Teri Meyer has been promoted to the newly created position of evp of worldwide publicity for Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture Marketing. She will be responsible for formulating and executing worldwide publicity campaigns for all live-action and animated features released under The Walt Disney Pictures (live action and animation), Touchstone Pictures and Hollywood Pictures banners.
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PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: AT WORLD'S END (with more cutting edge vfx from ILM) continued to chart new waters and rewrite the record books at the global box office with its unprecedented six-day opening tally of $404M. The film easily surpassed the previous opening record of $382 million set by SPIDER-MAN 3 just a few weeks ago.
Former Mainframe Ent. ceo Rick Mischel announced today (May 29, 2007) that he has launched Reach Games a new games company specializing in supplying art, design, modeling, animation and localization services to the videogame industry. Based in Vancouver, Reach plans to service other developers and publishers from around the world. Reach also plans to co-develop casual games and handheld games with other developers.
Sander Schwartz is stepping down as the president of Warner Bros. Animation. He plans to move into a production deal with the studio working on broadband and new media animation. Warner is looking for his replacement.
Walt Disney Pictures' PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: AT WORLD'S END landed a hefty worldwide gross of $58 million in its first two days of pre-weekend release. Domestically, the film was virtually sold out in theatres across the country on Thursday night and collected an impressive $17 million from the evening showings. Overseas, the film grossed a swashbuckling $12.1 million from 13 territories on Wednesday, and brought in an additional $29 million from Thursday showings in a total of 39 territories.
Universal Pictures has confirmed that, beginning in October 2007, Christian Grass will become president of the studio's new international production arm at Universal Pictures International (UPI).
The SIGGRAPH 2007 Papers Program features the year's best research innovations in computer graphics and interactive techniques. Of 455 international submissions, a record-breaking 108 of the world's most prestigious papers will be presented at SIGGRAPH 2007 taking place Aug. 5-9 in San Diego, California.
At Cannes, sales rep Daniel Marquet is pitching a feature script for the TV series, TOTALLY SPIES, reports VARIETY. The Marathon production is budgeted at $7 million.
The feature's story is an origin tales, following the show's trio of high-school girls as they become spies.
The TV series was created and produced by Marathon's David Michel and Vincent Chalvon-Demersay. It airs in the U.S. on Cartoon Network, in France on TF1, in Germany on Super RTL, in Italy on Mediaset, in Brazil on Globo, in Mexico on Televisa and in parts of Asia on the Disney Channel.
Nickelodeon Latin America announced today (May 18, 2007) it has closed several key broadcast deals for KAPPA MIKEY, the channel's first anime series created and produced entirely in the U.S., by Animation Collective.
Eleven students from nine different colleges and universities have been named winners in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' 34th annual Student Academy Awards competition. They will participate in a week of industry-related activities and social events culminating June 9, 2007, with the awards presentation ceremony at the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater. One film student from Germany also has been selected to receive this year's Honorary Foreign Student Film Award.
The winners are (listed alphabetically by film title within category):
FIAE 2007 - International Festival of Erotic AnimationRio de Janeiro, BrazilNov. 6-8, 2007Deadline: Aug. 1, 2007
The FIAE 2007 - International Festival of Erotic Animation aims to contribute to the discovery and revealing of new films and new directors, within the universe of erotic animation, in Brazil and abroad. The event will be at the Movies Odeon BR, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Stage 3 Media Inc., an independent production company, announced the worldwide premiere of SANCTUARY, a new webisodic series created by veteran science fiction writer/producer Damian Kindler and led by actress Amanda Tapping (STARGATE: SG-1, STARGATE ATLANTIS). Featuring stunning visual effects and innovative interactive elements, SANCTUARY takes the viewer into a thrilling world where science meets the supernatural. The first of Sanctuary's eight 15-minute webisodes can be viewed exclusively online at www.sanctuaryforall.com.
Warner Bros. Pictures and Animal Logic have taken the logical step after the financial and Oscar-winning success of HAPPY FEET to extend their partnership. The two companies will jointly develop and co-produce a slate of animated features, with three projects, to be announced in the coming months, already earmarked for development. Warner Bros. Pictures will have worldwide distribution rights for all films produced through the deal.
It's uncertain whether a HAPPY FEET sequel would be part of this package, since director George Miller is first eying a few other projects.
