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Amberwood's Animated Series Bears Int’l Sales

Amberwood Entertainment has licensed 26 half-hour episodes of its new animated series, THE SECRET WORLD OF BENJAMIN BEAR, to YLE for broadcast in Finland and TSR for broadcast in Switzerland.

This series, commissioned by Canada's Family Channel, was co-produced with Scotland's Red Kite Productions and has been licensed in numerous territories worldwide.

Film Headline News

2005 DIY Film Festival Call For Entries

2005 DIY Film FestivalLos Angeles, California, USAFebruary 2005Deadline: January 25, 2005

The DIY Film Festival honors films from the growing field of cutting edge, do-it-yourself storytelling. Dramatic, documentary, animation, student and comedy feature and short films made after Jan. 1, 2002 and shot in DV, Beta, HDTV, 16mm or 35mm will be considered. All entries must be created using commonly-available tools of independent filmmaking without financing from a major film studio or corporate backer.

Comedy Headline News

Comedy Central Premieres Shorts Showcase Nov. 7

Nickelodeon, into its third week of presenting a festival of shorts to viewers, sees Comedy Central has jumped in on the action with its new shorts compilation show called, JUMP CUTS, that premieres Nov. 7, 2004, at 12:00 am, midnight. This half-hour for the next four Sundays is for late night, adult comedy viewing with an interesting mix of animation and live action with an encore presentation on Wednesdays at 2:00 am.

Media Headline News

AFM Draws Record Films and Exhibitors

The 25th American Film Market (AFM) opened Nov. 4, 2004, in Santa Monica, California, with a record number of exhibitors, buyers, screenings and market premieres at the worlds largest motion picture trade event. New this year, the AFM has joined forces with AFI FEST 2004 presented by Audi (Nov. 4 -14, 2004). Animated offerings are sprinkled through the market.

Digital Headline News

Digital Musings From the Editor:

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, November 3, 2004 at 12:00am

Sun Microsystems, a major player in network servers and engineering workstations, enters the DCC market with a new pair of workstations, the Sun Java W1100z and W2100z, featuring off-the-shelf AMD Opteron CPUs and NVIDIA graphics cards. Sean Wagstaff assesses their entry in the marketplace, almost-daring pricing plan and tests the functionality of the W2100z.

International Headline News

ION Fest Awards Animation Prize to Ryan

Over the weekend of Oct. 29, 2004, ION International Animation, Games and Short Film Festival awarded its competition prizes. Adding to its impressive list of accolades, Chris Landreths RYAN took home the animation award. Previously announced awards went to DPS Film Roman for 20 years of excellence in animation and Fleischer Studios garnered the first Max Fleischer Lifetime Achievement Award.

Animated Headline News

Chicago Children’s Film Fest Bestows Awards

The Chicago International Childrens Film Festivals closing night awards ceremony, sponsored by American Airlines, was held Oct. 31, 2004. FRESH PRINCE OF BEL-AIR star James Avery hosted the gala as hundreds of movie lovers gathered to celebrate the most popular films of the festival.

Comedy Headline News

Ganeless Rejoins Herzog at Comedy Central

Michele Ganeless has been appointed evp/gm of Comedy Central, reporting directly to networks president Doug Herzog and will be based in New York. She rejoins the comedy network from her previous position of evp/gm of the USA Network where she worked closely with Herzog, then president/ceo.

Ganeless oversees all programming and marketing functions, which encompasses programming, co-productions, consumer and trade marketing and advertising, creative services, on-air promotion, acquisitions, audience research, scheduling and new business.

Dreamworks Headline News

DreamWorks IPO Swims Past Expectations

DreamWorks Animations IPO is expected to raise $812 million besting expectations. Wall Street analysts thought the stock would price between $23 to $25 per share, but it started the day at $28 a share for 29 million shares. In its New York Stock Exchange debut, the stock reached a height of $39.50.

Anime Headline News

Neon Genesis Evangelion Tops 25 Anime of All Time List

NEON GENESIS EVANGELION topped the NEWTYPE USA readers list of top anime of all time. The publication ran a three-month open ballot to celebrate its second year of publication.

Coming in at No. 2 with more than 11,700 votes cast was COWBOY BEBOP, a perennial favorite that combines Western themes with sci-fi motifs and jazzy music. And the third favorite anime of all time: INUYASHA, the long-running adventure starring a modern schoolgirl and a feudal half-demon dog boy. Rounding out the top five are RUROUNI KENSHIN and TRIGUN.

