Spike TV has named the 16 finalists in wide-ranging awards categories for the network's first annual "Video Game Awards" (VGAs), hosted by actor/comedian David Spade from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, airing 9-11:00 pm on Dec. 4, 2003. The all-mens channel promises to deliver a non-traditional awards show without podiums, presenters and acceptance speeches.The show will unfold in a futuristic setting that's part "next-century Tokyo" and part "Minority Report" that will seamlessly blend real and animated worlds into a dynamic awards show presentation
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The new ASIFA Intl Board, consisting of the representatives of 14 national and regional groups and offices met Nov. 15, 2003 in Espinho, Portugal during the CINANIMA 2003 festival to elect new officers. They are:President: Noureddin Zarrinkelk (Iran)VP/contact person for Asia: Sayoko Kinoshita (Japan)VP/contact person for Europe: Thomas Renoldner (Austria)Secretary General: Vesna Dovnikovic (Croatia)Treasurer: Carol Beecher (Canada)Editor of ASIFA NET: Thomas Renoldner (Austria)
Danixa Diaz has joined creative branding firm 3 Ring Circus as exec producer, responsible for new business development and global marketing for the agency.
Regarding her joining the company, Sideropoulos said, "Danixa brings to 3 Ring Circus many years of expertise and the right personality mix. We are very sensitive as to how we approach our business development process. Danixa's personable and friendly approach, combined with her knowledge of the industry, really fits our style," said ceo John Sideropoulos.
Cinema Epicuria, 7th Sonoma Valley Film FestivalSonoma Valley, California, USAApril 1-4, 2004Deadline: January 15, 2004
Garden State Film Festival Asbury Park, New Jersey, USAMarch 25-28, 2004 Deadline: January 1, 2003
Garden State Film Festival takes place on the boardwalk and features independent films from around the world. The event features a screening for high school students, opening reception and live music. For more information, visit http://www.filmfestivalspro.com/bulletin/03/october/garden_state.shtml.
Kaydara Inc. and MAXON Computer GmbH announced full integration of Kaydara's versatile FBX 3D interchange format into the new CINEMA 4D R8.5 upgrade, MAXON's premier high-end 3D modeling and animation tool. Kaydara FBX allows for the universal interchange of 3D data between every major 3D package and a significant number of second-tier applications.
Andy Bird leaves Warners TBS International to join Walt Disney as the new president of Walt Disney International effective January 12, 2004. The U.K. native will be based in Burbank, California.
From a strategic perspective, one of Disneys most significant long-term growth opportunities resides in markets outside of the United States, and it is crucial that the company continue to have a well-coordinated approach to business development around the world, said Michael Eisner, Disney chairman/ceo.
George H. Nicholas Exhibition: "From Mickey to the Grinch: Art of the Animated Film"Fort Wayne, Indiana, USANovember 22 January 11, 2004
Fort Wayne Museum of Art is holding an exhibition of the artwork of the late veteran animator George H. Nicholas, entitled "From Mickey to the Grinch: Art of the Animated Film." Nicholas credits include FANTASIA, PINOCCHIO, BAMBI and HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS. The Animation Station, located in the Eckrich Education Gallery, will allow participants to bring life to their own drawings.
THE BASIL BRUSH SHOW has been sold to German public service broadcaster ZDF. This deal coincides with Basil's first ever Christmas music single, the double A-side Boom Boom and Christmas Slide that will be released on Dec. 15, 2003 in Germany. The songs will be released in the U.K. on Dec. 8. The 16-year-old singing sensation, India Beau, performs on Boom Boom with Basil. The series will also air on the top rated children's digital channel KIKA, starting fall 2004.
AWN recently launched the Educator's Forum. The goal of the forum is to offer a place where anyone involved in the development, support and delivery of animation-related education and educational products can ask questions and rub elbows with other professionals in the business. The discussions have begun, and below is a quick sketch of what is being said.
Amman, Jordan-based Rubicon, Washington, DC-based Layalina Prods. and Los Angeles-based Fat Rock Ent. have teamed up to create a 13-episode series addressing the cultural gap that exists between the United States and the Arab world. Heading the project will be Rubicon ceo Randa Ayoubi, Layalinas chairman Richard Fairbanks and Fat Rock ceo David Pritchard, who created the series. The project is intended to be a direct-to-DVD production, but will also air on satellite and television broadcast networks both in the Middle East and the U.S. The budget for the project is set at $5 million.
Cannes, FranceFebruary 1 April 2, 2003Deadline: January 8, 2004
The National Screen Institute - Canada, in association with Global Television Network, is hosting the NSI Global Marketing Program culminating at MIP-TV 2004 in Cannes, France. Participants must have a show that has aired on national television and have a project in development to qualify for the NSI Global Marketing Program.
Worldwide licensing agent, The Sharpe Co., has negotiated a number of licensing partners for DECODE Entertainments 3D animated pre-school show, THE SAVE-UMS!
New licensing and merchandising partners include Copyright Promotions Group in the U.K., France, Spain, Portugal, the Benelux territories and Italy; Licensing Works in Australia and Newman International in New Zealand. Plus Licens is a licensing partner for Scandinavia and Eastern Europe with the company also picking up merchandising rights for Scandinavia.
6th Reel To Real International Film Festival For YouthVancouver, British Columbia, CanadaMarch 2-11, 2004Deadline: November 12, 2003
ATTIK provided production details on its Scion TRANSFORMER spot, one of three :60 theatrical commercials conceived by ATTIK and produced by Sydney-based visual effects, animation and design company Ambience Entertainment. The animated spot is targeted specifically at young males in the U.S. and dramatically fictionalizes the evolution of Scion's first models, the Scion xA and xB, from robot form.
Visual effects vet Hael Kobayashi has joined Animal Logic, the Sydney-based visual effects house as digital artists manager to oversee recruiting, training and career development of the studios expanding ranks of digital artists.
THE MATRIX REVOLUTIONS made its worldwide debut on Nov. 5, 2003, taking in $43.1 million from 18,000 screens. The final installment in the cyber saga brought in $24.3 million in the U.S. and Canada where it played in 3,502 theaters. This amount makes it the third biggest Wednesday bow of all time in North America behind only STAR WARS: EPISODE I - THE PHANTOM MENACE ($28.5M) and THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE TWO TOWERS ($26.2M).
Gamers can save the City of Angels and take out the bad guys Hong Kong action flick style with Activisions release of TRUE CRIME: STREETS OF L.A., which has just been shipped to retail outlets for PlayStation2, Xbox and Nintendo GameCube. The game is rated "M" ("Mature" - Blood and Gore, Mature Sexual Themes, Strong Language and Violence) by the ESRB.