Egmont Imagination, the international animation arm of Danish production and distribution company Egmont Entertainment, will be closed, according to a report in VARIETY. The announcement comes on the heels of Egmont joining forces with Danish film and television producer Nordisk Film in mid-August 2002. The new company will now be known as Nordisk Film.
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Game developer and publisher Midway Games Inc. has recently licensed BioGraphic Technologies recently released AI.implant SDK for an action-adventure game in production for next generation platforms. AI.implant is a powerful real-time interactive commercial artificial intelligence animation solution that enables digital content creators to create rich AI character interactions. "We are extremely pleased to have Midway as a partner," said Dr. Paul Kruszewski, president and founder of BioGraphic Technologies.
UK-based distributor HIT Entertainment has announced the opening of HIT Entertainment Canada, Inc. Officially launched on August 1, 2002, the Toronto-based office will function under the leadership of vice president Pam Westman, and is comprised of an entirely Canadian staff who are responsible for video, DVD and audio sales and distribution, as well as marketing, consumer products, licensing and broadcast sales for HIT's brands in Canada. "HIT recognizes the importance of having a corporate office in Canada," said Rob Lawes, CEO, HIT Entertainment.
Entertainment Rights, the global childrens entertainment group, is expanding its U.S. office with the appointment of Fabiola Flores Cortes as sales manager for Latin America, handling all sales of the ER catalogue in this region. She will join Gillian Kirby, who is responsible for ERs business in the USA and Canada, in the New York office.
IFP/Chicago Flyover Zone Festival
Chicago, Illinois, USA
Friday, November 08 - Saturday, November 09, 2002
Entry Deadline: Friday, October 11, 2002
Visual effects and design company A52 got a little slimy in their recent work for Gorgeous Enterprises and director Frank Budgen for 180/TBWA's new Adidas spot entitled "Slugs." The spot begins with a busy street scene somewhere in Mexico. To the tune of an upbeat mambo score, a pair of new Adidas a3 cushion running shoes jogs along, seemingly under their own power. The shoes continue their trek along the city streets, until they pass a little too close to a shopkeeper's broom, and one shoe gets swept into the street.
Take-Two Interactive Software is expanding its Rockstar Games label with the formation of Rockstar Vancouver. Take-Two acquired Vancouver-based Barking Dog Studios, Ltd. for $3 million in cash and 242,450 shares of restricted common stock. Barking Dog will be renamed Rockstar Vancouver. Barking Dog Studios currently employs approximately fifty developers, and is working on a yet to be announced military video game to be published under the Rockstar brand, and will soon begin development on a second original video game title for Rockstar.
Anima Mundi has announced the winners for its 2002 festival, which took place from July 12 - 21, 2002 in Rio de Janeiro then moved to São Paulo, Brazil from July 24 - July 28, 2002. The festival is the major animation festival in South America and includes a wide range of open activities, including workshops, lectures and exhibitions. A full list of winners is below.
ANIMA MUNDI 2002
AWARDS BY THE PUBLIC JURY in RIO DE JANEIRO
Future Animators Of The Future 3rd Annual Animation And Video Show.
Boston and New York, USA.
Thursday, October 10 - Wednesday, October 30, 2002.
Entry Deadline: Friday, August 30, 2002.
Vancouver, Canada's Pork and Beans Productions recently moved to a brand new 5000 square foot studio in the Yaletown district of Vancouver. The company is expanding to accommodate a growing staff as they prepare to start Flash animation production on the series YAKKITY YAK, in association with Studio B Productions. Distributed by MTV Networks International, YAKKITY YAK was created by Australian company Kapow Pictures and follows the life of a yak that longs for his big break into show business. It is scheduled to broadcast on Teletoon and Nickelodeon Australia in 2003.
Barcelona-based Grupo Neptuno has completed a major deal with Basque television producer Euskal Irrati Telebista (ETB) for the distribution of its catalogue worldwide, excluding Latin America and Spanish-speaking stations in the United States. ETB's complete line up of more than 1,000 hours of documentaries, entertainment, animation, feature films and live-action series will join Grupo Neptuno's existing catalog, which includes the preschool series CONNIE THE COW, distributed by AAC Kids and TV-Loonland, and the Flash animated series 2020, a co-production with Megatrix.