Animation Headline News

Appleseed Coming to American Theaters

Geneon Ent. will be releasing the highly anticipated anime feature APPLESEED to the theaters in the U.S. Opening Jan. 14, 2005, in select cities, the film is based on the manga story by Masamune Shirow (GHOST IN THE SHELL) and directed by Shinji Aramaki (BUBBLEGUM CRISIS). APPLESEED features a groundbreaking animation style, "3D Live Anime," utilizing motion capture animation techniques. The film was released theatrically in Japan earlier this year.

Headline News

Bandai Moves Into Canadian Distribution

Bandai Ent. announced the distribution of its anime DVD homevideo properties for the Canadian market. With numerous Japanese animated properties such as MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM SEED and WITCH HUNTER ROBIN on air through Canadian youth broadcaster, YTV Bandai looks to expand to DVD homevideo sales in Canada.

Canadian Retailers and distributors are encouraged to contact representatives for Bandai Ent. Canada sales at:

Bandai Entertainment Canada2000 Argentia Road

Animation Headline News

Nicktoons' Film Festival Bows

Nicktoons, Nickelodeon's digital channel for animation, Frederator Studios and ANIMATION MAGAZINE launched the first half-hour of the 14-week Nicktoons Film Festival on Oct. 24, 2004, at 10:00 pm (ET)/7:00 pm (PT). The on-air festival showcases the diversity of independent cartoon filmmaking by animators from around the globe. A total of 14 half-hour specials will air every Sunday from Oct. 24 to Jan. 23, with repeat airings Mondays at 10:00 pm (ET)/7:00 pm (PT).

Headline News

HIT Founder Replaces HIT CEO

Just as HIT Ent. announced its plans to launch a 24-hour digital cable television channel for preschool children with Comcast Corp., PBS and Sesame Workshop, Rob Lawes left his job as HIT ceo. Peter Orton, chairman/founder of HIT has taken over as interim chief executive.

Anime Headline News

G4techTV Lands Three New Anime Programs

G4techTV has picked up three new adventure anime series, R.O.D-THE TV-, GUNGRAVE and GAD GUARD, from Geneon Ent.(USA) Inc. As part of the networks late night block, Anime Unleashed, R.O.D-THE TV- and GUNGRAVE will air throughout the month of October, Monday through Sunday, at 12:00 am (ET), 9:00 pm (PT). GAD GUARD will air every night at 12:00 am (ET), 9:00 pm (PT), beginning Nov. 8, 2004.

Headline News

Comcast, HIT Ent., PBS and Sesame Workshop to Launch Children’s Cable Chann

Comcast Corp., HIT Entertainment Plc., PBS and Sesame Workshop today (Oct. 20, 2004) announced plans to launch a 24-hour digital cable television channel for preschool children and a companion video-on-demand (VOD) service. The channel will bring together some of the best-known classic and contemporary childrens shows and is expected to launch in fall 2005.

Software Headline News

Corel Acquires Jasc to Extend Graphics Software Portfolio

Corel Corp. acquired Jasc Software Inc., the award-winning developer of the Paint Shop family of digital-photography and image-editing software. A critical milestone in Corel's ongoing growth strategy, this acquisition follows four consecutive quarters of profitability and a successfully completed turnaround since Corel was taken private in August 2003.

Film Headline News

Students Chase to Be Highlighted at Lincoln Center

Lincoln Center Student Trailer CompetitionNew York, New York, USAMarch 31, 2005Deadline: December 31, 2004

HBO Films and The Film Society of Lincoln Center are holding a nationwide competition that will provide college students with the opportunity to create a trailer to precede film screenings at one of the worlds most important cultural institutions -- Lincoln Center.

Turbo Headline News

Turbo Squid Offers Year-End Toolkit 2 for Students, Educators

Turbo Squid, home of the largest collection of royalty-free 3D assets and worldwide publisher for the Discreets Certified 3ds max Plug-in Program, announced a year-end promotion for students and educators in the U.S. and Canada.

Award Headline News

George Lucas to Receive AFI Life Achievement Award

George Lucas has been selected by the American Film Institute's (AFI) Board of Trustees to receive the 33rd AFI Life Achievement Award. The award will be presented to Lucas at a gala tribute in Los Angeles in June 2005.

"I've been very fortunate to have had a long career doing what I love to do, and being recognized by AFI for it is really an honor," Lucas said. "I'm proud to be counted among such an extraordinary group of people whose lives are dedicated to the art of making movies."

Software Headline News

BOXX Offers Special Pricing on 3ds max 7 Software

Now through Dec. 31, 2004, BOXX Technologies is offering special pricing on 3ds max 7 software to customers in the United States who purchase a BOXX certified 3ds max 7 workstation. Call BOXX toll free at 877-877-BOXX or 512-835-0400 for more details.

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