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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.

Headline News

Movielink Features Star Blazers & Yamato Anime Films

Movielink will now offer STAR BLAZERS and Yamato Films anime classics through a deal with Voyager Ent. STAR BLAZERS' "Quest for Iscandar," episodes 1-17, are available now for download. Additional titles coming soon include THE COMET EMPIRE, THE BOLAR WARS, SPACE BATTLESHIP YAMATO, FAREWELL TO SPACE BATTLESHIP YAMATO: IN THE NAME OF LOVE, SPACE BATTLESHIP YAMATO: THE NEW VOYAGE, BE FOREVER YAMATO and FINAL YAMATO. Movielink and Voyager Ent. will launch co-marketing campaigns and promotions to highlight the titles available.

Animation Headline News

Spectra Animation Hopes to Draw Viewers to New Site

Spectra Animation, a subsidiary of LÉquipe Spectra, has launched its Internet site, which can be accessed at www.spectra-animation.ca, featuring info on the company, its history, creations and development projects, plus the latest news on its activities.

Headline News

Acclaim Unleashed Legends of Wrestling

Acclaim Ent. has unleashed the ultimate wrestling game SHOWDOWN: LEGENDS OF WRESTLING for the PlayStation 2 and Xbox. Developed by Acclaim Studios Austin, the game was designed in conjunction with professional wrestling experts and features 73 of the greatest wrestlers in history, including Hulk Hogan, Sting, Andre the Giant, Ultimate Warrior, Randy "Macho Man" Savage, Bret "Hitman" Hart, Diamond Dallas Page, Jake "The Snake" Roberts, "Rowdy" Roddy Piper, Eddie Guerrero and "The American Dream" Dusty Rhodes.

Headline News

ASIFA-Hollywood Presents 2D Expo Pencils Not Pixels

ASIFA-Hollywood's 2D Expo Pencils Not PixelsBurbank, California, USAJune 26, 2004

ASIFA-Hollywood presents 2D Expo Pencils Not Pixels, a one-day symposium and conference for traditional animators. The events will feature meetings, screenings, panels, filmmakers, networking, grants, sketchbooks, inspiration, discussion, drawing and painting. Guests and Panelists include:

* Eric Goldberg (director, LOONEY TUNES: BACK IN ACTION, FANTASIA 2000)* Shane Glines (designer, BATMAN BEYOND, CartoonRetro.com)

Headline News

BKN Issues Stock to Do Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves Series

BKN International A.G. has completed development and will soon begin production of the ALI BABA AND THE FORTY THIEVES: THE LOST SCIMITAR OF ARABIA series. BKN is currently in negotiations with a media company in the Middle East to co-produce and distribute this program.

Anime Headline News

Geneon To Bring Appleseed to the World

Geneon Ent. has acquired worldwide theatrical and home video rights from Micott & Basara to anime feature APPLESEED. The pact excludes Japan and South Korea. North American theatrical distribution is scheduled for late summer. The film will mark the debut of Geneon Films, which will focus on marketing and distributing Japanese and Asian live-action and animated features around the globe.

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