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Film Headline News

T-RIFF Beckons!

Tahoe Reno International Film Festival (T-RIFF) Lake Tahoe & Reno, Nevada, USAAugust 23-27, 2006Deadline: May 31, 2006

Tahoe Reno International Film Festival strives to produce an annual international film festival that brings independent filmmakers exposure, innovative means to gain resources and artful career growth choices. T-RIFF promotes film both as an art form and a catalyst for positive social change. For more information, visit

Games Headline News

fmx/06 Announces Program

fmx/06, the 11th International Conference on Animation, Effects, Realtime and Content, will take place May 3-6, 2006, in Stuttgart, Germany.

Topics include the latest animated movies and vfx features, the convergence of games and movies, new fields of work for animators, the latest use of realtime graphics and current trends from the Far East. There is also new cooperation with the Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film, with overlapping programs, in addition to the festival award ceremony coinciding with the opening of fmx/06 on the evening of May 2.

Animation Headline News

VIZ Media Serves Up U.S. & Int'l Menus at NATPE

VIZ Media Llc., one of the entertainment industrys most innovative and comprehensive manga and animation licensing and publishing companies, has brought an array of new shows for both U.S. and international broadcasters. VIZS is located at booth 1344 in the Kids Town grouping the anime specialist has sponsored during NATPE at the Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas.


For International broadcasters, VIZ is offering:

Animation Headline News

Students: It’s Time to Enter VisionFest

VisionFest 2006Indianapolis, Indiana, USAJune 1-4, 2006Deadline: February 10, 2006

VisionFest 2006 is the nations largest juried digital arts festival for high school and college students. Entries must be postmarked no later than midnight, Friday, Feb. 10, 2006, to qualify for competitive judging and critique.

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McDonald’s Happy Meals Deals For Strawberry Shortcake & Dragon Booster

The characters from STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE and the animated series DRAGON BOOSTER will find their way into McDonalds Happy Meals and Mighty Kids Meals nationwide. Running Jan. 27 through Feb. 23, 2006, guests will receive one of eight berry fun Strawberry Shortcake characters or one of eight DRAGON BOOSTER action figures with the purchase of a Happy Meal or Mighty Kids Meal, at participating McDonalds restaurants, while supplies last.

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MTV Networks Latin America Offers Sneak Looks at NATPE

MTV Networks Latin America announced a slate of new acquisitions from Paramount, Sony Studios, Warner Bros. and NBC Universal, among others, to further bolster its 2006 program schedule as the network prepared for this weeks National Association of Programming Executives Conference, NATPE, in Las Vegas. The new acquisitions span a variety of genres and styles and will air in the region on Nickelodeon, VH1 and LOGO.

Cartoon Headline News

Cartoon Network Runs With Marathon’s Team Galaxy

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, January 25, 2006 at 12:00am

Cartoon Network has pre-bought Marathons forthcoming animated series, TEAM GALAXY. The two-season package (52x26) is budgeted at $16-17 million, making it one of the most expensive productions outside a major studio. Set to start airing in the fall, the series has also been picked up by France 3, Italys RAI, Jetix and Canada's YTV.

"It is a huge sign of confidence in us that Cartoon Network has chosen the project without having seen a single episode," said Marathon president Vincent Chalvon Demersay.

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EA Hosts 'Reveal 06' Computer Animation Competition

Reveal 06Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada May 2, 2006Deadline: April 7, 2006

Electronic Arts is hosting 'Reveal 06' the company's second annual computer animation competition. Building on the success of last year's contest, EA is inviting graduating Canadian art and 3D animation students to submit their best animated short video for a chance to win a $20,000 grand prize and a matching grant to the grand prize winner's alma mater. The four-minute shorts will be reviewed by a panel of award-winning EA art directors.

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New Interactive Game Available on

Alliance Atlantis Communications Inc. has launched an enhanced consumer website for the CGI animated boys action property Dragon Booster, offering a new interactive game, RACE FOR POWER, where players can create their own dragons, race them on personally designed race tracks and ultimately customize their DRAGON BOOSTER experience.

Kids Headline News

DIC to Provide CBS Saturday Morning Lineup for Fall ‘06

CBS and DIC Ent. will partner to launch an all-new, Saturday morning branded kids programming block, CBSs Secret Saturday Morning Slumber Party, in fall 06.

As part of the multi-year deal, CBSs Secret Saturday Morning Slumber Party, will feature three hours of FCC-compliant childrens programming and serve as a platform to introduce new kids programs created by DIC.

Television Headline News

Susan Kantor New SVP, Marketing for Warner Bros. Domestic TV Distribution

Susan Kantor has been named SVP, marketing for Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution and Telepictures Prods.

In this newly created position, Kantor is responsible for overseeing all of the marketing efforts for WBDTD, as well as manages the affiliate relations and promotions activities of the companys Telepictures-produced first-run series.

