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Headline News Rushes SoHo Shorts Announces Official Selection

Press Release from Rushes

Los Angeles, Calif.-June 29, 2009 -- Rushes Soho Shorts Festival, hosted by the Ascent Media Group-owned post house Rushes, London, has announced the Official Selections for its 11th Year. United States filmmakers will be represented by two films, two broadcast designs and a music video.

Headline News Columbia Digs Up Drake's Fortune

Columbia Pictures is developing a feature film based on the videogame UNCHARTED: DRAKE'S FORTUNE, according to THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER. Kyle Ward, who just recently was hired to pen the HITMAN sequel, will write DRAKE'S. Avi Arad, Charles Roven, Ari Arad and Alex Gartner are producing.

Headline News Digital Musings From the Editor:

Summer may just be officially starting, but it seems already half-over, thanks to the early movie season. So far, it's been "VFX on Steroids," what with WOLVERINE, STAR TREK, TERMINATOR SALVATION, ANGELS & DEMONS, LAND OF THE LOST and BATTLE OF THE SMITHSONIAN aggressively raising the bar with high octane advancements across the board.

Headline News MySpace International to Cut 300 Employees

Press Release from MySpace

LOS ANGELES -- MySpace today announced its intent to restructure its international operations and refocus personnel around a smaller number of territories, while retaining a robust global consumer presence.

Headline News Nando Costa's Nervo Becomes NANDO@BENT

Press Release from NANDO@BENT

International award-winning Creative/Director Nando Costa, founder of top industry leading design and animation studio Nervo, has teamed with Portland-based Bent Image Lab to form, NANDO@BENT. Costa brings his entire Nervo shop to BENT, including creative partner Linn Olofsdotter. Costa, age 30, will become the fourth partner of BENT which includes: Co-Founder/EP Ray Di Carlo, Co-Founder/Director Chel White, and Co-Founder/Director David Daniels.

Headline News Aardman's First Venture Into Pre-School Programming Proves a Hit

Press Release from Aardman Rights

Bristol, 17 June 2009. Leading independent distributor Aardman Rights is delighted to announce the hugely successful debut of its preschool property TIMMY TIME on CBeebies.

Headline News Sesame Workshop, Discovery Kids Launch Original Show in Latin America

Press Release from Sesame Workshop

(MIAMI, FL and NEW YORK, NY; June 16, 2009) -- PLAZA SESAMO's beloved new friend Abby Cadabby is spreading her fairy wings and flying over to 3, 2, 1 VAMOS!, an original half-hour preschool program premiering on June 22 on Discovery Kids Latin America. 321 VAMOS will feature segments from beloved children's shows PLAY WITH ME SESAME and GLOBAL GROVER and introduce children in Latin America to BERT AND ERNIE'S GREAT ADVENTURES, Sesame Workshop's first all claymation series.

Headline News Disneynature Adds OceanWorld 3-D to Its Slate of Theatrical Releases

Disneynature has acquired the North American and Mexican distribution rights to the exciting new underwater film "OceanWorld 3D," the first feature-length nature documentary ever filmed and released in 3D, it was announced today by Jean-Francois Camilleri, executive vice president and general manager for Disneynature, and Francois Mantello, chairman of 3D Entertainment.

Headline News TWF Preps for Latin America Launch

Press Release from Animation Collective

THUMB WRESTLING FEDERATION: TWF, the wildly popular kids' TV series, continues to wrestle its way through Latin America, announcing today that it has picked up a new team of broadcasters. TWF will be hitting the airwaves on Cadena Tres in Mexico, RedeTV! in Brazil, Telemundo in Puerto Rico, America TV in Peru, Televisora Hondurena in Honduras, Red Uno in Bolivia, and Ecuavisa in Ecuador. TWF has already found success in Latin America on Cartoon Network, where it will continue to air.

Headline News Animarte 2009 Call for Entries

Animarte 2009 Call for EntriesDeadline: September 30, 2009

The 4th Animarte - International Animation Festival is receiving submissions until September 30, 2009. Animarte is open to animated and mixed media shorts with a duration of 15 minutes or less. There is no entry or registration fee and all animation techniques are accepted.

Headline News Kurt Wimmer to Pen Total Recall Remake

Per VARIETY, Columbia Pictures has hired Kurt Wimmer (SALT) to write TOTAL RECALL.

