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Headline News Theatrical Marketing Promotions Announced At Sony Pictures

Sony Pictures Ent. has promoted Valerie Van Galder and Marc Weinstock to co-presidents of Worldwide Theatrical Marketing, it was announced today by Jeff Blake, chairman of worldwide marketing and distribution for the studio, to whom the two will report.

Van Galder and Weinstock will collectively develop and oversee worldwide marketing campaigns for all films released by Columbia Pictures, Screen Gems and Sony Pictures Animation.

Headline News Entity FX Receives 2008 Sports Emmy Award For Sport Science

The team at Entity FX, a film, television and commercial vfx company in Santa Monica, California and Vancouver, British Columbia, was awarded a 2008 Sports Emmy Award. Entity FX was recognized in the category of Outstanding Graphic Design for its work on SPORT SCIENCE, which airs Sundays at 9 p.m. on Fox Sports Network.

Headline News Ubisoft To Open 20th Studio In Brazil

Ubisoft will expand its award-winning development teams with the opening its first production studio in South America.

The decision to establish a studio in Sao Paulo was directly tied to the fact that the city is the economic capital of Brazil, itself the economic leader in South America. It's also a cultural hotspot, with a young and creative population that has shown a passion for new technology and media, Sao Paulo boasts the largest grouping of universities on the continent.

Headline News DECODE Ent. Wins Order For Third Season Of Franny's Feet

DECODE Ent. has followed recent major deals for hit preschool series FRANNY'S FEET with a third season commission from Family Channel, an Astral Media network.

The Canadian broadcaster has ordered a further 26x11 minutes, bringing the total to (104x11 or 52x22), and will air the new season on its Playhouse Disney and Family channels.

Recent deals for the property have seen the television series acquired by PBS Kids Sprout, following excellent ratings for the show in the U.S. on THIRTEEN/WNET where it airs daily, and in the U.K., a sale to the Disney Channel.

Headline News Wiseman To Put Gears Of War Into Action

Len Wiseman will direct New Line's GEARS OF WAR, based on Microsoft and Epic Games' hit video game, per VARIETY.

Chris Morgan is writing a new version of a script originally penned by Stuart Beattie. Morgan's credits include the upcoming WANTED from Universal and THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS: TOKYO DRIFT.

Fans have been speculating for nearly a year that Wiseman would be selected; the game was featured in his most recent film LIVE FREE OR DIE HARD, but talks with New Line happened only in the past few months.

Headline News Robert Oswaks Promoted To President, Marketing, For Sony Pictures TV

Robert Oswaks has been promoted to president, marketing for Sony Pictures Television (SPT). This was announced by Steve Mosko, president, SPT, to whom he reports. In this position Oswaks directs the development and strategic implementation of advertising, marketing, promotion and the media and client relations efforts for network, syndication and cable and new media programming, as well as corporate brand marketing activities.

Headline News 2012 Reasons To Love Amanda Peet

Amanda Peet has been cast as the female lead in Roland Emmerich's epic disaster project 2012, per THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER.

Peet joins a cast already led by John Cusack, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Thandie Newton, Danny Glover and Oliver Platt. The film's plot starts with a global apocalypse and what the survivors do after the fallout.

Peet will play Cusack's ex-wife who has re-married a wealthy man. Cusack's character is a divorced dad trying to become a writer while working as a limo driver.

Headline News Academy Grants $500,000 To Film And Cultural Organizations

The Academy Foundation's Institutional Grants Program has awarded a total of $500,000 to 58 film-related nonprofit organizations -- including universities, museums and career development programs -- throughout the United States and in Canada.

Since its establishment in 1968, the foundation, which is the educational wing of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, has distributed more than 573 institutional grants.

Headline News Free Version Of Brazil r/s V2 Now Available

SplutterFish, a high-end 3-D rendering software solutions provider, has released the highly-respected Brazil Rendering System V2 Rio Edition, a free version of its award-winning Brazil r/s V2 renderer for 3ds Max. Brazil V2 Rio is a fully-functional rendering suite which allows artists to learn and explore the depth and capabilities of Brazil r/s. Artists can download Brazil V2 Rio at splutterfish.com.

Headline News Sony Animation And Columbia Teaming Up For Smurfs Pic

Columbia Pictures and Sony Pictures Animation have obtained the motion picture rights to the SMURFS from Lafig Belgium S.A. via producer Jordan Kerner.

The parties will develop a live action/animated major motion picture based on the iconic and lovable sky-blue classic characters.

David Stem and David Weiss are in negotiations to be brought on board to write the screenplay. Stem and Weiss are the award-winning screenwriters behind SHREK 2 and 3, and other notable animated projects including THE RUGRATS MOVIE, and JIMMY NEUTRON: BOY GENIUS.

Headline News Kung Fu Panda Opens In IMAX Today

IMAX and DreamWorks Animation will release KUNG FU PANDA in 89 domestic IMAX theaters from June 2008 to May 2010. The film opens in theaters today.

