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FlickerLab Designs Things I Hate About You Opens

FlickerLab studio designed the animated show package for Bravos new reality TV series, THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU, which premiered July 20, 2004 at 9:00 pm, with a handmade, painterly style of animation that is FlickerLabs digital signature.

Creative director Harold Moss points out, Although theres a traditional style to the characters, the method is contemporary. The animation never saw paper.

Effects Headline News

Keyframe Digital Hits Finish Line for Crazy Canucks

Keyframe Digital Prods., a digital animation and visual effects studio based in Ontario, Canada, has completed all vfx work for the feature CRAZY CANUCKS, produced by Alberta Film Works. Keyframe was the exclusive effects house for the movie that will air on CTV this fall.

Advertising Headline News

Mindy Brown Joins SPTI Global Advertising Sales

Mindy Brown has been joined Sony Pictures Television International (SPTI) as exec director, global advertising sales, International Networks.

"Mindy has years of experience building revenue for fast growing media companies," said Jamie Weissenborn, vp, global advertising sales, International Networks, SPTI, to whom Brown reports. "She has a reputation for creating unique advertising solutions for her clients. Our global sales efforts will surely benefit from Mindy's valuable portfolio of business skills."

Headline News

GenArts Announces Sapphire Plug-Ins for Discreet on Linux

Coinciding with Discreet's release of flint and smoke for the Linux operating system, GenArts Inc. announced Sapphire Plug-ins for them.

Featuring the same familiar interface and wide range of effects and features that Discreet users have long depended on, Sapphire for flint and smoke on Linux is available immediately for $6,000. The software can be purchased directly from GenArts, or from Discreet's extensive worldwide network of resellers and sales representatives.

Music Headline News

2003-2004 Primetime Emmy Award Nominations

Nominations for the 56th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards were announced on July 15, 2004 and FOX won the most primetime Emmy nominations for animated shows with five, narrowly edging out Cartoon Network, UPN and Sci Fi Channel with three each. SOUTH PARK is back in the running along with THE SIMPSONS and FUTURAMA, which again nominated for Outstanding Animated Program (For Programming Less Than One Hour) along with Cartoon Networks SAMURAI JACK and Nicks SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS.

Entertainment Headline News

Home Entertainment Award Winners Announced

The 2004 Home Entertainment Award winners were announced on July 15, 2004 by Bo Andersen, president of the Video Software Dealers Association (VSDA). The archival special edition release of T2 - EXTREME DVD and the direct-to-video release BARBIE OF SWAN LAKE led the field with three Home Entertainment Awards with LORD OF THE RINGS: THE TWO TOWERS following close behind with two pries. The association also honored television and music product for the first time.

Kids Headline News

Nickelodeon Online Launches Dot Kids Domain Websites

Nickelodeon launched two new Websites today, July 14, 2004, as part of the Dot Kids Act, established in 2002 to ensure safe spaces on the Internet for children under 13. The new site for kids, and for parents and preschoolers,, have been created by the network as extensions of and, respectively, as additional safe places for kids and preschoolers to play on the Internet.

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.

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.

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.

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.