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Mattel Headline News

Mattel Claims Ownership of MGA Bratz Doll

Mattel Inc., home to the Barbie doll, is now claiming that it owns MGA Ent. Inc.'s rival Bratz doll, part of a new legal fight over a toy that has stripped the toy giant of a chunk of anticipated Barbie sales, according to the WALL STREET JOURNAL.

In court papers filed in U.S. District Court, Central California, on Nov. 20, 2006, (obtained by the WALL STREET JOURNAL), Mattel claims ownership to the Bratz empire because its former employee, named Carter Bryant, conceived the doll while he worked as a Barbie designer.

Anime Headline News

New York Comic Con Allows Fans to Vote for the American Anime Awards

American Anime AwardsNew York, New York, USAFeb. 24, 2006Deadline: Jan. 31, 2007

The New York Comic Con will host the first-ever American Anime Awards. The awards ceremony will take place at the New Yorker Hotel in midtown Manhattan.

The American Anime Awards celebrates Japanese animation (anime), which has grown into a global entertainment phenomenon. The awards showcase the very best anime to make its way to North America and the winners will be chosen by anime fans themselves.

Game Headline News

Dark Age of Camelot Among EA's November Lineup

Highlighting its November lineup of game titles, Electronic Arts released two new DARK AGE OF CAMELOT (DAOC) in North America. LABYRINTH OF THE MINOTAUR, the MMORPG's 7th expansion, is being released in conjunction with the epic fantasy game's 5th anniversary. The new expansion is available both as a stand alone product via digital distribution and as part of the new DARK AGE OF CAMELOT: 5TH ANNIVERSARY COLLECTION. Developed by EA Mythic (formerly Mythic Ent.), the titles are available for the PC and require an internet connection to play.

Nickelodeon Headline News

MTV Networks International Ups Mark Levine & Pooja Midha

MTV Networks International has promoted Mark Levine to svp, Nickelodeon marketing & communications, in an expanded role to drive Nickelodeon's continued business growth and kids'-first brand proposition around the world. Pooja Midha also has been promoted to vp, marketing, reporting to Levine.

Canada Headline News

Rainmaker Receives BC's Top Exporter Award in New Media & Ent.

Rainmaker received the top award in the New Media & Ent. category at the 2006 BC Export Awards ceremony held Nov. 10 at the annual Awards Gala held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel.

Rainmaker was recognized among 24 finalists who exemplify the value of B.C.'s export economy. The award, accepted by Rainmaker ceo Warren Franklin, was presented by Blair Reekie, president, The Eyes Multimedia Prods.

Headline News

WHV Releases Looney Tunes Golden Collection Vol. 4

With the Nov. 14, 2006, release of LOONEY TUNES GOLDEN COLLECTION VOLUME FOUR and LOONEY TUNES SPOTLIGHT COLLECTION VOLUME FOUR (Warner Home Video, $64.92 and $26.99) viewers can shout "Andale! Andale! Arriba! Arriba!"

Television Headline News

Radical Sheep & Treehouse Developing Stella and Sam Animated Series

Toronto-based Radical Sheep Pros. will development for Treehouse a new children's property, STELLA AND SAM, based upon the STELLA and SAM book series by acclaimed writer/illustrator Marie-Louise Gay.

Design Headline News

Adobe Issues Call for Design Achievement Awards

2007 Adobe Design Achievement AwardsWorld Wide WebAugust 2, 2007Deadline: April 27, 2007

Adobe Systems is hosting the 7th annual Adobe Design Achievement Awards (ADAA). The program honors and recognizes the most talented and promising student designers, photographers, illustrators, animators and digital filmmakers from the world's top design, film, interactive and Web higher education programs. This year, the competition will accept entries from 30 participating countries.

Awards Headline News

Deadline Nears for Webby Awards

11th Annual Webby AwardsNew York, New York, USAJune 2007Deadline: Dec. 15, 2006

The Webby Awards is the leading international award honoring excellence on the Internet. With more than 5,500 website entries from around the globe, no other interactive award compares. And now, reflecting the Web's emergence as the premiere venue for groundbreaking advertising and original entertainment content, the 11th Annual Webby Awards is honoring two new disciplines alongside Websites: Interactive Advertising and Online Film & Video.

Animation Headline News

Ellen Besen New KAFI Creative Director

Thirty-year animation veteran Ellen Besen is the new creative director of the Kalamazoo Animation Festival International (KAFI) to be held May 17-20, 2007, in downtown Kalamazoo. Michigan. She will oversee the competitions, screenings, professional development and networking interaction between todays and tomorrows animators booked for the four-day festival in the southwest Michigan community.

Alien Headline News

Ben 10 Creates an Alien Invasion at Retail

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, November 8, 2006 at 12:00am

Bandai America Inc. has seen big success with its BEN 10 toy line, based on the popular Cartoon Network series. Since its launch this past summer, it debuted as one of the top 10 action figure properties during the month of August, according to market information company The NPD Group (based on dollar volume in the Action Figures & Accessories Supercategory).

