USA Networks has order a pilot and five episodes of a new sci-fi series entitled THE 4,400, reported VARIETY. The new program will follow the events that occur when 4,400 people abducted by aliens are returned to Earth. The project will be exec produced by Francis Ford Coppola, Rene Echevarria (DARK ANGEL) and Maira Suro (PLATINUM). Scott Peters (THE OUTER LIMITS) will be writing and producing the hour-long series with Viacom Prods. and Renegade 83 as the production firms.
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Asia/Oceania represents a significant growing market for French television exports so producers from France are turning out in record number, organized by TV France (TVFI), to attend the Asia TV Forum in Singapore, Dec. 3-5, 2003. This region accounted for 8.7% of French TV program exports, amounting to 9.3 million euros in 2002 (figures resulting from the annual study carried out by TVFI with INA and CNC, available on the Website www.tvfrance-intl.com).
VIZ LLC has announced the acquisition of ULTIMATE MUSCLE: THE KINNIKUMAN LEGACY from Shueisha Inc., one of Japan's largest publishers. The manga will be offered through the SHONEN JUMP line of graphic novels and will begin shipping in March 2004 and hit stores in the U.S. in mid-April.
Three award-winning veterans of the animation industry have joined forces to form a new media company, phuuz entertainment in North, Hollywood, California. Co-founders of this new enterprise are Emmy Award-winning producer/director and former exec creative director at Film Roman, Eric Radomski, former production vp at Warner Bros. Animation, Ken Duer, and former vp/gm for LEVEL13.NET (Film Romans Internet entertainment site), Jay Francis.
THE NIGHT B4 CHRISTMAS special made its U.S. television premiere on Dec. 2, 2003 at 8:30 pm with a replay on Dec. 9, at 8:00 on Cartoon Network. Aries Spears, (MAD TV), Paramounts next feature film comedy star Earthquake, and Chali 2NA of Universal Music Groups hot hip hop sensation, Jurassic 5, highlight a talented ensemble cast that keeps the laughs coming.
Envoy Film Festival 2004Colorado Springs, Colorado, USAApril 16-19, 2004Deadline: January 15, 2004
The Envoy Film Festival highlights films and that demonstrate a Judeo Christian worldview. Categories include feature, documentary, animation and comedy, all with short and long formats. There are two divisions student and professional. All submissions must be either in DVD or VHS format. For further information, e-mail email@example.com.
Len Cochrane, president of TELETOON, and Hillary Firestone, VP Network Marketing and Promotions have brought on two new directors to the Canadian cartoon channel. Renee Gluck is the new director of creative services, replacing Gervais Vignola, who continues with TELETOON in a consulting role. Susan Nakhle is director of communications, filling in for Pascale Guillotte, who is on maternity leave until September 2004.
Spike TV has named the 16 finalists in wide-ranging awards categories for the network's first annual "Video Game Awards" (VGAs), hosted by actor/comedian David Spade from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, airing 9-11:00 pm on Dec. 4, 2003. The all-mens channel promises to deliver a non-traditional awards show without podiums, presenters and acceptance speeches.The show will unfold in a futuristic setting that's part "next-century Tokyo" and part "Minority Report" that will seamlessly blend real and animated worlds into a dynamic awards show presentation
The new ASIFA Intl Board, consisting of the representatives of 14 national and regional groups and offices met Nov. 15, 2003 in Espinho, Portugal during the CINANIMA 2003 festival to elect new officers. They are:President: Noureddin Zarrinkelk (Iran)VP/contact person for Asia: Sayoko Kinoshita (Japan)VP/contact person for Europe: Thomas Renoldner (Austria)Secretary General: Vesna Dovnikovic (Croatia)Treasurer: Carol Beecher (Canada)Editor of ASIFA NET: Thomas Renoldner (Austria)
Danixa Diaz has joined creative branding firm 3 Ring Circus as exec producer, responsible for new business development and global marketing for the agency.
Regarding her joining the company, Sideropoulos said, "Danixa brings to 3 Ring Circus many years of expertise and the right personality mix. We are very sensitive as to how we approach our business development process. Danixa's personable and friendly approach, combined with her knowledge of the industry, really fits our style," said ceo John Sideropoulos.
Rhinofx has reworked new M&M/Mars PopAbles candy ads, YIKES and SEPARATION ANXIETY, to play in theaters and on TV this holiday season. Director Harry Dorrington and his team designed an entirely CG-animated campaign. To adapt the campaign for the cinema, rhinofx re-rendered the spots in 2K and changed the aspect ratio and size. The challenge with this was keeping the candy looking real in the large formats extreme close ups.
ValCom and O Atlas Enterprises will be turning their NEW ZOO REVUE into a new 3D TV series and feature. The original people-in-suits series debuted in syndication in the U.S. in 1971. The new film is budgeted at $3 million and production on both the telefilm and 26-part series should wrap in January 2005. ValCom plans to unveil the project at NATPE.
Cinema Epicuria, 7th Sonoma Valley Film FestivalSonoma Valley, California, USAApril 1-4, 2004Deadline: January 15, 2004
Garden State Film Festival Asbury Park, New Jersey, USAMarch 25-28, 2004 Deadline: January 1, 2003
Garden State Film Festival takes place on the boardwalk and features independent films from around the world. The event features a screening for high school students, opening reception and live music. For more information, visit http://www.filmfestivalspro.com/bulletin/03/october/garden_state.shtml.
Kaydara Inc. and MAXON Computer GmbH announced full integration of Kaydara's versatile FBX 3D interchange format into the new CINEMA 4D R8.5 upgrade, MAXON's premier high-end 3D modeling and animation tool. Kaydara FBX allows for the universal interchange of 3D data between every major 3D package and a significant number of second-tier applications.
Andy Bird leaves Warners TBS International to join Walt Disney as the new president of Walt Disney International effective January 12, 2004. The U.K. native will be based in Burbank, California.
From a strategic perspective, one of Disneys most significant long-term growth opportunities resides in markets outside of the United States, and it is crucial that the company continue to have a well-coordinated approach to business development around the world, said Michael Eisner, Disney chairman/ceo.
George H. Nicholas Exhibition: "From Mickey to the Grinch: Art of the Animated Film"Fort Wayne, Indiana, USANovember 22 January 11, 2004
Fort Wayne Museum of Art is holding an exhibition of the artwork of the late veteran animator George H. Nicholas, entitled "From Mickey to the Grinch: Art of the Animated Film." Nicholas credits include FANTASIA, PINOCCHIO, BAMBI and HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS. The Animation Station, located in the Eckrich Education Gallery, will allow participants to bring life to their own drawings.
THE BASIL BRUSH SHOW has been sold to German public service broadcaster ZDF. This deal coincides with Basil's first ever Christmas music single, the double A-side Boom Boom and Christmas Slide that will be released on Dec. 15, 2003 in Germany. The songs will be released in the U.K. on Dec. 8. The 16-year-old singing sensation, India Beau, performs on Boom Boom with Basil. The series will also air on the top rated children's digital channel KIKA, starting fall 2004.
AWN recently launched the Educator's Forum. The goal of the forum is to offer a place where anyone involved in the development, support and delivery of animation-related education and educational products can ask questions and rub elbows with other professionals in the business. The discussions have begun, and below is a quick sketch of what is being said.