Film Headline News

Tribeca Underground Film Fest Calls for Shorts

Tribeca Underground Film Festival 2006New York, New York, USAMay 2-7, 2006Deadline: March 1, 2006

The Tribeca Underground Film Festival showcases works in all genres and visual forms with a length ranging from 3 to 30 minutes. For 2006, the event is opening of a new category for spec commercials running time 30 sec to 3 minutes, internationally aired or non aired. For additional information, visit

Work Headline News

Deadline Nears for SIGGRAPH 2006 Art Gallery

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, January 18, 2006 at 12:00am

SIGGRAPH 2006 Art GalleryBoston, Massachusetts, USAJuly 30 - August 3, 2006Deadline: January 27, 2006

The SIGGRAPH 2006 Art Gallery is accepting submissions for artwork, which uses digital technology in creative/innovative ways and explores new territories and crosses traditional boundaries.

Deadline is Jan. 27, 2006, 5:00 pm Pacific time.

The SIGGRAPH 2006 Art Gallery is considering (but not limited to) the following types of work:

Film Headline News

Crossroads Film Fest Gives a Down Home Call

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, January 18, 2006 at 12:00am

Crossroads Film Festival 2006Jackson, Mississippi, USAMarch 30 April 2, 2006Deadline: January 20, 2006

The Crossroads Film Society presents the 7th annual Crossroads Film Festival with entries from Mississippi and around the world. More than 50 films, which range from two minutes to two hours, will be shown at Parkway Place Regal Cinema in Flowood, Mississippi.

Cartoon Headline News

Cartoon Network New Saturday Morning Lineup Favors Int'l Toons

Cartoon Networks new Saturday 9-11:30 am lineup, launched Jan. 14, 2006, includes three new shows produced outside of the U.S. New series include BEN 10, ROBOT BOY, DRAGON HUNTERS and ZIXX, along with the second season of hit series, THE LIFE & TIMES OF JUNIPER LEE.

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4Kids Ent. Licenses Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles New Season to ITV

4Kids Ent. Inc. has finalized a broadcast agreement with ITV Network for Season 4 of the TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES, one of the most successful action brands in global kids TV entertainment. Season 4 of 26 animated episodes is expected to launch on ITV Network in early 2006.

Media Headline News

Walden Media Acquires Rights to Cold Trilogy

Walden Media has acquired the rights to the Isabel Allende trilogy featuring young adventurer Alexander Cold, which marked the famed author's first foray into young adult literature. CITY OF THE BEASTS, the first book, will be produced by Barrie Osborne (THE LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy). David Rothenberg (MODOC) will adapt from Allende's novel and co-produce. The books are published by HarperCollins, which partnered with Walden Media and Walt Disney Pictures on the successful launch of the CHRONICLES OF NARNIA film franchise.

Entertainment Headline News

BCI Gets DVD Distribution to ER’s Filmation Catalog in North America

BCI, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Navarre Corp., has licensed the long-term distribution rights in the U.S. and Canada to Entertainment Rights Plcs (ER) Filmation portfolio of 230 hours of programming. This follows BCIs recent success as U.S. distributor of ERs HE-MAN AND THE MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE, which recently received the 2005 TV DVD Award for Best 1980s Series.

Media Headline News

BKN Opens A Spanish Office in Barcelona

BKN International AG has opened a subsidiary in Barcelona named BKN Kids New Media SL, headed by md Laura Tapias, to handle its activities in Spain, Portugal, Italy, France and Latin America.

Tapias joined BKN New Media Ltd. UK in 2004 as vp, sales & marketing, for Spanish, Portuguese and Italian speaking territories. Tapias, with a decade of international sales and marketing experience in the entertainment industry, previously served with leading Spanish TV producers and distributors.

Series Headline News

Kids in the Hall Character Gets Animated for Gay Net

Here!, the U.S.s first gay television network, has added to its lineup the adult animated series, BUDDY'S, which is based on Scott Thompson's KIDS IN THE HALL gay bar owner character, Buddy Cole.

This new series, which aims to explore the limits of tolerance, the meaning of maturity and the importance of having the last word. The series kicks off as Buddy comes under the watchful eye of a bullying "family values" city councilman. To complicate his life even further, he suddenly finds himself a parent when his orphaned niece arrives on his doorstep.

Software Headline News

Alias Announces Ahead of the Curve Design Competition

Since its launch at 3December, Alias' Ahead of the Curve design competition is accepting designs from students that demonstrate exceptional creativity and skill. The deadline is May 31, 2006. Three winners will be chosen in each of the following categories: Automotive Design, Product Design, Film and Video, Games Asset Development and Graphic Design/3D Illustration.

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Honk, Toot and Swo-Swoosh Wins CINE Golden Eagle

HONK, TOOT AND SWO-SWOOSH, a 3D, preschool series, has been awarded a CINE Golden Eagle in the Childrens Programs category.

Winners in this round include: WGBH, A&E Network, Discovery Channel, Public Television Service Taiwan, National Geographic, Thirteen/WNET, NOVA/WGBH, CNN, History Channel, MSNBC, PBS, Oxygen Media, THE NEWS HOUR WITH JIM LEHRAR and Sesame Workshop.