DecodeEntertainment Inc. has appointed The Sharpe Company as theinternational licensing agent for its new 3D animated preschoolseries THE SAVE-UMS! The series is scheduled to debut in February2003 as part of Discovery Kids new "Ready, Set, Learn" programmingblock on TLC and Discovery Kids Channel in the U.S. and on CBCCanada. Sharpe, current licensing agent for properties such asHUMPHREY'S CORNER and THUNDERBIRDS, will license THE SAVE-UMS! in allterritories outside North America.
Geographical Region: North America
Michael Dudok de Wit's multiple award-winning short FATHER AND DAUGHTER has claimed yet another honor, winning the Grand Prize at Zagreb 2002, the 15th World Festival of Animated Films. The official competition jury, Oksana Cherkasova (Russia), Joanna Quinn (Great Britain), Linda Simensky (USA), Georges Lacroix (France) and Edo Lukman (Croatia), singled out FATHER AND DAUGHTER from the 85 films in competition.
India's Chennai Studios is looking for an AGENT, a DISTRIBUTOR and a SALES DIRECTOR . . . Sunnyvale, California's Clay Pixel Studios is looking for a BUSINESS PLAN DRAFTER . . . Ukiah, California's Digitech, Inc. is looking for an ANIMATOR . . . Hollywood, California's Klasky Csupo is looking for a CGI ANIMATOR, a LIGHTER, a MODELER and a TEXTURE ARTIST . . . Dubai's Media Tech is looking for a COORDINATOR and an EDITOR . . . Chennai, India's MUV Media is looking for a COMIC BOOK ARTIST and a STORYBOARD ARTIST . . . Glendale, California's NeoPets, Inc. is looking for a CONTENT WRITER . . .
Melbourne Independent Filmmakers Festival.
Melbourne, Florida, USA.
Friday, September 13 - Saturday, September 14, 2002.
Entry Deadline: Friday, July 05, 2002.
Based on the Academy Award-winning short BOB'S BIRTHDAY, the 52-episode animated series BOB AND MARGARET has been acquired by Showtime Networks from Corus Entertainment's Nelvana, including 26 episodes never aired in the U.S. The series, created and written by David Fine and Alison Snowden, will premiere July 5, 2002 on Showtime Women, a channel devoted to programming in which women are instrumental, and will later air on other Showtime channels.
Deadline Extended! The Telluride Independent Film Festival.
Telluride IndieFest 2002, Telluride, Colorado, USA.
Friday, August 30 - Monday, September 2, 2002.
Early Entry Deadline: February 28, 2002.
Entry Deadline: July 1, 2002.
The coveted short film grand prize at the 26th International Festival of Animated Film at Annecy went to Adriaan Lokman's CG short BARCODE, while Barry Purves' animated comedy drama HAMILTON MATTRESS was honored with the grand prize for Best TV Animation Program. 245 films were screened in the "Annecy 2002" official selection, coming from 33 countries, with more than 200 films premiering at the festival. The awards were presented at the closing ceremony held on Saturday, June 8, 2002. Congratulations to all the winners!
Nicktoons TV, the newly launched 24-hour network devoted to Nickelodeon animation, will be available on AT&T Digital Cable beginning July 1, 2002. The channel offers an ongoing mix of current and past Nicktoons such as SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS, THE FAIRLY ODDPARENTS, THE WILD THORNBERRYS, THE REN AND STIMPY SHOW, DOUG, RUGRATS and AHHH! REAL MONSTERS. In addition, Nicktoons TV will feature acquired Warner Bros. contemporary classics such as PINKY AND THE BRAIN, TINY TOON ADVENTURES and ANIMANIACS.
Deadline Extended! Silver Lake Film Festival 2002.
Los Angeles, California USA.
Friday, September 13 - Friday, September 20, 2002.
Entry Deadline: Saturday, June 15, 2002.
