Walt Disney Television Int'l (WDTV-I) has acquired broadcast rights to Mainframe Entertainment Inc.'s animated Halloween special SCARY GODMOTHER HALLOWEEN SPOOKTAKULAR for its channels in Asia, Latin America, Italy and Germany.
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Discreet has announced one of its largest desktop software sales to date with long-time partner The Art Institutes. The schools will distribute more than 4,000 licenses of 3ds max, character studio, combustion 3D and cleaner software to its 29 locations in the United States and Canada. Last autumn the Arts Institute purchased more than 2,000 licenses.
Square Enix U.S.A. Inc. has announced that FINAL FANTASY X-2 will ship in early December 2003. The company also announced that FINAL FANTASY X has been added to Sony Computer Entertainment America's "Greatest Hits" series.
"We are very pleased with success that FINAL FANTASY X has achieved, both in sales and industry recognition, and excited to continue the journey in FINAL FANTASY X-2," said Jun Iwasaki, ceo and president of Square Enix USA. "While FINAL FANTASY X-2 is a sequel, it is in many ways a new game and the first in the series led by an all-female cast."
Whamo Ents partners Joseph Szew, Fernando Szew and Mar Gaya, along with PorchLight Ents Michael Jacobs and Anchor Bay Ents George Port, have formed Mar Vista Entertainment, reported DAILY VARIETY. The new company will produce and distribute family and children's productions. Joseph Szew will serve as president/ceo and his brother will be managing director. Based in Barcelona, Gaya will be the director of European operations. Jacobs, former svp of worldwide sales for PorchLight, will serve as president of production and distribution.
Beginning Commercial Voice-Over ClassBurbank, California, USASeptember 22 - October 20, 2003Deadline: September 15, 2003
A jazz musician blows a note, the horn extends and his body language projects the coolness of the moment. A man and woman sit listening. He pulls out a package of Dentyne Fire and pops a piece into his mouth. Suddenly the club, the music and the mood transition from Cool Blue Jazz to Red Hot Salsa. The transformation is subtle. The crowd is not shocked or surprised. In fact, perhaps this happens every time they chew Dentyne Fire.
CODENAME: KIDS NEXT DOOR, an original Cartoon Network animated action-comedy series will premiere on Cartoon Network Latin America on Sept. 5, 2003 at 7:00 pm CODENAME: KIDS NEXT DOOR follows the escapades of five eager, yet bumbling, 10-year-olds as they fight against the forces of tyrannical adults.
DECODE Entertainment is building its licensing and merchandising designs by signing a deal with Universal to acquire U.K. home entertainment rights to its preschool property, THE SAVE-UMS!
The Save-Ums! follows 3D action heroes who aim to help prepare preschoolers for their role in the 21st century. The pintsize Save-ums utilize whimsical helicopters, space ships and other gadgets to solve problems and nurture an interest in technology as well as critical thinking.
Anchorage International Film FestivalAnchorage, Alaska, USADecember 12 - 21, 2003Deadline: October 1, 2003
The Anchorage Film Festivals focus is to highlight independent cinema. This year's event will conclude with screenings at the prestigious Edward Albee Theater Conference in Valdez, Alaska. At least 600 national and international stars, playwrights, directors, actors and other talented people attend. For more information visit www.anchoragefilmfestival.com.
The most expensive animated feature produced in Korea, WONDERFUL DAYS, has tanked at the box office in its native country. The film cost $11 million to produce, but has disappeared from theaters after only two weeks in release, garnering a paltry $1.9 million. The film even debuted behind DreamWorks SINBAD: LEGEND OF THE SEVEN SEAS, which was a disappointment in the U.S.
The Anime Network has announced a nationwide in-store signage promotion with Waldenbooks, America's largest mall based book retailer. Starting August 1, 2003, Waldenbooks will promote the Anime Network with signs placed in the manga section of its stores. The deal is an extension of the partnership between Waldenbooks and the networks parent company A. D. Vision, Inc., which brings home-entertainment anime products in Waldenbooks locations.
Mazatlan International Film Festival 2003Mazatlan, MexicoDecember 4-10, 2003Deadline: October 3, 2003
Darryl's Hard Liquor and P_rn Film Festival IVToronto, Ontario, CanadaSeptember 12, 2003Deadline: September 8, 2003
A.D. Vision Inc. has officially announced the founding of ADV Toys, the firm's new merchandise division. Word of the new arm was first hinted at Anime Expo 2003. The new division will create toys and collectible merchandise based upon the company's film, manga and original content properties.
The Machinima Film Festival 2003 New York, New York, USAOctober 25, 2003Deadline: September 15, 2003
IFP/Chicagos 12th Annual Independent Filmmakers ConferenceChicago, Illinois, USAOctober 31 - November 2, 2003 Deadline: September 19, 2003
The Student Animation Festival Ottawa (SAFO) has announced the films in and out of competition for its 2003 event. California Institute of the Arts led the pack with seven film selected, followed by Royal College of Art with three films getting spots. The categories in the official competition are High School/Secondary Student Film (11 films), Post-Secondary Student Films (11 films), Post-Secondary Graduate Films (24 films), First Film (9 films), Childrens Animation (15 films) and Best School Showreel (6 schools).
LevyMann Entertainment has entered into an agreement with Toys "R" Us to release its direct-to-video, animated musical pre-school series, ITTY BITTY HEARTBEATS. As part of the deal, Toys R Us will also carry a combo pack featuring a VHS of four eleven-minute episodes, a musical CD and two plush toys of the series' lead characters, CoolHeart and SweetHeart. All products will be exclusive to all Toys "R" Us stores beginning October 21, 2003, before launching wide 30 days later.
Kansas City Filmmakers Jubilee 2004Kansas City, Kansas, USAApril 16-22, 2004Deadline: December 15, 2003
The Kansas City Filmmakers Jubilee 2004 is a juried festival for short films under 30 minutes from across the USA and around the world. Its open division has subdivisions of animation, documentary, narrative, experimental and underground. The event includes screenings, seminars, jazz/blues and a BBQ. For more info, call: (913) 649-0244 or visit www.kcjubilee.org.
VES Awards 2004Hollywood, California, USAFebruary 18, 2004Deadline: December 1, 2003
The Visual Effects Society (VES) is taking submissions for the 2004 VES Awards. Participants can submit their entry forms for any one of the 23 categories through the VES Awards online submission site at www.vesawards.com. The 2nd annual event will be held on February 18, 2003 at the Hollywood Palladium. The deadline for submission is December 1, 2003. For the first time, a special Lifetime Achievement Award will be given.
6th Annual DVD AwardsUniversal City, California, USAAugust 20, 2003
The 6th Annual DVD Awards is the premiere awards ceremony for the DVD industry. Hosted by famed film critic Leonard Maltin, the event celebrates the art of making DVDs. This year the event will feature a Viewer's Choice Award. DVD publishers, film studios, production companies, mastering facilities and individual producers are invited to participate in the awards program honoring the best in DVD. For more information visit http://www.recordingmedia.org/dvd-awards.html.