Nominations for the VSDA's annual Home Entertainment Awards were announced by the Video Software Dealers Assn., with Disney/Pixars THE INCREDIBLES (Buena Vista Home Ent.) and DreamWorks SHREK 2 (DreamWorks Home Ent.) leading the pack with four nominations each. SHREK 2 earned an additional nomination for its GameCube videogame.
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On May 31, 2005, Geneon Ent. will release the third volume in their critically acclaimed series SAMURAI CHAMPLOO. Powered by fresh sounds from Tsutchie, fat jon, Nujabes and FORCE OF NATURE, SAMURAI CHAMPLOOs visuals and story are the creative collaboration of character designer and animation director Kazuto Nakazawa (KILL BILL VOL. 1), creative director Shinichiro Watanabe (COWBOY BEBOP, THE ANIMATRIX) and weapons designer Mahiro Maeda (THE ANIMATRIX, LAST EXILE).
The Discovery Channel will broadcast one of the major battles of the 20th Century, THE BATTLE OF THE BULGE, as a one-hour cable show on May 29, 2005, at 8:00 pm with a rebroadcast at 10:00 pm. This is one of a series of historical shows produced by Morning Star Ent., with 3D-animated effects by Double Edge Digital, the Glendale, California studio that did the vfx on the first show of the series, ALEXANDER THE GREAT AND THE BATTLE OF GAUGAMELA.
Luis Goicouria has been promoted to vp of digital media for MTV Networks Latin America. He will oversee the companys New Media division in Miami and report to Charlie Singer, evp of programming, creative and strategic marketing, MTV Networks Latin America.
Goicouria oversee all strategic and operational aspects of interactive digital media, and continue to ensure the integration and expansion of both online and mobile businesses. He will also lead the development and distribution of proprietary digital content for MTV Networks brands across Latin America.
The Force is definitely with George Lucas: On the heels of the record breaking box office results from the first week of his last STAR WARS saga, EPISODE III REVENGE OF THE SITH, Lucas will receive the American Film Institute's (AFI) 33rd Life Achievement Award on June 9, at a gala event. Filmmaker, friend and past recipient Steven Spielberg will present Lucas with the award at the tribute, which will be held at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles. THE 33rd AFI LIFE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: A TRIBUTE TO GEORGE LUCAS will air on USA Network on June 20, at 9:00 p.m. (ET/PT).
DreamWorks Animation's MADAGASCAR THE GAME from Activision Inc. has hit stores in time for the May 27 release of MADAGASCAR. Based on the highly anticipated CG feature, MADAGASCAR THE GAME lets players discover their true animal instincts when an adventurous journey lands them on the remote island of Madagascar. Gamers must master each animal's individual survival skills in order to tackle obstacles and foes in scenarios from the movie and beyond.
Darryl's Hard Liquor and Porn Film Festival 2005Toronto, Ontario, CanadaOctober 7, 2005Deadline: August 15, 2005
The Hard Liquor and Porn Film Festival is an annual showcase for funny and creative short films about sex. The Festival began in 2000 as a party in the humble bachelor apartment of filmmaker Darryl Gold and continues to grow every year. Filmmakers, animators, actors, writers, comedians, musicians, artists and any other reprobates (gay or straight) are welcome to submit films. For more information, visit www.hardliquorandporn.com.
DECODE Ent. has further expanded its presence by signing a five-series deal with Cartoon Network Latin America. The 65-hour package, which spans programming for all age ranges, includes primetime series BROMWELL HIGH (13x30 episodes); delightfully illustrative preschool series FRANNYS FEET (39x22 episodes); teen-skewed UNDERGRADS (13x22 episodes); and the second season of GIRL STUFF/BOY STUFF (39x30 episodes) alongside KING (52x22) for 6-11 years olds.
Geneon Ent. releases a host of new titles on May 24, 2005, including RUMIKO TAKAHASHI ANTHOLOGY V3 A TOUCH OF MAGIC, HANAUKYO MAID TEAM LA VERITE SAVING MARIEL (V.3), DAPHNE IN THE BRILLIANT BLUE VOLUME TWO REUNION" and STAR OCEAN EX VOLUME THREE MAGICAL MOONLIT FLOWERS.
Darryl's Hard Liquor and Porn Film Festival MontrealMontreal, Quebec, CanadaJune 18, 2005Deadline: May 23, 2005
2005 WIN AwardsLos Angeles, California, USASeptember 26, 2005Deadline: May 31, 2005
Women's Image Network produces The WIN Awards to honor media-makers who create films, commercials and television that either feature female leads or are created, directed and/or are written by a woman.
ACM SIGGRAPH announced the program for the Computer Animation Festival for SIGGRAPH 2005, the 32nd International Conference on Computer Graphics & Interactive Techniques, being held July 31 to Aug. 4 in Los Angeles, California. The Computer Animation Festival jury chose 68 selections from 560 entries for exemplary use of computer-generated imagery and compelling storytelling. This year marks the first two-time winner (Tomek Baginski) in the SIGGRAPH Computer Animation Festival history.
Henry Corden, the second voice of Fred Flintstone died May 19, 2005, of emphysema at AMI Encino Hospital, at the age of 85, according to his longtime agent Don Pitts. Corden's wife of nine years, Angelina, was with him at the time.