Jerry Scott, co-creator of the ZITS and BABY BLUES comic strips, has won the National Cartoonists Society (NCS) 2001 Reuben Award for Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year. The "Oscar of cartooning" was presented at a black tie gala during the 56th Annual Reuben Awards Weekend, held this year in Cancun, Mexico. The Reuben Award, given by the NCS each year for exemplary cartoon work created in the previous year, was designed by and named after the NCS' first president, Rube Goldberg. In addition, cartoonists in various professional divisions were also honored with special plaques for excellence.
Resfest Digital Film Festival.
San Francisco, California USA.
Wednesday, September 18 - Sunday, September 22, 2002.
Entry Deadline: Monday, June 03, 2002.
Bangalore, India's Acropetal is looking for an AGENT/REPRESENTATIVE, an ANIMATION CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT INSTRUCTOR and an INSTRUCTOR . . . Animationelements is looking for an ANIMATION WRITER . . . London, Ontario's Armstrong-Douglas & Associates is looking for ARTISTS . . . Beebeard, LLC is looking for a CHARACTER ARTIST/ANIMATOR . . . Blaze Paint Digital Ltd. is looking for a 2D/3D ARTIST/ANIMATOR . . . Clay Pixel Studios is looking for a GAMES TRACK LEAD, a HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGER and a PUBLIC RELATIONS SPECIALIST . . . London, UK's Datascope Recruitment is looking for a SENIOR ANIMATOR .
Toronto Giggleshorts International Comedy Film Festival.
Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Tuesday, August 20 - Monday, August 26, 2002.
Entry Deadline: Wednesday, July 10, 2002.
The Toronto Animated Image Society (TAIS) presents an evening with award-winning Canadian animator Cordell Barker. Cordell will showcase his work, including the Oscar-nominated short films "The Cat Came Back" and "Strange Invaders," as well as numerous television commercials he has done in Canada, the U.S. and England. Thursday, June 6, at 8 pm. Room 303, Metro Hall, 55 John Street, Toronto. TAIS members free, everyone else $5.
Washington, DC's Capital Children's Museum is looking for a CARTOON ANIMATION INSTRUCTOR . . . Clay Pixel Studios is looking for a MOTION PICTURE TRACK LEAD and a WEB DESIGNER - LEAD . . . HoChiMinh, Vietnam's Demen Animation Studio is looking for an AGENT . . . Manhattan Beach, California's Digital Aftertime Studios is looking for a 3D FREELANCER . . . Glendale, California's DreamWorks Animation is looking for a TECHNICAL WRITER . . . Atlanta, Georgia's Fathom Studios is looking for a LEAD ANIMATOR . . .
Canadian-based media company Corus Entertainment Inc. has acquired a 50% interest in pay television network Locomotion, an animation channel available in over 7 million homes throughout Latin America and Iberia. Corus announced it purchased the interest in Locomotion from the Claxson Interactive Group, Inc., for a maximum consideration of US$10.5 million and a holdback in the event of certain economic changes that may impact revenue projections. The remaining 50% interest in Locomotion is held by U.S.-based communications giant the Hearst Corporation.
AWN Affiliates Alison Snowden and David Fine's series BOB AND MARGARET will be airing in the U.S. this summer on the cable network Showtime. All 52 episodes will appear, with the most recent 26 episodes scheduled to air first. These episodes feature Bob and Margaret living in Toronto instead of South London, and have yet to be screened in the United States. Faithful viewers may also notice a change in Bob's voice, which is now done by Canadian actor Brian George. Co-creator Alison still features as Margaret.
Ajijic Festival Internacional De Cine.
Ajijic, Jalisco, Mexico.
Tuesday, November 19 - Sunday, November 24, 2002.
Entry Deadline: Thursday, August 15, 2002.
TELETUBBIES producer Ragdoll has entered into a strategic partnership with Toys "R" Us, in which the two will work together to introduce a new line of TELETUBBIES merchandise. Under the terms of the agreement, Toys "R" Us will be the exclusive retailer for all new TELETUBBIES plush items sold in the U.S. and Canada for 2002-2003. The new line of TELETUBBIES plush product will make its exclusive debut at Toys "R" Us stores and on-line at Toysrus.com this fall. Ragdoll has a broadcast arrangement for TELETUBBIES with PBS through 2008.