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Shrek Franchise Delivers $1.6B on DVD & Video

DreamWorks Animation reported that the SHREK franchise has generated more than $1.6 billion in consumer home entertainment spending since its launch in 2001 with the record-shattering SHREK. SHREK 2 has sold more than 37 million units worldwide since its November release through DreamWorks Home Ent. That makes SHREK 2 the third highest grossing feature in U.S. history the number one home video release of the year.

Film Headline News

MeniThings’ The Freak Wins 18th International Award

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, December 29, 2004 at 12:00am

AIFF artistic director Buzz Schwall announced the winners of the audience awards and director Meni Tsirbas THE FREAK was presented with the best short film prize. This marks the 18th such honor for the CGI short, which also won awards at the Palm Springs Film Festival and the 2003 Sundance Film Festival.

THE FREAK is in pre-production as a feature with The Hatchery. Tsirbas follow up effort, TERRA, has collected 12 awards including Best Animation at the USA Film Festival.

More information is available at www.menithings.com.

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Bert Smets’ Hopla Finds Commercial Home At Telescreen

Bert Smets has chosen Telescreen to handle all commercial rights to his animated HOPLA series (104x5) so he can focus on the creative process.

Smets commends Telescreen for its, all round knowledge with regard to animation productions and licensing forms, making it the perfect combination with my own creative perspective. I am sure that we can mean a lot for each other.

Films Headline News

Shorts International to Distribute American Short Film Catalog

U.K.-based Shorts International, the short film distribution arm of Britshorts Ltd., has become the exclusive distributor for the entire short film library of American Vantage/Hypnotic. American Vantage/Hypnotic, a subsidiary of American Vantage Media Corp., has one of the largest high-quality short film and animation libraries in the world. The combined entity gives Shorts Intl the largest short film distribution capability across the globe.

Holiday Headline News

Kid’s Enter Your Illustrated Stories in Holiday Art Contest!

Left Lane Cartoons Holiday Art ContestWorld Wide WebJanuary 31, 2004Deadline: December 23, 2004

Left Lane Cartoons is sponsoring a Holiday Art Contest. All children, ages 5 to 13, are invited to submit an illustrated book report of their favorite novel. Six winners will receive art books. Entries may be sent to: Left Lane Cartoons, Box 53074 - 10 Royal Orchard Blvd., Thornhill, Ontario, Canada L3T 7R4. For more information, visit www.leftlanecartoons.com.

Series Headline News

Nick Orders Two New Series and Renews Two

Nickelodeon has ordered two new animated series, THE XS, a stylish series about a crime-fighting family who must thwart the forces of evil while still functioning as an average suburban family, and CATSCRATCH, featuring three fumbling felines who carry on in a world of humans. In addition, hit Nicktoon DANNY PHANTOM has been picked up for a second season of 20 episodes, bringing the total episode order to 40 and tween favorite MY LIFE AS A TEENAGE ROBOT has been picked up for an additional 14 episodes, bringing its total number of episodes picked up to 40.

Disney Headline News

Stanley Cheung to Head The Walt Disney Co. China

Stanley Cheung has been named md, The Walt Disney Co. (China), responsible for driving the company's strategy, coordinating all of Disney's business efforts in China, including overseeing Disney's global brands in the market, expanding existing businesses and seeking out new business opportunities.

Disney will now have its existing businesses in China managed locally, with all business segments reporting into Cheung, as well as their respective business units. Based in Shanghai, Cheung assumes his new post on Jan. 1, 2005.

Games Headline News

7th Annual Independent Games Festival Names Finalists

The Independent Games Festival has announced the finalists in the seventh annual Independent Games Festival (IGF) competition. Selected by a panel of industry professionals, game development teams will compete for more than $40,000 in cash prizes. Finalists will exhibit their titles at the Game Developers Conference, March 7-11, 2005 in San Francisco and winners will be announced at the Game Developers Choice Awards Ceremony March 9.

The 10 games selected for the "Open" category are (in alphabetical order):* ALIEN HOMINID by The Behemoth (San Diego, California)

Books Headline News

Exent Launches Animated TumbleBooks

Exent has launched TumbleBooks, a collection of animated, talking picture books that teach kids the joy of reading in an easy-to-use format, through its Games-on-Demand services. The books are created by taking existing picture books licensed from leading children's book publishers, and then adding animation, sound, music and narration to produce an electronic picture book.

Color Headline News

Discreet Technology Embraced by Holiday Films

What do a disfigured musical genius, aviation pioneer Howard Hughes and a resurrected vampire have in common? This holiday season, their stories are being told using digital content creation tools from Discreet.

Film Headline News

Ryan Makes Canada’s Top 10

Chris Landreths RYAN was the only animated film named in Canada's Top Ten 2004 and will receive this honor at The Toronto International Film Festival Group to be held Jan. 28 Feb. 5, 2005 at the Cinematheque Ontario.

Established in 2001, Canada's Top Ten celebrates the finest in Canadian cinema and is selected by an independent panel of filmmakers, programmers, academics, journalists and industry professionals from across the country.

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Send Your Shorts to Sea at the Key West IndieFest

Key West IndieFest 2005Key West, Florida, USAApril 7 - 10, 2005Deadline: December 31, 2004

Key West IndieFest 2005 is an international event that showcases the best independent films and screenplays in the world by the sea. ALL selected artists will have the opportunity to have their entry presented to some of the most-respected Hollywood talent agencies, production companies and film distributors. The event also holds a screenwriting competition. For addition information, visit keywestindiefest.com.