Born in Montreal, Canada, Corden moved to New York City as a child and came to Hollywood in the 1940s. His first acting role was in the 1947 Boris Karloff film, THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY. With his dark hair, bearded face and deep voice, Corden often played villains and heavies.
The five leading actors from the upcoming Fantastic 4 film(Twentieth Century Fox and Marvel Studios) -- based on the Marvel comicbook series -- will also perform their roles in Activision Inc.'s upcoming FANTASTIC 4 videogame. Jessica Alba (DARK ANGEL, SIN CITY), Emmy award-winner Michael Chiklis (THE SHIELD), Chris Evans (THE PERFECT SCORE, CELLULAR), Ioan Gruffudd (KING ARTHUR) and Julian McMahon (CHARMED, NIP/TUCK) will portray Sue Storm, The Invisible Woman; Ben Grimm, The Thing; Johnny Storm, The Human Torch; Reed Richards, Mr. Fantastic and Victor Von Doom, Dr. Doom, respectively.
It must be in the cards that the month of May is a good time for fairies as the WINX CLUB joined Miguzi's Monday-Friday lineup on May 16, 2005 and now airs on the Cartoon Network afternoon adventure block at 5:00 pm. The action-packed series features teenaged fairies and witches use magical powers for both good and evil. The series also premiered this month (May 2) on Nickelodeon UK, as well as a trading card game at Toys "R" Us stores.
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, has signed an exclusive, long-term distribution agreement to take THE ROACH APPROACH videos, created by design and animation studio Wacky World Studios, to the general market and Christian retail markets in the U.S. and Canada.
Television/film producer Antony Root joins Sony Pictures Television International (SPTI) as svp, international production, Europe. In this newly created position based in London, Root will oversee SPTI's production operations in Europe.
Toon Boom Animation announced that Algonquin College has chosen Toon Boom Harmony as part of its three-year Animation program. Algonquins program provides students with training in both traditional and digital animation. Following a first year of studies, students have the option of pursuing either traditional or digital animation. They learn the skills necessary to work effectively as animators in a variety of settings. Graduates acquire the skills necessary to work independently, collaboratively and in studio settings.
Toon Boom Animation announced that its software will be use to complete Alphanims ROBOTBOY and an educational series from Sophia Hilton Foundation of Canada in collaboration with the Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute and the Madras Craft Foundation.
Alphanim chose Toon Boom Opus for the production of ROBOTBOY, a series of 52 13-minute episodes. Co-produced with Cartoon Network Europe, France 3 and split among LuxAnimation (Luxemburg), Emation (Korea) and Monigotes (Spain), this traditional animation production is scheduled for primetime broadcast in the U.S.
Leading post-production boutique Post Logic Studios has appointed Manny Fernandez to the newly created position of managing director of its Manhattan-based satellite Post Logic N.Y.C. Opened in March 2004 with a focus on long form work, the New York operation has flourished since its inception and will now broaden its client base to include television and commercial projects. To accommodate its new clientele, Post Logic N.Y.C. has added a second Spirit HD/SD telecine.
PorchLight Ent. has announced that Discovery Kids and Jetix Europe have ordered 13 new episodes of the Emmy award-winning animated series, TUTENSTEIN. The new episodes are scheduled for delivery in 2006. Discovery Kids Channel and Jetix Europe are the series partners in the U.S. and Europe respectively. In the U.S., Tutenstein airs on the Discovery Kids channel and the Discovery Kids Saturday morning block on NBC.
Anima Estudios has announced with the support of Fidecine Mexico the release of its second feature animated film, IMAGINUM. The film will be released in theaters nationwide in August 2005, distributed by Videocine, the movie production and distribution company of Televisa.
The main characters are voiced by Eugenio Derbez (Mexico´s most popular comedian), Giovanni Florido, Ilse Olivo and Ruben Trujillo.
After a limited theatrical run in the U.S. earlier this year, Geneon Entertainment releases APPLESEED on DVD May 10, 2005 with the UMD format to come out July 5.
This sci-fi anime the film is based on the manga story by Masamune Shirow (GHOST IN THE SHELL) and directed by Shinji Aramaki (BUBBLEGUM CRISIS). APPLESEED features a groundbreaking animation style, "3D Live Anime," blending motion-capture technology and 3D computer animation, and enhanced by the latest in 2D character animation.
Jeff Herrera has been appointed to the newly created position of vp multicultural marketing for Universal Studios Home Ent. (USHE), to oversee the crafting and implementation of marketing strategies aimed at Latinos, African-Americans, and other ethnic groups. Herrera will work closely with USHE's sales and marketing departments to develop strategies and programs as well as play a key role in identifying and implementing partnership opportunities between USHE and its NBC Universal sister company, Spanish-language television network, Telemundo.
Zingy has announced an exclusive mobile publishing agreement with G-Unit, a leading urban brand founded by award-winning hip hop artist, 50 Cent. Under the agreement, Zingy will release a series of games based on members of the G-Unit crew, including 50 Cent, Lloyd Banks, Young Buck and Tony Yayo.
Zingy is the exclusive distributor of 50 Cent voice ringtones, ringback tones, voicemail greetings, wallpapers and video ringtones. This extension of the partnership between the two entities will now include an array of 2D and 3D G-Unit mobile videogames.