Neal Moritz and Original Films will produce the project, a remake of the 1990 sci-film starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and based on the Philip K. Dick story "We Can Remember It for You Wholesale." The new film will be updated to modern times.

Columbia got the rights from Miramax, which has the option to co-finance the film. Wimmer wrote the story for upcoming Angelina Jolie thriller SALT with Brian Helgeland.

-- By News Editor Annemarie Moody

Headline News WB to Expand Pucca Merch to U.S., Mexico

Warner Bros. Consumer Products is set to expand the PUCCA animated series' merchandise to the U.S., Canada and Mexico, reports VARIETY. The South Korean series originated on the internet and has a successful consumer products industry in Brazil.

Vooz Co. launched PUCCA on the internet in 2000 as a short Flash series about the young daughter of a Chinese restaurant owner who falls in love with a 12-year-old ninja. The series then got a place on Disney XD.

Headline News Disney Interactive Announces Pirates of the Caribbean: Armada of the Damned

Press Release from Disney Interactive Studios

BURBANK, Calif. -- Live to tell the tale of becoming a notorious pirate captain or suffer a fate of eternal damnation. Disney Interactive Studios today announced the development of PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ARMADA OF THE DAMNED, an epic, action role-playing game (RPG) from Propaganda Games, Disney's video game development studio in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Headline News Imira Entertainment Scores new TV, Licensing Deals

Press Release from Imira Entertainment

Barcelona, 26 May 2008: Imira Entertainment, Spain's leading production and distribution company specialising in youth programming, has boosted its reputation for representing live action entertainment rights with a raft of new broadcast, home entertainment and merchandising deals for ZDF Entertainment's shows H2O: JUST ADD WATER and THE ELEPHANT PRINCESS alongside further deals from its established animation library.

Headline News Eisner Pops in Writer for Bazooka Joe Feature

Michael Eisner's Tornante Co. has hired Mike Hammer to write the screenplay for a BAZOOKA JOE feature, based on the comicstrip that where included in Bazooka bubble gum, according to THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER. This will be Hammer's first professional script after graduating from Chapman University. Hammer's spec script, SONNY TAKES TO PERU caught the attention of Tornante execs. Eisner acquired Bazooka in 2007 when he purchased the Topps trading card company for $380 million.

Headline News Aardman Secures Timmy Time Licensing Deals

Press Release from Aardman Rights

Bristol, 20 May 2009. Leading independent distributor Aardman Rights has concluded a number of new licensing deals for its brand new preschool series TIMMY TIME, which has made a hugely successful debut on CBeebies in the UK.

In Central and Eastern Europe, Regio is on board as toy partner for TIMMY TIME in Hungary where Minimax has the broadcast rights. Also One 2 Play is managing all rights to the property in ex-Yugoslavia.

Headline News WB Revives Terminator Salvation in Machinima Series

Press Release from Warner Bros. Digital Distribution

Burbank, Calif., May 19, 2009 -- Halcyon Games, a division of The Halcyon Company along with Warner Premiere and Warner Bros. Digital Distribution today announced the first full length Machinima series titled TERMINATOR SALVATION: THE MACHINIMA SERIES.

Headline News FitzRoy Secures New Licensing Deals for U.K. Girls Brand Secret Wings

Press Release from Fitz Roy Media

NEW YORK -- (May 18 2009) -- New York-based Fitz Roy Media, has secured new international licensing deals for leading UK girls' brand SECRET WINGS.

The company has secured a Pan-European deal with E-Max Ensobrados Martorell, S.A.U of Barcelona, Spain to produce a variety of children's paper based collectibles for the property. Brazil's Keterly Cateras Bolsas Limited has signed to produce a variety of stationery products including pencil cases, backpacks, vanity cases, folders, binders, lunch bags and wallets.

Headline News Angels & Demons Golden at the Box Office

ANGELS & DEMONS opened soft at the U.S. box office for the weekend of May 15-17. The religious thriller (vfx by Double Negative, CIS Vancouver, The Moving Picture Co., Plowman Craven & Associates, and The Senate Visual Effects) put $46.2M in the collection plate for Columbia Pictures.

Headline News Kites, Pajama Gladiator, Sebastian's Voodoo and Alice's Attic Win Student Oscars

Press Release from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

Beverly Hills, CA -- Twelve students from eight U.S. colleges and universities have been named winners in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' 36th 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 13 at the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater. One film student from Sweden also has been selected to receive this year's Honorary Foreign Film award.