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Television Headline News

HIT Ups Marie Chappelow to VP, TV Distribution — EMEA

Continuing HIT Ent.s (HIT) internal restructure of its London office, Marie Chappelow has been promoted from head of International TV & Video to vp, Television Distribution EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa).

Chappelow, who has been with the HIT for five years, will focus in her new role exclusively on managing the television side of the business in the crucial EMEA region, including sales to all broadcast and new media platforms.

Digital Headline News

Digital Dimension Selects XSI for Legend of Secret Pass Feature

Digital Dimension Canada, a division of Los Angeles-based Digital Dimension, has selected SOFTIMAGE|XSI software as the main 3D production for the upcoming 3D-animated feature, THE LEGEND OF SECRET PASS.

Cartoon Headline News

Cartoon Networks Exhibit Opens at Raid Projects

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, February 1, 2006 at 12:00am

Cartoon Networks Exhibit Los Angeles, California, USAFebruary 4-25, 2006.

Raid Projects is hosting an exhibit called Cartoon Networks, featuring artists Thuy Le, Mark Mulroney and Andrew Schoultz, who derive great influence from the graphic novel style.

Star Headline News

Fanboys Found for Star Wars-Themed Comedy

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, February 1, 2006 at 12:00am

Kristen Bell (VERONICA MARS), Jay Baruchel (MILLION DOLLAR BABY), Chris Marquette (JUST FRIENDS) and Sam Huntington (SUPERMAN RETURNS) are in final talks to join the cast of FANBOYS, which follows a group of STAR WARS geeks, who attempt their dying friends wish of screening the yet-unreleased STAR WARS: EPISODE I THE PHANTOM MENACE at George Lucas' Skywalker Ranch, according to THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER. Dan Fogler (forthcoming SCHOOL OF SCOUNDRELS) has already been cast as a hot-headed pizza boy.

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.

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

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.

Headline News

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.

Headline News

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.

Headline News

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.

Headline News

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

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.

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:

Headline News

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.

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.

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.