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Davey & Goliath Mark the Reason for the Season on Hallmark

DAVEY AND GOLIATH is making its return to television after a 30-year absence, in a new one-hour special, DAVEY AND GOLIATHS SNOWBOARD CHRISTMAS. The world premiere will air Dec. 19 at 12:00 noon (ET/PT) on Hallmark Channel, presented by Faith & Values Media. An encore broadcast of the program will air on Dec. 26 on Hallmark Channel at 12:00 noon (ET/PT).

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LA ACM SIGGRAPH Hosts Polar Express & Q&A!

LA ACM SIGGRAPH Hosts Polar Express ScreeningNorth Hollywood, California, USADecember 15, 2004

The Los Angeles Professional Chapter of ACM SIGGRAPH presents an evening with Sony Pictures Imageworks -- The Making of THE POLAR EXPRESS. The event is hosted by Sony Pictures Imageworks with participation by nVidia and Maxon USA. Sony Pictures Imageworks will present their work from the movie followed by a raffle and special screening of the film.

Award Headline News

TELETOON Site Wins Boomerang Award

Canadian broadcaster TELETOON won the Boomerang Grand Prix "Version Internet d'un média télé" (Television Broadcaster Category) for its Website, www.teletoon.com, on Dec. 1, 2004, in Montreal. Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the prestigious Boomerang is the only award that recognizes Internet productions and multimedia created by or intended for the Quebec market.

Boom Headline News

Toon Boom Launches Symphony Worldwide, Studio for PC

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, December 8, 2004 at 12:00am

Toon Boom Animation has launched the customer release of Toon Boom Studio v2.5 for PC. In addition, Toon Boom has announced the calendar of launch events for the release of Toon Boom Symphony.

Similar to the Mac 2.5 version, Toon Boom Studio for PC now includes a number of features, including:* Support for scanning* Ability to draw in the 3D Sceneplanning space* Improved sound scrubbing* Visualization and manipulation of drawings and keyframes in the Timeline.

Film Headline News

Nominate Your Fav Flash Films for the Flash Film Fest

13th Flashforward and the Flash Film FestivalSan Francisco, California, USAApril 6-8, 2005Deadline: January 10, 2005

Flashforward and the Flash Film Festival are the world's first and largest gathering of Flash users. The event has more than 70 confirmed speakers, which include digital and design visionaries Matthew Carter, legendary type designer; Stefan Sagmeister, renown graphic designer; Laurence Lessig, digital rights attorney; and Ze Frank, Website humorist and developer.

Digital Headline News

Go Wild with digifest 2005

digifest is Canadas largest annual festival of digital art and design. In 2005, digifest goes wild! in exploring the increasingly potent intersections of digital technologies with wild (i.e. irrational or uncontrolled) forces, from the biological to the psychological to the socio-political and beyond.

Submission Headline News

Get Your Shorts Into HypeFest

HypeFest 2005 Hollywood, California, USAJuly 29-31, 2005Deadline: April 1, 2005

HypeFest sets out to link independent ideas with commercial creativity. Now in its third year, HypeFest will once again showcase original short-subject works from filmmakers around the world. The weekend-long event offers film screenings and nightly parties, complete with mixing and mingling opportunities. HypeFest also presents a screenplay competition, mentor sessions with industry experts and concludes its festivities with an awards show and closing night bash.

Game Headline News

GlobalFun AB to Distribute Blade of Zorro Wireless Game Series

Karlskrona, Sweden-based GlobalFun AB has signed an agreement with SilverBirch Studios Inc., to publish and distribute SilverBirch's THE BLADE OF ZORRO branded game, based on the legendary Spanish Californian hero, el Zorro, "the Fox." GlobalFun will publish the title exclusively in specific markets worldwide, with a special emphasis on the North American, South American and European markets.

Imax Headline News

Sharks 3D to Premiere Dec. 15 at Vegas IMAX Theater

Jean-Michel Cousteau, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and 3D Ent. announced the upcoming release of SHARKS 3D, a film that brings the viewer face to face with a multitude of the world's great shark species, including the Great White, Whale Shark and Hammerhead. Audiences will experience them as they truly are in their natural habitat: not wicked man-eating creatures, but wild, fascinating and highly endangered animals.

Software Headline News

Ubisoft Licenses MotionBuilder 6

Leading game developer Ubisoft has purchased several licenses of Alias MotionBuilder 6 Pro. With more than 45 animators already trained on the software, Alias MotionBuilder 6 will be an integral component of Ubisofts production pipeline for animating characters in several of its upcoming games.

Films Headline News

Sundance Picks Its Shorts

On Dec, 6, 2004, the Sundance Institute announced its lineup of short films for 2005. Out of 3,887 submissions, 82 flicks were chosen 10 of which are animated.

The animated shorts include:

9 (Director: Shane Acker)A BUCK'S WORTH (Director: Tatia Rosenthal)THE MEANING OF LIFE (Director: Don Hertzfeldt)MOTEL (Director: Thor Freudenthal)THE BIRTHDAY / Finland (Director: Kari Juusonen)FALLEN ART / Poland (Director: Tomek Baginski)IT'S LIKE THAT / Australia (Director: Southern Ladies Animation Group)

Animated Headline News

Annie Noms go to Incredibles, Shrek 2, Shark Tale

ASIFA-Hollywood announced the nominees for the 2004 Annie Awards, which will be held Jan. 30, 2005, at the Alex theatre in Glendale, California. Just leading the features is THE INCREDIBLES, from Pixar Animation Studios (Walt Disney Pictures with 16 nods while there are 14 for DreamWorks SHREK 2 and SHARK TALE, with seven each.

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