VIZ Media, LLC has signed up International Merchandising Consultants (IMC) as the merchandise licensing agent in Argentina, Bolivia, Paraguay and Uruguay for the smash-hit property NARUTO.
Geographical Region: South America
RACCOON AND CRAWFISH, the eight- minute 3D animated short produced by the Oneida Indian Nation's Four Directions Productions, has captured its 14th film festival win from around the world.
This time the Oneida legend brought to life through animation has won Best Animation at the Guild of Italian American Actors Festival of Short Films and Videos, scheduled for October 4-5 in New York City.
Will Smith may be headed for ancient Egypt in his next role. Randall Wallace (BRAVEHEART) has been hired to write THE LAST PHARAOH for Columbia, a drama created as a star vehicle for Smith to play Taharqa, the pharaoh who battled Assyrian invaders in 677 B.C., per VARIETY.
Smith, James Lasister and Ken Stovitz will produce for Overbrook Ent. Smith brought Wallace the story, having long wanted to play the Egyptian leader. The film will focus on Taharqa's battles with the Assyrian leader Esarhaddon.
Activision Blizzard, Inc. announced today that its two-for-one stock split is effective and its common stock will begin trading today on a split-adjusted basis. As a result of the stock split, there are approximately 1.3 billion shares of Activision Blizzard's common stock issued and outstanding.
Activision Blizzard maintains operations in the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Sweden, Spain, Norway, Denmark, the Netherlands, Romania, Australia, Chile, India, Japan China, South Korea and the region of Taiwan.
Columbia is seriously pursuing a new installment of its GHOSTBUSTERS franchise, per VARIETY.
They have hired THE OFFICE co-exec producers Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitzky to pen a script for a new film that would bring back the original cast -- minus the retired Rick Moranis -- of Harold Ramis, Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and Ernie Hudson.
Columbia refused comment on development of a new film.
Entertainment Rights has signed a number of major television distribution deals for its core brands in key territories around the globe.
Freestyle Releasing and Fathom Studios have picked a December 12 release date for CG animated film, DELGO.
DELGO won Best Animated Feature of 2008 at Anima Mundi in Brazil this year.
DELGO is a fantasy action-adventure of a world's struggle for unity. The voice cast includes Freddie Prinze, Jr., Jennifer Love Hewitt, Anne Bancroft, Val Kilmer, Chris Kattan, Malcolm McDowell, Lou Gossett, Jr., Kelly Ripa, Michael Clarke Duncan, Eric Idle, Sally Kellerman and Burt Reynolds.
MTV Networks International (MTVNI) has launched first international high definition service dedicated to music and kids, MTVNHD (MTV Networks High Definition). The 24-hour English-language channel will premiere on Monday, 15 September 2008 and will be available in Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Poland and Sweden.
Emerging animators from across Canada have been selected as finalists for the 2008 TELETOON Animation Scholarship. With shorts spanning from the biblical past to a hyper-industrial future, the short-listed films are now on www.teletoon.com. Cartoon fans are invited to watch and vote to decide which short in each category will win the Voter's Choice Award and receive a cash award of $500. Voting is open until September 15.
Universal Pictures International Ent. will release THE INCREDIBLE HULK on DVD and Blu-ray on October 13, marking the studio's first international day-and-date wide debut of a Blu-ray new release feature film.
The film will be released on DVD and Blu-ray in the U.S. on October 21.
From Marvel Studios, THE INCREDIBLE HULK, starring Edward Norton, Tim Roth and Liv Tyler has earned $250 million in worldwide box office. Bonus features on the Blu-ray will include the U-Control application and interactive features via BD-Live.
IMAX industry veteran Patricia Brandino has joined 3D Entertainment Distribution in the newly created position of VP, Film Sales. Effective September 7, Brandino will be responsible for theatrical sales of the company's current and future film catalogue in North America, including Jean-Michel Cousteau's DOLPHINS AND WHALES 3D released domestically at IMAX 3-D theatres earlier this year. She will report directly to Francois Mantello, the chairman of 3D Entertainment and its distribution unit.
GestureTek, creator of gesture-driven user interfaces, and Xpletive, innovators of immersive applications using next-generation technologies, have unveiled a space-age, custom-designed interactive attraction at the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics. GestureTek is the inventor and multiple patent holder of camera-enabled gesture control technology for interactive displays and entertainment experiences.
