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Nemo Wins Humane Society Award

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, February 25, 2004 at 12:00am

The 18th Annual Genesis Awards, presented by The Hollywood Office of The Humane Society of The United States (HSUS), has awarded FINDING NEMO, along with live-action LEGALLY BLONDE 2, its outstanding film prize. The awards will be presented on March 20, 2004 at a gala ceremony in the International Ballroom of The Beverly Hilton, Beverly Hills. The show will be taped and edited for a two-hour television special airing on Animal Planet on April 25, 2004.

Disney Headline News

Pooh Case Heats Up With Theft Accusations

On Feb. 24, 2004, the epic legal battle between the Walt Disney Co. and Winnie the Pooh copyright holders, the Slesinger family, heated up with Disney accusations that the family stole and altered documents, reported REUTERS. Disney lawyers again asked Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Charles McCoy, who took over the case in October, to throw out the case, which could lose Disney hundreds of millions of dollars.

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Cosgrove Hall Working On The Wumblers

Manchester, U.K.-based animation house Cosgrove Hall has started production on THE WUMBLERS, a 26x11 2D preschool series for Peak Ent. and The Silly Goose Co.

THE WUMBLERS is a heart-warming collection of tales featuring Bertrum, a young Wumbler, and his best friend, Raimundo, a Spanish-speaking snail. Laura Wellington, recipient soon of the New Jersey Business Woman of the Year award, created the series.

Advertising Headline News

Siskind New Worldwide Marketing Chief at Paramount Pictures

Steve Siskind replaces Tom Campanella as evp, worldwide marketing and advertising, of the marketing division of the Motion Picture Group, Paramount Pictures, according to Rob Friedman, coo, Paramount Pictures and vice chairman, Motion Picture Group.

Campanella, who after a career of more than 40 years at Paramount, will change his status to a senior advisor for the company.

Animation Headline News

CAT Adoption Escalates Around the Globe

Character Animation Toolkit (CAT), a fully integrated next-generation character animation system plug-in for 3ds max, is experiencing rapid adoption around the globe since its introduction in November 2003, according to developer Character Animation Technologies.

Key markets for CAT include the U.S., Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Germany and Australia. In addition to its outstanding adoption rate, the company also announced significant enhancements to CAT with the immediate availability of CAT 1.15.

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Cat in the Hat Comes Back on DVD

Universal will be releasing DR. SEUSS' THE CAT IN THE HAT, based on the classic children's book, on DVD and VHS March 16, 2004. The pricing for the release is $26.98 SRP/$19.95 MAP for DVD and $24.98 SRP/$15.95 MAP for VHS. The film was directed by MEN IN BLACK production designer Bo Welch and produced by THE GRINCH producer Brian Grazer.

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50 First Dates Still Going Steady

50 FIRST DATES, the Adam Sandler/Drew Barrymore starrer, collected another $20.4M worth of hugs and kisses over the weekend ended Feb. 22, 2004 to finish first at the box office. So far, the Sony romantic comedy has garnered $71.7M over two weekends. Disney's CONFESSIONS OF A TEENAGE DRAMA QUEEN (with vfx by Intelligent Creatures) debuted in second place with $9.3M. Disney's MIRACLE held the third spot with $7.8M and a cume of $50.3M. Fox's WELCOME TO MOOSEPORT debuted in fourth with $6.77M. DreamWorks' EUROTRIP debuted right behind in fifth place with $6.71M.

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Capilano College Open House

Capilano College animation department in North Vancouver, Canada is holding an Open House on Feb. 21, 2004, from 1:00-5:00 pm. Students and faculty will be on hand to give tours, workshops and portfolio reviews. Animation from the students in the 2D and 3D programs will be presented. Student work may also be viewed on the department Website: For more information, contact

Headline News

21Boom Flexes Design Muscles

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, February 18, 2004 at 12:00am

New York-based 21Boom, a design company that provides creative services to networks, production companies and agencies, has delivered the original visual brand for Discovery Communications' newest network, FitTV. The network is the ultimate destination for exercise and fitness programming on TV. To shape up for the launch, FitTV challenged 21Boom with a game plan to deliver results that both reflect the visually exciting and high-energy programming of the network and appeal to men and women who want to look and feel good.

