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Kids Headline News

Backyardigans Headed to Home Vid, Discovered in Latin America

Nelvana has announced two new deals for its property THE BACKYARDIGANS one with Paramount Home Ent. Intl and the other with Discovery Kids in Latin America.

The agreement with Paramount Home Ent. Intl is for the video release of THE BACKYARDIGANS in the U.K., Latin America, Spain, Germany, Italy, France and Scandinavia.

Directors Headline News

Time to Make 3rd Director's Cut Contest

By Rick DeMott | Thursday, November 10, 2005 at 12:00am

3rd Director's Cut Contest New York, New York, USADecember 12, 2005Deadline: November 25, 2005

The 3rd Director's Cut contest will be screening the 10 entrants to a panel of established directors, film critics, agents and celebrity guests. Attendees will get to network with the panel. It will be hosted at The Gallery, 7 East 27th Street New York, New York. Please RSVP as numbers are limited. Admission fee is $10.

Digital Headline News

Thomson Secures Hollywood Studio Support for Digital Cinema Rollout

Christie Digital Systems now has a competitor, as Thomsons Services division has reached digital cinema usage agreements with DreamWorks, Sony Pictures, Universal Pictures, and Warner Bros. to accelerate the deployment of digital cinema systems in North America. In addition, the company is in late stage negotiations with Twentieth Century Fox, New Line Cinema, and The Weinstein Co., and expects these studios to be part of the initial deployment.

Entertainment Headline News

NBC Universal Recruiting Future Creative Programming Execs

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, November 9, 2005 at 12:00am

The NBC Universal Entertainment Associate Program is now accepting new candidates for the 2006 class that offers career development opportunities for external and internal applicants interested in creative entertainment programming.

Jeff Zucker, president, NBC Universal Television Group, said, "We are extremely proud of the Entertainment Associate Program and the top creative executives it has produced throughout the years and we look forward to recruiting talented future programmers for our 2006 class of Entertainment Associates."

Mattel Headline News

Cookie Jar Ent. Awards Mattel The Doodlebops Master Toy License

Cookie Jar Ent. Inc. has awarded Mattel Inc. the worldwide master toy licensee for THE DOODLEBOPS. THE DOODLEBOPS, Cookie Jar's high energy, music-based, kids series, airs twice daily on Disney Channel's Playhouse Disney preschool block of programming in the U.S., and on CBC weekdays in Canada. The master license grants Mattel manufacturing and marketing rights for toys, dolls, feature plush, figures, playsets, games and puzzles that incorporate the rock 'n' roll fantasy from the TV series. Mattel plans to launch THE DOODLEBOPS toy line in fall 2006.

Star Headline News

The Revenue Force is With Sith DVD and Battlefront II Game

In just one week of release, STAR WARS: EPISODE III REVENGE OF THE SITH on DVD and the STAR WARS BATTLEFRONT II videogame brought in sales of $210 million in the U.S., Canada, the U.K., Germany, Italy, Spain, Australia and Latin America, capping a record-breaking year for the STAR WARS franchise.

The two newest STAR WARS home entertainment releases debut in four more major international markets through Nov. 23.

Film Headline News

Animation Vet Derek Lamb Passes Away

Director/animator/producer/composer Derek Lamb passed away Nov. 5, 2005, in Washington after a long battle with cancer. His wife Tracie Smart was at his side.

Lamb started his animation career with the National Film Board of Canada in the 1960s. He worked extensively as a writer, director and producer in Canada, the U.S. and Europe, both in commercial and experimental film.

Headline News

YTV November Highlighted By New SpongeBob

YTV has announces its November 2005 lineup, which features the debut of an all-new episode of SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS, Have You Seen This Snail?

Leading up to the premiere, YTV celebrates with two SPONGEBOB programming events, starting on Sunday, Nov. 13 from 8:00 am to 11:00 am, with back-to-back non-stop episodes of viewer favorites. Followed by The Zone on Monday, Nov. 14 where co-hosts Sugar and Carlos introduce back-to-back episodes dedicated to SpongeBobs special pet, Gary the Snail, from 4:00 to 6:00 pm.

Game Headline News

Call of Duty 2: Big Red One Launches Epic Invasion on the Retail Front

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, November 2, 2005 at 12:00am

Activision Inc. has shipped CALL OF DUTY 2: BIG RED ONE to stores nationwide. Developed by Treyarch, the game allows players to put on the boots of the highly decorated WWII heroes of the U.S. Army's famed Fighting 1st Infantry Division, known as The Big Red One. In a departure for the CALL OF DUTY franchise, players will get to know their squadmates more than ever before as they fight alongside a single squad to accomplish a variety of missions spanning from Northern Africa to Nazi-occupied Western Europe.