VII Anim!Arte -- Brazilian Student Animation FestivalRio de Janeiro, BrazilDeadline: October 23, 2008November 5-14, 2008
Send in your animated film to the Brazilian Student Animation Festival; the best animation done by a student outside Brazil will win the original Animarte's Tropical Trophy. For more information, go to www.vouanimarte.com.br. Send submissions via mail to ELS2 Comunicacao, Rua Eurico Cruz, 15 Jardim Botanico, Rio de Janeiro, RJ 22461 200 Brazil.
Information: email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nick Jr. will premiere season five of DORA THE EXPLORER with a week-long marathon that begins with brand-new episodes from Monday, September 15, through Thursday, September 18, at 10:30 a.m. (ET/PT) and culminates in a five-hour marathon on Friday, Sept. 19 (9 a.m.-2 p.m. ET/PT), that will include all four new episodes in addition to various movies and specials from previous years.
Sid Ganis was re-elected president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Tuesday night by the organization's Board of Governors. This will be his fourth consecutive term in the office.
In addition, Robert Rehme, an Executives Branch governor and past Academy president, was re-elected first vice president; Producers Branch governors Kathleen Kennedy and Hawk Koch were elected to vice president posts; Executives Branch governor Tom Sherak was elected treasurer and Public Relations Branch governor Cheryl Boone Isaacs was elected secretary.
Sony Pictures Imageworks and Sony Pictures Animation will have a comprehensive presentation during SIGGRAPH 2008. In addition to the more than 15 presentations in the conference program and on the show floor, the companies will highlight current and upcoming projects, their recently expanded IPAX academic program, and will host a special tribute to Stan Winston to be held at the Nokia Theater on Wednesday, August 13.
Columbia Pictures has purchased the screen rights to MAXIMUM RIDE, and has hired Don Payne to write the script, per VARIETY.
RIDE is a young adult novel series from James Patterson, featuring six children who have been genetically altered to be 98 percent human, 2 percent bird. The kids, bred to fly, escape their lab-rat existence and are pursued by their scientist creators, who send a pack of part-human, part-wolf creatures called Erasers to track them down.
The fifth installment of the book series will be published in 2009.
Technicolor, the Services division of Thomson has hired Rick Mischel as Technicolor Content Services' Exec VP, Animation & Interactive Services.
Disney has acquired the rights to graphic novel MONSTER ATTACK NETWORK, per THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER.
The 2007 novel, published by AiT/Planet Lar, was written by Marc Bernardin and Adam Freeman with illustrations by Nima Sorat. Jason Netter is producing via his Kickstart Ent. banner.
MONSTER is an adventure tale set on the picturesque Pacific island of Lapuatu, where giant monsters live. A team of adventurers deal with monster rampages, crises and the clean-up, but faces its biggest challenge when a shady industrialist comes to the island.
A significantly enhanced version of Rome Reborn will make its public debut at SIGGRAPH 2008 this August in Los Angeles. It is one of several cutting-edge New Tech Demos that exemplifies how the past invigorates the future of computer graphics and interactive techniques. Considered the largest virtual reconstruction, cultural heritage, and digital archaeology project to date, Rome Reborn is an international collaboration designed to create an interactive 3D digital model that illustrates the urban development of ancient Rome.
Cartoon Network and Warner Premiere have announced the start of production on SCOOBY-DOO: IN THE BEGINNING, an all-new, live-action prequel that will be debut on the network fall 2009 to coincide with the DVD release. This original movie will commence principal photography on August 4, 2008 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
Brazil's Anima Mundi festival awarded the American film, DELGO, the Best Animated Feature of the year.
The Anima Mundi award for Best Feature Film is determined by an audience of approximately 100,000 people. Anima Mundi director, Cesar Coelho, said, "We believe it's important for film enthusiasts to decide on the winner rather than a panel of jurors or film critics. Everyone who watches the selected films has an opportunity to voice their opinion."
Multi-Grammy Award-winning and platinum selling recording artists Jack White of the rock band The White Stripes, and R&B artist Alicia Keys, have recorded the theme song for the upcoming James Bond film QUANTUM OF SOLACE, which will be released worldwide this November.
Their song, written and produced by White, and titled ANOTHER WAY TO DIE, will be the first duet in Bond soundtrack history. In addition to writing the song, White is also featured as the drummer on this track. The soundtrack to QUANTUM OF SOLACE will be released by J Records on October 28, 2008.
Fresh off of its highest-rated performance ever on TV, Nickelodeon will treat AVATAR: THE LAST AIRBENDER fans to a unique experience this September with a brand-new, multiplayer global online game. In the game, AVATAR: LEGENDS OF THE ARENA, which will serve as a prequel story to the series, players can create their own AVATAR character and test their skills against players from around the globe in several 3D online arenas.