Platinum Studios and The Shop Prods. have chosen Alan McElroy (SPAWN) to write the screenplay for the $18 million budgeted first ever CG theatrical horror feature, BONESAW, based on the Platinum Studios graphic novel by acclaimed Scots writer Rob Moran. Relativity Management, one of Hollywood's leading talent management firms, will be co-financing the picture and is arranging the international elements. Production is set to begin in early 2006, and be completed fall 2007. McElroy will be splitting his time between his Ohio home and the Vancouver production offices of BONESAW.
Geographical Region: North America
The National Film Board of Canada has announced the creation of the Norman McLaren Prize, under the aegis of the Cannes Film Festival. The prize will be presented each year to the winner of the Short Film Palme dOr.
Former Comedy Central and MGM Interactive executive, Kenneth Locker has joined Cookie Jar Entertainment, the programming and licensing arm of Cookie Jar Group, in the newly created position of svp of Digital Media, Cookie Jar. Locker will be responsible for leveraging new and existing content for the company, across a variety of platforms, including the Internet, wireless, broadband and IPTV.
Vince Roberts has been promoted to the newly created position of evp, worldwide technology and operations, Disney-ABC Cable Networks Group and Walt Disney Television International. He will be responsible for the global technical and operational strategic direction and ongoing management of all television and IT functions across the Disney-ABC Cable Networks Group, including Disney Channel, Toon Disney, SOAPnet, ABC Family and JETIX; and Walt Disney Television International, including, Disney-branded networks in Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific, Japan and Canada.
The long awaited, highly requested STAR WARS: CLONE WARS VOLUME II (Chapters 21 - 25) premieres for TELETOON viewers on Wednesday, May 4, 10:00 pm on The Detour on TELETOON. This back-to-back "May the 4th be With You" special 90-minute presentation is a Canadian exclusive. VOLUME II picks up right where VOLUME I left off with a team of Jedi trapped in a wrecked starship on Hypori, being hunted maliciously by General Grievous.
On April 26, 2005, Geneon Ent. will release on DVD SAIYUKI RELOAD VOLUME TWO and HUMAN CROSSING VOLUME TWO.
SAIYUKI RELOAD VOLUME TWO features four full episodes, as well as four extra episodes of URA-SAI. The DVD also features bilingual Dolby Digital 2.0 audio, English subtitles, a non-credit ending, original Japanese ending, Geneon previews and a Limited Edition Pencil Board.
2005 Script Pimp Screenwriting CompetitionHollywood, California, USAJuly 28, 2005Deadline: May 2, 2005
The 2005 Script Pimp Screenwriting Competition allows fledgling writers the chance to break into the industry. All 20 finalists are invited to the Script Pimp Awards Ceremony at the Hollywood Improv on July 28, 2005. Prizes include $10,000 in cash, $8,000 in prizes and the opportunity to have your script read by executives at more than 200 production companies.
Transdimensional Short Film Festival 2005Beverly Hills, California, USAJune 3, 2005Deadline: June 1, 2005
Jill Lindeman joins Disney ABC Cable Networks Group as vp/creative director for marketing, Disney Channel, responsible for the creative direction and management of all on-air promotion for Disney Channel, Toon Disney, Jetix, Playhouse Disney and ABC Kids, including the development and production of interstitials for Disney Channel. Additionally, Lindeman has oversight of the creative direction for off-air initiatives including print production, online development and marketing collateral.
She reports to Matt Palmer, svp, marketing, Disney Channel, in Burbank, California.
Buena Vista Games Inc. (BVG) announced two major business deals to strengthen the company's internal game development capabilities and further its goals of becoming a top tier publisher of handheld and console games. The deals include the acquisition of acclaimed Salt Lake City-based videogame developer, Avalanche Software Lc. and the establishment of a start-up development studio in Vancouver, Canada, led by former Electronic Arts Canada senior development and business staff.
Autodesk Inc. announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire substantially all of the assets of Colorfront Ltd., the leading developer of color correction technology for film studios and digital film laboratories, for $15 million. This acquisition will bring comprehensive new expertise in film laboratory processes, digital post-production, color science, image processing and hardware platform optimization to Autodesk. The transaction is expected to close in the next 45 days, and to be neutral to Autodesks earnings in fiscal year 2006.
On April 19, 2005, Geneon Ent. released KYO KARA MAOH!GOD (?) SAVE OUR KING! VOLUME ONE on DVD. The series is based on the Japanese novels that have sold more than two million copies. Presented in 16:9 anamorphic widescreen and featuring animation produced by Studio Deen (R.O.D. OVA, RANMA 1/2, RUROUNI KENSHIN OVA), the DVD features include textless opening animation and character data files. Each of the nine volumes will include a limited edition collectible animation cel. KYO KARAMAOH! GOD (?) SAVE OUR KING!
