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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.

Headline News Moonscoop Scores Sales in Latin America, Caribbean

Press Release from Moonscoop

Paris, 18 May 2009 -- Moonscoop, the worldwide brand management and entertainment company representing properties from some of the leading animation producers across the globe has scored a raft of TV sales for its hit series in Latin America and the Caribbean, in advance of the LA Screenings.

Headline News ANIMA'09 -- 5th Cordoba International Animation Festival

ANIMA'09 -- 5th Cordoba International Animation FestivalCordoba, ArgentinaOctober 8-10, 2009Deadline: July 17, 2009

ANIMA'09 will take place in the city of Cordoba, Argentina, from October 8 through 10, 2009. The festival is organized by the Centro Experimental de Animacion and the Secretaria de Extension Universitaria, National University of Cordoba.

This fifth edition of the ANIMA will be dedicated to exploring the concept of Identity Traits. Therefore, we open the following:

Headline News SIGGRAPH Selects Computer Animation Fest Nominees

SIGGRAPH announces the selection of award nominees for the SIGGRAPH 2009 Computer Animation Festival to be held in New Orleans this August. Nominees were chosen from 770 submissions from around the globe, presented by both professional studios and students alike. In all, more than 140 films will be shown during the Computer Animation Festival. The award winners will be announced during the conference.

Headline News Shorts to Screen at Academy's Hollywood's Greatest Year Event Are...

The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Science is holding a series of screenings starting May 18th celebrating the films of 1939 titled "Hollywood's Greatest Year." Below is a list of the features and the animated shorts that will be playing with them.

STAGECOACH - June 1 - THE FILM FAN (Porky Pig) WUTHERING HEIGHTS - June 8 - THE POINTER (nominee) (Mickey & Pluto) GUNGA DIN - June 12 - THUGS WITH DIRTY MUGS (Tex Avery) DARK VICTORY - June 15 - DANGEROUS DAN MCFOO (Tex Avery) LOVE AFFAIR - June 22 - DETOURING AMERICA (nominee) (Tex Avery)

Headline News Weta Opens Research Branch

Weta Digital is planning a branch dedicated to advanced computer graphics research called Transfx, reports VARIETY. VFXWorld reported in April that Sebastian Sylwan had joined Weta as head of research and development, and now he will oversee the new arm, which hopes to bridge the gap between R&D and production. Previously, Sylwan worked for Autodesk as senior industry manager for film and TV.

Headline News Top Fan-Nominated Films Get Ready to Rumble at the 2009 MTV Movie Awards

Press Release from MTV

NEW YORK, May 4 -- The hit films "Twilight" and "Slumdog Millionaire" get ready to battle it out as MTV: Music Television announces this year's final nominees for the "2009 MTV MOVIE AWARDS." Pitting Hollywood vampires against the Mumbai slums, the movies' rabid fans proved their loyalty as they sent both flicks to the head of the cinematic pack with each film receiving nominations in six award categories including "BEST MOVIE," "BEST KISS" and "BREAKTHROUGH PERFORMANCE MALE."

Headline News Entity FX Scores Second Emmy Award For Sport Science

Press Release from Entity FX

Santa Monica, CA (April 30, 2009) -- Film, television and commercial visual effects company Entity FX has landed a 2009 Sports Emmy Award for its work on the television series SPORT SCIENCE. The award marks Entity FX's second Emmy accolade for the show, which is produced by BASE Productions and airs on Fox Sports Network (FSN).

Headline News TV Executive Tom Mazza Joins Cookie Jar Entertainment

Press Release from Cookie Jar Entertainment

Burbank, CA (April 29, 2009) -- Longtime TV executive Tom Mazza has joined Cookie Jar Entertainment as EVP and Head of Worldwide TV. Mazza will run Cookie Jar's new primetime label, THE JAR. He will also manage the company's development and production departments as well as sales and distribution, program acquisition and international co-productions.

Headline News Left 4 Dead, Iron Man Win at ELAN Awards

At the third annual ELAN Awards, LEFT 4 DEAD won four out of the nine videogame categories. IRON MAN won for best vfx film and WALL-E was chosen for best animated feature.

A full list of winners is as follows:

Video Game Nominees

Video Game Of The Year


Best Console Game

FALLOUT 3Bethesda Softworks -- Todd Howard, Game Director; Emil Pagliarulo, Lead Designer & Writer; Gavin Carter, Lead Producer


Headline News Denzel Washington Might be Unstoppable

Denzel Washington is in negotiations to star in Tony Scott's UNSTOPPABLE drama, per VARIETY, about a runaway train carrying a cargo of toxic chemicals.

The 20th Century Fox production was written by Mark Bomback, and is loosely based on a real event. Washington would play an experienced engineer who must board the train with a young conductor to chase the train down.

Headline News Raccoon & Crawfish Takes Top Animation Prize in Las Vegas

Press Release from Oneida Indian Nation

Oneida Nation Homelands -- The Las Vegas Film Festival, held April 9-12 in the city known as the entertainment capital of the world, selected RACCOON & CRAWFISH as the winner of the Best Animation prize, making it the 18th festival win since it entered the festival circuit well over a year ago.

Headline News Sci Fi Roars Into Summer of 2009

New York, NY -- April 24, 2009 -- After kicking off with a Memorial Day LAND OF THE LOST marathon, SCI FI blasts into Summer '09 with a wealth of original programming from the series premiere of WAREHOUSE 13 and new episodes of EUREKA (on its new night Fridays at 9PM beginning July 10th) and GHOST HUNTERS to Saturday night movies showcasing stars such as Jason Gedrick, James Marsters and Peta Wilson.

Summer on SCI FI also includes the popular July 4th weekend TWILIGHT ZONE marathon and, on July 7, SCI FI becomes Syfy.


Headline News Disney Interactive Studios Names Dan Tudge VP and GM, Propaganda Games

Press Release from Disney Interactive Studios

BURBANK, Calif. -- (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Disney Interactive Studios today announced the appointment of Dan Tudge as vice president and general manager of Propaganda Games, Disney Interactive Studios' development studio in Vancouver, British Columbia. Tudge is tasked with overseeing the operations of the 130-person studio as it continues the development of two unannounced games.

Headline News VIZ Media Partners With SBT to Bring Naruto Season 2 to Brazil

Press Release from VIZ Media

San Francisco, CA April 20, 2009 -- VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), one of the entertainment industry's most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation and licensing companies, continues to expand the global audience base for its successful NARUTO animated series with a continuing terrestrial broadcast partnership with SBT (Sistema Brasileiro de Televisao), one of the largest television networks in Brazil.