The May 10 episode of SMALLVILLE titled "Prototype" (airing 8:00 pm on the CW network) marks the directorial debut of Entity FX founder/president/vfx supervisor Mat Beck. The episode continues to expand Beck's career in film and television as a supervisor, producer, cinematographer and second unit director.
Walt Disney Pictures and Pixar Animation Studios will celebrate their animated RATATOUILLE (opening June 29, 2007) by bringing a mouthwatering experience to cities across the country with "The Big Cheese Tour." The tour will kick off today (May 11) at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, and continue to cross the country stopping at many events and major food festivals throughout the summer.
FX has obtained the TV rights to Columbia Pictures' SPIDER-MAN 3 from Sony Pictures Television, reports the trades. The agreement is linked to the film's final box office total, which means it could be worth as much as $40 million. The five-year agreement will start in Dec. 2009 after the films pay TV run on Starz. Sony still has broadcast and syndication windows available. FX's recent debut of SPIDER-MAN 2 brought in more than $1 million viewers in the coveted 18-49 demo.
Taffy Ent. has brought on Canadian-based HOLA Ent. to rep its properties for distribution free TV broadcasters and video distributors in Latin America. Taffy will continue handling distribution of the pay TV rights for its catalog. New agency deal begins with LA Screenings in May 2007.
Taffy Ent. has already closed deals with several Latin America broadcasters, including TV Globo (FANTASTIC FOUR and LITTLE VAMPIRE) and TVN Chile (CODE LYOKO and FANTASTIC FOUR).
A&E Network will team up with Ridley Scott (BLACK HAWK DOWN, GLADIATOR) and Tony Scott (MAN ON FIRE, TOP GUN) to recreate the Michael Crichton medical thriller, THE ANDROMEDA STRAIN. Production on the four-hour miniseries starts summer 2007 in Vancouver.
The summer season has exploded in high fashion with the opening of Columbia Pictures' SPIDER-MAN 3, which spun a North American gross of $151M and a worldwide gross of $231M for a total of $382M for the weekend period ended May 6, 2007. It's the highest opening ever in movie history. Playing in a record 4,252 domestic locations, the film took in an average of $35,540 per screen. The film also unspooled at more than 8,900 locations abroad.
Contributing to SPIDER-MAN 3's record-breaking opening of $151 million was the largest IMAX bow as well. The blockbuster from Columbia Pictures grossed an estimated $6.3 million overall on 84 domestic and 34 international IMAX screens and $4.8 million domestically from May 4-6, marking the largest opening in IMAX's 40-year history. The movie also broke the record for IMAX's largest single-day worldwide total at $2.2 million and posted an impressive domestic opening weekend per-screen average of $57,147.
Activision Inc. wants gamers to unleash their dark side in the SPIDER-MAN 3 videogame, timed to hit retail with the highly anticipated theatrical release of Sony Pictures Ent.'s Columbia Pictures and Marvel Studios' SPIDER-MAN 3. Based on the famous Marvel characters, the game allows players to experience, for the first time, Spider-Man's mysterious black-suited persona, as well as his heroic red suit and battle villains in a massive New York City playground teeming with activity.
Gaming industry legend Tom Frisina, talent development exec at Electronic Arts (EA), will join the team at the Masters of Digital Media (MDM) Program as a part-time faculty member. Frisina will work with the graduate program's students to teach them the Business of Digital Media at the Great Northern Way Campus (GNWC) Digital Media Centre.
This announcement comes on the heels of Electronic Arts recent $1 million contribution to the MDM Program.
Columbia Pictures has obtained the film rights to the Dark Horse Comics graphic novel THE ARK, according to THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER. Original Film's Neal Moritz will produce alongside Dark Horse publisher Mike Richardson. Comic creator Mark Verheiden will pen the screenplay. Debuting as part of the Dark Horse Presents anthology series in 1998, the series retells the Biblical account of Noah's ark combining it with UFOs.
When SPIDER-MAN 3 hits theaters on May 4, it will open simultaneously in IMAX theaters via THE IMAX EXPERIENCE brand.
"The simultaneous IMAX release of SPIDER-MAN 3 allows us to celebrate one of the most anticipated motion picture events of the year in an exciting event format," said Rory Bruer, president, Domestic Distribution, Sony Pictures Releasing. "SPIDER-MAN 3: THE IMAX EXPERIENCE will give fans of Spider-Man an opportunity to experience the next exhilarating installment of the series in an unforgettably unique and immersive way."