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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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
www.whyville.netBy Whyville.net (Numedeon, Inc.)
TelevisionBy BabyFirstTV By BabyFirstTV
BIGFOOT PRESENTS: METEOR AND THE MIGHTY MONSTER TRUCKSBy Discovery Kids
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.
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
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.
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 (www.moremeatrix.com) 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.
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.
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.
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
Section Rouge Média Inc. has appointed Yves J. Beauchesne CFO while Martyne Simard expands her management responsibilities to become the companys new director, financial and administrative services.
NBC Universal announced NBCU 2.0, a wide-ranging strategic initiative to assure future growth, streamline and strengthen operations and exploit opportunities created by the rapidly evolving digital and global marketplace.
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.
HIT Ent., one of the worlds leading pre-school childrens entertainment producers and rights owners, has stepped up the companys licensing activities into new and existing territories across Europe, with new deals in Scandinavia.
Terry Gilliams TIDELAND (opening Oct. 13) is a dark and challenging film that looks at an adult world through the eyes of a child. Based on a novel by Mitch Cullin it follows a young girls innocent view of her difficult life as she is exposed to the traumatic and confusing world around her and explores how Jeliza Rose uses her imagination to escape this chaos. Shot on location in Regina, Canada in limited time, director Gilliams approach was to create an ALICE IN WONDERLAND world in reverse with adults peering through a childs view of their surroundings.
Look Effects hosted the first annual VFX roundtable on Sept. 28 at its El Capitan headquarters in Hollywood.
The event attracted a number of top-tier industry professionals, including studio department heads, post-production and vfx supervisors, tax and legal specialists, and representatives from the office of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, the California Film Commission, and the Visual Effects Society.
Yanick Dusseault, one of the most accomplished visual effects digital matte artists working today, has joined ElementFX as its art director. ElementFX is a digital post-production studio.
In naming Dusseault to the new post, Marjolaine Tremblay, the company's ceo/animation director, said, "Luring Yanick to our studio is a real coup for ElementFX. His expertise and wonderful reputation allow him to be very selective. The fact that he was drawn to our company's philosophy of client and artist collaboration is indicative of who we are and where we are heading."
DECODE Ent. has further expanded its presence in Latin America with a raft of sales to broadcasters in the region.
Mexican network Canal Once has snapped up PLANET SKETCH, a DECODE co-production with Aardman Animations and quirky short-form series NAUGHTY NAUGHTY PETS. In Venezuela, local distributor Amazonia has picked up the rights to FRANNYS FEET, THE SAVE-UMS! and GIRLSTUFF BOYSTUFF.
Alliance Atlantis Intl Content Distribution has appointed BBC Worldwide as the U.K. DVD licensee for the popular preschool stop-motion animated property, LUNAR JIM. BBC Worldwide will launch the propertys first-ever DVD in the U.K. this week.
Results coming out of MIPCOM Jr. shows Aardmans SHAUN THE SHEEP (U.K.) topping the list of the most requested series at the event, taking place in Cannes, France. A new finisher in the Jr. race shows Ettamogah Ent. Groups AMYS GANG (Australia) in second place while BRB Internactional came in third for ANGUS AND CHERYL (Spain). In fourth place was 4Kids Ent. for its CHAOTIC (USA) and in fifth was Cake Ent. Ltd.s SKUNK FU! (U.K.).