barney, Pingu and Angelina Ballerina, as well as launching new content. She will also serve on HITs executive management board.

Digital Headline News

Disney Embraces Christie Digital Projection System

The Walt Disney Studios' distribution arm, Buena Vista Pictures Distribution (BVPD), and Access Integrated Technologies' (AccessIT) Christie/AIX unit have entered into a groundbreaking non-exclusive agreement to supply feature films from Walt Disney Pictures and Touchstone Pictures to DCI-compliant digital projection systems to be deployed by Christie/AIX. Christie/AIX will install between 2,500 and 4,000 systems throughout the United States and Canada over the next two years.

Animation Headline News

Chinese Cartoon Festival Invites U.S. Participation

The Changsha Cartoon Art Festival, which serves as the Academy Awards for Chinese animation, and a growing annual gathering of international animation companies and festivals, is welcoming American participation.

Sander K. Johnson, president of International Television for Asia (ITA) and American Television in China (ATC), has been authorized by the Organizing Committee of the Changsha Cartoon Art Festival to help facilitate North American participation in the festival taking place Nov. 5-7, 2005, in Changsha, China.

Licensing Headline News

Alliance Atlantis Taps Int’l Licensing Agents for Lunar Jim

Alliance Atlantis Communications Inc. has appointed BBC Worldwide (U.K.), m4e (Germany) and ABC (Australia) licensing agents for new children's stop-motion animated property, LUNAR JIM. Each of the licensing agents, working alongside master toy licensee, Fisher-Price, will oversee the licensing program, including securing new licenses and managing product launches, in their respective territories.

Animation Headline News

Animation Block Party Plays This Thursday

By Rick DeMott | Tuesday, September 13, 2005 at 12:00am

On Sept. 15, 2005, Animation Block Party will end the sweltering NYC summer with a festival featuring more than 50 short films in three September screenings at BAM Rose Cinemas in Brooklyn. Animation Block Party received almost 650 submissions over the course of 2005.

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