47th San Francisco International Film FestivalSan Francisco, California, USAApril 15 - 29, 2004Deadline: November 12, 2003
Geographical Region: North America
DIC Consumer Products has significantly expanded its licensing/merchandising programs across Europe, Latin America, Australia, Asia, South Africa and the Middle East to gear up for the international launches of kids entertainment brands, including STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE, MADELINE and SUPER DUPER SUMOS.
The Anime Network is taking its Demand Your Anime campaign to the 1st Annual Las Vegas Comic Con, Oct. 31 to Nov. 2, 2003 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas. The first dedicated anime network in the U.S. hopes to tap into the throngs of anime fans that will attend the event to show consumer demand for the network to cable operators. The Demand the Anime Network campaign combines a direct mail component targeting cable carriers across the country with a sweepstakes opportunity for consumers to win a 2004 Honda Civic Si.
Electronic Arts shipped HARRY POTTER: QUIDDITCH WORLD CUP videogame to stores on Oct. 28, 2003, just in time for Halloween. In the game, Harry Potter fans are able to fully experience the magical power, speed and competition of Quidditch, the favorite sport of witches and wizards, for the first time.
FRANNYS FEET lead to an impressive showing at MIPCOM Jr. amongst DECODE Entertainments many offerings at MIPCOM 2003. The delightfully illustrative digital 2D animated show (13x30 or 3x7 per half hour) placed eighth in the MIPCOM Jr. screenings.
Toronto-based Comet Ent. has opened Vitamin Cartoons Inc., an animation services division to provide high quality pre- and post-production services. Vitamin draws upon the skills and experience of some of Canada's most talented artists, Flash animators and directors to offers character, background and prop design, special effects design, stock breakdown planning, storyboards, slugging; X-sheets, color styling, s-reel and pre-layout.
RAI Trade held a special launch reception for its new edutainment series, AMAZING HISTORY, at its stand during MIPCOM. The series strives to explain, in an entertaining manner for kids and adults, great historical events via live-action and lots of computer graphics, narrated by 3D animated hosts Mr. Chan, an alien from Mars, and Betty the sheep. They are tutored by the impeccable Prof.
To support the evolution of its home video sales department, FUNimation Prods. Ltd. has brought aboard Larry Griffin as sr national sales manager. Griffin, formerly the west coast regional sales manager for Pioneer Entertainment USA, brings more than 15 years of home video experience to FUNimation. He is known for his expertise in the anime industry, which will assist FUNimation as the company continues to increase its dominance in the growing anime market.
On October 19, 2003, the Ottawa International Student Animation Festival (SAFO 03) announced its winners. An international jury selected winners in seven categories from 72 films. CalArts student Jean-Jacques Villard took home the top honors with the Nelvana Grand Prize for his film SON OF SATAN. Turku Arts Academy of Finland garnered the Grand Prize - Best School for exhibiting a high level of consistency and diversity in its show reel.
The Academy of Machinima Arts and Sciences has announced the nominations for the 2003 Machinima Awards, which showcases the best in films created in a realtime virtual 3D environment, known as 3D game engines. The winners will be announced at a ceremony on October 25, 2003 at the American Museum of the Moving Image in New York as part of the Machinima Film Festival.
Computer Game Technology Conference 2004Toronto, Ontario, CanadaApril 8 10, 2004Deadline: November 15, 2003
CineGroupe, along with Film Roman, launched its new 3D animation series TRIPPING THE RIFT at MIPCOM 2003 in Cannes, France. The sci-fi spoof follows the adventures of Chode, the horny purple captain of the Free Enterprise, and his conflicted and extreme crew, as they travel the universe, looking to make a quick buck and avoid getting thrown in jail.
Tribune Media Services International (TMSI) will launch News In Motion International (www.niminternational.com) in December, to deliver News In Motion and Knight Ridder/Tribune (KRT) animations, TV graphics and related editorial content to television stations and their Websites on a subscription and spot sales basis. Prior to the launch of the international site, producers can access the service at www.newsinmotion.com.
Tim Pyle Animation has developed a new technique of using CG software to create automatic "inbetween" frames for 2D animation. This allows them to turn out animation much faster and cheaper without relying on animators to draw every frame by hand.
On Wednesday, October 8, 2003, NBC and Vivendi Universal made official the merger of their entertainment businesses. Newly named NBC Universal joins the ranks of Time Warner, Disney and Viacom. The new mega-conglom will control a broadcast network (NBC), various cable entities (USA, CNBC, Bravo, MSNBC, Telemundo, SCI-FI and Trio), a film and television studio (Universal Pictures and Television) and theme parks (Universal Studios Hollywood and Orlando).
With growing numbers of buyers, sellers and programs, MIPCOM Jr 2003s screenings (October 8 9) broke all viewing records since the shows launch in 1996. A total of 13,815 individual screenings were carried out by program buyers, a 15% increase compared with 12,052 last year. Previously, the highest number of screenings took place at MIPCOM Jr 2000 with 12,572 viewings.
P. Jayakumar has been elevated to coo and Tiersa Christine has been moved up to director of production of Toonz USA, the Burbank-based studio's operations in India, headed by president/ceo Bill Dennis.
In conjunction with its attendance at MIPCOM in Cannes, France, Dupuis has announced that it will be launching its new TV series KID PADDLE. The show follows Kid Paddle and his friends Big Band and Horace, whose imaginations transport the troublesome trio into videogames, horror films and sci-fi comics. The show has already developed a following in France and Benelux and is available in 26x26 or 52x13 packages in both French and English. Also available are 15 three minute Flash shorts.
At a time when 2D feature animation is currently under assault in the U.S., Montreal-based H2V Entertainment has proudly announced that its initial slate of three films are all in 2D and will be ready for distribution in April 2004. Not only that but MANGA LATINA: KILLER ON THE LOOSE, MONICA MADE IN AMERICA and PIÑATAS are all contemporary, Latino-flavored stories aimed at teens and adults.