Program distribution anddevelopment company CABLEready has inked a deal with Tokyo's SSAProductions for key international TV rights to SLAMMIN' SAMMY, ananimated one-hour biography of Sammy Sosa, the Dominican-born MajorLeague Baseball star. The deal includes all of South and CentralAmerica, the Caribbean (except the Dominican Republic), Asia'sPacific Rim, Europe, Canada and Africa. SLAMMIN' SAMMY -- THE SAMMYSOSA STORY traces Sosa's life from the hardships of his youth as a
LEGO Media Internationalhas tapped Vanessa Chapman to take over as head of its television andfilm arm following the promotion of Conny Kalcher to a newly createdsenior position within the LEGO Company's core business. Chapmantakes up the role of global controller of programming and strategy inAugust 2002, when Kalcher becomes vice president, global brandmarketing for Stories, one of the LEGO Company's new brand portals.The Stories division encompasses LEGO-themed product lines aimed at
This week's updates to the Calendar of Events include: 1st Annual Renderosity Conference: Thursday, August 29 - Monday, September 02, 2002, Atlanta, Georgia USA . . . San Juan Animation Festival: Thursday, September 12 - Monday, September 16, 2002, San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Torrance, California's Animation Design Center is looking for a 2D TRADITIONAL BACKGROUND DESIGN INSTRUCTOR and a 2D TRADITIONAL PROP DESIGN INSTRUCTOR . . . Los Angeles, California's Bambola Entertainment is looking for an INTERN (TV AND FILM) . . . Bruzz.com is looking for a FLASH SPECIALIST . . . Chennai, India's Chennai Studios Ltd is looking for a TECHNICAL DIRECTOR - CGI ANIMATION . . . Clay Pixel Studios is looking for a SENIOR 3D ANIMATOR . . . London, UK's Datascope Recruitment is looking for a 3D ANIMATOR, an ANIMATOR/ARTIST, an EXPERIENCED 3DSMAX ANIMATOR and a LEAD ARTIST . . .
DreamWorksSKG has thrown its hat into the anime ring with the acquisition ofthe worldwide distribution rights for the Japanese animated filmMILLENNIUM ACTRESS. The film rights, licensed from The Klockworx Co.,Ltd., include all forms of distribution including theatrical, homevideo, television and ancillary rights, and covers all markets withthe exception of Asia. Based in Tokyo, The Klockworx Co., Ltd. willoversee the film's release in Asia. Directed by PERFECT BLUE director
Bill Matthews, Disney Feature Animation's longtime training and recruitment head, has joined Glendale, California-based Cornerstone Animations Board of Advisors. In his new role, Matthews will advise Cornerstone executives and creative staff on strategies for recruitment, training, production management and creative direction of the studio. Matthews makes available to Cornerstone his wealth of experience as one of the founding instructors of the Sheridan College Animation Program and as a ten-year manager of artist development for Walt Disney Feature Animation.
Gullane Entertainments popular childrens property THOMAS & FRIENDS, has now been translated into Spanish and Portuguese and will be seen in eighteen countries across Central and South America including Argentina, Chile, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Mexico, Peru and Puerto Rico, and throughout The Caribbean. The series launched in early July 2002 on Discovery Kids Latin Americas newly expanded pre-school block.
The Machinima Film Festival 2002.
Mesquite, Texas USA.
Saturday, August 17, 2002.
Entry Deadline: Friday, August 09, 2002.
This week's updates to the Calendar of Events include: Oscars In Animation: Thursday, August 01 - Sunday, October 06, 2002, Beverly Hills, California USA . . . The Machinima Film Festival 2002: Saturday, August 17, 2002, Mesquite, Texas USA . . . Morph 2002!: Tuesday, September 24 - Saturday, September 28, 2002, World Wide Web, Germany . . . The 4th Brisbane International Animation Festival: Wednesday, October 09 - Sunday, October 13, 2002, Brisbane, Australia . . .
San Francisco, California's Academy of Art College is looking for an ANIMATION/VFX INSTRUCTOR . . . Angry Chicken Productions is looking for a TRADITIONAL ANIMATOR . . . Artifact Entertainment is looking for a MAYA ANIMATOR . . . Boomba is looking for a STORYBOARD ARTIST . . . Clay Pixel Studios - USA is looking for a DIRECTOR - 3D ANIMATION, a FINANCE CONTROLLER/CFO, a PRODUCER - 3D ANIMATION and a SALESPERSON - 3D SERVICES . . . Glendale, California's DreamWorks Animation is looking for a 3D/2D CHARACTER LIGHTER . . . Mumbai, India's Famous Cine Labs & Studios Ltd.
Happy, Happy, Joy, Joy! John Kricfalusi's revolutionary animated series THE REN & STIMPY SHOW is back with six new original episodes. Cable network The New TNN (part of the MTV Networks family) has signed Kricfalusi to produce new original episodes of THE REN & STIMPY SHOW to air as part of TNN's new primetime adult animation block, scheduled to launch in the spring of 2003. The six new episodes will be presented in addition to all 52 episodes of the original series.