Television Headline News

Family Guy Exhibit Opening at the Museum Of Television & Radio

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, November 8, 2006 at 12:00am

20th Century Fox Television Licensing & Merchandising presents What The Deuce Are You Staring At!?! A Collection of Interpretive Work Inspired by FAMILY GUY, the first Pop Surrealist exhibition of new works inspired by a television series. Featuring the new pieces of twenty-one emerging artists, the exhibit remains on public view through January 21, 2007, when it will embark on a world tour of animation galleries around the globe.

Media Headline News

AOL & Urbaniacs Win iParenting Awards

iParenting Media, a media company focused on parents, has announced the winners of its iParenting Media Awards.

Animation related winner include:

WebsitesAOL Learning GamesAOL Step by Step MathAOL Writing WizardStudyBuddy.comBy AOL Llc.

UrbaniacsBy Urbaniacs

www.whyville.netBy (Numedeon, Inc.)

TelevisionBy BabyFirstTV By BabyFirstTV


Dreamworks Headline News

DreamWorks Studios Names Jeff Small COO

Jeff Small exits Revolution as its coo to join DreamWorks Studios as coo.

"We are excited about Jeff joining DreamWorks," said Stacey Snider, co-chairman/ceo. "I know Steven Spielberg and all of us here look forward to having this talented executive on our team. His range of experience at all levels of a studio which I recognized firsthand when we were both at Universal will be an asset throughout the company."

Small oversaw Revolution's business and legal affairs, finance, physical production and administration.

Festival Headline News

Rabbit Runs Away with Leipzig Festival Honors

On Saturday, Nov. 4, 2006, the prizes of the 49th International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film were awarded. Filmmakers, the audience and international festival guests celebrated the winning films in the Leipzig CineStar.

The International Jury for Animated film awards for Animated films and videos include:

Golden Dove connected with 5,000 partially founded by Filmverband Sachsen e. V. RABBIT by Run Wrake (U.K.)

Silver Dove connected with 2,000

Headline News

THQ Ups Scott Guthrie SVP North American Sales and Distribution

Scott Guthrie has been promoted to svp, North American sales and distribution, for THQ. He will manage the company's North American sales, retail marketing, sales planning and operations teams, which directly serve retailers throughout the U.S., Canada and Mexico.

Headline News

The Meatrix II 1/2 Short Launches to Promote Fast Food Nation

Sustainable Table, a leading resource designed to celebrate the sustainable food movement and educate consumers on food related issues, and Participant Prods., a socially conscious film company, launched an animated short, THE MEATRIX II 1/2 online ( to promote the live-action theatrical, FAST FOOD NATION, and its social action campaign, produced by Participant. FAST FOOD NATION will be released Nov. 17, 2006, by Fox Searchlight. Sustainable Table produced THE MEATRIX films with Free Range Studios.

Kids Headline News

PBS KIDS and PBS KIDS Go! Stir Up Halloween Programming Treats

PBS KIDS and PBS KIDS GO! are offering loads of Halloween treats and surprises with spooky/kooky themed programming on Oct. 31, 2006 (check local listings). On PBS KIDS GO!, early elementary school kids may use division to help thwart Hackers holiday hijinks in a new CYBERCHASE episode and find out what it takes to make it to a giant pumpkin competition on POSTCARDS FROM BUSTER.

Headline News

EA Ships Medal of Honor Heroes for PSP & Other Oct. Highlights

Electronic Arts launched MEDAL OF HONOR HEROES for PSP in North America with the title rolling out worldwide later next month. This release rounds out EAs October lineup, which included BATTLEFIELD 2142, THE SIMS 2 PETS, TIGER WOODS PGA TOUR 07 and FIFA SOCCER 07.

Games Headline News

GameTap Celebrates First Birthday

GameTap, the first-of-its-kind broadband entertainment network from Turner Broadcasting System Inc., celebrates its first birthday.

On its first anniversary, GameTap currently features:* The largest collection of videogames on-demand with more than 700 titles, including FAR CRY, TONY HAWK PRO SKATER and TOM CLANCY'S RAINBOW SIX 3 GOLD* The worldwide exclusive debut of "SAM & MAX Episode 1: Culture Shock" * More 50 Challenge games including STREET FIGHTER ALPHA 3, PAC MAN, DIG DUG, BUST-A-MOVE, COMBAT and PONG

Awards Headline News

Bromwell High Top Toon at Gemini Awards

With 21st Annual Gemini Awards broadcast set for Nov. 4, 2006, the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television has already announced the winners in the Gemini Industry Awards at the Liberty Grand Entertainment Complex in Toronto. As part of three consecutive nights of industry awards, the ceremony will be broadcast on Rogers Television Nov. 17, 2006.