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Hard Liquor and Porn Film Fest Wants Your Shorts

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

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DECODE Signs Five-Series Deal with Cartoon Network Latin America

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.

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Celebrate Women With the WIN Awards

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.

Animation Headline News

SIGGRAPH 2005 Announces Computer Animation Festival Program

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.

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Voice of Fred Flintstone Goes Silent

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.

Game Headline News

Feature Film Talent Reprise Roles in Activision's Fantastic 4 Game

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.

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Winx Club Joins Cartoon Network's Miguzi Lineup & NICKELODEON UK

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.

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Fox Home Ent. to Take The Roach Approach Videos

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 Headline News

Antony Root to Oversee SPTI's Production Operations in Europe

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.

Animation Headline News

Algonquin College Teaches Toon Boom Harmony

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.

Animation Headline News

Robotboy Gets Assembled on Toon Boom Opus

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.

Post Headline News

Post Logic N.Y.C. Appoints Manny Fernandez Managing Director

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.

Series Headline News

PorchLight Unearths 13 New Episodes of Tutenstein

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.

Animated Headline News

Mexico’s Anima Estudios Launches Second Feature

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.

Animation Headline News

Appleseed Released on DVD

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.

Universal Headline News

Jeff Herrera to Head Multicultural Marketing for Universal Studios Home Ent.

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.

Mobile Headline News

G-Unit Get Mobile with Zingy

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.

Festival Headline News

Orinda Film Festival Calls for Entries

Orinda Film Festival 2005Orinda, California, USASeptember 22-25, 2005Deadline: May 31, 2005

The Orinda Film Festival supports films from around the world that inspire, educate, challenge and provoke audiences to explore other viewpoints and forms of expression. It offers a wide range of categories, including narrative features and shorts, documentaries, animation, experimental films and music videos. For more information, visit

Film Headline News

Got Scary Flicks? Enter Them in NYCHFF!

New York City Horror Film Festival (NYCHFF) 2005New York, New York, USAOctober 18 - 23, 2005Deadline: September 1, 2005

Once again, the U.S.'s premiere horror film festival will be held at the prestigious Tribeca Film Center in lower Manhattan. With special screenings, parties, celebrity guests and each year's prestigious lifetime achievement award, this is the genre festival not to be missed. For more information, visit

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Heavy Metal Live on DTV

L.A.-based Cinema Libre Studio has teamed with HEAVY METAL magazine to bring live-action features direct-to-video, reports VARIETY. The budgets on the horror, sci-fi, action and urban genre films will be between $500,000-$1 million. Filming on the first should begin this summer in the U.S. and Canada.

Cinema Libre founder Philippe Diaz, exec producer of the animated sequel HEAVY METAL 2000, has four scripts developed and the first is set to be released in October or November. Cinema Libre hopes to build up to the point when it will be able to release a title per month.

Team Headline News

Activision Acquires Game Developer Toys For Bob

Further enhancing its internal development capabilities, Activision Inc. announced that it has acquired game developer Toys For Bob. As a result of the acquisition, Activision now has approximately 1,000 employees in its studio operations.

Festival Headline News

San Francisco Int’l Festival Announces Golden Gate Award Nominees

The 48th San Francisco International Film Festival (April 21May 5, 2005) unveiled its official selection for the Golden Gate Awards (GGA) competition, which honors innovation in documentary, animation, shorts, experimental, television and works by youth. Winners will be announced at the Golden Gate Awards ceremony on May 4, at the Cowell Theater, Fort Mason Center in San Francisco. Official selections will be screened in a variety of curated programs throughout the festival to give audiences the opportunity to savor the talents of diverse filmmakers from around the globe.

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Mega Bloks & Bardel Fire Up Dragons DVD Movie Sequel

Mega Bloks Inc. is partnering with Bardel Entertainment Inc. to make a sequel to last year's DRAGONS FIRE & ICE epic movie adventure. YTV will broadcast the new DRAGONS METAL AGES in fall 2005 while the previous distribution partners Lions Gate, Paramount, and Alliance Atlantis Motion Picture Distribution LP are onboard again for the global home entertainment distribution of the second Dragons movie.

Nick Headline News

MTV & Nick’s New Developments In China

MTV Networks vice chairman Bill Roedy announced several new developments for its businesses in China, including a strategic partnership for digital music content with the world's second largest mobile player, China Mobile, and the premiere of locally produced animation and live-action programming created through its joint venture with the Shanghai Media Group (SMG) HAHA Nick.