International Headline News

Weissenborn To Head SPTI Global Ad Sales

Jamie Weissenborn has been named to the newly created position of vp, global advertising sales, international networks, Sony Pictures Television International (SPTI). Based at SPTI's headquarters in Culver City, California. Weissenborn will manage advertising sales for SPTI's multi-territory programs airing across AXN and Sony Entertainment Television (SET), part of SPTI's International Networks portfolio.

Final Headline News

Final Fantasy Gaming Music Presented in Symphony Concert

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, February 18, 2004 at 12:00am

Square Enix U.S.A. has announced that they will present the first FINAL FANTASY symphony concert in the U.S. to be performed by the acclaimed Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Los Angeles Master Chorale. The event will take place on May 10, 2004, at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles and will feature music from the FINAL FANTASY videogame series. The concert will be running in the week of E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo), the largest interactive entertainment trade show in the U.S.

Disney Headline News

Comcast Not Ready to Sweeten Disney Offer

After Walt Disney Co. directors rejected Comcast's unsolicited $54 billion bid as too low and rallied behind beleaguered chairman Michael Eisner, Comcast defended its merger proposal on Tuesday, leaving doubt about its willingness to sweeten the offer. On Tuesday, Walt Disney Co. lost 9 cents to $26.83. But the board said it would "consider any legitimate proposal" that would create shareholder value. Comcast was up 87 cents at $30.77 after several sessions of declines.

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Interactive Academy Announces Award Finalists

The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (AIAS) announced the finalists for the 7th Annual Interactive Achievement Awards, which will be held at Rain in the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, March 4, 2004. Leading the finalists was Electronic Arts with 29, followed closely by Ubisoft and Sony Computer Entertainment of America (SCEA) with 23 and 21 finalists respectively. The Academy will present awards in 36 craft, console, computer and online categories, including an overall "Game of the Year" and Game of the Year honors in various genres, as well as the prestigious Hall of Fame Award.

Disney Headline News

Comcast Makes Surprise Bid to Buy Disney

With cable TV giant Comcast Corp. stunning the entertainment world with its proposed offer on Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2004, to buy the Walt Disney Co. for an estimated stock value of $66 billion, the industry was abuzz with speculation that Disney chairman/ceo Michael Eisner's days are now numbered. Especially in light of the fact that Institutional Shareholder Services, a leading provider of proxy voting and corporate governance services, also recommended on Wednesday that Disney shareholders withhold their vote for Eisner's reelection to the board of directors.

Production Headline News

H2V’s Manga To Make Monster & Alien Films

H2V Entertainments Manga Latina Productions, along with Britain-based UKFS as a financing co-producer, are teaming with the U.K.s Treehouse Productions to turn AP Comics first full-color comic book, MONSTER CLUB, into an animated feature film. Manga Latina is also turning its property ALIEN AND AJAX into a full-length animated feature. H2Vs Louie Porco and Henrique Vera-Villanueva will exec produce both films.

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Kid Power Marketing Awards Deadline Nears!

11th Annual Kid Power AwardsOrlando, Florida, USAMay 4, 2004Deadline: February 16, 2004

Kid Power Xchange, the leading information resource for youth marketers, is hosting the 11th annual Kid Power Awards. The awards program honors, recognizes and promotes the most innovative kids marketing campaigns in the U.S. and worldwide. All entries will be judged anonymously by a panel of senior-level marketing professionals who represent the youth marketing industry.

Animation Headline News

Legacy Offers Online Production Journal For First Short Film

Recently formed Legacy Animation Studios has begun pre-production on an animated short film entitled LUCKY, and, a la Bill Plympton and his HAIR HIGH or Fathom Studios DELGO, Web surfers can watch the production in progress with an online production journal ( The film will be animated with traditional hand-drawn animation, and is the first project for this group of animators and artists formerly employed by Walt Disney Feature Animation Florida.