Headline News

Imaginary Forces Goes Iconic for Zorro’s Main Titles

Building upon the legacy of the swashbuckling hero, Zorro, Imaginary Forces (IF) designed the main title sequence for Sony Pictures THE LEGEND OF ZORRO. IF's Michelle Dougherty acted as director and art director on the film's teaser and main titles, working closely with IF founder/creative director Peter Frankfurt, as well as supervising Antonio Banderas during the shoot for the main titles.

Shows Headline News

LACDA Juried Competition Calls for Entries

LACDA Juried CompetitionLos Angeles, California, USADecember 8-31, 2005Deadline: November 27, 2005

Los Angeles Center for Digital Art announces its juried competition for digital art and photography. Entrants submit three JPEG files of original work. All styles of 2D artwork and photography where digital processes of any kind were integral to the creation of the images are acceptable.

Animation Headline News

Lucasfilm Animation Singapore Opens and Preps Clone Wars

Lucasfilm Ltd. officially opened the doors of Lucasfilm Animation Singapore, a digital animation studio designed to produce movies and television for global audiences. The studio was created through a consortium that includes Lucasfilm Ltd., EDB Investments and Creative Technology Ltd.

Animation Headline News

Lucasfilm Animation Singapore to be Maya-centric

Alias Maya software has been chosen as the chief 3D animation technology at Lucasfilm Animation Singapore. The animation studio, which opened today (Oct. 27, 2005), is gearing up to produce digital animated content including films and television for global audiences. The choice of Maya not only gives the Singapore studio access to world-leading 3D modeling, animation and visual effects technology, it also assists in drawing top animation talent to their facility.

Film Headline News

NFB & Cinémathèque québécoise Celebrate Internationa

On Oct. 28, 2005, the National Film Board and the Cinémathèque québécoise join in the worldwide celebrations for International Animation Day. Special activities to mark the occasion are being planned in more than 30 countries on five continents.

India Headline News

Amelie Helmer Has The Life of Pi

AMELIE director Jean-Pierre Jeunet is the latest helmer to sign on to direct Fox 2000's adaptation of the Man Booker Prize-winning Yann Martel novel LIFE OF PI, reports VARIETY. Jeunet will also team with his writing partner Guillaume Laurant to pen the script.

Novel follows the journey of a 16-year-old boy from India to Canada. After a ship wreck, the boy becomes the sole human survivor on a lifeboat with a hyena, an injured zebra and a hungry tiger.

Headline News

GeForce GPUs Selected for Call of Duty 2

NVIDIA GeForce graphics processing units (GPUs) have been selected by Activision as the preferred platform for CALL OF DUTY 2, the sequel to Infinity Wards 2003 Game of the Year.

Series Headline News

Thomas C. Emma New Business Affairs VP at MarVista Ent.

Thomas C. Emma joins MarVista Ent. in the newly created position of vp, business affairs for the companys production, acquisition and distribution activities, as well as utilize his experience in new media and new business development to guide their participation in future business opportunities.

His entertainment career includes senior level management positions at Artist View Ent., The American Film Marketing Assoc., Hal Roach Studios, Harmony Gold and Philips Media Inc.

Channel Headline News

Family Channel Gets Behind Bullying Awareness Week

Astral Media's Family Channel is launching its 2005 Take the Pledge campaign in support of the third annual Bullying Awareness Week, Nov. 14-20, 2005, to encourage kids to stick up for each other rather than silently watch if they see someone being bullied.

Series Headline News

Lola & Virginia Joins Disney Channel Italy

In a deal signed at MIPCOM 2005, Icon Animation has signed a deal to bring its animated series LOLA & VIRGINIA (52x11) to Disney Channel Italy, adding to the earlier acquisition of the series by Disney Channel Spain. The series, which is targeted at girls 8-12, has already pre-sold to Nickelodeon Channel Latin America, Disney Channel Spain, RCTV Venezuela and Animania USA.

Headline News

DECODE & Aardman Go Down Under with Planet Sketch

DECODE Ent. is further expanding its presence on Australian public broadcaster ABC, signing a deal for Aardman Animations co-production PLANET SKETCH at MIPCOM 2005.

This deal marks a further commitment to DECODEs programming by the broadcaster, which already airs a number of series including the primetime 2D animation BROMWELL HIGH as well as FRANNYS FEET and THE SAVE-UMS! for pre-schoolers.

Animation Headline News

Cartoon Network Reups MoonScoop’s Code Lyoko

At MIPCOM, MoonScoop announced a new deal that will bring an additional 45 episodes of CODE LYOKO to Cartoon Network. This deal brings the total number of episodes for the show to 97 half-hours. A second season of 26x30 launched last month.

Animation Headline News

Seneca College Now Accepting Applications

Seneca Colleges Animation Arts Centre is now accepting applications for its January 2006 intake in its one year graduate certificate programs, which include 3D character animation, visual effects for film and television and 3D gaming program. In addition, Seneca offers a three-year undergraduate diploma in animation arts, which provides a solid foundation of 2 years of traditional animation and in their final year students can choose between 3D character animation for film and television or 3D game art and design.