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Disney Headline News

Disney Imagineer McKim Dies

Sam McKim, the legendary Disney Imagineer who drew the first souvenir maps of Disneyland in 1954, died of heart failure on July 9, 2004 at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Burbank. He was 79 years old. In addition to his Disney career, McKim started out as a child actor who appeared in films with John Wayne, Spencer Tracy, James Cagney, Rita Hayworth and Gene Autry.

Awards Headline News

F/X Artists Get Spotlight at Zoom In Awards

The 2004 Annual Zoom In AwardsNew York, New York, USAOctober 2004Deadline: September 17, 2004

Magnet Media Inc. announces the 2004 Annual Zoom In Awards. The awards have both professional and student categories in Cinematography, Editing and Graphics & Effects. The awards will give creative production and post-production talent a chance to show off their best work, gaining important exposure and a chance to win from over $100,000 in prizes.

Digital Headline News

lustre Sales Grow as Digital Intermediate Process Gains Global Traction

Discreet has announced that its lustre digital grading and color correction system is now installed in 17 film studios and post-production facilities around the world.

Short Headline News

Director Awarded Guggenheim Fellowship to Make New Short Film

Director Mark Osborne and Karen Dufilho-Rosen, producer of several Academy Award-winning animated short films, are partnering in Los Angeles to make THE BETTER HALF, a stop-motion animated short film, with a 2004/2005 Guggenheim Fellowship Osborne received to partially fund the making of the new short.

Kids Headline News

Nat Geo Kids’ Takes Adventures in Color

National Geographic Television & Films (NGT&F) Kids Programming and Production unit has optioned the acclaimed childrens book series, ADVENTURES IN COLOR, to develop and produce an animated television series.

NGT&F is working with Emmy Award-winning animation director/producer Ron Myrick and the original author/designer Tony Porto plus his team creative firm Three Communication Design (3CD) to develop this unique multimedia series.

Education Headline News

Medsn Wins Gold for Medical Education Animation

Medsn, a leading medical education company, was honored with a Gold IN-AWE award for Medical Education - Animation at the Medical Marketing Association's (MMA) national conference June 24, 2004.

Medsn received its award for "Protease Inhibitors: Targeting the HAART of HIV," a global learning program that featured 3D animation to demonstrate the complexity of a new HIV compound, its mechanism of action, and its unique clinical profile in comparison to a variety of other medications.

Entertainment Headline News

Activision Ships Over 2M Units of Spider-Man 2 Game

Activision's North American Publishing unit has shipped more than two million units of its SPIDER-MAN 2 videogame timed to the theatrical release of the feature film. The game lets players experience what it's like to be Spider-Man as they web sling from buildings, dive from rooftops to the streets and scale the heights of Manhattan. Players will be able to engage in various missions inspired by the action of the film. The game is available for PlayStation 2, Xbox, Nintendo GameCube, Game Boy Advance and PC.

Series Headline News

ADV Films July 6 Releases Feature Final Fantasy & More

ADV Films has announced its July 6, 2004 street dates. The releases include EXCEL SAGA: IMPERFECT COLLECTION, FINAL FANTASY: UNLIMITED - PHASE 7, NADIA THE SECRET OF BLUE WATER: COLLECTION 2, ALL PURPOSE CULTURAL CAT GIRL NUKU NUKU TV: NINE LIVES, THE DEVIL LADY: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION and THE SUPER MILK-CHAN SHOW: 100% WHOLE.

Season Headline News

South Park Fourth Season on DVD

SOUTH PARK - THE COMPLETE FOURTH SEASON, in which the irreverent series really came into its own, made its bow on DVD (Paramount Home Ent., $49.99) June 29, 2004. The three-disc set contains 17 episodes from 2000, as well as "mini-commentaries" by creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, who discuss their continuing censorship problems with Comedy Central and various inspirations.

Film Headline News

Playmates Toys Awarded Worldwide Master Toy License for Delgo

Playmates Toys will toy around with the characters from the upcoming computer animated feature film DELGO. Fathom Studios and its licensing agency Joy Tashjian Marketing Group (JTMG) have scored a bit of a coup awarding the master toy license for the unfinished indie film with a distributor and release date still to be set. The toy line includes dolls and figures at several price points, as well as play sets, action figures, vehicles, play environments, and toy accessories.

Series Headline News

Mainframe and Studio B Win Lion’s Share of Leo Awards

Winners in the regional awards for excellence in film and television in British Columbia, Canada, The Leo Awards, have been announced. Mainframe Entertainments SCARY GODMOTHER HALLOWEEN SPOOKTAKULAR pretty much swept the animation competition winning for Best Animation Program or Series, as well as Best Musical Score and Best Direction/Storyboarding in an Animation Program or Series.

Animation Headline News

SIGGRAPH 2004 Sets Computer Animation Festival Program

ACM SIGGRAPH announced the program for the Computer Animation Festival for SIGGRAPH 2004, the 31st international conference on Computer Graphics & Interactive Techniques, to be held Aug. 8-12 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

The Computer Animation Festival jury chose 83 selections out of a record 643 entry for exemplary use of computer-generated imagery and compelling storytelling. There are 40 international selections and 27 student pieces in the Festival.

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