Habbo Hotel, one of the world's largest and hottest online destinations for teenagers, will be opening its doors to animated story-based programming. In response to overwhelming consumer demand from the site's teen audience for new ways to experience the innovative world of Habbo Hotel, Sulake, the creators of the burgeoning community, have launched an animation challenge. Through this challenge, animation studios from across the globe will compete to help bring the popular Web world beyond the Internet.
While leading kids programming producer/distributor HIT Entertainment appears to be in a bidding war for a takeover, its independent directors reiterated support for a $917 million bid from equity firm Apax partners and asked other suitors to file actual proposals by May 13, 2005.
Artbeats unveiled two new military collections entitled ROAD TO BAGHDAD and TANKS at the 2005 National Association of Broadcasters Convention (NAB), booth SL1219. Featuring compelling footage of combat, tank firing, night vision firing and combat sequences, Artbeats new military collections capture reality of war in high definition (HD).
New Line Cinema has hired Oscar-winning screenwriter Christopher Hampton (DANGEROUS LIAISONS) to adapt the bestselling British fantasy novel JONATHAN STRANGE & MR. NORRELL for the big screen.
Based on author Susanna Clarke's critically acclaimed debut novel, the story follows two feuding magicians who attempt to restore English magic in the age of Napoleon and combines the dark mythological fantasy of J.R.R. Tolkien with the social comedy of Jane Austen.
Beginning Sept. 5, 2005, PBS KIDS JAKERS! THE ADVENTURES OF PIGGLEY WINKS will begin airing Mondays through Fridays. The Emmy-winning, CGI-animated program from Entara Ltd. has run on weekends for the past two years.
2nd Annual Zoom In Awards New York, New York, USAOctober 31, 2005Deadline: October 31, 2005
The 2nd Annual Zoom In Awards recognizes exceptional talent in digital production in both student and professional categories for each of the following competition areas: digital editing; digital cinematography; graphics & FX.
A complete list of finalists and winners for all categories can be found at the awards website (zoominawards.com), along with information on submissions and sponsorships.
The Chicago International Children's Film Festival (CICFF) 2005Chicago, Illinois, USAOctober 27 - November 6, 2005Deadline: May 31, 2005
The Chicago International Children's Film Festival (CICFF) is an annual, competitive film festival presented by Facets Multi-Media Inc. The event is the largest festival of children's films in North America. An adult and children's jury will hand out awards for animated features and shorts. The festival also features a category for child-produced films.
Leading visual effects studio Digital Dimension (BLADE: TRINITY, SON OF THE MASK, RACING STRIPES) is taking its production infrastructure to the next generation with 16 terabytes of clustered storage, running a new computing industry standard, InfiniBand. Backed by an Isilon IQ 1920i system, which is already online and supporting the company's busy slate of high-end feature film work, the deployment is allowing Digital Dimension to maximize the high performance, scalability and reliability of clustered storage technology to gain a competitive edge.
France 2 has commissioned the development of a second series of DELTA STATE from Alphanim. After a launch at the 2004 Annecy Animation Festival with the show winning the Special Prize for a TV series, France 2 and Alphanim have launched the development of 26 new half-hours.
At MIPTV 2005, Nelvana confirm a raft of new television and home entertainment partners for musical adventure series THE BACKYARDIGANS as well as initial broadcast sales for JANE AND THE DRAGON.
Picking up episodes 1 to 20 of BACKYARDIGANS are Nickelodeon channels in Holland, Asia and Australia, Cartoon Network India, Discovery Kids Latin America, Teletoon Canada, KM Productions (Middle East), RTP 1 & 2 (Portugal), and Maori Television (New Zealand), while France 5 acquires the remaining episodes 11 to 20.
The Annecy International Festival of Animation (June 6-10, 2005) has announced its list of productions in competition.
The five feature films selected are Konstantin Bronzits ALOSHA POPOVICH I TUGARIN ZMEY (Russian Federation), Uzi Geffenblads BLAND TISLAR (Sweden), Priit Tenders FRANK AND WENDY (Estonia), Aron Gauders NYÓCKER! (Hungary) and Stefan Fjeldmarks TERKEL I KNIBE (TERKEL IN TROUBLE) (Denmark).
The 42 shorts chosen for competition are:* A BUCK'S WORTH by Tatia Rosenthal (U.S.)
Digital Jesters, a videogame publisher based in England, announced that it has reached an agreement with Take-Two Interactive Software Inc. to distribute PC games in America and Canada.
Digital Jesters was formed by ex-members of CDV in September 2003 and has since published more than 12 PC titles in the U.K. and parts of Europe. The games that are part of the agreement will be the first titles Digital Jesters has published in the U.S.
The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) announced it has partnered with Cartoon Network for OMSI's new animation international touring exhibit slated to debut on the science museum's floor in Portland, Oregon, in October 2005.
Animation, a 6,000-square-foot, highly interactive traveling exhibition, brings together art, math, science and technology by exploring the world of animation. Animation will showcase popular cartoon characters and original series from Cartoon Network throughout the exhibition.