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.
Geographical Region: South America
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.
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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.
Rather than preaching the benefits of milk, British Columbia Dairy Foundation's (BCDF) eclectic, new advertising campaign demonstrates the consequences of not drinking enough milk, making it much more interesting and meaningful to targeted teens and young adults.
The Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF) has announced the films that have been invited to compete in this year's event happening September 17-21 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
onedotzero International Festival Tour 2008-2009Deadline: July 31, 2008
onedotzero presents up-and-coming visual talent alongside the work of world-leading creative luminaries, revealing future directions in moving image. Inaugural shows will be at the prestigious BFI Southbank in London and Centro Cultural Recoleta in Buenos Aires, Argentina followed by extensive global city tour. The deadline has been extended to July 31, 2008.
Finish Post have created an exotic and tropical campaign for LittlewoodsDirect directed by Home Corp's Sara Dunlop.
Electronic Arts has unveiled the games it will feature at E3 Media and Business Summit at the Los Angeles Convention Center July 15-17. The games -- scheduled to ship on multiple platforms in 2008 and early 2009 -- include riveting graphics, deep stories and online, socially connected experiences.
Singapore's Chin Han --next in THE DARK KNIGHT -- will have a role in Roland Emmerich's 2012, per VARIETY.
The ensemble cast already includes John Cusack, Amanda Peet, Chiwetel Ejifor and Danny Glover. The shoot begins in August in Vancouver.
"I have always enjoyed Roland Emmerich's epic take on sci-fi and disaster movies and really look forward to being a part of this film," Han said.
Taffy Ent. is bolstering the Latin American presence of its hit animated shows CODE LYOKO, THE FANTASTIC FOUR, DIVE OLLY DIVE! and CREEPIE, announcing key sales with a variety free TV broadcasters in the region. The deals were completed with the assistance of Canadian-based HOLA Ent., which signed on as Taffy's distribution agents for free TV broadcasters and video distribution in Latin America a year ago.
Taffy is owned by The MoonScoop Group and is a worldwide distribution, brand management and entertainment company.
FX has bought the rights to air HANCOCK from Sony Pictures Television, per VARIETY.
The license term for the movie, distributed by Sony's Columbia Pictures, is four years, beginning late 2010. If the film is a hit, FX will play more than $20 million. The formula for the deal covers a payout of about 12 percent of the domestic box office, capped if the movie goes above $200 million.
Two other Will Smith vehicles, INDEPENDENCE DAY and I, ROBOT bring in big Nielsen ratings every time they're shown on FX, making the bid an easy decision for the network.
Sony Pictures Imageworks, the award-winning digital production company whose most recent project HANCOCK opens July 2, announced six major motion picture projects that are currently in production at the facility.
The films include:--Action thriller EAGLE EYE for DreamWorks Pictures--Mystery adventure WATCHMEN for Warner Bros. Pictures--Dramatic thriller UNTITLED RIDLEY SCOTT FILM for Warner Bros. Pictures--Family adventure G-FORCE, a Jerry Bruckheimer Production for Walt Disney Pictures--Suspense thriller VALKYRIE for United Artists
Sony is set to launch their long-awaited video download service on the PlayStation 3 this summer, but is still working on getting major studios onboard, per VARIETY.
At a press conference in Tokyo on Thursday, Kaz Hirai, President and CEO of Sony Computer Ent., announced plans to allow users to download movies and TV shows via their PS3 consoles starting this summer in the U.S. and soon after in Europe and Asia. This service has been in the works since the PS3 debuted in 2006.