The film will also open in 37 IMAX theatres internationally during the days and weeks following the domestic launch. Kung Fu Panda has been digitally re-mastered into the unparalleled image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience with IMAX DMR technology.

Headline News Teletoon Taking Animated Activities Coast To (Canadian) Coast

Teletoon is taking to the highway this summer to deliver a truly animated experience to families across Canada with the Teletoon 2008 Tour. Last year’s successful tour was attended by almost one million individuals and this year’s edition, beginning June 27, is set to reach even more cartoon fans as Teletoon travels coast to coast, taking part in some of the most well attended festivals and events of the summer.

Headline News Selections Made For 21st Biennial Of Industrial Design

The international selection committee of the 21st Biennial of Industrial Design met May 8-9, 2008 at the Architecture Museum of Ljubljana at Fuzine Castle in Ljubljana. For the first time in the history of the Biennial, the selection of works for the exhibition was made by an independent international selection committee.

Headline News Lola & Virginia Continue To Head Around The World

Imira Ent. is heading to next month's Licensing International Show with further deals signed for international hit property LOLA & VIRGINIA. Following hot on the heels of partnerships with Italy's RAI Trade, Panini and Virgin Play (Nintendo DS game), Imira has scored additional broadcast, home entertainment, licensing and interactive deals in territories worldwide.

Headline News Entity FX Gets In The Spirit

Entity FX, an award-winning film, television and commercial visual effects company in Santa Monica, California, and Vancouver, British Columbia, announced today that it is completing many of the visual effects for the upcoming feature THE SPIRIT from producers Odd Lot Ent. and Lionsgate.

Based on Will Eisner's comic and representing Frank Miller's directorial debut, THE SPIRIT was recently teed up for release this December.

Headline News Weinstein Company Tries Alchemy To Create Box Office Gold

Harvey Weinstein will produce Paulo Coelho's international best-selling novel THE ALCHEMIST, they announced at Cannes Film Festival on Sunday.

The Weinstein Company will hold exclusive world-wide motion picture and television rights for the film. Glen Basner, President of The Weinstein Company International, will handle global sales.

Headline News John Cusack To Topline 2012 For Columbia

John Cusack has signed on to star in Roland Emmerich's apocalyptic thriller 2012 for Columbia Pictures, according to VARIETY.

Chiwetel Ejiofor is in talks to join him in the big-budget epic, whose title refers to the end days of human civilization as predicted by the ancient Mayan calendar.

The story starts with a global apocalypse, then chronicles the heroic struggle of the survivors. Emmerich and Harald Kloser wrote the script, which Sony bought in February. Barring a Screen Actors Guild strike, shooting will begin in July in Los Angeles.

Headline News BKN Announces Release Of Two New Films

BKN will deliver two new films later this spring entitled ZORRO AND SCARLET WHIP: REVEALED! and DORK HUNTERS AND THE PIRATES OF TORTUGA ISLAND based on its successful properties ZORRO: GENERATION Z and DORK HUNTERS FROM OUTER SPACE.

Both films will be 80 minutes in length and be available for television license and for DVD release later in 2008.

Headline News Columbia Has Goosebumps, Thanks To Stine

Columbia Pictures has acquired from Scholastic Media the right to adapt Scholastic's bestselling GOOSEBUMPS book series into a theatrical feature. The film will be produced by Deborah Forte and Neal Moritz.

GOOSEBUMPS is one of the most popular series of books for children ever -- in fact, only the HARRY POTTER novels have surpassed GOOSEBUMPS in total sales.

Goosebumps has been published in 32 languages and sold more than 300 million copies worldwide.

Headline News Winners For 2008 Student Academy Awards

Eleven students from eight colleges and universities have been named winners in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' 35th Annual Student Academy Awards competition.

They will participate in a week of industry-related activities and social events, culminating in the awards ceremony on June 7 at the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater. One film student from Germany has also been selected to receive this year's Honorary Foreign Film award.

The winners are (listed alphabetically by film title within category):

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Headline News New Exec Rounds Out 4Kids Marketing Team

Helen Round has been named to the position of International Marketing and Communications Manager at 4Kids Ent. International. Round will report to Senior International Marketing and Communications Manager Charlotte Hill.

Round will manage 4Kids' brands and agents in a number of EMEA territories including Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Benelux, Portugal, Turkey, Israel, the Middle East, and Africa. She will work alongside Hill, who focuses on France, Italy, Spain, Scandinavia, Greece and Eastern Europe at the company's European office.

Headline News DVD Releases For May 6, 2008

A Bollywood musical extravaganza, a SPEED RACER treat and an old "twist" arrive on DVD today.

TWISTER SPECIAL EDITION

The 1996 summer blockbuster TWISTER arrives back on home video, on DVD, HD DVD and Blu-ray (Warner Home Video), with vfx by ILM under the supervision of Stefen Fangmeier.

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